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Astronaut shares stunning photos of Earth from space

NASA astronaut Jeff Williams spent 534 days in space, setting a new record for the space agency. While there, Williams snapped pictures of earth from his own 'bird's eye view'.<p>And the photos are out of this world!<p>He shared his enthusiasm about sharing his time in space via photography in a NASA …

Space Exploration

7 Surprising Facts About Creativity, According To Science

The brain’s creative circuitry holds some unexpected secrets that scientists are only just beginning to understand.<p>Daydreaming. Horsing around. Aimless wandering. A sudden, traumatic loss. So many things that seem to conjure an automatic, negative connotation can actually have an …

Creativity

Experience NASA's Jumbo Jet Delivering Spacecraft Components in 360 Degree VR

NASA’s Super Guppy Delivers Orion Spacecraft Component in 360 Video<p>Transporting oversized cargo has always been a huge problem for the logistic …

Mars Had Lakes of Water Way More Recently than We Thought

We knew Mars had water, but until now, we figured it all dried up long ago. It turns out, the red planet may have been wet a lot more recently than …

Lake Tahoe

What Happens if SpaceX Beats NASA to Mars?

At a panel discussion Thursday about the “Journey to Mars” at the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics’s annual Explore SPACE Forum, …

Space Exploration

Deep-sea volcano a hotspot for mysterious life

GEOLOGIST SEAMOUNTS, Hawaii (AP) — The turquoise waters became darker and darker, and squiggly glow-in-dark marine creatures began to glide past in the inky depths like ghosts.<p>The three-man submarine went down, down, down into the abyss and drew within sight of something no human had ever laid eyes …

Fish

Was Earth Born With Life On It?

If you asked a professional – a biologist, a fossil-hunter or a geologist – how old life on Earth was back in the 1970s, you would’ve gotten a very careful “I don’t know” answer. Going back before the rise of mammals, before birds, dinosaurs, reptiles, fish, crustaceans or even starfish and …

Natural History Museums

NASA Approves 2018 Launch of Mars InSight Mission

NASA is moving forward with a spring 2018 launch of its InSight mission to study the deep interior of Mars, following final approval this week by the …

Space Science

What does it take to keep a space station running?

NASA astronauts Jeff Williams and Kate Rubins performed maintenance on the International Space Station during Thursday's spacewalk.<p>On Thursday, NASA …

U.S. Bans Common Chemicals in Antibacterial Soaps

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration released its decision Friday on banning 19 active ingredients in antibacterial soaps. The ruling, 40 years in …

North Carolina

NASA's Impossible Space Engine, The EMdrive, Passes Peer Review (But That Doesn't Mean It Works)

“For every action, there’s an equal and opposite reaction.” So goes Newton’s third law, and despite the developments of relativity and quantum mechanics, that fundamental law of the Universe — otherwise known as the conservation of momentum — has never been challenged. Yet a few years ago, a new …

Physics

How LSD permits leaping word associations

The drug LSD may make it easier for the brain to access distantly related words, a new study finds, suggesting that the drug activates certain language networks in the brain.<p>The researchers also found that people under the influence of LSD self-monitor their own language less than people who …