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Buzz Aldrin: We'll get to Mars by 2040, but that's the easy part

Second man to set foot on the moon, 86, believes getting to the planet would not be so difficult<p>The planet Mars may be around 250 million miles away, but getting there is the easy part, according to astronaut Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin.<p>The American, who in 1969 became the second man to set foot on the …

How We Entered a New Era of Astronomy

It all began with a chirp.<p>Last week, a new era of astronomy began as Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory executive director David Reitze stood before a packed room at the National Press Club in Washington, DC, uttering the words we've been waiting a century to hear: "We've detected …

What gang bangs can mean to some gay men.

<i>Names in this story have been changed.</i><p>Most gay men will have seen one: a grainy porn flick, maybe from Treasure Island Media, in which a lone bottom …

Framing

Understanding Our Changing Universe | The Takeaway | WNYC

Whether it's ripples in the fabric of spacetime or evidence of a new planet, our understanding of the universe is changing once again.

Universe

Does the discovery of gravitational waves foretell the end of physics?

It took us 100 years to confirm the last big puzzle of Einstein’s theory of relativity. On Feb. 11, scientists announced that they have detected gravitational waves, which are created when two accelerating masses generate “ripples” in the curvature of spacetime—just like frolicking children on a …

Physics

The Famous Photo of Chernobyl’s Most Dangerous Radioactive Material Was a Selfie

Artur Korneyev, Deputy Director of Shelter Object, viewing the “elephants foot” lava flow at Chernobyl, 1996. (Photo: US Department of Energy)<p>At …

Why You're Pretty Much Unconscious All the Time

Your body has a lot of nifty parts, but it’s the brain that’s the <i>it</i> organ of the summer. The brain’s all-the-rage moment is mostly a result of the …

Consciousness

Do these eight things and you will be more creative and insightful, neuroscientists say

Tests of human intelligence show that even as IQ, the measure of our analytical thinking skills, appears to be on the rise, our more expansive, creative thinking skills may be on the wane as our hyper-busy world promotes more narrow, analytical thought. Neuroscientist John Kounios, a professor of …

Creativity

The 40 Funniest Short Jokes. These Are Too Clever!

<b>1. A plateau is the highest form of flattery.</b><p><b>2. It’s hard to explain puns to kleptomaniacs because they always take things literally.</b><p><b>3. Time flies</b> …

Greatest Mysteries: Where is the Rest of the Universe?

Scientists trying to create a detailed inventory of all the matter and energy in the cosmos run into a curious problem--the vast majority of it is …

President signs pro-asteroid mining bill into law

And just like that, American asteroid mining efforts are legal. President Obama has signed the US Commercial Space Launch Competitiveness Act (CSLCA) into law following Congress' approval, letting companies keep whatever resources they collect beyond Earth. As you might imagine, hopeful mining …

Why Creative People Are More Likely to Be Dishonest

We prize creativity. Being able to produce a novel and useful idea, solution, or product is what fuels innovation and differentiates you from competitors. This helps explain why, in a recent global survey, more than 1,500 corporate and public sector leaders reported that creativity is the most …

Creativity

A Sister Rushes to Paris After Attacks Only to Find Out: 'I Just Lost a Part of Myself'

Slender and dark-haired, Aurélie de Peretti loved music, played the guitar and piano, and reveled living near the beach in her hometown of Saint …

France

How to survive the iPhone 6s app purge

The iPhone 6s and 6s Plus began shipping a few weeks ago, which means that iPhone fans everywhere are looking forward to the moment they can unbox their brand new device and start playing with Apple’s newest offering. For many, that includes downloading apps – both old and new – that can now be …

'Could happen at any time' God particle could DESTROY universe, warns Stephen Hawking

AFP/GETTYStephen Hawking has given a stark end of the world warning<p>The Cambridge-educated cosmologist said the Higgs boson could become unstable at …

Physics

How to zap those useless iPhone apps

For iPhone users, the group of unwanted apps can be like a house guest you can’t get rid of.<p>While some people see those compulsory apps of Stocks, …

Apps

The Millennials of New York is a parody that will make your blood boil

Millennials of New York Instagram<p>‘Millennials of New York‘ is a parody of the hugely popular ‘Humans of New York‘ Facebook page. ‘Humans’ offers …

The 12 most compelling scientific findings that suggest aliens are real

Over billions of years, these ingredients condense to form gas clouds, new stars, and planets, which means that the ingredients, and therefore the potential, for life beyond Earth are scattered across the universe.<p>What's more, a number of recent discoveries also strongly suggest that alien life …

Everything you need to know about PornHub's plans to pioneer the world's first sex tape in space

On June 10, PornHub announced their latest project to the world by launching an Indiegogo campaign to raise the estimated $3.4 million it'll cost to make the tape. They raised over $10,000 within the first day.<p>Jokes aside, sex in space may turn out to be a pretty important scientific endeavor. It …

WATCH: FREE MOVIE Lloyd Pye: Where Did We Come From?

Lloyd Pye attempts to answer the ultimate question that our ancestors and we have been asking for years, where did humans really come from? This very …

Found: Giant spirals in space that could explain our existence

Giant magnetic spirals in the sky could explain why there is something rather than nothing in the universe, according to an analysis of data from …

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Found: The Furthest Galaxy From Earth

A long time ago, this galaxy formed far, far away<p>More than 13 billion light years from our tiny planet, an ancient galaxy lurks. Named EGS-zs8-1, it’s an extremely luminous cluster of stars—and it’s the farthest galaxy we’ve ever seen.<p>EGS-zs8-1 was identified originally by images taken with the …

Moment Case For iPhone 6

Looking to close the distance between the iPhone 6’s convenience and a traditional camera’s dedicated functionality, the Moment Case might be just …

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Sleep a lot? You might have a heightened risk of stroke, study says

There's no way to diagnose a stroke before it happens, but researchers say they've identified a clue to help doctors predict who's at risk – the amount of sleep they get at night.<p>Older adults who said they slept more than eight hours were 46% more likely to suffer strokes in the next decade than …

Scientists Find a Black Hole 12 Billion Times More Massive Than the Sun

A team of international astronomers has discovered a black hole of almost unimaginable proportions.<p>At 12 billion times more massive than the sun, it …

Black Holes

UCLA physicists offer a solution to the puzzle of the origin of matter in the universe

Courtesy of Alexander Kusenko<p>Alexander Kusenko<p>Most of the laws of nature treat particles and antiparticles equally, but stars and planets are made of …

Physics