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Relativity Case: Bankruptcy Judge Declines to Delay Monday’s Reorganization Hearing

The judge overseeing the Relativity Media bankruptcy case rejected a call by one of the entertainment company’s lenders to postpone a Monday morning …

Hookpod: Mariners hail seabird-saving hi-tech hook

Every year an estimated 300,000 seabirds – including 100,000 of one of the world’s largest flying birds, the albatross – are accidentally killed by …

The director of 'Star Wars: Episode IX' wants to shoot scenes in outer space

"I asked the question, 'Is it possible for us to shoot IMAX film plates in actual space for 'Star Wars,' and I haven't gotten an answer yet," said Trevorrow during the panel.<p>Trevorrow made the comments while on a panel that included Christopher Nolan, and cinematographer Rachel Morrison ("Fruitvale …

Star Wars

SpaceX And Russia Change The Rules Of The Military Launch Market

It’s been a tough week for United Launch Alliance (ULA). A hearing last Wednesday brought news of a potential ban on Russian made RD-180 engines which ULA requires for their Atlas V rocket. To make matters worse, the U.S. Air Force is also considering ending an $800 million-per-year contract with …

The Fact and Fiction of Martian Dust Storms

For years, science fiction writers from Edgar Rice Burroughs to C. S. Lewis have imagined what it would be like for humans to walk on Mars. As …

Dust Storms

Aviation on Mars? Airbus Perlan 2 Glider To Help Test Its Limits

The Perlan 2 sailplane/glider, which had its first test flight last September in Oregon, will attempt to reach its optimal cruising altitude of 90,000 feet as early as this coming June in Argentina , says McArtor. When it does, it will be the highest that any winged vehicle, powered or otherwise, …

Aviation

NASA is making a data modem driven by light

Now that photonic (that is, light-based) chips are a practical reality, they're going to get their ultimate test: space. NASA is developing an integrated photonics modem that will be used to test high-speed laser communications between Earth and spacecraft that are in low and geosynchronous orbits. …

Dark matter environments may have shaped the internal structure of galaxy clusters

An international team of researchers claim that the internal structure of vast galaxy clusters, containing thousands of individual galaxies, may be …

PICTURES: China has released hundreds of HD photos of the moon taken by its lander and rover

More than two years after China's lunar rover got away to a wonky start on the surface of the moon, the country's National Space Administration has released the stunning hi-def pictures it took.<p>On December 14, 2013, Yutu, or "Jade Rabbit" became the third unmanned spacecraft to land on the moon. …

Space Science

What is a black hole?

Stephen Hawking has chosen black holes as the subject of his BBC Reith Lectures. Here’s why these mysterious objects remain at the forefront of astronomers’ attention<p>Black holes are places of mystery. The laws of physics predict their existence but cannot explain what happens inside a black hole. …

Dark matter helped destroy the dinosaurs, physicist posits

<b>Dark Matter and the Dinosaurs</b><br>Lisa Randall<i><br>ECCO, $29.99</i><p>Dark matter. Dinosaurs. Few topics are as effective at grabbing the attention of science …

2016 February 1 - Find the Man in the Moon

<b>Find the Man in the Moon</b> <b><br>Image Credit & Copyright:</b> Dani Caxete<p><b>Explanation:</b> Have you ever seen the Man in the Moon? This common question plays on the …

MIT Wins The SpaceX Hyperloop Competition, But Are We Ready To Ride Hyper Rails?

The latest crazy idea from Elon Musk that many said was never going to come together just took another step towards becoming a reality. In 2013 Musk released his open source plans for what he called a Hyperloop – a low pressure high speed mass transit system that could theoretically get passengers …

Space photos captures the beauty of England at night

LONDON — Astronaut Tim Peake's photography is coming on in leaps and bounds. Within days of his epic Aurora Borealis snaps, the British astronaut has …

Solar Systems Like Ours Remain Scarce

Solar systems like ours, in which Jupiter-like planets orbit their parent stars at Jupiter-like distances, remain scarce in the local stellar neighborhood, says an Australian-led team of astronomers.<p>The team who report their findings in <i>The Astrophysical Journal</i>, analyzed the latest results from an …

Solar System

SpaceX tests spacecraft parachutes that will land astronauts back on Earth

SpaceX has successfully tested the parachute system that will one day be used to land its Crew Dragon spacecraft carrying astronauts back from the International Space Station.<p>The test took, which involved the deployment of four parachutes, took place above the desert near Coolidge, Ariz., according …

Special Report: Gravity’s Century

In 1915, the universe was small and static. Space was smooth. Gravity pulled things to the ground. At least that’s the way it was in the minds of all …

Pluto's atmosphere takes center stage in new NASA photo

A new photo of Pluto's atmosphere makes the invisible visible.<p>The new image, taken by NASA's New Horizons spacecraft in July, shows the blue ring of …

Scientists Find Strong Evidence That the Earth Was Hit Head-On by a Mars-Sized Planet

A new analysis of lunar rock and soil samples suggests that the Earth got full-on clobbered by an ancient planet called Theia.<p>The early solar system was, for lack of a better term, a chaotic hellscape. Everything we see today, from Mercury on out to the inner Oort Cloud, was a product of a series …

SpaceX 'hoping' to unveil mission to Mars in 2016

Elon Musk says he wants to visit the International Space Station aboard his own craft by 2020 -- and he doesn't think it will be "that hard". …

Congress and the Pentagon May Kill SpaceX’s Competition

Sen. John McCain has resumed his crusade against United Launch Alliance (ULA), the Pentagon’s primary space launch contractor, and its importing of …

Monstrous Cosmic Gas Cloud Set To Ignite The Milky Way

When we think about our galaxy, most people think about the stars in the sky, the grand, sweeping spiral arms, the disk-like plane of our Milky Way filled with dust, and the bulge in the galactic center. All of this combines to make up our run-of-the-mill home, complete with some 400 billion stars …

The Space Shuttle Challenger Exploded 30 Years Ago

Even at the White House, they watched it first on TV.<p>When the Space Shuttle Challenger exploded 30 years ago—on Jan. 28, 1986—and killed the six crew …

Not So Fast: Why There Likely Isn’t A Large Planet Beyond Pluto

Planet Nine? More like “Planet maybe.”<p><i>“Finding out that something you have just discovered is considered all but impossible is one of the joys of</i> …

Hawking's Latest Black Hole Paper Splits Physicists

Almost a month after Stephen Hawking and his colleagues posted a paper about black holes online, physicists still cannot agree on what it means.<p>Some …

Space X unfurls its astronaut parachutes for the first time

Space X has taken another step towards transporting human crew to the International Space Station, with a first successful test of its capsule …

Entanglement: Gravity's long-distance connection

When Albert Einstein scoffed at a “spooky” long-distance connection between particles, he wasn’t thinking about his general theory of …

Quantum Physics

Here's how long it would take to visit the closest star in our galaxy

There are many possible answers to this question — some very simple, others in the realm of science fiction. But coming up with a comprehensive answer means taking a lot of things into consideration.<p>Unfortunately, any realistic assessment is likely to produce answers that would totally discourage …

Space Travel

9,000 Useless Cables Stand Between the Large Hadron Collider and Its Next Upgrade

Yes, CERN is as bad at cable management as you are.<p>CERN's Large Hadron Collider is a wonder of modern engineering. The biggest and beefiest particle accelerator to ever be built, it's helped us dig into some of the most fundamental mysteries of the universe, and continues to do so. At least, it …

This Is The Highest Resolution Astronomical Image Ever Taken

Zoom in and enhance<p>It might not look like much, but this neon blob is the highest-resolution astronomical image that we have. It shows a jet of material streaming out of a black hole located 900 million light years away.<p>The image and the resulting analysis were published this week in <i>The</i> …

Black Holes