Kirby Runyon is Ready to Go Interstellar. Is NASA?

We are all living in a bubble. In pandemic times, we’ve been stuck in our little social bubbles for nearly a year. Politically speaking, we’ve been living in bubbles for decades, probably. But astronomically speaking, this thing has been going on for about 4.5 billion years, ever since the Sun ignited its internal nuclear reactor […]

A Sun’s Eye View of the Solar System

As the Parker Solar Probe spacecraft swoops breathtakingly close to the Sun, it is subjected to temperatures of nearly 2,500 degrees Fahrenheit. The probe was built to withstand these unimaginably harsh conditions so its intruments could send home valuable information about a host of solar phenomena that affect us here on Earth. These include gargantuan […]

What The Hell Is Going On With UFOs And The Department Of Defense?

Someone or something appears to have some extremely advanced technology and the Pentagon is actively changing the nature of the conversation about it. Few stories have garnered more requests from our readers for commentary than the recent news that the Navy has decided to very publicly change its reporting rules and procedures for when its […]

A Prophecy of Nostradamus Says That The Earth Will be Invaded by Aliens (Video)

One of Nostradamus’ prophecies about the Apocalypse is the UFO invasion between 2017 and 2020.One of the prophecies of Nostradamus in the Book of Revelation says that Earth will be invaded by aliens and human DNA will be altered. Should this be related to Revelation 19. which says that Jesus Christ descends from outer space […]

Are Effect Sizes in Psychology Meaningless?

A new paper from Nick J. Broers of Maastricht University argues that the size of the effects measured in psychology experiments is essentially meaningless. An ‘effect size’ is simply the magnitude of an effect. For instance, if I show that giving students an apple before an exam increases scores by 5% on average, I could […]

Brain Stimulation’s Complex Emotional Effects

A new paper published in Nature Medicine reveals the wide variety of emotional experiences that can be triggered by electrical stimulation of the brain. Authors Katherine W. Scangos and colleagues tell how they implanted a single patient with 10 electrodes in different parts of the limbic system. The patient, a 36-year-old woman, had a history […]

Citizen Scientists Discover Dozens of ‘Failed Stars’ Near Earth

Citizen Science Salon is a partnership between Discover and SciStarter.org. Sometimes the old methods truly are the best methods. When astronomer Clyde Tombaugh discovered Pluto in 1930, it was the result of countless hours spent straining his eyes at a machine called a blink comparator. Using it, Tombaugh could flip rapidly back and forth between […]

Drawing With Drones Over the Salt Flats of Bolivia

Reuben Wu uses LED-equipped drones to illuminate mysterious shapes in one of the world’s strangest landscapes. In July, Reuben Wu and two companions took a week-long road trip through Bolivia, capturing some of the country’s most stunning landscapes.  REUBEN WU HAS photographed some of the world’s most remote and extreme places: Chile’s Atacama Desert, the Bisti Badlands of […]

The Travis Walton Alien Abduction: Did UFO Kidnap Navajo County Man?

     Navajo County Sheriff Marlin Gillepsie, saying he’s not a “total disbeliever,” confirmed today his department is investigating the disappearance of a young Snowflake man whose companions claim vanished after being struck by a ray of light from an unidentified flying object (UFO). By Arizona Daily Sun11-8-1975 Gillespie said the men told him they […]

Science Was Alive and Well in the Dark Ages

There’s no shortage of myths about the Middle Ages, like the oft-repeated — and easily debunked — notion that everyone back then thought the Earth was flat. Another common misconception is that scientific progress largely went dark during this era, snuffed out by the medieval church. But if you ask University of Cambridge historian Seb […]

What Explains Marijuana’s Skunky Smell?

How cannabis smells and why it smells that way matters in ways you may have never imagined. In Sonoma County, California, residents sued to ban commercial cannabis operations from their neighborhoods. “It’s as if a skunk, or multiple skunks in a family, were living under our house,” a Sonoma County resident told The New York […]