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Scientists discover hundreds of new galaxies hiding behind the Milky Way
Jeff Spry

Our own brilliance has left this bounty of new galaxies beyond our gaze until now.

Einstein was right! Scientists finally prove existence of gravitational waves
Trent Moore

Einstein published his theory of relativity proposing the existence of gravitational waves more than 100 years ago, and now he’s finally been proven right.

Image of the Day: Colossal cosmic cloud expected to collide with the Milky Way
Jeff Spry

The end is not exactly nigh, but this interstellar gas cloud is headed this way ... and fast!

Image of the Day: Fiery "Fist of God" cloud formation
Jeff Spry

Witnessing this humbling "Hand of God" cloud just might make you be a bit nicer today.

Congress just shredded NASA's Mars mission: 'We do not have a planned strategy'
Trent Moore

It’s no secret that NASA is drastically underfunded, especially when you mirror that lack of cash with the space agency’s ambitious goals. So, with a manned Mars mission on the horizon, something has to give, right?

NASA's 2018 mission to Mars will take along this giant laser flashlight
Jeff Spry

NASA scientists hope this monster laser searchlight might illuminate lunar ice discoveries.

Microsoft experimenting with high-tech, underwater data centers to beat the heat
Trent Moore

The world runs on computers, but anyone who has ever had their legs scorched by a 110-degree laptop knows that tech puts off some major heat. Now the folks at Microsoft are thinking outside (and under) the box to keep those ultra-hot data centers chilled.

U.K. science team receives approval to genetically modify human embryos
Trent Moore

From a scientific standpoint, it’s been the logical next step for a while. Now a British research team has received approval to start tinkering around with the genetic makeup of human embryos.

Stand on the Red Planet in NASA’s stunning, new panoramic shot of Mars
Trent Moore

It’ll still be a while until we actually set foot on Mars, but a new 360-degree panoramic shot of the Red Planet is about the closest you can actually get without hijacking a rocket and heading up there yourself.

NASA's new planetary defense program is officially up and running
Trent Moore

If an asteroid is barreling toward the Earth, the folks at NASA have a plan in place to find it and (hopefully) stop it. You know, assuming Russia doesn’t just blow the rock out of the sky first.

These driverless pods could be the robotic taxi of the future
Trent Moore

Next time you’re in London, you might just see one of these strange little pods go whizzing by on the road — no driver required.

Japanese satellite captures 24 hours of Earth in this 12-second video jewel
Jeff Spry

Witness this stirring time-lapse video loop of our Big Blue Marble's daily cycle of life.

Why the most viable Mars colonist candidates sleep late and eat meat
Trent Moore

As we patiently wait for the first mission to actually send colonists to Mars, scientists are trying to figure out which people might be best suited to setting up shop on the Red Planet.