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Nuclear 'Doomsday Clock' ticks closest to midnight in 64 years

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Atomic scientists reset their symbolic "Doomsday Clock" to its closest time to midnight in 64 years on Thursday, saying the world was closer to catastrophe due to threats such as nuclear weapons, climate change and Donald Trump's election as U.S. president.
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U.S. scientists create metallic hydrogen, a possible superconductor, ending quest

CHICAGO (Reuters) - U.S. scientists have succeeded in squeezing hydrogen so intensely that it has turned into a metal, creating an entirely new material that might be used as a highly efficient electricity conductor at room temperatures....
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Dark Nebula Glows Red in Amateur Astronomer's Photo

Thick blankets of dust surround the predominantly dark region in Barnard 343, a dark nebula in the constellation Cygnus....
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Dark Matter Hunters Are Hoping 2017 Is Their Year

...“There’s a chance that dark matter isn’t necessarily a particle at all,” Clark told me. “Some [theorists] say there’s no dark matter. It’s just that we don’t understand how gravity works at large scales,” .....
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Virgin Galactic Ends 2016 with Second SpaceShipTwo Glide Flight

...If there are no major setbacks in the glide test program, Virgin Galactic will likely begin powered test flights later in 2017. .....
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How Realistic Is the Interstellar Ship from 'Passengers'?

..."We're not trying to extend the human lifetime," Bradford said, so the technology that SpaceWorks is pursuing is different from what is shown in "Passengers." But in other respects, the movie shows essentially the same thing his company strives for. ......
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Swat team: scientists track humongous number of flying bugs

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Counting the number of bugs whizzing high overhead annually may seem all but impossible, but researchers in Britain have completed the most comprehensive tally ever conducted. And the headcount they came up with was almost un-bee-lievable....
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NASA to Test Parachute-Like Exo-Brake Tech to Return Stuff from Space

A novel technology that could allow for accurate, guided landing of payloads returning to Earth from the International Space Station will soon undergo testing in orbit....
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Undersea mystery: seahorse genetic secrets unveiled

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Scientists have unlocked some of the genetic secrets of the weird and wondrous seahorse including its exotic eccentricity of male pregnancy....
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Vega Rocket Launches Turkish Earth-Observation Satellite

WASHINGTON — Arianespace lofted Turkey’s Göktürk-1 Earth-observation satellite into a sun-synchronous orbit Dec. 5 aboard a Vega rocket, marking the eighth success for the European light-lift vehicle....
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