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SpaceX satellite launch postponed for third time, until Tuesday

CAPE CANAVERAL Fla. (Reuters) - Space Exploration Technologies, or SpaceX, postponed for a third time the launch of six commercial communication satellites from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, officials said on Sunday.<p>An exterior of the SpaceX headquarters in Hawthorne, California May 29, 2014. …

More Scrutiny? Major Big Bang Discovery Study Published

A celebrated and controversial astrophysics discovery is about to receive even more scrutiny.<p>In March, a team of astronomers announced that they had …

Is funding the most serious threat facing science today?

In every profession, good management practices and appropriate administration are essential for success, and science is no exception. However, as I sat and puzzled over how I would write a “progress report” for a project that had not yet begun, it occurred to me that things are spiraling out of …

Scientists Observe Springtime Changes On One Of Saturn's Moons

With its large sand dunes, rivers, big lakes and seas, Saturn's biggest moon is one of the most Earth-like planetary bodies in the solar system. But Titan is no place to call home.<p>The surface temperature is negative 290 degrees Fahrenheit, and each of its seasons lasts about seven Earth years. …

Mystery object in lake on Saturn's moon Titan intrigues scientists

Scientists are investigating a mystery object that appeared and then vanished again from a giant lake on Titan, the largest moon of Saturn.<p>They spotted the object in an image taken by Nasa's Cassini probe last year as it swung around the alien moon, more than a billion kilometres from Earth. …

Video: Night-shining clouds in motion

Noctilucent or night-shining clouds can look like a stormy sea, with wave after wave rolling in.<p>NASA released this close-up, time-lapse movie in …

The secrets of night-shining clouds

They’re back! People at high latitudes are seeing noctilucent or “night-shining” clouds, which always return to the skies around this time of year. …

‘Magic Island’ pops up on Saturn’s moon

Radar images of Ligeia Mare, the second-largest sea on Saturn’s moon Titan, taken by NASA’s Cassini spacecraft reveal a bright, mysterious geologic …

The best science and technology podcasts

The best science and technology podcasts, from astronomy for beginners to consumer advice, selected and updated by Pete Naughton<p><b>SCIENCE</b><p><b>Hubblecast</b><br>Galactic mergers, the Monkey Head Nebula and an operational time machine are just a few of the stranger-than-science-fiction topics touched upon in this …

Nasa's Ellen Stofan interview: 'Our plan is to colonise Mars'

<b>Is Nasa looking for intelligent life?</b><p>Nasa, right now, is really taking a step-wise approach: let's look at our own solar system and the most likely places where we might find life. That's why we are so focused on Mars, because we know Mars had liquid water on the surface and we think that is …

Higgs particle linked to matter, not just force, particles : News blog

<i>Posted on behalf of Alexandra Witze.</i><p>COPENHAGEN — Physicists working at CERN, the European particle accelerator near Geneva, Switzerland, have snared …

If This Is What Spaceships Will Look Like In 100 Years, You’re Going To Want To Get In Line Now

Scientists and architects are designing an ecology from scratch. “Rather than treat the interior of the starship like it was the pot for a plant, and …

Ecology

Is supersonic passenger travel set to make a comeback?

On October, 24 2003, the last Concorde jet went out of service. What began as a promise of supersonic travel for all, ended as a museum exhibit of a …

Aviation

'Magic Island' may show Titan's oceans are hardly pacific

The sudden disappearance of a bright spot on a methane sea on Titan could add more proof that Saturn's largest moon is a lot like Earth – just colder and gasier.<p>Astronomers at Cornell University were flipping between radar images of Ligeia Mare, a sea of frigid methane on Titan's northern …

SpaceX puts Falcon 9 rocket launch on hold until July

CAPE CANAVERAL Fla. (Reuters) - Bedeviled by a spate of technical problems, Space Exploration Technologies on Monday said it will suspend launch attempts of its next Falcon 9 rocket until early July.<p>File picture of a Falcon 9 rocket carrying a small science satellite for Canada is seen as it is …

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Stars' Chemistry Key to Their Planets' Ability to Support Life

Born in a disc of gas and rubble, planets eventually come together as larger and larger pieces of dust and rock stick together. They may be hundreds …

Astrophysicist Mario Livio on Blunders of Evolution and the Evolution of Blunders - Secret Life of Scientists and Engineers — Secret Life of Scientists and Engineers | PBS

<i>We all make mistakes. Nobody’s perfect. Not even some of the greatest geniuses in history, as Mario Livio tells us in part one of this excerpt from</i> …

Albert Einstein

How repeatable is evolutionary history?

Writing about the weird soft-bodied fossils found in the Burgess Shale in the Canadian Rockies, paleontologist Stephen Jay Gould noted that of 25 …

Scientists simulate time travel using light particles

We may never see practical time travel in our lifetimes, if it's possible at all. However, a team at the University of Queensland has given the Doc Browns of the world a faint glimmer of hope by simulating time travel on a very, very small scale. Their study used individual photons to replicate a …

Your science questions answered

Q What happens to the billions of atoms in our body when we die? asks Victor Correa<p>A Put frankly, they end up all over the place. Once you die, the process/es of decomposition begin in which the vast array of molecules that make up your body, from fats to DNA, are broken down and their atoms …

Public engagement with science, Victorian style

Most people are familiar with some Victorian attempts to popularise science. Perhaps best known are the Royal Institution’s Christmas Lectures, begun by Michael Faraday and continued by successors including John Tyndall. They helped make science fashionable and the lecturers famous, also instilling …

APOD: The Iris Nebula in a Field of Dust (2014 Jun 24) Image Credit & Copyright: Mikel Martínez http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap140624.html Explanation: What flowers in this field of dark star dust? The Iris Nebula. The striking blue color of the Iris Nebula is created by light from the bright star SAO 19158 reflecting off of a dense patch of normally dark dust. Not only is the star itself mostly blue, but blue light from the star is preferentially reflected by the dust -- the same affect that makes Earth's sky blue. The brown tint of the pervasive dust comes partly from photoluminescence -- dust converting ultraviolet radiation to red light. Cataloged as NGC 7023, the Iris Nebula is studied frequently because of the unusual prevalence there of Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons (PAHs), complex molecules that are also released on Earth during the incomplete combustion of wood fires. The bright blue portion of the Iris Nebula spans about six light years. The Iris Nebula, pictured above, lies about 1300 light years distant and can be found with a small telescope toward the constellation of Cepheus. http://fotoastro.blogspot.com.es/ Starship Asterisk* • APOD Discussion Page http://asterisk.apod.com/discuss_apod.php?date=140624 #APOD

Tuition financial aid on the way for middle-class California families

Some financial relief is in sight for thousands of middle-class students at California's public universities, under a new and unusual state program that will provide aid to families that earn up to $150,000 annually.<p>Over the next month or so, an estimated 156,000 undergraduates are scheduled to be …

This morning’s moon near Venus

We received many beautiful photos of the June 23 and 24 moon near the planet Venus.<p>Thank you to all who posted photos of the June 23 and 24 moon near …

Mars Curiosity rover celebrates its first Martian year

NASA's Curiosity rover celebrates a Martian milestone this week -- its first full Martian year exploring the Red Planet. And to celebrate, it captured that cute selfie you see above.<p>Years pass more slowly on Mars than they do here on Earth. Because Mars is farther from the sun than we are, it takes …

Mars Rover

Should the Higgs boson have caused our universe to collapse?

British cosmologists have concluded that the universe should not have lasted for more than a second after the Big Bang.<p>British cosmologists are …