British astrophysicist Stephen Hawking (sans aliens) is shown floating in a NASA zero gravity simulation.

Stephen Hawking says aliens may not be safe to contact

British astrophysicist Stephen Hawking says aliens likely do exist, according to The Times. However, attempts humanity makes to contact them could produce “catastrophic results.” Hawking, who is promoting a Discovery Channel series entitled “Into the Universe with Stephen Hawking,” finds the possibility of extraterrestrial life to be quite rational, but knowing their nature will prove

Hurricane Paula | Category 1 storm pounds Mexico and Honduras

The ninth full-blown hurricane of the 2010 hurricane season, Hurricane Paula, has officially formed. A Category 1 storm, Hurricane Paula is already cutting a swath through Mexico. The storm is not expected to strengthen, but it is predicted to continue to do serious damage for a few days. The path of Hurricane Paula Hurricane Paula
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Katrina anniversary marked as Hurricane Earl gathers force

The fifth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina hitting New Orleans was recently observed, but on that most auspicious occasion, another tropical storm is currently building off the Gulf Coast. Tropical storm Earl was re-dubbed Hurricane Earl, as it has graduated to a hurricane force storm system. The hurricane is building in the Caribbean, and it is
A bunch of mylar helium balloons shaped like popular children's characters like Sponge Bob Squarepants and Dora the Explorer.

The world is almost out of helium – be very afraid

If you think all helium does is make you sound like Donald Duck, pay attention. From solar telescopes to rockets and MRI cryogenics to deep-sea diving, helium is a vital, non-renewable resource that many take for granted. As long as it’s cheap to fill birthday balloons, most people pay little mind to the gas element.
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Leonid meteor shower 2010: when to watch, where to look

The Leonid meteor shower 2010 has been intensifying for a week now and reaches its peak Wednesday, Nov. 17. The best time to catch the Leonid meteor shower in the U.S. will be a few hours before dawn on Thurs., Nov. 18 when you can expect to see about a dozen meteors per hour. The

Coconut Crab | Egad!

I’d give payday loans to keep these things away! Occasionally, if you watch Google Trends, people search for things that are sort of interesting, like zoology – which is a form of knowledge.  (You don’t see it often – most of the time Trends searches are about some less than intelligent event concerning so called
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Will Mayan apocalypse occur when Betelgeuse goes nova in 2012?

A myth has been circulating for years that the world will end in 2012 because the Mayan calendar says so. An Australian news site added another appendage to the 2012 myth with a story that the star Betelgeuse could go nova in 2012. Scientists scoff at the notion, because Betelgeuse is more than 600 light
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Geminids meteor shower tonight said to be the best of the year

The best meteor shower of 2010, the Geminids, peaks in the early morning of Dec. 14. The Geminids meteor shower tonight is expected to be more spectacular than most annual meteor showers. The Geminids are distinctive in many ways, starting with the fact that the meteoroids come from the debris path of an asteroid, instead

Massive blizzard threatens to bury Chicago and Midwest in snow

A massive winter storm system is currently threatening the Midwest region. The city of Chicago could receive the worst of the storm with more than a foot of snow, and wind gusts of 50 miles per hour or more are anticipated. Whiteout conditions are possible. Massive storm system bearing down on Midwest The Midwest region
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Congressional commission investigating clean-energy loan promises

For the last two years, the Department of Energy has been offering a financial helping hand to clean-energy companies. Through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, the DOE guaranteed billions of dollars in loans. Some of those companies did not grow as expected, and Congress is now questioning the decisions of the DOE. Clean energy
Close-up photo of a mass of plastic bottle waste found in an ocean garbage patch. Added for artistic effect is an image of the Earth, sinking in the waste. The planet is surrounded by a red halo, representative of the planet's blood. Remember, plastic is non-biodegradable.

Ocean garbage patch discovered in the Atlantic

As if one legacy to human waste and carelessness weren’t enough – witness the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, the world’s largest garbage dump – now an ocean garbage patch has been discovered in the Atlantic, reports Red Orbit. Specifically, it’s in the Sargasso Sea, between Bermuda and the Azores Islands, but those kinds of semantics
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Fahrenheit to Celsius temperature conversion merges in cold snap

Fahrenheit to Celsius temperature conversion is required for the rest of the world to comprehend temperature in the U.S., unless the thermometer hits 40 below zero. At 40 below zero, the Fahrenheit and Celsius temperature scales converge for one brief degree. On Jan. 21 the temperature at International Falls, Minn., fell well below the Fahrenheit
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Warnings of super storm in California nothing but Internet hype

Warnings of a super storm in California surged across the Internet Monday. A storm with the potential to dump 10 feet of rain and cause $300 billion in damage was discussed in a government press release published last Friday. But the California super storm was explained as merely a hypothetical scenario once the sensationalism subsided.
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Kennedy Space Center Tickets | Sale of tickets delayed

Space shuttle Atlantis is due to launch very soon – but the Kennedy Space Center tickets website experienced a failure to launch this morning. Tickets to view the Atlantis launch at Kennedy Space Center were due to go on sale this morning, April 22, at 9 a.m. However, the Kennedy Space Center tickets website experienced
A man holding produce against the wall of an art museum by wedging it between his body and the wall. Are pesticides and ADHD to blame here?

Pesticides associated with ADHD cases in kids

A recent Time magazine report reveals that the medical journal Pediatrics has found what they believe to be a connection between pesticide exposure and ADHD (a learning disability known as “attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder”) cases in U.S. and Canadian children. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the total numbers of ADHD diagnoses in
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Enjoy these Earth Day activities for kids

Earth Day AND activities for kids? That’s a win-win situation for environmentalist parents. But for kids to truly appreciate the fun that can be had on Earth Day (April 22), it helps if mom and dad understand where Earth Day comes from and what it’s about. According to USA Today, this is the 40th anniversary
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Why the claim that fake Christmas trees are eco-friendly is wrong

Fake Christmas trees are preferred over the real thing by a wide margin in the U.S. Sales of fake Christmas trees are expected to approach a record 13 million this year. However, people who think fake Christmas trees are more eco-friendly than real Christmas trees should think again. More Americans prefer fake Christmas trees Fake