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Every Tiny Speck of Light in This Image Is a Galaxy

To help us grok the immensity of the cosmos, the European Space Agency has released a remarkable image of space in which every point is an entire …

The Dangerous Precedent Set by Judicial Attacks on Trump's Travel Ban

Judge Derrick Watson’s imaginative reasoning asserts a new power to disregard formal law if the president’s words create a basis for mistrusting his motives.<p>Let’s start with the law.<p>The president of the United States has power to bar “any class of aliens” both as immigrants and as nonimmigrants and …

Donald Trump

New material made from fiber-reinforced hydrogels is 5 times tougher than steel

Researchers at Hokkaido University in Japan have created a flexible, eco-friendly material that’s five-times stronger than carbon steel. The …

Engineering

Early Results From NASA's Twin Study Are Actually Kinda Unnerving

We can't predict what space will do to us.<p>When it comes to seasoned astronaut Scott Kelly - who last year broke the US record for most time spent in …

Researchers Just Found Evidence of an Ancient 'Lost Continent' Under Mauritius

Earth still has some massive secrets.<p>Newly discovered crystals expelled from volcanic eruptions on the island of Mauritius are billions of years …

First Genetic Results From Scott Kelly's Year In Space Reveal DNA Mysteries

After recent events, we’re all ready to hop aboard the next flight to Mars. But before us Earthlings embark on a seven-month journey to the Red …

It Only Takes 285 People to "Repeal and Replace" Donald Trump (And Other "Magic Numbers" for The Next 4 Years)

Now that millions have flooded streets across the world to send a message to Mr. Trump, it's time to act on that message.<p>To do so, here's a quick course in "Stop Trump Civics" . . .<p>Lesson #1: <b>"The 'Magic Numbers' of Democracy"</b><p>"Democracy" is a mathematical concept and everything in it is nothing more …

Donald Trump

Fact Check: Science And The Trump Administration

Many in the science community have expressed concern about the lack of science literacy demonstrated by the new Trump administration.<p>A look at the administration's statements and actions related to five key issues that are informed by science — anthropogenic climate change, vaccines, evolution …

Distant Black Hole’s Spin Clocked - Sky & Telescope

<b>A new measurement could be the farthest back in time astronomers have ever reached when measuring a black hole’s spin.</b><p>The quasar Q2237+0305 is split …

Black Holes

Killings by US police logged at twice the previous rate under new federal program

US government pilot program, which draws on information collected by the Guardian, publishes first data gathered under new ‘hybrid’ counting system<p>A new US government program to count killings by police, which draws on data collected by the Guardian, has recorded a sharply higher number of deaths …

White House says Vladimir Putin had direct role in hacking US election

Press secretary Josh Earnest argued Donald Trump knew Russia was engaged in cyber-attacks, and Trump went on the attack at a Pennsylvania rally to label him ‘foolish’<p>The White House on Thursday went its furthest yet in joining the dots between Donald Trump and Russian president Vladimir …

Donald Trump

NASA creates groundbreaking new 3D visualization of atmospheric carbon dioxide

NASA just released an eye-opening new 3D visualization that shows just how long carbon dioxide sticks around in the atmosphere – and how it moves …

Carbon Dioxide

The practical guide to resisting Trump, by former Congressional staffers

When Donald Trump was elected president of the United States in November, thousands took the streets to protest the outcome of the vote. For days, holding signs reading “not my president,” they showed their disappointment in cities around the US. But, Trump won the election, and per the rules of …

Donald Trump

It's Official: NASA's Peer-Reviewed EM Drive Paper Has Finally Been Published

It works.<p>After months of speculation and leaked documents, NASA's long-awaited EM Drive paper has <i>finally</i> been peer-reviewed and published. And it …

Physics

The Fact and Fiction of the NASA EmDrive Paper Leak

Mach effect pioneer James Woodward breaks down the significance of a leaked paper detailing the successful test run of NASA’s 'impossible engine.'<p>If humanity ever wants to truly explore the outer reaches of our solar system or travel to other stars, we're going to have to build a better engine for …

The Case Against Reality

A professor of cognitive science argues that the world is nothing like the one we experience through our senses.<p>As we go about our daily lives, we tend to assume that our perceptions—sights, sounds, textures, tastes—are an accurate portrayal of the real world. Sure, when we stop and think about …

UN paints apocalyptic picture of famine, war and disease unless world wakes up to dangers of climate change

The world will “grieve over the avoidable human tragedy” of climate change, as refugees flee “hunger, poverty, illness and conflict” unless urgent …

Something is wrong with dark matter

<b>(CNN) —</b> Nearly a mile under the Black Hills of South Dakota sits a canister of the atomic element xenon, chilled cold enough to turn it to liquid. The canister is the Large Underground Xenon, or LUX, detector -- the most sensitive dark matter detector in the world. But the results of a new analysis …

Comment on 3 Big Trends Shaking Up the Energy Industry by barbuto@optonline.net

It is about time……I mean the coming of SOLAR energy is way past due.<br>I remember when Jimmy Carter tried to stimulate it in the 1970s. With the Oil …

Tesla

Earth Looks Bruised in the Shadow of the Eclipse

We normally observe solar eclipses from our perspective here on the surface—or even from an airplane—but this image from NASA’s Deep Space Climate …

Paris climate deal: nearly 200 nations sign in end of fossil fuel era

Two decades of talks have come to this: an ambitious agreement to hold states to emissions targets – but already low-lying countries are worried<p>Governments have signalled an end to the fossil fuel era, committing for the first time to a universal agreement to cut greenhouse gas emissions and to …

Climate

World Approves Historic 'Paris Agreement' to Address Climate Change

Negotiators from nearly 200 countries reached an agreement Saturday on what they say signifies the most important international pact to address …

New York Times runs gun control editorial on Page 1

The New York Times on Saturday ran an editorial on its front page urging lawmakers to tighten gun control regulations, the first time the newspaper has published an editorial on Page 1 since 1920.<p>The Times' editorial board describes as a “moral outrage” and “national disgrace” that under …

Gun Control

Beijing air pollution reaches hazardous levels

BEIJING (AP) — Schools in the Chinese capital kept students indoors and parents brought their kids to hospitals with breathing ailments Tuesday as …

Pollution

America is full of high-earning poor people

Do you earn a decent salary, but live paycheck-to-paycheck? If so, you are part of a growing segment of the American population: the income rich-ish and asset poor.<p>We tend to associate empty bank balances with those on the lowest rungs of the income ladder. But many of America’s upper middle class …

Income Inequality

NASA confirms that the ‘impossible’ EmDrive thruster really works, after new tests

Engineer Roger Shawyer’s controversial EmDrive thruster jets back into relevancy this week, as a team of researchers at NASA’s Eagleworks …

Nasa scientists find evidence of flowing water on Mars

Researchers say discovery of stains from summertime flows down cliffs and crater walls increases chance of finding life on red planet<p>Liquid water runs down canyons and crater walls over the summer months on Mars, according to researchers who say the discovery raises the chances of being home to …

Mars

Illustrating the Beauty of a Disappearing World

A crazy new theory solves 40-year-old mystery about what happens inside of a black hole

What happens once you cross this threshold is a long-standing mystery that the world's leading scientists have been pondering for decades with little headway.<p>Now, a recent paper presented at a conference in Paris this week has proposed a solution by looking at black holes in a completely different …

Physics

Mars Gigapixel Panorama - Curiosity rover: Martian solar days 136-149

NASA's Mars Exploration Program (Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech)<p>4 billion pixels panorama of Mars<p>The images for panorama obtained by the two rover's …