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Watch SpaceX Test-Fire the Falcon Heavy Rocket Before its Big Launch

After years of waiting, SpaceX's giant Falcon Heavy rocket is very nearly ready for its maiden voyage.Elon Musk's spacefaring company...

Matthew Loffhagen
Wednesday, 24 January 2018 - 6:25PM

Scientists Just Created Rain and Snow on Demand in Idaho With Cloud Seeding

The ability to modify the weather has long belonged in the realm of science fiction, but now a team of scientists in Idaho think...

Justin Joffe
Wednesday, 24 January 2018 - 1:46PM

These Earth-like Trappist-1 Planets Are the Best Candidates for Alien Life Ever Found

Despite being 39 light-years away from out solar system, Trappist-1 may be our best shot at finding habitable exoplanets--and alien...

Chris Mahon
Wednesday, 24 January 2018 - 12:18PM

Flat Earther Vows to Launch Himself at 500MPH in Homemade Rocket to Prove Earth Isn't Round

The ultimate rebuttal to flat-Earthers of all types has been threatening to send them into space: Once they're in orbit, they'll be...

Chris Mahon
Wednesday, 24 January 2018 - 11:44AM

Scientists Just Discovered How to Track the Speed of Dark Matter

As non-luminous particles floating around in space, dark matter has become one of the most fascinating--and difficult to...

Justin Joffe
Wednesday, 24 January 2018 - 10:51AM

6,000-Year-Old Pre-Viking Artifacts Discovered in Norway as Climate Change Melts Glaciers

Oppland, Norway, is a cold place that's only getting warmer. Preserved in its ancient ice are some extremely rare artifacts that...

Justin Joffe
Wednesday, 24 January 2018 - 10:01AM

We May Soon Be Levitating Humans Thanks to This Acoustic Tractor Beam Breakthrough

Right now, there's only three ways to "levitate," each of which is on a sliding spectrum of fun: get one of those wingsuits and jump...

Chris Mahon
Tuesday, 23 January 2018 - 12:16PM

China Has Already Used CRISPR to Edit 86 People's DNA Despite Warnings

The gene-editing tool known as CRISPR can do what was long thought to be the unthinkable--actually edit human DNA. This holds the...

Justin Joffe
Tuesday, 23 January 2018 - 12:11PM

Tiny Volcanic Crystals Could Save Lives by Predicting Eruptions

Of all natural disasters, history and literature have a special place for the volcanic eruption. From Pompei to Tommy Lee Jones'...

Justin Joffe
Tuesday, 23 January 2018 - 11:49AM

No One Was Able to Win Google's Decade-Long, $20 Million XPrize Moon Shot Competition

After 10 years (including on extension) and 16 original contenders, it looks like Google's Lunar $20 million Xprize will go unclaimed...

Chris Mahon
Tuesday, 23 January 2018 - 11:49AM

Geoengineering a Cooler Planet Could Kill Earth's Animals in an Attempt to Stop Climate Change

In theory, the plan to deflect heat from the sun to cool down the temperature of the Earth makes sense, but according to a new study...

Andrew LaSane
Tuesday, 23 January 2018 - 11:11AM

Earth's Oceans Are the Hottest They've Ever Been Thanks to Global Warming

Congratulations, humanity: We're all doing a great job of making the planet unlivable.2017 was a big year for bizarre weather patterns...

Matthew Loffhagen
Tuesday, 23 January 2018 - 10:37AM

MIT Scientists Design a Computer That Works Just Like a Human Brain

As complex and impressive computers are becoming, they still don't hold a candle to the human brain. Sure, we can't instantly recall...

Matthew Loffhagen
Monday, 22 January 2018 - 6:30PM

Government Shutdown Closes CDC During Deadliest Flu Epidemic Ever

The continuing goverment shutdown that we find ourselves in leaves much to be alarmed about, but nothing less settling than the...

Justin Joffe
Monday, 22 January 2018 - 12:58PM

Mars One Announces Plans for 'Floating Cities' on Venus and Jupiter's Moons

Mars One and its flagship project to colonize the Red Planet with a small group of trained laypeople has been called a lot of...

Chris Mahon
Monday, 22 January 2018 - 12:01PM

Australia Was Part of North America Supercontinent Over 1 Billion Years Ago, New Study Shows

It's easy to forget that the world's continents have been sliding around Earth's surface, colliding and ripping apart, for the last...

Chris Mahon
Monday, 22 January 2018 - 11:57AM

This Electronic Skin Allows You to Control Virtual Objects

As virtual reality continues to grow in popularity, users are naturally going to want more control over their virtual environments....

Jonathan Kesh
Sunday, 21 January 2018 - 5:12PM

Looking at Mercury Reveals How the Sun is Losing Its Mass

The sun is losing mass very, very slowly. This is mostly normal —  as it goes about its nuclear fusion process, it gradually...

Jonathan Kesh
Sunday, 21 January 2018 - 3:19PM

How a Tesla Semi Prototype Looks and Sounds on the Road

Tesla's official electric semi truck is technically not finished yet, and won't be for sale for at least another year (likely longer)....

Jonathan Kesh
Saturday, 20 January 2018 - 4:53PM

Arctic Research Technique Could Help Detect Life on Mars

Searching for signs of life on Mars is no easy task, for lots of fairly obvious reasons. Testing out any possible strategy is tough...

Jonathan Kesh
Saturday, 20 January 2018 - 12:26PM