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True Color Of An Exoplanet Discovered For The First Time

Looks a bit like home!<p>Looks a bit like Earth, doesn't it? You wouldn't find this planet very comfortable, however. Called HD 189773b, it's 1,000 degrees Celsius on its surface and it rains glass. Sideways.<p>HD 189773b looks like Earth because it's blue. Astronomers have determined its true color, a …

After 33 Years, Team Wins Human-Powered Flight Contest

The winners of the Igor I. Sikorsky Human Powered Helicopter Competition will take home $250,000 and some serious bragging rights.<p>Even though scientists have dreamed of human-powered flight since the days of Da Vinci, it's really, really hard to pull off. Case in point: In 1980, the Igor I. …

Madagascar's new species pop up less often - Futurity

U. ROCHESTER (US) — Madagascar, long known as a hot spot of biodiversity, may be …

Madagascar

How To Turn A Match Into A Tiny Rocket [VIDEO]

Blast off!<p>The swift strike of a match on July 4 typically precedes sky-high spectacles. But matches themselves can be fireworks. When ignited, the bulb of fuel on a match's tip combusts into space-hogging gases. By containing the gas in aluminum foil and directing it downward, you can create a …

NASA's low-cost 3D-printed rocket injector withstands test firing

NASA has successfully tested its first rocket engine component made through 3D printing. On Thursday, NASA subjected its new rocket engine injector to a series of high-pressure fire tests involving liquid oxygen and gaseous hydrogen, demonstrating that additive manufacturing (its official name) …

Antarctic glacier calves iceberg one-fourth size of Rhode Island

This week a European Earth-observing satellite confirmed that a large iceberg broke off of Pine Island Glacier, one of Antarctica’s largest and …

Global Warming

Mysterious Radio Bursts, Sent From Deep Space

Reporting in <i>Science</i>, researchers write of discovering four radio bursts from outer space. Physicist Duncan Lorimer, who detected the first such explosion in 2007, discusses what could be causing these radio signals, such as evaporating black holes, an idea proposed by Stephen Hawking in the …

Tracking Shifting Sands Along the Nation's Coast

As New Yorkers braced themselves for Hurricane Sandy, coastal geologist Cheryl Hapke was out surveying Fire Island, a barrier island off the Long Island coast. Days later, Hapke was back to document the hurricane's effects and found a breach cutting the island in two. Now locals and scientists are …

UK Team Plans ET Search

A group of British academic researchers has announced plans to band together in a search for extraterrestrial intelligence. Alan Penney, the coordinator of the newly-formed UK SETI Research Network, describes the group's strategy for looking for signals from the stars.<p>Transcript<p>IRA FLATOW, …