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Major drought for U.S. West, including California

While eastern U.S. has cold and unsettled weather, dry and warm weather continues in the U.S. West. Over 60% of the U.S. West is experiencing extreme …

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Nasa hosts the Starship Project aiming for interstellar travel within 100 years

Scientists met in Houston last weekend, shortly after Voyager 1, the 1977 Earth-culture 'message in a bottle,' left the solar system<p>It would be hard enough these days to find a human capable of playing a 12-inch LP, let alone an alien. So perhaps it is time for Nasa to update its welcome pack for …

Proof of alien life? You need a lot more evidence than this | Ars Technica

Life-like debris in the stratosphere isn't enough to leap to life in space.<p>Could life really exist on other planets? The most positive scientific …

Look What We Found on Mars: Curiosity Rover Serves Up Awesome Science | WIRED

News from NASA's Curiosity rover, currently traveling across the surface of Mars, often comes out piecemeal. We learn what the probe did on one …

Scientists Make Photons Act Like Real-Life Light Saber

Photons are particles without mass; until now, our understanding has been that they do not interact with each other at all. That's why, when you shine two lights at each other, they don't bounce off and throw light all over the place; the photos simply pass right through. But new research from …

These Are Some of the Most Otherworldly Creatures You’ll Find on Earth | WIRED

It’s said that we know more about the surface of the moon than our own oceans, and the same may be true of the lifeforms that inhabit them. Cold …

FYI: Is It Possible To Control Our Dreams?

Yes, but only with practice. The best place to start is right before bed. Deirdre Barrett, a professor of psychology at Harvard University and author of <i>The Committee of Sleep</i>, asked 76 college students to choose a problem (where to take a vacation; how to arrange their furniture) and focus on it …

No, Drones Are Not 'Useless' In Most Wars

Air Force Gen. Mike Hostage says drones are worthless in contested airspace. They are, but here's why that doesn't matter.<p>At an Air Force conference near Washington DC this week, Air Force Gen. Mike Hostage claimed "Predators and Reapers are useless in a contested environment," and emphasized a …

Intern Reproduces 86,000 Square Miles Of British Geography In Minecraft

Joseph Braybrook had a very nerdy summer.<p>Anglophile nerd alert: You can now download a geographically accurate, scaled terrain model of Great Britain for Minecraft, thanks to one hardworking summer intern at Ordnance Survey, the country's national mapping authority.<p>It took Minecraft-loving intern …

Woman miraculously survives after her car is flattened by giant container

Rescuers were astonished to pull the driver of this car alive from the wreckage.<p>She lay trapped for half an hour in the flattened Nissan, with …

The Case Of The Girl Who Couldn't Feel Pain

A team of European researchers finds the genetic mutation responsible for a subject's inability to feel pain.<p>"Index Subject 1"—the anonymous girl or woman who participated in this new study—is unusual in a couple of ways. For one thing, she cannot feel pain. It's a dangerous condition for her. …

APOD: LADEE Launch Streak (2013 Sep 11) Image Credit & Copyright: Jeff Berkes http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap130911.html Explanation: On September 6, a starry night and the Milky Way witnessed the launch of a Minotaur V rocket from NASA's Wallops Flight Facility on Wallops Island, Virginia. So did a large part of the eastern United States, as the spectacular night launch was easily visible even from light polluted urban areas. This 35 second exposure captures part of the rocket's initial launch streak and 2nd stage ignition flare along with a brilliant reflection of the fiery sky in calm waters. The stunning view faces south and west from a vantage point overlooking Sinepuxent Bay in Maryland about 20 miles north of the launch pad. Heading east over the Atlantic, the multi-stage rocket placed LADEE, the Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer, into a highly elliptical Earth orbit to begin its journey to the Moon. http://jeffberkesphotography.com/ http://www.nasa.gov/ladee Starship Asterisk* • APOD Discussion Page http://asterisk.apod.com/discuss_apod.php?date=130911 #APOD

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Find the Lagoon and Trifid nebulae

Take a dip in the Lagoon and Trifid nebulae on these September evenings, especially if you’re in a place where you can see the starlit band of the …

Brain-training video games may help reverse cognitive decline in old age

Older people who played a specially designed game improved their multitasking abilities, memory and attention<p>Playing brain-training video gamesmay help reverse the natural decline in cognitive abilitiesamong older people, according to scientists.<p>They found that 60-year-olds who played a …

Battlefield 4 review

The Battlefield series has built its reputation on memorable moments. Some epic, some intimate, some barely believable--YouTube is filled with clips …