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It Takes Just Four Minutes To Explain the Entire Universe

In need of a quick refresher course on, well, the science of pretty much everything? Here’s a cheeky, irreverent summation of the universe in just …

Star-Studded Images From the Hubble Space Telescope

Images of outer space from the Hubble Space Telescope, entering its 25th year in orbit<p>Twenty-five years ago, the Hubble Space Telescope was launched into orbit—an event NASA has called “the most significant advance in astronomy since Galileo’s telescope.” Since then, speeding around the Earth at …

Hubble Space Telescope

2015 January 31 - Yellow Balls in W33

<b>Yellow Balls in W33</b> <b><br>Image Credit:</b> NASA/JPL-Caltech<p><b>Explanation:</b> Infrared wavelengths of 3.6, 8.0, and 24.0 microns observed by the Spitzer Space …

Cosmology

Physicists Say a Dust-Up Over Big Bang Gravity Waves Has Fizzled Out

A detailed analysis of microwave polarization from the Big Bang's aftermath has thrown what's likely to be the final splash of cold water on last year's claims that gravitational waves were detected from a burst of cosmic inflation, physicists say.<p>"Unfortunately, we have not been able to confirm …

Naked Titan Viewed For First Time

As Saturn swans into sight for stargazers, the sun blasts its largest moon.<p>Saturn’s largest moon, Titan, looks more like Venus and Mars than astronomers ever suspected—at least when it comes to suffering a severe strike from the solar wind.<p>NASA’s Cassini spacecraft made a flyby of Titan in December …

As Dawn spacecraft closes in on Ceres, things start to look 'rough'

Eat your heart out, Hubble! NASA's Dawn spacecraft is in the home stretch of its journey to Ceres and has snapped the best images yet of the dwarf planet. Grainy as they are, the new views of the 590-mile-wide world are already turning up unexpected features on the surface.<p>"What we expect at Ceres …

Astronomy

Researchers Discover An Ancient Replica Of Our Solar System

The finding is good news for the search for intelligent alien life<p>Deep within the bowels of our Milky Way Galaxy, there is another solar system that is like a miniature replica of our own. Except this planetary system is just a tad older — by about 7 billion years.<p>Using images and data collected by …

Planets

Mars rover reaches highest point in 7 years, snaps this panorama

On Sunday, NASA's Mars Rover Opportunity will mark its 11-year anniversary on the Red Planet. To celebrate -- as only a Mars rover can -- it has used its Pancam (fancy name for its panoramic camera) to snap this wide view from atop "Cape Tribulation," a part of Endeavour Crater's rim that sits at a …

Stephen Hawking is working on a new theory of everything

Stephen Hawking is at it again: In a Facebook posting, the wheelchair-riding British physicist says he’s working on a theory of cosmic origins that …

Week's Best Space Pictures: Stars Wheel, a Balloon Hoists, and a Storm Churns

Stars careen across the Himalaya, scientists search for an afterglow, and a cyclone kicks up a fuss in this week's best space pictures.

New Rosetta pictures reveal crack in the neck of comet 67P

Photograph: European Space Agency<p>A a long, deep crack appears in the neck region of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, as seen here in this latest image from Rosetta …

Scientists slow the speed of light

http://vod-pro-ww-live.akamaized.net/mps_h264_hi/public/news/news_scotland/1140000/1140023_h264_1500k.mp4?__gda__=1534398103_26140d480abb148ed672ed00549e29f4<p><b>A team of Scottish scientists has made light travel slower than the speed of light.</b><p>They sent photons - individual particles of light - through …

Quantum Physics

Laser-Blasted Metal Forms A Self-Cleaning Non-Stick Surface

The technique could make faster vehicles and improve sanitation in the developing world<p>Water, the key to life on our planet, can sometimes be one of our greatest enemies – especially when it comes to its interactions with metals. Air moisture triggers the formation of rust and corrosion on metal …

Engineering

Meteorite is 'hard drive' from space

<b>Researchers have decoded ancient recordings from fragments of an asteroid dating back billions of years to the start of the Solar System.</b><p>They found tiny "space magnets" in meteorites which retain a memory of the birth and death of the asteroid's core.<p>Like the data recorded on the surface of a …

Earth Science

Milky Way 'Bones' Could Reveal Secrets About Our Galaxy

SEATTLE — Scientists are finding more evidence of a galactic "skeleton" lurking inside the appendages of the Milky Way, and studying these massive …

Ceres in sight: NASA's Dawn spacecraft eyes mysterious dwarf planet

It's the home stretch for NASA's Dawn spacecraft, which after a 3-billion-mile journey has finally got the dwarf planet Ceres in its sights. Now, Dawn's newest images reveal fascinating features on Ceres' surface that will only grow clearer in the run-up to the spacecraft's arrival March 6.<p>Dawn's …

Mystery ‘alien’ radio signal picked up in space

Radio waves in space could be evaporating black holes, alien communication or merging neutron stars<p>A mysterious radio signal which may have come from a black hole, a neutron star or even an alien civilisation, has been picked up by astronomers.<p>Fast radio bursts, which last only milliseconds, are …

NASA's Dawn gets its best glimpse yet of dwarf planet Ceres

Between the orbits of Mars and Jupiter spins an asteroid belt, and in that asteroid belt is the inner solar system's dwarf planet. Ceres makes up a third of the asteroid belt's mass, and, with a diameter of 950 kilometres (590 miles), it was originally thought to have been a planet on its discovery …

Beagle 2 spacecraft found intact on surface of Mars after 11 years

So near and yet so far. New images show that the UK’s Beagle 2 successfully landed on the surface of Mars in 2003 but failed to fully deploy its solar panels. Without these, it could not communicate with Earth and scientists lost contact.<p>The discovery images come from the HiRISE camera on Nasa’s …

Formation-flying satellites link up to create giant virtual telescope in orbit

Astronomy,European Space Agency,Space,UK news,Science,The sun,Alien life,Hubble space telescope,James Webb space telescope<p>European Space Agency’s Proba-3 project to unlock mysteries of the sun, using small precision spacecraft, could be used to study distant stars and planets in search for evidence …

At last, NASA's spacecraft bound for Pluto starts collecting data

Let the data collection begin!<p>NASA's New Horizons spacecraft has finally started the first science phase of its mission to get up close and personal with the dwarf planet Pluto.<p>The journey has been epic -- 9.5 years across more than 3 billion miles of space -- the longest distance to a primary …

How long to travel to Alpha Centauri?

The distances between stars are vast, which is why star travel is so far. Read here about conventional propulsion and warp drives, plus about …