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Cern restarts Large Hadron Collider with mission to make scientific history

Photograph: Murdo MacLeod/Murdo MacLeod<p>Physicist Peter Higgs shared a Nobel prize with François Englert in 2013 for their work on the Higgs boson, which was identified by the LHC before it was shut …

Large Hadron Collider

CERN restarts Large Hadron Collider, seeks dark universe

GENEVA (Reuters) - Scientists at Europe’s physics research center CERN on Sunday restarted their “Big Bang” Large Hadron Collider (LHC), embarking on a bid to probe into the “dark universe” they believe lies beyond the visible one.<p>CERN reported that particle beams were successfully pushed around …

3 Ways To Make A Star On Earth

Fusion: It's a blast!<p>Last fall, Lockheed Martin divulged a new fusion reactor design--one it claimed could power homes and cars in a decade. The wildly optimistic claim is reminiscent of that old trope: Fusion is just 10 years away ... and always will be. Still, experiments suggest we’re getting …

Nuclear Energy

Solar eclipses caused by Earth

Don’t miss these images of eclipses of the sun caused by Earth, taken by various spacecraft on the moon, orbiting the moon, or returning from the …

The Coma Cluster of galaxies

The Coma Cluster is one of the richest galaxy clusters known. How many suns and how many worlds might be located in this direction of space?<p>The Coma …

Lyrid meteor shower: All you need to know

In 2018, April 22 is the peak morning. The moon, near the 1st quarter phase, is out of the way. Expect 10 to 20 meteors per hour at the peak.<p>The …

Space Station Crew Discusses Life in Space with Texas Students

Space Station

Black holes don’t erase information

Since 1975, when Hawking showed that black holes evaporate from our universe, physicists have tried to explain what happens to a black hole’s …

Black Holes

Shelf Life: How to time travel to a star | @GrrlScientist

It might surprise you to learn that astronomers maintain collections, although these collections are quite different to those maintained by other departments in natural history museums, as we learn in today’s “Museum Monday” video<p>Since today is “Museum Monday”, I am sharing the next instalment in …

NASA Battles Rising Sea Levels To Protect Kennedy Space Center

Sea level rise is beginning to affect the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. A protective dune not too far from the launchpads has collapsed and waves have washed over railroad tracks built in the 1960s. Now NASA is taking steps to protect its launch infrastructure.<p>Transcript<p>MELISSA BLOCK, …

Space Weather Forecast for Pluto: Gusty, Gassy and Cool

Wondering how the space weather will be around Pluto this summer? Scientists working with NASA's New Horizons mission are predicting gusts of charged particles with speeds up to 1 million mph (1.6 million kilometers per hour) that will slow as they interact with the dwarf planet's atmosphere.<p>New …

Pain Really Is All In Your Head And Emotion Controls Intensity

When you whack yourself with a hammer, it feels like the pain is in your thumb. But really it's in your brain.<p>That's because our perception of pain is shaped by brain circuits that are constantly filtering the information coming from our sensory nerves, says David Linden, a professor of …

Russia's space agency plans to resume ISS tourist flights in 2018

The Russian state space agency, Roscosmos, has indicated that it plans to restart its space tourism program in 2018 to make up for the loss of its current contract with NASA. In a statement, Energiya space corporation — the agency's main subsidiary in manned orbital flights — said that Roscosmos …

NASA's Opportunity rover just completed an 11-year marathon on Mars

It's a slow time, but still a record for Mars<p>Never forget that we've got more than one robot on Mars. While Curiosity has been busy finding signs of an ancient nitrogen cycle on the Red Planet, Opportunity — which touched down in January 2004 — has just completed the first ever extraterrestrial …

The big bang: are we in a ‘pics or it didn’t happen’ type situation?

Scientists at Cern are suggesting they could soon detect miniature black holes, proving the existence of parallel universes and disproving the big bang theory of the creation of the universe. Or something

National Geographic

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Expedition 43’s Rocket Moves to Its Launch Pad

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Black Hole Winds Quench Star Formation in Entire Galaxies

Space<p>Giant winds from black holes can blast gas through galaxies at extraordinary speeds, pulling the plug on star formation, researchers say.<p>This finding reveals how black holes can direct the fates of entire galaxies, scientists added.<p>The hearts of most and possibly all galaxies harbor …

Universe

Mars rover Opportunity completes first 'marathon' on another world

How long does it take to complete a marathon on Mars? About 11 years and two months – if you've got six wheels and a solar-powered battery.<p>NASA's spunky rover Opportunity crossed the Olympic marathon mark on Tuesday, putting 26.219 miles on its odometer during its 3,968th Martian day. (A Martian …

Los Angeles

India’s Mars probe has fuel for extended mission

India’s Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM) was expected to end on March 24. But it turns out that the probe could have another 6 months of life left in it.<p>By …

Delta rocket blasts off from Florida with improved GPS satellite

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla (Reuters) - An unmanned Delta 4 rocket blasted off from Florida on Wednesday to deliver the ninth of 12 next-generation Global Positioning System satellites into orbit.<p>The 207-foot (63 meter) booster, built and flown by United Launch Alliance, bolted off its seaside launch pad …

Delta Rocket Launch Gives GPS Satellite System Another Boost

Space<p>CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — A Delta 4 rocket blasted off from Florida on Wednesday to deliver the ninth of 12 next-generation Global Positioning System satellites into orbit.<p>The 207-foot-tall (63-meter-tall) booster, built and flown by United Launch Alliance, bolted off its seaside launch pad at …

Space Exploration

Saturn's day is shorter than once thought, scientists say

How long is a day on Saturn? This apparently simple question has dogged scientists for years, but a new study has revealed that the days on this ringed gas giant are shorter than we thought.<p>The findings, published in the journal Nature, help settle a long-standing mystery and could help researchers …

Astronomy

Watch SpaceX test its amazing SuperDraco rockets from a few feet away

The Space Shuttle was cool in action, but on paper it sounded like a particularly capacious way to get to work in the mornings. Spaceships should really have cooler names. Elon Musk's SpaceX understands this — the private company's newest Dragon craft is equipped with four SuperDraco pods, each …

Total solar eclipse at 35,000 feet

We’ve seen some wonderful photos of sky events taken from airplane windows. This one is really dramatic.<p>Our friend Eric Recurt submitted this …

Nasa plans mission to land on asteroid and explore deep space

Nasa is aiming to launch a rocket to an asteroid in five years and grab a boulder off of it – a stepping stone and training mission for an eventual trip sending humans to Mars.<p>The space agency Wednesday unveiled details of the $1.25bn plan to launch a solar-powered unmanned spaceship to an asteroid …

Water may have struck this Mars crater twice

A new geologic history of the flow of water in Jezero crater near Mars’ equator says interesting things about how the red planet operated nearly four …