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An interstellar interloper in the solar system

On October 19 astronomers with the Pan-STARRS facility in Hawaii spotted an otherwise unremarkable small object tumbling through our solar system, …

This App Is Leading The Revolution in Free Access to Scientific Papers

Boycott the paywall.<p>A perfect storm of technology and the public's demand for knowledge are driving a surge towards open access (OA) science and …

The science behind social awkwardness - and why it’s not such a bad thing

Researchers have found that the average person exhibits 32% of the characteristics associated with being socially awkward. But is that such a bad …

5 Reasons You Feel Lonely Even When You're Not Alone — And What To Do About It

Have you ever wondered why you feel lonely, even when you're not alone? I know it sounds like a pretty depressing topic, but hear me out: Loneliness …

Accessing the Universal Energy of Qi

Mainstream science does not yet acknowledge the existence of qi (chi), the invisible life energy of the universe that is said to flow through all things. Qi, also called prana by yoga practitioners, seems to exist somehow between the worlds of mind and body. The ancient masters speak of it as a …

Meditation

How to Learn New Skills Twice as Fast, According to Science

Learning a sport or instrument? A new study says this subtle change to how you practice will help you improve twice as fast.<p>You probably practice your favorite hobby for the simple reason that it's fun, but there are other reasons having an after-hours pastime is awesome. Not only does science show …

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SpaceX will attempt a potentially historic rocket launch and landing this weekend

A 22-story-tall Falcon 9 rocket will lift off out of Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida a couple of minutes after sunset, at 6:10 ET. And within a half hour or so after take-off, the rocket will return from space and attempt to guide its way, using GPS tracking, onto a droneship in the …

Space Travel

Duuude! High There is like Tinder for tokers

Do you love cannabis but find that your hobby is interfering with your love life? A new smartphone app called High There might just bring the love connection you're looking for -- if you live in a location that allows it.<p>High There was created by Todd Mitchem, a self-proclaimed marijuana lover in …

Apps

Watch Vestigen’s Project Ara Sensors Show How Modular Smartphones Could Change The World

Project Ara is getting closer to producing a shipping product, and a developer conference in Singapore gave some of those building hardware modules for the Google-made smartphone with swappable parts a chance to show off their coming wares. Vestigen is one such company, which is focused on building …

Could the HoloLens be Microsoft’s iMoment?

Back at the turn of the century, Apple had already reclaimed a bit of momentum with the release of the iMac following the return of Steve Jobs. But …

This 30-foot-tall spiked Faraday cage helps satellites thrive

Just as vacuum chambers and swimming pools are used to test space suits, special environments can be necessary to make sure that satellites built on Earth can function in space.<p>That's exactly what you see in this photo released Thursday by the European Space Agency. It shows the interior of a room …

SpaceX looks to launch space weather satellite, land rocket

SpaceX is aiming for both a launch and landing within minutes of each other Sunday.<p>The California-based company led by billionaire Elon Musk is set to launch an unmanned Falcon 9 rocket at sunset from Cape Canaveral, Florida. On board is the Deep Space Climate Observatory, which will head to a …

Why Nasa’s Europa mission has people excited

Jupiter’s icy moon Europa may harbour extraterrestrial life. Nasa has announced a mission to go, but Esa will get there first<p>Europa is a tantalising place orbiting the giant planet of Jupiter. Extraordinary images from the twin Voyager spacecraft in 1979 showed that Europa’s surface was cracked in …

Astronomy

Are you promiscuous or faithful? Measure your index finger to find out

A new study of sexual attitudes reveals men and women are both just as likely to want a fling as they are a long-term partner<p>They say that men are from Mars and women are from Venus.<p>But when it comes to our attitude towards promiscuity, it turns out there is no such gender divide.<p>Both men and women …

Hubble snaps rare images of three moons crossing Jupiter

Here's a photo-op pretty enough to tempt any astronomer. With a series of well-timed shots, NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has managed to catch three of Jupiter's biggest moons whizzing across its surface in the same frame.<p>This Jovian lunar gathering, which took place Jan. 24, is a relatively rare …

NASA space probe sends back first pictures of Pluto in 2015

NASA's New Horizons space probe has sent back some new images of the dwarf planet Pluto and its largest moon Charon as seen from more than 126,000 miles away.<p>Over the coming months, the grand piano sized spacecraft will take thousands of pictures that will gradually bring the icy body and its many …

Watch The Navy’s New Robot Firefighter In Action [Video]

One small step for robots, one giant leap for not burning alive on a boat<p>The Navy has a brand new robot designed to make ships safer by fighting fires. The “Shipboard Autonomous Firefighting Robot,” or SAFFiR, is a project by the Office of Naval Research that aims to prevent shipboard fires from …

Robotics

NASA Eyes Mission to Jupiter's Ice Ocean Moon

The king of planets swings into view, as destination mission starts.<p>Jupiter's mysterious moon Europa, famed for its role in <i>2001: A Space Odyssey</i>, may soon host an intense search for life.<p>The White House this week presented a 2016 U.S. budget that includes $30 million in funding for the development …

How Budget Plans on Earth Might Stop Opportunity Rover on Mars

Honey, I Shrunk the Lab: Testing for STDs on a Smartphone