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7 Morning Routines That Will Spark Your Productivity

Follow these simple steps and watch your productivity and wellbeing skyrocket.<p>The problem with morning routines is that most people don't have one.<p>For many individuals, waking up in the morning is a chaotic experience, full of terrible alarm clock noises, scrolling through email, and sprinting out …

Time Management

Here's how SpaceX's Falcon Heavy rocket compares to the Apollo moon rocket

It's an Epic Rocket Battle! Or a Clash of the Titans, if you will. Except that in this case, the titans are the two of the heaviest rockets the world has ever seen. And the contenders couldn't be better matched. On one side, we have the heaviest rocket to come out of the US during the space race, …

Space Travel

Jupiter actually does not orbit the sun

As it turns out, Jupiter is so massive that it does not actually orbit the sun. According to Tech Insider, the reason why is a bit complicated.<p>When a small object revolves around a larger one, it is not a perfectly circular path of travel. Rather, they both have an orbit from a combined center of …

Astronomy

Physicists Observe Brand-New State of Matter in an Unexpected Material

Curiouser and curiouser.<p>Back in April, the physics world freaked out when scientists confirmed that they'd made the first direct observation of a …

Quantum Mechanics

Scientists Discover Mysterious Purple Blob at the Bottom of the Ocean

We’re not saying it’s aliens, but a team of scientists has just discovered a glowing purple orb at the bottom of the ocean, and if you’ve ever seen</i> …

NASA's Juno probe just turned on and is starting to collect new information on Jupiter

We won't see much data coming back from Juno until the last few days of August or into September.<p>That's because right now, Juno is actually pretty far away from Jupiter. The mission was designed to give the probe two 53-day-long orbits that swing close to Jupiter on one side but very far away on …

Astronomy

Finding aliens may be even easier than previously thought

But in recent years, efforts have begun to simplify the search for intelligent life. Thanks to the efforts of groups like the Breakthrough Foundation, it may be possible in the coming years to send "nanoscraft" on interstellar voyages using laser-driven propulsion. But just as significant is the …

Universe

Santa Monica firm says it has found a way to salt away electricity, literally

In the energy world, the ability to store electricity at an affordable price is the treasure sought by utility engineers and financial wizards.<p>SolarReserve believes it has found a solution.<p>The Santa Monica company recently completed what it touts as a first-of-its-kind solar power plant that stores …

The world's first solar airport no longer pays for electricity

Fed up with their hefty electricity bill, managers at Cochin International Airport in southern India took matters into their own hands.<p>Three years ago, they began adding solar panels -- first on the roof of the arrivals terminal, then on and around an aircraft hangar. The success of those initial …

Solar Power

Functional human hearts regenerated from skin cells

A team of researchers has used adult skin cells to regenerate functional human heart tissue, a major step forward in bioengineering organs.<p>The day that heart transplant patients no longer need to wait for a donor match just got a little closer. Researchers from Massachusetts General Hospital have …

Stem Cells

Astronomers say they’ve found the biggest structure in the universe and they named it the BOSS

The BOSS is big. Really big. <i>Yuuuuuge</i>.<p>So big that when a star is born on one side of the BOSS, it takes a billion years for the light to reach the other side.<p>So big that comparing the BOSS to the next biggest thing like it is like comparing Andre the Giant to your 3-year-old nephew.<p>What is the BOSS? …

Universe

France just announced plans to help India land on Mars for the first time

This mission, which is scheduled to launch in 2020 and would involve sending a satellite into orbit around the Red Planet, will mark India's second mission to Mars in history.<p>While the 2020 orbiter will not set a lander on Mars' surface, the president of French space agency National Centre for …

Space

Here are all the ways you can get to space without being an astronaut

The first non-astronaut to visit the International Space Station was businessman Dennis Tito in 2001, who paid a hefty $20 million ticket price.<p>But now plenty of companies have sprung up with exciting plans to bring more people to space, for fares as low as $75,000.<p>But that price should decrease as …

Space Travel

5 Kitchen Gadgets You Should Toss Immediately

It's time to say goodbye to the apple corer. Here's everything you should be tossing from your kitchen in the name of sanity and space-saving.<p><i>In addition to eating healthier, the start of a new year is a great excuse for decluttering, spiffing up, and organizing your workspace. All week long, we'll</i> …

Massive Space Telescope Is Finally Coming Together

This week, NASA is set to reach a milestone on one of its most ambitious projects. If all goes to plan, workers will finish assembling the huge mirror of the James Webb Space Telescope — an $8 billion successor to the famous Hubble telescope.<p>"So far, everything — knock on wood — is going quite …

Universe

Behold: 'The Screams of a Star Being Ripped Apart'

By a black hole, no less.<p>There is more to the violence of a black hole than the cataclysmic inward suck of infinite gravity. There is a yang to the yin of a black hole's inward attraction (accretion), which takes the form of relativistic jets that blast outward from the black hole stretching for …

Black Holes

This Video May Help You Wrap Your Head Around 'Quantum Foam'

What <i>is</i> "quantum foam," anyway?<p>Most physics buffs have heard of the space-time concept, which suggests that empty space as we tend to think of it isn't empty at all. Rather, at very small scales, space and time can be a bit "fuzzy" or "bubbly," kind of like foam.<p>"The 'bubbles' in the quantum foam …

Quantum Mechanics

SpaceX Releases Photos of Its Undamaged Falcon 9

The rocket not only pulled off a vertical landing, but just got a little dirty in the process and was otherwise unharmed.<p>SpaceX pulled off a dramatic vertical landing, wowing the world. But it's not enough to return a rocket: it still has to be reusable. The ORBCOMM-2 rocket is going to be put on …

Forget BB-8 — the real breakout character of ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ is this riot gear-wielding Stormtrooper

However, the one character fans can't stop talking about is a Stormtrooper in riot gear who throws down with Finn in the middle of the film.<p>You probably noticed him in one of the film's many ads showing off his awesome riot gear moves.<p>The trooper yells out to Finn calling him a traitor for …

Star Wars

Engineers are building a $1 billion telescope that will produce space images 10X sharper than Hubble

The Giant Magellan Telescope (GMT) will weight 2.4 million-pounds and may revolutionize our understanding of the universe. It uses seven giant mirrors to collect and focus the light to a point and eventually feeds into a series of sensitive instruments for complex analysis.<p>Construction of the …

Universe

4 Important Personal Habits for a More Productive Life

Let's be real: productivity is difficult. You get motivated, you set goals, you put systems and routines in place... but reality doesn't seem to …

Productivity
Universe

DNA from teeth discovered in Siberia suggest that an extinct human species lived there for 60,000 years

Until now, Denisovans were represented only by DNA from a finger bone found in Siberia's Denisova Cave in 2008.<p>Evolutionary geneticist Susanna Sawyer of the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig, Germany, and her colleagues have now extracted nuclear and mitochondrial DNA …

Evolution

Senate Approves Cybersecurity Bill: What You Need To Know

The latest clash in the cybersecurity vs. privacy debate played itself out in Congress on Tuesday when the Senate passed the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act. Supporters say the bill, approved 74-21, will help stop hackers by getting companies that have been breached to share information about …

Homeland Security

Darth Vader actor 'not interested' in Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Dave Prowse, who appeared as the evil Sith Lord in the classic original trilogy, says he has not even seen the trailer for JJ Abrams’s film<p>In terms of rampant hype, it is even giving the original space opera trilogy, which helped usher in the Hollywood blockbuster era and sold hundreds of millions …

Darth Vader

Russia just announced that it's sending humans to the moon

They're a little late for the great space race of the 1960s, but the mission is an admirable push for the reignited interest in manned deep-space travel.<p>On Tuesday, at a space and technology conference in Moscow, the head of Roscosmos Energia — Russia's version of NASA — announced: "A manned flight …

Space Science

Tips From a Flight Attendant

Flight attendants are the face of the airlines. It's their job to ensure that your flight is as pleasant as possible. They go out of their way to ensure our travel is uneventful. (By the way, uneventful is preferred. Incidences, delays, and other events before, during and after flights make for a …

This declassified US intelligence report from 1990 is one of the most terrifying things you'll ever read

Now we finally know it was also one of the most dangerous, thanks to a February 1990 report published by the National Security Archive at George Washington University this week after a 12-year Freedom of Information Act battle.<p>The US and Soviets were dangerously close to going to war in November …

War