New Planets To Be Revealed Monday

December 4, 2011 Space Leave a comment

It’s difficult to believe that the first verifiable detection of an extrasolar planet didn’t occur until 1992. Granted, that was about 20 years ago, but in the grand scheme of human progress, we’ve only recently ventured beyond the confines of our own little section of the galaxy. And only through observation, ...

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, ...