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Regression to the Mean

Alien frontier: see the haunting, beautiful weirdness of Mars

Mounted to the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter as it floats high above the red planet is the HiRISE telescope, an imaging device capable of taking incredibly high-resolution photos of the martian landscape. It's sent back nearly 30,000 photos during its time above the planet, which have been used by …

Hubble Telescope Spots 'Cosmic Caterpillar' 6 Trillion Miles Long

The Hubble Space Telescope has captured what scienitsts are describing as a "cosmic caterpillar" nearly 6 trillion miles long slinking through …

Universe

Symphony of Science: Black Holes.

Black holes are intrinsically cool.<p>Phil Plait writes <b>Slate</b>’s Bad Astronomy blog and is an astronomer, public speaker, science evangelizer, and author …

Interstellar Traveler: NASA's Voyager 1 Probe On 40,000-Year Trek to Distant Star

Now that NASA's Voyager 1 probe has left the solar system, its next big spaceflight milestone comes with the flyby of another star — in 40,000 …

Astronomy

Best 3D map yet of central bulge of the Milky Way

Astronomers have found that our galaxy’s inner regions take on a peanut-like, or X-shaped, appearance from some angles.<p>Two groups of astronomers have …

NASA Scientists Answer Your Burning Questions About Voyager 1

Voyager 1 has officially entered interstellar space. How long will the spacecraft have power? When might it reach another star? The NASA team answered these questions and more on Reddit.<p>NASA announced yesterday that its Voyager 1 spacecraft, which blasted off in 1977 and is the farthest human-made …

Voyager probe 'leaves Solar System'

<b>The Voyager-1 spacecraft has become the first manmade object to leave the Solar System.</b><p>Scientists say the probe's instruments indicate it has moved beyond the bubble of hot gas from our Sun and is now moving in the space between the stars.<p>Launched in 1977, Voyager was sent initially to study the …

New Cosmic Mystery: Butterfly Nebulae Align

Wildlife<p>This mosaic shows a selection of stunning images of butterfly-shaped planetary nebulae taken by Hubble Space Telescope. Credit: ESA/Hubble & NASA; NGC 6302: NASA, ESA and the Hubble SM4 ERO Team; NGC 6881: ESA/Hubble & NASA; NGC 5189: NASA, ESA and the Hubble Heritage Team …

Is Voyager 1 really out of the solar system?

Scientists split over whether Nasa probe has finally left the solar system after 36 years<p>It's 36 years since Voyager 1 was dispatched in 1977 on a mission to send back images of Jupiter's turbulent atmosphere and volcanic eruptions on one of its moons, Io. Then it was due to travel on to Saturn to …

Out Of The Comics, Into Reality: Jet Pack Moves Closer To Market

From Buck Rogers to James Bond, we all have a pretty concrete mental image of a jet pack — a motorized backpack with little handles in front and smoke shooting out of the back.<p>The New Zealand-based Martin Aircraft Co. doesn't just think it's turned the jet pack of your imagination into a reality. …

NSA under renewed fire after report finds it violated its own privacy rules

Revelations that NSA collected records it was not permitted to acquire pile further pressure on intelligence chief James Clapper<p>The NSA serially violated its own restrictions on bulk surveillance, according to a report that puts further pressure on beleaguered intelligence chief James Clapper and …

Sun's Magnetic Field to Reverse: What It Means

The flip could come in the next three to four months, scientists say.<p><b>The sun's magnetic field, which spans the solar system, is just months away from flipping, observatory measurements show.</b><p>"This change will have ripple effects throughout the solar system," solar physicist Todd Hoeksema of Stanford …

Brains Of Dying Rats Yield Clues About Near-Death Experiences

A burst of brain activity just after the heart stops may be the cause of so-called near-death experiences, scientists say.<p>The insight comes from research involving nine lab rats whose brains were analyzed as they were being euthanized. Researchers discovered what appears to be a momentary increase …

U.S. Postal Service Alcohol Delivery Idea Criticized By Merchants

<b>CNBC:</b><p>Oh, the beer run. That time-honored tradition of hopping in the car and heading to the local liquor establishment to replenish your supply of alcohol. Could it soon be a thing of the past?<p>It just might, at least that is what U.S. Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe is hoping for. He recently …

NASA Finds A Pink Planet That Challenges Current Theories

About 57 light years from Earth, astronomers have discovered a large new planet, colored a deep magenta. It’s the second planet whose color has been directly observed by astronomers, the first being HD 189733b. That alone would make this find noteworthy. But equally noteworthy is the fact that the …

President Obama Proposes Reforms To Surveillance Programs

In the shadow of classified leaks that exposed some of the government's most secret surveillance programs, President Obama said he will work with Congress to reform the law governing their function.<p>Speaking at a press conference in the East Room of the White House on Friday, Obama defended the …

DEA Passed Secret Data, Tips For Covering Up To IRS

Shh. It turns out that Big Brother is doing a bit more than looking for terrorists.<p>Information uncovered this week indicates that one of the beneficiaries of government surveillance programs is none other than the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). The IRS was reportedly the recipient of information …

Sanjay Gupta: I’m sorry, I was wrong about medical marijuana

Marijuana “doesn’t have a high potential for abuse” and has “very legitimate medical applications,” writes Gupta<p>CNN medical correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta has reversed his position on the use of medical marijuana and apologized for not "looking hard enough" at the scientific literature in support …

Welcome to post-Constitutional America

The Manning trial finished what the Patriot Act began — and ushered in a new era of US politics<p>On July 30, 1778, the Continental Congress created the first whistleblower protection law, stating “that it is the duty of all persons in the service of the United States to give the earliest information …

US And Russia Simultaneously Announce Intent To Arm Opposing Sides In Syria

If there were any doubts about the proxy nature of Syria for the two sides, the announcements should put them to bed.<p>Congressional hurdles have been lifted and weapons will soon flow into the hands of Syrian rebels, according to a Reuters report<p>"We believe we are in a position that the …

Middle East

President Obama: Pitch Perfect on Trayvon, yet Silent on Abdulrahman

Do Americans care as much about justice and individual rights when Muslim Americans are killed?<p>Few things divide us as quickly and powerfully as criminal trials that contain or spark racial controversy. Think of the police officers who beat Rodney King; the murder case against O.J. Simpson; the …

Why Ancient Earth Was So Warm

Greenhouse gases in the atmosphere kept the planet toasty, model shows.<p><b>Some three to four billion years ago, Earth was about as warm as it is today, but the sun was much dimmer.</b><p>This so-called faint young sun paradox, first identified by astronomer Carl Sagan in the early 1970s, has flummoxed many a …

Free Software Tool Aims To Fight Government Secrecy

This crowdfunded Freedom Of Information Act algorithm seeks to liberate guarded knowledge.<p>The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), first enacted in 1966 provides a way for citizens, activists, and journalists to coax information out of the government. The Government doesn't make this easy, but a new, …