The Search For Alien Worlds Continues

November 23, 2011 Space Leave a comment

In our quest for life beyond Earth, have we been looking in the right places? As human beings, we are carbon-based lifeforms living on a, let’s be honest, relatively temperate planet ideally situated within our solar system to sustain biological life. We’ve got the works: Water, breathable oxygen, light from ...

Japan Was Warned About Safety Of Nuclear Facilities

November 22, 2011 Science

In every disaster movie, from The Day After Tomorrow and The Core all the way over to Independence Day and 2012, there’s a lone scientist warning of impending doom, who most initially scoff at. The world’s going to freeze over? Ha! The Earth’s core is going to stop spinning? Ha ...

Japan Is (Was) Sinking! Right?

November 21, 2011 Science

On Friday, March 11, 2011, an “undersea megathrust earthquake,” one of the most powerful earthquakes ever recorded, hit off the coast of Japan. The earthquake and tsunami that followed caused unimaginable damage, not the least of which being several nuclear accidents, including the Fukushima Daiichi plant meltdown, the effects of which ...

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The Svalbard Global Seed Vault (Image courtesy Svalbard Global Seed Vault/Mari Tefre)

What To Do If You Can’t Afford An Underground Bunker

November 21, 2011 Science

The end is coming. Well, maybe. We all know the stories of 2012: The end of the Mayan long count calendar; the slow, creeping threat of a solar maximum; the hidden Planet X, Nibiru. Toss in the construction of a Doomsday Seed Bank in Norway (also known by the less ...

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Old Bluffton Returns From A Watery Grave

November 21, 2011 Science

Old Bluffton, Texas has been obscured by the watery depths of Lake Buchanan for years, but a stubborn Texan drought has lifted the veil on this hidden town lost in time. The drought, deemed “exceptional” by the U.S. Drought Monitor, has caused Lake Buchanan, the largest a big lake in Texas, ...

Latest faster-than-light neutrinos test yields same results

November 18, 2011 Science

Neutrinos just don’t seem to be cooperating with our cosmological constant. Back in September, physicists working on the OPERA project fired neutrinos from CERN in Geneva, Switzerland, to Gran Sasso Italy. Afterwords, they discovered the neutrinos had arrived 60 seconds before light would have, a finding that could, if true, ...

Is There Life on Europa?

November 17, 2011 Space

Scientists  have long been mystified by the possibility of a liquid ocean beneath the icy and reflective surface of Jupiter’s sixth moon, Europa. Now, scientists have revealed a new theory, devised from old evidence, that suggests liquid water lakes may be much closer to the surface than originally thought.