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The Cure For Cancer Could Be Found In Space

Biologists find microgravity conditions are optimal for cancer research.<p>Cancer researchers looking for a breakthrough might want to relocate to the International Space Station. Biologists have found that microgravity research and other space-based experiments provide greater insight into abnormal …

New laser shows what substances are made of

A new laser that can show what objects are made of could help military aircraft identify hidden dangers such as weapons arsenals far below.<p>“For the …

Fusion energy dreams smash into hard economic realities

The old joke about nuclear fusion is that it's the "energy source of the future, and always will be" – but budgetary realities have raised new questions about just how much of a future fusion power has.<p>A campaign to get to the long-sought break-even point in a fusion reactor fell short last year at …

Scientists find neighbor star with three planets in life-friendly orbits

CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida (Reuters) - A neighbor star has at least six planets in orbit, including three circling at the right distance for water to exist, a condition believed to be necessary for life, scientists said on Tuesday.<p>Previously, the star known as Gliese 667C was found to be hosting three …

Astronomers Find Trio Of 'Super-Earths' Around Nearby Star

New observations of a fairly well-studied star have revealed a system with at least six planets, three of which are in the star's habitable zone. This is the first time that three such planets have been spotted orbiting in this zone in the same system.<p>At just 22 light years away from Earth, Gliese …

APOD: M31: The Andromeda Galaxy (2013 Jun 26) Image Credit & Copyright: Lorenzo Comolli http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap130626.html Explanation: Andromeda is the nearest major galaxy to our own Milky Way Galaxy. Our Galaxy is thought to look much like Andromeda. Together these two galaxies dominate the Local Group of galaxies. The diffuse light from Andromeda is caused by the hundreds of billions of stars that compose it. The several distinct stars that surround Andromeda's image are actually stars in our Galaxy that are well in front of the background object. Andromeda is frequently referred to as M31 since it is the 31st object on Messier's list of diffuse sky objects. M31 is so distant it takes about two million years for light to reach us from there. Although visible without aid, the above image of M31 was taken with a small telescope. Much about M31 remains unknown, including how it acquired its unusual double-peaked center. http://www.astrosurf.com/comolli/index2.htm Starship Asterisk* • APOD Discussion Page http://asterisk.apod.com/discuss_apod.php?date=130626 #APOD

Searching For A Material To Make Solar Pants

A new crowd-sourced effort found 35,000 promising molecules that could make light, flexible solar power materials.<p>Say you wanted to make a pair of pants that are also able to act as solar panels. (Why not?) How do you know where to start to look for a material that would work for your …