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Denali Once Again Officially Known By Its Proper Name

Today, U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell announced that in answer to a request made 40 years ago by Alaska’s then-governor Jay Hammond, the name of the highest mountain in North America has now officially been changed back to the Native Alaskan term, Denali, meaning “high one” or “great one.” The change… » 8/31/15 9:00pm Yesterday 9:00pm

The Haunting Weather Statement That Saved Lives During Hurricane Katrina

Most of us don’t think much of the weather statements that meteorologists from the National Weather Service make every single day. Until there’s a natural disaster, of course. But a forecast issued as Hurricane Katrina slammed into the Gulf states ten years ago today made history for its eloquence—and changed the way… » 8/31/15 6:30pm Yesterday 6:30pm

How Next Week's Space Expo Will Bring The Adventure of Space Travel To Life

What does Long Beach Comic Con have that other big conventions don’t? A whole series of programs devoted to space exploration, called Space Expo. We talked to the panelists about road tripping on Mars, weird landforms on Ceres, and what fictional technologies they most wish would become a reality. » 8/31/15 11:00am Yesterday 11:00am

Apollo 17 Never Had Trouble Finding A Parking Space

This is one car that you can leave unlocked when you walk away from it. According to Astronomy Picture of the Day, “This sharp image was taken by Cernan as he and Schmitt roamed the valley floor. The image shows Schmitt on the left with the lunar rover at the edge of Shorty Crater, near the spot where geologist… » 8/31/15 3:00am Yesterday 3:00am

What is Earth's Average Temperature?

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Earth is the only planet in our Solar System where life is known to exist. Note the use of the word “known,” which indicates that our knowledge of the Solar System is still in its infancy, and the search for life continues. However, from all observable indications, Earth is the only place in our Solar System where… » 8/29/15 9:30pm Saturday 9:30pm

It's Easier To Tell Time Than do Math on This Slide Rule Watch

We now live in a time where kids think of calculators as just another app. But before they were even standalone electronic devices, mathematicians and engineers had to suffice with a confusing mechanical device called the slide rule. But don’t worry, this watch is much easier to use. » 8/29/15 3:00pm Saturday 3:00pm

Beach Stink Smells Bad Because It Went Through Two Different Animals

As much as we like to marvel at the power and majesty of the ocean, we have to admit that as beautiful as it is, it also stinks. It stinks because it’s shot through with sulfur. And that sulfur has seen the insides of two different creatues before it got to your nose.
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Self-Repairing Material Could Prevent Spaceship Catastrophes

Orbiting the Earth is a bit like living in a minefield, with millions of tiny flecks of space junk whizzing about at thousands of miles per hour. If a rice-sized pellet whacked into the International Space Station, it could pack the punch of a hand grenade, causing precious oxygen to seep into space. » 8/28/15 6:00am Friday 6:00am