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Carl Sagan was right about us being cosmic dust

You know how Carl Sagan said we’re made of space dust on <i>Cosmos?</i> He wasn’t just dreamily stargazing.<p>Sagan meant it literally when he said, “The cosmos …

Alcoholics who smoke weed every day have healthier livers, study finds

Medical marijuana is now legal in 29 states, with a laundry list of positive uses including pain control and controlling nausea. But according to a …

We Could Soon Get Lasers Powerful Enough to Literally Rip Emptiness Apart

This is intense.<p>Lasers powerful enough to tear the fabric of matter itself are being developed in a special laboratory in China, potentially giving …

Norway's melting ice is revealing priceless ancient artifacts

Items thousands of years old have been discovered in the wake of receding mountain ice.<p>Ancient artifacts preserved in snow and ice over thousands of …

Archaeology

This 40 Year Old Antibiotic Could Fight Back Against The Worst Superbugs

We'd forgotten all about it.<p>As scientists look for new ways to tackle the growing problem of drug-resistant bacteria that evolve to resist our …

Microbiology

Holocaust remembered as warning amid far-right resurgence

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Elderly Holocaust survivors wearing striped scarves that recalled their uniforms as prisoners of Nazi Germany made a yearly pilgrimage to Auschwitz on Saturday, exactly 73 years after the Soviet army liberated the death camp in occupied Poland.<p>On the date now commemorated as …

Is There A Ticking Time Bomb Under The Arctic?

Support the news<p>A short drive north of Fairbanks, there's a red shed stuck right up against a hillside. On the surface, the shed looks unremarkable, …

TRAPPIST-1 Star System Contains Two Potentially Habitable Planets, New Study Suggests

It’s been less than a year since astronomers detected seven planets around TRAPPIST-1, a remarkable star system located 39 light years from Earth. …

Dark energy survey discovers remnants of other galaxies within our own

Dark Energy Discovery<p>The Dark Energy Survey (DES) is an international, collaborative effort to map the Universe and detect its many phenomena — …

This is the Surface of a Giant Star, 350 Times Larger Than the Sun

When it comes to looking beyond our Solar System, astronomers are often forced to theorize about what they don’t know based on what they do. In …

Astronomers don’t understand newly discovered ‘hot Jupiter’

Studying distant planets has helped scientists better explain how the universe ticks, but sometimes a discovery produces more questions than it …

What would it have been like to witness the beginning of the universe?

Something wonderful happened about 13.8 billion years ago. Everything in the universe was created in an instant as an infinitesimally small point of …

These Star Wars-Like 3D Projections Are More Epic Than Any Hologram You've Ever Seen

Mindblowing.<p>Holograms are pretty cool, sure. But they're still just two-dimensional projections that hover in the air, and as soon as you step to the …

This was the Snowstorm Rosetta Saw When it Got 79 km Away From Comet 67P

In August of 2014, the ESA’s Rosetta mission made history when it rendezvoused with the Comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko. For the next two years, the …

Space

Ice melting due to climate change in Norway reveals pre-Viking artifacts

Climate change is melting ice in high mountains, enabling archaeologists to discover artifacts once preserved in glacial ice in Scandinavia, North …

See this bizarre Plan B to cool the planet

As efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions fall woefully short and many scientists agree cuts alone will not be enough to avert the consequences of climate change, radical new schemes are being proposed.<p>While “Plan A” remains tackling the problem at its source, these “Plan Bs” includes a raft of …

Climate Change

Nuclear fusion: the end of our energy problem?

<b>(CNN) —</b> Professor Thomas Klinger heads up one of the world's most advanced nuclear fusion projects at the Max Planck Institute in Greifswald, Germany, where 400 scientists from around the world have invested over one million manpower hours to build the Wendelstein 7-X, a prototype nuclear fusion …

Energy

Never-Before-Seen Viruses With Weird DNA Were Just Discovered in The Ocean

Holy crap!<p>The ocean is crowded. As many as 10 million viruses can be found squirming in a single millilitre of its water, and it turns out they have …

Unnatural selection: The "evolution machine" that drives bacteria to produce new drugs

If there's one thing life is good at, it's adapting to new environments, but that's not always a good thing. Bacteria are fast adapting to …

New Analysis Says We Were Wrong About What Caused The Chernobyl Disaster

So many lives lost.<p>In 1986, the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in Ukraine became the site of the biggest nuclear accident in history when one of its …

UPDATED: There's a Massive Gravitational Wave Announcement on The Way

Set phasers to "extremely excited."<p><b>Update 16/10/17:</b> Today's the day! (We're in Australia, so it's already 16 October for us.) And from what we know …

LIGO

World's first "negative emission" power plant turns CO2 into stone

For several years an international team of scientists has been working on a novel way to turn captured CO2 into solid minerals. The project is dubbed …

Carbon Capture and Storage

A Century-Old Discovery of a Virus Could Become Our Solution to Antibiotic Resistance

There's still hope.<p>Antibiotic resistance - the phenomenon in which bacteria stop responding to certain antibiotics - is a growing threat around the …

Microbiology

Polish Death Metal Band Cancel Tour Dates Deny Allegations Of Kidnap Sexual Assault

music > News<p>Polish Death Metal Band Cancel Tour Dates & Deny Allegations Of Kidnap & Sexual Assault<p>Pic via Facebook<p>Polish death metal band <b>Decapitated</b> …

SPY Guide: How to Use Retinoids & Retinol

If there were an overarching skincare miracle, we’d probably all be using it already. But ask a dermatologist, and they’ll likely tell you that …

Skin Care

Here Are 15 All-Time Best Photos From Cassini That You Absolutely Must See

Wow. Just, wow.<p>Cassini has been out there hard at work for a long time. The Saturn probe departed Earth in 1997 and spent seven years speeding across …

Astronomy

How to Make a Pinhole Viewer for the Total Solar Eclipse, and What to Do While You Wait for Totality

Travel-friendly gadgets and game plans to entertain eclipse-chasers during the long partial phases on August 21.<p>Solar eclipses take time. What you …

San Francisco

Why Renewable Energy Is Not as Clean as You Think

OK, so the fight against climate change isn’t going flawlessly. But there is some cause for optimism, right? Money is plowing into cheap solar …

Renewable Energy

How to Watch the Total Solar Eclipse Without Glasses

You've surely heard by now that the moon will pass between Earth and the sun on August 21, creating a total solar eclipse that will cast a shadow …

See it! 2017’s Perseid meteor shower

Despite a bright moon, the brightest Perseids put on a good show. See photos from the EarthSky community here.<p>Deborah Byrd created the EarthSky radio …

Astronomy