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Flat Earth Rocketeer Mike Hughes Just Rode His Homemade Rocket 1,800 Feet Into the Air

When we reported on the 61-year-old DIY rocketeer and apparent Flat Earther Mike Hughes' plans to launch a homemade rocket over the...

Chris Mahon
Monday, 26 March 2018 - 10:55AM

Neural Network Creates Bizarre Names For 'Dungeons & Dragons' Monsters

Results tend to be mixed when an artificial intelligence does something creative. And when you ask an AI to play an...

Jonathan Kesh
Sunday, 25 March 2018 - 6:13PM

Air-Breathing Thruster Could Make Mars Travel Much Simpler

One of the troubles with spacecrafts and satellites is fuel — if you're content letting it drift through orbit, then great, but...

Jonathan Kesh
Sunday, 25 March 2018 - 5:03PM

Japanese Company Offers Meteor Showers On Demand For the Rich

Last fall, it was announced that a company called Astro Live Experiences (ALE) would be creating a fake meteor shower over the skies...

Jonathan Kesh
Sunday, 25 March 2018 - 3:56PM

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

ESA Spacecraft 'Ariel' Will Look Into Distant Exoplanets

Now that we're improving our exoplanet-finding techniques (which can be tough when distant starlight tends to drown them out), we've...

Jonathan Kesh
Saturday, 24 March 2018 - 6:03PM

New NASA Launch Platform Could Speed Up the SLS Rocket

Despite so many projected White House budgets proposing cuts to NASA funding, with suggestions to cancel certain projects like the...

Jonathan Kesh
Saturday, 24 March 2018 - 3:19PM

'Chryse Alien' Mars Rock Formation That Looks Like a Face Is So Weird Even NASA Admits It Can't Explain It

By now, Scott C. Waring is pretty much a fixture in the world of alien conspiracy theories, especially when it comes to Mars--he...

Chris Mahon
Friday, 23 March 2018 - 12:18PM

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

Curiosity Rover Celebrates Its 2000th Martian Day on the Red Planet

The Curiosity Rover is easily the most popular object on Mars right now. Nearly all of NASA's Mars rovers have had the same "face",...

Jonathan Kesh
Thursday, 22 March 2018 - 8:43PM

Pentagon Tries to Replicate Human Voices Using Lasers

Considering how often lasers show up in science fiction, it's interesting that the concept of "talking lasers" might show up in...

Jonathan Kesh
Thursday, 22 March 2018 - 7:42PM

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

EPFL Scientists Say New Memory-Deleting Method Could Stop AI From Destroying Humanity (Even the Terminator)

The problem with a giant red "OFF" button on an incredibly powerful artificial intelligence is that the AI will eventually try to...

Chris Mahon
Thursday, 22 March 2018 - 11:25AM

Astronomers Say Math Proves There's a Super-Earth-Sized Ninth Planet Hiding Beyond Pluto at the Edge of Our Solar System

No, it's not Pluto. Unfortunately for die-hard astronomy fans, Pluto is still languishing in its dwarf planet classification, and now...

Chris Mahon
Thursday, 22 March 2018 - 10:57AM

New 'Isotopic Evolution' Theory Finally Explains Why Planets Are All So Different in the Solar System

Ever wondered what makes the Earth so different than, say, Jupiter or Saturn?Why is our planet rocky and covered in water, when other...

Matthew Loffhagen
Thursday, 22 March 2018 - 10:51AM

A Passing Star Shook Our Solar System 70,000 Years Ago

Back in 2015, astronomers first learned that a nearby star came within 0.8 lightyears of our own solar system about 70,000 years...

Jonathan Kesh
Wednesday, 21 March 2018 - 8:45PM

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

'Rariphotic Zone' Ocean Discovery: Biologists Identify Otherworldly New Fish Species in Caribbean Near Curaçao Island

Human beings have a tendency to look up. We gaze at the stars, wondering what might be out there, and whether there is life off on any...

Matthew Loffhagen
Wednesday, 21 March 2018 - 2:00PM

Author William Poundstone Says Humans Only Have 730 Years Left Before We're Extinct

Elon Musk may come off as a crazed doomsayer when it comes to the robot apocalypse, but human extinction has been on the mind of...

Chris Mahon
Wednesday, 21 March 2018 - 12:57PM