Both Darwin and U.S. President Abraham Lincoln were born on Feb. 12, 1809. Happy Darwin Day to everyone!
The legendary naturalist may have revolutionized modern science, but he also loved backgammon, dabbled in Buddhism and couldn't stand the sight of blood.
Monday, Feb 12th 2018 (1:13am)
Astronomers and visualization specialists from NASA's Universe of Learning program have combined visible and infrared vision of the Hubble and Spitzer space telescopes to create an unprecedented, three-dimensional, fly-through view of the picturesque Orion Nebula, a nearby star-forming region.
Monday, Jan 22nd 2018 (12:00am)
So you have more than just a casual interest in the heavens above. In fact, you're an armchair astronomer with two telescopes. Naturally, this list will appeal to you.
Monday, Jan 15th 2018 (12:00am)
Ah, that addicting white powder.
Have you ever felt the tiring effects of a “food coma” or “sugar crash” after eating candy or a big meal? According to researchers in New Zealand, simple sugars really do slow a person’s brain down and makes you lose focus.
Thursday, Jan 11th 2018 (4:16pm)
Catastrophe: (each episode about 48 minutes long)
Wednesday, Dec 20th 2017 (4:21pm)
Astronomers are now certain that the mysterious object detected hurtling past our sun last month is indeed from another solar system. They have named it 1I/2017 U1(’Oumuamua) and believe it could be one of 10,000 others lurking undetected in our cosmic neighborhood.
Thursday, Nov 23rd 2017 (12:00am)
Using a relatively new technique that has been more commonly used to map lava tubes, a strange chamber has been discovered in one of Egypt's largest pyramids.
Friday, Nov 3rd 2017 (12:00am)
Friday, Sep 15 will be Cassini's last day as it is sent to burn up in Saturn's atmosphere. It's a sad day but necessary so that Earthly microbes do not infect the heavenly bodies.
Here are a couple of short (under five minutes each) clips to help us remember the past 20 year of glory of this mission.
The New York Times clip -and- The NASA clip via Twitter
Despite the eclipse information overload in the breathless lead-up to the event, there’s still an earthly mystery belying the phenomenon that you probably haven't heard about; namely, shadow bands or as some call them, "shadow snakes." Shadow bands are so rare that few images of the darting shadows exist. In other words, even if you're fortunate enough to watch a total solar eclipse from the path of totality, you probably still won't see them. That's basically like winning the eclipse lottery.
Wispy, early-season clouds resembling Earth's ice-crystal cirrus clouds move across the Martian sky in some new image sequences from NASA's Curiosity Mars rover.
These clouds are the most clearly visible so far from Curiosity, which landed five years ago this month about five degrees south of Mars' equator. Clouds moving in the Martian sky have been observed previously by Curiosity and other missions on the surface of Mars, including NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander in the Martian arctic nine years ago.
Thursday, Aug 10th 2017 (3:36am)
As the Voyager mission is winding down, so, too, are the careers of the aging explorers who expanded our sense of home in the galaxy.
Some have been on the job for over forty years.
Wednesday, Aug 9th 2017 (12:00am)
A space rock now designated as asteroid 2017 OO1 was detected on July 23, 2017 from the ATLAS-MLO telescope at Mauna Loa, Hawaii. An analysis of its trajectory revealed it had been closest to Earth on July 20 sometime between 10:27 p.m. to 11:32 p.m. EDT (between 02:27 to 03:32 UTC on July 21). This means the asteroid's closest approach occurred 2.5 to 3 days before it was seen. Asteroid 2017 OO1 flyby had passed at about one-third the Earth-moon distance, or about 76,448 miles (123,031 km).
Friday, Jul 28th 2017 (5:44am)
The most anticipated eclipse in American history is coming this summer. At the heart of it is Hopkinsville, Kentucky, which anticipates 100,000 visitors. Mental Floss takes a look behind the small town's preparations - and a deep dive into the passionate subculture of people who chase eclipses for a living.
NASA's Kepler space telescope team has released a mission catalog of planet candidates that introduces 219 new candidates, 10 of which are near-Earth size and orbiting in their star's habitable zone, which is the range of distance from a star where liquid water could pool on the surface of a rocky planet.
Tuesday, Jun 20th 2017 (12:29am)
Art and science come together when Robert Hurt and Tim Pyle visualize scientific data into photorealistic works of art.
The human mind can get a very scientific explanation of what a discovery was but it takes a visual to get the point across. As they say, a picture is worth a thousand words.
Monday, Jun 12th 2017 (12:01am)
NASA’s Juno Spacecraft is investigating Jupiter in a series of 37 orbits, and though images, data, and samples, these remarkable flybys have revealed some very cool things: 900 mile wide cyclones at the planet’s poles, an interior core that “appears bigger than expected“, and a magnetic field that’s ten times stronger than Earth’s… that’s two times more powerful than predicted. Plus, there’s more data to come. From The New York Times:
Juno takes 53 days to loop around Jupiter in a highly elliptical orbit, but most of the data gathering occurs in two-hour bursts when it accelerates to 129,000 miles an hour and dives to within about 2,600 miles of the cloud tops. The spacecraft’s instruments peer far beneath, giving glimpses of the inside of the planet, the solar system’s largest.
Saturday, Jun 3rd 2017 (12:00am)
Ready Player One (2018)
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