Monthly Archives: September 2016

How Neil deGrasse Tyson got out-geeked

Few people can geek out to a movie harder than astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, but he met his match when it came to Thor’s hammer. Tyson, who’s the director of New York’s Hayden Planetarium as well as the host of … Continue reading

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NASA drops hints about Europa’s hidden ocean

NASA is gearing up to unveil “surprising evidence” of activity that may be related to the presence of a watery ocean beneath the icy surface of Europa, one of Jupiter’s moons. In a media advisory sent out today, the space agency … Continue reading

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Scientists worry about Trump’s climate views

An open letter from 375 scientists is voicing concern about GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump’s views on climate change – and urging the United States not to cancel its commitment to last year’s Paris climate agreement, as Trump has said he … Continue reading

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Libertarian completes science-quiz quartet

Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson may not be on stage for this year’s televised presidential debates, but he is getting his say on America’s top issues relating to science and technology, health and the environment – thanks to Science Debate. Johnson was the … Continue reading

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Drone industry council meets for first time

Washington state officials convened the first meeting of an industry council focusing on drones and related businesses today, after a seminar on the promise and potential perils of unmanned aerial vehicles. “Focusing on this isn’t just about aerospace and UAVs, it’s … Continue reading

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‘Snowden’ rallies whistleblower’s defenders

Whether you see him as a patriot or a traitor, it’s a big week for Edward Snowden, who was forced to seek asylum in Russia after revealing the magnitude of the National Security Agency’s mass surveillance program. The American Civil Liberties … Continue reading

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Unusual suspects for ‘alien megastructure’ star

That mysterious “alien megastructure” star is still a mystery, but the most plausible explanations appear to be dense patches of interstellar gas or dust that just happened to pass in front of the star. That’s the upshot of analyses conducted … Continue reading

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