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Fossil leaves reveal pre-colonial forests - Futurity

Preserved leaves from Pennsylvania provide a glimpse of what ancient forests were like before European colonizers arrived.

Google Glass Could Save Companies $1 Billion By 2017

Market research firm Gartner has boldly predicted that companies using Glass and similar gadgets could save $1 billion a year within three to five years.<p>Hands-free access to the Internet, cameras, conferencing and phone calls, plus something called "augmented reality" will be a big help to people …

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Fossil from the depths of the solar system

(Phys.org) —ISON is approaching the Sun. An international observation campaign which involves ground-based telescopes, space probes and space …

How Isaac Newton's encounter with that apple ended up helping send rockets into space<p>Newton's equation first appeared in the <i>Philosophiæ Naturalis Principia Mathematica</i>, July 1687. It describes why that apple fell from that tree in that orchard in Lincolnshire. Whether or not that apple actually …

The Most Interesting Photography From All That Is Interesting

photography<p>Be it daguerrotype or digital, the photo is one of the few tangible, intelligible links we have to the past. Photography, then, is as much …

Civil Rights

Loops of plasma on the Sun, four times wider than Earth

Loops of plasma on the Sun, four times wider than Earth.

30 years of space shuttle missions: A salute in images

The shuttle era is over, but graphic artist Luke Wesley Price is determined to keep the memory from fading. A new photography book, written and designed by Price, collects some of "the most breathtaking and awe-inspiring NASA images from the space shuttle’s 30-year service history."<p>"Space Shuttle: …

Why all we knew about planets is wrong

We thought we knew how planets form, but the discovery of hundreds outside our Solar System changed all that, even what type of world can house life like ours.<p>Up to only a couple of decades ago the perception of our Solar System was so simple. Every planet is unique: Saturn has its spectacular …

The gravitational orbit of any moon, planet, star or galaxy forms a helix, when you view it traveling through a time dimension

<b>The gravitational orbit of any moon, planet, star or galaxy forms a helix, when you view it traveling through a time dimension.</b> A 3-dimensional helix is a ‘slice’ of the 4-dimensional shape of the orbit of a planet; Y is a time dimension, X and Z are space dimensions. One 2D slice of a 3D helix is a circle, another is a wave. One 3D slice of a 4D helix is a sphere; a planet in a specific moment of time.<p>Interesting patterns are revealed when you start thinking about the 4-dimensional shapes of …

July 2013

The Myth of 'I'm Bad at Math'

Basic ability in the subject isn't the product of good genes, but hard work.<p>“I’m just not a math person.”<p>We hear it all the time. And we’ve had enough. Because we believe that the idea of “math people” is the most self-destructive idea in America today. The truth is, you probably <i>are</i> a math person, …

Flaws of Gravity

Even the idlest stroll through Cambridge, England, calls to mind a pantheon of great scientific minds, but none is greater than Isaac Newton, who revolutionized the world of “natural philosophy” while the rest of England was paralyzed by the plague. Reading an enlightening new biography by Peter …

The best science and technology podcasts

The best science and technology podcasts, from astronomy for beginners to consumer advice, selected and updated by Pete Naughton<p><b>SCIENCE</b><p><b>Hubblecast</b><br>Galactic mergers, the Monkey Head Nebula and an operational time machine are just a few of the stranger-than-science-fiction topics touched upon in this …

Red Sky at Night: The Science of Sunsets

A meteorologist explains why the sky is sometimes so colorful.<p><b>On a recent autumn night here in Washington, D.C., the sun seemed to personify a Dylan Thomas poem: Do not go gentle into that good night ... Rage, rage against the dying of the light. The scarlet skies inspired many viewers to grab</b> …

Our Big Beautiful Planet: Breathtaking Views of ‘Earth From Space’ (Photos)

Our Beautiful Planet<p>A new book collects satellite images of places around the earth, giving a breathtaking look at the extraordinary planet on which …

Sample from Mars moon mission could be a twofer - Futurity

A Russian mission to the Martian moon Phobos, launching in 2020, would return samples from Phobos that contain bits and pieces of Mars itself.

Can Marine Life Survive More Acid Oceans?

As the seas absorb more carbon dioxide, their pH drops.<p>Can sea life evolve fast enough to cope with changing ocean chemistry? That's the question researchers like Gretchen Hofmann are trying to answer. The marine biologist is applying her years of experience with sea urchins to determining how …

Why Typhoon Haiyan Caused So Much Damage

The deadly typhoon that swept through the Philippines was one of the strongest ever recorded. But storms nearly this powerful are actually common in the eastern Pacific. Typhoon Haiyan's devastation can be chalked up to a series of bad coincidences.<p>Typhoons — known in our part of the world as …

One-Ton GOCE Satellite Plummets Into Atlantic Ocean

Ending its career as planned<p>A one-ton European Space Agency satellite finally plunged to Earth on Sunday. Dozens of charred pieces of it—the largest pieces could be 200 pounds—likely landed in the Atlantic Ocean near the Falkland Islands. One Falkland Islander even snapped a photo of the …

Best photos, images, videos of Comet ISON

Now ISON cannot be seen from Earth, but it’s coming into the field of view of a whole fleet of ESA and NASA space-based observatories.<p>Professional …

Incoming comet ISON heading for close encounter with sun | Reuters

CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida (Reuters) - A comet is heading for a close encounter with the sun later this month, and if it is not vaporized or torn apart, it should be visible to the naked eye in December.<p>Comet ISON is seen in this five-minute exposure taken at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC) …