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Should We Edit Our Genes to Make Humans More Space Friendly?

While we're at it, can I have superpowers?<p>Colonizing Mars is an honorable goal, one that's getting the attention of the most brilliant minds humanity has to offer. But there is one problem, our bodies aren't really up to the task.<p>Whether its radiation, our annoying tendency to need oxygen, or tons …

Genetics

5 Obstacles Keeping SpaceX from Colonizing Mars

These aren't impossible hurdles, but they will take some brainpower and some luck to solve.<p>Audacious is an understatement if you’re looking to sum up …

Space Travel

Speculation Is Building That Sabotage Was Involved in The Recent SpaceX Explosion

Footage revealed suspicious activity on a nearby roof.<p>Rumours are circulating that SpaceX is investigating sabotage as the cause of its Falcon 9 …

Space Travel

Strange supermassive black hole found in galactic wasteland

A supermassive black hole has been discovered in a sparsely populated area of the universe, leaving astrophysicists scratching their heads about what it is doing there.<p>Nasa’s Hubble Telescope spotted the huge behemoth in the middle of a massive elliptical galaxy called NGC 1600, which sits in a …

Watch Marbles Race (With Pro Commentary)

Twelve marbles enter a sandy race track, 750 feet long. Driven by gravity, this is a horse race of pure physics, as the marbles bounce and roll their …

10 Oddball Cars You Can't Help But Love

We wouldn't go so far as to call these cars ugly, but they certainly don't look normal. Then again, that's actually a good thing.<p>They might not have the most conventionally attractive looks, but these are all still cool cars.

B-52s joining fight against ISIS

<b>(CNN) —</b> The U.S. Air Force is sending a Cold War icon into the fight against ISIS.<p>B-52 Stratofortresses from Barksdale Air Force Base in Louisiana arrived at an air base in Qatar on Saturday for use against ISIS in Iraq and Syria, the Air Force said in a statement.<p>The service did not say how many …

Military

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Trigger for Milky Way's youngest supernova identified

Scientists have determined the likely trigger for the most recent supernova in the Milky Way. They applied a new technique that could have …

Universe

NASA Considers Its Next Flagship Space Telescope

NASA is facing a mind-boggling challenge: predict the state of astronomy two decades from now and design a telescope for that future. This feat of …

Universe

The Mind-Bending Thought Experiment Reveals How We Can Manipulate Time

Space-time is a very weird thing. The idea that time – something so seemingly constant – can be bent and manipulated is a lot to get our mere mortal …

Can We Find Out Where The Big Bang Started?

<i>Is there a reason why we can’t extrapolate the expansion of the universe backwards to determine where it all started in the Big Bang? Thanks!</i><p>Nope – we can, in fact, trace the universe back to where it all started. Unfortunately, it rapidly gets complicated, because the answer is that it began where …

Ten Awesome Science Courses You Can Take Online For FREE

Science and the Internet are two individual entities that, when combined, become the 21st century’s most powerful educational tool. If you suddenly …

Distant super-Earth found to have hot nights and scorching days

But there are still questions surrounding this distant world<p>Today, astronomers have figured out the temperature of a super-Earth — one of the first studies to provide details on the climate of these planets. Not only does it show the planet is extraordinarily warm, it also creates new puzzles for …

Experts doubt claims of 'hidden chambers' in King Tut's tomb

Radar experts are casting doubt on claims that King Tutankhamun's tomb contains hidden, undiscovered chambers — and they're calling for more data to be released.<p>At a March 17 newsconference, officials at Egypt's antiquities ministry released radar data that they said showed the presence of hidden …

See it! Moon sweeps past Mars and Saturn

Both planets are up after midnight now, but soon will be rising earlier … at their best. Enjoy these photos from the EarthSky community!<p>Bottom line: …

Moon farthest south on March 30

The moon reaches its southernmost point for the month on March 30, 2016. The moon is east of Mars and Saturn before dawn on March 30.<p>The moon will …

Space Explained: what are stars and planets made of?

We know that the sun is made of hydrogen and helium – but how do we know this without ever having been there?<p>In the third episode of our new ‘Space Explained’ series, Dr Simon Foster, a Solar Physicist at the Imperial College London, explains the process of light spectroscopy.<p>Spectroscopy is a way …

Space Explained: why is the sky blue?

In this episode of our ‘Space Explained’ series, we answer the question children ask parents the world over: why is the sky blue?<p>Viewed from Earth, the sky above us is blue and the sun yellow, but when viewed from space, the sun is actually white and surrounded by black. So what causes it to appear …

British Astronaut Answers Questions from the Space Station

Beauty of the northern lights

Gorgeous 5-minute video of the northern lights in February and March 2016 – captured in still images, panoramas, time-lapse and real-time videos.<p>Alan …

Video Shows Troubled Japanese Spacecraft Tumbling in Orbit

A new video shows Japan’s troubled Hitomi spacecraft tumbling in orbit. As the satellite crosses the screen (from right to left), it varies wildly in brightness—which means it’s shooting unstably through space. The space telescope lost consistent communication with Earth on Saturday.<p>“If the …

Jupiter Was Just Clobbered By Something Enormous

What you’re seeing up above is a video of something that hit Jupiter so hard, you could see it from space. That little gleam on the side was an explosion so big you could see it from 400 million miles away. So, what hit Jupiter, and how was it so intense?<p>The answer is likely an asteroid or comet, …

Tricking The Brain: How Magic Works

The magician snaps his fingers and a ball disappears right in front of your eyes. How is this possible, you ask yourself? You have a pretty good …

Watch Albert Einstein jumpkick Isaac Newton in Science Kombat

Remember that time you ate glue in seventh grade, and wondered what it would be like if <i>Mortal Kombat</i> featured the characters from your science textbook instead of ninjas? I do! And now I can relive that fantasy without poisoning myself. Browser game <i>Science Kombat</i> stars eight scientific geniuses: …

Scientists attempt to regain contact with Japan's malfunctioning Hitomi satellite

The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) is attempting to regain contact with its malfunctioning Hitomi astronomy satellite.<p>JAXA lost contact with Hitomi, also known as Astro-H, at 3:40 a.m. ET March 26, Space.com reports. The satellite was launched aboard an H-2A rocket on Feb. 17.<p>In a …