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Google's Smartphone Technology Will Help NASA Robots Navigate The International Space Station

Robots with the phones, armed with technology from Google's augmented reality experiment Project Tango, are set to launch on July 11.<p>The Android augmented androids are called SPHERES — short for Synchronized Position Hold, Engage, Reorient, Experimental Satellites — and are appropriately …

Mars One Puts Out the Call for Red Planet Experiments (and Ads)

Space<p>The not-for-profit Mars One venture wants to send humans on one-way trips to Mars in the 2020s, but first it wants to send experimental packages to the Red Planet — potentially including the first interplanetary advertisements.<p>You could even put your company's name on the robotic lander that's …

Animal Reef-Building May Have Evolved Way Earlier Than Scientists Thought

Animal reef-building evolved millions of years earlier than previously thought, researchers report today in Science1. Scientists have discovered fossils indicating that animal, or metazoan, reefs date to as far back as about 548 million years ago, some seven million years earlier than previously …

In 2014, Ramadan begins June 29 with crescent moon sighting

Ramadan, for observant Muslims, is a time of fasting, prayer and charitable giving.<p>Muslims around the world will begin fasting on Sunday, June 29, …

Starwatch: The July night sky

The Summer Triangle formed by Deneb in Cygnus, Vega in Lyra and Altair in Aquila occupies its rightful place high in Britain's S sky at our map times this month. Arcturus in Bootes is conspicuous as it sinks in the W and Capella in Auriga twinkles low down in the N. Sagittarius straddles our S …

Freaky Higgs Physics Suggests The Universe Shouldn't Exist

The universe shouldn't exist — at least according to a new theory.<p>Modeling of conditions soon after the Big Bang suggests the universe should have collapsed just microseconds after its explosive birth, the new study suggests.<p>"During the early universe, we expected cosmic inflation — this is a rapid …

Scientists discover one of the most Earth-like planets yet

Can Gliese 832c support life, or is it just a super-Venus?<p><i>Sci News</i> is reporting that astronomers at the University of New South Wales have discovered an Earthlike planet just 16 light-years away. The planet, dubbed Gliese 832c, is orbiting a red dwarf star half the mass and radius of our own sun. …

NASA launches balloon carrying Mars ‘saucer’ prototype

CAPE CANAVERAL Fla. (Reuters) - A helium balloon carrying an experimental saucer-shaped NASA spacecraft floated off a launch tower at the U.S. Navy’s Pacific Missile Range Facility in Kauai, Hawaii, on Saturday to test landing systems for future missions to Mars.<p>A high altitude balloon is released …

Newly Discovered Shrew May Look Like A Mouse, But It's More Closely Related To The Elephant

By Laura Zuckerman<p>(Reuters) - A new mammal discovered in the remote desert of western Africa resembles a long-nosed mouse in appearance but is more closely related genetically to elephants, a California scientist who helped identify the tiny creature said on Thursday.<p>The new species of elephant …

Emperor Penguins are now endangered, warn biologists

Nasa lands saucer-shaped vehicle in test of technology for landing on Mars

A saucer-shaped Nasa vehicle launched by balloon high into Earth's atmosphere splashed down in the Pacific Ocean on Saturday, completing a successful test of technology that could be used to land on Mars.<p>Since the twin Viking spacecraft landed on the red planet in 1976, Nasa has relied on the same …

Facebook offers explanation for controversial News Feed psychology experiment

"Our goal was never to upset anyone."<p>Facebook caused a stir over the weekend with the revelation that it had been altering the content of some users' News Feeds in an attempt to study the psychology behind what causes people to post emotional material. Now Adam Kramer, Facebook data scientist and …

How much elephant is in that mouse?

‘New mouse species has elephant DNA,’ declared the headlines. It must have been hard to resist, considering the contrast in size between these animals. The wording conjures up images of runt elephants evolving into dwarf and then pocket pachyderms before shrinking so small that they could run up …

See NASA's Dazzling Proof that U.S. Air Quality Has Improved

It's summer in the U.S. — the time of year when the humidity skyrockets, air stagnates, and the air quality deteriorates, especially downwind of the …

Emperor penguin population to slide due Antarctic climate change

OSLO, (Reuters) - Global warming will cut Antarctica’s 600,000-strong emperor penguin population by at least a fifth by 2100 as the sea ice on which the birds breed becomes less secure, a study said on Sunday.<p>Emperor penguins are seen in Dumont d'Urville, Antarctica April 10, 2012. REUTERS/Martin …

Pablo Escobar’s hippos: A growing problem

<b>A herd of hippopotamuses once owned by the late Colombian drug baron Pablo Escobar has been taking over the countryside near his former ranch - and no-one quite knows what to do with them.</b><p>It was in 2007, 14 years after Escobar's death, that people in rural Antioquia, 200 miles north-west of Bogota, …

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Newly discovered planet is the most Earth-like yet, scientists say

Astronomers from the University of New South Wales in Australia have discovered a new planet that could be the most similar to the Earth ever observed.<p>The planet, dubbed Gliese 832c, is about 16 lightyears away and about five times the size of Earth. Astronomers said the planet orbits a red giant …

NASA plans test of Mars 'flying saucer'

After several weather delays, NASA on Saturday launched a helium balloon carrying a saucer-shaped vehicle high in Earth's atmosphere to test technology that could be used to land on Mars.<p>The craft deployed a novel inflatable braking system on its way back to Earth, but its massive parachute failed …

NASA to launch global warming satellite after loss