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What Does a "New Year" Really Mean?

Today is New Year’s Day, which simply means the earth has completed another journey around the sun. But how in the world do we know how long that takes? To answer the question, Phil Plat has “taken a simple concept like ‘years’ and turned it into a horrifying nightmare of nerdery and math.” Let’s take a [...]

Comet Ison will be ‘brighter than the Moon’

A comet due to pass close to the Earth in 2013 is expected to provide a rare and spectacular display. The comet was only recently discovered by two Ru…

New Map of Earth’s Animals

Naturalist Alfred Russel Wallace, a contemporary of Charles Darwin, constructed a map of the world’s animals. Now that map has been updated, with new information gleaned over the past century about where the Earth’s animal species live. It includes data on 20,000 species of mammals, birds, and amphibians.   The global map data can be used [...]

The Evolution of Life on Earth

(YouTube link) The Earth is estimated to be about 4.5 billion years old. It’s hard to grasp such a amount of time, so AsapSCIENCE took those billions of years and compressed it into a theoretical 24-hour day, so we can see how relatively little of it concerns us. -via Buzzfeed

Ancient microbes discovered in icy lake

Researchers have discovered microbes living in one of the most inhospitable places on Earth. You would be forgiven for thinking that the freezing, dar…

Saturn’s Swirling Megastorm That’s Bigger Than Multiple Earths

The colored swirls indicate the tail end of Saturn’s massive storm that occurred sometime between 2010 and 2011. Photo: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science East Coasters panicked by this weekend’s oncoming Frankenstorm haven’t seen anything yet. New readings from NASA’s Cassini orbital spacecraft have discovered that a massive maelstrom first spotted on Saturn in 2010 was more intense than initially [...]

Reese’s Pieces Shots

What if E.T. had been able to combine his two favorite Earth inventions–Reese’s Pieces and alcoholic beverages? He’d probably enjoy Jasmin Fine’s Reese’s Pieces Shots. She suggests soaking Reese’s Pieces in your favorite liquor for a few days. Then grind them in a food processor, add nonpareils to the edge of shot glasses and pour. Link [...]

Astronomers discover huge diamond planet

A planet twice the size of the Earth and made up mostly of diamond has been discovered by astronomers. Known as 55 Cancri e, the planet is one of five…

Plans to send a boat to Titan proposed

Scientists are exploring possible ways in which to send a probe to Titan that can sail on its lakes. Saturn’s moon Titan is one of the most Earth-like…

Drought’s Effect on Groundwater as Seen From Space

When most people think of drought, they probably think of dead and dry vegetation – you know, things that are above ground. But data from the twin NASA satellites of the Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment (GRACE) [...]