NASA Breaks Record With Ion Thruster That Could Take Humans To Mars

By: Jonathan O’Callaghan/IFLScience  Scientists have announced a breakthrough with an ion thruster that could one day take humans to Mars. It’s called the X3 thruster, a type of ion propulsion known as a Hall thruster. This technology is alluring because it can theoretically achieve higher speeds than conventional chemical propulsion. In a series of tests at NASA’s Glenn…

Veteran Who Stole Truck To Save 30 Vegas Shooting Victims Was Just Gifted A New Vehicle

By: Amanda Froelich/The Mind Unleashed   The night one of the worst mass shootings in U.S. history, 29-year-old marine veteran Taylor Winston was presented with a choice: he could flee the scene, where 64-year-old Stephen Paddock was firing bullets into a crowd of 22,000 people, or he could stay and help the wounded. Like a true…

The Sun Has Turned Red And There’s A Very Cool But Slightly Horrifying Reason Why

By: James Felton/IFLScience   If you’re in the UK and you’ve looked out the window at any point today, it’s likely you’ve seen an unusually red-looking Sun. The hashtag #redsun is trending on Twitter, with people sharing many photos that to be honest, look like they’re straight out of an apocalyptic movie. It’s a pretty spectacular sight and can…

ESO Scientists Unveil An “Unprecedented Discovery” About Gravitational Waves

By: Brad Jones/Futurism New Wave Last week, the European Southern Observatory (ESO) teased news of an “unprecedented discovery.” Now, the organization has revealed that, for the first time ever, astronomers have observed both gravitational waves and light produced by the same event. “This discovery is significant because it gives us two completely different ways to view the same…

China’s First Space Station Will Fall To Earth Within A Few Months

By: Tom Hale/IFL Science  China’s first space station, Tiangong-1, is doomed to plummet into Earth’s atmosphere within the coming months. Tiangong-1, which means “The Heavenly Palace”, was launched into orbit back in 2011. This relatively small 10.3-meter-long (34-foot-long) space station was China’s first space laboratory module, making it a major milestone in their drive to become a science…

California Just Became First State To Ban Selling Dogs From Puppy Mills

By: Sarah V Schweig/The Dodo   California just took a huge step forward for animals by becoming the first state to make it illegal for pet stores to sell puppies, kittens and rabbits from mass commercial breeders where the animals often suffer from cramped, unsanitary conditions. On Friday, California Governor Jerry Brown signed the bill, AB 485,…

Something Below The Ice Is Slicing Through An Ice Shelf In Antarctica

By: Jonathan O’Callaghan/IFL Science  If a giant hole wasn’t enough, we’ve got more bad news. Scientists have discovered a huge inverted canyon under an ice shelf in Antarctica, which might cause its demise much quicker than expected. Using the ESA’s CryoSat satellite and the Copernicus Sentinel-1 mission, researchers looked at the Dotson ice shelf in West Antarctica….

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