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The Lyrid meteor shower is starting

You might see some Lyrids this week. April 22 is the peak morning. Try April 21 and 23 as well. Good news … the moon is out of the way.<p>The annual …

Astronomy

Extend Big Dipper’s handle to Spica

Use the Big Dipper to arc to the star Arcturus. Then drive a spike to the star Spica on these springtime evenings!<p>Tonight … <b>follow the arc to</b> …

Last night’s galaxy and comet rendezvous

Here is the beautiful Comet PANSTARRS as it appeared near the Andromeda Galaxy on April 4, 2013.

Solid or Liquid? Physicists Redefine States of Matter

Why can you stand on a glacier but not the ocean?<p>The answer seems simple enough: Liquids flow. Solids don’t. The atoms in liquids can slosh around. …

Aries? Here’s your constellation

How to see Aries the Ram in your night sky, plus info about this constellation in astronomy history and mythology.<p>The sun – as seen from Earth – …

Black Sea

Apple and T-Mobile open iPhone 5 pre-orders, shipping April 12th

Apple and T-Mobile today opened pre-orders for the iPhone 5, a week ahead of the smartphone's official April 12th release. T-Mobile, the fourth largest carrier in the US, becomes the last of the big four operators to offer the iPhone, following behind AT&T, Verizon Wireless, and Sprint.<p>Last week, …

iOS 7 Concept Features Widgets, New Lock Screen, Mission Control and More

Earlier this week, a number of Apple-focused bloggers claimed iOS 7 was running behind schedule and that it would bring a significant user interface refresh.<p>Designer F. Bianco has posted a set of images to Flickr with some interesting thoughts on what useful changes Apple could make to iOS 7 to …

Microsoft: Facebook Home presentation was 'remarkably similar' to Windows Phone launch

Facebook unveiled its new Home family of apps earlier this week, with a strong focus on "people, not apps." Microsoft's head of corporate communications, Frank Shaw, has taken to the company's official blog to voice his issues with Facebook's presentation. Shaw jokingly notes he had to check his …

AMS experiment measures antimatter excess in space

Geneva, 3 April 2013. The international team running the Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer (AMS1) today announced the first results in its search for dark …

Star brightness versus star luminosity

Some extremely large and hot stars blaze away with the luminosity of a million suns! But other stars look bright only because they’re near Earth.<p>The …

Space Station's Giant Antimatter Magnet Finds Abundance Of Mysterious Particles

The Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer's first results could be evidence of dark matter.<p>Right in Earth's neighborhood, space is positively bubbling with high-energy antimatter particles--a lot more than can be explained. These excess positrons--mirror opposites of negatively charged electrons--just might …

Cell Fibers Could Be Woven Into Organ Transplants of the Future - D-brief

By Breanna Draxler | April 2, 2013 12:25 pm<p>Formation of metre-long core-shell hydrogel microfibre containing cells. <i>Image courtesy of Shoji Takeuchi</i> …

Obama unveils brain mapping initiative and calls for further research

Barack Obama has launched an ambitious plan to map the human brain for the first time, in an attempt to seek vital clues for treating diseases such …

Mars Curiosity rover gets back to sending snapshots

After a week of down time due to a computer glitch, NASA's Mars Curiosity rover is once again sending back pictures of its rocky Red Planet locale at Yellowknife Bay. In this fresh panorama, the rover looks as if it's sticking its drill-equipped robotic arm right in your face.<p>"That drill is hungry, …

Reports about East Coast meteor flood in, setting off a media scramble

A Friday night flash of light in the skies over the East Coast sparked a rash of meteor sighting reports, followed by a mad dash to track down photos and videos of the event.<p>The American Meteor Society logged more than 800 reports from a region ranging from North Carolina to Washington to New York …

NASA's hold on outreach sparks outcry; Uwingu aims to help fill gap

NASA's plan to suspend educational and public outreach activities due to budget sequestration has sparked protests from some of the space agency's biggest fans, and a commercial venture known as Uwingu wants to help fill the gap. Uwingu says it will direct proceeds from its contest to name the …

SpaceX Dragon capsule splashes down with ton of space station cargo

SpaceX said its robotic Dragon capsule splashed down in the Pacific Ocean on Tuesday, bringing back more than a ton of cargo from the International Space Station.<p>"Welcome home!" the California-based company said in a Twitter update, heralding the Dragon's return to Earth after more than three weeks …

Mystery mounds seen from space

Our monthly roundup of cool views from outer space includes this picture, showing a weird assortment of frost-covered mounds as seen from orbit. But where do you suppose the picture was taken? Morocco? Montana? Mercury? Mars? Take a guess, then click through March's edition of the Month in Space …

US-Russian crew hooks up with space station after fastest ride ever

A NASA astronaut and his two Russian crewmates made the fastest-ever trip to the International Space Station on Thursday, arriving less than six hours after launch.<p>In the past, it's taken two days for Soyuz spaceships to make the trip from Russia's Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. But mission …

Apple’s iWatch Is Actually Just A Wrist Band That Attaches To Your iPhone, iPad

The much-rumored Apple iWatch isn’t as exciting as you might have thought.<p>We’ve heard rumors of flexible displays and Siri integration, but it appears that Apple’s iWatch is actually just a band meant to connect with the Apple device of your choice.<p>According to this leaked video, which uses …

US Trademark Office says the “mini” in iPad mini is “merely descriptive” | Ars Technica

Apple has until July 24 to modify its trademark application and resubmit.<p>Apple's application for the "iPad mini" trademark must be more descriptive …

The Pirate Bay becomes world’s largest file-sharing website

The Pirate Bay has been the brunt of most legal battles dealing with piracy over the last few years, but apparently that isn’t stopping the website …

Faster-Than-Light Drive

Instead of using rockets or thrusters, a craft equipped with warp drive would move by distorting space.<p>The warp drive proposed by Miguel Alcubierre would achieve faster-than-light speeds by distorting space-time. The device would generate a field of negative energy that would squeeze or stretch …

Can you see Comet PANSTARRS now?

Even if you couldn’t spot Comet PANSTARRS before, you might spot it tonight – or soon – because it’s in a darker sky and near the Andromeda Galaxy.<p>No …