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Space Station Tiangong-1 Finally Crash Landed Near the South Pacific 'Spacecraft Graveyard'

After weeks of speculation, Tiangong-1 — the falling space station which could crash nearly anywhere in the world — made its...

Jonathan Kesh
Monday, 02 April 2018 - 6:37PM

Astronomers Just Found the Most Distant Star Ever Observed: A Giant Blue 'Sun' 9 Billion Light-Years Away

Astronomers can spot supernovas from a galaxy away (even quick ones), but observing individual stars is much harder. In the cosmic...

Chris Mahon
Monday, 02 April 2018 - 12:57PM

Geophysicists Say Oil Extraction Is Causing Huge Portions of Texas Land to Sink and Warp

West Texas is facing a reckoning: After decades of extracting countless barrels of oil and quantities of natural gas from the Permian...

Chris Mahon
Monday, 02 April 2018 - 11:47AM

Astrobiologist Says We've Discovered Proof Aliens Are Seeding New Life on Earth With Space Bacteria

We have a pretty good picture of how life evolved on Earth (depending on who you talk to), but the real question is how it began....

Chris Mahon
Monday, 02 April 2018 - 11:00AM

DARPA is Open to Ideas For New Types of Drone Swarm Technology

DARPA, the U.S. government's Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency and frequently its "weird science" department, likes to open...

Jonathan Kesh
Sunday, 01 April 2018 - 5:59PM

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

NASA and ESA Test Their High-Tech Mars Parachutes For Upcoming Martian Missions

We're about to see a lot more Mars missions in the next few years, as space agencies and companies around the world prepare for the...

Jonathan Kesh
Sunday, 01 April 2018 - 12:14PM

SpaceX's Web of Global 'Starlink' Internet Satellites Gets a Green Light From FCC

While SpaceX was most recently in the news for launching cars into space (and preparing to land a giant rocket on Mars soon), a...

Jonathan Kesh
Saturday, 31 March 2018 - 6:33PM

The Harsh Clouds of Venus Could Still Support Unique Kinds of Alien Life

Mars may be named after the Roman god of war, but Venus is a much more hostile planet, with high pressures and an average surface...

Jonathan Kesh
Saturday, 31 March 2018 - 5:15PM

Will Smith and Sophia The Robot Met for An Unsettlingly Bizarre 'Date'

Will Smith, who's killed robots in at least a few of his films (his fight scenes from I, Robot will come into play a little later),...

Jonathan Kesh
Saturday, 31 March 2018 - 11:47AM

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

This Hugo Award-Winning Sci-Fi Writer Predicted Smartphones With Uncanny Accuracy Almost 20 Years Ago

Yeah, Back to the Future 2  predicted flat-screen TVs, drones, and biometric identification becoming commonplace by 2015, but it also...

Chris Mahon
Friday, 30 March 2018 - 11:38AM

Doctors Say the First Case of Super-Gonorrhea Resistant to Antibiotics Was Just Confirmed in the UK

Putting the word "super" in front of anything makes it sound 10 times more extreme (superstorm, supermarket, Super Mario), which is...

Andrew LaSane
Friday, 30 March 2018 - 11:18AM

New Investigation Reveals the Ambitious 'Mars One' Project May Be a Scam—And If It Isn't, It's a Mess

When Mars One was founded by Bas Lansdorp and Arno Wielders in 2011, its stated goal was to establish a human settlement on Mars by...

Chris Mahon
Friday, 30 March 2018 - 10:44AM

German Company 'Festo' Creates a Robotic Spider and a Robotic Bat

The German engineering company Festo has a history of creating robotic animals, and they're adding two new oddballs to their...

Jonathan Kesh
Thursday, 29 March 2018 - 7:30PM

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

Two Airline Pilots in Different Planes Say They Spotted the Same UFO Flying Over the New Mexico Border

For every 10 blurry photos of a "crashed alien craft" near Antarctica or Mylar party balloons mistakenly identified as flying...

Chris Mahon
Thursday, 29 March 2018 - 12:01PM

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