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Weekender: Forests, The Carbon Cycle and the Sleeping Arctic Giant...

This weekend, hundreds of thousands of people will take to the streets for the People’s Climate March, part of the biggest global protest ever to highlight the issue of climate change.

The march will take place in New York on September 21st, ahead of a major United Nations summit that is bringing together government leaders...
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New Propulsion System could Revolutionize Space Travel

NASA has announced that an experimental propulsion system that needs only energy from sunlight appears to produce sufficient thrust to power spacecraft. This means that, once a spacecraft is in orbit, it will be able to accelerate away from the earth to the edges of the solar system, without fuel. This means that travel throughout the solar system...
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Gravity Could Help To Predict Floods Months in Advance, Say Scientists

A recent study could help scientists predict impending floods months before they occur.

The study states that a pair of NASA satellites, known collectively as GRACE, have detected variations in gravitational pull from saturated river basins that appear to be accurate indicators of flooding.

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More New Planets Discovered - NASA Could Reveal New Twin Earth

Information regarding a new "Twin Earth" could be revealed at a press conference hosted by NASA at 11 a.m. PDT (2 p.m. EDT) Thursday, April 17.

The Kepler Space Telescope has made another important new discovery, details of which will be published in the journal Science, though publication is being delayed until after the...
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Is NASA Ignoring Life on Mars?

NASA scientists have allegedly been working tirelessly for years in order to establish the possibility of finding any form of life on the planet Mars.

To date, they assert that no definitive evidence has been found, despite recent reports which suggest that the planet hosts a...
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Curiosity Rover Closes in on Area that May Reveal Past Mars Life

When NASA's Curiosity Rover first dug into the Martian desert, it found clays that could only have been formed by fresh water. This meant that, around three billion years ago, Mars was a watery planet. But did it support life? On the first anniversary of its landing, halfway through its primary mission, Curiosity is headed to the foothills of...
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NASA: Sun's Magnetic Field About to Flip

The sun's magnetic field flips every 11 years, and it's about to do it again. As reported on Unknowncountry.com it last flipped on February 15, 2001, as the previous solar max reached its height. The complete field reversal is 3 to 4 months away. The shift will mark the...
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NASA to Fight Killer Asteroids--Finally

NASA has finally decided to try to do something about dangerous asteroids that may be headed for Earth. They have announced a new "Grand Challenge" to find all dangerous space rocks and figure out how to stop them. But...
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Newly Discovered Asteroid Passes Between Earth and Moon Tonight

Newly Discovered Asteroid Passed Between Earth and Moon Saturday Night

Asteroid 2013 LR6 will pass within 70,000 miles of Earth tonight, making its closest approach over Tasmania at 9:42 Pacific Time. The asteroid is 30 feet in diameter and NASA says it has no chance of striking our planet. What is a matter for concern, though, is that it was just discovered two days ago, on June 6. The discovery was made by NASA...
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As NASA Expert Warns, Huge Hole Opens in Sun's Corona

A direct hit from an ejection of charged particles from the sun could be among the most serious of natural disasters, NASA head Charles Bolden warned Tuesday. Bolden spoke before scientists and industry members at the Space Weather Enterprise...
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What NASA Found on Mars

We told you it was coming and here it is: NASA's Mars Curiosity rover has used its full array of instruments to analyze Martian soil for the first time, and found a complex chemistry there, including water, sulfur and chlorine-containing substances, some of...
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NASA has a Major Mars Announcement Coming

NASA has announced that one of the instruments on the Curiosity Rover has sent back some extraordinary data, but the transmission is still being checked to make certain that it is not a fluke, and so far the space agency has not made an official statement about what the instrument has detected.

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Curiosity Lands on Mars

The Curiosity lander has successfully reached the surface of Mars and appears to be intact. Images began appearing at 10:40 PM PDT. Curiosity is the most complex automated space mission every attempted by mankind.

The craft's descent-stage retrorockets fired as it descended, slowing its approach to the surface. In the most difficult...
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Greenland is Melting

NASA satellites reveal that the surface of Greenland's massive ice sheet has melted this month over an unusually large area. NASA has been monitoring the Greenland melt for 30 years, and they're calling this one "unprecedented," partly because it's so large and also because it occurred at the COLDEST part of the country, Summit station....
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Secret Missions in Space

A team of amateur astronomers have tracked down the X-37B spacecraft, launched on a 15-month clandestine mission by NASA in April ril from Cape Canaveral, Florida. This unmanned, reusable spacecraft has been developed by the US military. But why is it a secret? In 2010, an identical unmanned spacecraft returned to Earth after 7 months in orbit....
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Need Precious Metals? Mine an Asteroid

NASA may return to space after all--but not to explore, to MINE the valuable minerals that are on asteroids, in a NEW TYPE of "Gold Rush." And we may use robots to do the dirty work.

Space scientists think that robots will be the astronauts of the future. They'll explore the universe, find and identify...
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Why We're No Longer Looking for Life on Mars

Just as NASA was about to solve the mystery of whether or not there is life on Mars, the world went broke and both NASA and the European Space Agency (ESA) had to back off on their plans to send astronauts and rovers there to find out. Two NASA missions to Mars--one in 2016 and...
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Now Scientists are Being Gagged in Canada Too

NASA Scientists have been gagged in the US in the past--now Canadian scientists are complaining that their vital research on health and environment issues is being suppressed.

On BBC News, Pallab Ghosh quotes university scientist Thomas Pedersen as...
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We've Discovered a New Kind of Shooting Star

One that is shooting water! A geyser of water is spurting up from the poles of a star that is 750 light-years from the earth at a rate of 124,000 mpg, creating "water bullets" that it shoots deep into space. If it has other planets around it, the...
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We've Discovered Another Planet That Can Support Life

An incredible discovery has been made by NASA recently: A new planet that's the right size and location for life and only 20 light-years away, in a solar system very similar to our own but much smaller. The newly-discovered planet is called Gliese 581g and is the first world...
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That NASA ET Announcement

A highly anticipated recent NASA press conference which promised to "discuss an astrobiology finding that will impact the search for evidence of extraterrestrial life" fell rather flat when it was revealed that what they were talking about was arsenic, not ETs. But scientists are excited because the discovery of bacteria that can...
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Object Near Sun Probable Video Artifact

The internet has been abuzz with rumors about an apparentearth-sized object appearing near the sun in some NASA SolarTerrestrial Relations Observatory images. Some individualshave even gone so far as to identify the civilizations theseplanetary-sized "motherships" have come from. However, thereis an immediate fundamental problem with the idea...

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Foam Crack REAL Reason for Shuttle Delay

UPDATE - The Shuttle Discovery, toof off on the 4th of July. While claiming "weather conditions" for the delay, NASA's real worry was that they had discovered cracks in the insulating foam of the shuttle?the same thing that caused the Shuttle Columbia to explode in 2003, killing all astronauts aboard.

Roger Guillemette...

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NASA Hacker Says There's a UFO Coverup--UPDATE

A computer hacker who spent years penetrating governmentcomputers (their security is abysmal) says that he saw proofthat NASA airbrushes UFOs out of satellite and shuttlephotographs to maintain a coverup. In an interview on the BBC program "Click," Gary McKinnon,who faces 60 years in prison if he is extradited to theUnited States from England,...

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We're Being Spied on From Space

People all over the world are questioning whether or not the US should be in Iraq. Here in the US, we are questioning the extent to which the government is spying on ordinary citizens by monitoring our phone calls, library withdrawals and email transmissions. Now it turns out they?re even using NASA satellites to spy on us.

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Shuttle Safety Fix Overruled

NASA engineers who investigated the explosion of the space shuttle Columbia in 2003 are wondering why their safety recommendations have been overruled shortly before the shuttle Discovery is due to take off in July.

Mike Schneider reports that chief NASA safety officer Bryan O?Connor has accused NASA of postponing what the investigators...

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A Test to Tell if Women will be Astronauts in Future

A joint NASA and ESA (European Space Agency) bed-rest studyof females will help scientists understand what womenastronauts will go through during long journeys in space.Changes in the immune system could have serious effects onan astronaut?s ability to resist infection and may increasethe possibility of her developing cancerous tumors....

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Apollo 15 Image Mystery

Apollo 15, was the first of three advanced lunar missions.It was launched on July 26, 1971 and carried astronautsAlfred Worden, James Irwin and David Scott. It was also thefirst mission to include the Lunar Roving Vehicle, andinvolved exploration of a part of the Hadley-Apennine regionof the moon. The mission brought back 76kg of lunarmaterial...

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Miracle Man

Hira Ratan Manek is a 64-year-old mechanical engineer from India who says he's survived on only liquids and sunlight for eight years. He's now in the U.S. being studied by NASA, so they can figure out how he does it.

Manek began disliking food in 1992, and in 1995, after a pilgrimage to the Himalayas, he stopped eating completely. His...

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Columbia Disaster Blamed on NASA Budget

Lisa Stark writes for abcnews.com that it was more than a piece of foam that caused the Columbia shuttle to disintegrate in space, killing seven astronauts?complacency and the tight budget at NASA did it too.

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