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The Wisdom of the Fly Crowds

Few animals have been more thoroughly studied than the fruit fly <i>Drosophila melanogaster</i>. Scientists have sequenced its genome, tracked its development from single cell to fully-formed fly, and teased apart the neurons in its brain. They know this fly at the most intimate level, but for all that …

Hubble Revisits an Icon, the Pillars of Creation

Twenty years ago, the Hubble Space Telescope snapped one of its most iconic images ever. The three towering columns of gas bathed in the light of hot, young stars came to be called the Pillars of Creation — and they showed up on everything from t-shirts to coffee mugs to rugs. Now, to celebrate its …

How Extinction Changed the Coyote

The La Brea asphalt seeps are famous for the predators found entombed there. Dire wolves and the sabercat <i>Smilodon</i> – the site’s mascot – are the exotic Ice Age stars that everyone comes to see. The third most-numerous carnivore found there doesn’t enjoy such celebrity. If you follow the path of the …

Astronomers Catch Mysterious Radio Blast From the Distant Universe

Coming from far beyond the galaxy, an extremely energetic blast of radio waves has been snared by astronomers lying in wait. Lasting for just a few thousandths of a second, the burst is the first of an enigmatic class of objects to be observed in real-time, astronomers report today in the <i>Monthly</i> …

How Paleontologists Uncovered the World’s Biggest Rhino

Standing 16 feet tall at the shoulder and weighing 20 tons, <i>Paraceratherium</i> was one of the largest mammals to ever walk the Earth. That may seem pretty puny by dinosaurian standards, but, at the American Museum of Natural History and other institutions that house reconstructions of the 34-23 million …

Small, Shrinking Mercury Is a Planetary Space Oddity

Mercury is more than just a dead, roasted chunk of rock. In fact, the solar system’s smallest planet is proving to be surprisingly lively. Well, not in the sense that anything actually lives there, though scientists don’t discount the possibility that some of Mercury’s nooks and crannies could help …

Dinosaur Whiskers?

Every day I’m home, I’m surrounded by cats. The clowder is rarely more than a few feet away while I tap away on the keyboard. One of them is lounging on the back of my chair as I write this, considering whether she wants to oust me from my seat or not. So you can believe me when I tell you that I’m …

The Solar System and Beyond is Awash in Water

Next time you sip a humble glass of H2O, consider this: The story of water connects each of us to processes that shape our universe.

2015 April 10 - NGC 2903: A Missing Jewel in Leo

<b>NGC 2903: A Missing Jewel in Leo</b> <b><br>Image Credit & Copyright:</b> Tony Hallas<p><b>Explanation:</b> Barred spiral galaxy NGC 2903 is only some 20 million light-years …

Mystery of Earth and Moon's DNA "Fingerprint" --Formed from a Mars'-Sized Impact

The expectation has long been that the moon should carry the isotopic "fingerprint" of the foreign body, which scientists have named Theia. Because …

Freakish Asteroid Likely Spun So Fast It Exploded

An odd asteroid rotated so fast that it blew itself apart, a new study suggests.<p>Researchers using the Keck Observatory in Hawaii spotted four …

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Monstrous rocky planet nicknamed 'Godzilla of Earths'

A giant rocky planet roughly twice the size of Earth and with nearly 20 times as much mass has been spotted in orbit around a faraway star. The planet is the first to be classed as a "mega-Earth" – an alien world that dwarfs the other rocky planets known to exist outside the solar …

Hubble to Begin Search Beyond Pluto

After careful consideration and analysis, the Hubble Space Telescope Time Allocation Committee has recommended using Hubble to search for an object …

Today Humans Began A Journey To The Stars

According to a press release from the American Geophysical Union, the Voyager 1 space probe has passed beyond the heliosphere of our solar system. The discovery is being published as a scientific paper, but curiously NASA seems reluctant to agree with its conclusions.<p>The heliosphere is the bubble …

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Big Bang Bullet Holes - Photographs and text by Deborah Bay | LensCulture

Imagine a time of <i>no</i> time and <i>no</i> space—a time before time began. In that abyss of nothingness the Big Bang occurred, a moment of singularity when the cosmos was born: a brilliant, millimeter-sized ball of light expanding in a flash, instantaneously transformed into the vastness of the universe.<p>New …

These Stunning Hubble Images Show Us The Secrets Of The Universe

This telescope, which uses a series of high-resolution cameras to observe the visible universe, has captured the hearts of the public with its stunning images and the hearts of the scientific community with its wealth of data collected over the last 24 years.<p>Many wonders of our universe, including …

Ball Of Light On Mars: NASA Photos Evidence Of Alien Technology?

Photos of what appears to be a white ball of light moving on Mars’ surface, taken by NASA’s Curiosity Rover, are prompting speculation that alien …

Birth Mystery of Stellar Snow Globe Deepens

Astronomers thought they'd figured out where giant clusters of old stars come from. Hubble images have sent them back to the drawing board.<p>The Hubble Space Telescope's recent images of giant balls of stars in a nearby galaxy, reported on Thursday, have astronomers puzzled as to the star balls' …

Earth From Space: 15 Amazing Things In 15 Years

The view of Earth from orbit is never the same – from minute to minute, day to day, year to year. To celebrate 15 successful years of the Earth Observing System, we’ve collected 15 impressive, awe-inducing or simply just plain interesting images gathered by NASA’s three flagship Earth orbiters.<p>In …

NASA Kepler Finds Milky Way's Oldest Known Earth-Mass Planets

Intelligent life in our Milky Way Galaxy may have gotten a gigantic head start, say astronomers who confirmed the detection of low-mass, rocky planets around a star that’s at least 11.2 billion years old, or more than twice the age of our own solar system.<p>In a paper recently published in <i>The</i> …

Kepler 438b: Most Earth-like planet ever discovered could be home for alien life

An alien world that orbits a distant star in the constellation of Lyra may be the most Earth-like planet ever found outside the solar system.<p>The planet, named Kepler 438b, is slightly larger than Earth and circles an orange dwarf star that bathes it in 40% more heat than our home planet receives …

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Mysterious 'Planet X' may really lurk undiscovered in our solar system

"Planet X" might actually exist — and so might "Planet Y."<p>At least two planets larger than Earth likely lurk in the dark depths of space far beyond Pluto, just waiting to be discovered, a new analysis of the orbits of "extreme trans-Neptunian objects" (ETNOs) suggests.<p>Researchers studied 13 ETNOs — …

Three 'super-Earth' exoplanets seen orbiting nearby star - one in Habitable Zone

Even crippled, NASA’s Kepler telescope makes awesome findings: using data acquired previously, the telescope discovered three planets just a little …

Could a wormhole in our galaxy take us to another UNIVERSE?

Could a wormhole in our galaxy take us to another UNIVERSE? Interstellar-style 'space time tunnel' may exist in the Milky Way<p><b>If a wormhole exists, it</b> …

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2015 March 4 - Pillars and Jets in the Pelican Nebula

<b>Pillars and Jets in the Pelican Nebula</b> <b><br>Image Credit & Copyright:</b> Larry Van Vleet (LVVASTRO)<p><b>Explanation:</b> What dark structures arise from the Pelican …

NASA Releases Images Of Eerie Green Clouds Photographed By The Hubble Space Telescope

NASA has released a series of stunning images captured by the Hubble Space Telescope. The set of images show eerie green clouds that are tens of …

Meet the giant 'lobster' that roamed Earth's primeval oceans

An international team of archaeologists <a style="background-color: transparent;" …