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11 Beautiful Places You Need To See In Corfu, Greece

There are some places across Europe that just seem under-rated, not because of how popular/unpopular they are or even because of how beautiful (or …

When is the next leap year?

If there were no leap years, eventually February would be a summer month for the Northern Hemisphere. 2018 isn’t a leap year, but 2020 will be.<p>The …

Here's how humankind could colonize another planet

If the human race is to survive in the long-run, we will probably have to colonise other planets. Whether we make the Earth uninhabitable ourselves …

Space Science

Back on Earth: Astronaut Scott Kelly Faces Gravity After 1-Year Mission

After zipping around Earth for nearly a year, NASA astronaut Scott Kelly must now get used to living on the planet's surface again.<p>Kelly and …

Challenger accident shapes new wave of passenger spaceships

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (Reuters) - Thirty years after the space shuttle Challenger exploded during liftoff, a new generation of spaceships continues to build on changes made after NASA’s fatal accident.<p>The Space Shuttle Challenger and her seven-member crew were lost when a ruptured O-ring in the …

Virgin Galactic

An Oral History of the Space Shuttle Challenger Disaster

"No! No! No! They don't mean the shuttle! They don't mean the shuttle!"<p><i>This story appears in the February 2016 issue of Popular Mechanics. To hear the voices of the people interviewed for the story, check out the latest episode of the How Your World Works podcast.</i><p><b>January 28, 1986, 11:39 a.m., Cape</b> …

30th Anniversary of the Space Shuttle Challenger disaster, in pictures - Telegraph

Top 10 Fastest Dinosaurs

The Usain Bolt of the dinosaur era has been identified, along with nine of the other fastest dinosaurs that ever lived.

Here Are Six Scientifically Proven Tips For More Effective Studying

Straight from the experts.<p>Not everyone studies the same way- some people are happy cramming everything at the last minute, and some require pages …

Study Skills

Immune System Offers Major Clue to Schizophrenia - MIT Technology Review

Winning a rare insight into the cause of schizophrenia and possible ways to treat it, scientists in Boston say they have identified a biochemical …

Neuroscience

Sweat Sensors Track Athletes' Health

Coming soon to a fitness tracker near you<p>You might not know it, but your sweat is pretty valuable. The varying chemical concentrations in sweat reveal your blood sugar level, whether you’re dehydrated, or if your blood is not pumping fast enough to a particular tissue. Now a team of researchers led …

Explaining the Science Behind Atmospheric Phenomena That Look Like Rainbows But Are Not

In the <i>It’s Okay To Be Smart</i> episode “This Is Not a Rainbow,” host Joe Hanson explains the science behind different atmospheric phenomena that may …

The Tragedy of Apollo 1 Reshaped the Future of NASA

Today was supposed to mark a step forward in human flights for the Apollo program. Instead, flames exploded inside the capsule during a pre-flight …

Nicaragua's Momotombo Volcano Erupts for 1st Time in 110 Years

Nicaragua's Momotombo volcano has erupted for the first time since 1905.<p>Although volcanoes can experience periods of dormancy and activity, very …

2014 Breaking News Scientists state Strong solar storm heading to Earth

The Strangers in Your Brain

Biologists often say that the most dangerous thing a cell can do is divide. This is because, during the complex process of replication—the unspooling of DNA, the assembling of two genomes from the halves of one—there is always the chance that the cell will make a mistake. Mutations can cost an …

Biology

Scientists have created a new breed of stronger, faster dogs using DNA manipulation

If you’ve ever read recent dystopian sci-fi books such as Margaret Atwood’s <i>Oryx and Crake</i> or Paolo Bacigalupi’s <i>The Windup Girl</i>, you’d know that one …

NASA Just Discovered an Asteroid Will Fly Annoyingly Close to Earth on Halloween

It’s expected to be the closest flyby by a large object until August 2027.<p>A 320-meter asteroid will pass by Earth on Halloween, NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory has announced. The asteroid, called 2015 TB145, doesn't represent a threat to the planet. The news wouldn't be terribly scary save for one …

NASA satellites reveal something startling about the future of food on Earth

And what better perspective than from space?<p>Climate change due to human activity is causing visible shifts on our planet, and NASA is uniquely positioned to observe these effects.<p>"If we continue on our current course, it's going to be hard to feed this planet because it's so hot," Ellen Stofan, …

Climate Change

Images of Pluto and Charon continue to captivate Nasa: 'This world is alive'

Photograph: Nasa/JHUAPL/SWRI<p>A high-resolution image of Pluto taken by New Horizons shows small features, from craters to faulted mountain blocks, to the texted surface of the vast basin informally called Sputnik …

Solar System

After the supermoon, comes the supertide

The city of Plymouth, on England’s south coast, normally has fairly moderate tides. However this week it will have a 6m “supertide” – the highest …

New, Alternative CRISPR Enzyme Could Make Genetic Edits More Precise

The first alternative of what will likely be many to come<p>The CRISPR genetic editing technique targets a series of repeated DNA sequences found in the genetic code of all sorts of organisms, from bacteria to humans. Special enzymes can find these repeated phrases and snip the DNA strands there; the …

Scientists Have Found a Way to Switch on a Dormant Gene in Human Red Blood Cells

Welcome to the future of genetic editing.<p>Scientists from the University of New South Wales (UNSW) in Australia have used a world-first technique to …

Cure For HIV Found? Scientists Successfully Delete HIV From Human DNA

Researchers from Temple University have successfully deleted the HIV virus from a strand of human DNA for the first time ever, but when will the …

Temple University

Terrifying Video Shows What Chile’s 8.3 Magnitude Earthquake Looked Like From Inside a Grocery Store

The 8.3 magnitude earthquake that struck offshore Chile Wednesday evening, prompted tsunami advisories, killed at least 12 people and likely caused billions of dollars in damage.<p>But to get an idea of just how terrifying such an earthquake is, watch this video of the scene from inside a grocery …

NASA | Supermoon Lunar Eclipse

The First Supermoon Eclipse In 32 Years Happens This Sunday

It's not a sign of the apocalypse (we hope)<p>As you gaze toward the sky on Sunday night, the cooling fall air around you, perhaps a few leaves crunching beneath your feet, and—WAIT the moon is giant and red! Don't worry, it's not a sign of the end times. You're witnessing a rare and exciting event.<p>On …

158-year-old redwood may be UK's oldest living Christmas tree

A cultural agency in the United Kingdom says it has discovered the oldest living Christmas tree in all of Britain. While the 158-year-old tree hasn't …