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Uncertainty and the Rewards of Discovery

Lorie Karnath | Posted 03.16.2012 | Impact
Lorie Karnath

For many, risk is viewed solely as a threat, to be avoided, but to steer clear of risk also means that one eludes the opportunities that risk engenders.

Mike Rowe Has Fun With Trash Compactor On 'Dirty Jobs'

Posted 03.11.2012 | TV

Mike Rowe still knows how to have fun on "Dirty Jobs" (Tue., 9 p.m. EST on Discovery). It's a good attitude to have when dealing with some of the jobs...

Telling the Truth About What Is Here

Gangaji | Posted 03.11.2012 | Healthy Living
Gangaji

One of the most powerful phrases in human language is "I am here." It is powerful because it is utterly simple and profoundly true. Anything that is said or thought afterward is just an addition to this basic, unfaltering truth.

'Moonshiners': The Legacy Of Popcorn Sutton

Posted 03.05.2012 | TV

In the world of illegal alcohol, Popcorn Sutton is a name that reached legendary status even before he died in 2009. Facing an 18-month prison sentenc...

Lisa Randall: Mozart, Newton and You?

Lisa Randall | Posted 05.31.2013 | Science
Lisa Randall

Creativity is essential to particle physics, cosmology, mathematics, and to other fields of science, just as it is to its more widely acknowledged beneficiaries -- the arts and humanities.

What Marathons Are On This New Year's Weekend?

TVLine | Posted 03.01.2012 | TV

If your New Year's resolution is to watch less TV, you can pretty much consider it broken already. The networks are pulling out all the stops to lure ...

Tickle Breaks His Ribs, Has The Remedy On 'Moonshiners'

Posted 02.27.2012 | TV

Tickle probably thought he was making alcohol on "Moonshiners" (Wed., 10 p.m. EST on Discovery) for entertainment purposes. Little did he know that it...

'Dirty Jobs': Plastering Fossils Compares To 'Ghost' Pottery Scene?

Posted 02.20.2012 | TV

Mike Rowe has taken on some pretty disgusting jobs through his years as the host of "Dirty Jobs" (Tue., 9 p.m. ET on Discovery). Most of them are jobs...

It's Elementary

Malcolm Kushner | Posted 02.04.2012 | Weird News
Malcolm Kushner

As anyone who ever took grade-school chemistry knows, elements are the building blocks of the universe. Do you really want to be built out of livermorium or flerovium? I didn't think so.

Technology Changing Exploration's Paradigm

Lorie Karnath | Posted 01.16.2012 | Technology
Lorie Karnath

Exploration and technology have often enjoyed something of a symbiotic relationship. At times it has actually been exploration which has led to or enabled a number of the new tools that were developed as a consequence of discovery.

Life at the SETI Institute: Dr. Gerry Harp -- Deciphering Celestial Signals in a New Way

SETI Institute | Posted 12.27.2011 | Technology
SETI Institute

By Dr. Gerry Harp, Senior Astrophysicist, Center for SETI Research, SETI Institute, and Gail Jacobs Trained as a quantum mechanic, Dr. Gerry Harp was...

Life at the SETI Institute: Dr. Jill Tarter -- The Search for Cosmic Company

SETI Institute | Posted 12.20.2011 | Technology
SETI Institute

By Gail Jacobs Astronomer Dr. Jill Tarter is Director of the SETI Institute's Center for SETI Research, and also holder of the Bernard M. Oliver C...

Happy (or Not so Happy) Columbus Day to us All!

Alison Owings | Posted 12.03.2011 | Home
Alison Owings

If there is a single individual in history more disliked by Native Americans than George Armstrong Custer and Andrew Jackson, it is Christopher Columbus.

Life at the SETI Institute: DIY -- Do your own SETI searches with setiQuest Data and Software

SETI Institute | Posted 11.28.2011 | Technology
SETI Institute

By Dr. Gerry Harp, an astrophysicist at the SETI Institute. Figure 1: A waterfall plot. This shows the signal as a function of frequency (increas...

Footprints Of First Inhabitants Of Americas Discovered In Mexico

Posted 11.28.2011 | Latino Voices

Researchers have discovered human footprints in Mexico from as far back as 25,000 years ago. The five markings, found in a remote area in the north...

Netflix Inks Deal With New Partner

Posted 11.21.2011 | Technology

By Paul Thomasch NEW YORK (Reuters) - Netflix Inc and Discovery Communications Inc have reached an agreement to bring episodes of popular TV ad...

First Planet Orbiting Two Stars Discovered by the NASA Kepler Spacecraft

SETI Institute | Posted 11.15.2011 | Technology
SETI Institute

By Dr. Laurance Doyle, an astrophysicist at the SETI Institute, and lead author of a paper that will appear in the journal Science on September 15, 2...

NASA Art/50 Years at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum: Perspectives from a NASA Artist

Barbara Ernst Prey | Posted 10.17.2011 | Arts
Barbara Ernst Prey

I had a call from NASA to be their artist spokesperson for the opening of NASA Art/50 Years at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum. NASA ...

America's First Woman Space-Walker Remembers Shuttle Rides

James M. Clash | Posted 09.05.2011 | Travel
James M. Clash

"This business consists of riding bombs. And if you do absolutely everything right, you can marshal the energy to do something astonishing like put yourself into orbit. If you do even a few things wrong, it's going to act like a bomb."

Saving the Planet, one Sleeveless, Baby-Doll Mini-Dress at a Time

Jim Gibbons | Posted 06.20.2011 | Impact
Jim Gibbons

When it comes to clothes consumption, our culture's collective mantra is more shop 'til you drop than reduce, reuse, recycle.

The Real Deal on Cable's App Flap

Dennis Kneale | Posted 05.30.2011 | Technology
Dennis Kneale

The cable industry is bracing for a bitter slugfest, the two sides of a once-united house -- content and distribution -- scrapping over an innocuous app that delivers cable shows to the iPad.

Life at the SETI Institute: Jon Jenkins -- Turning Pixels Into Planets

SETI Institute | Posted 05.28.2011 | Technology
SETI Institute

After a starquake, says NASA's Dr. Jon Jenkins, "stars actually change their shape. This shape change causes an apparent change in brightness. As we study the brightness variations in time, we can essentially hear the songs of the stars."

10 Food and Drink Inventions We Didn't Need

The Daily Meal | Posted 05.25.2011 | Food
The Daily Meal

"Dude, I was camping and forgot my spork -- I almost starved!" "Oh, great. You opened the wine bottle but didn't finish all the Grüner. How are we...

Discovery Leaves Space Station For The Last Time

AP | MARCIA DUNN | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — Its decades-long mission accomplished, space shuttle Discovery headed home to retirement after undocking from the Interna...

WATCH: Discovery Launch As Seen From A Plane

Posted 05.25.2011 | Travel

When the space shuttle Discovery took off for space last Thursday, it was much documented from the ground. But what about what it looks like from the ...