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10 Biggest Unsolved Mysteries About Planet Earth

From the water that covers most of it to the moon that orbits it, here are some bizarre things about our home planet that science still doesn't …

Earth Science

Now we know what will happen when the sun dies

No one is writing its obituary just yet, but scientists have long known that the sun will die — and now we know what will happen next.<p>New research by an international team of astronomers shows that once it exhausts its hydrogen fuel in 5 billion years or so, our host star will morph into an …

Universe

Free Will, Video Games, and the Most Profound Quantum Mystery

The word “predictable” first entered the English language two centuries ago. Its début came in neither a farmer’s almanac nor a cardsharp’s manual but in <i>The Monthly Repository of Theology and General Literature</i>, a Unitarian periodical. In 1820, one Stephen Freeman wrote a dense treatise in which he …

Quantum Physics

The Results of a 100,000-Person Quantum Experiment Seem To Violate Einstein’s Theory of Local Realism

The largest participatory experiment in quantum physics is helping physicists better understand the nature of reality by eliminating free will from the equation.<p>When you close your eyes, you don’t assume that the world is no longer there simply because you can’t see it. Similarly, everything we …

Quantum Physics

This Cockpit Time-Lapse Takes You on an 11-Hour Journey in Four Minutes

One perk of being an airline pilot is being routinely exposed to some of the best views on (technically, above) Earth. This neat time-lapse …

Time-lapse Photography

From cumulonimbus to arcus, these are the best cloud types

Clouds, Ranked<p>Clouds, Ranked<p>To many, clouds are merely part of the backdrop in a typical day. We take notice when the sky is devoid of clouds, or …

Weather

15 Patents That Changed the World

The drone. The iPhone. Bluetooth. GPS. Before they changed the world, these technologies were schematics on paper. Here is where the future began.<p>Forget the image of the lonely inventor tinkering away in a workshop. Today, it's more common that numerous technologies developed by a variety of …

Immune System

Why parts of Earth have barely changed in 3 billion years

There is a mystery in Earth's ancient past, and the clues lie in the desert rocks of Australia and other ancient places.

Earth Science

Did another advanced species exist on Earth before humans?

Our Milky Way galaxy contains tens of billions of potentially habitable planets, but we have no idea whether we’re alone. For now Earth is the only world known to harbor life, and among all the living things on our planet we assume <i>Homo sapiens</i> is the only species ever to have developed advanced …

Anthropology

You Should Throw Away Your Germy Kitchen Sponge Immediately. Here’s How to Wash Your Dishes Instead

Quick — what’s the germiest room in the house?<p>You might be surprised to learn that it’s not the bathroom. Microscopic bugs and bacteria actually …

Country Lifestyle

Elon Musk Just Sent an Extraordinary Email to Tesla Employees

A detailed look at a new email from Elon Musk teaches some important lessons.<p>Tesla, the electric auto manufacturer led by Elon Musk,is getting ready to enter a new phase of activity as it ramps up production of its mass-market intended Model 3. In an email recently obtained by automotive website …

Tesla

A Dutch 'boy genius' said he could get the ocean to clean itself. Turns out, he's right.

<b>In 2012 — when he was just 18 — Dutch inventor and entrepreneur Boyan Slat gave his first TEDx Talk about cleaning up the ocean .</b><p>In his talk, he laid …

Pollution

New 3 in 1 Roof solar tiles power your house for half the price of a Tesla roof

Tesla is getting all the attention when it comes to solar roofs, but some competitors out there are innovating in ways that even Elon Musk hasn’t …

Was There a Civilization On Earth Before Humans?

A look at the available evidence<p>It only took five minutes for Gavin Schmidt to out-speculate me.<p>Schmidt is the director of NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies (a.k.a. GISS) a world-class climate-science facility. One day last year, I came to GISS with a far-out proposal. In my work as an …

Earth Science

Elon Musk Just Revealed a Key Part of The Big Falcon Rocket, And It's Freakishly Huge

The spaceship built with this tool could soon take us to Mars.<p>In September of 2016, Elon Musk announced the latest addition to the SpaceX rocket …

This NASA Video Tour of the Moon in 4K Is Simply Breathtaking

Images from NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) are not only helping planners with future human missions to the moon, but they are also …

Space Science

This Single Image Profoundly Sums Up Einstein's Landmark Theory

You might think you have gravity pretty well figured out. If you drop a ball out of a window, a short time later it will hit the ground. The higher …

Physics

Elon Musk shows off SpaceX BFR tool (and it's huge)

SpaceX's CEO feeds the hype for a new rocket with a photo showing a gigantic tool that will be used as a mold to create the spaceship's body.<p>The SpaceX Falcon Heavy is a large, powerful rocket system, but the company's upcoming BFR (which stands for either Big Falcon Rocket or Big F****ing Rocket) …

How controlling your gut bacteria could help you avoid a host of illnesses from diabetes to Parkinson's

Ever had a funny feeling in your stomach that tells you something is wrong? Or butterflies in your tummy when nervous? What about that bout of …

Wellness

It doesn’t look like much, but this black box pulls energy out of thin air

In the search for sustainable energy solutions, no idea is too big or too small to consider. In the past couple of years, we’ve seen genetically …

Elon Musk wants you to watch this movie about the dangers of AI

Do You Trust This Computer? is a documentary you can watch for free on Vimeo until Sunday.<p>Do You Trust This Computer? is a documentary that deals with the potential consequences of artificial intelligence. And it will be available online for free until Sunday night.<p>If that isn't news to you, it may …

Elon Musk

DJI’s Mavic Air Drone uses more than a dozen sensors to keep it from crashing

Cameras, IR sensors, gyroscopes, and more help prevent you from smashing this aircraft.<p>There’s a real sense of accomplishment that comes from learning how to nimbly pilot a drone. Unfortunately, that’s also frequently accompanied by a nervous anxiety stemming from the potential for your pricy …

Drones

Fossils Reveal an Ancient Climate Catastrophe, And We Need to Pay Attention

Incredible.<p>Scott Wing had spent more than a decade in the badlands of Wyoming's Bighorn Basin, most of it thirsty, sunburned, and down on his hands …

This Galaxy Has Almost No Dark Matter—and Scientists Are Baffled

If astronomers really have found an "undark" galaxy, it’s a strong clue that dark matter is real.<p>An unusual galaxy far, far away is stumping astronomers not because of what’s there, but because of what’s missing.<p><b>What is this thing?</b><p>About 65 million light-years away, the galaxy called NGC1052-DF2 is …

Cosmology

The $90 Light That Kills Bacteria in Your Kitchen Forever

Cleaning is still an excellent way to rid your kitchen of bacteria, but this LED light takes germ-killing to the next level.<p>There are only so many …

Why Earth's History Appears So Miraculous

The strange, cosmic reason our evolutionary path will look ever luckier the longer we survive<p>It was hard times for the bomber pilots that floated over Europe, their planes incinerating cities below, like birds of prey. Even as they turned the once-bustling streets beneath to howling firestorms, …

This 20-minute abs workout from this celebrity trainer is all you’ll need

This 20-minute abs workout from this celebrity trainer is all you’ll need<p>You can never have too many options for working your core. Why? “A strong …

How a vaporized Earth might have cooked up the moon

The moon might have formed from the filling during Earth’s jelly doughnut phase.Around 4.5 billion years ago, something hit Earth, and the moon …

This NASA propaganda will make you want to go to Mars

'Hike the solar system's largest canyon, Valles Marineris on Mars'<p><i>NASA</i><p>'If you lived on Mars' moon Phobos, you'd have an office with a view, mining …

HyTech Power may have solved hydrogen, one of the hardest problems in clean energy - Vox

The “hydrogen economy” may be a thing after all.<p>It is an odd twist of chemistry that there is fuel embedded in the most common substance on earth: water.<p>Hydrogen — the H of H2O fame — turns out to be something of an all-purpose element, a Swiss Army knife for energy. It can be produced without …