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Infographic: Timeless tips to make you a better writer

Writing is darn near impossible to master, but there are methods to ease our editorial madness.<p>An infographic posted by GrammarCheck serves up eight …

Public Relations

NASA's heat shield tech could save firefighters' lives

NASA has teamed up with the Department of Agriculture's Forest Service to see if the agency's heat shield technology could be adapted to protect people during forest fires. Currently, firefighters carry a 4.3-pound "personal fire shelter" -- a large tinfoil snuggie that's designed to keep them safe …

The Physical Effects of Living in Space Could Create a New Human Species

What if one day we encounter aliens, and they are our descendants?<p>Societies living off-Earth sounds like a concept from science fiction. We spend our lives pinned to the planet. In half a century of human space flight, fewer than 600 people have traveled to low Earth orbit, and just 12 have stood …

How to Start a Profitable eBay Business With £50!

<b>Can you really start a profitable eBay business with less than £50?</b> Yes, you can and in today’s blog post I’ll guide you through the exact system you …

Using Physics to Increase Glute Med Activity

There’s a simple physics trick that you can use to increase the demand on the gluteus medius. All you have to do is take advantage of the 1st Class …

Here are the actual tubes one company plans to use to make the real Hyperloop

It's worth mentioning that the company has no affiliation with Elon Musk, who originally proposed the Hyperloop idea.<p>It also has no affiliation with Hyperloop Transportation Technologies, which is another company that also plans to build a test track and recently secured land in Quays Valley, …

Dutch Developed Action RPG Kyn Brings Its Nonlinear World Next Month

Teamwork is the key to success.<p>The two-man game development team of Tangrin Entertainment has announced its action RPG Kyn will be coming to PC, Mac, …

Here’s What Happens to Your Brain on The Way to Mars

Early studies suggest it's probably nothing good.<p>NASA plans to send a crewed mission to Mars within the next 20 years, but a recent study indicates …

University of California

Einstein's Theory of General Relativity

In 1905, Albert Einstein determined that the laws of physics are the same for all non-accelerating observers, and that the speed of light in a vacuum …

Holiday 'Galaxy' Insight --"Why the Cosmos, Why the Quantum, Why Existence"

John Archibald Wheeler, theoretical physicist at Princeton, largely responsible for reviving interest in general relativity in the United States …

3-D Cosmic Map Helps You Wrap Your Brain Around the Universe's Weirdness

As someone who writes about astronomy, I know that figuring out the universe is tough. There's all these weird things — dark matter, quasars, …

Meteoric career rise: Meet the female space scientist who's trying to discover the origin of life

Dr Zita Martins gave up her dream of becoming a ballet dancer to pursue a career as a space scientist. Helena Pozniak meets the woman working in the male-dominated field of astrobiology.<p>Every day, Dr Zita Martins wakes with butterflies in her stomach. “I feel that thrill, that passion that makes me …

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 …

Google Doodle: Erwin Schrödinger's Cat

The Google Doodle for Monday, Aug. 12, pays tribute to Austrian physicist Erwin Schrödinger. Did curiosity killed the cat? A complex question of …

A dozen asteroids are 'easily retrievable' with current spacecraft, researchers say

NASA has raised a few eyebrows (and even the ire of some lawmakers) with its recently announced, far-flung plan to capture an asteroid and tow it into orbit around the moon, where it can be explored and sampled relatively easily from Earth. The fact that NASA aims to complete this asteroid …

Particle Physicists Want A New Collider To Study The Higgs

"It's a very curious time in high-energy physics," says Michael Peskin, a researcher at SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory in California. On the one hand, researchers have just made the most significant discovery in decades: In July of last year, they announced they had found the Higgs particle …

Google Doodle Honors Physicist Erwin Schrödinger And His Quantum Cat

The Nobel prize-winning scientist would have been 126 today.<p>Erwin Schrödinger, creator of the famous thought experiment in which a cat in a box is simultaneously dead and alive, was born August 12,<p>18861887, in Vienna, Austria. Today, Google celebrates the quantum physicist with a Doodle showing two …

Bodies In Motion: Exploring the Human Limits of Future Travel

The limits of travel are defined not by what vehicles can do, but by what vehicles can do to us. So how much can we take?<p>On the morning of October 25, 1999, captain Michael Kling and his first officer, Stephanie Bellegarrigue, piloted a Learjet Model 35 out of Orlando and set a heading for Dallas, …

How to combat the loneliness of space travel

Astronauts face many difficulties, but the lack of company can often be the most daunting. So for people who want to venture out into the final frontier, here are the best ways to beat the space blues – from tweeting to talking robots.<p>On March 28, 1934, Admiral Richard Byrd stood outside his …

FYI: Can Staying Positive Extend Your Life?

Maybe, but no one has ever proved it.<p>The belief that optimism can keep you alive—or at least stave off cancer—gained traction after the release of a study in the Lancet medical journal in 1979. The study followed six dozen recovering breast-cancer patients for five years. Researchers found that …

The Forgotten Cold War Plan That Put a Ring of Copper Around the Earth

During the summer of 1963, Earth looked a tiny bit like Saturn.<p>The same year that Martin Luther King, Jr. marched on Washington and Beatlemania was …

Engineers Identify 12 Asteroids We Could Capture With Existing Rocket Technology

By looking through the catalog of known asteroids, aerospace engineers have identified 12 candidates that we could reach out and capture using …

What Twins Reveal About The Science Of Faith

Studies of twins suggest that faith is influenced by genes.<p>I am frequently asked by journalists to recall the most surprising finding of our twin studies. The study of religion and belief in God is the one that always comes to mind, and the results are not easily accepted by many people. Most …

Sally Ride Gets Posthumous Medal Of Freedom

Ride on.<p>Sally Ride, the first American female astronaut to go to space, will get a posthumous Medal of Freedom, the U.S. White House announced yesterday.<p>Ride flew aboard the shuttle Challenger in 1983. She had been part of the first class of American astronauts to include women and non-white …

Top 10 tips for meteor-watchers

How to watch a meteor shower. Tips for beginners.<p>Your goal: to observe a meteor shower. You read an article about an upcoming meteor shower, and you …

NASA Ponders Life-Seeking Mission to Europa Moon

<b>With tantalizing hints of a global salty ocean lying beneath a layer of fractured ice, Jupiter‘s moon Europa has been catapulted to the top of the list of suitable homes for ETs in the solar system.</b><p>Now NASA has begun mapping out what a future mission to this intriguing worldlet may look like.<p>A new …

Secure Email Options for Message Privacy

It's shockingly, disturbingly easy for the government to snoop on your emails. Here are your weapons in the fight for secure email.<p>Many of us had assumed our feeble Gmail passwords were secure enough to keep prying eyes out of our email accounts. (I used a letter, a number, <i>and</i> a symbol!) But with …