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NASA rover knocked out as gigantic dust storm envelops Mars

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — NASA's seemingly unstoppable Mars rover Opportunity has been knocked out by a gigantic dust storm that is enveloping the red planet and blotting out the sun.<p>Officials said Wednesday they're hopeful the rover will survive the storm, which already covers one-quarter of …

Dust Storms

A Robot Does the Impossible: Assembling an Ikea Chair Without Having a Meltdown

And just like that, humanity draws one step closer to the singularity, the moment when the machines grow so advanced that humans become obsolete: A …

Saturn’s tiny moon ‘has far bigger oil and gas reserves than Earth’

A tiny moon orbiting Saturn contains oil and gas reserves many times bigger than all known reserves on Earth, a NASA probe has shown.<p>The Cassini …

A 'trapped' atom is visible to the naked eye

The tiny dot in the center of the screen, between the two metal electrodes, is the light emitted by a single atom. The photo, <i>Single Atom in an Ion Trap</i>, just won the grand prize in the UK's Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) science photo and imaging contest. "The idea of …

A map of the world after four degrees of warming

In this speculative world map published in 2009, New Scientist imagines what the world might look like if (or more likely, when) the Earth warms by …

Here's What Juno Discovered When It Flew Through Jupiter's Great Red Spot

That storm is older than any living human.<p>Jupiter's Great Red Spot is a storm like nothing this world has ever seen.<p>This crimson-hued anticyclone …

Astronomy

New Image of a "Stellar Nursery" is Majestic But Also Terrifying

It’s nowhere near as peaceful as it sounds.<p>From Earth, stars seem like tiny twinkling jewels that bedazzle the night sky. But but up close and …

Universe