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Most of Earth’s impact craters await discovery

Earth’s surface could hide some big blemishes. More than 90 impact craters larger than a kilometer across await discovery, researchers estimate in …

See the ISS like never before in these 4K videos

We're sure a time will come when watching something in 4K won't seem special. Now isn't that time. Astronaut Terry W. Virts is tweeting links to videos shot in Ultra HD during his time on the International Space Station, and predictably it's mesmerizing. NASA started uploading videos in the higher …

Finally, humanity gets the tools needed to find life on other planets

Exactly four centuries ago this year, Galileo sent a letter to the Grand Duchess of Tuscany to implore the powers-that-be of the time to accept the scientific fact that the Earth revolves around the sun and not the reverse.<p>It was not a new idea -- the ancient Greek Aristarchus made the same …

Star Trek

NASA announces new missions, but says 'life outside of Earth is probably going to be really hard to find'

<i>In previewing missions in the search for life and discussing its challenges, the scientists confess they ‘can’t even agree on a definition of what</i> …

What Is the Smallest Thing in the Universe?

The answer to the enduring question of the smallest thing in the universe has evolved along with humanity. People once thought grains of sand were …

Black Holes

Why Is It So Difficult to See Pluto?

Besides the stars, there are seven objects that everyone can see with the naked eye: the Sun, Mercury, Venus, the Moon, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn. (Well, …

Methane found in Martian meteorites on Earth

A group of scientists have cracked open six meteorites and found an element that might help them in the search for life on Mars.<p>Researchers found the …

Meteorites

July 2015

Elon Musk's SpaceX Plans Hyperloop Pod Races at California HQ in 2016

Innovation<p>The SpaceX rocket company announced something completely different on Monday: a Hyperloop pod competition that would follow up on a high-speed transit concept laid out by the company's billionaire founder, Elon Musk.<p>The contest would reach its climax next June with pod races at a roughly …

Philae Lander Communicates From Comet After Seven Months of Silence

The hibernating spacecraft finally phones home<p>It's alive! The first spacecraft ever to touch down on a comet is back from the dead.<p>In November, the Rosetta mission's Philae lander was supposed to achieve the first-ever soft landing on a comet. That landing wasn't as soft as planned, though. Unable …

After a 7-Month Sleep, Philae Phones Home

Science & InnovationNo Place Like Home<p>Philae, the little lander sent to explore a comet, has woken up after seven dark months of hibernation.<p>Hello Earth! Can you hear me? #WakeUpPhilae— Philae Lander (@Philae2014) June 14, 2015<p>Late in the evening of June 13, the European Space Agency’s operations …

Philae

New Horizons Principal Investigator Still Considers Pluto a Planet

And he thinks the upcoming flyby will prove it<p>“If it looks like a duck, swims like a duck, and quacks like a duck, then it’s probably a duck,” jokes Alan Stern, principal investigator for the New Horizons mission. In his view, the same applies to planets.<p>On July 14, New Horizons will make its …

How fracking leads to micro earthquakes

Usually small though occasionally damaging, earthquakes are a side-effect of industrial processes such as geothermal energy and oil-gas production …

20 years of space photos: an oral history of Astronomy Picture of the Day

APOD has been around longer than Google or Craigslist<p>APOD serves its titular purpose with minimal flare. Every day — the site updates at 12AM ET — there's one featured image (or video) of our cosmos. That's accompanied by a short description with some links for anyone who wants to dig a little …

The Philae lander: why we love these plucky little robots lost in space

Despite being inanimate objects, emissaries such as the Philae lander become like colleagues – and as such we cheer them on in their missions<p>Space, as Douglas Adams wryly pointed out, is very big. So staggeringly huge, you’d think that once we had lost something as small as the Philae comet probe, …

Rosetta spacecraft to change orbit in bid to strengthen Philae communication

Spacecraft to come within 180km of comet’s surface in attempt to improve contact signal and allow commands to be sent to the newly awakened lander<p>The European Rosetta spacecraft will swoop into a closer orbit around its comet this week to help the mothership talk to its Philae lander, which emerged …

What Cuts to California Water Rights Mean, For Now

Environment<p>California told holders of some of the most senior water rights in the state to stop pumping on Friday. Now citizens and businesses in the Golden State are trying to figure out what that means exactly.<p>The consensus from water customers is that the order, from California's State Water …

SpaceX Wants You To Build Transport Pods For Elon Musk's Hyperloop

Time to dust off those blueprints and get building<p>Neither Elon Musk or his company SpaceX are formally developing a Hyperloop, the futuristic travel tech that Musk unveiled two years ago after months of speculation. As you'll recall, the theoretical tube-based transportation system promises to …

Elon Musk

New Pentagon War Law Manual Is Totally Cool With CIA-Style Drone Attacks

More okay than poisonous gas and herbicide<p>Last week, the Department of Defense published a gigantic, boring, and tremendously important book. The “Department of Defense Law of War Manual” is 1204 pages of rules for war. Since World War II, various branches of the military have published …

New travel books: "Around the World in 50 Years"

<b>"Around the World in 50 Years: My Adventure to Every Country on Earth"</b><p><i>Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin's Press, $26.99</i><p>He has been an editor, writer, advertising executive, lobbyist, lawyer and theatrical producer, but Albert Podell is an adventurer at heart.<p>Podell had a goal: Visit every country on …

Crops and Climate: Plants Will Suffer as Earth Warms (Op-Ed)

<i>Marlene Cimons writes for Climate Nexus, a nonprofit that aims to tell the climate story in innovative ways that raise awareness of, dispel</i> …

HugeDomains.com - Newspiracy.com is for sale (Newspiracy)

Hurry - once it's sold this opportunity will be gone!<p>Besides being memorable, .com domains are unique: This is the one and only .com name of its …

Measuring sea level on a dynamic Earth

Warming temps, and the rise and fall of coasts, complicate measurements of sea level. How do scientists establish sea level on a constantly changing …

Space ‘buoy’ DSCOVR may help protect Earth’s power grid from solar eruptions

<b>Boston</b>: Earth’s electrical grids will soon get a little more protection from solar eruptions.<p>After flying 1 million miles (1.6 million kilometers) …

Magnetism

North America once linked to Australia?

A new tectonic model suggests that the continent of North America may have once been attached to Australia.<p>More than a billion years ago, North …

New Google Earth Imagery – June 8th, 2015 - Google Earth Blog

Google have updated their ‘Latest Google Earth Imagery Updates’ map. To view it in Google Earth use this KML file. The last time they updated this …

Google Earth

Global Die-off, The Age Of Man (Anthropocene Era) Has Taken Its Toll

I once saw an image of a man standing on a beach in Sri Lanka just after the earthquake of 2004 had occurred. He was staring out at the rapidly …