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Mangetar Storm Seen Ripping Into Star 15,000 Light-Years Away


A rupture in the crust of a highly magnetized neutron star, shown here in an artist’s rendering, can trigger high-energy eruptions.

Far-Flung Worlds: Our Quest For Alien Life Advances Another Step


NASA image of Uranus In our recent explorations, NASA’s Hubble Space telescope has given astronomers the tool needed to explore the galaxy for planets that are possibly suitable for alien life.

Population Growth As Seen From Space


Yes, it’s India, but it’s not a photo captured from space during Diwali night. (Credit: NOAA) Diwali, the Indian festival of lights, falls on Thursday, Oct.

The Comets of Beta Pictoris


An artist’s impression of the comets orbiting Beta Pictoris. (Image Credit: ESO) Just as we participate in a decadal census to track our population numbers here on Earth, scientists catalog and track the number of comets, along with other celestial bodies.

Education Is Kind Of A Big Deal


  aIt’s no secret that there is an issue with education in the United States. According to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), of the 34 countries assessed for Mathematics, the United States came in dead last (just below Israel and Hungry).

Heavy Metal Frost? Another Reason You Don’t Want to Visit Venus


Global view of the surface of Venus (via NASA) Venus is hiding something beneath its brilliant shroud of clouds: a first order mystery about the planet that researchers may be a little closer to solving because of a new re-analysis of twenty-year-old spacecraft data.

Astronomy Photo of the Day (APotD): 10/22/14 — Comet Holmes


Image Credit: Tony Cook Before we had ISON or Siding Spring, there was comet Holmes, which blazed past Earth back in November of 2007.

How to Predict the Odds of Anything (Video)

If quantum physics has taught us one thing, it’s that the universe is inherently probabilistic at heart.

The Future’s A Year Early: Researchers Create First Hoverboard Prototype


Image credit: Brant Ward / The Chronicle Researchers at Arx Pax have created a kind of hoverboard that allows individuals to float across metal surfaces, not unlike Marty McFly in Back to the Future.

How To Watch This Week’s Partial Solar Eclipse


Map of the eclipse. The farther north and west you are, the deeper the partial eclipse will become. Credit: Jay Anderson This week, the Sun is going to have a visit from a friend (kind of).

Einstein’s Brilliant Mistake: Entangled States

When you think about Einstein and physics, E=mc^2 is probably the first thing that comes to mind. But one of his greatest contributions to the field actually came in the form of an odd philosophical footnote in a 1935 paper he co-wrote — which ended up being wrong.

Have Scientists Created the Precursor to Life in a Lab?


(Image Credit: University of Southern Denmark) How did life originate? And can scientists create life?

Astronomy Photo of the Day (APotD): 10/21/14 — The Colors of The Moon


As some people have asked over the years — without a modicum of irony, I might add — “It’s the twenty first century..

Orionid Meteor Shower Peaking Tonight: How To Watch


Composite photo of an Orionid meteor shower taken a few years ago. The constellation Orion is seen at lower right center.

Milky Way Ransacks Nearby Dwarf Galaxies


Artist’s impression of the Milky Way. Its hot halo appears to be stripping away the star-forming atomic hydrogen from its companion dwarf spheroidal galaxies.

Rare Northern White Rhinos Dies: Only 6 Left on Earth


Suni in 2010 at the Ol Pejeta Conservancy in Kenya. Image Credit: BARCROFT/GETTY We have witnessed species after species fall to extinction.

The Quantum All Around You — Flipping A Light Switch


Even the most basic things are influenced by the quantum world (Source) We generally think of the quantum world as something completely separate from the world we see and interact with.

Sugary Drinks Linked To Cell Aging: Soda May Age You as Much as Smoking


Source Sugar-sweetened soda consumption might promote disease independently from its role in obesity, according to UC San Francisco researchers who found in a new study that drinking sugary drinks was associated with cell aging.

Astronomy Photo of the Day (APotD): 10/20/14 — Comet Siding Spring


Siding Spring pictured on its journey toward Mars (Image Credit: Damian Peach) Recently, what seems like the entire world (at least those of us who have access to the internet) has been abuzz about a landmark event that took place this weekend on the Red Planet.

How Does Sugar Affect Your Brain?

When you eat something loaded with sugar, your taste buds, your gut and your brain all take notice. This activation of your reward system is not unlike how bodies process addictive substances such as alcohol or nicotine — an overload of sugar spikes dopamine levels and leaves you craving more.


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