Mr A Starkie

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Astronomers Using White Dwarf Orbiting Massive Neutron Star to Test General Relativity

Astronomers announced today that they have been using ESO's Very Large Telescope to observe what they call "a bizarre stellar pair." The bizarre …

Young Engineer of the Year builds his own genetics lab – video

Fred Turner, Young Engineer of the Year 2013, describes how he built his own PCR machine and other equipment for a home gene-sequencing lab. As he …

James Webb Space Telescope Wings It

The James Webb Space Telescope will succeed Hubble in 2018, boasting modern computers and a mirror with seven times the viewing area. Bob Hellekson, ATK Program Manager for the telescope, discusses the telescope's newly constructed wings, designed to support the telescope's folding mirror, and …

The robots are coming, but will we love them?

Recent studies blur the lines between man, machine, and emotion<p>Would you shed a tear if a robot was being tortured before your eyes? According to Astrid Rosenthal-von der Pütten, you just might.<p>Rosenthal-von der Pütten is a researcher at the University of Duisburg-Essen in Germany, and the author …

WIRED Space Photo of the Day 2013 | WIRED

Jan. 19, 2014: Solar X-Flare<p>The largest sunspot group of the solar cycle unleashed a large (X1.2 class) flare just when it was facing right towards …

Satellite sights: How technology is changing environmental perspectives

Technological advances aren't always kind to Mother Earth — witness the impact of nuclear waste, industrial emissions and plastic bottles — but high-tech environmental monitoring systems are also helping us get a handle on the state of our planet. It's good to remember that as Earth Week draws to a …

Earth Day 2013 on This Week @ NASA

Water in Stratosphere of Jupiter Was Delivered by Comet

Water in the stratosphere of Jupiter was delivered there by comet Shoemaker-Levy 9, which struck Jupiter in 1994. The European Space Agency (ESA) …

'MorePhone' prototype uses a flexible, shape-shifting display to notify users

Flexible display technology has long been touted as a differentiating factor for the smartphones of the future, but many of the use cases we've heard about have focused on increased durability. Researchers at Queens University's Human Media Lab are looking at a different use with a prototype device …

NASA, Nike and others seek revolutionary fabrics for space travel and beyond

NASA and Nike share more in common than you think: both agencies need to figure out more efficient, sustainable ways of developing fabric. For Nike, the reasons should be obvious: its main line of business is apparel, and it could always use more cost-effective and environmentally friendly …

Got 5 minutes? Learn to see Saturn

June, July and August are especially good months for viewing Saturn in 2017. But you can find Saturn in May, 2017, too, especially when the moon …

APOD: A Raging Storm System on Saturn (2013 Apr 28) Image Credit: Cassini Imaging Team, SSI, JPL, ESA, NASA http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap130428.html Explanation: It was one of the largest and longest lived storms ever recorded in our Solar System. First seen in late 2010, the above cloud formation in the northern hemisphere of Saturn started larger than the Earth and soon spread completely around the planet. The storm was tracked not only from Earth but from up close by the robotic Cassini spacecraft currently orbiting Saturn. Pictured above in false colored infrared in February, orange colors indicate clouds deep in the atmosphere, while light colors highlight clouds higher up. The rings of Saturn are seen nearly edge-on as the thin blue horizontal line. The warped dark bands are the shadows of the rings cast onto the cloud tops by the Sun to the upper left. A source of radio noise from lightning, the intense storm was thought to relate to seasonal changes when spring emerges in the north of Saturn. After raging for over six months, the iconic storm circled the entire planet and then tried to absorb its own tail -- which surprisingly caused it to fade away. http://www.ciclops.org/view_event/165/ http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/news/news.php?release=2011-359 http://saturn.jpl.nasa.gov/news/cassinifeatures/feature20111117/ Starship Asterisk* • APOD Discussion Page http://asterisk.apod.com/discuss_apod.php?date=130428 Starship Asterisk* • On This Day in APOD http://asterisk.apod.com/view_retro.php?date=0428

From Battle To Birds: Drones Get Second Life Counting Critters

The U.S. military and law enforcement agencies have seen increased public scrutiny on the domestic use of the robotically piloted planes known as drones. Working on the sidelines of this debate, the U.S. Geological Survey has been trying to find a second life for retired military drones in the …

Weapons of choice: harpoons, nets, and lasers might attack 'space junk'

Space debris, including defunct satellites, chunks of spacecraft, and abandoned rocket stages, is piling up in orbit at an alarming rate. At a conference held this week by the European Space Agency (ESA), researchers suggested various ways to tackle the problem — including harpoons, nets, and …

Watch Live: Half the Moon Goes Dark During Partial Lunar Eclipse

Author: Adam Mann. Adam Mann Science<p>Date of Publication: 04.25.13.<p>Time of Publication: 2:30 pm. 2:30 pm<p>Watch as the Earth’s shadow darkens half the …

See it! Photos of April 25-26 lunar eclipse

Best photos from EarthSky friends around the world of the partial lunar eclipse of April 25, 2013.<p>It was the third-shortest partial lunar eclipse of …

SpaceShipTwo could go supersonic Monday, billionaire backer says

Virgin Galactic's billionaire founder, Richard Branson, says his company is planning to fire up SpaceShipTwo's rocket engine for the first time in flight on Monday — a "historic" blast that is expected to send the space plane supersonic.<p>"We're hoping to break the sound barrier," Branson told the …

Earth's core far hotter than thought

<b>New measurements suggest the Earth's inner core is far hotter than prior experiments suggested, putting it at 6,000C - as hot as the Sun's surface.</b><p>The solid iron core is actually crystalline, surrounded by liquid.<p>But the temperature at which that crystal can form had been a subject of long-running …

APOD: A Year on the Sun (2013 Apr 26) Image Credit: NASA, Solar Dynamics Observatory http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap130426.html Explanation: Our solar system's miasma of incandescent plasma, the Sun may look a little scary here. The picture is a composite of 25 images recorded in extreme ultraviolet light by the orbiting Solar Dynamics Observatory between April 16, 2012 and April 15, 2013. The particular wavelength of light, 171 angstroms, shows emission from highly ionized iron atoms in the solar corona at a characteristic temperatures of about 600,000 kelvins (about 1 million degrees F). Girdling both sides of the equator during the approach to maximum in its 11-year solar cycle, the solar active regions are laced with bright loops and arcs along magnetic field lines. Of course, a more familiar visible light view would show the bright active regions as groups of dark sunspots. Three years of Solar Dynamics Observatory images are compressed into this short video. http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/sdo/news/first-light-3rd.html http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dHvPJp9YFfY Starship Asterisk* • APOD Discussion Page http://asterisk.apod.com/discuss_apod.php?date=130426 Starship Asterisk* • On This Day in APOD http://asterisk.apod.com/view_retro.php?date=0426

Milky Way over Crater Lake

Crater Lake in Oregon is famous for the clarity and blue color of its water. But it’s also a beautiful place to go stargazing.<p>Ben Coffman Photography …

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