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Is Elon Musk's Crazy Mars Plan Even Legal?

Earlier this week, Elon Musk revealed his plan to make humanity a multi-planetary species by building an express train to Mars. There are a lot of …

This Data Scientist Has Mapped the Ultimate National Parks Road Trip

Just in time for the National Park Service's 100th anniversary.<p>We already know the most efficient and sight-packed route to drive to see all the continental states, but what if you only wanted to focus on seeing the most beautiful nature in America? A map for that exists now too.<p>Randy Olson, senior …

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All plants on Earth may owe their existence to a spooky trick of quantum physics

Plants are possibly the most fundamental life form on Earth, supplying food and oxygen to ecosystems around the planet.<p>And yet many aspects of their leafy lives remain mysterious.<p>Photosynthesis — <i>the</i> process plants use to turn light into energy — is especially something of an enigma. Scientists have …

These 17 rare panoramas and GIFs show the Apollo 11 moon landing in unbelievable detail

NASAWhen Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin landed on the Moon 47 years ago this week, they did what any tourist would do: They took hundreds of photos.A …

The Scientific Mystery of a Man Living with 90% of His Brain Missing

What we think we know about our brains is nothing compared to what we don’t know. This fact is brought into focus by the medical mystery of a …

Scientists Created a Cyborg Stingray Powered by The Heart of a Rat

Uh, it followed me home.<p>Researchers have developed a new kind of synthetic creature, using the heart cells of a rat to make a robotic stingray that …

Florida's Disgusting Algae Bloom Is Now Visible From Space

An enormous algae bloom turned Florida’s Treasure Coast a gnarly shade of green last week, and now we know just what that goopy nightmare looks like …

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Nasa wants to bring back the era of the “X-planes”

The space agency is taking cues from the heyday of experimental flight in the 20th Century, by building a new generation of boundary-busting aircraft.<p>Cruising along in a passenger plane, it’s easy to assume that aircraft have always looked this way. That is, until you learn about Nasa’s ‘X-planes’ …

Why do we really need space travel?

To paraphrase Einstein '<i>Passion without science is blind, and science without passion is lame'</i>. The case for human expansion into the cosmos is often made with passion but involves little actual science. Here's what I mean.<p><b>Manifest Destiny V2.0</b><p>First of all, whether humans reach the stars, or even …

Elon Musk provides new details on his ‘mind blowing’ mission to Mars

Ever since Elon Musk founded a start-up space company 14 years ago, the goal has always been the same: Establishing a colony on Mars. Now he’s finally beginning to reveal how he plans to get there.<p>Starting as soon as 2018, Musk’s SpaceX plans to fly an unmanned spacecraft to Mars. The unmanned …

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Watch Google's AI master the infamously difficult Atari game Montezuma's Revenge

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The Universe Is Expanding Faster Than We Thought

And it's giving Einstein a run for his money<p>A beautiful thing about science is that it’s constantly revised. In 1929, Edwin Hubble discovered that the universe was expanding. This means that the galaxies around ours are moving away from us as space is also expanding. As my Astronomy 101 professor …

Power plants: how scientists could harness energy from flowers

Researchers at Linköping University have shown it was possible to create an electric circuit within a plant<p>Scientists have woven electronics into the vascular system of living plants for the first time in a breakthrough which could allow them to convert photosynthesis into power.<p>A team at Linköping …

“Just Googling it” is bad for your brain

Having the world at our fingertips around the clock takes a lot of the pressure off our minds to remember basic facts. But the ability to find answers on search engines like Google is also killing our memories, a recent report (pdf) by cybersecurity firm Kaspersky Lab shows.<p>When asked a question, …

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