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X-51A WaveRider hypersonic missile successfully hits Mach 5.1 in final test

In its fourth and final test, the X-51A WaveRider pulled off three and a half minutes of flight under the power of its supersonic combustion ramjet (Scramjet), the longest such flight ever. The WaveRider, developed by Boeing, DARPA, and the Air Force, is designed to test the feasibility of …

Magnetic pulses may help treat depression

A treatment for depression that uses magnetic pulses to activate key areas of the brain is being offered in Britain for the first time.<p>The London Psychiatry Centre has adapted a technology known as Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation, which focuses magnetic beams into the brain, to treat …

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 …

Record-setting blast of gamma rays from a dying star

A shockingly, eye-wateringly bright gamma ray burst from a galaxy 3.6 billion light-years away.<p>NASA said late in the day yesterday (May 3, 2013) that …

Universe

Sun produced strong flare on May 3, 2013

The sun produced a strong solar flare on May 3, 2013. No ill effects on or near Earth are expected, but it did produce some beautiful images.<p>The sun …

Astronomy

There is no alternative! | Michael Krämer | Life & Physics

The late Margaret "Tina" Thatcher claimed that "there is no alternative" to economic liberalism, and our own iron Frau Angela Merkel has defended her …

Solar-powered aeroplane lands in Phoenix – video

Solar Impulse, a prototype solar-powered plane, lands after the first leg of an expedition across America. The fuel-free craft weighs the same as a …

Brian Cox: TV shows inspire a new generation of children to study science

He conquered the pop charts with 1990s band D:Ream, explained the intricacies of gravity to a confused nation and even appeared in a magazine list of …

Scientists map global routes of ship-borne invasive species

<b>Scientists have developed the first global model that analyses the routes taken by marine invasive species.</b><p>The researchers examined the movements of cargo ships around the world to identify the hot spots where these aquatic aliens might thrive.<p>Marine species are taken in with ballast water on …

Week in Photos: May 4, 2013

From the Bangladesh factory collapse aftermath to May Day protests, see the week’s most striking images.<p>Wong Maye-E/AP

APOD: A Supercell Thunderstorm Cloud Over Montana (2013 May 05) Image Credit & Copyright: Sean R. Heavey http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap130505.html Explanation: Is that a spaceship or a cloud? Although it may seem like an alien mothership, it's actually a impressive thunderstorm cloud called a supercell. Such colossal storm systems center on mesocyclones -- rotating updrafts that can span several kilometers and deliver torrential rain and high winds including tornadoes. Jagged sculptured clouds adorn the supercell's edge, while wind swept dust and rain dominate the center. A tree waits patiently in the foreground. The above supercell cloud was photographed in July west of Glasgow, Montana, USA, caused minor damage, and lasted several hours before moving on. http://www.seanrheavey.com/ Starship Asterisk* • APOD Discussion Page http://asterisk.apod.com/discuss_apod.php?date=130505 Starship Asterisk* • On This Day in APOD http://asterisk.apod.com/view_retro.php?date=0505