Geoffrey Miller

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Could A Spacecraft Fly Straight Through Jupiter?

Despite its gusty reputation as a "gas giant," Jupiter's blood-red clouds hide a dense, rocky core that's perhaps 20 times as massive as Earth. That core blocks any spacecraft's passage through the center of the planet, but even a detour through the clouds would be a disaster.<p>Knowledge of Jupiter's …

Dying to Go Into Space

Kids are excited by the many prospects and possibilities of what to do when they grow up. Now we have a few interesting options on what to do when we …

Extreme close-up shows you how a mosquito really bites your flesh and sucks your blood

Look at that proboscis go!<p>Usually, being bitten by a mosquito is an event that conjures up swear words and frantic itching, but more advanced souls might turn their thoughts to what exactly happens when the insect manages to get under your skin. Thanks to a video shot by researchers at the Pasteur …

Why Do Stars Twinkle?

Stars appear to twinkle, planets don’t. Here's why.<p>Did you know you can distinguish between stars and planets in the sky?<p>Stars twinkle, planets don't.<p>Okay, that's not actually correct. The stars, planets, even the sun and moon twinkle, all in varying amounts. Anything outside the atmosphere is …

Why the moon is mainly made of Earth's debris

Light lives for at least a billion billion years

Light can theoretically zip around the universe forever without breaking down. That's because it's long been believed that the photon — the elementary particle that makes up light and other electromagnetic radiation — has no mass. But physicist Julian Heeck wondered what would happen if it turned …

The World's Spookiest Weapons

Cyborg animals, psychotropics and flying lasers are just some of the terrifying weapons government labs have cooked up over the years<p>Atom bombs are just the beginning. In the last half-century, the greatest military minds on Earth have developed an arsenal of weapons to make mutually assured …

The 10 Worst Places To Live In The Universe

And you thought 97 degrees F was bad.<p>Recently, we told you about an exoplanet that rains glass. <i>Sideways</i>. Which got us thinking: 1.) we will never complain about the weather here on Earth again and 2.) surely that's got to be the worst place to live in the entire universe. But no! With the help of …

The Week In Numbers: An Asteroid-Zapping Space Laser, The Worst Planets In The Universe, And More

<b>4,580 degrees Fahrenheit</b>: the surface temperature on exoplanet COROT-7b, one of the 10 worst places to live in the universe, according to NASA scientists<p><b>600 miles</b>: the diameter of the largest known asteroid, Ceres (could an asteroid impact knock the moon into Earth?)<p><b>70 gigawatts</b>: the power of a …

Neptune Has A New Moon. What Will We Call It?

Naming things in space can get political.<p>Earlier today, NASA announced the Hubble Space Telescope has discovered a brand new moon in the solar system, a dim satellite only 12 miles across, orbiting Neptune. As with any newborn, it needs a name. How will astronomers decide what to call it?<p>Right now, …

Interplanetary Laser Could Send Messages To Mars Or Jupiter

Pew pew!<p>With the help of a new laser ranging system, we might soon be able to send a laser beam to Mars--and hit our target within a millimeter. Scientists at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory at the California Institute of Technology have developed a new kind of high-precision laser system that can …

Will we ever... create a black hole in the laboratory?

Fears that the Large Hadron Collider could create a black hole that destroy the world may be unfounded, but if we really wanted to make one, could we actually do it, asks Matthew Francis.<p>Before the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) began operations in 2008, a small but noisy group of people were in …

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