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Visit A Stunning Salt Mine In Google Street View

The Polish Wieliczka Salt Mine comes to Google Street View<p>The Wieliczka Salt Mine, with its pure-salt chandeliers, began operations in the 13th century, drew tourists as early as the 15th century, and became a United Nations World Heritage site in 1978. This year, it got yet another tourist …

More Than 200,000 People Sign Up To Die On Mars

Only a few dozen will be chosen for the 2023 mission to colonize the red planet.<p>Five months after the Netherlands-based private spaceflight project Mars One announced it would begin accepting applications for a one-way trip to the red planet, 202,586 people from more than 140 countries have …

6 of the most important drug milestones of all time

From arsenic to Prozac to the passage of the Pure Food and Drug Act.<p>In <i>The Drug Book</i>, author Michael C. Gerald details 250 milestones in the history of drugs, from the introduction of arsenic and Xanax to the passage of the 1906 Pure Food and Drug Act, the first major legislation aimed at protecting …

Big Pic: Look At NASA's LADEE Spacecraft Soaring Over NYC

An amazing timelapse from the top of Rockefeller Center<p>NASA's LADEE spacecraft launched from Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia on Friday night, en route to an orbital trip around the moon. The night-flight provided photographers like Ben Cooper of LaunchPhotography.com an opportunity for some …

Why Mars Colonists Will Definitely Go Crazy

A space colony could be a breeding ground for mental illness.<p>Everyone and their mother wants to send people to Mars these days. Dutch spaceflight nonprofits, President Obama, and even Buzz Aldrin have seriously discussed plans to put humans on the inhospitable planet in the next few decades. But …

How NASA Is Developing Fresh Space Salad

Plus cameos from former International Space Station crewmembers Zucchini, Broccoli and Sunflower<p>Early in the history of the U.S. space program, space ice cream caught the imagination of American youngsters. Now, NASA and other researchers are developing a different kind of space food—space-grown …

The Next Space Shuttle: Hybrid Engines Make Runway-To-Orbit Missions A Reality

A new type of engine could usher in an era of affordable spaceplanes<p>A disembodied jet engine, attached to a hulking air vent, sits in an outdoor test facility at the Culham Science Center in Oxfordshire, England. When the engine screams to life, columns of steam billow from the vent, giving the …

The Future Of Smartphone Security

Unlock your phone with invasive identification methods!<p>Modern smartphones usually offer some kind of security option to let you into the phone. The iPhone has the a four-digit PIN-like passcode, Android phones have a swiping pattern, Windows Phone has a numeric or text-based password. Those work …

FYI: Can Anything Move Faster Than Light?

Yes, the universe itself will eventually outpace the speed of light. Just how this will happen is a bit complicated, so let's begin at the very beginning: the big bang. Around 14 billion years ago, all matter in the universe was thrown in every direction. That first explosion is still pushing …

Microphone Turns Your Fingertip Into A Speaker

Touch your finger to someone's ear, and they'll hear your recorded message whispering to them.<p>Turn your body into another kind of wonderland: A new invention from Disney Research lets you record messages to your friends that they can hear only if you touch your finger to their ears. That is, your …

FYI: How Do You Dispose Of Chemical Weapons?

As the international community debates what should be done with Syria's chemical weapons program, here is a look at what chemical weapons are, and what it takes to safely dispose of them.<p>In the midst of a particularly brutal civil war, international attention focused on the Syrian government's use …

9.11.01: The Photographers' Stories, Pt. 1—"Get Down Here. Now."

On a bright, clear morning in September, 2001, American Airlines Flight 11 was commandeered by terrorists and steered into the North Tower of …

Big Pic: A Flaming Soyuz Spacecraft Carries Three Astronauts Home

After 166 days in space, three astronauts return from the International Space Station.<p>Just before 11 p.m. Eastern Time last night, three members of the International Space Station's Expedition 36 returned to solid ground. NASA astronaut Chris Cassidy, along with Russian Federal Space Agency …

Irradiated Seeds Combat World's Most Serious Wheat Disease

In Kenya, two new varieties of wheat are resistant to a fungus that defeated even Norman Borlaug's resistant plants.<p>Kenyan farmers last week got a first look at two new varieties of wheat that are resistant to the number-one threat to worldwide wheat production. They got to see resistant and …

Orangutans Announce Their Travel Plans A Day In Advance

In the wild, male apes can plan ahead where they'll be going, and they keep their female friends apprised.<p>We often think of the ability to plan for the future as a uniquely human attribute. Recent studies have suggested that our primate cousins might be able to plan for certain occasions, as well …

NATO Tests Electromagnetic Beam To Stop Suicide Bombers

The non-lethal weapon stops vehicles by turning off their engines.<p>NATO is developing a device that stops suicide bombers' vehicles before they can reach their targets. In a video released today, NATO researchers in Norway demonstrate the effectiveness of the weapon against cars, a jet ski, and a …

Spying On Thunderstorms From Space [Video]

The International Space Station takes a look at the other side of the storm.<p>NASA wants to know what's up with thunderstorms. Not the flashy bits--the thunder, the lightning, yada yada. Pretty, but we see that all the time. NASA, as usual, is aiming its sights a little higher, on what's happening …

FYI: Can Snakes Really Be Charmed By Music?

No. The charm has nothing to do with the music and everything to do with the charmer waving a <i>pungi</i>, a reed instrument carved out of a gourd, in the snake's face. Snakes don't have external ears and can perceive little more than low-frequency rumbles. But when they see something threatening, they …

GE's Silent MRI Scanner Has Hit The Market

Quiet scans for everyone!<p>MRI scanners do a good job of imaging the brain to help doctors find potential health problems. But the experience of actually sitting in one leaves something to be desired. Aside from being cramped and claustrophobic, MRI scanners can get LOUD.<p>Case in point, listen to this:<p>…

Patent Suggests Google Is Designing A More Normal-Looking Google Glass

An unearthed Google patent, originally filed in March 2012, documents a new variant on the Google Glass headset. In the patent, Google described a Glass edition built into a traditional-looking set of eyeglasses. Perhaps soon, users with who already have spectacles won’t need to hack Google …

Tablets are doing to computers what iTunes did to the full-length album

More tablets than personal computers (PCs) will be shipped in the last quarter of this year, according to forecasts from research firm IDC. By 2015, tablets will overtake full-year PCs shipments by a smidge, and by 2017, they will outsell their clunkier counterparts by five to four.<p>This was …

Voyager 1 Has Entered Interstellar Space

After 36 years, we can wave goodbye to our pal.<p>36 years after launch, Voyager 1 has officially left the solar system, according to NASA officials.<p>We've been waiting for years for Voyager to break through the last boundary of the heliosphere, which is the region of space which particles spurted out …

Everything You've Ever Been Told About How You Learn Is A Lie

Three myths your teachers told you about how your brain learns, debunked<p>When I was in middle school and high school, teachers loved to impart various tidbits of wisdom about the way students learn during lectures, always couched in such a way as to indicate these were scientifically accepted facts.</i> …

The Crazy-Specific Colors Biologists Use To Describe Animals

Is this lizard opaline green? Perhaps more pistachio?<p>In field biology, describing a lizard as "green" just won't do when the exact shade could be the key to identifying a species. You need to be specific: There's pale green, grass green, citrine, and 48 other greens to choose from in the new <i>Color</i> …

Big Pic: Frog That Got Too Close To A Rocket Will Make You Laugh, Cry

This frog launched into the air by the LADEE rocket will fill you with emotions you didn't know you could produce, is what I'm saying.<p>So: Space Frog. What can we say about this Space Frog? A quick eulogy perhaps, since this frog, which apparently got too close to the LADEE spacecraft launchpad last …

A Beer To Honor A Giant Electromagnet

Fermilab's Muon g-2 experiment required a 50-foot wide electromagnet. Which in turn required a celebratory brew.<p>When Chicago's Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory celebrated the arrival of a delicate particle storage ring shipped across the country with the utmost care from the Brookhaven …

FYI: What Happens If I Put Rocket Fuel In My Gas Tank?

If your car is a diesel, it will run. Liquid hydrogen, the fuel that powered the space shuttle's main engines, could work, says Manuel Martinez-Sanchez, an aeronautics and astronautics professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. But keeping hydrogen liquid requires maintaining it at a …

Bic Pic: Saturn's Rings In Infrared

Every pixel in the NASA image represents 37 miles.<p>Why, hello there, Saturn. Those rings are looking pretty sharp this morning.<p>NASA's Cassini spacecraft snapped this near-infrared image of the sixth planet on June 15. You're seeing the planet from its sunlit side, from about 657,000 miles (1.1 …

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Where Do Dreams Come From?

Dreamland might not require so much imagination after all.<p>When we close our eyes and drift off to sleep, something in our mind spins us fanciful tales of teeth falling out, bouncing around in giant marshmallows in the sky, failing midterms in classes we've never taken, taking a walk in the park …