Raymond H. Blumel Jr.

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Take a Virtual Trip to a Strange New World with NASA

Are you looking for an exotic destination to visit this summer? Why not take a virtual trip to an Earth-size planet beyond our solar system with …

Astronaut and moonwalker Alan Bean dies at 86

Former Apollo 12 astronaut Alan Bean, who was the fourth man to walk on the moon and later turned to painting to chronicle the moon landings on …

Space Exploration

Even in European countries with the dirtiest electricity, electric cars are cleaner than diesel

Opposition to the electric-car revolution has long argued that if one accounts for the well-to-wheel impact—the pollution produced from the entire cycle of power generation to fuel a car, rather than just the gasoline to power it—battery-powered vehicles are not necessarily any cleaner than …

Electric Vehicles

25-Year-Old Textbooks and Holes in the Ceiling: Inside America’s Public Schools

Broken laptops, books held together with duct tape, an art teacher who makes watercolors by soaking old markers.<p>Teacher protests have spread rapidly from West Virginia to Oklahoma, Kentucky and Arizona in recent months. We invited America’s public school educators to show us the conditions that a …

High School

Goldman Sachs Analysts Question Whether Curing Patients Is Good for Business

Recent advancements in science and medicine have put cures within reach for diseases that have long plagued humankind.<p>In a recent report, though, …

Genetics

Why The Expanse Is the Best Sci-Fi Show You Aren't Watching | TV Guide

<i>The Expanse</i> returns for its third season on Wednesday, but the new installment of the Syfy drama isn't debuting with nearly enough fanfare, if you …

Science Fiction

Amazingly, SpaceX fails to expend its rocket

"We will try to tow it back to shore."<p>On Wednesday evening, a couple of hours after the Falcon 9 rocket had successfully deployed a satellite into …

Space Exploration

Cassini's 'Last Dance': A final portrait at Saturn

In the early afternoon of September 13, 2017, the venerable and much-loved Cassini probe captured this final portrait of Saturn and its main ring …

SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy launch has been pushed to next year

SpaceX's Falcon Heavy rocket has been gearing up for its inaugural launch for quite some time, but multiple delays keep pushing that event later and later. The SpaceX team had most recently been shooting for a launch before the end of this year, but according to reports from <i>Aviation Week</i> and …

These 215 fossil pterosaur eggs are revealing new clues about these mysterious flying reptiles

A team of Chinese and Brazilian scientists has discovered a collection of hundreds of fossilized pterosaur eggs — many of which retained their three-dimensional shape, and some of which even have tiny embryos inside.<p>The find, described in the journal Science, offers an unprecedented look at the …

Eggs

Tesla 100MW battery flexes muscles early this morning – delivers 70MW of ‘stored wind energy’, shows off fast switching

The 100MW/129MWh Tesla battery delivered in 100 days has begun testing. And – for the first time – on Thursday at 4:30 PM in Australia, early this …

Elon Musk's Boring Co. to bid on Chicago airport transit link

The Boring company will bid to build a transit link between O'Hare airport and downtown Chicago, CEO Elon Musk announced on Twitter. The project, …

Giant Asteroid to Shave Earth’s Orbit Next Month: Here’s Why NASA Labels It ‘Potentially Hazardous’

3200 Phaethon is an asteroid measuring about 3 miles across that roams our galaxy, passing in and out of planetary orbits on its journey. Next month, …

How greed, fear and our own biases blind us to the realities of climate change

<b>(AP Photo/Andy Wong, File)</b><p>Humans have evolved to fear immediate threats. By the time climate change is an immediate threat, it’ll be too late<p>James S. Gordon<p>November 26, 2017 10:58am (UTC)<p>This article originally appeared on AlterNet.<p>The Climate Science Special Report that the Trump administration …

Northern California

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Trump, Breaking with Precedent, Won't Meet with U.S. Nobel Recipients

WASHINGTON—President Trump, breaking a tradition that stretches back nearly two decades, will not personally greet the eight American Nobel laureates …

Federal judge rejects outside oversight for Puerto Rico utility

Dive Brief:<p>A federal judge yesterday ruled against a request by the Financial Oversight and Management Board (FOMB) for Puerto Rico to install a …

Caribbean

Commercial Spaceflight Is About to Get Real

Next year will mark the 50th anniversary of the first manned lunar mission, during which three Apollo 8 astronauts orbited the moon and gave the U.S. …

Subsidy plan for coal and nuclear plants 'will cost US taxpayers $10.6bn a year'

Non-partisan analysis reveals the cost of energy secretary Rick Perry’s proposal to give handouts to some of the country’s oldest and dirtiest power plants<p>A Trump administration plan to subsidize coal and nuclear energy would cost US taxpayers about $10.6bn a year and prop up some of the oldest and …

Trump administration has sought domestic counterterror cuts

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> After a deadly terrorist attack in New York City, critics of President Donald Trump on Wednesday pointed to the millions in proposed cuts to counterterror programs sought by his administration, which reduced multiple such initiatives in its budget request.<p>The Trump administration …

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The entirety of Spain and Portugal, from the ISS. Incredible shot! http://t.co/KIVcoes5JH

Did The EPA Censor Its Scientists?

Last week, the Environmental Protection Agency abruptly pulled a group of its scientists from speaking at a scientific meeting set to take place Monday.<p>The conference was focused on exploring ways to protect the Narragansett Bay Estuary in Rhode Island. Climate change happens to be one of the …

Common Raven | American Bird Conservancy

The intelligent and sociable Common Raven has been the subject of mythology, folklore, and literature through the ages. In Native American cultures, …

Birds

Bigelow and ULA announce plans for lunar orbiting facility

WASHINGTON — Bigelow Aerospace and United Launch Alliance said Oct. 17 that they are cooperating on the development of a habitat orbiting the moon …

After second bungle, IRS suspends Equifax’s “taxpayer identity” contract

During suspension, IRS says it will review "Equifax systems and security."<p>Last week we brought news that the Internal Revenue Service awarded a $7.2 …

Identity Theft

No, human space exploration is not a dead end

<i>Marillyn Hewson is chairman, president and chief executive of Lockheed Martin Corp.</i><p>For Post columnist David Von Drehle, NASA's renewed focus on human space exploration is "unnecessary" and "a dead end."<p>I fundamentally disagree with this assessment. I was excited to see President Trump ensure that …

Space Exploration