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  • Kepler 452b Is The Most Earth-Like World Yet

    Kepler 452b Is The Most Earth-Like World Yet

    It's a big galaxy, and there are a lot of planets out there. The Kepler Space Telescope has already discovered more than 4,175 possible planets, and today it's adding another 500 to the list--inclu... More >
  • See All The Satellites And Space Junk Circling Earth In Real-Time

    What's in orbit? An amazing real-time visualisation

    From down here on the ground, space looks like a pristine void. But Earth's orbit is actually crowded with a ton of stuff, from human-made satellites to many smaller pieces of debris whirling ... More >
  • NASA Could Soon Launch A Giant Solar Sail Beyond Our Solar System

    NASA's giant solar sail

    We've all seen Bill Nye's Lightsail expedition, but now our friends at NASA are stepping in to take things a bit further. As in, a sail with a massive, 20 kilometre diameter further. More >
  • Scientists Separate Marijuana's Highs From Its Medical Lows

    Can we separate pot's highs from its medical lows?

    Marijuana is getting a lot of love lately, from newly legal recreational users in a few US states, and doctors alike. Researchers are uncovering lots of ways in which THC, the chemical responsible ... More >
  • Pluto Has Young, Icy, Mountains On Its Surface

    Pluto Has Young, Icy, Mountains On Its Surface

    The first detailed images of Pluto's surface ever captured are in, and they don't disappoint. The dwarf planet's southern tip contains relatively young mountains reaching up to 11,000 feet high, ... More >
ChandraClarke
at 08:44 AM Jul 28 2015
Photo Credit: NASA on The Commons
Space // 

For a long time now, space exploration has been the preserve of a tiny group of highly specialized and highly trained people, funded almost exclusively by public sector organizations. This is in large part due to the fact that space exploration has been prohibitively expensive, but it is also, according to innovators like Burt Rutan and Elon Musk, because politics and bureaucracy have stifled the innovations that would see costs come down.

jching87lin
at 08:44 AM Jul 28 2015
pic.chinamil.com.cn

In July 2015, one of China's Zubr hovercraft provided the quick and protected transport of a ZTZ-96 main battle tank onto the beach, turning the tide of the amphibious invasion attack in favor of the Chinese Marines.

Dave Gershgorn
at 08:44 AM Jul 28 2015
Ouya
Gaming // 

Ouya, the most-crowdfunded video game console ever, has officially been sold to Razer, and the dream of a crowdfunded console has gone along with it. To truly prove that a internet-supported, fourth-party game console could enter the mix, Ouya needed to stand on its own two legs; this acquisition by a company best known for computer peripherals shows they just couldn't do it.

Rebecca Boyle
at 08:44 AM Jul 28 2015
Christian Mehlführer (Licensed under CC BY 2.5 via Wikimedia Commons) https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:MC_Haiti-Boa.jpg#/media/File:MC_Haiti-Boa.jpg
Nature // 

It's a nighmarish situation: A gigantic snake slowly curls around your body, enveloping you in its slithery embrace. You begin seeing stars, and start gasping for breath. But your life will not end because you're suffocating. Actually, it's more like you're having your insides squeezed shut.

Kelsey D. Atherton
at 08:44 AM Jul 28 2015
Raytheon

Before the first warship ever set sail, its crew was faced with a serious constraint: limited space. Through centuries, navies have improved on that front, with dense foods, hammocks or bunkbeds layered tight, and with careful planning of what precisely is needed, plus a fleet of logistical resupply ships to fetch spare parts as needed. On that last front, the future offers a bold possibility: 3D printing what's needed, storing only the raw material for the printer instead of a highly specialized selection of one-use parts.

Dave Gershgorn
at 08:44 AM Jul 28 2015
Matjaž Humar and Seok Hyun Yun
Energy // 

In the past few months we've seen laser internet in the sky and laser-generated holograms, but now lasers are going where they've never gone before: inside us.

Sarah Fecht
at 08:44 AM Jul 28 2015
NASA
Space // 

When the twin Voyager spacecraft launched in 1977, they carried with them two Golden Records encoded with the sounds of Earth. As the spacecraft flew past Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, and out to the edge of interstellar space, the Golden Records were intended to serve as a greeting to any extraterrestrials the spacecraft might encounter along the way—like a "bottle in the cosmic ocean," as the late astronomer Carl Sagan put it. Among the sounds selected to represent all of humanity were recordings of rain, a mother and child, stone tools, a heartbeat, and more.

Brooke Borel
at 09:37 AM Jul 27 2015
Ruth McDowall, Rotary International

As of 1988, there were more than 125 countries harboring polio. If Nigeria is able to reach total eradication, only two countries—Pakistan and Afghanistan—will remain on that list.

Alexandra Ossola
at 09:37 AM Jul 27 2015

In A Clockwork Orange, the narrator, Alex, commits a heinous crime. In prison, Alex is offered a behavior modification program in exchange for a shortened sentence. The treatment takes away Alex's ability to make his own decisions—his violent nature is conditioned out of him.

Viknesh Vijayenthiran/Motor Authority
at 09:37 AM Jul 27 2015
Cars // 

This weekend is the Spa 24 Hours, the highlight of the Blancpain Endurance Series, and this year a number of teams will be competing using the Aston Martin V12 Vantage GT3 race car. Another Aston Martin will be present at the Belgian race, though, and that's the limited edition Vulcan track car.

Sarah Fecht
at 09:37 AM Jul 27 2015
Space // 

Beamed across billions of miles and a very narrow bandwidth, the latest images from the Pluto flyby were worth waiting for. One reveals the view from New Horizons after it sped past Pluto and looked back to study its atmosphere. “This is our equivalent on New Horizons of the Apollo 11 earthrise,” says New Horizons' Alan Stern.

Kate Gammon
at 09:37 AM Jul 27 2015
Gemsling, via flickr (https://www.flickr.com/photos/gemsling/338385210/)
Science // 

For decades, researchers and parents have wondered which attributes for kids led to a happy, successful life and which put kids on a path to a darker future. Now, they may be one step closer to figuring out how to set young children on the path to attainment – and it looks a lot like sharing, listening and cooperation.

Claire Maldarelli
at 09:37 AM Jul 27 2015
Flckr CC by Yasser

The world's first malaria vaccine was given a positive opinion by the European Medicines Agency--Europe's drug regulator, comparable to the FDA--according to an announcement made today by GlaxoSmithKline, the vaccine's maker.

Alexandra Ossola
at 12:19 PM Jul 24 2015
Science // 

Yesterday, Congress requested more information about a July 18 explosion in one of the buildings operated by the National Institute of Standards and Technology outside Washington, D.C. There's reason for Congress to raise an eyebrow; based on evidence collected at the scene, investigators suspect that the room was being used to develop illegal methamphetamines.

Rebecca Harrington
at 12:19 PM Jul 24 2015

Expedition 44 launched from Kazakhstan around 5 p.m. ET on Wednesday and arrived at the International Space Station at 10:45 p.m. ET. It takes more time to get from New York City to LA than it does to get to space. Unbelievable.

 
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