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Can Smoking Pot Treat Incurable Disease?

For 1.4 million Americans who suffer from ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease, medical marijuana might offer some promise.<p>Annual colonoscopies, …

SpaceX just landed a rocket on a drone ship for the first time

At 4:43 pm EST, SpaceX successfully launched their next resupply mission to the International Space Station (ISS). In addition to a seamless launch, SpaceX landed the first stage of their Falcon 9 rocket on an autonomous drone ship for the very first time.<p>This was SpaceX’s fifth landing attempt on …

Space Travel

The Gravitational Wave Hunt Heads to Space

As scientists announced the discovery of gravitational waves for the first time last month, an even more sensitive experiment was already underway. …

A 'mountain' of cars from 1970s found in abandoned Ceredigion slate mine

Urban explorer Gregory Rivolet said the site was 'surreal'<p>Dozens of abandoned cars have been found 65ft underground in a former slate mine.<p>Gregory Rivolet, 31, spent four hours looking around the site and said about 100 cars, which he thought dated back to the 1970s, were 19m underground.<p>Mr …

NASA is giving away these awesome futuristic posters of the cosmos

What would it be like to tour our solar system and beyond?<p>Check out them out below below.<p>You can download the high-resolution PDFs for free here and print them out.

A research team has an unsettling explanation for why we haven't found aliens

Given the size and age of the universe, he said, and the statistical probability of life emerging in other solar systems, why is it that humanity has not seen any indications of intelligent life in the cosmos?<p>This query, known as the Fermi Paradox, continues to haunt us to this day.<p>If there are …

A Brief History of Cryosleep

How scientists are trying to make humans hibernate, and the real science behind one of science fiction's favorite tropes.<p>Earlier this month, 15 top European scientists, who study a variety of medical disciplines, met at the behest of the European Space Agency to discuss how they might solve the …

Space Travel

A Physicist Tweeted That Gravitational Waves "May Have Been Discovered" And People Are Excited

Gravitational waves, if directly detected, would be one of the biggest physics discoveries of the century. But no scientific paper has been published yet, so don't hold your breath.<p>Krauss first mentioned these rumours in a tweet in September last year.

14 ways 20-somethings should invest their time to set themselves up for long-term success

It was good advice when Ben Franklin said it, and it's good advice now, no matter your age.<p>But your 20s are a particularly crucial time in life. Many call these the "formative" years, and the habits you form can carry you through the rest of your life.<p>So what's the best way to spend this time?<p>We …

Nasa seeks new class of astronauts as US nears return to crewed space missions

Space agency says astronauts will pave the way for putting humans on the surface of Mars, as it accepts applications for the first time since 2011<p>A new class of astronauts is being sought by Nasa, now that a return to crewed missions from American soil is on the horizon.<p>The US space agency said it …

NASA confirms that the ‘impossible’ EmDrive thruster really works, after new tests

Engineer Roger Shawyer’s controversial EmDrive thruster jets back into relevancy this week, as a team of researchers at NASA’s Eagleworks …

Spacecraft captures some of the best photos we've ever seen of Saturn's water-rich moon

NASA's spacecraft, Cassini, has been orbiting the ringed-planet Saturn for over 10 years, but some of the most interesting discoveries from the mission have come from its occasional visits next door to Saturn's enigmatic moon Enceladus.<p>In particular, Cassini has revealed evidence Enceladus harbors …

Astronomers have spotted something in space that looks like it could have been made by aliens

"Aliens should always be the very last hypothesis you consider, but this looked like something you would expect an alien civilisation to build," Jason Wright, an astronomer from Penn State University in the US, told The Atlantic.<p>The star, KIC 8462852, is located about 1,500 light-years away between …

The lightest metal ever has been developed by Boeing - it's lighter than Styrofoam

Microlattice is the lightest metal ever to be invented - the structure is 99.99% air<p>Aerospace Boeing has invented the lightest metal ever, called microlattice. The product is 99.99 per cent air and will be used as a primary component in aerospace engineering - it'll be used to make space rockets.<p>By …

Engineering

Tesla just transformed the Model S into a nearly driverless car

The most fun thing about driving a Tesla Model S might be not driving at all. The electric car company has unveiled a new software update that will allow its Model S cars to automatically steer, change lanes, and park on their own.<p>But don’t call the Model S an autonomous car—it’s not quite there …

Autonomous Cars

11 tough interview questions you may have to answer if you want to intern at SpaceX

So it follows that you're going to have to answer some tough interview questions to get the gig.<p>Each year, more than 700 interns join SpaceX headquarters in Hawthorne, California, for 80-hour workweeks at about $22/hour in departments like avionics, dynamics, launch operations, manufacturing, and …

Doom closed alpha sign-ups now open to Wolfenstein buyers

<i>Doom</i> publisher Bethesda Softworks is now accepting registrations for the game's closed alpha, the company announced today.<p>Registration is currently open only to those who pre-ordered or purchased <i>Wolfenstein: The New Order</i> before May 26, 2014, and will be available on PlayStation 4, Windows PC and …

Gaming

Apollo 11 Moon Landing Site Seen in Unprecedented Detail

The clearest view yet of the famous Apollo 11 landing site on the moon was captured by a NASA spacecraft in orbit around our planet's natural …

Space Science

How the expansion of the universe is affecting galactic speeds

Warp speed galaxies come up when I talk about the expansion of the Universe.<p>Perhaps it's dark energy acceleration, or the earliest inflationary period of the Universe when EVERYTHING expanded faster than the speed of light.<p>Imagine our expanding Universe. It's not an explosion from a specific place, …

This Hubble image shows thousands of galaxies — and that's only a tiny fraction of the sky

What happens when you take a 2.4-meter telescope, launch it into space, and command it to stare at one spot in the sky for a solid 14 hours, taking data both in visible light (like our eyes see) and infrared?<p>This. This.<p>Can I get a "Yowza!" from the congregation? No? Maybe that's because when I …

Astronomers have a new way to measure planets' potential for life, and Earth isn't at the top of the list

Those worlds both score higher than our own planet on the index: 0.955 for KOI 3456.02 and 0.836 for Kepler-442b, compared with 0.829 for Earth and 0.422 for Mars.<p>The point of the exercise is to help scientists prioritize future targets for close-ups from NASA's yet-to-be-launched James Webb Space …

This Is What Space Travel Really Looks Like

To infinity and beyond!<p>Over 10,000 pictures from these remarkable journeys have now made their way onto Flickr via the Project Apollo Archive, an independent repository of NASA images seeking to preserve our space history.<p>Long before the ease of digital cameras, Apollo astronauts carried with them …

NASA Releases Apollo Moon Mission Photos: Pictures

NASA Releases 8,400 High-Quality Images of Past Moon Missions on Flickr

One small step for man, one giant catalog of images for mankind.<p>A lot has happened regarding the topic of space in the last two weeks: from the discovery of liquid water on the surface of Mars to the release of Ridley Scott’s survival flick <i>The Martian</i>. Now, to keep the momentum up, NASA announced …

Moon Missions

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New NASA images show Pluto’s moon Charon in stunning detail

NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft has sent incredible images of Pluto’s largest moon Charon back to Earth.<p>The latest images reveal the moon’s complex and violent history, according to NASA. “Many New Horizons scientists expected Charon to be a monotonous, crater-battered world; instead, they’re …

Stunning close-up photos of exactly where Matt Damon would be if he really were on Mars

In the highly anticipated sci-fi drama "The Martian" — premiering in theaters nationwide Friday — Matt Damon plays Mark Watney, a NASA astronaut who is marooned on Mars.<p>Watney is a crew member on the Ares 3 mission that touches down and sets up camp on a region of Mars called Acidalia …

10 Ways Right-Wing Christians Are Destroying Christianity

I've written about how millennials are leaving organized religion and its associated anti-LGBT animus in droves. As a result, the only religions holding on to membership (barely) are ones with super-high birth rates and very conservative views. In the process, conservative faiths are becoming …

NASA Tests Buoyant Rover That Could Explore Europa's Ocean

How do you solve a problem like Europa? We are almost certain there is a vast and potentially habitable ocean of water beneath the icy crust of this …

Astronomy

7 Ways to Learn from Your Negative Thoughts

<b>“The mind is not a vessel to be filled but a fire to be kindled.” ~Plutarch</b><p>I remember when I first learned about positive thinking. I was to observe …

Self-help