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GOP Rep. Bill Posey quotes Neil deGrasse Tyson in defense of funding space exploration

On Thursday, Republican Bill Posey (R-Florida) quoted Cosmos host Neil deGrasse Tyson while defending the 2015 budget of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). During the committee hearing, NASA administrator Charles Bolden, Jr. mounted a defense of his organization’s fiscal needs. “Deep space exploration is hard,” Bolden said. “And…

GOP’s Randy Weber feigns interest in science to mock top climate scientist during hearing

A Texas Republican best known for his Twitter posts criticizing President Barack Obama feigned an interest in science last week to set up a jab at a climate scientist testifying before a House panel. Rep. Randy Weber (R-TX) quoted an apocryphal remark, which he attributed to Mark Twain, Will Rogers,…

UN’s expert panel IPCC issues devastating report: Impact of global warming ‘irreversible’

Soaring carbon emissions will amplify the risk of conflict, hunger, floods and mass migration this century, the UN's expert panel said Monday in a landmark report on the impact of climate change. Left unchecked, greenhouse gas emissions may cost trillions……

Scientists create high-energy biofuel for rockets and other aerospace applications via engineered bacteria

A high-energy biofuel — potentially capable of replacing or supplementing expensive missile fuels, such as JP10 — has been created via the use of a genetically engineered bacterium by researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology and the Joint……

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry warns of climate change ‘catastrophe’

US Secretary of State John Kerry has warned that failing to act immediately and decisively on climate change will have "catastrophic" and wide-ranging consequences. The top US diplomat was reacting to a UN expert panel report that said Monday soaring……

WATCH: Neil deGrasse Tyson reveals the three most scientific planet explosions on film

Speaking with StarTalk radio co-host Eugene Mirman, astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson compares and delineates the three most scientifically accurate planetary destruction scenes in movies. Starting with the destruction of Alderaan by the Death Star in “Star Wars IV — A New Hope,” deGrasse Tyson explains that, “If the Death Star…

Medical association: Frequent texting can lead to abnormal, painful spinal curvature

By Luisa Dillner Texting is bad for your health. Do it while walking and you can bump into walls or step out into traffic. Studies have linked excessive texting with insomnia, stress and painful tendons (BlackBerry thumb). Now the United Chiropractic Association (UCA) has warned that texting for long periods…

There’s a gene in your saliva that determines how your body breaks down carbs: scientists

British researchers have discovered a link between a gene that breaks down carbohydrates and obesity, which may pave the way for more effective, individually tailored diets for people wanting to lose weight. Researchers at King’s College London and Imperial College London found that people with fewer copies of a gene…

New evidence shows the Black Death had to have been airborne — and not caused by rat fleas

Archaeologists and forensic scientists who have examined 25 skeletons unearthed in the Clerkenwell area of London a year ago believe they have uncovered the truth about the nature of the Black Death that ravaged Britain and Europe in the mid-14th century. Analysis of the bodies and of wills registered in…

Menopause: nature’s way of saying older women aren’t sexually attractive?

The theory that mothers become infertile so that they can help care for their grandchildren is under attack, raising questions about female identity Sitting at my desk today is a benefit made possible by my mother-in-law. She is taking care of my son, leaving me free to do other work…

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