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Japanese firm plans 250 mile-wide solar panel belt around Moon

A Japanese firm announces its innovative solution to the nation's energy problems - a 250 mile-wide belt of solar panels on the moon<p>A Japanese construction firm is proposing to solve the well-documented energy problems facing Japan - and ultimately the entire planet - by turning the moon into a …

Work begins on world's most powerful radio telescope

This week, work begins on the next phase of development for the Square Kilometre Array radio telescope, with the University of Cambridge leading …

1st Black Holes Discovered in Milky Way Star Clusters --"May Produce 'Ripples' in Spacetime"

Black holes in globular clusters may provide a way for them to get close enough to one another to merge into bigger black holes that may produce the …

Welcome to the Mind-Meld: Our Future of Brain-to-Brain Communication - The Crux

By Guest Blogger | October 25, 2013 1:11 pm<p><i>By Ben Thomas</i><p>The first rat pressed a lever, anticipating the tasty reward it’d been trained to expect. An …

The Milky Way might harbor 20 billion Earth-sized planets

Planets the size of Earth are 'a general feature of nature' according to new research<p>Gazing up at the stars is something of a shared human experience. We look and we wonder. Are those stars like ours? Do they have planets around them? Are we alone? While ET hasn't phoned home yet, a new study from …

Lockheed Martin Is Developing A Hypersonic Spy Plane

No need to be stealth if you're flying at Mach 6.<p>The SR-71 Blackbird, iconic supersonic Cold War spy plane adopted by the X-Men as their vehicle of choice, might finally have a replacement. The Blackbird was retired in 1999, and since then there's been a serious deficit in crazy-fast spy planes …

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Homo habilis, erectus were the same species, study suggests

The discovery of a 1.8-million-year-old skull of a human ancestor buried under a medieval Georgian village provides a vivid picture of early …

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Pulses of light turn on cancer ‘death signal’

Researchers have created a peptide—a small piece of protein—that when linked to a light-responsive dye is able to switch on death pathways in cancer …

Weird space cloud spotted outside space station

Astronauts on the International Space Station have beamed home photos of an eerie space cloud outside their orbital home, a strange sight apparently …

‘Stadium wave’ may explain pause in global warming

A new climate model offers a plausible explanation for why there has been a hiatus in warming of global surface temperatures since 1998.<p>Several ideas …

NASA's Jupiter-Bound Juno Spacecraft Is About To Swing By Earth

Earth's gravitational forces will give it a much needed boost on its way to the fifth planet.<p>Today, NASA's Jupiter-bound Juno spacecraft is set to swing by Earth for a "gravitational slingshot" that will propel it on its way to the fifth planet at speeds of up to 165,000 miles per hour. "It’s the …

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China Testing New Space Weapons

China last week conducted a test of a maneuvering satellite that captured another satellite in space during what Pentagon officials say was a …

New reality TV show will send winner into space

TV producer Mark Burnett, creator of "Survivor" and "The Voice", has unveiled a partnership with Virgin Galactic, a US offshoot of Richard Branson's London-based Virgin Group, for a reality show that will send someone to space.<p>"For the past 10 years I have relentlessly pursued my dream of using a …

APOD: M106 Close Up (2013 Oct 03) Credit: Composite Image Data - Hubble Legacy Archive; Adrian Zsilavec, Michelle Qualls, Adam Block / NOAO / AURA / NSF Processing - André van der Hoeven http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap131003.html Explanation: Close to the Great Bear (Ursa Major) and surrounded by the stars of the Hunting Dogs (Canes Venatici), this celestial wonder was discovered in 1781 by the metric French astronomer Pierre Mechain. Later, it was added to the catalog of his friend and colleague Charles Messier as M106. Modern deep telescopic views reveal it to be an island universe: a spiral galaxy around 30 thousand light-years across located only about 21 million light-years beyond the stars of the Milky Way. Along with prominent dust lanes and a bright central core, this colorful composite image highlights youthful blue star clusters and reddish stellar nurseries that trace the galaxy's spiral arms. The high resolution galaxy portrait is a mosaic of data from Hubble's sharp ACS camera combined with groundbased color image data. M106 (aka NGC 4258) is a nearby example of the Seyfert class of active galaxies, seen across the spectrum from radio to X-rays. Energetic active galaxies are powered by matter falling into a massive central black hole. http://www.noao.edu/outreach/aop/observers/m106.html http://www.astro-photo.nl/ Starship Asterisk* • APOD Discussion Page http://asterisk.apod.com/discuss_apod.php?date=131003 #APOD

World’s first digital laser unveiled in South Africa

Researchers at South Africa's Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) have unveiled the world's first digital laser.<p>The innovation is regarded as a milestone in laser technology and could spur future laser-related developments.<p>CSIR researcher Sandile Ngcobo conducted the breakthrough …

The kids don’t play any more

The brand-new subdivisions of Toronto roll on and on into the cornfields, a new one every month. I drive by them all the time. This is where young families live. But the streets and sidewalks are eerily quiet. You hardly ever see a child. No kids riding bikes. No kids playing shinny. No kids …

3D Map of Milky Way Galaxy Reveals Peanut-Shaped Core (Video)

The best 3D map yet of the center of the Milky Way galaxy has revealed a tasty surprise: the heart of our galaxy looks like a cosmic peanut.<p>Two …

Incredible Technology: How to Clean Up Dangerous Space Junk

<b>Editor's Note:</b> <i>In this weekly series</i><i>, SPACE.com explores how technology</i> <i>drives space exploration and discovery.</i><p>The vast amount of manmade debris in …

SpaceX launched the first of its new-and-improved Falcon 9 rockets from the California coast yesterday (Sept. 29), an ambitious test flight that also marked the company's first flight from the West Coast. http://oak.ctx.ly/r/dh3b One of those upgrades included an innovative addition to the Falcon 9's first stage, which SpaceX designed to restart after separating from the second stage to see if it could perform maneuvers during re-entry as part of a reusability test.

The hatch between the newly arrived Orbital Sciences' #Cygnus spacecraft and the Harmony module of the International Space Station was opened at 4:10 a.m. EDT this morning. Cygnus delivered about 1,300 pounds (589 kilograms) of cargo to the six crew members of Expedition 37. This included student experiments, food and clothing, which will be unloaded by the station crew over the next several days. Future Cygnus flights will significantly increase NASA's ability to send new science …

Justin Trudeau a 'shrewd' 'political animal' with 'innate political skills,' Michael Ignatieff says

OTTAWA — Justin Trudeau is a shrewd “political animal” with “innate political skills,” someone whom former Liberal leader Michael Ignatieff says will …

Private Cygnus Spacecraft's 1st Space Station Arrival Set for Sunday After Delay

A commercial cargo vessel's historic first arrival at the International Space Station is now set for Sunday (Sept. 29), one week later than …

APOD: The Fairy of Eagle Nebula (2013 Sep 29) Image Credit: The Hubble Heritage Team, (STScI/AURA), ESA, NASA http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap130929.html Explanation: The dust sculptures of the Eagle Nebula are evaporating. As powerful starlight whittles away these cool cosmic mountains, the statuesque pillars that remain might be imagined as mythical beasts. Pictured above is one of several striking dust pillars of the Eagle Nebula that might be described as a gigantic alien fairy. This fairy, however, is ten light years tall and spews radiation much hotter than common fire. The greater Eagle Nebula, M16, is actually a giant evaporating shell of gas and dust inside of which is a growing cavity filled with a spectacular stellar nursery currently forming an open cluster of stars. The above image in scientifically re-assigned colors was released in 2005 as part of the fifteenth anniversary celebration of the launch of the Hubble Space Telescope. http://heritage.stsci.edu/2005/12b/ http://spacetelescope.org/images/heic0506b/ http://hubblesite.org/newscenter/archive/releases/2005/12/image/b/ Starship Asterisk* • APOD Discussion Page http://asterisk.apod.com/discuss_apod.php?date=130929 #APOD

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Global warming 'extremely likely' to be man-made, UN panel says

Scientists can now say with extreme confidence that human activity is the dominant cause of the global warming observed since the 1950s, a new report …

Nasa's Curiosity rover finds water in Martian soil

Dirt sample reveals two pints of liquid water per cubic feet, not freely accessible but bound to other minerals in the soil<p>Water has been discovered in the fine-grained soil on the surface of Mars, which could be a useful resource for future human missions to the red planet, according to …