Maciek Piastowski

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New Horizons probe rouses from hibernation for Pluto mission

Scientific observation of Pluto and other bodies in the Kuiper Belt, solar system’s last unexplored region, begins next month<p>After nine years and a journey of 3bn miles, Nasa’s New Horizons robotic probe awoke from hibernation on Saturday to begin an unprecedented mission to study the icy dwarf …

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Why Haven't We Seen Rosetta's Comet in Color Until Now?

Using its high-powered camera OSIRIS, the European spacecraft has released the first tinted photos of Comet 67P to the public. What took them so long?<p>After months of painting Comet 67P's barren surface with shades of gray, the Rosetta spacecraft has finally released its first colored image of the …

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Scientists film magnetic memory in super slow-motion

Researchers at DESY have used high-speed photography to film one of the candidates for the magnetic data storage devices of the future in action. The …

Tabletop experiment could detect gravitational waves

(Phys.org)—A coin-sized detector might observe gravitational waves before the giant Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO), …

Scientists discover two new particles at Large Hadron Collider

Welcome to the family! Scientists using CERN’s<p>Large Hadron Colliderin Europe have discovered two new subatomic particles.<p>The discovery of the two related particles, submitted to the journal Physical Review Letters, fills in missing slots in the subatomic roster that had been predicted but never …

Is dark energy eating dark matter?

A tantalizing hint that dark matter could be slowly changing into dark energy has been uncovered by a team of cosmologists in the UK and Italy. While …

What Philae Did During Its 60 Hours on a Comet

<i>Editor's note: The following essay is reprinted with permission from The Conversation, an online publication covering the latest research.</i><p>The drama …

Chemistry

Asteroid Mining To Become A Two-Horse Race

Deep Space Industries is due to reveal its plans to mine asteroids. The announcement will occur later today in Santa Monica’s Museum of Flying. Within just two years Deep Space Industries says it will send drones called FireFly to examine asteroids reachable in near-Earth space. Once is has proven …

Space Exploration