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Falcon Heavy for the Outer Solar System

Questions remain about what payloads SpaceX's new triple-booster rocket should launch, but there's a case to be made for the Heavy launching some of the most exciting space missions undertaken by humanity: exploration of the outer solar system.<p>"If that thing goes up 200 feet and explodes, I'm …

The surprising reason why NASA hasn't sent humans to Mars yet

We could have been on Mars 30 years ago. At the peak of the Apollo era in the early '70s, NASA was already planning its next step into the unknown.<p>Its plans included building multiple space stations, continued trips to the Moon, and the first crewed mission to Mars by the 1980s. Can you imagine …

Space Science

Fish 'could be as intelligent as primates', scientists predict, as Blue Planet II footage shows collaboration with octopus to hunt

Fish may be as clever as primates, scientists now suspect, after new footage showed octopus and grouper fish communicating and collaborating to catch prey.<p>The astonishing partnership was captured for the first time by filmmakers shooting on the Great Barrier Reef for BBC Blue Planet II.<p>Grouper and …

Everything you know about space is wrong

Think you know a thing or two about our solar system? Turns out all those space “facts” you keep telling your mates might not be as accurate as you …

The top 10 breakthrough technologies and the key players leading the charge, according to MIT Technology Review

Every fall, MIT Technology Review's editors get together to begin the months-long process of reviewing their coverage. The goal? To create a list of the top ten technological advances from the last year that will have the greatest longterm global impact on consumers.<p>While the editors do give key …

Artificial Intelligence

The Two Words That Will Help Get an Airline Upgrade Over the Phone

<i>At Bloomberg Pursuits, we love to travel. And we always want to make sure we’re doing it right. So we’re talking to globe-trotters in all of our</i> …

Downton Abbey

An amateur astronomer accidentally caught an exploding star on camera—and it gets better

He was excited to test his new camera, but he also captured something totally unique.<p>Victor Buso was looking forward to testing his new camera on September 20, 2016. The locksmith and amateur astronomer waited for nightfall and headed out to his rooftop observatory in the city of Rosario, …

Did Archaeologists Just Prove the Existence of Prophet Isaiah?

A stunning article published Thursday announced that archaeologists have stumbled upon the first physical evidence of the existence of the prophet …

First cryomodule for ultrapowerful X-ray laser arrives

A Fermilab team built and tested the first new superconducting accelerator cryomodule for SLAC’s LCLS-II project. Earlier this week, scientists and …

Physics

Missing Neutrons May Lead a Secret Life as Dark Matter

Neutrons shouldn’t be all that mysterious. Found inside every atomic nucleus, they may seem downright mundane—but they have long confounded …

Physics

Learning to speak quantum

Particle physicists are studying ways to harness the power of the quantum realm to further their research. In a 1981 lecture, the famed physicist …

Physics

Ancient Human Genomes Reveal Complicated Split into Europeans and Asians

Isolated human populations could never really stay apart.<p>Research on the genes of ancient humans is speedily growing in scope, revealing insights …

Anthropology

Scientists have discovered a potentially suicidal problem with going to Mars

NASA is dead-set on sending astronauts to Mars within the next 15 to 20 years. China has said it hopes to send people there between 2020 and 2030, and even Russia is floating plans to put boots on the red planet.<p>Meanwhile, SpaceX founder Elon Musk is trying to cut the cost of spaceflight enough to …

Space Exploration

An underwater ancient city in Turkey may open up to diving for the first time in 30 years

A sunken city near the island of Kekova, near Antalya in Turkey, may open up to diving for the first time in 30 years. Diving at the ancient underground city has been banned since 1986 in order to preserve it, but with the cooperation of archaeologists and local experts, the ban could be partially …

Archaeology

Buddhism and Evil

How Do Buddhists Understand Evil and Karma?<p>Evil is a word many people use without thinking deeply about what it signifies. Comparing common ideas …

Spirituality

Stars Orbiting a Supermassive Black Hole May Have Finally Confirmed General Relativity

Suck it, Newton.<p>If you really, really want to scrutinise the limits of Einstein's general theory of relativity, there's a unique testing ground you …

Physics

Merck, Intel, Under Armour CEOs quit council over Trump’s initial response to rally

Just a month ago, President Trump invited Merck chief executive Kenneth C. Frazier to the White House, calling him one of the “great, great leaders of business in this country.” On Monday morning, Trump singled out Frazier again, this time to express his displeasure over the pharmaceutical …

Donald Trump

These ultra-luxurious underwater homes are being built in Dubai

Richard Branson, fittingly, owns the island representing Great Britain.<p>The Heart of Europe rolled out its first $2.8 million floating home, the aptly named "Floating Seahorse," in early 2016. Since then, development firm Kleindienst has been rolling out even larger homes that will cost roughly $3.3 …

United Kingdom

Fabien Cousteau's Underwater Dream

The grandson of the legendary explorer has a new plan.<p>Fabien Cousteau believes that you, me, any of us, can live together underwater. With technology …

Habitats

PADI AmbassaDiver Alex Baackes Takes You Along for Her Journey Around the World

Hailing from upstate New York, Alex Baackes is a PADI Divemaster and travel blogger exploring the underwater world one country at a time. Her …

Drowned Paspaley pearl diver Jarrod Hampton 'not trained, not recovered in time'

A pearl diver who drowned off the Western Australian coast should have been assisted when he first came to the surface and cried for help, a coronial …

Lifeguards clear the waters off San Clemente after spotting 25 sharks — likely great whites — near the shore

Lifeguards in San Clemente ordered swimmers and surfers out of the water Sunday after 25 sharks — some of them 10-footers — were sighted near the shore.<p>The closure began soon after 10:30 a.m., when a fisherman spotted a shark near the end of the San Clemente Pier, said Nicolas Giugni, one of the …

Watch giant basking sharks caught on camera by kayakers off the Irish coast

A group of six Irish kayakers recently had a close encounter with a school of enormous basking sharks off the coast of County Kerry in the Atlantic Ocean. Six staff members from Irish Adventures came across five sharks while out on a day trip and captured the stunning footage of the slow-moving, …

Kayaking

Naked mole-rats turn into plants when oxygen is low

Deprived of oxygen, naked mole-rats can survive by metabolizing fructose just as plants do, researchers report this week in the journal …

Biology

The Cracked Phone Screens Of The Future Could Heal Themselves

What happens when a budding scientist grows up idolizing X-Men's Wolverine? He creates a self-healing material, of course. Now, Wolverine's iPhone …

American Chemical Society

Saturn Moon Enceladus Is Able to Host Life – It's Time for a New Mission

<i>This article was originally published at The Conversation. The publication contributed the article to Space.com's Expert Voices: Op-Ed & …

Astronomy
Nanotech
Physics

NASA image captures Earth between the rings of Saturn

A new image from NASA's Cassini spacecraft shows planet Earth as a point of light between the icy rings of Saturn.

Astronomy

Scientists: "We Have Detected the Existence of a Fundamentally New State of Matter"

3D Quantum Liquid Crystals<p>Caltech physicists at the Institute for Quantum Information and Matter have discovered the first 3D quantum liquid crystal. …