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A huge explosion on the sun will deal Earth a glancing blow today (May 17) but should not pose a threat to the planet, scientists say. http://bit.ly/Z1NCSE NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory captured this image of the X1.2 class solar flare on May 14, 2013. Space weather forecasters "estimate a 40 percent chance of polar geomagnetic storms when the cloud arrives," astronomer Tony Phillips wrote today on Spaceweather.com.

Pick of the Day: NASA Television

Inside Flipboard / February 14, 2013<p>For an organization that deals with the complexities of sending a car-sized rover 352 million miles across space …

Welcome to the (BBC) Future

Inside Flipboard / February 15, 2013<p>The brilliant sci-fi writer William Gibson once observed: “The future is already here—it’s just not very evenly …

Bionic Hands: Woman Gets New $200,000 Pair of Hands (+Video)

<b>Bionic hands: A woman in Columbus, Ohio lost both her hands and legs to flesh-eating bacteria during a zip line accident last summer.</b><p>But now Aimee …

Let’s Fight Big Pharma’s Crusade to Turn Eccentricity Into Illness

Author: Allen Frances. Allen Frances<p>Date of Publication: 05.17.13.<p>Time of Publication: 6:30 am. 6:30 am<p>book excerpt<p>Saving Normal<p>by Allen …

Two months aboard Antarctic icebreaker in less than five minutes

Time-lapse video of icebreaker traveling through Antarctic seas. Two months of sequences, condensed into less than five minutes. Enjoy the penguin …

Time-lapse Photography

When Great Scientists Got It Wrong

In <i>Brilliant Blunders: From Darwin to Einstein</i>, astrophysicist Mario Livio explores the colossal errors committed by scientific greats, from chemist Linus Pauling's botched model of DNA, to Charles Darwin's failure to understand genetics—the very mechanism of natural selection.<p>Transcript<p>IRA FLATOW, …

Resetting the Theory of Time

Generations of physicists have claimed that time is an illusion. But not all agree. In his book <i>Time Reborn: From the Crisis in Physics to the Future of the Universe</i>, theoretical physicist Lee Smolin argues that time exists—and he says time is key to understanding the evolution of the …

Insects May Be The Taste Of The Next Generation, Report Says

A report from the UN Food and Agriculture Organization says insects offer a huge potential for improving the world's food security. Peter Menzel, co-author of <i>Man Eating Bugs</i>, describes some insect-based cuisine and the western aversion to creepy-crawly snacks.<p>Transcript<p>IRA FLATOW, HOST:<p>What's on …

Watch the Biggest Explosion Ever Seen on the Moon

NASA scientists recorded the biggest explosion from a meteorite impact seen on the moon in eight years of monitoring.<p>The lunar burst was caused by a …

High School Students Devise More Accurate Climate Modeling Method

By studying the way leaves shrink when they fossilize, a team of more than 100 high school students could build more accurate models of climate change.<p>A team of high school students have co-authored a scientific journal paper with their University of Arizona grad student instructor that could have …

Nasa’s OSIRIS-REx to determine chance of asteroid colliding with Earth - video

Nasa's OSIRIS-REx will visit a near-Earth asteroid called Bennu and return with samples that may hold clues to the origins of the solar system – and …

The Impact of Sally Ride's Contributions in Space and Education

NASA Captures Big Explosion on Moon (+Video)

NASA astronomers have been watching the Moon for eight years under a special program, looking for signs of explosions caused by meteoroids hitting …

NASA

WIRED Space Photo of the Day 2013

PhysicsWhy Do You Feel Lighter at the Top of a Ferris Wheel?<p>Author: Rhett AllainRhett Allain<p>EcologyHow Plastic Straws Slip Through the Cracks of …

Granbury, Texas tornado rated EF-4. Sixteen May 15 tornadoes confirmed so far

A preliminary overview of at least 16 tornadoes that struck parts of northern and eastern Texas on May 15, 2013.<p>On Wednesday (May 15, 2013), severe …

NASA Mars Curiosity Rover Report - May 16, 2013

Spacewatch: Solar maximum

There is no greater influence on the Earth and its space environment than that of our local star, the Sun. The level of solar activity, as indicated …

Yahoo to hold press event Monday as Tumblr buyout rumors swirl (update)

CNBC is reporting that Yahoo will hold a "product-related" news event this Monday in New York City. None other than CEO Marissa Mayer will be speaking at the event. Exactly what Yahoo plans to announce hasn't yet been disclosed, but news of the event comes in the midst of rumors pointing to an …

Samsung Expects Galaxy S4 To Hit 10m Sales Before End of May

Samsung expects Galaxy S4 sales to break the 10 million milestone over the next seven days, making it one of the fastest-selling smartphones the company has ever produced.<p>Shin Jong-kyun, co-CEO of Samsung Electronics told a number of journalists at an industry event in Seoul, South Korea, that the …

Just say no to impact factors

Campaigners against the use of journal impact factors as a proxy for research excellence received a shot in the arm last night with the launch of the …