Apparent darkness is the only requirement of the night skies for you to view the astounding Milky Way. Sadly, only about one-third of humanity can view it, according to a new global atlas of light pollution.
Light Pollution Affecting the Galaxy
The Milky Way comprises of the stars, gas, dust and dark matter. In total darkness, the marvelous sight could be viewed as a faint band of light stretching across the sky with the naked eye. With the presence of light, however, this notable sight had become rare to about 80 percent of the world with light pollution. more >>
When Bill Maher claimed yet again on his HBO show "Real Time" that conservatives deny science more than liberals, astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, who was one of the panelists, quickly corrected him, saying the liberal left is not any different either.
"Let's not pretend that Democrats and Republicans equally deny science," the political comedian said on his show "Real Time With Bill Maher" Friday night.
Tyson, one of the panelists along with Reason magazine editor-in-chief Matt Welch, Daily Beast editor-in-chief John Avlon and restaurateur Eddie Huang, responded by saying, "Don't be too high and mighty there because there are certain aspects of science denials that are squarely in the liberal left." more >>
Great fiction has warned us of the dangers of playing God with human genetics, but sadly, what's going on these days isn't fiction.
In one of this summer's most-awaited novels, "The City of Mirrors," author Justin Cronin completes his unlikely literary trilogy about a world overrun by vampire-like creatures he dubs "virals."
Unlike Bram Stoker's creation, the disaster unleashed by his monsters is entirely man-made. Men, seeking to "play God," created monstrous hybrids they could never hope to control, with disastrous but completely predictable results. more >>
If you enjoy stumping your liberal friends, ask, "are sex chromosomes real?" and watch them squirm.
In a 2013 debate at American University, dissident feminist Camille Paglia told a remarkable story of an argument she had with fellow feminists in the early 1970s. When she remarked that males and females have hormonal differences, her colleagues told her that hormones are not real, they were only made up by a conspiracy of male scientists.
"I felt as if I had fallen down a rabbit hole in Alice in Wonderland," Paglia recalled. more >>
While NASA has just been planning to launch its first robotic mission to land and gather samples on OSIRIS-REx, Luxembourg is already eyeing to pursue a space mining industry on the asteroid.
According to Ars Technica, on Friday, Luxembourg has announced a bid of 200 million euros to fund the country's spaceresources.lu. The said initiative will see Luxembourg going towards becoming "one of the top 10 space faring countries in the world."
Prime Minister Xavier Bettel, alongside Deputy Prime Minister Etienne Schneider, Former ESA Director General Jean-Jacques Dordain and former NASA Ames Research Center Director Pete Worden, made the announcement at a press conference. Bettel said that the initiative will bring forth a new law that will legalize the space mining venture. The law is expected to take effect in 2017. more >>
Young Earth Creationist Ken Ham says ongoing failures in the scientific community to find alien life, or an Earth-like planet likely to support life, backs the view that the Earth is unique in the universe.
"For years, researchers, who cling to a belief that life must have evolved elsewhere in the universe, have looked for extraterrestrial life. Recently, much of this research has been focused on trying to find 'Earth 2.0,' a planet orbiting a distant star (called an exoplanet) that has similar qualities to Earth. But such a planet remains elusive," Ham wrote on his Answers in Genesis blog on Monday.
He linked to an article earlier in May in Tech Times which said that despite NASA telescope Kepler identifying 1,284 new exoplanets, not a single one appears to be close enough to Earth to support hopes for discovering alien life. more >>