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Baffling Butterfly-Shaped Cloud Turns Out To Be... A Huge Swarm Of Actual Butterflies

Meteorologists in St. Louis were baffled last week when radar images showed a strange butterfly-shaped cloud passing overhead on its way south.<p>The cloud was shifting its shape dramatically on what otherwise was a “completely clear day,” Laura Kanofsky, a National Weather Service (NWS) …

New molecule found in space connotes life origins

Hunting from a distance of 27,000 light years, astronomers have discovered an unusual carbon-based molecule contained within a giant gas cloud in …

Sierra Nevada challenges NASA 'space taxi' contracts to Boeing, SpaceX | Reuters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Sierra Nevada Corp (SNC) said it had filed a legal challenge to NASA’s award of contracts totaling $6.8 billion to Boeing and SpaceX to build commercially owned and operated “space taxis” to fly astronauts to the International Space Station.<p>An interior view of Boeing's …

New Crew Launches to the ISS on This Week @NASA - September 26, 2014

The Strongest, Most Expensive Material on Earth

Graphene's most problematic superlative is its cost.<p>It was so simple. Take a small flake of graphite and put it on piece of regular old Scotch tape. Pinch it in between the tape, peeling off layer after layer until it leaves only the vaguest, most transparent of marks. Transfer those dustings onto …

'Cloaking' device uses ordinary lenses to hide objects across range of angles

Inspired perhaps by Harry Potter's invisibility cloak, scientists have recently developed several ways—some simple and some involving new …

Are Weaponized 'Crab Walker' Robots The Future Of Chinese Land Wars?

Robotics designers in the US have long gotten their inspiration from both science fiction and biology, and Chinese engineers are no different, most especially those working on walking combat robots. Dai Jinsong and other Chinese engineers of the School of Mechanical Engineering, Nanjing University …

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India Zooms To Mars Much More Cheaply, But With Trade-Offs

Earlier this week, two spacecraft arrived at the planet Mars. One came from India, the other from the U.S. Both are now in orbit and collecting data. But the Indian probe is conducting its mission at a tiny fraction of the cost of its NASA counterpart.<p>"Some of the publicly available numbers are in …

With NASA Probe's Arrival, International Mars Invasion Gets Under Way

NASA's MAVEN is entering Mars orbit, kicking off a rush of countries putting their own robots and orbiters on the planet.<p>Mars is getting crowded. A new NASA orbiter slips into Mars orbit on Sunday, followed closely by India's first interplanetary probe, a comet, and then a rush of countries …

Bad Space Weather May Have Caused Fatal Afghan Gun Battle

Specifically, bubbles may be to blame.<p>Three American soldiers* may have died in Afghanistan’s battle of Takur Ghar because of disruptions caused by plasma bubbles – a form of space weather – according to a new study.<p>Space weather is normally associated with violent solar eruptions and geomagnetic …

Unleashing An Epidemic To Kill The Tumbleweeds

U.S. Agricultural Research Service scientists have applied to release exotic Eurasian fungi to kill invasive tumbleweeds in the American West.<p>Dana Berner wants to start an epidemic among tumbleweeds. Berner is a pathologist with the U.S. Agricultural Research Service who studies the diseases that …

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How to build a cheaper cloaking device - Futurity

Scientists who created a new cloaking device with cheap, off-the-shelf materials have released instructions for building your own.

A spacewalk selfie, the Giant Squid Nebula and an origami solar array – in pictures

This month’s roundup of the best space-related imagery in the known universe includes a dramatic solar flare, a cosmonaut’s selfie and an improbable marriage between technology and the ancient Japanese art of paper-folding<p>On 24 August a flare erupted from the sun, seen on the left edge of our home …

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Maybe the cake isn't a lie

Week's Best Space Pictures: The Sun Stretches, Dust Swallows Africa, and the Milky Way Arcs

The sun sends out magnetic material, dust blows across the Atlantic, and the Milky Way arcs over the Himalaya in this week's best space pictures.

Runner-Up In NASA's Space Taxi Contest Will Fight Decision

Will NASA be required to fund the Dream Chaser?<p>With the recent retirement of the Space Shuttle program in 2011, NASA has been in desperate need of some space taxis -- vehicles designed to transport astronauts to and from the International Space Station. For the past three years, the space agency …

Belief in alien life varies widely by religion - Futurity

A new book by astronomer David Weintraub takes a closer look at what the world's major religions have to say about extraterrestrial life.

Space Combat Won't Look At All Like 'Star Wars'

PBS explains the physics of space skirmishes<p>If humanity brings war into space, what will those battles look like? Well, if our understanding of physics is anything close to correct, they won’t look at all like <i>Star Wars</i>. In this six minute clip by PBS Digital Studios, host Joe Hanson explores the …

Physics

Wearable Drone Nixie Flies Up From Your Wrist

Watches are out; drones are in.<p>Sure, Apple's new smart watch brings smartphone features to users' wrists, but can it fly free and take video in the air? The Nixie, which has none of the features of a watch other than wrist-wearability, is a drone for people who like robots as fashion statements, as …

Drones

Use A 3-D Printer To Turn Your Smartphone Into A 1000X Microscope

Simple and powerful<p>The Pacific Northwest National Laboratory has released printable files that will help turn your smartphone into a microscope of up to 1000X magnification. If you have access to an 3-D printer--which you may through your local library or community center--this is something you …

3D

Wind, Solar Generation Capacity Catching Up with Nuclear Power

<b>Washington, D.C.</b>—Advocates of nuclear energy have long been predicting its renaissance, yet this mode of producing electricity has been stalled for …

Renewable Energy

This New Oxygen-Hoarding Crystal Is the Future of Breathing Underwater

Just a bucket of this stuff can steal all of the oxygen in a room.<p>It only takes about 10 liters of a newly-developed form of crystalline cobalt salt to steal the air from a room, or at least the 21 percent or so of that air comprised of oxygen. Given the right conditions, with the temperature and …

Wind and solar energy capacity catching with nuclear power

The Worldwatch Institute quantifies the steady decline of nuclear energy’s share of global power production, and renewable energy’s increased …

Minecraft map of the UK upgraded to include houses

<b>A map featuring the UK made entirely of Minecraft blocks has had an upgrade.</b><p>Created by Ordnance Survey (OS), the original map re-created 224,000 sq km (86,000 sq miles) of Britain using more than 22 billion blocks.<p>The updated version uses 83 billion blocks, with each one representing 25m of …

NES Controller Case For iPhone 5

• Designed to fit the iPhone 5 only<br>• Case includes non-functional rubber buttons<br>• May cause awkward questions from younger generations

And Now, an 8-Bit Super Mario Version of the New York City Subway Map

Like most everyone who was born after, say, the mid-70's, we're big fans of Super Mario—see figs. 1, 2, 3—so we're definitely digging Robert Bacon's …

New York City

Oh those were the days. They...

8Bit Harmonica: The Tunes They Are a-Changin' - Technabob

A few years ago we featured a harmonica crammed into a NES cartridge. YouTuber basami sentaku’s harmonica not only has a Famicom cartridge case, it …

Ocarina of Time's Hyrule recreated in Minecraft

One clever Minecrafter has recreated the entirety of Hyrule as seen in The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time.<p><b>One clever Minecrafter has recreated the entirety of Hyrule as seen in The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time.</b><p>Forget Great Britain, Westeros and Azeroth: our hearts belong to Hyrule.<p>Minecraft …

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