Patricia DeBiasio

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Three things Juno will teach us about Jupiter

Does Jupiter have a solid core?<p>We think of Jupiter as a gas giant, but the truth is that we have no earthly idea (or should that be unearthly idea?) …

Blue Origin and SpaceX vets raise cash for Relativity Space, a stealthy startup aiming to build rockets ‘with zero human labor’

Two engineers with experience at Blue Origin and SpaceX have raised almost $10 million for their own rocket startup, Relativity Space, which promises …

Scientists Have Discovered an Extremely Rare Type of Orchid

Can you see what's hidden in the petals?<p>Orchids are one of our favorite houseplants with their bright colors, long-lasting nature and exotic appearance. But a new variety of orchid has taken the description of "exotic" to the next level, and no one really knows what to make of it.<p>The orchid …

Young Han Solo revealed - and he's not the only Star Wars character making a comeback

The Young Han Solo spinoff movie is gathering speed, with the official announcement of the film's lead actor made at this weekend's <i>Star Wars</i> …

Jeff Bezos plays an alien in the new Star Trek movie

Amazon employees better start practicing the Vulcan salute.<p>Their boss Jeff Bezos has landed a cameo role in the latest Star Trek movie. The billionaire founder and CEO of Amazon (AMZN) appears as an alien in 'Star Trek Beyond,' which opens on Friday.<p>Amazon confirmed Bezos' appearance in the movie …

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1,300 Unknown Galaxies Discovered By South African Astronomers

A group of South African astronomers announced on Saturday the discovery of more than a thousand galaxies never before known to have been seen or …

New type of black hole spotted in the early universe

A bright galaxy in the early universe likely contains a mysterious kind of black hole that had previously existed only in theory, a new study …

Will The Voyager Spacecraft Stop?

<i>Hi, I’m wondering about the Voyager probes that are headed for interstellar space. Since they don’t have onboard propulsion, just gravity assisted forward motion and we now know that ‘empty’ space is not really empty, won’t the two crafts eventually lose momentum and become dead still in space</i> …

SpaceX lands reusable rocket on solid ground for the second time

A key component of putting humans on Mars is being able to reuse the rockets that have launched spacecraft into orbit, and private space firm SpaceX …

What Is the Most Cost-Effective Way to Get to Mars?

The best ways that SpaceX could take humanity to the red planet.<p>It has been over 30 years since a human walked on a heavenly body that is not Earth, and many people think it's high time that we start shooting for the planets. SpaceX, for example, recently announced that it plans to send a Dragon …

5 Reasons To Farm In Low-Earth Orbit

Low-Earth orbit (LEO) would hardly appear to be the best place to take up farming. But both NASA and the burgeoning commercial space industry are already planning for a time when in addition to on-orbit space hotels and new research stations, there will also be Earth-orbiting greenhouses. Such …

NASA satellite pulls a 360 flip while staring at the sun, for science

Twice a year, NASA instructs its Solar Dynamics Observatory to complete a 360-degree rotation while meticulously capturing photographs of the sun. It …

New 'Star Trek' TV Series To Be Streamed Around the World On Netflix

CBS is partnering with Netflix to allow Star Trek to boldly go overseas.<p>Netflix said on Monday that the popular streaming service has struck a deal …

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'Largest-ever' new map of universe shows 1.2 million galaxies

A new map reveals our universe is more massive than we realize. Astronomers with the Baryon Oscillation Spectroscopic Survey (BOSS), a Sloan Digital …

This Week’s Night Sky: Watch for Auroras Triggered by Sun Stream

Also this week, the thunder moon rises and Neptune does a disappearing act.<p><b>Sunspots and Auroras.</b> While solar activity appears to have been calm of late, things may change soon with the appearance of two large sunspot groups now facing Earth.<p>According to SpaceWeather.com, one of the sunspot groups …

Some earthquakes on San Andreas fault are triggered by gravitational tug of sun and moon

The gravitational tug between the sun and moon is not just a dance of high and low tides: It can also trigger a special kind of earthquake on the San Andreas fault.<p>This phenomenon has fascinated scientists for years. Like sea levels, the surface of the Earth also goes up and down with the tides, …

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SpaceX successfully launches crucial docking adapter to the International Space Station

SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket successfully launched from Cape Canaveral, Florida this morning, lofting the company’s Dragon cargo capsule into orbit around Earth. Bound for the International Space Station, the Dragon will bring nearly 5,000 pounds of supplies and science experiments for the station’s …

We Finally Know How the Real BB-8 Model Works

What you’re seeing in the above gif is the innards of the BB-8 model that flatly disproved fan theories that the beloved droid could only exist as a …

SpaceX Rocket Sends A New Door To Space Station

More than 2 tons of supplies and gear are speeding toward the International Space Station, after a SpaceX Falcon rocket launched early Monday from Cape Canaveral, Fla. The cargo includes a new port that will standardize how spacecraft connect to the station.<p>The SpaceX Dragon craft will deliver its …

Bring On the Bread Basket! Science Says It’s Good For Your Heart

Here’s some research you, er, knead in your life<p>Bring on the bread: Eating whole grains can keep your heart healthy, new research from England suggests.<p>After reviewing 45 studies, researchers concluded that eating 3 daily servings of whole grains—that’s 90 grams, or the amount in 3 slices of …

We Can't Tear Our Eyes From NASA's First Supernova GIF

Scientists at NASA just caught an amazing first: the bursting of a supernova.<p>In case you don't know what a supernova is, it's the explosion of a …