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Detroit City Councilman To Propose Goats And Sheep Grazing Ordinance To Keep Up Overgrown Lots

Goats and sheep will be part of a new idea presented at a Detroit City Council meeting on Thursday, according to Fox 2 Detroit.<p>Detroit City Councilman James Tate will introduce a new proposal to allow prescribed grazing on Detroit's many overgrown lots. He said the idea was first brought to him by …

Civic Pride: Detroit Raises $64K For Bronze 'Robocop' Statue

<i>Editor's Note: We're talking today about a tribute to Robocop, Christopher Waltz's next character, conspiracy on film, and Blue Caprice in our</i> …

A suggestion to replace art with reproductions in bankrupt Detroit

Did you know that Michiganders, in general, and Detroiters, in particular, are idle, good-for-nothing spendthrifts?<p>Michael Kinsley thinks so. The New Republic's editor-at-large has written a snarky new column contemplating possible masterpiece sales from the Detroit Institute of Arts in the face of …

Revealed: Detroit Gave $2 Billion in Undisclosed Union-Brokered Bonuses

A stunning new actuary report on Detroit’s pension implosion has revealed that Detroit trustees doled out nearly $2 billion in undisclosed holiday …

Obama drafts $320 million rescue package for bankrupt Detroit

The Obama Administration has pledged $320 million in aid to Detroit as the city emerges from bankruptcy. <i>Bloomberg</i> reports that a delegation of administration officials arrived in the onetime auto-manufacturing capital on Friday and announced a package of federal, state, and private aid.<p>Detroit, …

Best space images of the month

It’s been a memorable month in space. Here are some of the most stunning pictures captured– from Mars canyons to a surprised frog at a rocket launch.

What’s the birthstone for October?

Happy birthday October babies! Your birth month has two birthstones – opal and tourmaline.<p><b>Opal</b><p>The opal is a fragile hydrated silica material, made of …

Possible to have 3 eclipses in 1 month?

In a calendar month, 3 eclipses are rare. But in a lunar month, 3 eclipses are are more common. From 2000-2050, it happens 14 times.<p>Every calendar …

Solar Eclipse

Congress Just Furloughed The Mars Rover Curiosity, Too [Update: Curiosity Is Safe]

But 97 percent of NASA employees are still grounded.<p>[**<i>UPDATE:</i> **Hooray! Curiosity will keep running after all. Although a NASA spokesperson had said the rover would be moved into safe mode and stop gathering data, a spokesperson with the Jet Propulsion Laboratory clarified to NPR that, since …

Mars rover uncovers a surprisingly Earth-like rock

Analysis of a rock on Mars by the rover Curiosity suggests parts of the red planet may be more like our own than we ever knew.<p>The findings are …

How to make a Jedi lightsaber

It was hard to miss the disturbance in the force when scientists at Harvard and MIT declared they had turned light into molecules last week, prompting a collective air punch from the kind of folk who attend sci-fi conventions, for surely a working Jedi lightsaber was now close at hand.<p>The story …

First Cloudy Alien Planet Spotted From Earth

Call it cloudy with a low chance of meatballs. The alien world Kepler-7b — a very reflective world in big telescopes — has clouds in its upper atmosphere. And scientists have actually been able to map those out, despite the planet’s great distance from Earth (at least 1,000 light-years away.)<p>It’s …

When is the next meteor shower?

No major meteor showers are predicted until the Lyrid shower, peaking on the morning of April 23, 2015. Between now and then … fireball season!<p>After …

New theory explains seeds of life in asteroids

An alternative to a long-taught – but largely discredited – theory that seeks to explain how biomolecules were once able to form inside of …

The Government Shutdown's Final Frontier: How NASA Is Dealing

If ET wants to phone home, this is not the week to do it. NASA's phone lines are down, as are its website and many Twitter feeds. All have been silenced by the government shutdown, whose far-reaching consequences are now stretching into space.<p>The shutdown began on Tuesday, after Republicans and …

Mars orbiter first to capture Comet ISON sweeping past Mars

Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, and Mars rovers Curiosity and Opportunity, have all tried to image Comet ISON in recent days as it swept past Mars. The …

Steam devil over Yellowstone Lake, Wyoming

Steam devils are rare, but they may form over large lakes and oceans during cold weather, if the water below is still relatively warm.<p>Kevin Palmer …

Where’s the moon? Waning crescent

New moon is March 17. If you see the moon in the east before dawn Friday, it’ll be a very slender crescent.<p>Have you been watching the <i>old moon</i>? That’s …

Tropical Storm Karen Heading For U.S. Gulf Coast

Newly formed Tropical Storm Karen, which could reach hurricane strength by Friday, is expected to make landfall on the U.S. Gulf Coast sometime over the weekend.<p>The National Hurricane Center in Miami says the late-season storm formed Thursday morning about 485 miles south of the Mississippi Delta, …

Gravity, review: 'heartachingly tender'

Starring Sandra Bullock and George Clooney as astronauts adrift in space, Alfonso Cuarón's astonishing thriller is one of the films of the year, says Robbie Collin<p><b>Dir: Alfonso Cuarón; Starring: Sandra Bullock, George Clooney. 91 min.</b><p>Watch an astronaut drifting through space for long enough and …

FYI: What Would Happen If You Got Zapped By The Large Hadron Collider?

It would burn a hole through you—and then some.<p>The scientists at the LHC would like to make two things very clear. First, it's just a horrible idea to put any part of your body in front of the collider's two proton beams. Each beam comprises 320 trillion particles, so the total energy delivered is …

Exoplanet weather: Hot and cloudy, or hot and clear, again

First-ever map of the distribution of clouds on an exoplanet shows what the weather would be like on a light, hot, tidally locked world.<p>The one …

Watch This Droplet 'Walk' On Liquid [Video]

Mesmerizing. These little drops of silicone oil can "walk" and bounce across a vibrating bath of the same fluid, rather than sinking down and becoming part of the bath. The vibrations in the fluid allow the droplets to be borne across the surface by the waves produced when they collide. In short, …

Physics

WIRED Space Photo of the Day 2013 | WIRED

Jan. 19, 2014: Solar X-Flare<p>The largest sunspot group of the solar cycle unleashed a large (X1.2 class) flare just when it was facing right towards …

Shutdown Quiets NASA, So Space Station Astronauts Enjoy View

Of all the government agencies, NASA is among the hardest hit by the government shutdown. As of Oct. 1, nearly all of its employees have been told to pack up and head home.<p>But there are two NASA workers who can't leave the office, at least not without great expense to the taxpayer. Astronauts Karen …

BigPic: A Model Of BepiColombo, The Spacecraft That'll Explore Mercury

Europe and Japan are on a mission to Mercury. The BepiColombo mission is expected to launch in 2015, and arrive in Mercury by 2022. Carried in a vessel creatively dubbed the "composite spacecraft," two Mercury orbiters will separate and go into different orbits. One, made by the European Space …

Researchers find that double star Fomalhaut is actually a triple

As seen from Earth, Fomalhaut C appears far from the big, bright star that is Fomalhaut A. The two stars are separated by roughly 11 full …

The Next Reality TV Prize: A Trip To Space

The series, Space Race, is being developed for NBC.<p>Now that Bill Nye has been unfairly removed from the travesty of a television program <i>Dancing With the Stars</i>, there is a strange, science-y, reality TV show-shaped hole in my heart. But perhaps billionaire party-dude archetype Sir Richard Branson …