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Is Everything In The Universe The Same Age?

It’s been 13.8 billion years since the Big Bang, something we’ve been able to date from a variety of lines-of-evidence. But that’s the amount of time that has passed <i>for us</i> since the Big Bang; since time is relative, what does that mean for observers in other parts of the Universe? Our Earth exists …

Universe

Life On Earth May Have Arisen Unusually Early

Now we wait for the rest of the cosmos to catch up<p>In the grand scheme of the cosmos, life on earth might have popped up far sooner than it should have.<p>A team led by Harvard astronomy department chair Avi Loeb crunched some numbers comparing the size of stars to how soon life should form on the …

How the fastest spacecraft ever reached 165,000 miles per hour

It also secured a Guinness World Record. Not bad for a Monday night!<p>Reaching Jupiter and getting into the giant planet's orbit required some complicated physics. In the process of executing the necessary maneuver, the probe became the fastest spacecraft ever, toppling a record that had stood for …

Astronomy

Solar panels 100 times thinner than a human hair could power wearable technology revolution

Solar panels so flexible and thin that they can be wrapped around the frame of a pair of glasses have been developed by scientists in a potential …

A New Equation Counts How Many Alien Civilizations Have Ever Existed

When we look at the stillness of the night sky — stars and galaxies, combusted leviathans that died out long ago — it's easy to feel like we're alone …

Self-awareness

No, Earth Isn't Flat: Here's How Ancients Proved It

Scholars have known for thousands of years that Earth is round. One rapper thinks they've got it all wrong.

New Map Shows the Impact of Future Sea Level Rise

<i>Sea level rise in New York City / Climate Central</i><p>World leaders have begun to get serious about fighting climate change, but we still face the incredible risk of a rising sea in this century and far into the future. According to Climate Central, a research organization, a 4-degree Celsius (7.2 …

Climate Change

2,000-Year-Old Supernova Mystery Solved By NASA Telescopes

Two NASA space telescopes have helped solve some of the most enduring mysteries of the first documented report of star explosion — an ancient …

Universe

The Loneliest Galaxy In The Universe

One hundred years ago, Einstein put forth his theory of General Relativity, replacing Newton’s concepts of absolute space and time with a dynamic fabric — spacetime — that would not only curve dependent on the matter-and-energy present within, but would expand or contract depending on some global …

Galaxies

6 Ways Reading On A Regular Basis Vastly Improves Your Life

<b>1. You experience different lives, cultures, and points of view.</b><p>As George RR Martin wrote, “A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies. The man …

Update: 2015 TB145 likely a dead comet

Last week heralded as largest known asteroid to pass Earth until 2027. Swept within 1.3 times the moon’s distance on October 31. Now thought to be a …

We’ve Consumed More Than the Earth Can Produce This Year

Thursday, August 13, is Earth Overshoot Day, when resource use is expected to outstrip the capacity for production—and it’s getting earlier every year.<p>Biocapacity Deficits and Reserves<p>Biological capacity, or biocapacity, is a way to measure an area's ability to produce biological materials …

The Six Most Incredible Fossils Preserved In Amber

Even if fossils in amber are not useful for extracting dinosaur blood from for cloning purposes, despite what <i>Jurassic Park</i> may have you believe, they still preserve amazing snapshots of life millions of years ago. Amber is fossilized tree resin, a sticky, viscous substance secreted by plants in …

Paleontology

Our early solar system may have been home to a fifth giant planet

A cluster of icy bodies in the same region as Pluto could be proof that our early solar system was home to a fifth giant planet, according to new …

Astronomy

Mass extinction threatens dominant species as much as fragile ones: researchers

Dominant species spread across the globe are just as vulnerable during a mass extinction event as more fragile ones confined to a single locale, …

Extinction

The End of the Universe: A (Slightly Premature) Lament

After a short, productive explosion of early activity, the universe has begun its long mope towards oblivion. To the extent that anything was ever …

The 6 Most Earth-like Alien Planets

Discovering the first true "alien Earth" is a long-held dream of astronomers — and recent exoplanet discoveries suggest that their dream will come …

Exactly How Big Is Pluto?

We learned a lot about Pluto from NASA’s New Horizons mission this month. And one important detail that the spacecraft sent back was a more accurate …

NASA Has Discovered a Planet That Seems a Lot Like Earth

NASA scientists have pinpointed a planet orbiting a Sun-like star that may resemble Earth more than any of the other 1,000 planets so far discovered …

Astronomy

SpaceX rocket failure cost NASA $110 million

Taxpayers lost $110 million when a<p>SpaceXrocket carrying cargo to the International Space Station disintegrated shortly after liftoff last month, aNASAofficial said at a Friday hearing.<p>"That's gone," William Gerstenmaier, a NASA associate administrator, said of the cargo lost when the SpaceX rocket …

Playing Pac-Man with space junk

The CleanSpace One project will deploy a satellite equipped with a net to go catch a small satellite and destroy it in Earth's atmosphere.<p>Three years after the project was first announced, the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne has revealed details of a plan to send a satellite into space to …

Space Exploration

No Man's Sky: How to Leave your Mark on the Universe

Heading alone into the infinite unknown.<p>The universe is overflowing with intelligent life, and yet No Man's Sky is an oppressively lonely journey. …

No Man's Sky

Apocalypse Not Now: Yellowstone supervolcano eruption predictable up to 10 yrs in advance

US scientists have found a way to estimate the time of the next eruption of the dormant volcano in Yellowstone National Park from 10 months to 10 …

We're not alone—but the universe may be less crowded than we think

There may be far fewer galaxies further out in the universe than might be expected, according to a new study led by Michigan State University.

Michigan State University

Could a wormhole in our galaxy take us to another UNIVERSE?

Could a wormhole in our galaxy take us to another UNIVERSE? Interstellar-style 'space time tunnel' may exist in the Milky Way<p><b>If a wormhole exists, it</b> …

Wormholes

2015 June 30 - An Unusual Mountain on Asteroid Ceres

<b>An Unusual Mountain on Asteroid Ceres</b> <b><br>Image Credit:</b> NASA, JPL-Caltech, UCLA, MPS/DLR/IDA<p><b>Explanation:</b> What created this large mountain on asteroid …

Astronomy

NASA disconnects feed showing presence of 3 UFOs on earth

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) have come under the scanner of conspiracy theorists who claim that the live feed showing the …

Paranormal

How Space Trash Can Be Used Against The U.S.

Man-made and defunct objects from over half a century worth of spacefaring now litter Earth orbits. This orbital debris poses a significant challenge for the safety and sustainability of our universal commons. But the greater, and more immediate, risk for the global community comes from the ways in …

Space Exploration

NASA says mysterious bright object streaking across sky was 'too slow' to be meteor - so what was it?

NASA has released footage of a mysterious bright object streaking across Earth just after midnight last night.<p>The enormous unidentified flying object …

Space Station

If we're going to Mars, where are we going to land, live and work on the red planet?

Image: Shutterstock/NikoNomad<p>Image: Shutterstock/NikoNomad<p>NASA HAS BEEN setting its sights on Mars for some time, with undersea research stations and …

Space Science