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There’s a rumor spreading that AirPods and other wireless headphones cause cancer, but the truth is more complicated

Scientists are worried about unknown risks of radiation from all kinds of electronic devices that surround us every day, not just wireless headphones.
Jeff Bezos is the founder of Blue Origin, a rocket company that's trying to dramatically reduce the cost of access to space.

Jeff Bezos hinted that Elon Musk should ‘go live on the top of Mount Everest for a year’ if he wants to populate Mars

During a private talk about his rocket company Blue Origin, billionaire Jeff Bezos indirectly discounted Elon Musk and SpaceX's plans to settle Mars.

NASA came up with 21 new constellations — including Albert Einstein, Godzilla, and the Starship Enterprise

The gamma-ray sky was invisible to humans until instruments like NASA's Fermi space telescope came along. That observatory has been mapping a previously unseen universe for a decade, so in honor of that milestone, scientists on the mission suggested 21 modern (and entertaining) constellations.

Microwave weapons may have caused the mysterious brain injuries suffered by US diplomats in Cuba and China — here’s how they might work

A focused beam of microwave radiation can make even deaf listeners sense pulsing sounds. It's possible that such a beam might also cause nerve or brain damage, like that found in the brains of US diplomats in Cuba and China.
An illustration of a nuclear explosion in a city.

If a nuclear weapon is about to explode, here’s what a safety expert says you can do to survive

When a missile scare sent Hawaiians scrambling in fear of a North Korean nuclear warhead, many people didn't know what to do or where to take shelter.

Flying in airplanes exposes people to more radiation than standing next to a nuclear reactor — here’s why

Pilots and flight attendants get pummelled by cosmic rays and solar storms while keeping you safe and serving you drinks.

California has issued a warning about the dangers of cell phone radiation — but the science is far from settled

Most studies haven't found evidence that cell phone use causes cancer. But there are good reasons to limit phone use anyway.
An illustration of SpaceX's Big Falcon Rocket helping to colonize Mars.

Mars colonists will get blasted with radiation levels 8 times higher than government limits — here’s what they’re up against

High-energy space radiation will threaten the Mars colonies that Elon Musk hopes to establish with SpaceX, as well as astronaut outposts planned by NASA.

NASA wrapped its most famous spacecraft in aluminum kitchen foil — a last-minute move that may have saved the mission

Engineers bought all of the kitchen-grade aluminum foil they could find at a supermarket to protect the Voyager probes from Jupiter's wrath.