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Why Gravity is junk science

The latest sci-fi film is so grounded in reality that Quentin Cooper hopes it forces us to start dealing with the real risk of space debris.<p>With its attractive heavyweight stars, it’ll pull you in and never let go. You’re certain to fall for it. It deserves to be massive.<p>The puns are, like the …

Space Exploration

WIRED Space Photo of the Day 2013 | WIRED

Jan. 19, 2014: Solar X-Flare<p>The largest sunspot group of the solar cycle unleashed a large (X1.2 class) flare just when it was facing right towards …

How your dog's wagging tail can reveal its emotions

The way your dog wags its tail may reveal how it is feeling, according to new research<p>Dog owners have long assumed that when their pet’s tail is wagging, it is usually a sign of contentment and happiness.<p>Scientists have discovered, however, that dogs communicate far more information about their …

Gravity: how real is the science?

Alfonso Cuarón’s Gravity might be gripping cinema but how accurate is the space thriller?<p>To use a cliché loved by those who toil in Hollywood, making movies is not rocket science – even, apparently, when the subject is.<p>Yet movie science rarely adds up to more than yet another way to tell the same …

Falling Into The Sky And Other Tales Of Gravity

For most of us, gravity is the tug that pulls us home.<p>Every time we slip off a ladder or somersault into a swimming pool, we feel the planet pulling us back. Austrian stuntman Felix Baumgartner took this notion to a crazy extreme last year when he stepped off a platform attached to a helium balloon …

Watch the November 3 total solar eclipse online

Relatively few people got to see the totality – when moon covered the sun completely – in the solar eclipse of Sunday, November 3. But there were …

Astronomy

Morning Comets Continue to Dazzle in New Images, Timelapses

While many are anticipating seeing Comet ISON, there’s more in the sky these days than just one comet. There are actually four comets now in the …

Astronomy

Satellite Creates First Global Gravity Map of Earth

Using only two months of data, the GOCE gravity-tracking satellite has built the first-ever full map of Earth's gravitational field.<p>The map, called a geoid, reflects the bumps and valleys of Earth's gravitational effects. The map shows what the Earth would look like if it was covered in an ocean …

Astronaut Tom Jones: Why Gravity is an Irresistible Force

How closely does the new space thriller Gravity, starring Sandra Bullock and George Clooney and out this weekend, resemble reality in space? Veteran astronaut and PopMech contributor Tom Jones explains.<p><b>In my dreams of spaceflight</b>, years after my final mission, I usually find myself in the middle of …