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How To Solve A Rubik's Cube

<b>Step 1: White Cross</b> <br>You should be able to complete this step just by playing around with the cube. Make sure that the edges of the cross match the center squares on the adjacent sides.<p><b>Step 2: Finish First Layer</b><p><b>Step 3: Middle Layer</b> <br>You may need to move some middle layer edge pieces from the top …

MH370: Ocean Shield Begins Search For Missing Jet's Black Box

IN THE INDIAN OCEAN – They have searched for Flight MH370 with satellites from space, with planes from the air and with ships on the sea. On land, they've scoured radar data, working day and night. What they haven't done, until now, is to look underwater.<p>As I write, I'm watching the first ship …

Just How Bad Is the Scene in Sochi?

I had yet to eat my breakfast this morning when someone regaled me with a story about a guy staying up in Sochi’s mountaintop media hotel cluster who …

Canadian sisters take gold, silver in women's moguls

<b>Krasnaya Polyana</b> -- , Russia - The Dufour-Lapointe family of Canada will have a few things to share when they get home from Russia. Like Olympic gold and silver medals.<p>Youngest sister Justine took the gold in women's moguls Saturday night and middle sister Chloe got the silver.<p>Oldest sister Maxime …

Ashley Wagner's Angry Face Inspires Olympics Meme

McKayla Maroney, meet your Winter Olympics counterpart, Ashley Wagner.<p>Team USA figure skater Wagner came to Sochi to prove herself after a shaky …

Olga Graf almost flashed everybody after winning speed skating bronze

Russia's Olga Graf was excited, as is typically the case, after she won a medal in the ladies' 3000m speed skating event Sunday. So excited that she forgot there was nothing on under her suit.<p>From the Associated Press:<p>"I totally forgot. We have very good suits and they are very tight. ... You just …

Hawking: Is He All He's Cracked Up To Be?

Partway through <i>Hawking</i>, a moving new PBS documentary on the life and work of British physicist Stephen Hawking, narrated via voice synthesizer by the …

8 Facts You Never Knew About Christmas

Magic mushrooms, prostitution, home invasions? The story that Americans celebrate has far from family-friendly origins. The truth about this holiday, …

Moon, halo, Jupiter last night

The moon has been moving past the giant planet Jupiter these past few nights. Plus a lunar halo.<p>Deborah Byrd created the EarthSky radio series in …

250 Hard Drives Used To Make One Awesome F1 Car

Advertisement<p>Though this car may look like an actual Formula1 racer at first glance, taking a closer look reveals that there is something unreal …

Aw, Look At These Cute Miniature Satellites Being Launched Into Space

Are you going to do some science, guys?<p>Cubesats are relatively small, cheap, boxy satellites that promote citizen space-science. Secondary function: they look cute and hilarious when being dumped into space.<p>NASA just released this image of three such satellites getting released from the …

How Scientists Are Learning To Shape Our Memory

The next treatment for trauma could be spotless minds.<p>Roadside bombs, childhood abuse, car accidents—they form memories that can shape (and damage) us for a lifetime. Now, a handful of studies have shown that we’re on the verge of erasing and even rewriting memories. The hope is that this research …

A Bigger iPhone 6 Could Carry a Bigger Price Tag, Too

It has been just two months since Apple’s latest iPhones went on sale, but already analysts are wondering about the next — and more specifically, its …

Self-driving vehicles still a decade away, experts tell Congress

Truly autonomous vehicles won't arrive until at least 2020 and likely later, according to a panel of car company executives and researchers that spoke to Congress this week. Mike Robinson, vice president of sustainability and global regulatory affairs at General Motors, told a panel in the House of …

Potato power: the spuds that could light the world

With a simple trick, the humble spud can be made into a battery, so could potato powered homes catch on?<p>Mashed, boiled, baked or fried? You probably have a preference for your potatoes. Haim Rabinowitch, however, likes his spuds “hacked”.<p>For the past few years, researcher Rabinowitch and colleagues …

Space Station Crew Members Discuss Life in Space with University of Illinois Alumni and Media

Removing the Barriers to Deep Space Exploration

New Cassini Photos: New Saturn Photos Taken by Cassini Released by NASA

New Cassini photos were released by NASA this week, showing Saturn and its rings as it eclipses the sun; 141 new photos were taken in July by Cassini …

Big Pic: A Star's Bright Birth

Supersonic jets blow gas out of Herbig-Haro 46/47.<p>Hellooooo colorful baby star! NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope and the newly finished Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) in Chile were able to get us this stellar look inside the gas and dust surrounding Herbig-Haro 46/47. Herbig-Haro …

Imaging

What Color is Your Blood?

The Next Generation of Exoskeleton Will Be Mind-Controlled

Robotic legs have helped paraplegics stand on their own two feet again. The next generation of exoskeletons will be even better.<p><b>Several years ago a workplace accident</b> left 42-year-old Michael Gore paralyzed from the waist down and confined to a wheelchair. Now he's able to walk again, thanks to the …

Robotics

Commercial Space Program Success

Heavy atoms help give black hole jets their power

Jets of a black hole known as 4U1630-47 contains heavy particles, such as iron and nickel. It helps explain why black hole jets pack such a …

The Smithsonian is now sharing 3D scans of artifacts with the public

The Smithsonian is taking the next step in sharing its massive collection with the public. Today marks the release of the Smithsonian X 3D Explorer, a tool that will eventually allow students, educators, and laypeople to interact with 3D models of the museum's 137 million artifacts. The tool will …

NASA News Conference on Completion of COTS Program