Ashley Howe

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A Brief History of Mind-Bending Ideas About Black Holes

Physicist Stephen Hawking made headlines recently by saying that black holes – the incredibly massive astronomical objects that made him famous – do …

A New Supernova Caught in the Act

Supernovas drive astronomers crazy: they’re rare, they’re unpredictable and when one does go off, it can happen at the most inopportune time. One of …

NASA Responds To Martian Life Lawsuit: It's Just A Rock

The space agency released a short statement to _Popular Science _on the litigation.<p>Earlier this week, we reported that NASA was being sued. The allegations? That the space agency had failed to conduct a proper examination of "life" on Mars, which had mysteriously appeared in front of the agency's …

Space Station Crewmember Discusses Life in Space with the Media

Is the Relationship Between NASA and Private Space About to Sour?

2014 will be the year when the space agency and private companies must find a way to work together to get astronauts safely into orbit. For boosters of the private space, there's plenty to worry about.<p><i>Editor's Note: Today, NASA announced contracts to support Boeing and SpaceX as they continue</i> …

Video: Solar eclipse from space

On Jan 30, the moon moved between NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) and the sun, giving the observatory a view of a partial solar eclipse only …

Astronomy

NASA to create the coldest spot in the universe aboard the ISS

The researchers plan to study matter at 100 pico-Kelvin. At such low temperatures, ordinary concepts of solid, liquid and gas are no longer …

Quantum Mechanics

How To Find Our Planet’s Twin

What exactly constitutes an Earth doppelganger?<p>To date, most known extrasolar planets are gas giants like Jupiter or Neptune. Lacking even a solid surface, they are worlds very unlike our own planet. As the search for other Earths continue, a true Earth twin must satisfy five characteristics.<p>1) …