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'Destiny' May Have A Brilliant, Twisted Story Hidden Far From View

There are many good and bad things about Bungie’s new MMO- shooter Destiny, but one aspect that most would place firmly in the “bad” column is its story. As in, it barely has one.<p>Through 25+ story missions, the game throws in a few cutscenes and has your AI give you a couple of history lessons, but …

Did Iapetus's Mountains Fall From Space?

Where peaks come from<p>If you could hike to the equator of Saturn's moon Iapetus, you would find a strange sight: a sudden mountain range jutting out of the ground, more than 12 miles high. Images from the Cassini spacecraft show that the ridge is a narrow 12 miles in width, and extends for more than …

Peer toward the mysterious center of the Milky Way tonight

On August 6, 2014, the moon shines by the Teapot asterism in the constellation Sagittarius. The Teapot lies in the general direction of the galactic …

The last man to walk on the Moon

In an exclusive interview, Apollo 17 commander Gene Cernan – the last man on the lunar surface – discusses what it is like to be part of history and why he became unhappy about the American space programme.<p>Captain Gene Cernan was the third man to walk in space, one of only three people to go to the …

Rosetta spacecraft is now orbiting a comet 249 million miles away

A first for space exploration<p>The European Space Agency's Rosetta spacecraft made contact with the comet 67P/CG, 10 years after being launched from French Guiana. This morning, it executed a "close approach trajectory insertion," placing it within the gravitational pull of the comet.<p>The entire burn …

3 Surprising Comet Facts We've Already Learned from Rosetta

For the comet probe Rosetta, the good science is just beginning. But the long-traveled probe is already sending back surprises. RELATED: 10 Images That Changed How We Look at the World<p><b>Today, after 10 years of space travel, the</b> Rosetta explorer became the first to orbit a comet. The best is yet to …

Space

A Proposal To Save Electricity By Brightening The Moon

It's actually pretty fun to read.<p>Well, it gets points for creativity. Some pranksters—or perhaps just PR folks—at Foreo have put up a page proposing humankind solve its energy crisis by brightening the moon. A brighter moon would eliminate the need for nighttime streetlights, Foreo proposes. …

European spacecraft Rosetta makes contact with comet after 10-year chase

Probe to orbit comet for first time ever after 3.7 billion-mile game of 'cosmic billiards'; scientists hope to learn more about origins of stars, comets and planets<p>The European Space Agency says comet-chasing space probe Rosetta has reached its destination after a journey lasting more than a decade.<p>…

What Would Aliens Actually Look Like? We Asked 7 Experts

Movies and TV shows would have us believe aliens would look a bit like us, only with a big (bald) head, green skin, and crazy eyes. Don't believe it.<p>Movies and TV shows would have us believe aliens would look a bit like us, only with a big (bald) head, green skin, and crazy eyes. But we weren't …

Today in science: 7 minutes of terror

To celebrate the 4-year anniversary of Curiosity rover’s arrival on Mars, here’s a video on the final 7 minutes of its chilling descent on August …

Curiosity rover tracks on Mars, August 4, 2014

Today is the second anniversary of the Mars rover Curiosity’s landing inside the Martian Gale Crater on August 5, 2012, PDT (Aug. 6, 2012, EDT).<p>This …

'We're in orbit!' Rosetta becomes first spacecraft to orbit comet

After a 10-year chase taking it billions of miles across the solar system, the Rosetta spacecraft made history Wednesday as it became the first probe to rendezvous with a comet on its journey around the sun.<p>"Thruster burn complete. Rosetta has arrived at comet 67P. We're in orbit!" announced the …

Rosetta Finally Reaches 'Rubber Ducky' Comet

Now to figure out where to land…<p><b>The View From Rosetta.</b> <i>Credit: European Space Agency/BBC News</i><p>Are you ready for your closeup, Comet 67P?<p>After a 10-year journey, the Rosetta spacecraft finally reached its destination this morning. Launched by the European Space Agency in 2004, the spacecraft has …

Maryland Astronaut Talks to Home State Media About Life in Space

Rosetta spacecraft catches its comet! Here's what comes next

On Wednesday morning the Rosetta spacecraft kept a 10 year date with an icy comet the size of a mountain.<p>About 2:30 a.m., the spacecraft made the last of a series of 10 engine firings it began in May that allowed it to enter a triangular shaped orbit just ahead of its speeding, volatile target …

Hubble sees 'zombie star' lurking in space: What it is, why it matters

Using the Hubble Space Telescope, researchers have spotted a "zombie star" lurking in deep space. What is this astronomical equivalent of the walking dead, and how did it get there?<p>The story involves a rare type of cosmic explosion, detective work and a NASA first.<p>It began 110 million years ago in …

Sane Reasons To Be A Mars Colonizer

According to a former NASA Chief Technologist<p>Is it insane to sign up for a one-way trip to Mars? Mason Peck would like to assure you it is not. He addressed the sanity of Mars colonizers in a post yesterday on the Mars One website. Peck is a Mars One adviser who previously served as NASA's Chief …

Mars

Scientists Develop Technique To Produce Self-Assembling Anticancer Molecules In Minutes

Scientists from the University of Warwick have developed a simple technique for the production of a variety of self-assembling molecules that could …

Scientists Develop Bioplastic From Food Scraps

Plastic has been an amazing resource for humans, but it has also generated a considerable amount of waste that poses a serious threat to wildlife. …

Why do we have blood types?

More than a century after their discovery, we still don’t know what blood groups like O, A and B are for. Do they really matter? Carl Zimmer investigates.<p>When my parents informed me that my blood type was A+, I felt a strange sense of pride. If A+ was the top grade in school, then surely A+ was …

Watching a transparent mantis eat is both disgusting and fascinating

Watch this video of a young glass mantis eating a blue bottle fly. Why? Because while it's totally gross, you won't be able to look away as the food …

Insects

Spooky! Rosetta Probe Spots 'the Face on the Comet'

If you're a fan of the "Face on Mars," then you might just have a new best friend. A new photo from the European Space Agency's Rosetta spacecraft has captured what appears to be a face on a comet in deep space, even if it's only a fun optical illusion.<p>Rosetta captured the photo of Comet …

Rosetta Mission

Saturn Peeks Out From Earth’s Moon In Rare Occultation Event [PHOTOS]

In an unusual celestial event, Saturn passed behind Earth’s moon earlier this week, giving stargazers in the Eastern Hemisphere a chance to snap …

The One Thing That Would Make Magikarp Even Better

You know what would make Magikarp more amazing? No, not a mega evolution. We already have that. Magikarp should have a Primal Reversion in <i>Omega Ruby</i> …

Sean Bean Liked GoldenEye N64, But Says His Head "Looked a Bit Square"

<i>Lord of the Rings</i> actor Sean Bean enjoyed appearing in Nintendo 64 cult classic GoldenEye 007, but thought the developers made his head look "a bit square."<p>"Oh, it's good, it's great!" Bean said to a fan during a fascinating Reddit AMA last night. "Especially because it's so popular, it's like, …

Why Civilization: Beyond Earth Is The Hottest New Space Strategy Game

Strategy game fans who look to the stars are giddy about the upcoming release of <i>Civilization: Beyond Earth</i>. We talked to one of the game's …

Star Citizen crowdfunding reaches $49M. Developer says: Gimme more

Fans have helped the developer of the Star Citizen PC space-dogfighting sim race a whole mess of money, but the studio says it needs more.<p>Star Citizen director Chris Roberts announced today that people have contributed more than $49 million in crowdfunding toward the production of the upcoming …