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Gentle robot hand nabs sea creatures in the deep ocean

Origami-inspired petals fold into a dodecahedron using a single motor, giving researchers unprecedented access to life in the deepest part of the …

Robotics

Hubble captures massive nearby galaxy that is still growing

For most of us, staring up at the night sky only lets us see the brightest nearby stars, and if you’re anywhere near a city you probably won’t see …

Cosmology

新研究分析古代隕石中的淡藍晶體,更證實早期太陽活躍假說

Uncovering the Secrets of the Ranger 7

• During conservation of the Museum's Ranger 7 spacecraft, we uncovered some unexpected details about the object.<br>• The Museum's Ranger 7 weighs in at …

Smithsonian

Rare blue diamonds may be Earth's deepest secret

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Hope Diamond, a rare blue diamond that is one of the world's most famous jewels, has had a complicated history, passing through the hands of monarchs and bankers and heiresses and thieves before landing for all to see at a Washington museum.<p>The geological history of blue …

Geology

New radio telescope picks up mysterious signal from space

A new radio telescope in Canada is doing its job picking up mysterious signals from deep space known as "fast radio bursts" (FRBs).<p>The Canadian Hydrogen Intensity Mapping Experiment (CHIME) in British Columbia detected the first-ever FRB at frequencies below 700 MHz on July 25, a signal named FRB …

Universe

U.S. Space Contractor Signs Deal to Continue Buying Russian Rocket Engines

“We signed a contract where we will supply six more RD-180 engines to our partners in 2020,” the head of Russia’s Energomash enginemaker, Igor …

Engines

Made In Space's 'Archinaut' Could Build Big Power Systems for Small Satellites

Small satellites will soon pack an outsize power punch, if one company's plans come to fruition.<p>One of the first big jobs for the Archinaut in-space …

Space Exploration

Billions of new neighbours?

The objects that astronomers call brown dwarfs sit somewhere between the definition of a planet and a star. They are balls of gas with more mass than …

Cosmology

Terraforming Mars Is Impossible — For Now

The Red Planet (via Aynur-zakirov/Pixabay)<p>It’s long been a feature of speculative fiction, but terraforming Mars — like for real — is probably going …

Mars

The New Arms Race Threatening to Explode in Space

In the midafternoon of January 11, 2007, US Air Force major general William Shelton sat at the head of a table in a command center at California’s …

Military

Adaptive optics lifts Earth's atmospheric veil to reveal a sharper cosmos

Astronomers at the Paranal Observatory in Chile have achieved first light with a cutting-edge adaptive optics mode for the European Southern …

Watch the International Space Station poop out a tiny satellite that will search for matter

You might think of satellites as large, imposing spacecraft that cruise through Earth’s orbit like hulking beasts, but that couldn’t be farther from …

Space

Physicists Go Small: Let's Put A Particle Accelerator On A Chip

When people think of particle accelerators, they tend to think of giant structures: tunnels many miles long that electrons and protons race through at tremendous speeds, packing enormous energy.<p>But scientists in California think small is beautiful. They want to build an accelerator on semiconductor …

Physics

Hyperloop TT will build a track in China

The Hyperloop race is much of a political battle as it is a technical one, with companies grabbing territory like players starting a game of <i>Risk.</i> Hyperloop Transportation Technologies, the crowdsourced enterprise that has lagged behind rivals in some respects, may have scored a crucial victory. The …

High-speed Rail

Here's How NASA's Solar Probe Is Going to Touch The Sun Without Melting

Absolutely epic!<p>In just a few weeks, NASA is due to launch one of its most ambitious projects yet. The Parker Solar Probe is going to swoop in and …

Capturing the shadow of Saturn's moon Titan from right here on Earth

Titan is Saturn’s largest moon, and it is more like a planet than a moon in many respects.<p>It has a thick atmosphere as well as wind, rivers, lakes …

Astronomy

The British Are Building a Spaceport

The lure of commercial riches in space is spurring a variety of plans to help launch all the components necessary for a fully functioning orbital …

The cosmic winners of the 2018 David Malin astrophotography awards

Australia's most prestigious astrophotography competition is named after British-born David Malin, a world-renowned photographer and astronomer who …

ESA’s ICE Cube Experiment On Board The Space Station Is Ready For Action

'Astronaut time and expert advice come as part of the package and experiments and samples can be returned to Earth for analysis,' said ESA.<p>When the …

貝佐斯太空之旅 2019 年首發,傳票價 612 萬元起跳

Mystic Drone Offers Autonomous Flight, 3D Tracking, Gesture Control and More

A new advanced AI camera drone has been created by a team of developers based in San Diego, California. The Mystic Drone features artificial …

This incredible 4K video shows the Moon in a whole new way

<b>A amazing virtual tour of the Moon by NASA Goddard shows the Moon in a context rarely seen.</b>• Moon<br>• 4K<br>• virtual tour

Mercury's Crust Might Be Thinner Than Anyone Thought

After NASA's Mercury Surface, Space Environment and Geochemistry Ranging (MESSENGER) mission ended in 2015, the crust of the solar system's innermost …

Best of Last Week – Century old physics riddle solved, world's oldest colors and eating fat is cause of weight gain

It was a good week for physics as a combined team from MIT and Harvard University asked whether gravitational waves could reveal how fast our …

Ryugu, front to back

On June 27, 2018, the Japanese spacecraft Hayabusa 2 entered orbit around an asteroid, making it only the 4th probe to accomplish such a feat (the …

The military is building a space plane. Now it looks to have an engine up to the task

A new generation of GPS satellites is set to launch into orbit later this year. As with other national security missions, a roughly 200-foot-tall rocket will blast the massive satellite to space, fulfilling a contract worth more than $80 million.<p>But as nations develop technology to disable or shoot …

Aviation

5 things we know – and 5 we don’t – about ‘Oumuamua

Mysterious ‘Oumuamua is the 1st confirmed interstellar object to pass through our solar system.<p><b>1. We know it’s not from around here.</b><p>The object known …

Astronomy

【物理史中的六月】1657 年 6 月 16 日:惠更斯(Christiaan Huygens)取得第一個擺鐘的專利權

■久病臥床絕沒什麼樂趣,但有時病榻上的沉思卻可得到深入的科學見解,這就是17世紀荷蘭天文學家惠更斯(Christiaan Huygens)的情形。1665 年,惠更斯是第一個在他的臥室提出兩個擺鐘(他發明的)偶合振盪現象的人,當時他正養病復原中。

追蹤上帝粒子科技,催生彩色立體人體 X 光影像

歐洲核子研究組織(CERN)物理實驗室表示,紐西蘭科學家利用該實驗室所提供、可望為醫療診斷領域帶來提升的顯像技術,完成史上第一個彩色立體人體 X 光影像。<p>這個新裝置以傳統黑白 X 光機為基礎,整合 CERN 為大型強子對撞機(Large Hadron Collider,LFC)開發的粒子追蹤科技。大 …