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New Time Travel Simulation May Resolve 'Grandfather Paradox'

On June 28, 2009, the world-famous physicist Stephen Hawking threw a party at the University of Cambridge, complete with balloons, hors d'oeuvres and iced champagne. Everyone was invited but no one showed up. Hawking had expected as much, because he only sent out invitations after his party had …

Stephen Hawking: God particle could wipe out the universe

In a preface to a new book, the famed physicist fears the Higgs Boson becoming unstable and causing a "catastrophic vacuum decay." But how likely is that really?<p>Stephen Hawking seems to have turned into the man with the sandwich board that says: "The end is nigh."<p>Not only has he warned us that …

Physics

Opportunity rover breaks record for longest distance driven off-Earth

When the Opportunity rover landed on the red planet in 2004, NASA only intended to drive it for about 1 kilometer (0.62 miles) within 90 Martian days. But the rover turned out to be a hardy Mars explorer, and on its 10th year on the planet, it has finally broken the record for the longest distance …

Nasa's chief scientist Dr Ellen Stofan on plans to kidnap asteroids and pioneer Mars

Dr Ellen Stofan says that missions to the red planet are a priority of the US space agency – and that the best way to search for extraterrestrial life is by setting up a permanent presence<p><b>Is Nasa looking for intelligent life?</b><p>Nasa, right now, is really taking a step-wise approach: let's look at our …

Aerofex hoverbike could be yours by 2017

The Aero-X hoverbike from Aerofex is slated for a commercial release in 2017 for just $85,000. Chump change, right?<p>Aerofex's hoverbike made a pretty big splash when the Californian company showed off its working prototype all the way back in 2012, but then it went eerily silent. Now, Aerofex has …

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I Heart My National Park: Yosemite

Both the solitude of the alpine ridge and the throngs of the valley are part of the experience when you visit <b>Yosemite National Park</b>. “No temple made with human hands can compare with Yosemite,” wrote John Muir, whose crusading led to the creation of the park.<p><b>Kari Cobb</b> has been a ranger at the …

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Giant New Jellyfish Species Washes Ashore Down Under

According to researchers, we can expect a lot more of this sort of slimy event.<p>What appears to be a giant living blob washed ashore a beach in southern Tasmania, where it was discovered by a family. Turns out it is a new species of lion's-mane jellyfish.<p>Government scientist Lisa-ann Gershwin told …

Nature

Justice Dept. latest to apply privileges, protections for same-sex spouses

Attorney General Eric Holder announced Saturday evening that the Justice Department will now follow a landmark Supreme Court ruling on same-sex spouses, which means they will no longer be compelled to testify against each other in civil and criminal cases.<p>The policy changes mean same-sex spouses …

Obama Becomes First President to Acknowledge ‘Area 51’

President Barack Obama on Sunday likely became the first <i>actual</i> President to publicly acknowledge Area 51, the top-secret government testing ground …

Vast Freshwater Reserves Discovered Under Ocean Floor, Scientists Say

Massive reserves of “freshwater” are buried beneath the seabed on continental shelves around the world, including off Australia, China, North America and South Africa.<p>This is the conclusion of a new study by a team of Australian scientists that appears in this week’s issue of the journal, …

Gliese 581g: Potentially Habitable Planet — If It Exists

Gliese 581g is an extra-solar planet candidate within a planetary system that is only 20 light-years from Earth, but at this point it is highly …