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International Astronomical Union rebukes Mars ‘name-a-crater’ scheme

The world’s paramount astronomical authority on Tuesday slapped down a bid to hawk the names of Mars’ craters, saying the Red Planet’s monickers are not up for sale. “Such initiatives go against the spirit of free and equal access to space, as well as against internationally recognised standards,” the Paris-based International Astronomical Union (IAU)

New research suggests prehistoric European men and women preferred blondes

A new study suggests Europeans developed lighter skin, hair, and eyes due to their ancestors’ sexual preferences, and not just natural selection. Homo sapiens first arose in Africa about 200,000 years ago, and anthropologists assume that those early humans resembled present-day Africans because dark skin carries advantages in that environment. Higher levels of the

Neil deGrasse Tyson tells Stephen Colbert that science ‘is true whether you believe in it or not’

Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson addressed his recent comments on balancing scientific discourse Monday night on “The Colbert Report.” Host Stephen Colbert asked Tyson, who was promoting his new Fox documentary series, “Cosmos,” why he believed that opposing viewpoints were not necessary in every scientific debate. “That would be a waste of everyone’s time,” Tyson

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