Shannon Stirone Norwood

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A Journey Into the Void

And should colonists on Mars be allowed to eat each other?<p><b>ON JULY 21, 1969,</b> when the Apollo 11 crew was due to depart the lunar surface after a 22-hour visit, two speeches were placed on President Richard Nixon’s desk. “Fate has ordained that the men who went to the moon to explore in peace will …

Where No Miner Has Gone Before

On September 8, NASA is embarking on a new mission to investigate the origins of the universe. Launched from Cape Canaveral, Florida, a small …

Space Exploration

5 Retro Space Missions That Failed to Launch

The space race officially started in 1957 when the USSR launched Sputnik 1 into orbit around the Earth. This demonstration of technological prowess …

Space Travel

The Search For The Real Planet X

Scientists are hot on the trail of our solar system’s 9th planet<p>The search for Pluto’s replacement has begun. The astronomer leading the charge is Caltech’s Mike Brown, also known as the man who killed Pluto. He has already discovered 16 dwarf planets in the outer solar system, but when it comes to …

20+ Photos That Prove 2015 Wasn’t The Worst Year After All

2015 is almost over, and while many in the media have focused on the negative, readers of Bored Panda know that there were many good things that …

A Drill To Tunnel Miles Below The Surface Of Mars

In the California desert, Honeybee Robotics is testing a drill that could search for life on other worlds<p>It’s noon in Ocotillo Wells, California. A vast and empty patch of desert between San Diego and the Salton Sea, this part of California might as well be Mars. After just a few minutes, …

San Diego

Interview With A Sarcastic Mars Rover

Bringing snark to Mars<p>The Curiosity Rover is the most advanced piece of technology ever sent to Mars. It weighs 2,000 pounds and houses a full science laboratory on board. Curiosity landed on Mars on August 5th, 2012, and has been conducting science ever since. Curiosity’s main mission was to …

Ethan Hawke

CubeSats Are Paving Mankind's Way Back To The Moon, And Beyond

Tiny satellites could help turn the Moon into a gas station for solar system exploration<p>It’s been over 40 years since humans last set foot on the lunar surface. But that doesn't mean we’re done exploring the Moon. In fact, there have been over 50 successful robotic missions to the Moon, including …

The Real Cost Of NASA Missions

How much are we really paying to explore the universe?<p>Since its inception in 1958, NASA has accomplished some pretty spectacular feats of science. Our country has landed humans on the Moon six times. We’ve successfully put laboratories onto the surface of Mars, and we’ve flown by every single …

Q&A With ‘The Pluto Doctor’

New Horizons scientist Leslie Young discusses what to expect from the flyby on Tuesday, and the 28-year wait leading up to it<p>2015 marks The Year of Pluto. The New Horizons mission is accomplishing one more major planetary science goal: to fly by the last large body in our solar system. Some are …

Solar System

What's Next For The Dawn Mission?

An interview with Keri Bean, NASA engineer and R2D2's best friend<p>Her online alias is Planetary Keri, but in real life she goes by the name of Keri Bean. An engineer for NASA’s Dawn mission, Bean has won the hearts of her Twitter followers who rely on her regular science-themed tweets to keep them …

Space

Oh 'SMAP'! New NASA Satellite Will Help Predict Drought, Climate Change

Digging up dirt on soil moisture across the globe<p>When it launches on January 29, a new satellite’s mission will be simple: to measure one of the most important but least recognized sources of water on Earth. NASA’s SMAP (Soil Moisture Active Passive) will measure soil moisture across the globe. …

The Keeper Of The Maps Of Mars

Lost on the Red Planet? Ask Dr. Fred Calef III<p>Dr. Fred Calef's official title is Geospatial Information Scientist for the Curiosity Rover, but at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory they call him the Keeper of the Maps. Dr. Calef's job isn't just to make maps of Mars, but to bring together all of the …

Striking Photographs Of Wild Animals In Urban Locations

I will always remember the moment that I came into contact with a wild fox when walking a dimly lit street on the outskirts of my hometown.<p>Through …

Landscape Photography

Top 5 Star Gazing Apps For International Astronomy Day

Calling all astronomers, stargazers, and Neil deGrasse Tysons!<p>Today is International Astronomy Day, so lets celebrate by looking up. Created in 1973, the holiday’s mission involves sharing the joy of astronomy with the general public; astronomy clubs, planetariums, leagues, and observatories will …

NASA's Ames Opens Its Doors To The Public Tomorrow

About 120,000 civilians will see everything from arc jets and astrobiology labs to giant centrifuges and wind tunnels.<p>On October 18th, NASA Ames Research Center will celebrate its 75th anniversary by opening its doors to the public. It's a pretty big deal: A public walking tour of the campus hasn't …

Chinese woman lives normal life without crucial part of brain

NEW DELHI: In an amazing discovery, Chinese doctors have reported that a 24-year-old woman has lived a largely normal life without the cerebellum, a …

New Delhi

New Galaxy Map Relocates The Milky Way To A Ginormous Supercluster Called Laniakea

Astronomers have long had a sense of where the Milky Way is in relation to other galaxies, but a new three-dimensional star map gives us a more nuanced look at our cosmic neighborhood.<p>Until now, the Milky Way was believed to be one galaxy in the 2,000 that make up what's known as the Virgo …

Artist Turns Historic B&W Photos Into Haunting GIFs

NYC-based art director, designer and GIF master Kevin Weir takes historic black and white photographs and turns them into dark, scary, but ultimately …

Digital Art

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What My Mother Learned from Einstein

How a young woman's correspondence with the Nobel laureate changed her life forever<p>In 1946, my mother, Myfanwy, was 16 and going to school in Cape Town, South Africa, when she wrote a letter to Albert Einstein that changed her life forever. She shared her dreams of becoming a scientist, describing …

Cape Town

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Gyre Vertigo

Magic Mushrooms Expand Your Mind And Amplify Your Brain’s Dreaming Areas. Here’s How

Far out, man<p>Psychedelic drugs alter consciousness in a profound and novel way that increases the breadth and fluency of cognition. However, until recently, we were unable to offer an explanation for how the brain was altered to account for these effects.<p>In a new study, published in Human Brain …

3 Myths That Hold Your Best Writing Back

The odds are if you write in public you want people to read your work. Seems like a reasonable assumption. I mean, if we don’t care if anyone’s …

Writing

31 Places Bookworms Would Rather Be Right Now

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4 Steps For Piercing Through The Fog Of A Nascent Idea

It’s easy to get lost in the fog and never make any decision at all. Here’s how to break through and get the most out of your ideas.<p>History is littered with smart people making horribly wrong calls about nascent markets. In the 1940s, IBM’s Thomas Watson (supposedly) said there was a world market …

Management