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Tahoe Citizen Science App

Lake Tahoe Smartphone App Lets Casual Beach-Goers Do Science Research

Researchers at Lake Tahoe are enlisting tourists and other beach-goers to record their observations and photographs on a new smartphone app to help scientists better understand the lake’s environmental conditions.

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The Twin Jet Nebula, or PN M2-9, is a striking example of a bipolar planetary nebula. Bipolar planetary nebulae are formed when the central object is not a single star, but a binary system, Studies have shown that the nebula’s size increases with time, and measurements of this rate of increase suggest that the stellar outburst that formed the lobes occurred just 1200 years ago.  (NASA)

Brilliant Butterfly Spotted In Deep Space Nebula Photo

Looking like a butterfly unfolding its wings, this image taken by the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope shows the Twin Jet Nebula and its knots of expanding gas in amazing detail.

08/28/2015

Image from Mars Curiosity Rover (NASA)

Sorry Conspiracy Theorists, That’s No Woman On Mars

Whenever the Mars Curiosity Rover beams back images of the Red Planet to Earth, the Internet blows up with countless theories to explain the mysterious shadows and shapes we perceive.

08/11/2015

Astronauts aboard the International Space Station sampling space-grown vegetables for the very first time. (NASA)

Astronauts Try Space-Grown Vegetables For First Time Ever

Green-thumbed astronauts tasted the fruit of their labors after harvesting space-grown vegetables for the first time ever.

08/10/2015

A meteor streaks near the constellation Orion during the Perseids meteor shower peak at dawn. (Getty Images)

Perseid Meteor Shower To Peak Wednesday, 60 Shooting Stars Per Hour Predicted

People looking for a shooting star to wish upon may find Wednesday overnight to be a dream come true.

08/10/2015

3D printed carrots (courtesy TNO/Inside Science.org)

3D Printers Turn Mush Into Meals

Major companies from Hershey to Barilla are exploring the technology…

08/07/2015

Drosera magnifica, or magnificent sundew. (Paulo Gonella/Facebook)

Strange New Carnivorous Plant Species Discovered With Help From Facebook

Facebook is a great tool for sharing baby photos, making birthday party plans and stalking high school friends, but an amateur botanist demonstrated how the social network has gone a step further in the name of science.

07/30/2015

Blue moons are actually gray or silver, but can sometimes be perceived as blue depending on atmospheric conditions. (Getty Images)

Rare Blue Moon Returns Friday After 3-Year Hiatus

Skywatchers are in for a rare treat this Friday as a Blue Moon takes center stage for a show that happens once every three years.

07/29/2015

Terminator robot 'T-800' (credit: YOSHIKAZU TSUNO/AFP/Getty Images)

Elon Musk, Stephen Hawking Warn Killer Robots Could Destroy Humanity As We Know It

From self-driving cars to mobile personal assistants, the conveniences of technology seamlessly fold into our everyday lives — which is why three luminaries are warning humanity: beware of the killer robots.

07/27/2015

The brightest spots on dwarf planet Ceres are seen in this image taken by NASA's Dawn spacecraft on June 6, 2015. (NASA/JPL-Caltech/UCLA/MPS/DLR/IDA)

Detectable Haze On Dwarf Planet Ceres Bolsters Top Theory For Bizarre Bright Spots

New information about the mysterious bright spots on Ceres is giving scientists new leads about the dwarf planet’s history.

07/27/2015

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