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NASA has discovered 7 Earth-like planets orbiting a star just 40 light-years away

This tiny star has 7 planets that potentially could be suitable for life.<p>The first step in finding life outside our own planet is to find a planet like our own: small, rocky, and at just the right distance from the star that liquid water could exist on its surface.<p>That’s why an announcement today …

Exoplanets

New Continent Zealandia Is Discovered Underwater

The earth's eighth continent is believed a piece of the ancient super-continent Gondwana.<p>Hail, Zealandia! It’s not the lost city of Atlantis, but scientists say they’re convinced they have discovered the planet’s eighth continent sprawling underwater beneath New Zealand.<p>Australia and adjacent New …

Nature

Asteroid attack? Astronomers ponder fourth close pass of 2017

Yet another space rock is set to give Earth a close shave. We ask a professional sky watcher if we should be freaking out just yet.<p>For the fourth time since the start of 2017, a small celestial body will pass closer to Earth than the distance between us and the moon. Recently discovered asteroid …

Space

The First Ever Blueprint for a Mind-Bendingly Massive Quantum Computer Has Been Released

"Life will change completely."<p>Scientists chasing the dream of quantum computing - technology that would grant us unprecentented processing power - …

Quantum Mechanics

Gene Cernan, Last Man To Walk On The Moon, Dies At 82

The last person to leave footprints on the moon has died. NASA reported that Gene Cernan died Monday at the age of 82, surrounded by his family.<p>Gene Cernan flew in space three times, including twice to the moon. Cernan was big, brash and gregarious. And if he hadn't been lucky, he could have missed …

Hypothetical Planet Nine May Be A Rogue World Captured By The Sun, Researchers Say

The fabled Planet Nine — or Planet X, if you will — may be a former “rouge planet” that our sun captured long back. This is a theory put forward by …

Astronomy

In a first, scientists detect 'fast radio bursts' from beyond the Milky Way galaxy

Sifting through the heavens like prospectors panning silt for a glint of gold, astronomers say they have finally pinpointed the source of so-called fast radio bursts – brief, powerful and mysterious flashes of light.<p>The discovery, described in a paper in Nature and two others in Astrophysical …

Astronomy

Welcome to the Universe: Neil deGrasse Tyson on space and other unknowns

Can we afford a no-holds-barred approach to scientific research? Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson tells DW why, when it comes to space, or any unknown, we should "just do it all."<p><i>DW: You've just published a new book, "Welcome to the Universe" with co-authors J. Richard Gott and Michael Strauss.</i> …

How strong is the force of gravity on Earth?

Gravity is a pretty awesome fundamental force. If it wasn't for the Earth's comfortable 1 g, which causes objects to fall towards the Earth at a …

The dwarf planet Quaoar

The vast Kuiper Belt, which orbits at the outer edge of our solar system, has been the site of many exciting discoveries in the past decade or so. …

Humans may dream of traveling to Mars, but our bodies aren’t built for it

Reports of a new space race tell of NASA’s plan to send astronauts to Mars in the 2030s and SpaceX Chief Executive Elon Musk’s ambition to get private explorers there first. This race, however, can’t be won with either’s current technology, regardless of their spending or commitment.<p>The barrier is …

Space

Stephen Hawking Projects We Need to Find a New Earth by 3016

Stephen Hawking believes we only have 1,000 years left on Earth before we're packing our bags to Mars.During a speech at Oxford University on …

Stephen Hawking

7 Of The Strangest Objects Seen On Mars

For thousands of years, people have gazed into the night sky and wondered about the planet Mars. After Earth, Mars is the planet with the most …

UFOs

Scientists Have Detected a Crack in Earth's Magnetic Shield

Uh oh.<p>Earth is such a habitable place, thanks in no small part to the vast magnetic field that surrounds our planet, shielding us from harsh solar …

Why Pluto 'Is the New Mars'

Thanks to all the information pouring in from NASA’s New Horizons mission, Pluto is making a comeback. As New Horizons principle investigator Alan …

Solar System

Of course Uber is working on a flying car project

‘Roads? Where we’re going we don’t need roads’<p>Uber just published a massive white paper detailing its plan to launch an “on demand aviation” service called Uber Elevate. Yes, that’s right. Uber is working on a flying car project.<p>We should have seen this coming.<p>The ambitious project, which was first …

Drones

The Mystery of the Bermuda Triangle May Finally Be Solved

Meteorologists propose a stunning new explanation for the mysterious events in the Bermuda Triangle.<br>Read More

UFOs

Melinda Gates on why, despite everything, the world just keeps getting better

It’s easy, in this age of Donald Trump, to think the world is crashing down around us. But Melinda Gates sees things differently. The philanthropist, who the Clinton campaign briefly discussed as a possible vice president option per a recent WikiLeaks-published email, wants you to know that things …

Philanthropy

16 brilliant innovations tackling poverty around the world

Getting to the root of poverty means solving various issues along the way, and inventors are up for the challenge.<p>Poverty isn't just inadequate access to income — it manifests in a lack of access to health services, education and vital goods. It can also lead to societal instability, allowing …

Developing Countries

China Completes Largest Radio Telescope In The World

The largest radio telescope in the world officially opened on Sunday, according to China's official Xinhua News.<p>The Five-hundred-meter Aperture Spherical Telescope, or FAST, is named after its diameter, which, at 500 meters, is 195 meters wider than the second-largest telescope of its kind, the …

Uber is researching a new vertical-takeoff ride offering that flies you around

Do you want to fly to work?<p>In an onstage interview with me today at the Nantucket Conference, Uber products head Jeff Holden said that the fast-growing ride-sharing company was seriously looking at a new form of transportation to offer its customers: Short-haul flying in cities.<p>The technology is …

NASA Just Found More Evidence of Water Plumes on Jupiter’s Moon Europa

Last week, NASA announced its scientists had found “surprising activity” on Jupiter’s moon Europa. And, just like you’d expect, the space-dork corner …

Extraterrestrial Life

Liveblog: Elon Musk has revealed the Interplanetary Transport System

The big question: Can Musk build a coalition of government and industry support?<p>It's time. After weeks of teasing us with talk of his Interplanetary …

Elon Musk

The United Nations Will Launch Its First Space Mission In 2021 - Motherboard

Considering that the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) has been around for over half a century, it might seem a bit strange that the organization has never launched its own space mission. This is finally slated to change in 2021, when the UN plans to send a spacecraft into …

Space Travel

Rosetta spacecraft lands on comet 67P and switches off for good

'The mission has ended'<p>It's over. After orbiting the duck-shaped comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko for 786 days, the Rosetta spacecraft has landed softly on its surface and turned off its instruments for good. The touchdown was confirmed at 7:20AM ET as the last signals from the probe were received …

Rosetta Mission

Can Congress at least agree on Mars colonization?

The US Senate has proposed legislation that would be the first that calls on NASA to ultimately establish a human colony on the Red Planet.<p>In this …

Do our brains have extraordinary untapped powers?

In rare cases, brain damage has unlocked prodigious mental abilities in patients. Now researchers are exploring the hidden potential in all of us<p>On 13 September, 2002, 31-year-old Jason Padgett, a furniture salesman from Washington, was beaten and mugged by two men after leaving a karaoke bar. He …

The Brain

Earth's Message to Aliens Coming to Humans Soon

It’s been dubbed "music for aliens," but the Voyager golden record, sent into space on NASA's Voyager 1 and 2 in 1977, was as much "a gift to …

Space Exploration

NASA's Trip to an Asteroid Could Reveal the Origins of Life on Earth

Tomorrow night, an asteroid-bound mission will launch towards a shadowy space rock, Bennu. There, it will scoop up a bit of dirt and deliver it back …