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How to spot ISS in your sky

A new map-based feature in NASA’s Spot the Station program makes it even easier to track the International Space Station as it passes over you.<p>This …

Space

It's Official: Pluto Is Even Weirder Than We Thought

The dwarf planet’s mountains, glaciers, and atmosphere can’t be fully explained, says the first scientific paper from New Horizons probe researchers.<p>Back in the early 2000s, planetary scientist Alan Stern was challenged to predict what the New Horizons probe would find when it got to Pluto. Stern …

Utah woman convicted in deputy's death gets 30 years to life

PROVO, Utah (AP) — A young woman convicted in a 50-mile crime spree that left one Utah sheriff's deputy dead and another wounded was sentenced …

Crime

NASA Is Seriously Considering Terraforming Part of the Moon With Robots

The robots shall inherit the moon<p>Announced yesterday, NASA is moving ahead with funding to study several ambitious space research projects, including one that would transform an inhospitable lunar crater into a habitat for robots — and eventually, human explorers. Located on the moon’s South Pole, …

Real Estate

Homer Simpson almost discovered the Higgs boson before any scientist

Some may refer to <i>The Simpsons</i> as "genius" but nobody expected this.<p>A new book titled <i>The Simpsons and Their Mathematical Secrets</i> claims that …

NASA spacecraft making first visit to dwarf planet Ceres

PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — A NASA spacecraft is about to reach the end of a nearly eight-year journey and make the first rendezvous with a dwarf …

Astronomy

NASA Sees 'Bright Spots' On Dwarf Planet In Our Solar System

Scientists are puzzled by a new image taken by NASA's Dawn spacecraft, which found two bright spots on the dwarf planet Ceres. The spots are noticeably brighter than other parts of the surface, which looks to be rocky and pockmarked.<p>Ceres lies in an asteroid belt between the paths of Mars and …

Astronomers Find Supermassive Black Hole 12 Billion Times Size of the Sun

Astronomers say they have have discovered a black hole so big that it challenges the theory about how they grow. Scientists said this black hole was formed about 900 million years after the Big Bang. But with measurements indicating it is 12 billion times the size of the sun, the black hole …

Black Holes

Pluto And Ceres May Become Planets Again Soon

This year's missions to the outer solar system are set to shake up the planetary family tree<p>Ceres is the largest object in the asteroid belt, and NASA’s Dawn spacecraft will arrive at this dwarf planet on March 6, 2015.<p>Pluto is the largest object in the Kuiper belt, and NASA’s New Horizons …

Solar System

Supermassive Black Hole Found Farting A Trillion Suns' Worth Of Energy

Scientists zero in on the size, shape, and speed of the gas that reconfigures galaxies<p>At the center of any massive galaxy, you’ll most likely find one daunting portion of space-time: a supermassive black hole. These gigantic gravity wells are so enormous, they have a mass that’s equal to millions …

Black Holes

NASA wants to send submarine to Titan

Saturn's moon Titan, which happens to be larger than the planet Mercury, is cold. Very cold. As in -290 degrees Fahrenheit is not out of the ordinary.<p>These super low temps, combined with an atmosphere roughly 1.5 times as dense as Earth's, have resulted in a few extraordinary bodies of liquid …

Pictures reveal bigger and better Large Hadron Collider

The particle accelerator, which has been shut for maintenance since 2013, is bigger and better than ever<p>The Large Hadron Collider will restart this spring following an upgrade to allow it to discover particles which are even more mysterious than the Higgs boson.<p>The particle accelerator, which has …

Amateur Astronomers Discovered A 120-Mile-Tall Plume Coming Off Mars

Almost nothing like it has ever been observed on the red planet before<p>On March 12, 2012, amateur skywatchers noticed something unusual coming off of Mars' southern hemisphere. It was an extremely bright plume, extending 120 miles or more into the Martian sky. Clouds, aurora, and other Martian …

Astronomy

Watch A Rocket Blast Off Into An Aurora [Video]

Science is so pretty<p>A few weeks ago, we wrote about an experiment that would launch a probe through an aurora, to try to unravel the Northern Lights' mysterious electrical structure. The Aurora Spatial Structures Probe (ASSP) blasted off yesterday on a 70-foot rocket, and the visuals from the …

Huge asteroid to 'narrowly' miss Earth

Space rock code-named 2004 BL86 set to pass Earth on January 26 in 'near miss' and won't be seen again for next 200 years<p>Amateur stargazers will have a once-in-a-decade opportunity to see an asteroid a third of a mile wide “narrowly” miss Earth on January 26.<p>The space rock, code-named 2004 BL86, is …

Asteroids

Earth entered new epoch on July 16 1945, say scientists

A new epoch known as the Anthropocene began when the first atomic bomb was detonated in the New Mexico in 1945, scientists believe<p>The world entered a new epoch on July 16 1945 when humans detonated the first atomic bomb, scientists have concluded.<p>Human behaviour now has such an enormous impact on …

Patrick Stewart's new roles more down to Earth than sci-fi work

A bemused grin flashed across Patrick Stewart's face as he recalled a 1987 story that ran in the Los Angeles Times announcing he had been cast to play Capt. Jean-Luc Picard in the sci-fi series "Star Trek: The Next Generation."<p>"It said the Captain will be played by an unknown British Shakespearean …

Pictures from Early Golden Globes Ceremonies

The Golden Globes are coming up this Sunday, but before we get knee-deep in photos from this year, you've gotta see some of the glam snaps from the show's earliest years. The red carpet wasn't then the institution it's become, but you can still spot plenty of fashion on the starlets as they sit and …

Golden Globes

'Cyborg' spinal implant could help paralysed walk again

It might seem like science fiction but a new implant which attaches directly to the spine could help paralysed people walk again<p>Paralysed patients have been given new hope of recovery after rats with severe spinal injuries walked again through a ‘groundbreaking’ new cyborg-style implant.<p>In …

Spinal Cords

Age of stars is pinned to their spin

<b>Astronomers have proved that they can accurately tell the age of a star from how fast it is spinning.</b><p>We know that stars slow down over time, but until recently there was little data to support exact calculations.<p>For the first time, a US team has now measured the spin speed of stars that are more …

Universe