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The President’s Mission to Mars Is a Real Long Shot

Trump really wants to go to Mars, but he’ll have to convince Congress, private companies and scores of scientists<p>For a man known for grandiose …

Eerie Space Sounds Are Coming From a Strange Bond Between Enceladus And Saturn

oooOOOooOOOOooooo<p>Data recorded during Cassini's final months is still giving us gold. New research from the probe's Grand Finale mission has …

Everything to Know About SpaceX's Groundbreaking BFR and Mr. Steven

Even for an Elon Musk venture, SpaceX’s plan to reach Mars and trailblaze a future of fully reusable rockets is basically something out of a comic …

Space music: NASA listens in on Enceladus

You may have heard of the music of the spheres, but NASA has discovered the songs of the moons. Using data returned by the unmanned Cassini …

How will tariffs affect US, China trading?

Scott Kennedy, director of the Project on Chinese Business and Political Economy at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, talks about the tariffs between the US and China with CNN's Zain Asher.

China

The US-China trade war, explained in under 500 words

The world’s largest economies are locking horns. Here’s why.<p>It’s official: The US and China have fired the opening salvos of what could become a full-blown trade war between the world’s two largest economies.<p>At 12:01 am Friday, the Trump administration imposed sweeping tariffs on $34 billion worth …

Summer Essentials: 20 Best Sci-Fi and Fantasy Beach Reads

This is the irreverent, absurdist sci-fi comedy against which all others inevitably fall short. If you’ve yet to experience the intergalactic …

Books

Setting a Date for Landing Humans on Mars

From Congress to NASA to Elon Musk, there’s been a lot of talk about humans going to Mars.<p>Until recently, it’s been fanciful, given budget …

Astronomers search for alien megastructures in satellite data

The European Space Agency's Gaia satellite has been helping map the billions of stars in the Milky Way, and a group of astronomers is using the spacecraft's stunning new star catalog to search for signs of highly advanced alien civilizations.<p>A team of scientists from Sweden's Uppsala University and …

This discovery could show our universe is teeming with advanced alien civilisations capable of building giant ‘megastructures’

Scientists have made a discovery which could be a crucial step towards proving that our universe is populated by vast numbers of advanced alien …

How to harvest nearly infinite energy from a spinning black hole

Well, this is a thing I didn’t know about black holes before watching this video. Because some black holes spin, it’s possible to harvest massive …

Black Holes

Endless Energy and Black Hole Bombs

A spinning black hole could provide enough energy to power civilization for trillions of years — and create the biggest bomb known to the universe. …

Black Holes

How American Racism Influenced Hitler

Scholars are mapping the international precursors of Nazism.<p>“History teaches, but has no pupils,” the Marxist philosopher Antonio Gramsci wrote. That line comes to mind when I browse in the history section of a bookstore. An adage in publishing is that you can never go wrong with books about …

Adolf Hitler

No way out? Aliens on 'Super-Earth' planets may be trapped by gravity

"Super-Earth" planets are giant-size versions of Earth, and some research has suggested that they're more likely to be habitable than Earth-size worlds. But a new study reveals how difficult it would be for any aliens on these exoplanets to explore space.<p>To launch the equivalent of an Apollo moon …

Could intelligent life have existed on Earth millions of years before humans?

By Charles Q. Choi<p>Reptilian menaces called Silurians evolved on Earth before humankind — at least in the “Doctor Who” rendition of the universe. But, science fiction aside, how would we know if some advanced civilization existed on our home planet millions of years before brainy humans showed …

Natural Gas

The Best Books Of 2018 We Can't Wait To Read This Year

This is how I know I’m reading an incredible book. All of the day’s obligations — making my bed, walking to the subway, cooking dinner — become …

'A political volcano just erupted': is the US on the brink of the next Watergate?

As Trump threatens to fire Mueller, a journalist who was reporting during Nixon’s Saturday Night Massacre reads the warning signs<p>Ever since the Watergate scandal of the 1970s, the golden rule for presidents under investigation by a special prosecutor or special counsel has been that the president …

Donald Trump

How NASA’s TESS spacecraft will hunt exoplanets

NASA’s TESS spacecraft will spend two years searching the sky for nearby alien worlds.

Planets

How to last longer during sex - the best ways to keep yourself going in bed

If you think you’re not lasting long enough during sex, you may be comforted to know that the average length of penetrative sex is 5.4 minutes, with …

Richard Cohen’s privilege, explained

The Washington Post columnist and alleged sexual harasser is bitter about having lost a job to a woman more than 40 years ago.<p>Washington Post columnist Richard Cohen wants you to know that he believes in better treatment for women, African Americans, and Latinos in the workplace, but he’s also …

Sexual Harassment

Are Republicans Losing Control of Their Own Party?

The West Virginia Senate race could devolve into Roy Moore redux.<p>When <b>Roy Moore</b> became a top contender for the Alabama Senate seat vacated by <b>Jeff Sessions,</b> it was without the help of the Republican party. “Our goal is to nominate people in the primaries next year who can actually win,” <b>Mitch …

White Supremacy Is the Achilles Heel of American Democracy

Even in a high-tech era, fears about minority political agency are the most reliable way to destabilize the U.S. political system.<p>There are a million and one threads to the chaos currently unspooling about the Trump administration and the 2016 election. One might be forgiven for giving up on trying …

Cambridge Analytica

Goodbye DMZ? What an End to the Korean War Would Mean

As neighborly disputes go, this one really has dragged on. Some 65 years since open hostilities ended, North and South Korea are still technically at …

NASA’s New Exoplanet Satellite Has a Better Shot of Finding Life Close to Home

If humans ever leave this solar system, they probably won't do it aimlessly. More likely they'll set a course for some distant waypoint, perhaps …

9 simple things to do to protect your family online

With Facebook under fire and Amazon sparking fears of eavesdropping, Alex Meehan has the guide to minding your privacy on the internet<p>This week has …

Social Media

Michael Cohen Is on a One-Way Train to Screwsville

Only one man in the president's inner circle had a worse week than the president himself.<p>Michael Cohen's legal career continued its plunge toward the bottom of Disbarment Sea this weekend, as reports that he is the subject of a federal criminal probe were quickly eclipsed by the revelation that in …

The 70 must-see lines in James Comey's ABC interview

<b>(CNN) —</b> On Sunday night, James Comey told his side of the story.<p>The former -- and fired -- FBI director sat down with ABC's George Stephanopoulos Sunday night to talk about his deep concerns about President Donald Trump and to recount a number of now-famous/infamous episodes between the two men. …

Donald Trump

Trump’s Greatest Fear

It’s impossible to know what the president wants so desperately to hide, but every threat to examine his business dealings produces frantic defensive maneuvers.<p>It’s always been the business that worried Donald Trump. This was true during the presidential campaign, it was true during the transition, …

Donald Trump

21 books you need to read this spring

Spring is here and that can only mean one thing: time to shake yourself out of hibernation and bust out that spring reading.<p>But with so many great …

Books

A New Study Suggests There Could Have Been Intelligent Life on Earth Before Humans

Looking for aliens across deep space is great, but have we looked hard enough in our own terrestrial backyard—here on Earth?<p><i>One author of the new study, leading climatologist Gavin Schmidt, wrote a work of fiction to explore its findings. Read 'Under the Sun', which we published at Terraform</i> …