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In Search For Habitable Planets, Why Stop At 'Earth-Like'?

<b>Listen · 3:19</b><p><b>Toggle more options</b><p><b>Download</b>• <b><br>Transcript</b><p>In their hunt for potentially habitable planets around distant stars, scientists have been so focused on finding Earth-like planets that they're ignoring the possibility that other kinds of planets might be even friendlier to life, a new report says.<p>…

These Fascinating Maps Show The Origin Of Words We Use All The Time

U.S. playwright Rita Mae Brown said: "Language is the road map of a culture. It tells you where its people come from and where they are going."<p>That quote comes to mind looking at these fascinating European etymology maps of various commons words posted by reddit user sp07, which provide a kind of …

Roadmap

Why the universe may be nothing more than math

If you're not already a physicist, you need to mentally prepare yourself for MIT professor Max Tegmark's explanation of how our entire universe isn't just described by math, but <i>is</i> math. <i>Scientific American</i> published an excerpt from Tegmark's new book, <i>Our Mathematical Universe</i>, which explains that …

Starting fire with water

Astronauts on the ISS are experimenting with “supercritical water,” a form of water with a strange property: it can help start fire.<p>When firefighters …

Space

Unknown Force Kicks Stars Out of Milky Way. Really.

If you could see it from the outside, the Milky Way would look like a majestic spiral of stars and glowing gas, rotating on its axis once every 200 …

Is Ark of the Covenant Fate Revealed in Ancient Hebrew Text?

The fate of the Ark of the Covenant from the Bible could be revealed in a newly translated Hebrew text.<p>King Solomon’s Temple, also known as the First …

Waves in the atmosphere of Venus

Using the Venus Express spacecraft, scientists have identified four types of waves in the atmosphere of Venus: long, medium, short and …

ScienceCasts: Countdown to Pluto

NSA surveillance does little to prevent terrorism, says think-tank report

Is NSA surveillance really necessary to defend against terrorist attacks? It's been a common claim by the agency's defenders as the programs come under scrutiny, but a report released today by the New America Foundation casts doubt on that logic. The report examines how NSA surveillance functioned …

Super-Earths likely to have oceans and continents

Massive exoplanets might be more like Earth than has been thought.<p>Massive terrestrial exoplanets – planets outside our solar system – called …

5 things you need to know about the 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06

Your road-legal C7.R is ready.<p>Forget the ZR1. When GM's engineers put the first 2015 Z06 mule on the Milford RoadCourse, the car promptly set a new lap record. More insane? It did it using engine and suspension calibrations that were nothing but good guesses by engineers. Tadge Juechter, chief …

Sports Cars

Mexico vigilantes clash with Knights Templar cartel in Michoacan

<b>A group of vigilantes in Mexico has seized the small town of Nueva Italia after clashing with alleged members of the Knights Templar drug cartel.</b><p>More than 100 men entered the town in western Michoacan state on Sunday morning and disarmed local police.<p>There were exchanges of fire with alleged gang …

Mexico

CONFIRMED: The DEA Struck A Deal With Mexico's Most Notorious Drug Cartel

"El Vicentillo" being presented to the media in Mexico City on March 19, 2009. REUTERS/Daniel Aguilar An investigation by El Universal found that between the years 2000 and 2012, the U.S. government had an arrangement with Mexico's Sinaloa drug cartel that allowed the organization to smuggle …

Mexico

Mysterious Ancient Indian Metal Works Surpass Modern Technology

What is amazing about the Iron Pillar of Delhi is that, in spite of being at least 1,500 years old and possibly much older, it is so impenetrable to …

Archaeology

Super-Earths: Planets Likely Have Stable Climate Similar to Earth's

Super-Earths, massive planets that have been discovered both in and outside the Milky Way, have been found to have a climate more like Earth’s than …

Blaze destroys ancient Tibetan town dubbed 'Shangri-La'

Inferno rips through 1,300-year-old Tibetan community, which had been pin-pointed as the location of the mythical Shangri-La in James Hilton's novel The Lost Horizon<p>A ten-hour inferno has destroyed the ancient Tibetan town which, according to the Chinese government, was the earthly incarnation of …

Lumus turns its military-grade eyewear into a Google Glass competitor (video)

Lumus has long developed heads-up displays for the US military, but now it's using a developer kit called the DK-40 to bring its HUD tech to wearables outside the battlefield. The contraption's first stop was the CES show floor, so we couldn't resist putting our fingerprints all over it. The key …

The dark side of the moon is turquoise, say astronomers

Measurements from a telescope in Hawaii show blue light reflected from Earth turns turquoise when it bounces off moon<p>In a demonstration of the power of science to ruin a perfectly respectable work of art, researchers have discovered the colour of the dark side of the moon.<p>Measurements from a …

An Embedded Journalist Describes The Most Traumatic Moments From Fallujah

Many veterans of the two major U.S. battles there have expressed disappointment over Fallujah's fall, and it's not hard to understand why after learning about what happened there.<p>One of the best accounts comes from veteran combat journalist Kevin Sites in his book, "The Things They Cannot Say: …

War

Super Powers Helped Doctors Look Inside Human Bodies Without Machines

The most renowned ancient Chinese doctors are said to have exhibited supernormal abilities, including being able to look into a person’s body to see …

Circadian Rhythm and Your Brain's Clock

Get ready for a crash at the Milky Way’s core

A mysterious gas cloud with three times Earth’s mass is spiraling toward the supermassive black hole at the core of our Milky Way galaxy. Expect to …

Why is the Solar System Flat?

Triple star system 'can reveal secrets of gravity'

<b>Astronomers have discovered a unique triple star system which could reveal the true nature of gravity.</b><p>They found a pulsar with two white dwarfs all packed in a space smaller than Earth's orbit of the Sun.<p>The trio's unusually close orbits allow precise measurements of gravity and could resolve …

Universe

9 Things You Need to Know to Survive the Sub Zero Arctic Weather

Sunday’s record-breaking temperatures is some of the coldest weather in the U.S. in nearly 20 years. But as the holidays wind down and Americans head …

Motor Authority

Hear the sound of the Earth moving from the deepest hole on the planet

For billions of years, the Earth has silently traveled through space, spinning around the sun without making a sound. Even here on the planet, there's been little to hear. But now with the right recording equipment and processing, we can get a sense of what it sounds like for the planet to spin and …

A Guide To Spotting And Hiding From Drones

Like birdwatching, but for military robots.<p>Consider it a rough Audubon guide to the mechanical fauna of battlefields. Created by Amsterdam-based designer Ruben Pater, the Drone Survival Guide is, on one side, a rough bird watcher's guide to the modern robot at war. The other side is a short section …