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Planet Neptune: Facts About Its Orbit, Moons & Rings

Neptune is the eighth planet from the sun. It was the first planet to get its existence predicted by mathematical calculations before it was actually …

The road map to the Universe: Pathways between our Milky Way and 100,000 other galaxies charted in 10-year quest by scientists

• <b>Scientists reveal the Milky Way's position in an enormous supercluster of galaxies after 10-year quest into unknown</b>• <b><br>Huge supercluster stretches 500</b> …

Three glasses of milk a day can lead to early death, warn scientists

Drinking three glasses of milk doubles the risk of early death and does not prevent broken bones, new research has shown<p>Milk has long been recommended by doctors and nutritionists for boosting calcium intake and helping to keep bones strong.<p>But research suggests that it does little to strengthen …

Public Health England

The Fermi Paradox

<i>PDF: We made a fancy PDF of this post for printing and offline viewing. Buy it here. (Or see a preview.)</i><p>Everyone feels something when they’re in a …

54 years of space exploration: an updated map that you must see – Franck Marchis Blog

National Geographic asked 5W Infographics to update its 50 Years of Exploration graphic, a classic that I use often in my talks to illustrate our …

John Steinbeck's 1966 Plea To Create A NASA For The Oceans

In the September 1966 issue of Popular Science, author John Steinbeck made the case for giving deep-sea exploration the same attention as the space race.<p><i>Three years before the first humans landed on the moon, Nobel-prize winning author John Steinbeck published a passionate plea in</i> Popular Science</i> …

Rosetta comet-chaser initiates 'big burn'

<b>Europe's Rosetta spacecraft is in the midst of another critical moment in its mission to rendezvous with a comet.</b><p>The satellite has lit its thrusters for a near-eight-hour burn that should put it on just the right path to meet up with 67P/C-G in August.<p>Although eight further manoeuvres will be …

SpaceX Building A New Dragon for Launch Abort Testing

Orbit<p>SpaceX Building A New Dragon for Launch Abort Testing<p><b>Emergency Escape for Crew is Program’s Major Priority</b><p>HAWTHORNE, Calif. — SpaceX is deep …

The Three Biggest Aviation Advances From This Year

How RFID tags, carbon-fiber airframes, and battery sensors will change the course of flight.<p>RFID Tags<p>A regular addition to cellphones and bank cards, radio frequency identification (RFID) tags are creeping into airplane cabins. With tags in life vests, seats, medical kits, and other frequently …

From fertiliser to Zyklon B: 100 years of the scientific discovery that brought life and death

Several hundred scientists from across the globe will gather in Ludwigshafen, Germany, next week to discuss a simple topic: "A hundred years of the synthesis of ammonia." As titles go, it is scarcely a grabber. Yet the subject could hardly be of greater importance, for the gathering on 11 November …

A Space Laser Designed To Vaporize Dangerous Asteroids

DE-STAR could vaporize asteroids that threaten Earth in less than an hour.<p>DE-STAR is designed to vaporize or divert asteroids that threaten Earth. This isn't science fiction—I build things that have to work in practice. DE-STAR stands for Directed Energy Solar Targeting of Asteroids and …

5 Happiness Boosting Poses

1.3K<p>SHARES<p>It had been one of those days. I spilled my coffee. My daughter refused to take her morning nap; No nap means I didn’t even get to shower …

Saudi Arabia is expanding its anti-witchcraft police unit

The sorceress was naked.<p>The sight of her bare flesh startled the prudish officers of Saudi Arabia’s infamous religious police, the Committee for the Promotion of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice (CPVPV), which had barged into her room in what was supposed to be a routine raid of a magical hideout …

Religion

A new year every four hours? It’s possible with exoplanets

An artist's conception shows a hot, Earth-sized planet in a close orbit around its sun.<p>Astronomers have detected a scorching-hot planet that zooms around its alien sun in just eight and a half hours. And if you think <i>that's</i> something, wait until you hear about the iron planet that spins through a …

Florida Teen Turns Herself In To County Jail On Charges Of Sex With Underage Girl

Kaitlyn Hunt's case has drawn national attention because of suggestions by the 19-year-old's family that their daughter was facing charges only because she is gay.<p>WASHINGTON — Kaitlyn Hunt, 19, was booked into Indian River County Jail in Florida on Monday night, charged with two felony counts of …

Lyme Disease Far More Common Than Previously Known

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says 300,000 Americans are getting Lyme disease every year, and the toll is growing.<p>"It confirms what we've thought for a long time: This is a large problem," Dr. Paul Mead tells Shots. "The bottom line is that by defining how big the problem is we …

Ancient Egyptian beads are oldest iron objects found

Blackened and corroded beads have turned out to be the oldest objects made in iron ever discovered, beaten out from pieces of meteorite in ancient Egypt more than 5,000 years ago.<p>The nine beads were excavated in 1911 in a pre-dynastic cemetery near el-Gerzeh in Egypt, and are now among objects at …

Confirmed: Ancient Egyptian Jewelry Was Made From Meteorites

Barraging ancient beads with tests tells archaeologists that jewelry came from space-rocks--and that iron-working was an older job than we thought.<p>If you want to track down meteorite debris, UCL Qatar professor Thilo Rehren explains in a phone interview, you have a couple options: your best bet is …

Lockheed Martin building a car-transporting drone for DARPA

Lockheed Martin's Skunk Works division is building a drone that will be able to transport cars, storage containers, and eventually even pods full of soldiers for DARPA. The drone, which will be called the Transformer TX, is currently in a $20.3-million "Phase 3" process, which means Lockheed is …