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Pluto image revealed by Nasa offers closest look yet at dwarf planet

Nasa has released the most detailed picture yet taken of dwarf planet Pluto, captured by the New Horizons spacecraft.<p>Taken from a distance of 8m kilometres, the relative close-up of the icy world on the fringes of the solar system was sent back to earth on 8 July.<p>A distinct heart shape can be seen …

Solar System

Where can humanity turn for uplift? To Pluto

However wretched we are, the human race does, on occasion, manage to soar<p>We need a pick me up. Amid the vandalizing of Palmyra, the imminent extinction of the northern white rhino, the disarray threatening Europe's most ambitious attempt ever at peaceful unification -- amid plague and pestilence …

This galaxy is the farthest into space we have ever seen

The distance to a super-bright galaxy has been exactly calculated, setting a 13-billion light-year record as the most distant galaxy ever seen (that we know of).<p>When you start talking about cosmic measurements, most people have a hard time truly comprehending the figures involved. They become …

A Behind-the-Scenes Look at That Amazing GoPro Footage From Space

Recently, NASA released some pretty spectacular footage captured by an astronaut wearing a GoPro camera while spacewalking around the International Space Station. In the videos, Earth slowly rotates below the space station while astronauts fiddle with cables, install antennae, and work on the …

Space Science

Nasa's Curiosity rover finds water below surface of Mars

Mars has liquid water just below its surface, according to new measurements by Nasa’s Curiosity rover.<p>Until now, scientists had thought that conditions on the red planet were too cold and arid for liquid water to exist, although there were known to be deposits of ice.<p>Prof Andrew Coates, head of …

Magnetism

NASA Gets Specific About Evidence of Alien Life

There's a war in my head.<p>You see, I wasn't introduced to extraterrestrial wonderment by <b>George Lucas</b> or <b>Steven Spielberg</b> like a good citizen. Instead, …

Stepping Stones to NASA’s Human Missions Beyond

NASA astronaut Scott Kelly and Roscosmos cosmonaut Mikhail Kornienko will embark on the first joint U.S.-Russian one-year mission, underscoring the …

NASA: We'll Find Alien Life In 10 to 20 Years

Are we alone in the universe? Top NASA scientists say the answer is almost certainly “no.”<p>“I believe we are going to have strong indications of life …

Our Sun Came Late to the Milky Way’s Star-Birth Party

Astronomers find that galaxies like our Milky Way underwent a stellar “baby boom,” churning out stars about 30 times faster than today.

Play Whac-A-Mole on these weather-predicting smart ceramics

Most consumer IoT devices we've come across are made out of dull plastic, so excuse us for getting a bit excited over these porcelain smart mugs and vases at IDF in Shenzhen. Yes, <i>porcelain</i>, courtesy of Chinese ODM Thread Technology who's integrated Intel's tiny Edison computer module into these …

The Moon May Be The Result Of Earth's Collision With Its Long-Lost Twin

Digging up dirt on our satellite's back story<p>Our beloved Moon, often the staple of a peaceful and tranquil nighttime scene, has a pretty violent origin story.<p>In 1970, researchers proposed the “giant impact” hypothesis, which reasons that the Moon is the result of a huge collision between the Earth …

OLED researchers working to make flat, futuristic lighting a reality

Organic light emitting diodes (OLEDs) might be the next big thing in lighting. Like regular LEDs, they promise dramatic cuts in power consumption, and with a naturally diffused glow that's a lot easier on the eyes, the potential for creative new design applications is immense. Above all, there's a …

New York State

The building blocks of life found orbiting another star

Looks like NASA's Chief Scientist Ellen Stofan may have over-estimated how long it would take to find extraterrestrial organisms. For the first time in the history of astronomy, scientists have discovered two complex organic molecules, which is vital to the formation of life as we know it, outside …

Physics

NASA Scientists Cook Up Building Blocks of Life in Lab

Many of the chemical ingredients necessary for life as we know it were available on the early Earth, and should be present on exoplanets as well, new …

NASA Chief Scientist Is Sure We'll Find Alien Life Within 20 Years

The truth is out there<p>NASA is certain: We’re not alone in this universe.<p>Speaking at a public panel on Tuesday in Washington D.C., NASA scientists discussed the likelihood of finding organic life in our solar system. Given the surprising number of oceans residing throughout our celestial home, they …