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NASA Probe Snaps Stunning New Pics of Dwarf Planet Ceres

NASA's Dawn probe is snapping stunning new views of the dwarf planet Ceres as the spacecraft pushes ever higher above the small world.<p>In one image, …

Astronomy

Don’t pack your bags yet, but Stephen Hawking gives us only 1,000 years on earth

It’s time to start shopping for a new solar system. Earth will be done for humans within 1,000 years, so at least some of us need to get off the …

Stephen Hawking

Mangalyaan's image of Mars makes it to National Geographic cover

Over 50 missions to Mars before India's Mangalyaan were not able to take such high-quality pictures of the planet.<p>A photograph of the planet Mars …

Space station welcomes Frenchman and world’s oldest astronaut

The International Space Station gained three new residents Saturday, including the oldest and most experienced woman to orbit the world.<p>A bit of Mars also arrived, courtesy of a Frenchman who brought along a small piece of a Mars meteorite.<p>Launched Thursday from Kazakhstan, the Russian Soyuz …

Gaia map of Milky Way stars looks like a photo, but it's not.

In 2013, the European Space Agency launched the Gaia astronomical observatory. Its mission: Map the positions and motions of a billion stars in our …

5 Reasons to Be Optimistic About the Future of Climate Change

Clean energy and activism? We're in!<p><i>This article was contributed in support of Rainforest Alliance.</i><p>The world is heating up—and getting wetter or …

Climate

Space station receives oldest female astronaut, bit of Mars

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — The International Space Station gained three new residents Saturday, including the oldest and most experienced woman to orbit the world.<p>A bit of Mars also arrived, courtesy of a Frenchman who brought along a small piece of a Mars meteorite.<p>Launched Thursday from …

Why don’t we grieve for extinct species?

In early 2010, artist, activist and mother, Persephone Pearl, headed to the Bristol Museum. Like many concerned about the fate of the planet, she was in despair over the failed climate talks in Copenhagen that winter. She sat on a bench and looked at a stuffed animal behind glass: a thylacine. …

Mental Disorders

How Bad is the Radiation on Mars?

Human exploration of Mars has been ramping up in the past few decades. In addition to the eight active missions on or around the Red Planet, seven …

Donald Trump expected to slash Nasa's climate change budget in favour of sending humans back to the moon - and beyond

US President-elect Donald Trump is set to slash Nasa's budget for monitoring climate change and instead set a goal of sending humans to the edge of the solar system by the end of the century, and possibly back to the moon.<p>Mr Trump, who has called climate change a "Chinese hoax", is believed to want …

Donald Trump

Newly discovered spider looks just like a dried-up leaf

In the animal kingdom, sometimes the best survival strategy is to pretend to be something you're not — either to ambush unsuspecting prey or to …

Zoology

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The Marine Hotspot That Could Save Our Seas

By Neela Eyunni<p>The Earth's oceans are under siege. Human activity is wiping out coral reefs and marine life at a faster rate than ever before. As …

These 3D Digital Works in Space Demonstrate a Colorful Void

Oleg Pustovit's gleaming, space oddities are experimental, digital delights.<p>Intricate digital bodies hang in an opaque void with mechanical bunches of wire filling their capsule-like recesses in Oleg Pustovit’s computer-rendered illustrations. The works play up the void of outer space, sometimes …

NASA's Plan to Give Our Moon Its Own Moon

NASA is planning on taking a piece of an asteroid and redirecting it into the moon's orbit, but how is that even possible?<p>Good news, space junkies: …

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Scientists Find Nearby Totally Uninhabitable "Super-Earth"

While working on his Ph.D., Alejandro Suárez Mascareño of the Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias (IAC) and the University of La Laguna (ULL) …

Astronomy

Project Blue Kickstarter aims to photograph first Earth-like planet around Alpha Centauri

With billions upon billions of planets and planetary systems out there, the odds would suggest that we may not be alone in the universe. Prior to …

The Universe Could Be One Giant Alien Claims Scientist

Are we living inside an alien?<p>A scientist has put forward the extraordinary idea that one of the reasons we haven’t found alien life yet is because …

Physicists Think These Could Be the Weirdest Objects in the Universe

"Strange stars" could theoretically exist forever, though we've never spotted one.<p>When an incredibly massive star supernovas, it leaves behind one of two things: a neutron star or a black hole. Neutron stars are the leftover cores of massive stars after they have ejected all their other material. …

Two axis star tracker

This project is a two axis pointer, complemented by software to track any star in the sky. The software is also able to track the sun and the …

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How Edwin Hubble discovered galaxies outside our own

With one observation, Hubble doubled the size of the known universe.<p>In 1923, the universe was still thought to be a small place. Astronomers believed the Milky Way galaxy was at least tens of thousands light-years across, but they thought it was all there was to the universe — one grand galaxy …

Why Our First Alien Encounter Could Happen Soon

We could discover life on the nearest Earth-like planets within the next ten years.<p>It’s one of the great questions of our age: Are we alone in the universe? A long line of films—from <i>Contact</i> to <i>Close Encounters of the Third Kind</i> to the latest entry, <i>Arrival</i>—have explored whether intelligent life is …

Hot Springs

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