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SpaceX Hid a Second, Secret Payload Aboard Falcon Heavy, And It Sounds Amazing

Designed to last for millions of years.<p>Elon Musk's personal Tesla might have gotten all the headlines during SpaceX's historic rocket launch last …

Space Exploration

Scientists studying psychoactive drugs accidentally proved the self is an illusion

Philosophers and mystics have long contemplated the disconcerting notion that the fixed self is an illusion.Neuroscientists now think they can prove it or, at least, help us glimpse this truth with some help from psilocybin, the psychoactive property in magic mushrooms.<p>Researchers around the world …

Consciousness

You can now have the Apollo keypad on your desk (and it actually works)

Even if you weren’t one of the first humans to put boots on the moon, you can now time-warp yourself back to Apollo 11 with some retro-cool tech.<p>This …

Space Exploration

Mysterious 'pants' arch baffles internet, geologists and Nunavut tourism office

'My first reaction when I saw the photo was, ‘No way, this is definitely Photoshopped,’ says tourism worker<p>Behold.<p>A massive, pants-like rock …

Canada

Laser Scans Reveal Maya "Megalopolis" Below Guatemalan Jungle

A vast, interconnected network of ancient cities was home to millions more people than previously thought.<p><i>See how LiDAR is revolutionizing archaeology and rewriting history in "Lost Treasures of the Maya Snake Kings," a one-hour special premiering Tuesday, February 6, at 9/8c on National Geographic.</i><p>…

Archaeology

Earth’s Magnetic Field Could be Reversing, Dooming Us All

Credit: Pixabay<p>If you think back to your high school lessons, you may recall that every so often, the Earth’s magnetic poles flip. We know this …

Universe

‘World’s most mysterious’ manuscript has finally been cracked after 500 years

A 15th-century manuscript described as ‘the world’s most mysterious’ – and showing strange, ‘alien’ plant species – has finally begun reveal its …

Archaeology

FDA-approved robotic exoskeleton magnifies wearers’ strength by tenfold

The United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently gave its stamp of approval to Cyberdyne. But don’t worry: Skynet isn’t on the cards …

Robotics

Woman Discovers She Can Play STAR WARS Music with Just a Pencil

We are here for any and all versions of the <i>Star Wars</i> Cantina Band Song from <i>A New Hope</i>. We loved hearing it on a barrel organ, we adored this …

This Extraterrestrial Stone Contains Compounds Not Found Anywhere Else in Our Solar System

Whoa!<p>A small pebble found in Egypt is decidedly Not From Around Here.<p>The Hypatia stone, as it is known, is not only extraterrestrial in origin. It …

Astronomy

NASA's Curiosity Rover spotted mysterious 'stick-like formations' on Mars

The images of these stick-like formations were taken by the Mars Curiosity rover on Tuesday, January 2, 2018.<p>A new discovery has been made by the …

Experiments Show The Effects of a Fourth Spatial Dimension

Wow.<p>We're used to dealing with three physical dimensions and one extra dimension of time as we move through the Universe, but two teams of scientists …

Astronauts Have Identified Unknown Microbes in Space For The First Time

No aliens... yet.<p>Wheresoe'er humans roam, there you will also find microbes. It's just a fact of life - we contaminate everything we touch.<p>Which …

Surprise Ice Discovery Just Made That Interstellar Object Even More Confusing

Comet? Asteroid? (Aliens?)<p>When 'Oumuamua first came to the notice of astronomers, zooming into the Solar System from very, very far away, it was …

Twin super-Earths around a nearby star make our solar system look weird

The more papers I read about "strange" exoplanets, the more I realize <i>we're</i> the strange ones.<p>In 2015, astronomers reported the discovery of a planet …

Uranium breakthrough may pave the way for entirely new materials

An Unexpected Find<p>Researchers working at the University of Manchester in the U.K. have discovered that uranium can perform reactions that can offer …

Nasa have discovered a planet so unusual, it could rewrite the astronomy books

WASP-18b has an atmosphere consisting of deadly carbon monoxide.<p>A Nasa-led team has found evidence of a mysterious planet that is so unusual, it …

Universe

Plunge Into Mexico's Flooded Caves

Explore the dazzling water-filled sinkholes of the Yucatan Peninsula.<p>Beneath lush greenery, Mexico’s Yucatán Peninsula is like Swiss cheese. The bedrock is pocked with thousands of sinkholes, formed when limestone collapses and cool groundwater seeps in.<p>In centuries past, the Maya relied on cenotes …

Scuba Diving

Eleven Light-Years Away, an Earth-Size Planet That May Be Habitable

There’s a new place to look for life in the universe.<p>Astronomers announced on Wednesday the discovery of an Earth-size planet around a small red star in our corner of the galaxy. The planet could hold liquid water and conditions favorable for life.<p>The star, Ross 128, is not the closest with a …

Universe

Scientists Have Concluded That The Universe Shouldn't Really Exist

And yet here we are.<p>Scientists just confirmed the problem at the centre of the Universe: it shouldn't really exist at all.<p>That's because at the very …

Physics

NASA's new ion thruster breaks records, could take humans to Mars

Ionic Propulsion from NASA<p>NASA’s new X3 thruster, which is being developed by researchers at the University of Michigan in collaboration with the …

Space Travel

NASA press release says our solar system has a 9th planet

Planet Nine<p>Earlier this month, NASA issued a press release stating that it’s likely that our solar system has a ninth planet—even if it’s proving …

Elon Musk shares first full-body photo of SpaceX’s spacesuit

Elon Musk has shared a photo of the SpaceX spacesuit the company has designed in-house. This is the second photo shared by Musk of the new spacesuit design created by the company, and the first to feature the suit’s full-body look.<p>The first photo focused on the head and shoulders of the outfit, …

Space Exploration

Elon Musk reveals first official photo of SpaceX space suit

The suit actually works and more details are coming<p>Elon Musk has posted the official first photo of his SpaceX space suit on Instagram, teasing that more details will come in a few days. Musk says the suit actually works, and was tested to double vacuum pressure. The suit itself is very white and …

Elon Musk

New mysterious radio signals detected coming from a star just 11 light years away from Earth

Astronomers say that although unlikely, the possibility that signals came from intelligent extraterrestrial life cannot be ruled out yet.<p>Mysterious …

Extraterrestrial Life

The Bots Beat Us. Now What?

In the summer of 1977, Bobby Fischer was in self-imposed exile in Pasadena, California. The greatest chess player on Earth at the time, Fischer had …

A New Quantum Theory Predicts That the Future Could Be Influencing the Past

Quantum physics has spawned its share of strange ideas and hard-to-grasp concepts - from Einstein’s “spooky action at a distance” to the adventures …

Quantum Mechanics

‘Solar paint’ breakthrough can provide endless energy source

It harnesses sun and the moisture in the air to harvest hydrogen<p>There’s big business in disguising energy-generating tech like solar panels as innocuous building elements like roof tiles, window blinds, and even stained glass. But researchers at RMIT University in Melbourne may have created the …

NASA Can't Explain What Made This Strange, Deep Hole on Mars

We're not saying it's aliens...<p>You'd think NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) has seen everything there is to see on the Martian surface in the …

The weirdest star in space is acting weird again. Is it aliens?

This week a bizarrely behaving star began acting very odd again, sending scientists scrambling to train telescopes on it in hopes of solving its mystery.<p>In 2015, astronomers discovered what's become known as one of the strangest stars seen so far in the universe.<p>Weird things are happening around …