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I know from all the financial ads on TV that you like to plan your portfolio well in advance.
Might I therefore suggest that you keep a vast stack of money for the vacation of several lifetimes in the early summer of 2032?
You see, I don't want to alarm you excessively, but the world might end in August 2032.
Yes, the chances are small -- perhaps 1 in 63,000. But, as they say in lottery ads, you never know.
My mildly alarmist tone comes from hearing that scientists at the Crimean Astrophysical Observatory in the Ukraine have … Read more
We marked the end of an era in manned spaceflight as Endeavour was sent into stately retirement at the California Science Center in Los Angeles, Calif., in late 2012.
That final journey from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida to the museum in California was punctuated with a piggyback ride on a special NASA 747 airplane, a series of flyovers over NASA facilities, 12 miles of winding road through Los Angeles, and the filming of a Toyota truck commercial.
Oh, look, this shutdown's not a big deal, is it?
We can do without a few national parks for a while. It'll let the grass grow and the animals run wild without interruptions from humans.
And then there's NASA. Honestly, is it really necessary? Space? We've been there. We've done that.
NBC's "Saturday Night Live" isn't quite so convinced. So it wondered what would have happened had the troubling events of "Gravity" occurred during, say, the government shutdown.… Read more
For the first time, astronomers have observed the shattered remains of an asteroid that points to the potential for life in a dying solar system 150 light years away.
The findings, which used data from NASA's Hubble and FUSE telescopes, as well as from the Keck Observatory in Hawaii, were published this week in the journal Science and suggest that the huge amounts of water contained in the asteroid orbiting the exhausted white dwarf star GD 61 mean its planetary system could have contained Earth-like planets.
Astronomers at the Universities of Cambridge and Warwick say this is the first time water and a rocky surface -- two building blocks of a habitable planet -- have been found together outside our solar system.… Read more
The nature of how electrons, atoms, and photons interact and affect humans takes center stage in a new Google short film about research at the company's recently-unveiled quantum computing lab called the Quantum Artificial Intelligence Lab.
The 6.5 minute documentary, unnamed in a report from The Verge, will debut at 7 p.m. on Friday at the Google New York offices' Imagine Science Films Festival. The film, embedded above, will be on YouTube on Friday. A ticket to the festival costs $50.
The film highlights the collaborative nature of the lab and the people behind its unusual quantum … Read more
When a parent dies, when disaster strikes, that's when you know who truly cares.
So in a time when its government is shut down, the American people need to know who its friends are. Thankfully, the Russians are yet again standing firm at America's side.
Not wanting to see NASA's Web site languishing without the gravity of hosting, some fine Russians have stepped forward and offered their services.
As Techdirt reports, Russia's Pirate Party has girded its buccaneering loins and come to the international rescue.
There's a moment, 30 seconds into the original trailer for Alfonso Cuarón's movie "Gravity," when the light piano music sharply drops off and you watch in a mixture of awe and utter terror as Sandra Bullock's character is sent head over heels, away from the image of Earth, strapped to a disintegrating arm of metal and flying toward the blackness of space.
"My first reaction was that the cinematography was of spectacular realism," said Mark Uhran, who retired last year from NASA as a director in the International Space Station (ISS) … Read more
Last week, the latest IPCC report on climate change said it's "extremely likely" that humans are to blame for our warming planet, which has been playing host to increasingly freaky and extreme weather in recent years.
The evidence in the report is convincing, but doesn't answer the next logical question: specifically, which humans are to blame?
Before you go shouting about coal-fired power plants and the Americans and the Indians and the Chinese, let me clarify the question even further. Who are the actual individual people that set into motion a chain of events that has led to melting permafrost, epic hurricanes, and the past really disturbing year here in the Rocky Mountains, where we've been plagued by wildfires followed by floods.
I mean seriously, WTF?! Who's responsible here? I want names!… Read more