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  • Happy birthday, manned spaceflight!

    April 12, 2013 12:31 AM 286

    Today marks two significant space dates: Gagarin & Columbia's first flights. April 12th is a pretty momentous day for space nerds. Fifty-two years and one day ago, a mere handful of test pilots had flown above 100,000 feet. In 1960, Joe Kittinger jumped out of a balloon 102,800 feet above New Mexico. A year prior to Kittinger’s jump, "Joe" Jordan flew an F-104 starfighter

  • What caused 2012's 'flash' drought?

    April 11, 2013 10:26 PM 181

    The cause of last year's devastating drought in the central U.S. — whichcost the nation at least $35 billion according to one estimate — was a series of natural variations in weather that cannot be placed at the feet of global warming, according to a report released Thursday by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The lead author of the report

  • Joshua Tree National Park is teeming with blossoms

    April 11, 2013 9:37 PM 152

    “It’s one of the most prolific blooms we’ve seen in recent years,” interpretive park ranger Bret Greenheck said. “The bloom peaked a week ago at lower elevations, but trees on higher groundare still producing flowers.” “Some biologists think Joshua Trees bloom like this in response to stressful conditions such as drought,” Greenheck said. “We haven’t

  • National Air and Space Museum opens permanent exhibit exploring navigation from Galileo to GPS

    April 11, 2013 12:35 AM 222

    The museum pulled together stories and objects from major milestones and breakthroughs over the course of 300 years for the new permanent exhibition “Time and Navigation: The Untold Story of Getting from Here to There.” The $3.5 million gallery shows the evolution of marine, air and space navigation, as well as a glimpse of the future with a robotic-driven

  • Whoa! Bidder Pays $6 Million for Crick DNA Letter

    April 10, 2013 6:19 PM 171

    A bidder paid over $6 million at an auction today (April 10) for a letter British scientist Francis Crick wrote to his 12-year-old son explaining the double-helix structure of the DNA molecule, which he and James Watson had just discovered. The winning bid was $5.3 million, with the final price tag for the "Secret of Life" letter coming in at $6,059,750, according

  • What Happens When 40 Sharks Find a Dead Whale

    April 10, 2013 5:52 PM 203

    The great white shark version of a Thanksgiving feast was recently recorded, showing how multiple such sharks react when they find a dead whale. A corresponding study concludes that great white sharks could be some of the ocean’s best scavengers, helping to rid water of dead flesh and carcasses. “Although rarely seen, we suspect that as white sharks

  • The Space Station Could Be The Next Frontier Of Quantum Communications

    April 10, 2013 5:19 AM 268

    A team of European researchers have proposed a series of experiments that, if successful, could turn the International Space Station into a key relay for a quantum communications network. The key basis of physics underlying quantum communications is entanglement. Entangled particles are connected in a way that pretty much defies common sense. If you change

  • NASA-backed fusion engine could cut Mars trip down to 30 days

    April 10, 2013 2:07 AM 237

    NASA, and plenty of private individuals, want to put mankind on Mars. Now a team at the University of Washington being funded by the space agency is about to start building a fusion engine that could get humans there in just 30 days and make other forms of space travel obsolete. "Using existing rocket fuels, it's nearly impossible for humans to explore


    April 9, 2013 12:15 PM 212

    Scientists claim to have identified the missing link between human speech and monkey chatter. Researchers analysed the distinctive "lip-smacking" sounds made by wild gelada baboons of the Ethopian highlands and found striking similarities to human speech. Their noises are so human-like that Thore Bergman, an assistant professor with the University of Michigan

  • Accusations of child porn and extortion fail to stop revenge porn site operator

    April 8, 2013 10:31 AM 343

    Liquid Robotics is revolutionizing our understanding of the oceans with its unmanned sensor robots. And today, the company is announcing a new version, dubbed the Wave Glider SV3, with advanced capabilities such as a hybrid propulsion system. Roger Hine, chief technology officer at Liquid Robotics, told VentureBeat the new model can use solar power for propulsion