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Making New Elements

How scientists create superheavy atoms.<p>Last year, scientists in Germany set out to create the heaviest known element in the universe: element 119. For five months, they attempted to fuse the atoms of two lighter elements to form one large atom with 119 protons in its nucleus. Like other …

Worms regrow their decapitated heads, along with the memories inside

Some memories just won't die — and some can even be transferred to a whole new brain. Researchers at Tufts University have determined that a small, yellow worm known as a planarian, which has long been studied for its regenerative properties, is able to grow back a lot more than just its body …

How Drones Would've Altered The Course Of The Civil War

We ask the experts how today's technology would've influenced the outcome of the Battle of Gettysburg and the Civil War itself.<p>Last week marked the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg, the bloodiest battle of the American Civil War. In the end, the battle halted an invasion of the north …

Voyager 1 spacecraft's latest find takes the edge off the solar system

The edge of the solar system has no edge, it turns out. It has a fuzzy transitional area, not quite solar system and not quite interstellar …

Apollo mission sites could become a lunar national park

The landing site of NASA's Apollo missions may be transformed into a popular tourist destination, if a new bill in Congress is ratified. Two democratic congresswomen are seeking to designate a national park on the moon, protecting abandoned Apollo artifacts, such as the landing gear, roving …

How to Make A Humanzee

NASA serves up first glance at solar system's comet-like tail

Dogs, cats, and comets aren't the only thing with a tail; NASA scientists announce our solar system also has one chock-full of particles.<p>While Earth spins around the sun at around 67,000 mph, the sun rotates around the Milky Way galaxy at a zippy 140 miles per second. With such a massive force …

Astronomy

The World's Largest Building Is Open For Business

It could fit 20 Sydney Opera Houses inside it and has its own artificial sun.<p>The New Century Global Center, a behemoth Chinese officials are calling the world's largest standalone building, has finally opened in Chengdu, the capital of China's Sichuan province. The colossal structure has 5.5 …

Big Pic: A Monster Waterspout Spins Over Florida

The water tornado touched down in Tampa Bay this week, and some brave soul got video.<p>Waterspouts, for the unfamiliar, are basically water-tornados, often weaker than land tornados but still <i>completely terrifying</i>. As is the case with this waterspout, which hit Tampa Bay, Fla., on Tuesday.<p>The spouts …

A beautiful end to a star’s life

X-rays from the Chandra X-ray Observatory (pink) shows superheated gas around the dense, hot core of an aging star.<p>This is composite image of …

Nebulas

The best science and technology pictures of the week

This week's most stunning images in science and technology, including ventures in space, extreme conditions on earth, and what to do if you are a hot elephant.<p><b>More stunning image galleries:</b><p>Flying aces, challenging swims and confused robots<p>Supermoon, Tesla coils and medical clowns<p>World’s biggest …

Photos

How To Turn A Match Into A Tiny Rocket [VIDEO]

Blast off!<p>The swift strike of a match on July 4 typically precedes sky-high spectacles. But matches themselves can be fireworks. When ignited, the bulb of fuel on a match's tip combusts into space-hogging gases. By containing the gas in aluminum foil and directing it downward, you can create a …