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The first photo of Earth was taken 70 years ago from a Nazi rocket

On Oct. 24, 1946, the first extraterrestrial view of Earth was shot from 65 miles away aboard a Nazi-built V-2 rocket launched by American …

Scientists map the Milky Way Galaxy in exceptional detail

There have been detailed maps of the Milky Way before, but none quite so ornate as this. Researchers in the HI4PI sky survey have created a fine-grained map of our home galaxy using its most common material: neutral atomic hydrogen. Such studies have taken place before, as you might guess. However, …

How Many Planets are There in the Galaxy?

On a clear night, and when light pollution isn’t a serious factor, looking up at the sky is a breathtaking experience. On occasions like these, it is …

Universe

Bacteria get dangerously weird in space

By Shayla Love<p>, Features Intern<p>In 2006, Cheryl Nickerson sent a culture of salmonella bacteria for a ride on the space shuttle Atlantis. Eleven days later, she watched anxiously from the Kennedy Space Center in the dead of night as her bacteria returned safely.<p>Nickerson, a microbiologist at Arizona …

Biology

Twelve classic jazz albums reinterpreted live at London's Jazz Cafe

<b>Featuring records by Miles Davis, John Coltrane and Madlib.</b><p>Jazz Café and Total Refreshment Centre are teaming up for <i>Milestones</i>, a new 12-week series …

John Coltrane

Two Scientifically Plausible Conceptions of Time Travel and Their Bizarre Consequences

The time traveller of <i>The Time Machine</i> by HG Wells proclaims, “There are really four dimensions, three which we call the three planes of Space, and a …

Sorry, 'Flash' Fans - There's No Evidence For A Multiverse Yet

“I read the LHC people have shown we live in a multiverse!” my mom says when she opens the door. It wasn’t really the welcome I expected. Recently retired, she now regularly attends lecture series at the university. Mostly, she finds them annoyingly dumbed down.<p>Unlike my brother, The Engineer Who …

Mail-order tests check for signs of early aging

Your cells might be aging faster than you are, and new tests purport to help you find out.<p>A few companies are offering mail-order testing to measure the length of people’s telomeres, the protective caps of DNA on the ends of chromosomes that have been likened to the plastic tips that prevent …

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India could shell out $12 billion for new fighter jets

India needs new fighter jets, and the world's leading manufacturers are lining up to provide them.<p>The South Asian nation's government has sent letters to several companies regarding a new fleet of military aircraft, to be jointly produced with local firms. A potential deal, according to experts, …

What Went Wrong: Climate Scientist Gordon Hamilton Dies in Antarctica

On Saturday, Antarctic researcher Gordon Hamilton was driving in a remote region of Ross Island — in the "shear zone" — when his snowmobile fell into …

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Astronomers Think They've Finally Figured Out Why The Sky Is Dark at Night

A 500-year-old paradox.<p>Each time we gaze up at the night sky, we take for granted that it’s a pitch-black void studded with twinkling stars. This is …

Mars: Inside the High-Risk, High-Stakes Race to the Red Planet

If the trip doesn’t kill you, living there might.<p>Elon Musk wants to go to Mars.<p>He has said, famously, that he wants to die on Mars, just not on impact. A technology that might help prevent such a mishap passed a crucial test one night last December, when a Falcon 9 rocket built by Musk’s company …

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The Hidden Glaciers Of Mars

In the northern hemisphere of Mars, between the planet’s southern highlands and the northern lowlands, is a hilly region known as Colles Nilli. This …

Glaciers

How to See Uranus at Opposition on Saturday

It'll be bigger and brighter than usual, but you'll still need a telescope.<p>Uranus, our neighbor just a few planets down the block, will be at its …

The 1,000-year-old legend behind a Japanese orbiter's stunning photos of the moon

Hundreds of luminous photos and flyover videos of the moon were recently released by Japan’s Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), and they are stunning. Taken by the Kaguya lunar orbiter between 2007 and 2008, they’re not the first high definition moon images, but they come with a beautiful …

Aerospace

The Hubble Telescope Looked 13 Billion Years into the Past This Week

Out on the weekend.<p><i>(Permanent Musical Accompaniment To The Last Post Of The Week From The Blog's Favourite Canadian)</i><p>OK, this guy is having <i>waaaayyyy</i> too much fun being president.<p>On Thursday, he got to sit in a simulator and try to dock with the International Space Station, as only the gang at …

Ask Ethan: How can we see all the way back to the Big Bang?

If we can’t even witness the birth of our Solar System and planet, how can we claim to see the birth of the Universe?<p><i>“There have to be moments when</i> …

The Moon Is Getting Slammed Way More Than We Thought

Animation of a temporal pair of the new 39-foot (12-meter) impact crater on the moon photographed by NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Credit: …

Astronomy

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Universe may hold 10 times more galaxies than once thought

The observable universe was already incomprehensibly big, but it now looks to be even bigger. Astronomers have determined that are likely about 10 times more galaxies than previously thought, or between 1 trillion to 2 trillion. We just don't have the technology (or physical proximity) to detect …

Universe

Week in Geek - Crowded House edition

Did you notice anything different last week? Did things feel more crowed than usual? They should have, because Universe just got a lot denser.<p>Okay so …

Comments of the Week #131: from seeing the Big Bang to trillions and trillions

“There are in fact 100 billion galaxies, each of which contain something like a 100 billion stars. Think of how many stars, and planets, and kinds of …

Universe

Perseids 2018: Everything you need to know about the Swift-Tuttle meteor shower

Every year our skies are lit up by returning meteor showers, from Perseids to Lyrids, Orionids to Geminids. If the weather conditions are in our favour and the moon isn't too bright, there's a chance you'll be able to see the shooting stars in action.<p>Here is our guide to the must-see meteor showers …

Perseids