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Tiangong-1 Was Supposed to Crash in a 'Satellite Graveyard' in the Ocean Called Point Nemo

When things are going well, we typically dispose of satellites that need to be taken out of orbit by landing them as far away from...

Jonathan Kesh
Sunday, 01 April 2018 - 3:19PM

Falling Chinese Space Station Tiangong-1 Will Be Difficult to See Up In The Sky

You would think that as a falling satellite came closer and closer to Earth's atmosphere, we would be able to pinpoint exactly where...

Jonathan Kesh
Friday, 30 March 2018 - 7:48PM

New Theory Says If We Traveled Back to the Beginning of Time, Humans Might Never Have Evolved

When you look at the evolutionary tree of life, it's comforting to follow the one strand that starts at "bacteria," passes through...

Chris Mahon
Friday, 30 March 2018 - 12:21PM

Fossilized Baby Tyrannosaur Teeth Have Been Uncovered in Montana

The Tyrannosaurus rex still looked absolutely terrifying even as a kid, going off these enormous new fossils.A team of researchers...

Jonathan Kesh
Thursday, 29 March 2018 - 6:32PM

Paleontologists Say They've Discovered a Nightmarish New Dinosaur With 'Meat Hook' Claws

Paleontologists have announced some pretty cool new dinosaurs over the past year, including the rainbow-feathered Caihong juji, the...

Chris Mahon
Thursday, 29 March 2018 - 12:54PM

Oldest-Ever-Found Human Footprints in North America Rewrite History of When We Settled the Continent

As we turn our attention to the stars to search for life on other planets, it's easy to forget that the history of life on our Earth...

Chris Mahon
Thursday, 29 March 2018 - 10:58AM

Geologists Say Plate Tectonics Are Splitting the Entire African Continent in Two—Can Anyone Stop it?

Things aren't looking good for Kenya right now--the country is literally splitting in two.Enormous rifts have opened within the...

Matthew Loffhagen
Thursday, 29 March 2018 - 10:37AM

New Oxygen Isotope Study Says Water Was Present on Earth Before Impact That Formed the Moon

The Earth was wet before the moon was created.That's the theory put forth as a result of new findings from a study of oxygen isotopes...

Matthew Loffhagen
Thursday, 29 March 2018 - 10:16AM

Falling Chinese Space Station Update: Tiangong-1 Satellite May Crash Into New Jersey on Easter

There's nothing we can do to stop Tiangong-1, China's first space satellite, from falling out of orbit and crashing through the...

Chris Mahon
Wednesday, 28 March 2018 - 11:13AM

SpaceX Falcon 9 Rocket Created a Hole In Earth's Atmosphere During a Launch

Of course, any rocket heading into space will have to break through several levels of the Earth's atmosphere. But it's not common for...

Jonathan Kesh
Tuesday, 27 March 2018 - 8:14PM

Conspiracy Theorist Says Passage in the Bible Predicts the World Will End in 2018

Christian sects have been predicting the end of the world for millennia, continuing all the way up to the present day. It's...

Chris Mahon
Tuesday, 27 March 2018 - 12:57PM

New Study Reveals Our Prehistoric Ancestors Were Surprisingly Resilient to Life-Threatening Climate Change

As anyone in any part of the Northern Hemisphere was acutely aware last week, life's no fun when the weather experiences a cold...

Matthew Loffhagen
Tuesday, 27 March 2018 - 11:34AM

Conditions of Early Life on Earth Suggest Aliens Could Survive on Frozen Moons Like Europa and Titan

One of the biggest points of speculation surrounding exploration of our own solar system is whether or not many of the frozen, icy...

Matthew Loffhagen
Monday, 26 March 2018 - 11:30AM

UN Reports Show a Grim Look at Loss of Animal and Plant Life

It's doubtful that this news will come as any big surprise, but it always needs to be repeated: humans are slowly killing off other...

Jonathan Kesh
Sunday, 25 March 2018 - 12:42PM

How Did Earth Get Oxygen? 2-Billion-Year-Old Rock Salt Reveals the Surprising Truth, Says Geochemist

The Earth wasn't always the cozy, oxygen-rich planet we know and love--once, it was covered in giant oceans filled with anaerobic...

Chris Mahon
Friday, 23 March 2018 - 11:33AM

NASA's New 'Nowcast' Model Uses Satellites to Predict Landslides Before They Happen

Of all the things for NASA to get involved in, landslide prediction is probably one of the more surprising.   Between the new...

Chris Mahon
Friday, 23 March 2018 - 11:01AM

Scientists Finally Recorded Terrifying Anglerfish Sex on Video for the First Time Ever—And It's Even Weirder Than You Think

Some mysteries are probably better off left unsolved.   Case in point: The secrets of deep-sea anglerfish have intrigued...

Andrew LaSane
Friday, 23 March 2018 - 10:35AM

No April Fools: ESA Says China's Tiangong-1 Space Station Crash Next Weekend May Be Deadly—And No One Can Stop It

If you're planning on going Easter egg hunting next weekend, you might want to keep an eye on the sky.After months of calculations,...

Matthew Loffhagen
Friday, 23 March 2018 - 10:21AM

The Great Pacific Plastic Garbage Patch Is Now Bigger Than Texas, Says Ocean Cleanup Foundation

The existence of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch isn't a secret, but it doesn't seem like it's common knowledge, either. That's pretty...

Chris Mahon
Thursday, 22 March 2018 - 1:08PM

MIT Designs a Robot Fish to Explore the Waters of Fiji

Considering how easy it is to scare off a fish, they can be difficult animals to study without attaching a camera to a fish and...

Jonathan Kesh
Wednesday, 21 March 2018 - 7:28PM