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Philae Lander Discovered Organic Compound On Comet Before Running Out of Power

Scientists from the European Space Agency announced in a blog post this past weekend that the Rosetta Mission’s Philae lander had gone into a deep sleep after depleting its battery reserves. Philae was initially designed to recharge its batteries using solar panels, but one of its harpoons failed during the landing last week, causing Philae to take two bounces – it ended up about a kilometer away from the planned landing zone. As a result, the lander only got about 1.5 hours

Sioux Native Americans Release Statement Calling Keystone XL Pipeline “An Act of War”

In 2008, Canadian oil and gas company TransCanada began construction on the Keystone Pipeline, an extensive, four-phase pipeline project to connect Canadian tar sands (a vast source of crude oil) to refineries and distribution centers in the U.S. The first phase, completed in 2010, is a 2,147-mi stretch of pipeline that runs from Hardisty, Alberta to southern Illinois via Steele City, Nebraska. Phase II, completed in early 2011, added another 291 miles of pipeline, connecting the Keystone pipeline in Steele City

A Swiss Photographer Just Captured Matterhorn’s Hörnli Ridge Like Never Before (Video & Photo Gallery)

Photo Credit: BoredPanda

Robert Bösch is a photographer and mountain guide, with a master in geography from the University of Zürich. According to his website, Bösch… “..has worked for more then 30 years as a freelance photographer, specialized in outdoor, action and landscape photography. He shoots for Industry, advertising and the media, and has published numerous photographs in catalogues, books, magazines and newspapers, like Stern, Geo, Spiegel, National Geographic, among others.”   One of his latest projects was for Mammut, a Swiss mountaineering equipment company. This

Moon Mining: NASA’s Plans to Harvest Water from the Moon

There’s a lot of water on the moon, and NASA wants to learn how to get to it. In July 2008, water was found conclusively for the first time inside ancient moon samples brought back by Apollo astronauts. In 2009, observations from three spacecraft showed signals of water across the moon’s surface, bolstering the idea that the moon might actually contain significant amount of water. Then, in October 2010, scientists reported that a frigid crater called Cabeus at the moon’s south pole is

Explore the Story of Your Life On Earth Like Never Before, Courtesy of the BBC

I was going through my daily ritual of internet surfing this morning when I stumbled upon something that I thought was really cool. The BBC has put together an interactive page that tells the story of your life in a creative new way that’s both intriguing and informative. You start out by entering your date of birth: Once you’ve done that, BBC gives you access to a wealth of awesome information. The first section shows how you have changed. In this section, you

How Ancient Indonesian Cave Paintings Are Challenging Art History

A few simple cave paintings may be drastically changing how we view the history of art in the world. On the Indonesian island of Sulawesi, archaeologists have discovered cave paintings from as far back as 40,000 years ago, making them some of the oldest in the world. The paintings were actually discovered about 50 years ago – it was initially assumed that they were only about 12,000 years old. But earlier this month, archaeologists published a study in the scientific journal Nature that used exhaustive methods to show

Vote For Who You Think Deserves National Geographic’s $50,000 “Expedition-Granted” Prize! (Video)

The wonderful people at National Geographic are hosting another awesome youth-inspiring contest that will award a $50,000 grant to help fund a winning team’s nature expedition. The contest opened its doors to entries from all over, with the only parameters being that the expedition idea pushes boundaries and forges new territory. Unfortunately the doors have been closed for new entries, but the lucky projects that have been recognized as finalists for this year’s grant include all types of expeditions, from

Earth’s Magnetic Field Is Weakening 10x Faster Than Previously Thought

We often take it for granted that the North Pole is at the top of the globe and the South Pole is at the bottom. But in reality, these poles have flip-flopped a number of times in Earth’s history, the most recent being about 780,000 years ago. Each flip is preceded by a gradual weakening of the magnetic field. Since the early 2000s, scientists have been predicting that the next polar flip would happen in the next 5,000 years or so, based

Did You Know You Can Take A Virtual Tour of One of The US’s Coolest Museums!?!

The Smithsonian National Museum Of Natural History located in Washington, D.C. opened in 1910 and is still one of the United State’s most visited and celebrated museums. The museum itself is pretty massive. According to Smithsonian’s website… “The main building on the National Mall contains 1.5 million square feet of space overall and 325,000 square feet of exhibition and public space; altogether the Museum is the size of 18 football fields, and houses over 1000 employees.”   At the heart of

This Artist Used Copper Orbs to Show You the Permanent Costs of Mining (Pictures)

Dillon Marsh is a South African artist who focuses on capturing how human activity re-shapes and often scars the environment. Recently, Marsh has been focused on the impacts of mining, which is a major industry in his home country of South Africa. Marsh was also intrigued by the challenge of trying to create a visual representation of the effects of mining which, unlike many environmentally-damaging practices, happens very gradually: “Air and water pollution, acid mine drainage, toxic waste and abandoned, non-rehabilitated mines

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