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How 1.7 Billion Stars Were Mapped With Dazzling 3-D Precision

The ESA's Gaia satellite is helping astronomers understand the origins of our galaxy, one star at a time.<p>More than a billion twinkling stars, drifting lazily across the sky as both Earth and our home galaxy revolve, have been mapped in 3-D by the European Space Agency’s Gaia satellite. On …

Universe

The Challenges of an Alien Spaceflight Program: Escaping Super Earths and Red Dwarf Stars

Since the beginning of the Space Age, humans have relied on chemical rockets to get into space. While this method is certainly effective, it is also …

Why Doesn't Inflation Break the Speed Of Light?

When you think about where the Universe came from, you likely think about the hot Big Bang as our origins. According to the Big Bang, we began with …

If You Thought Quantum Mechanics Was Weird, Check Out Entangled Time

Where the future influences the past.<p>In the summer of 1935, the physicists Albert Einstein and Erwin Schrödinger engaged in a rich, multifaceted and …

NEXT-C electric propulsion engine poised for production

Photo Credit: NASA<p>The NEXT-C ion propulsion engine has successfully completed a Critical Design Review conducted by NASA and is planned for use on …

What is relativity? Einstein's mind-bending theory explained

When the theory of relativity appeared in the early 1900s, it upended centuries of science and gave physicists a new understanding of space and time. Isaac Newton saw space and time as fixed, but in the new picture provided by special relativity and general relativity they were fluid and …

Physics

NASA’s newest spacecraft will scour the galaxy for undiscovered planets

The TESS mission is slated to launch on Monday<p>Next week, NASA is launching its new exoplanet hunter: a satellite that will stare out at the cosmos searching for never-before-seen worlds. Dubbed TESS, the spacecraft is tasked with looking for planets circling around stars outside of our Solar System …

The 10 Strangest Science Stories of 2016

1 of 11<p>Strange science<p>News of alien planets, strange sounds from the seafloor and a bizarre new state of matter turned 2016 into a strange year, …

It's Official: NASA's Peer-Reviewed EM Drive Paper Has Finally Been Published

It works.<p>After months of speculation and leaked documents, NASA's long-awaited EM Drive paper has <i>finally</i> been peer-reviewed and published. And it …

DNA-editing breakthrough could fix 'broken genes' in the brain, delay ageing and cure incurable diseases

Scientists have discovered a new way to edit DNA that could fix “broken genes” in the brain, cure previously incurable diseases and potentially even …

Genetics

This New Hypothesis Claims to Solve 5 of The Biggest Problems in Physics

Welcome to 'New Physics'.<p>Physicists have come up with a new model that they say solves five of the biggest unanswered questions in modern physics, …

The First Water-Vapor Clouds Have Been Discovered Outside the Solar System

It rains all over the galaxy.<p>A team of astronomers led by the University of California Santa Cruz has found strong evidence of water clouds on a brown dwarf called WISE 0855—the first time that clouds of water have been detected outside the solar system. WISE 0855 is only 7.2 light years from …

Astronomy

Hyperloop One Tests Futuristic Transport Tech in First-Ever Demo

It's a bird. ... It's a plane. ... It's a pod of steel! The future of transportation could be closer than you think as Hyperloop One tested its electric engine in its first open-air demonstration on Wednesday.<p>Before its first test run, Rob Lloyd, CEO of the tech start-up, said that the company — …

Controversial new theory of dark matter could rewrite history — NOVA Next | PBS

Dark matter is currently one of the greatest mysteries in the universe. It’s thought to be an invisible substance that makes up roughly five-sixths …

Kepler spacecraft in trouble 75 million miles from Earth

<b>(CNN) —</b> NASA's Kepler spacecraft is in trouble -- far, far away.<p>The telescope that searches for habitable planets in outer space went into emergency mode 75 million miles away from home, leaving engineers scrambling.<p>Mission engineers discovered Kepler was in distress during a scheduled contact …

Gravitiational Waves Give Us A New Way To Look At The Universe

Imagine that instead of the Sun, Moon, planets and stars in the sky, all you had ever seen was clouds. Not the puffy white ones silhouetted against a blue sky, but the thick gray, expansive stratus clouds that are the hallmarks of a dreary winter. But unlike the winter clouds that last for weeks or …

Universe

A promising new material can convert a major greenhouse gas into clean energy

Developed by a team of researchers in China, the material could be one way to deal with the 36 gigatonnes of CO2 we release into the atmosphere each year due to fossil fuel use.<p>Scientists have been struggling for decades to come up with an energy-efficient way to transform CO2 into something …

Will a new solar-powered polymer help keep us warm?

MIT scientists have developed the first solid material that can chemically store and release heat, opening the door for its application in industrial …

Physicists Think They've Figured Out How to Retrieve Information From a Black Hole

Wow.<p>Physicists in the US think they've solved one of the biggest mysteries around black holes: how to retrieve information from them.<p>The gravity …

TIME Picks the Best Space Photos of 2015

This photo of Pluto was made during the New Horizons spacecraft's historic flyby of the dwarf planet in July 2015. New H<p>... VIEW MORE<p>NASA/Reuters

Einstein's Unfinished Dream: Marrying Relativity to the Quantum World

<i>Don Lincoln is a senior scientist at the U.S. Department of Energy's Fermilab, the U.S.' largest Large Hadron Collider research institution. He also</i> …

5 Things To Know About The Search For Dark Matter

We know dark matter exists, but now comes the hard part: figuring out what exactly it is<p>It makes up a quarter of the universe. Without it, galaxies would fall apart, and stars would spin off into space. Dark matter is five times more abundant than normal matter (the stuff that makes up trees and …

Want a Solar-Powered Home? Here's a New Battery That Won't Ignite

As solar panels and wind turbines spread worldwide, they'll need batteries to store power for times when they don't produce it. Harvard debuts a promising prototype.<p>If you dream of an off-grid house powered by the sun, plan on a battery to store energy for cloudy days—ideally, one that won’t catch …

Clean Energy

Is the world running out of space?

In an increasingly crowded world, will we still be able to find respite from one another?<p>Sometimes it’s difficult to fathom that the world could actually become even more crowded than it is today – especially when elbowing through a teeming Delhi market, hustling across a frenetic Tokyo street …

Geography

Scientists studying starlight can tell you: Our universe is going dark

We know that our universe has already lived through great number of exciting phases. But new research released overnight shows the universe has long passed its peak and is slowly but surely dying.<p>The research was presented at the year’s largest gathering of astronomers at the International …

Vegan Palak Paneer Recipe on Food52

<b>Author Notes:</b> There's no cheese in this "paneer" recipe, but there are perfectly seasoned, super crispy, cheesy-flavored blocks of tofu. Take some time to press and marinate the tofu in advance—the resulting texture is absolutely worthwhile. The green sauce may darken over time, but leftovers will …

Recipes

50 Summer Salads You'll Actually Enjoy Eating

No more sad, wilted greens.<p>No more sad, wilted greens.

Healthy Eating

7 Marvelous Hotels You'll Definitely Want To Stay In

Before you book that next holiday, you might want to consider heading over to the likes of Finland, Paris, the Maldives or Switzerland. If you do, …

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