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Jupiter's Ganymede has underground ocean: One more 'soggy' moon

Astronomers have found the most conclusive evidence yet that a large watery ocean lies beneath the surface of Jupiter's moon Ganymede.<p>With the discovery, Ganymede joins Enceladus and Europa as another moon in the solar system with a confirmed subterranean ocean.<p>"The solar system is now looking like …

NASA confirms there's an ocean on Jupiter's moon Ganymede

'Almost everywhere we look there's water.'<p>The largest moon in our solar system is hiding an ocean under its surface, according to observations made with the Hubble Space Telescope. Aurorae spotted by the telescope, confirmed the long-standing theory, and the findings were announced during a NASA …

Distant planet has four suns

Were it possible to see the skies from this world, the four parent stars would look like one small sun and two very bright stars visible in the …

Video chat: Welcome to Ceres! Dawn enters dwarf planet's orbit

Scientists at the<p>Jet Propulsion Laboratoryare celebrating afterNASA’s Dawn spacecraft entered orbit around Ceres early Friday morning, marking the first visit to a dwarf planet.<p>Launched in September 2007, Dawn traveled 3.1 billion miles over more than seven years to finally arrive at what officials …

Astronomers Have Been Seeing the Same Supernova Explode for 40 Years

Now, don't you tell me you don't remember me because I sure as heckfire remember you<p>Thanks to some light-bending optics, scientists have been experiencing a touch of <i>Groundhog Day</i> when they look out at the cosmos. The same supernova has been showing up over and over.<p>Located more than 9 billion light …

Images of star exploding four times captured by astronomers

Australian researchers were among a team that captured images of the same star exploding four times, thanks to its location behind a massive cluster of galaxies.<p>The gravitational pull of the galaxies meant light and time were bent around them, creating a cosmic magnifying glass in a process known …

Universe

NASA’s Dawn spacecraft prepares for Ceres rendezvous

NASA’s Dawn spacecraft is scheduled to enter Ceres’ orbit early on Friday, becoming the first ever probe to successfully visit a dwarf planet.<p>The rendezvous with Ceres’ gravity will take place around 7:30 a.m. ET, according to NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, Calif., which is …

Mars once had an ocean bigger than the Arctic

NASA scientists have analysed the water signatures in Mars' atmosphere to determine that the planet once had a primitive ocean bigger than the Arctic Ocean on Earth.<p>The question about water on Mars has shifted from "was there?" to "how much?" According to the latest research from NASA, the answer …

Graveyard of Giant Lemurs Discovered Underwater in Madagascar

Bones found deep inside a cave offer an unprecedented look at the ancient primates, some as big as gorillas.<p>Deep below the surface of a water-filled cave in Madagascar, divers and paleontologists have uncovered a boneyard full of extinct giant lemurs.<p>Hundreds of bones dot the silty bottom of Aven …

Mysterious Bright Spots Seen in New Photos of Dwarf Planet Ceres

Where To Look For Life In Space

A tour of places in our solar system where life could persevere<p><i>This article was originally published in the February 2015 issue of</i> Popular Science, <i>to accompany the feature "Have We Found Alien Life?"</i>

Weird Sub-Neptunes and Super-Earths Pop Up in Kepler’s Planet Search

SAN JOSE, Calif. — One of the most common kinds of planets detected by NASA's Kepler telescope appears to be a type that doesn't exist in our own solar system, a leading astronomer on the Kepler team said Friday.<p>This type of planet has a size in the range between two and four times Earth's …

Mysterious Martian haze baffles planetary scientists

Scientists are wrestling with the identity of strange, giant plumes that mysteriously appeared and later vanished high above the surface of Mars. Such plumes, described in the journal Nature, defy scientists' expectations of how the Red Planet's atmosphere works.<p>In two separate events, a strange …

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 …

Scientists Have Figured Out a Way to Convert Solar Energy Into Liquid Fuel

Researchers at Harvard have discovered how to convert solar energy into liquid fuel, potentially accelerating our switch to the alternative-energy …

NASA plans mission to Jupiter's extraordinary moon Europa

NASA's administrator confirms the space agency is moving ahead with plans to send a spacecraft to Europa, a moon that may hide a vast ocean under its icy surface.<p>Mars is nifty. It's fascinating. It's red and rocky and we currently have a couple of high-tech rovers checking it out. But it's no …

This ancient star has five Earth-size planets - Futurity

The discovery of five planets the size of Earth near a star that's more than 11 billion years means there's a chance very ancient life exists in the …

This is how your favorite apps might look on the Apple Watch

<i>Why would I want an Apple Watch?</i> is the question that pretty much every tech fetishist has been asking ever since the device was unveiled four months ago. As a Pebble user, I like the idea of receiving highly tuned notifications on my wrist so that I don’t have to fish my phone out of my pocket so …

Samsung Reveals Galaxy S6 Curves As Prices Leak

Rumours come and go, but one consistent in recent months has been that the Galaxy S6 will come in two versions, one with a curved edge display. Now Samsung has given us a strong hint that this is exactly what it has been working on.<p>Today the South Korean giant issued press invites for its ‘Galaxy …

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Hunting For Big Planets Far Beyond Pluto May Soon Be Easier

On a mountaintop in Chile, excavators have just started work on a construction site. It will soon be home to a powerful new telescope that will have a good shot at finding the mysterious Planet X, if it exists.<p>"Planet X is kind of a catchall name given to any speculation about an unseen companion …

Universe

In a hurry? Let a robot valet park your car

<b>(CNN) —</b> Throwing your keys at the parking valet as you sashay onto a flight may seem like the stuff of James Bond films, but already a robotic valet is taking the sweat out of getting on a plane at Germany's Dusseldorf airport.<p>Rather than getting behind the wheel, however, this robotic valet …

Planetary system older than once thought possible -- 11.2 billion years old

The oldest planetary system ever found has been spotted by astronomers. The ancient star and five small, Earth-like planets are about 11.2 billion years old.<p>Until now, scientists questioned whether rocky planets could have formed so long ago, just 2.6 billion years after the big bang. Now they have …

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> …

Your smartphone is changing the way your fingers work

Your smartphone is changing more than just your habits -- it's changing the way your hands work, too. Swiss researchers have discovered that activity in the brain's cortex associated with index fingers and thumbs is enhanced directly in proportion to how often you use your phone's touchscreen. That …

The Most Body-Licious Place in the World

There is probably no place on Earth where staying fit as a fiddle is as essential a part of life as it is in California. The sun is always shining and people aren't bundled up beneath layers of clothing as they are elsewhere so there's a lot of skin exposed. If you want to follow the hard body …

NASA's Kepler spacecraft finds first alien planet of new mission

NASA's Kepler space telescope is discovering alien planets again.<p>The prolific spacecraft has spotted its first new alien planet since being hobbled by a malfunction in May 2013, researchers announced Dec. 18. The newly discovered world, called HIP 116454b, is a "super Earth" about 2.5 times larger …

Hinge Has A Mission: Turn Tinder Into The Myspace Of Online Dating

Hinge, the fast-growing mobile dating app that looks to connect friends of friends (and their friends), just raised a fresh $12 million to expand.<p>Hinge wants Tinder to be remembered as the MySpace of online dating, with it being the Facebook. And venture capitalists are betting millions on the …

Watch somebody beat part of Destiny: The Dark Below's raid alone

<i>Destiny</i>'s first expansion, <i>The Dark Below</i>, has one sensational piece of content: the game's second raid, Crota's End. The second segment of the raid is a difficult sequence that requires all six members of your team to work in close coordination with each other... unless you're this person.<p>[<b>Warning:</b> …

Mighty Sand Dunes Of Saturn's Moon Titan Shaped By Rare High Winds

Scientists have figured out why the shape of Titan’s dunes seems to be all wrong in images from NASA’s Cassini spacecraft.<p>Saturn’s largest moon is a peculiar place, with a dense atmosphere, rivers and lakes of natural gases like ethane and methane and the only moon in the Solar System to have sand …

Artist Walks For Hours In Snowshoes To Create Sublime Snow Drawings

Sonja Hinrichsen is a snow artist. It's not her official title -- she conducts a lot of art interventions in nature, and pursues photography and good ol' fashioned ink drawings. But her snow drawings are nestled rightfully at the top of her artist website, revealing what happens when a professional …