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Pluto's frozen heart may hide an ocean inside

The heavy heart may have tipped the world over<p>Talk about a change of heart. Sputnik Planitia, the icy plain that forms part of Pluto's "heart," has dramatically changed places since it was created 4 billion years ago.<p>According to two new papers in <i>Nature</i>, Sputnik Planitia has traveled about 745 …

We're About To Get Regional Forecasts For Solar Storms

Cloudy with a chance of coronal mass ejection<p>Forecasting the path of a storm is hard enough. But forecasting the path of a storm headed towards Earth from a distance of 92.6 million miles? That's a Herculean task.<p>Luckily, there is now a forecasting model that is up to the challenge. Starting on …

NASA Is Investigating The Microbes Aboard ISS

Not all astronauts in the space station are human<p>There may soon be a field guide to the microbes of the International Space Station. NASA announced on September 21 that it is seeking research proposals to investigate tiny creatures ferried from Earth on the bodies of the more than 200 astronauts …

Mysterious bright patches on the dwarf planet Ceres may be coming into focus

The mysterious bright spots on the dwarf planet Ceres may be changing, according to a new study published Monday.<p>A group of scientists using the …

Spacecraft’s Trace Gas Orbiter will seek out methane – usually produced by living organisms – in planet’s atmosphere<p>Space engineers are making final preparations for the launch of a robot spacecraft designed to sniff out signs of life on Mars.<p>Related: ‘Giant nose in the sky’ ready for lift-off in …

European Space Agency

Oracle is ready to reveal 'bombshell' details about Google's Android business

Oracle is hoping to convince a jury to make Google pay Oracle billions of dollars in damages.<p>On the other hand, Google may be able to convince the jury that the Oracle Java software it used in Android falls within the "fair use" provision of copyright law.<p>And that would mean Google has the right to …

The American astronaut tells reporters how he kept his wits during more than 340 days in space and what it’s been like to readjust to Earth’s gravity<p>• Walking experiments: Kelly brothers serve Nasa mission to Mars<p>Himalayan lakes, spacewalks and the presidential primaries helped Scott Kelly keep his …

Space Science

Reengineered Brick Can Keep Buildings Cool

This clay brick from a pair of Colombian architects shows that material innovation doesn’t always have to be high-tech.<p>When Colombian architects Miguel Niño and Johanna Navarro set out to re-engineer the brick, they did so through the lens of sustainability. They wanted to create a mass producible, …

Gorilla Glass, used for cell phones, is coming to cars

DETROIT (AP) — The thin, lightweight glass on your smartphone could soon be found on your car.<p>Corning Inc.'s Gorilla Glass is used for the screens on …