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NASA Astronaut Shares Harrowing New Details About Failed Soyuz Launch NASA Astronaut Shares Harrowing New Details About Failed Soyuz Launch

Nick Hague is back in the United States following last week’s aborted launch of a Soyuz-FG rocket. The NASA astronaut has now described the incident to the Associated Press, explaining what happened after the Russian-built capsule flew away from the failing rocket at speeds reaching 4,000 miles per hour.

We Could Solve the Mysteries of Time and Space—If We Had a Particle Accelerator the Size of the Solar System

Gravity is incredibly weak. Just think: You can lift your foot despite the mass of the entire Earth pulling against it. Why is it so weak? That’s unclear. And it might take a very, very big science experiment to find out.

A Visit to One of the Most Powerful Lasers on Earth A Visit to One of the Most Powerful Lasers on Earth

BERKELEY, CALIFORNIA—The winners of this year’s Nobel Prize in Physics didn’t just make discoveries. Their revolutionary work turned powerful lasers into ubiquitous lab tools. The day of the announcement earlier this month, I’d already planned to visit the tennis-court sized Berkeley Lab Laser Accelerator, or BELLA,…

Here’s Where the Post-Apocalyptic Water Wars Will Be Fought Here’s Where the Post-Apocalyptic Water Wars Will Be Fought

A United Nations report published last week said we have about a decade to get climate change under control, which—let’s be honest—isn’t likely to happen. So break out your goalie masks and harpoon guns, a Mad Max future awaits! Now, as new research points out, we even know where on Earth the inevitable water wars are…

Hey, Did You Know Stephen Hawking Thought There Is No God? Hey, Did You Know Stephen Hawking Thought There Is No God?

In what would be somewhat of a revelation had the late theoretical physicist and cosmologist Stephen Hawking not been one of the world’s most famous atheists—and spoken or written on the topic on numerous occasions—media outlets are playing up that Hawking’s final book Brief Answers to the Big Questions contains the…

New Study Explores How Dogs Understand Human Language New Study Explores How Dogs Understand Human Language

If you’re a dog person who has suspected that your four-legged friend may know exactly what you mean when you use certain words or phrases—for example “toy,” or “car,” or maybe even “who’s the good boy?” (he is)—you may be correct.

A Man's Love of Squirrel Meat Might Have Given Him a Horrifying, Fatal Brain Disease A Man's Love of Squirrel Meat Might Have Given Him a Horrifying, Fatal Brain Disease

A Rochester, New York, resident might have caught one of the most frightening brain diseases around in one of the strangest ways possible—eating squirrel meat contaminated with zombie-like proteins.

People Still Weird About the Flu Shot People Still Weird About the Flu Shot

While the flu is no picnic for anyone, it can be especially risky and sometimes deadly for young children. But a new survey suggests many people still avoid the flu shot because of misconceptions about how it works, including that the vaccine actually can give you the flu.

Ancient Steroid Suggests Sea Sponges Were One of Earth’s First Animals Ancient Steroid Suggests Sea Sponges Were One of Earth’s First Animals

Scientists from the University of California, Riverside, are claiming to have discovered the oldest known animal fossil—an ancient sea sponge that emerged between 660 million and 635 million years ago.

Ancient Viking Ship Found Buried Next to Busy Norwegian Freeway Ancient Viking Ship Found Buried Next to Busy Norwegian Freeway

Using ground-penetrating radar, archaeologists in Norway have discovered an ancient Viking ship buried just 20 inches beneath the surface of a farmer’s field. The 66-foot-long ship, deliberately buried during a funeral ritual, appears surprisingly intact—and it could contain the skeletal remains of a high-ranking…

Hayabusa2's Mission to Touch Down on the Asteroid Ryugu Has Been Delayed Until 2019 Hayabusa2's Mission to Touch Down on the Asteroid Ryugu Has Been Delayed Until 2019

The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) has delayed the touchdown of the main section of the Hayabusa2 probe on the asteroid Ryugu from this month until January 2019, Nature reported, after mission scientists determined that the Ryugu’s surface is rougher than expected and the landing needs more planning time.

NASA's Flagship X-Ray Telescope Back Online After Last Week's Safe Mode NASA's Flagship X-Ray Telescope Back Online After Last Week's Safe Mode

One of NASA’s flagship telescopes, the Chandra X-Ray Observatory, went into safe mode last week following gyroscope problems. That telescope is now back up and running.

U.S. Experts Are Being Kept Away From the Front Lines of the Latest Ebola Outbreak U.S. Experts Are Being Kept Away From the Front Lines of the Latest Ebola Outbreak

The latest outbreak of Ebola virus disease to hit the Democratic Republic of Congo is only getting worse. But the U.S. government has pulled its experts from the affected areas of the African country in recent weeks, citing safety concerns.

Drink Beer While You Can Still Afford It Drink Beer While You Can Still Afford It

The climate apocalypse wants to strip us of everything sacred in this world. There are concerns about chocolate (though it isn’t going extinct), the future of wine, and even the potential loss of our prized Tabasco sauce!

Drunk Pigeon Is All of Us, as Well as New Zealand's Bird of the Year Drunk Pigeon Is All of Us, as Well as New Zealand's Bird of the Year

New Zealand has some weird birds, and they know it. Sure, you’ve probably seen the Seussian kiwi, but what about the kākāpo, a flightless parrot that looks like a particularly friendly owl? Have you heard of the morepork, an owl so named because it sounds like it shouts “MORE PORK,” or the wrybill, the only bird with…

Magic Leap, BDSM-Bots, and Star Trek: Best Gizmodo Stories of the Week Magic Leap, BDSM-Bots, and Star Trek: Best Gizmodo Stories of the Week

If you’re receiving this message, please be advised that Site Gamma-Iota-Zeta has been compromised. Repeat, Site Gamma-Iota-Zeta has been compromised. This is not a drill. Containment failures detected for the following Class V entities: Magic Leap. A toilet paper roll with a Fitbit on it. BDSM-Bot. The witches from …

Just Days After Hubble, NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory Also Enters Safe Mode Just Days After Hubble, NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory Also Enters Safe Mode

Mere days after the Hubble Space Telescope entered safe mode following a component failure, NASA said its Chandra X-ray Observatory entered safe mode on Wednesday. The space agency said on Friday that an investigation into the incident is currently underway, though it added data analysis indicated the safe mode…

Don't Sell Vaping Fluid With Viagra, FDA Fumes Don't Sell Vaping Fluid With Viagra, FDA Fumes

The Food and Drug Administration’s ongoing war on vaping has taken perhaps its strangest twist yet. On Thursday, the agency sent off a warning letter to a company for illegally juicing its vaping fluids with erectile dysfunction drugs.

This Is a Brain Taken Over by Alzheimer's This Is a Brain Taken Over by Alzheimer's

The effects of Alzheimer’s disease on the brain often go unnoticed for years, even decades. But researchers at Stanford University and the University of Oxford believe they’ve found a way to visualize how the disease slowly spreads and erodes the brain—a tool they hope can help other scientists better study the…

This Hilarious Optical Illusion for Birds Could Save Your Life This Hilarious Optical Illusion for Birds Could Save Your Life

Birds and planes are a bad combination, but it’s not so easy to shoo our avian friends away from airport runways. Thankfully, scientists from France have stumbled upon an ingenious solution to the problem—an optical illusion that appears to scare the crap out of large predatory birds.

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