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Our Place in the Galactic Neighborhood Just Got an Upgrade

Some cultures used to say the Earth was the center of the Universe. But in a series of “great demotions,” as astronomer Carl Sagan put it in his book</i> …

Universe

An asteroid wider than nine cruise ships sailed safely past Earth today (May 31), making its closest flyby of our planet for at least the next 200 years. http://bit.ly/15lx0op

Boeing Commercial Space Taxi and Atlas V Launcher Move Closer to Blastoff

The next time that American astronauts launch to space from American soil it will surely be aboard one of the new commercially built “space taxis” …

NASA Announces the Discovery of the Most Interesting Planetary System Outside Our Own

Meet Kepler 62, a system of five planets circling a red star, 1,200 light years away.<p>The Kepler Space Telescope has been in orbit looking for planets around other stars since 2009, and it's started to find some startlingly interesting solar systems out there.<p>Today, the Kepler team announced the …

NASA Confirms That Curiosity Found An Ancient Martian Stream

Last year, NASA announced that the Curiosity rover had found preliminary evidence of an ancient streambed, indicating that water once flowed freely on Mars. After a few more months of study, that preliminary announcement has been confirmed – Curiosity has found the remains of an ancient stream.<p>To …

Mammoth blood? Siberian discovery sparks some wild and woolly claims

Russian researchers say they've recovered blood samples from a 10,000-year-old mammoth carcass found in Siberia, but outside experts are skeptical about the claims — and particularly about suggestions that the mammoth can be cloned.<p>"What makes the news here is that they have the liquid," Stephan …

Surprise! Earth Passing Asteroid 1998 QE2 Has a Moon

Late yesterday, NASA turned the 230-foot (70-meter) Deep Space Network antenna at Goldstone, California towards Asteroid 1998 QE2 as it was heading …

Astronomy

Black Holes Can Get Really Big, And We Have No Idea Why

Right now, as you read this article, it’s quite possible that the ultra-huge black hole at the center of our galaxy is feasting on asteroids or …

Do Black Holes Create New Universes? Q&A With Physicist Lee Smolin

The universe may have been borne inside a black hole, and the black holes in our own cosmos might be birthing new universes of their own, if one …

RebelMouse vs. WordPress VIP

After building the product for Huffington Post, and owning the product and engineering groups at AOL after we were acquired, it was clear to me there …

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Famed Pair of Stars Closer To Earth Than We Imagined

If you’re a semi-serious amateur astronomer, chances are you’ve heard of a variable pair of stars called SS Cygni. When you watch the system for long …

How Much Light Has The Universe Created Since the Big Bang?

The universe, most cosmologists tell us, began with a bang. At some point, the lights turned on. How much light has the universe produced since it …

Universe

What path will lead American humans to Mars?

Is it just us, or has there been a lot — a LOT — of talk about getting humans to Mars lately?<p>Here’s Apollo astronaut Buzz Aldrin promoting a book …

Space Science

Short Sharp Science: World's biggest telescope gets green light

<i>Rebecca Summers, contributor</i><p><i>(Image: TMT Observatory Corporation)</i><p>The Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT) - due to be the world's widest eye on space - has …

Short Sharp Science: Bionic hands enter the app age

<i>Douglas Heaven, reporter</i><p><i>(Image: Murdoch Ferguson/Ferguson Imaging)</i><p>Other primates have opposable thumbs, sure, but only we have an app for them. It …

Will NASA Announce Plans to Snag an Asteroid and Fly It to Earth?

When the Obama administration's 2014 federal budget gets released in early April, it might include a curious item: a $100 million request for NASA to …