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NASA and Germany extend the life of their flying observatory

SOFIA, the airborne telescope that backed up New Horizons in studying Pluto, will go on flights to observe our universe until the end of 2020. NASA and the German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt or DLR) have extended their joint project for four more years. SOFIA is a …

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The universe is expanding faster than we thought

This week, astronomers working with the Hubble Space Telescope have determined that the universe is expanding faster than previously thought—between 5 and 9 percent faster, to be precise.<p>This new number comes after the scientists, led by Adam Reiss, who won the Nobel prize in 2011 for finding …

The Real Reason More Women Don’t Code

Editor's Blog Photo credit: Blame the period! A satirical look at some of the excuses why more women don’t go into ITC jobs. Girls Who …

NASA's Eyes: Eyes on Juno

After a journey of more than 5 years, the Juno spacecraft is ready for its detailed look at Jupiter, the largest planet in the solar system.<p>Using …

US bid to grow human organs for transplant inside pigs

<b>Scientists in the United States are trying to grow human organs inside pigs.</b><p>They have injected human stem cells into pig embryos to produce human-pig embryos known as chimeras.<p>The embryos are part of research aimed at overcoming the worldwide shortage of transplant organs.<p>The team from University …

U.S. Set to Approve Moon Mission by Commercial Space Venture

Startup proposes to land payload of scientific gear on lunar surface some time next year<p>U.S. officials appear poised to make history by approving the first private space mission to go beyond Earth’s orbit, according to people familiar with the details.<p>The government’s endorsement would eliminate …

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