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Top NASA Scientist: We’ll Find Signs of Alien Life ‘Within a Decade’

Humanity is on the verge of discovering alien life, high-ranking NASA scientists say.<p>"I think we're going to have strong indications of life beyond Earth within a decade, and I think we're going to have definitive evidence within 20 to 30 years," NASA chief scientist Ellen Stofan said Tuesday …

Astronomy

Your New Favorite Chocolate Cake

<i>If the grocery store isn't your favorite place, it should be. We're sleuthing for the best back-of-the-box recipes and each week we'll share our latest find.</i><p><i>Today: The perfect chocolate cake recipe has been sitting in your pantry all along, patiently waiting for you to discover it.</i><p>Today feels like …

Dessert

Luxury San Francisco Commuter Bus is a Coffee Shop on Wheels

With a coffee bar, free WiFi and a distinctively laid-back vibe, the newest luxury bus line to hit San Francisco's streets offers all the comforts of your favorite caf on wheels. The recently launched company Leap lets you travel in style, socialize and get work done all at the same time. An …

San Francisco

How a filmmaker finally infiltrated Scientology for HBO's explosive documentary

"I turned it down," he told Business Insider recently at HBO's New York City offices. Like many filmmakers who wanted to investigate Scientology, the uncertainty of doing it without getting bogged down in an expensive legal battle turned him off of the project.<p>What was different was the involvement …

Religion

Unknown group threatens troops online

<b>(CNN) —</b> A previously unknown group calling itself the Islamic State Hacking Division posted the names, photos and addresses of about 100 U.S. troops online, calling for attacks against them.<p>Whoever created the file, posted online Saturday before being removed, claimed to have hacked military …

Terrorism

Doctors Without Borders slams global response to Ebola

A year on from the start of the Ebola outbreak, a report has been published by frontline aid agency Doctors Without Borders slamming the international community's slow response and detailing the "indescribable horror" faced by its staff.<p>More than 10,000 people have been killed and some 25,000 …

Disease

MSF report cites WHO’s failures in ongoing Ebola outbreak

West Africa's ongoing Ebola outbreak reached its catastrophic scale because of the failure of a variety of international agencies and the lack of global health rapid response capacity, a new report says<p><i>Médecins sans frontières</i>, which is also known as Doctors Without Borders, released the report to …

12 of the Most Impressive Tiny Houses You've Ever Seen

These homes may be small, but they have huge appeal.<p>These homes may be small, but they have huge appeal. This piece originally appeared on CountryLiving.com.

Photo of Weasel Riding on a Woodpecker Spawns Hilarious Photoshop Meme

Chances are, you might've already seen this incredible photograph by Martin LeMay. It's the unforgettable sight of a weasel clinging to the back of a woodpecker in midair. LeMay and his wife encountered the two creatures while walking in a park in London. Although the weasel was trying to attack …

Miley Cyrus

NASA's Curiosity rover on Mars sidelined by 'short circuit' glitch

NASA's Mars rover Curiosity experienced an electrical problem last week, and the robot will stay put for a few days while mission engineers try to figure out exactly what happened.<p>The car-size Curiosity rover suffered a "transient short circuit" on Feb. 27 while it was transferring sample powder …

How Sweden could become Europe's tourist gateway to space

It may be at least five years until the first commercial space planes are available outside the US, but Karin Nilsdotter, CEO of Lapland-based …

NASA creates ingredients of life in harsh simulated space conditions

New research might shed light on how we got here by demonstrating that chemical components of our DNA could be produced in the brutal conditions of space.<p>We know a whole lot about life on our planet, but one mystery persists: how it got here.<p>NASA scientists working at the Ames Astrochemistry …

Space Science

Illuminated Tunnel Book

I just wanted to show some instructions for how to make a tunnel book. I couldn't really find any good instructions for how to use images found …

Writing

Deadly bacterium 'released from US high-security lab'

Officials in Louisiana investigating how a potential bioterror agent escaped but insist there is no threat to public<p>US officials in Louisiana are investigating how a dangerous and often deadly bacterium got out of a high-security laboratory at a research facility, USA Today reported on …

South-east Asia

Saudi blogger sentenced to 1,000 lashes may now face death penalty

The Saudi Arabian blogger sentenced to 1,000 lashes and 10 years in prison for criticizing Islam may now face the death penalty.<p>Raif Badawi, 31, has been in a Saudi prison since last May after criticizing Saudi Arabia's powerful clerics on his liberal blog. His case has received international …

Can You Dig It? More Evidence Suggests Humans From The Ice Age

In Florida, archaeologists are investigating a site that a century ago sparked a scientific controversy. Today, it's just a strip of land near an airport.<p>But in 1915, it was a spot that became world-famous because of the work of Elias Sellards, Florida's state geologist. Sellards led a scientific …

Anthropology

APOD: Inside the Coma Cluster of Galaxies (2015 Mar 01) Image Credit: NASA, ESA, Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA); Acknowledgment: D. Carter (LJMU), Coma HST ACS Treasury Team http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap150301.html Explanation: Almost every object in the above photograph is a galaxy. The Coma Cluster of Galaxies pictured above is one of the densest clusters known - it contains thousands of galaxies. Each of these galaxies houses billions of stars - just as our own Milky Way Galaxy does. Although nearby when compared to most other clusters, light from the Coma Cluster still takes hundreds of millions of years to reach us. In fact, the Coma Cluster is so big it takes light millions of years just to go from one side to the other! The above mosaic of images of a small portion of Coma was taken in unprecedented detail in 2006 by the Hubble Space Telescope to investigate how galaxies in rich clusters form and evolve. Most galaxies in Coma and other clusters are ellipticals, although some imaged here are clearly spirals. The spiral galaxy on the upper left of the above image can also be found as one of the bluer galaxies on the upper left of this wider field image. In the background thousands of unrelated galaxies are visible far across the universe. http://www.nasa.gov/ http://spacetelescope.org/ http://heritage.stsci.edu/ http://hubblesite.org/ http://www.stsci.edu/ http://www.aura-astronomy.org/ http://www.astro.ljmu.ac.uk/ http://heritage.stsci.edu/2008/24/bio/bio_primary.html http://heritage.stsci.edu/2008/24/ http://hubblesite.org/news/2008/24 http://spacetelescope.org/images/heic0813a/ Starship Asterisk* • APOD Discussion Page http://asterisk.apod.com/discuss_apod.php?date=150301 #APOD

​One Astronomer’s Impassioned Quest to Reinstate Pluto as a Planet

Pluto's exile was a stunt organized by a “very small clique of Pluto-haters," he says. But he might have his chance to return it to glory this year.<p>Most of us grew up believing that tiny, distant Pluto was the outermost planet in our solar system. Then, one day, the scientific powers that be …

Solar System

Scientists might make Pluto a planet again, if they can decide what a planet even is

In 2006, Pluto lost its status as a planet. It was downgraded to a “dwarf planet,” in fact, a decision that rankled many who had grown accustomed to the solar system containing nine celestial bodies—including Sheldon Cooper from the <i>Big Bang Theory</i>:<p>There may be a chance to revisit the controversial …

Ceres

Hubble at 25: the wonder of the universe laid bare

The Hubble telescope, launched 25 years ago next month, is unrivalled in its breathtaking and compelling visions of the cosmos • 25 years of the Hubble telescope – in pictures<p>It has captured images of stars coalescing out of glowing clouds of dust, peered back more than 10bn years to study the …

Universe

15 Cleaning Tips We Learned In 2014

From the archives, we've pulled our favorite tips and tricks from the past year to help keep your New Year's resolutions in check.<p><b>1. Vacuum in both directions.</b> If you don't, you're likely to miss small pieces of dirt and dust that get trapped under the fibers of your carpet.<p>Looking for more …

20 Things You Should Deep Clean This Spring

There are a few places you won't need to tackle again until next year.<p>When the weather starts to warm up, it's a sign to bust open your windows — and your cleaning supplies cabinet. Yes, it's already that time of year again. Don't know where to start? Use this list, which includes all the spots …

Sues Over Demise of Monarch Butterfly Population

Wildlife

This Alien Might Exist on One of Saturn's Moons, Scientists Say

NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS/EPA<p>NASA/JPL<p>University of Arizona/JPL-Caltech/NASA<p>NASA<p>University of …

Jet Lag Is Worse on Mars

A Martian day is 40 minutes longer than a day on Earth—a seemingly small difference that adds up quickly.<p>What would you do with an extra 40 minutes in a day?<p>Not 40 minutes shaved off some regular daily activity to devote to something else, but an extra 40 minutes actually tacked on to the 24 hours …

5 Years Of Sun: Our Star’s Best Close-Ups | Video

Pluto's Moons Nix and Hydra Spotted By NASA Probe | Video

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 …

NASA Sees 'Bright Spots' On Dwarf Planet In Our Solar System

Scientists are puzzled by a new image taken by NASA's Dawn spacecraft, which found two bright spots on the dwarf planet Ceres. The spots are noticeably brighter than other parts of the surface, which looks to be rocky and pockmarked.<p>Ceres lies in an asteroid belt between the paths of Mars and …

Astronomy