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Could Dark Matter Cause Cancer? - MIT Technology Review

A few years ago, this blog looked at some work examining the likely effect of dark matter on the human body. The thinking was that if dark matter …

Best space events of 2015 and 2016 - in 90 seconds

From the supermoon lunar eclipse to the Perseids meteor shower, we look at the most spectacular space events of 2015 and the upcoming ones for 2016<p>The world has been treated to many spectacular space events this year and 2016 looks to be no different.<p>On Monday there was a rare supermoon lunar …

Astronomy

Mars Mission in Jeopardy as Astronauts Can't Stand on Arrival

NASA has to solve a big problem before a manned Mars mission can go underway. Astronauts arrive unfit at the red planet to land and stand.<p>We all know …

Space Exploration

Project Moonspike wants to send the first crowdfunded rocket to the Moon

A group of independent rocket engineers wants to send the first-ever crowdfunded rocket to the Moon. The group — known as Moonspike — has come up with a design for a rocket that will deliver a 1-gram payload, shaped like a spike, to the lunar surface. To help fund the project, the engineers have …

Nonprofits

Nasa and ESA target 'Didymoon' for asteroid deflection test

Nasa and the European Space Agency are working together on a mission that will test their abilities to change the course of an asteroid by hitting it …

Boeing and Lockheed just got $882 million to keep launching satellites

A joint venture between Boeing (BA) and Lockheed Martin (LMT) has won a contract worth $882 million to continue their satellite-launching program for …

NASA's Spitzer Spots Planet Deep Within Our Galaxy

NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope has teamed up with a telescope on the ground to find a remote gas planet about 13,000 light-years away, making it one …

Telescopes

Follow the Dust to Find Planets

Study Skills

Exoplanet With Gigantic Rings 200 Times Bigger than Saturn's Discovered

A young exoplanet called J1407b has a gigantic ring system that’s much heavier and about 200 times larger than the rings of Saturn. Astronomers …

Imminent Approach to Dione

A New Cosmic Discovery Could Be The Closest We’ve Come to the Beginning of Time

Some 13.8 billion years ago, just before the Big Bang, the enormous, galaxy-filled universe we know today was contained inside a tiny, dense, …

Physics

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A Star Just Exploded In A Nearby Galaxy

It's the first of its kind in 30 years. Boom.<p>A possible supernova was reported by amateur astronomers from Russia on 22 January and confirmed by multiple sources later that day.<p>Observing this [supernova] could help us better understand the more distant ones, and potentially shed light on the …

Mapping Voyager 1's Incredible 36-Year Trek Through Space

It's a hard knock life for a planetary probe. Launched Sept. 5, 1977, the stalwart Voyager 1 spacecraft has been Earth's most distant ambassador …

Found! 'Young Jupiter,' the Smallest Exoplanet Directly Seen by Telescope

Astronomers have found the smallest planet outside this solar system yet to be directly photographed by a telescope on Earth, a methane-shrouded gas …

Mars: The Planet that Lost an Ocean’s Worth of Water

A primitive ocean on Mars held more water than Earth’s Arctic Ocean, and covered a greater portion of the planet’s surface than the Atlantic Ocean …

Space Science

Einstein's Theory of General Relativity

In 1905, Albert Einstein determined that the laws of physics are the same for all non-accelerating observers, and that the speed of light in a vacuum …

These 14 Images Of The Sun May Be The Most Spectacular Ever Snapped

The surface of the sun is constantly changing. To make sure it doesn't miss anything, NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) spacecraft is constantly taking photos of the sun.<p>One of the three instruments aboard the spacecraft, the four-telescope Atmospheric Imaging Assembly, is especially …

Astronomers find ‘habitable’ Earth-like planet for first time

After years of combing the heavens, astronomers have found planets that are the same size as Earth as well as planets in a temperature zone where water may be able to remain liquid.<p>But until now they have never found a planet that is both of those things.<p>That moment has finally arrived with the …

Peering into a star factory

About the Image<p>Id:<p>eso0030a<p>Type:<p>Observation<p>Release date:<p>14 September 2000<p>Related releases:<p>Size:<p>3969 x 3892 px<p>About the Object<p>Type:<p>Milky Way : Nebula : …

Big History

2013 June 24 - The Porpoise Galaxy from Hubble

<b>The Porpoise Galaxy from Hubble</b> <b><br>Image Credit:</b> NASA, ESA, and The Hubble Heritage Team (STSci/AURA)<p><b>Explanation:</b> What's happening to this spiral galaxy? …

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The Apollo Moon Landings: How They Worked (Infographic)

The science showing that flight to the moon was possible was worked out in the 17th century, but it took until the mid-20th century for engineering …

NASA Rover Finds Active, Ancient Organic Chemistry on Mars

NASA's Mars Curiosity rover has measured a tenfold spike in methane, an organic chemical, in the atmosphere around it and detected other organic …

Quantum black hole study opens bridge to another universe

Singularities, such as the infinitely strong crushing forces at the center of a black hole, in a physical theory are bad. What they tell you is that …

Physics

Our place in the multiverse[s].

Pluto: A Dwarf Planet Oddity (Infographic)

Pluto and its largest satellite Charon are tidally locked to one another. That is, each presents the same face to the other, and neither body moves …

Dark Pion Particles May Explain Universe's Invisible Matter

Dark matter is the mysterious stuff that cosmologists think makes up some 85 percent of all the matter in the universe. A new theory says dark matter …

What Is The Largest Known Object In The Universe?

The universe is a vast void, mostly made up of an eerie, empty vacuum. In spite of all this emptiness, there are regions that contain enormous …

NASA's Spitzer Confirms Closest Rocky Exoplanet

Using NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope, astronomers have confirmed the discovery of the nearest rocky planet outside our solar system, larger than …

Universe