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Get the Russians Out of Our Rockets!

Blue Origin’s new engine is a step toward galactic domination—and a victory for America.<p>Blue Origin started work on its next-generation BE-4 engine in 2011. It wasn’t revealed to the public for three years. News of the BE-4 is always sparse.<p>Last October, after the first test, at 50 percent thrust, …

Space Travel

Blue Origin’s new rocket engine will be able to launch ‘100 full missions,’ CEO says

Blue Origin is headed quickly toward commercial operations as the rocket company founded by Jeff Bezos nears the end of testing for several of its …

Space Travel

Giant group of octopus 'moms' discovered during deep sea expedition: 'It's suicide'

A group of more than 100 octopus "moms" and their eggs were found clustered about 2 miles below the ocean's surface off the Pacific coast of Costa Rica by a group of scientists during a deep-sea expedition.<p>The researchers made the surprising discovery while exploring the Dorado Outcrop, a rocky …

Zoology

Scientists Find DNA Clues That Show How Humans Are Evolving Right Now

Please be wings, please be wings…<p>Evolution never really stops, so it stands to reason that we humans are still undergoing evolutionary changes. Now …

Biology

Alexa Is a Revelation for the Blind

Legally blind since age 18, my father missed out on the first digital revolution.<p>“Is it ‘Electra?’” my father asks, leaning in close to the Amazon Echo my mother has just installed. Leaning in close is his trademark maneuver: Dad has been legally blind since age 18, the result of a horrible car …

Parenting

Was There a Civilization On Earth Before Humans?

A look at the available evidence<p>It only took five minutes for Gavin Schmidt to out-speculate me.<p>Schmidt is the director of NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies (a.k.a. GISS) a world-class climate-science facility. One day last year, I came to GISS with a far-out proposal. In my work as an …

Rare Earth

Brain Waves Synchronize at Live Music Performances

<i>Summary: Brain waves of music listeners synchronize better when they attend a live concert, researchers report. Researchers say the findings indicate</i> …

Neuroscience

Birds Can See Earth's Magnetic Fields, And We Finally Know How That's Possible

Whoa, evolution. Just... whoa.<p>The mystery behind how birds navigate might finally be solved: it's not the iron in their beaks providing a magnetic …

Biology

Neanderthals were capable of ‘turbo breathing’, according to new study of their facial features

Since Neanderthals were recognised as a separate human species a century and a half ago their distinctive facial features have been a point of puzzlement and fascination.<p>Their wide noses, prominent brow ridge and jutting-out faces have prompted a number of theories as to what caused their evolution.<p>…

Humanity

The shocking ways space travel wrecks the human body

There are many good reasons to contemplate leaving Earth. Global warming. The threat of nuclear war. The promise of a sequel to “Justice League.”<p>But …

Justice League

CIA Recruiting: The Rare Topic The Spy Agency Likes To Talk About

Want to work at the CIA? Here's some guidance from Sheronda. We can't use her last name. But we can tell you she's the agency's chief of talent acquisition, or head of recruiting.<p>So, at what age can you start?<p>"We are looking for high school students to come in certain occupations," Sheronda …

Recruitment

US Military Scientists Are Building a Laser Cannon That Shoots Disembodied Voices

The experimental system uses two lasers to generate light, sound, and heat and could be useful for crowd control or other functions.<p>JNLWD<p>A mob of …

Military

See Seven Ancient Wonders As They Would Have Looked In Their Prime

From the unmatched wonder of Cambodia’s Angkor Wat to the sprawling majesty of the temples of Bagan in Myanmar (aka Burma). From Egypt’s Great Sphinx of Giza to the extraordinary carved city of Petra in Jordan. The wonders of the ancient world have long cast a spell over travelers from every corner …

Ancient History

To the Moon and Beyond! — Mission to Mars Funding in Omnibus

Goal is to put an astronaut on the red planet during Trump’s time in the White House<p>President Donald Trump is hoping to land a U.S. astronaut on Mars …

Space Science

This $2 million SUV is bulletproof and cut like a diamond — look inside

The custom-designed Karlmann King SUV is priced at a whopping $2 million.<p>The car includes luxury features such as Hi-Fi sound, private safes, widescreen TVs, phones, and a refrigerator. It also includes features like a coffee maker and a PlayStation 4 gaming system. For an additional cost, it can …

Coffeemakers

Three minutes over Syria: How Israel destroyed Assad’s nuclear reactor

Israel only wised up to Damascus's bid for nukes after it found Gaddafi had managed to run a similar program covertly. Armed with the facts, Olmert …

Middle East

Harry Reid on What the Government Knows About UFOs

Yesterday, we outlined thirteen reasons to take recent reports of UFOs and extraterrestrial life seriously, including a chat with former Senate …

Joe Biden

Empty half the Earth of its humans. It's the only way to save the planet

There are now twice as many people as 50 years ago. But, as EO Wilson has argued, they can all survive – in cities<p>Discussing cities is like talking about the knots in a net: they’re crucial, but they’re only one part of the larger story of the net and what it’s supposed to do. It makes little sense …

Urbanization

IBM built a computer that’s smaller than a grain of salt

IBM will unveil today what it claims to be the world’s smallest computer, a microscopic chip that’s supposedly the size of a grain of salt.<p>Packed …

Quantum Computing

This New Study Suggests Time Did Actually Exist Before The Big Bang

So... is physics broken or not?<p>According to a straightforward interpretation of general relativity, the Big Bang wasn't the start of …

Physics

DARPA Is Funding Time Crystal Research

You probably scratched your head last year if you read about time crystals, likely 2017’s most esoteric, widely covered popular science story. Even …

Quantum Mechanics

Look inside Boeing’s race against SpaceX to launch the next generation of human spaceflight

On July 21, 2011, astronaut Chris Ferguson guided the Atlantis back to Earth to conclude the final space shuttle mission. It was the end of an era …

Space Exploration

The legal battle to colonize Mars

International rules to protect outer space may not be enough to stop the United States.<p>“Very soon we’re going to Mars,” Trump told Marines this week …

Trump's nominee for CIA director oversaw the torture of detainees under Bush

President Donald Trump's controversial nominee to lead the Central Intelligence Agency helped oversee the agency's torture program under the George W. Bush administration, a record that will be the subject of debate during her confirmation hearing.<p>Gina Haspel, who joined the CIA in 1985 and spent …

Cybercrime

Trump’s CIA Pick Gina Haspel Ran a Laboratory for Torture

And that history makes Haspel ‘unsuitable to serve as CIA director,’ a top Democratic senator says.<p>Donald Trump’s choice for his next CIA director …

Our consciousness will shoot through the cosmos on laser beams, says Michio Kaku

Humans are going to terraform Mars. And communicate with aliens. And merge with robots. And possibly find the key to immortality, or at least …

A shadowy and controversial secret club meets in the California woods every year — and at least 5 US presidents were members

<b>• Bohemian Grove is the Sonoma County, California campground where the Bohemian Club meets annually.</b><p><b>• The Bohemian Club, a San Francisco-based private club that has counted a number of US presidents among its members, is a controversial group.</b><p><b>• The club's reported rituals and secretive status have</b> …

Ronald Reagan

This Is Why You Don't See People-Size Salmon Anymore

While the orcas of Puget Sound are sliding toward extinction, orcas farther north have been expanding their numbers. Their burgeoning hunger for big fish may be causing the killer whales' main prey, chinook salmon, to shrink up and down the West Coast.<p>Chinook salmon are also known as kings: the …

Puget Sound

Putin: The New Tsar review – a portrait of a lonely, lying narcissist

Stuffed with insight and bizarre anecdotes, this documentary about the Russian president could almost be funny if it weren’t so scary<p>It was 2006, not long since Vladimir Putin had passed a new law allowing the KGB to kill traitors outside Russia, and soon after Alexander Litvinenko was poisoned …

Russia

A Classic Formula For Pi Was Discovered Hidden in Hydrogen Atoms

Two years ago ... this was an amazing find.<p>Back in 2015, scientists found something amazing for the first time - a classic formula for pi hidden in …