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Private rocketeers snuck their own “star” into orbit, and it’s visible from earth

When Mike Melvill piloted the first private vehicle to reach space, he enjoyed a hidden bag of M&Ms in microgravity. Elon Musk put an enormous wheel of cheese in the first SpaceX Dragon spacecraft that took to orbit, inspired by Monty Python. And, when Rocket Lab’s Electron reached orbit for the …

Monkey see, monkey 2: Scientists clone monkeys using technique that created Dolly the sheep

<b>(CNN) —</b> For the first time, scientists say they created cloned primates using the same complicated cloning technique that made Dolly the sheep in 1996.<p>Shanghai scientists created two genetically identical and adorable long-tailed macaques. The monkeys are named Hua Hua and Zhong Zhong, a version of …

Genetics

WWII vet takes a knee, slams Trump and becomes an instant internet sensation

‘Those kids have every right to protest.’<p>That’s what John Middlemas, a 97-year-old World War II vet and Missouri farmer, had to say about the …

Donald Trump

Confirmed: A Huge Gravitational Wave Announcement Is Happening

What a time to be alive.<p><b>Update 27/09/17:</b> The biggest rumour did not pan out, but the LIGO team announced something just as amazing - the most …

Hubble Space Telescope

Elon Musk says SpaceX's giant new Falcon Heavy rocket will launch in November

After a series of delays,<p>SpaceX’s heavy-lift rocket is now set to lift off for the first time in November, Chief ExecutiveElon Musksaid Thursday night.<p>Musk announced the date for Falcon Heavy's first flight in an Instagram post that showed a rendering of the 229.6-foot-tall rocket.<p>Falcon Heavy — …

Signal may be from first 'exomoon'

<b>A team of astronomers has potentially discovered the first known moon beyond the Solar System.</b><p>If confirmed, the "exomoon" is likely to be about the size and mass of Neptune, and circles a planet the size of Jupiter but with 10 times the mass.<p>The signal was detected by Nasa's Kepler Space Telescope; …

Universe

This Artist Uses Subatomic Particles To Paint The Cosmos

Artist Kysa Johnson works on a scale both incredibly minuscule and astronomically large. Her frenetic drawings celebrate massive cosmic phenomena—nebula, star clouds, neutron stars—that lie thousands of light years away from Earth. Yet Johnson depicts these subjects using patterns made by some of …

Physics

An Animated Guide to Nature’s Best Wayfinding Secrets

Learn to navigate with the moon, stars, trees, and more.<p>Tristan Gooley is an expert at what he calls “natural navigation.” In a series of fascinating …

Southern Hemisphere

This One Imperfection In Nuclear Physics Allowed Earth To Exist

In order to create a rocky planet that’s teeming with life, the Universe needed to create large amounts of the heavy elements required for life’s processes. To make many of those elements, such as Tin, Iodine, Selenium, Molybdenum, Zinc, and Copper, you need supernovae to have occurred many times …

Neutrons

Astronomers just discovered the smallest star ever

We typically think of stars as colossal balls of fusion-driven fire that absolutely dwarf everything else, but researchers just made a discovery that …

Universe

Juno Shatters Scientists' Jupiter Theories in Just 365 Days

Last July 4th, NASA's Juno spacecraft slowed its record breaking pace just enough to get caught in the pull of Jupiter's gravity. (The timing, …

Weed Could Help Prevent Certain Brain Diseases

The existing research is promising, but researchers are calling for more clinical trials in humans.<p>The fact that humans even <i>have</i> an "endocannabinoid system" sounds like stoner fantasy. (If we hadn't been trying to figure out just what cannabis does to our bodies when it was discovered, it might …

Cannabis

NASA Scientists Baffled By Mysterious Pit Photographed On Mars

While it’s been said that the moon is made of cheese, we know, of course, that particular dairy product was never discovered on our close lunar neighbor. But what about a place on Mars that looks like it’s made of Swiss cheese?<p>This area of the Red Planet’s southern hemisphere includes a large pit …

We're Way Below Average! Astronomers Say Milky Way Resides In A Great Cosmic Void

If you went to give our cosmic address, you might tell someone that we lived on planet Earth, orbiting our Sun, on the outskirts of a spur of the Milky Way’s spiral arms, in the second largest galaxy in our local group, about 50 million light years from the Virgo Cluster, embedded within the …

American Astronomical Society

Jumping Spiders Can See Galaxies Far, Far Away

Telescopic eyes that can peer into alternate galaxies.<p>Spiders are already scary impressive, what with their speed, cunning hunting skills, and …

Zoology

Scientists defy Einstein's prediction and use relativity to measure a star's mass

Astronomers scanning the skies with<p>NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope have pulled off a feat that even Albert Einstein had declared all but impossible: they’ve witnessed the subtle bending of one star’s light by another star’s gravity and used that distortion to measure a star’s mass.<p>The findings, …

Albert Einstein's Wild Theory Comes True as Scientists Weigh a Star

We just weighed something that's over 100 trillion miles away.<p>If someone built a sleek spaceship that could jet through the universe at 186,000 miles …

Universe

‘Naked Singularity’ Can Exist In 4D In A ‘Saddle’-Shaped Universe, Undermining General Relativity

If found outside a black hole, a singularity — a place where the intensity of gravity breaks down the laws of physics governing space and time — …

Scientists have found a mysterious 'puffy' planet with the density of styrofoam

Astronomers have found a giant exoplanet larger than Jupiter, but with extremely low mass - a composition that gives this mysterious 'puffy planet' a density very similar to styrofoam.<p>The team who found KELT-11b, which orbits a star located about 320 light-years from Earth, says this …

Universe

Whatever, We're Probably Living in a Hologram Anyway, Says Neil deGrasse Tyson

Look around you. Your shoes, that tree, the Starbucks cold brew you're clutching — it's all very much right here in the real world. But what if the …

Physics

Supersonic Plasma Jets Detected in the Earth’s Atmosphere

For the first time ever, supersonic plasma jets have been detected in the Earth’s atmosphere that may be responsible for some pretty harsh weather …

50 Profound Quotes by Buddha That Will Change the Way You Spend Your Life

If you want to see the best Buddha quotes in one place, then you’ll LOVE this post.<p>I’ve personally gone through hundreds of Buddha quotes to pick out …

NASA released incredible new animations of a star that exploded with the energy of 100 million suns

New animations released by NASA are recasting a groundbreaking astronomical moment in a whole new light.<p>On February 24, 1987, astronomers Oscar Dhalde and Ian Shelton witnessed an incredible sight atop a Chilean mountain: a new star in the night sky. Soon, however, they realized it was not a star's …

Universe

What Is The Universe's Third Most Common Element?

In the earliest stages of the Universe, it was too hot to form neutral atoms or even atomic nuclei, as they’d immediately be blasted apart by a collision. By time the Universe had expanded and cooled enough that we could form stable nuclei, things were sparse enough that we wound up with 75% …

Universe

Ancient signals from the early Universe could unlock secrets of the Big Bang

For the first time, physicists have revealed what the gravitational waves produced at the start of our Universe would have looked like.<p>Models show …

Gravitational Waves

News Alert: Psychologists Discover Pathological Pettiness (PP)

Psychologists have discovered a new mental disorder for which there is no known treatment: Pathological Pettiness or PP for short. The condition is manifested by the constant need to respond bitterly to the slightest threats to one's person. Thus, the numbers of people for and against one are …

Narcissism
Humanity

Surprise! LIGO Can Also Make Gravitational Waves

We can produce gravitational waves now.<p>It's been almost a year now since the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO) announced the …

Quantum Mechanics

An ancient Martian volcano that's nothing like anything on Earth erupted non-stop for 2 billion years

Researchers have just found evidence that as well as being giant, Martian volcanoes differ from ones on Earth in the sheer length of time they erupt for.<p>An unusual meteorite was found in Algeria in 2012 which was small enough to fit in the palm of your hand and weighed just 0.2 kilograms. The …

Earth Science