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NASA Taps Hoverboard Tech to Make Space “Tractor Beams”


Image via RNN Tractor beams are a dangerous obstacle in science fiction. The Death Star is equipped with many (which never ends well), and we’ve seen them used in Star Trek for a number of purposes.

Here’s How Much You Can Have Of Most Things Before They Kill You (Video)

Widely known poisons like mercury don’t take much to kill you. One of the more dangerous versions, methylmercury, only takes 200 milligrams before death sets in.

Astronomy Photo of the Day: 9/3/15 — Messy Remnant of Puppis A


Puppis A in narrowband and broadband light (Image Credit: Don Goldman) When a massive star reaches the end of its life—a period of time that depends on the star’s mass—it collapses in on itself and becomes one of two things: either a neutron star or a stellar mass black hole.

Watch: Here’s What Happens When You Crack Your Knuckles


There is a common myth that, if you crack your knuckles too much, you get arthritis. This isn’t true (which is why it’s a myth).

Meet Neil Harbisson: The First Cyborg Who Also ‘Hears’ Color


Neil Barbisson was born with achromatism, characterized by complete color-blindness, But he didn’t let the condition rule his life (Original Author Unknown) Perhaps you’ve heard the saying “there’s no black and white, only shades of gray.” That, of course, can be interpreted in a number of different ways, but most would agree that it pertains to morality above all else.

Astronomy Photo of the Day: 9/2/15 — Europa Enveloped in Gaseous Sea


Jupiter and Europa, by Voyager (Image Credit: NASA/JPL, Michael Benson) When Voyager first departed Earth, it was set to become the first probe to venture into the outer solar system, and beyond.

Pure Raindrops are Mathematically Impossible. Fortunately, Raindrops Aren’t.

A rainstorm moves through, breaking the dry spell. Once it leaves, the outside world has a different vitality.

Rare Nautilus Spotted for First Time in 31 Years, but Will We See It Again?


The rare Allonautilus scrobiculatus (right) swims by a Nautilus pompilius (left). Image Credit: Peter Ward.

The Ozone Layer and Strawberries: Believe It or Not, They’re Related


(Image By Jenny Ludmer) There’s nothing like fresh strawberries in the summer. But these tasty little bursts of nutrition are notoriously difficult to grow; Virtually every strawberry farmer has relied heavily on one particular pesticide—methyl bromide. However, because of concerns over the ozone layer, that will soon change.

Astronomy Photo of the Day: 9/1/15 — Storms Brew in Turbulent Core of M96


Messier 96 (M96), as seen by Hubble (Image Credit: ESA/Hubble & NASA and the LEGUS Team (Acknowledgement: R.

Feynman Answers “How do Magnets Work?”


To many, Richard Feynman is an inspiration. Without a doubt, he was the same caliber of man, as well as scientist, as Carl Sagan and many of the other greats that we have all come to known and love.

A Fantastic Voyage: 3D Printed “Miroc-Fish” May Soon be Cleaning Your Bloodstream


The “fantastic voyage,” where scientists shrink down, suit up in some type of submarine or robot, and enter a patient’s body, is a common trope in popular culture. In The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron, Archer, Dexter’s Lab, Futurama, Invader Zim, and (of course) The Magic School Bus, characters all shrink down to explore.

Scientists Uncover Dying Star with Erratic, Energetic Death Throes


Artist rendering of a pulsating white dwarf (Image Credit: Casey Reed, NASA/JPL) Not all stars die the same.

Why Scientists Think the Universe is Slowly Dying


image source There are a number of scenarios that posit the ultimate death of the universe. Now, an international team of researchers have presented a new paper that comes to a startling conclusion…that not only is the universe already dying, but its death has progressed at an increased rate over the last 2 billion years.

Study Finds Over Half of Psych Research is Not Reproducible


How much of published research can’t be reproduced? Image Credit Maggie Villiger According to a study published in the latest issue of Science, only 39 out of 100 psychology papers could be repeated with similar results.

Scientists Discover Supermassive Black Hole Duo in Quasar Nearest Earth


NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope was used to find two supermassive black holes in Markarian 231. Credit: Space Telescope Science Institute, Baltimore, Maryland In a staggering find, scientists recently announced that the quasar closest to Earth is powered by two, not one, supermassive black holes.

The Search for Alien Life Heads to the Vacuum of Space


Kombucha topped with scoby. Source You’ve probably heard of kombucha by now. If not, it is marketed as a healthy (and by some, a hippie) drink.

Glimpsing the Past: Scientists Unravel the Mystery of How Galaxies Evolve


M74 (pictured) is a flat, disc shaped spiral galaxy. (Image Credit: NASA, ESA) Astronomers believe that galaxies undergo major changes over the course of their lives—transforming from relatively flat, disc-shaped structures, into large, oval-shaped ellipticals. However, since these changes don’t happen overnight, it has been difficult to corroborate that hypothesis… until now.

Astronomers Prove Galaxies Change Over Time


M74 (pictured) is a flat, disc shaped spiral galaxy. (Image Credit: NASA, ESA) Astronomers believe that galaxies undergo major changes over the course of their lives—transforming from relatively flat, disc-shaped structures, into large, oval-shaped ellipticals. However, since these changes don’t happen overnight, it has been difficult to corroborate that hypothesis… until now.

Astronomy Photo of the Day: 8/28/15 — NGC 4535


NGC 4535 (Image Credit: ESO) NGC 4535—otherwise known as PGC 41806 or UGC 7729—is an odd galaxy located roughly 50 million light-years from Earth toward the constellation of Virgo.


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