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The Survival of Orbital Algae Suggests That Life May Not Have Originated on Earth

An experiment that was conducted aboard -- or rather outside of -- the International Space Station, proves that biological organisms can survive the harsh environment of space for extended periods of time. The experiment was designed investigate how human expeditions to Mars could one day sustain themselves, and how the biology of extremophiles...
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Meet Félicette: The World's First (and only) Cat sent into Space

We're all familiar with the concept of early spaceflight experiments that sent animals into space, including fruit flies, various rodents, all the way up through the quintessential space-monkey. These high-flying menageries were sent aloft to study the effects of travel into space on biological organisms, as no-one at the time knew what would...
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Another Asteroid Came Disturbingly Close to Earth This Month

A small asteroid passed extremely close to the Earth on January 9, missing us by only 192,500 kilometers (119,500 miles), roughly half the distance between the Earth and the Moon. Because of its small size, the asteroid, called 2017 AG13, wasn't spotted until two days before its approach.
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NASA Develops a Bandage that uses Electricity to Heal Wounds

Researchers at NASA have developed a new substance that generates minute amounts of electricity, for use in a bandage that takes advantage of an electrically-based healing process. This new substance, a polymer called polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF), produces a mild electrical current when pressure or heat, such as body heat, is applied to it....
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This Probe will Self-Destruct: Protecting Potential Aliens in The Latest in Astronomy News

The more we study it, the universe continues to become curiouser and curiouser, and the last few weeks have been no exception: X marks the center of the galaxy; one of Saturn's rings was broken; and NASA plans to destroy Juno space probe -- to protect aliens?

Astronomers at the Max Planck Institute and the University of Toronto have...
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Three Suns, a Dwarf Planet, and Juno: The Latest in Astronomy News

An exoplanet 320 light-years from Earth has been found in a trinary star system, photographed by the ESO Very Large Telescope in Chile. Aside from having the distinction of being one of mere handful of exoplanets that have been directly imaged, the...
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Food may be Safe to Grow on Mars, including Space Spuds

In The Martian, fictional astronaut and consummate wiseacre Mark Watney survives being stranded on the red planet by growing potatoes in the Martian soil, extending his usual rations well past their expected usefulness. But in the real world, there have been concerns over using Mars's soil to grow food, due to there being a great deal more heavy...
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Black Holes may be 2D Holograms in a 3D Universe -- Or Portals to Another Universe

One of the major problems faced by science today is that our current model of physics is woefully incomplete, most infamously so in regards to the inability of physicists to make the theory of relativity and quantum theory work together. This problem becomes extremely apparent when it comes to figuring out how black holes work: relativity tells us...
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A Laser-Powered Sail Could Cut a Trip to Mars down to Three Days

One of the major roadblocks our culture has in regards to space travel is that in order to travel at speeds that could make a trip to a distant planet or star in a reasonable time frame is the application of energy: currently, we're stuck burning chemical fuel to propel our vehicles, of which means also lugging that fuel along with the vehicle,...
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Private Group Launching DIY Satellite to Hunt for UFOs

Of all of the sources of images of potentially anomalous objects, video feeds from orbiting NASA spacecraft have provided a treasure trove of images and video for UFO hunters. Ultimately, the data that comes from our space agencies is also controlled and can be censored by said agencies, a fact that can potentially hinder civilian efforts to...
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Stephen Hawking warns that We Must Leave Earth

Renowned theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking has stated a warning to humankind: , in light of all of the potential events that could spell the extinction of the human species, we must find a way to migrate into space. Citing numerous potential extinction events that could occur over the next few thousand years, both environmental and man-made,...
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New Evidence Found for a Large Planet in the Outer Solar System

A team of planetary scientists from the California Institute of Technology have published a paper documenting strong circumstantial evidence for a large planet with an orbit outside of Pluto's. This yet-undiscovered planet is hypothesized to be smaller than Neptune, but would be 10-times more massive than Earth, and comes no closer than 30.5...
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Unidentified Signal From Space Could Reveal Dark Matter

Despite the fact that it is believed to make up around eighty per cent of the matter in the universe, so-called "dark matter" remains an enigma to scientists. It is totally invisible as it neither absorbs or emits light, and its presence has so far been determined only via its gravitational interaction with visible matter.
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Evidence of Sacred Geometry Observed in Cosmic Webs

Like it or not, mathematics underpins our whole existence, either by conscious design or through natural selection. Our ancestors were very appreciative of the significance of mathematics, illustrated by the precise geometric alignments that have been observed in the construction and placements of ancient monuments on earth, such as Stonehenge and...
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Weekender: The Rosetta Mission - Historic Moment or Monumental Cover-Up?

After an amazing ten year journey, the Rosetta mission landed its module Philae on the surface of Comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko at 16:03 GMT on Wednesday.

Rosetta was launched on 2 March 2004 on an Ariane 5 rocket, and has already made history by becoming the first spacecraft to orbit a comet after it reached its long-awaited...
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Weekender: The Science of Awe

Our inner emotions are very powerful, and it is becoming more widely accepted by science that they can have profound and measurable physiological effects.

Stress is known to have negative effects on the body, but what about more positive emotions, such as happiness, joy and awe?
Can feeling deeply moving sentiments change our...
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Personal Cosmic Ray Detectors Soon Available For Smartphones

 Soon, the growing capability of your smartphone could be harnessed to detect cosmic rays in much the same way as high-end, multimillion-dollar observatories.

With a simple app addition, Android phones, and likely other smartphone brands in the not-too-distant future, can be turned into detectors to capture the light particles...
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Enigma of Black Holes Finally Solved: They Do Not Exist, Say Scientists

Black holes are possibly one of the most mysterious and unfathomable entities in the known universe. They are generally considered to be black, dense bodies of matter with a gravitational pull that is so strong that even light itself cannot escape their unrelenting grasp.

But, in the largely uncharted environment of deep space, our...
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Building Blocks For Life Discovered Floating In Deep Space

Astronomers have made some very interesting discoveries in space recently, each potentially bringing them one step closer to finding habitable exo-planets with signs of extra-terrestrial life-forms.

A study appearing this week in the journal Nature revealed findings extracted from the combined offerings of three NASA space telescopes...
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Weekender: Unexplained Cosmic Pulses from Deep Space Intrigue Scientists

Hopes of finding intelligent life in the universe have been raised by more unidentified signals from outer space detected by astronomers in Puerto Rico, validating reports of similar signals identified by researchers in Australia.

The discovery of a split-second burst of radio waves by scientists using the Arecibo radio telescope in...
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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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New Earth-Like Planet Expands Astronomers' Knowledge In The Hunt For Extra-Terrestrial Life

A newly discovered planet in a binary star system located 3,000 light-years from Earth is expanding astronomers’ notions of where Earth-like—and even potentially habitable—planets can form, and how to find them.

At twice the mass of Earth, the planet orbits one of the stars in the binary system at almost exactly the...
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Wormholes Could Be Space-Time "Postboxes"

Have you ever regretted a missed opportunity to send a message to someone? Did you think that your life may well have been different if you had communicated certain things, and you would give anything to re-live that moment again?

According to scientists from Jesus College, Cambridge, U.K., you may get your chance to right the wrongs...
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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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Weekender: Enigmas of the Universe - a Journey Into Dark Matter and Dark Energy

As Man probes ever deeper into the mysteries of the Universe, his search seems to yield more questions than answers. Some of the most mysterious phenomena discovered in space are dark matter and dark energy.

Approximately 80 per cent of the mass in known Universe is made up of "dark matter," a strange and intangible...
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Close Encounter: Massive Apollo-Class Asteroid Set to Skim Past Earth Tonight

Astronomers are warning us that asteroid 2014 DX110 is on target to hurtle between the Earth and the Moon on Wednesday, passing close to our planet at a distance of just 217,000 miles (350,000km).

At 98ft (30m), 2014 DX110 is a relatively large object belonging to the Apollo class asteroid group, a class of Earth-crossing objects...
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NASA Images Suggest Flowing Water on Mars

The quest to confirm the existence of liquids on Mars has been ongoing for decades; it was known to host water billions of years ago and water is has been found to exist there in the form of ice, but the latest images from NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) indicate that water may not only be present, but running down the Martian hills....
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Weekender: Exoplanets & Waterworlds - Alien Life Now Ten Times More Likely

With ever improving technology, astronomers are now able to explore the furthest reaches of our universe, mapping the continuing expansion of dark matter and detecting light from far-flung planets beyond our solar system.
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Have Scientists Determined the Exact Dimensions of the Universe?

A team of scientists from Washington believe that they have managed to establish the exact size of the universe to within 1 per cent accuracy.

In a remarkable development, the researchers, who were working with the Baryon Oscillation Spectroscopic Survey (BOSS), have been able to measure the distances to galaxies that are over 6...
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Weekender: Earth-like planets may be common and populated by "designer humans"

Scientists now confirm that there is a high probability that the universe harbours an abundance of habitable planets.

NASA's Kepler telescope has provided information to indicate that one in every five sun-like stars is orbited by planets comparable to Earth. In broad terms, this means that there could be billions of planets capable...
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