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Ghost of a dying star

This glowing bubble is the Southern Owl Nebula – the remnants of a dying star.<p>The shimmering orb ESO 378-1, nicknamed the Southern Owl Nebula, is a …

Choose how you will die on Mars

Welcome to the second annual Verge Hack Week. We're totally blowing up our site: we've given our reporters and editors the entire week to play with new tools and experiment with new storytelling ideas, while members of our amazing product team have gathered in New York to help build all sorts of …

Bacteria With Synthetic DNA Create Protein Never Found In Nature

For when the usual four nucleotides can’t give you what you want<p>Your DNA, like that of everything else on the planet, is made of four nucleotides: A, C, G, and T. These are like a blueprint that your body reads to produce 20 different amino acids, which combine to make up the proteins that enable …

Antarctica Scientists Confirm Existence of Cosmic Neutrinos

Buried deep in the Antarctic ice, an observatory has spotted ghostly, nearly massless particles coming from inside our galaxy and points beyond the Milky Way.<p>Finding these cosmic neutrinos not only confirms their existence but also sheds light on the origins of cosmic rays, the researchers said.<p>The …

Cassini Probe’s Final Pass of Saturn’s Moon Dione Yields Best Images Yet

The Cassini spacecraft, which has been orbiting Saturn since 2004, has just taken its last look at the planet's icy moon Dione, resulting in some of the most extraordinary images from a mission famous for its extraordinary imagery.<p>Above, Dione is seen from a distance of about 45,000 miles with the …

Yes, There Are Neutrinos Zipping Through The Cosmos

Antarctic particle detector's findings validated<p>Back in 2013, the scientists running the IceCube Neutrino Observatory in Antarctica were pretty sure they had found what they were looking for: cosmic neutrinos, neutrally charged subatomic particles that can give researchers insights into some of the …

Saturn moon shot in 'best resolution ever' by Nasa spacecraft – video

Nasa sheds new light on Saturn moon Dione, with pictures taken by the Cassini spacecraft on its latest close approach on Monday. Nasa says the grey, black and white images show Dione’s icy terrain in ‘the best resolution ever’ and are the result of shadows cast in sunlight reflecting off Saturn

Astronomy

Space agency kills off internet rumour by confirming an asteroid strike will not wipe out humanity in the next few weeks, or years, or decades<p>Good news for those with plans for October and beyond: the Earth will still be in existence.<p>Nasa has confirmed – after rumours swept the internet about an …

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What's The Deal With The Apollo Milkstool?

A Saturn IB perched atop a launch pedestal is an odd but iconic image of the end of the Apollo era. Here's why it existed.<p>The sight of a rocket standing tall on its launchpad ready to carry men to the Moon is an iconic and powerful image of the Apollo era. The sight of a rocket sitting on a stool …

How to Become an Expert | Popular Science

Photo by Chris Crisman<p>How To Create Your Own Friends<p>I started building robots. Then I fell in love with them. At Carnegie Mellon University, I’m working with robot body language. People usually think of companion robots as ones that are just hanging out with you, as your friends or toys. I think …

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Nasa Curiosity rover takes selfie on Mars

The Curiosity Rover has taken a panoramic selfie after stopping to drill into rocks at the Marias Pass on Mars<p>Nasa’s Curiosity rover used its inbuilt ‘selfie stick’ to capture this 360 degree image of itself sitting in the Marias Pass region of Mars.<p>The robot has been in the area drilling into rock …

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Cassini: Dione delights in new images of Saturn's icy moon

Talk about a parting shot!<p>NASA’s Cassini spacecraft ends its mission in late 2017, but not before it took one more look at Saturn’s moon Dione -- and sent back some stunning close-ups.<p>Dione's pockmarked surface looks magnificent as it hovers above the planet's signature rings in an image taken Aug. …

NASA: Rumors Of Impending Doom Are Greatly Exaggerated

Have you heard that a giant asteroid is due to strike Earth sometime between Sept. 15 and Sept. 28?<p>If so, you probably thought it was a hoax. And you'd be right.<p>But some people who read "numerous recent blogs and web postings" about impending doom from space weren't sufficiently skeptical. NASA on …

Scientists Pull Carbon Nanofibers Out Of Thin Air

Pulling some strings to capture CO2<p>Rumpelstiltskin may have been able to spin straw into gold, but even he couldn't pull carbon fibers from thin air. Yet that's exactly what researchers at George Washington University have managed to do.<p>Led by Stuart Licht, researchers have created a solar-powered …