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Monster Sunspot Threatens Earth With Solar Storms

Changing Planet<p><b>The solar eclipse may steal the week’s heavenly headlines, but a monster sunspot—the likes of which hasn’t been seen for years—has turned toward Earth and may spew some serious solar storms.</b><p>From the moment the gigantic sunspot cluster known as AR 2192 appeared on the eastern side of …

"Lost" Satellite Photos Reveal Surprising Views of Earth in the 1960s

Images reveal the most Antarctic ice on record and the Aral Sea before it dried up.<p>Scientists have uncovered a cache of satellite images of Earth from the 1960s that had been forgotten in storage for nearly 50 years and that push back the first satellite images of our planet a full 17 years.<p><b>The</b> …

5 Sky Events This Week: Orion’s Meteors, Hidden Sun, and Zodiacal Light

Changing Planet<p><b>A spooky celestial sky show delights sky-watchers this week, in anticipation of October’s Halloween holiday, by offering everything from shooting stars to a solar disappearing act to ghostly light from beyond.</b><p><b>Orionids peak.</b> In the predawn hours of Tuesday, October 21, and the …

Secret U.S. Space Plane To Land After 22 Months In Orbit

This much we know: It's not a bird and it's not exactly a plane.<p>Beyond that, the U.S. Air Force holds all the answers. The mission of the unmanned X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle, which is scheduled to touch down at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California Tuesday after 22 months in orbit, has been …

Ebola Health Care Worker Sick Because Safety Rules Weren’t Followed, Officials Say

Episode in Dallas raises a question: How prepared are U.S. hospitals to limit the spread of the deadly disease?<p><b>A Dallas health care worker who has been diagnosed with Ebola got sick because safety protocols for treating a man who later died from the disease were not followed, health officials said</b> …

The Experts The Ebola Response May Need: Anthropologists

As the Ebola outbreak gains steam, experts continue to deploy to the region.<p>Teams from Doctors Without Borders, the World Health Organization, the U.S. military and others are in Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia assembling treatment centers and fighting the deadly virus.<p>There's one group of experts …

17 Ways You're Sleeping Wrong

Correct these mistakes for a good night's rest.<p>Even if you eat kale, exercise, and somehow resist the office cupcakes, it still won't matter much if you don't get a decent amount of sleep. Your body and mind desperately needs rest to function properly.<p>If only it were as easy as shutting your eyes. …

Big Bang Mystery Extends Into Nearby Galaxy, Puzzling Cosmologists

Theory suggests stars should contain three times as much lithium as they do.<p>A star cluster some 80,000 light-years from Earth looks mysteriously deficient in the element lithium, just like nearby stars, astronomers reported on Wednesday.<p>That curious deficiency suggests that astrophysicists either …

So you think you know where babies come from?

It has been a long journey of scientific discovery from Aristotle to epigenetics – and it's not over yet<p>We know a lot about the world around us. We know a lot about ourselves and how we work. We even know where babies come from, and this is no mean feat. Imagine it's 350BC, and you're trying to …

Face Washing 101: 6 Things to Avoid

Avoiding these common face-washing blunders will help you get better skin.<p><b>1. Overdoing it</b><p>Too much washing can age your skin. Do it no more than twice daily, though an extra wash pre- or post-workout is okay.<p><b>2. Using a harsh cleanser</b><p>Consider swapping out soap — which can strip your skin of its …

An Icy Solution To The Mystery Of The Slithering Stones

A century ago, miners working in California's Death Valley reported seeing boulders on the desert floor with long trails behind them — as if the stones had been pushed across the sand. But despite 60 years of trying, no one ever saw what moved them.<p>Now scientists think they've solved the mystery of …

Survey shows more adult women play video games than teen boys

Let’s blow up some stereotypes.<p>There is a popular and enduring image of what a “gamer” looks like: mostly male, mostly juvenile, mostly white. That …

Dust from beyond our solar system fell to Earth from space probe

It could be the most exotic material on the planet. Seven particles of dust brought back to Earth by a spacecraft nearly a decade ago appear to have come from beyond our solar system.<p>The specks have all the hallmarks of being created in interstellar space. If confirmed, it would make them the first …

How A Dissolvable 'Tampon' Could One Day Help Women Stop HIV

When it comes to protecting themselves from HIV, women need more options.<p>About 84 percent of all women diagnosed with HIV contract the virus through heterosexual sex. And right now, the female condom is the only contraception available that stops HIV — and is controlled by the woman. These devices …

Robin Williams’ Daughter Zelda Writes A Heartbreaking Letter About Her Father’s Passing

Zelda Williams, the 25-year-old daughter of Robin Williams and the subject of Williams’ final post on Instagram — released a statement about her father’s suicide yesterday, and it is funny and thoughtful and sad and hopeful, which is exactly what you might expect from the daughter of Robin Williams.<p>…

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Robin Williams remembered: 'A remarkable performer, a brutal shock'

Robin Williams was a superb, mercurial standup comic with a staggering talent for improv and verbal riffing, though his movie career finally evolved into an intriguing split – sugary sentimentality or an ambiguous, menacing darkness. Something similar happened with Steve Martin and Jerry Lewis. The …

Asteroid's 'bad timing' killed off dinosaurs, new evidence shows

Dinosaurs might have survived the catastrophic impact that ended their reign had the devastating asteroid that slammed into the Earth arrived at a "more convenient time", a scientist has claimed. As a result humans would probably not exist.<p>The violent collision 66m years ago, which occurred in the …