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Ria Misra Ria Misra Jul 15, 2019.

Wait, How Did These Chunks Of Glass End Up In A Crater On Mars?

Wait, How Did These Chunks Of Glass End Up In A Crater On Mars?

Mars is a strange place, whether we’re talking the seemingly nature-defying behavior of its liquids or just the tendency of even the most ordinary rock to have a secret life. But this latest look into one of its craters shows something odd even by Martian standards: There’s glass in there — and lots of it.

Are these pictures of water flowing on Mars, right now?

Scientists at JPL say that new...

Ria Misra Ria Misra Jul 14, 2019.

What If This '70s Era Star Trek Sequel Series Had Actually Gotten Made?

What If This '70s Era <i>Star Trek</i> Sequel Series Had Actually Gotten Made?

Star Trek is one of the most wildly successful TV and movie franchises, but even it had some missteps along the way. Here's the story of the never made Star Trek sequel series that tried to get itself off the ground almost 40 years ago — and how some of its plotlines eventually did make it to TV after all.

In a Kinja discussion on the TV shows that (thankfully) never made it to the screen, a...

Ria Misra Ria Misra Jul 13, 2019.

This Is How You Unboil An Egg

This Is How You Unboil An Egg

Every one knows how to boil an egg (egg + water + heat + time), but is it possible to reverse the process and take a boiled egg back to its previous state? The answer is, incredibly, yes. Here's how.

In a paper published in ChemBioChem by chemists from the University of California in Irvine and South Australia's Flinders University, they detail just what it was they did to take boiled egg...

Ria Misra Ria Misra Jul 12, 2019.

What's The Greatest Space Photograph You've Ever Seen?

What's The Greatest Space Photograph You've Ever Seen?

Space is not just an incredible scientific and travel destination, it’s also a site for some killer photoshoots. Today, we want to know about the most incredible space pics you’ve ever encountered.

Will it be a close-up view of some far away galaxy? An astronaut selfie? A GIF of a comet behaving rather unusually? A historic image of ground-based shuttle prep? Show us your favorite (with...

Ria Misra Ria Misra Jul 12, 2019.

An Eerie Collection Of Short Off-World Tales For You To Read

An Eerie Collection Of Short Off-World Tales For You To Read

How's your day going? Pretty well? No strange and unsettling stories from the perilous emptiness of space or the mysterious machinations of alien exploration have come along to unsettle you yet? Well, I regret to inform you that streak is at its end.

Image: Artist's concept of robotic telepresence exploration / Pat Rawlings and NASA

This brief selection of tales (all of which — whether...

Ria Misra Ria Misra Jul 12, 2019.

These Six-Word Scifi Stories Have Some Pretty Tangled Timelines

These Six-Word Scifi Stories Have Some Pretty Tangled Timelines

Whether taking us to a very, very ancient Martian surface, giving us the chance to play detective with some found clues dropped by future travelers, or just warning us about the worst of the future's entry-level jobs, these stories present us with some very complicated timelines. And they do it all in just six words.

Here are some of our favorite very, very short stories, as submitted by you...

Ria Misra Ria Misra Jul 11, 2019.

How the Soviet Union Almost Won the Race to Be First to Photograph Mars

How the Soviet Union Almost Won the Race to Be First to Photograph Mars

In 1969, the U.S. finally won the race with the Soviets to be first to put people on the moon. But the memory of that space race has overshadowed one that came before: the race to be the first to photograph Mars from space. It was the subject of an intense rivalry—and one that the Soviets narrowly missed winning.

Top image: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS

io9’s comment of the day comes from iCowboy, who...

Ria Misra Ria Misra Jul 11, 2019.

This Is A Photoshop Party, And We're Fixing All The Movies

This Is A Photoshop Party, And We're Fixing All The Movies

There are some great (and not-so-great) movies out there, but could they have been even better with The Hulk, Bollywood-style musical numbers, more (or any) robots, the Muppets, or a time-traveling DeLorean? Today, we're breaking out the Photoshop, and finding out.

Create either a movie post or a still from the prequel, mash-up or alt-reality movie reboot of your dreams. Then drop it into the...

Ria Misra Ria Misra Jul 10, 2019.

It's A Photoshop Party! Let's Fix All The Movies 

It's A Photoshop Party! Let's Fix All The Movies 

Photoshops (or generic photo editing tool of your choice) to the ready, people! We're going to play a game.

Whatever movie idea you've got kicking around in your head — whether a mash-up, a (better) sequel, or the big-screen version of your favorite board game (like the one above made by commenter Cool_Breeze) — put software to digital page to make it an (almost) reality.

Then drop it into the...

Ria Misra Ria Misra Jul 10, 2019.

What's In These Mineral Veins On Mars?

What's In These Mineral Veins On Mars?

The Curiosity rover has sent back data on these multi-colored mineral veins it found on the surface of Mars — but the veins themselves are not the most interesting thing about the discovery.

What’s really interesting is what they tell us about ancient Mars, and the water situation there. The two-toned mineral veins (which Curiosity scientist Linda Kah compared to “ice-cream sandwiches: dark on...

Ria Misra Ria Misra Jul 10, 2019.

NASA Just Released This Amazing New Set of Up-Close Pluto Pictures

NASA Just Released This Amazing New Set of Up-Close Pluto Pictures

NASA released a new (and gorgeous) set of Pluto pictures from its recent New Horizons fly-by—and they’re our best look yet at some of the strange terrain of the erstwhile planet.

Top image: Pluto overlook / NASA

Here’s the full set of Pluto pictures—plus one bonus planetary portrait of Charon, included at the very bottom. The set of high-relief photos focuses on surface details, including a...

Ria Misra Ria Misra Jul 09, 2019.

This Is What Happens When Dark Matter Collides With Itself

This Is What Happens When Dark Matter Collides With Itself

What happens when dark matter crashes into itself? Some new Hubble observations show that it's not what researchers thought — and that may have some implications for telling us just what dark matter really is.

Using shots from the Hubble Space Telescope and from the Chandra X-ray observatory, NASA scientists studied dozens of collisions of dark matter, like the ones you see pictured above —...

Ria Misra Ria Misra Jul 06, 2019.

Which of Your Favorite Books as a Kid Do You Still Love to Read?

Which of Your Favorite Books as a Kid Do You Still Love to Read?

We can cycle through a lot of different favorite books in our lifetime, but while some of them tend to stick around, there are just as many that you never think to pick up again. Today we want to know about the books that you loved to read then, and still love to read today.

Tell us in the comments what the book is, who wrote it, and what makes it so resilient (are you re-reading them to...

Ria Misra Ria Misra Jul 06, 2019.

The Greatest Science Fiction Inventions That We Hope Never Become Real

The Greatest Science Fiction Inventions That We Hope Never Become Real

Science fiction is filled with both incredible inventions that became reality and incredible inventions that we hope will become reality at some point in the future. But, then, there is also a third category of inventions that, while amazing, have some unexpectedly troubling implications.

Pulled from this Kinja discussion, here are just some of the ground-breaking inventions from science...

Ria Misra Ria Misra Jul 06, 2019.

The Science Fiction Tech That Will Never, Ever Become Reality

The Science Fiction Tech That Will Never, <i>Ever</i> Become Reality

Science fiction has a pretty good track record of telling us what kinds of technologies (submarines, credit cards, cellphones) we should be expecting years, sometimes many decades, before they actually show up. But some technologies never make it out of our imaginations.

Tell us in the comments about the science fiction technology that you never expect to make the jump into the real world, and...

Ria Misra Ria Misra Jul 03, 2019.

Are LEGO Minifigs Actually Living In A Post-Apocalyptic Wasteland?

Are LEGO Minifigs Actually Living In A Post-Apocalyptic Wasteland?

The life of a minifig seems pretty sweet: You've got a rotating cast of cool gigs to choose from, a decent selection of shrunk-down monuments within easy walking distance, and all the cube houses you can snap together. But is there a darker side to minifig life, that we've failed to see?

Consider the evidence, folks. In response to our query about the fictional worlds you may not want to live...

Ria Misra Ria Misra Jul 03, 2019.

What Scientific Fact Transformed The Way You Look At The World?

What Scientific Fact Transformed The Way You Look At The World?

Sometimes facts are just little pieces of trivia that we stack up, one atop the other. But sometimes a piece of knowledge comes along that shakes up all our preconceived notions about the ways of the world.

Whether it was a fact that made you finally understand a concept or a fact that contradicted a misconception of yours, tell us what it was and why it was so mind-altering in the...

Ria Misra Ria Misra Jul 02, 2019.

Who Is The Worst Fictional Scientist Ever?

Who Is The Worst Fictional Scientist Ever?

Improper pipetting procedure, a total lack of any sort of note-taking protocol, the failure to even attempt to get the proper clearance for human testing — we've seen all these travesties and more on-screen. Today, though, we want to know which fictional scientist is the very worst at their job?

Tell us who your pick is in the comments, what movie, series or book they appear in, and also a...

Ria Misra Ria Misra Jul 02, 2019.

A Closer Look At Ceres' Mysterious Bright Spots Reveals We Were Wrong

A Closer Look At Ceres' Mysterious Bright Spots Reveals We Were Wrong
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With our ever closer looks at Ceres’ surface, we’ve been hoping to get close enough to finally see a bit more about where those two mystery light splotches were coming from. Well, now we have. And, it turns out that we were wrong about one very basic fact: There were not two of them.

There were actually lots and...

Ria Misra Ria Misra Jul 02, 2019.

What's The Best Book To Read On Vacation?

What's The Best Book To Read On Vacation?

Summer’s coming up, and with it, hopefully some time to settle into the sunshine with a good book. But which book?

Tell us in the comments about your favorite summer vacation read (whether or a beach, in the mountains, or just in your room with the a/c on high). And, of course, let us in on what makes the book so ideal for a lazy summer day.

Image: Claudia Paulussen/Shutterstock.

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