Science

  • Why You Can’t Debate Creationists

    Advocates of the pseudo-scientific, secularized version of creationism love debates, because they give the appearance of two equal sides. Here’s what it’s like to participate in one.

    The Daily Beast
  • NASA spacecraft slams into dark side of the moon as planned

    At roughly 12:30AM ET early on Friday morning, a soda machine-sized NASA spacecraft slammed into the far side of the moon at 3,600 miles per hour. The impact was entirely planned by NASA engineers in order to conclude the Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE) program, which…

    The Verge
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  • Study: Fuels from corn waste not better than gas

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Biofuels made from the leftovers of harvested corn plants are worse than gasoline for global warming in the short term, a study shows, challenging the Obama administration's conclusions that they are a much cleaner oil alternative and will help combat climate change.

    Associated Press
  • Poll: Big Bang a big question for most Americans

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Few Americans question that smoking causes cancer. But they express bigger doubts as concepts that scientists consider to be truths get further from our own experiences and the present time, an Associated Press-GfK poll found.

    Associated Press
  • Improbable Resurrections: 5 Real Cases of Coming Back to Life

    On Easter Sunday, Christians around the world will celebrate Jesus Christ's resurrection, in which he is said to have risen from the dead three days after his crucifixion, according to the New Testament. One of the more miraculous medical recoveries in recent years have been from infections with…

    LiveScience.com
  • Climate changes visible by ZIP code with new online tools

    Americans can track how the environment around them is changing, including rising sea levels and deforestation.

    USA TODAY
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    The Science of Internet Comments - Discovery News

    It seems like if you go to the YouTube comments of any video, most people seem to be rude. Is there scientific proof that YouTube commenters are unusually mean? Tara examines a new study that compared the comments on YouTube to the comments on other video streaming websites.

    DNews
  • Emirati firm promises to send citizen into space

    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — One lucky citizen of the oil-rich United Arab Emirates could soon get the chance to be rocketed into space.

    Associated Press
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  • Is Monsanto Company Wrong About Pest Resistance?

    Next generation products from Monsanto for reducing and diluting pest resistance may be able to ease concerns about Bt resistance, but concerned scientists are not so sure.

    Motley Fool
  • Golden eagle found in Wyo. tied for second-oldest

    SHERIDAN, Wyo. (AP) — A golden eagle that was apparently electrocuted near Sheridan was more than 30 years old, which ties the record for second-oldest in the species that has ever been tagged in North America, Wyoming wildlife officials said.

    Associated Press
  • US Military Developing Foldable Space Telescope (Video, Images)

    The United States military's advanced research arm is working on a foldable space telescope that could image Earth in high resolution at a relatively low cost.

    SPACE.com
  • With Climate Change, Wildfires Getting Worse in the West

    Across the western United States, wildfires grew bigger and more frequent in the past 30 years, according to a new study that blames climate change and drought for the worsening flames. "It's not just something that is localized to forest or grasslands or deserts," said lead study author Phil…

    LiveScience.com
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    Raw: Easter Morning Delivery for Space Station

    Space station astronauts got a special Easter treat: a cargo ship full of supplies. The SpaceX company's cargo ship, Dragon, spent two days chasing the International Space Station following its launch from Cape Canaveral. (April 20)

    Associated Press Videos
  • Vitamins from Space! B3 Found in Meteorites

    While scientists aren't yet sure of the exact recipe, they think radiation-blasted ice powered the chemical reactions that produced vitamin B3, or niacin, early in the solar system's history. "Vitamin B3 is essential to metabolism and likely very ancient in origin," lead study author Karen Smith of…

    LiveScience.com
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  • Cousin of Earth: Planet Kepler-186f May Be Habitable for Life (Op-Ed)

    Seth Shostak is a Senior Astronomer with the SETI Institute. It's the brass ring that teams of astronomers from far and wide have tried to grab: Discovering a planet that sports an environment similar to our own.

    SPACE.com
  • 'Easter Dragon' makes delivery to International Space Station

    By Irene Klotz CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida (Reuters) - A cargo ship owned by Space Exploration Technologies arrived at the International Space Station on Sunday, with a delivery of supplies and science experiments for the crew and a pair of legs for the experimental humanoid robot aboard that one day…

    Reuters
  • NASA sending Google's Project Tango smartphone to space to improve flying robots

    An experimental NASA robot could get a big upgrade thanks to Google. The two parties have been working together to integrate Google's Project Tango smartphone prototype — which can detect and map the world around it using a series of sensors — onto NASA's SPHERES — brightly colored,…

    The Verge
  • Red Tape Hinders Study of Asteroid Impacts on Earth

    The bureaucratic snafu affects the use of U.S. government space assets that help scientists study "airbursts" like the meteor that exploded without warning over Russia last year. At issue is the ability to combine space data with outputs from a global network of seismic, infrasound and…

    SPACE.com
  • NASA: Engineer vital to 1969 moon landing dies

    SCARBOROUGH, Maine (AP) — John C. Houbolt, an engineer whose contributions to the U.S. space program were vital to NASA's successful moon landing in 1969, has died. He was 95.

    Associated Press
  • SpaceX supply capsule berths at ISS

    The unmanned Dragon capsule from the private US firm SpaceX successfully berthed at the International Space Station Sunday on its third trip carrying supplies and equipment to the orbiting lab. NASA television broadcast live images of the crew inside the ISS as the capsule was installed on the…

    AFP
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