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Ask a Physicist: How long does it take for you to fall into a black hole?

In this week's "Ask a Physicist," we tackle a general relativistic paradox: If time slows down near the event horizon of a black hole, how does …

Energy from dry ice could power human colonies on Mars

A mission to Mars has captured the public's imagination and the possibility of making that second small step has never seemed so close. Current NASA …

Death By Slapstick: Will The DARPA Robotics Challenge's Final, Grueling Stage Kill The Humanoid Bot?

With training wheels off, many robots in the Pentagon's competition will fall all over themselves<p>Yesterday, DARPA revealed two important pieces of news, regarding the final stage of the world's most ambitious robotics competition.<p>The first was the full lineup of teams headed to the DARPA Robotics …

Robotics

Is There a Better Way to Sterilize Spacecraft?

Earth's microbes are a hardy bunch. They can survive in extreme environments, such as inside hot springs at the bottom of the ocean. Some have even …

New Mercury Surface Composition Maps Illuminate the Planet’s History

Audio<br>Washington, D.C.-Two new papers from members of the MESSENGER Science Team provide global-scale maps of Mercury’s surface chemistry that reveal …

Astronomy

Giant exoplanet 129 light yrs away has water, carbon monoxide in atmosphere – study

Water, methane and carbon monoxide have been detected in the atmosphere of exoplanet HR 8799 b, the structure of which surprised scientists when it …

Jupiter's moon Ganymede has a salty ocean with more water than Earth

A salty ocean is lurking beneath the surface of Jupiter's largest moon, Ganymede, scientists using the Hubble Space Telescope have found.<p>The ocean on …

Saturn's moon Enceladus may have a warm ocean

Enceladus, one of Saturn's moons, may have a warm subsurface ocean, according to new research from the University of Colorado Boulder and NASA's Cassini mission scientists.<p>This means that the moon may be habitable, Sean Hsu, the lead researcher from UCB's Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space …

'Sideways' Alien Earths May Still Be Able to Support Life

An Earth-size waterworld tilted on its side may still be able to support life, if the oceans aren't too shallow, a new study suggests.<p>As long as the …

Lockheed is getting into the reusable spacecraft business

Far and away, the most expensive part of manned spaceflight involves just getting the payload off the ground. But as humanity expands its extraterrestrial influence beyond the International Space Station to the moon, Mars and beyond, space-faring nations are increasingly turning to reusable shuttle …

'I may go to Mars and never come back'

By Kat Collins<i>Newsbeat Reporter</i><p>Five British candidates have made it through to the last 100 in the running for a one-way trip to Mars.<p>They'll now be tested to see how they'll cope on the red planet, before the final 40 are chosen.<p>Maggie Lieu, a 24-year-old from Coventry is one of the finalists.<p>"I'm …

Space Station

Mystery plumes in Martian atmosphere baffle scientists

Mars One shortlist: the top 10 hopefuls

Selected from more than 200,000 applicants, the 50 men and 50 women are a step closer to taking part in the one-way mission. You can read more about Britain’s five hopefuls here. The organisers ranked the candidates by points: here are the top 10.<p><b>Christian O Knudsen</b><p><b>Age:</b> 34<b><br>From:</b> Denmark<p>Christian …

Mars One mission: five Britons shortlisted for one-way trip to Red Planet

Hannah Earnshaw, Maggie Lieu, Ryan MacDonald, Alison Rigby and Clare Weedon are the British names put forward to become the first humans to step foot on the Red Planet<p>Five Britons have been shortlisted for a one-way trip to Mars as they hope to become the first humans to step foot on the Red Planet.<p>…

Watch Live Launch of Supply Ship to Station – Space Station

NASA Television will provide live coverage of the launch of a Russian Progress spacecraft from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan to dock to the …

"Missouri Farm Boy"-Turned-DOT-Engineer Invents a Better Snow-Clearing Vehicle

As we saw in the rooftop snow removal post, getting rid of the white stuff provides unique design challenges for individual snow-clearers. And those …