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Barcelona Reportedly Under UEFA Investigation for Champions League Final Banners

Barcelona may begin their Champions League defence with a fine and partial stadium closure after UEFA reportedly opened proceedings against their supporters' political use of banners and chants during last month's final victory over Juventus.<p>According to <i>Publico</i> (h/t Joaquin Maroto of <i>AS</i>), the …

Soccer

Nasa's space-age 'boomerang' drone is headed for Mars

Nasa has developed a prototype drone aircraft destined to be the first to fly on Mars.<p>The Preliminary Research Aerodynamic Design to Land on Mars, or …

Space Science

The exciting and grueling life of a SpaceX intern, where you meet Elon Musk and 'work whatever 80 hours a week you want'

Each year, SpaceX hires over 700 interns who get a taste of what it's like on the cutting edge of space travel.<p>According to the internship listing, only the most driven candidates need apply.<p>It reads: "If you're undaunted by the impossible, actively seeking out insanely challenging projects under …

Elon Musk

Engineers Stumble on a Whole New Method of Laser-Based Spacecraft Propulsion

Are graphene light-sponges the new solar sails?<p>A team of Chinese physicists has developed a new variety of light-based propulsion system with the ability to harness much greater forces than a conventional solar sail. The key, according to the Nankai University-based group, is in swapping out the …

Nanotech

When We Go to Mars We'll Need a Flag for Earth

A design for a flag to unite all Earthlings.<p>Picture man landing on the Moon and somewhere in the image there's probably an iconic emblem: the American flag.<p>But a Swedish design student thinks that a national flag alone doesn't suffice for space missions. When they venture beyond our planet, …

Inspiration

The Air Force's Secret Space Plane Will Launch Tomorrow

And it’s testing out its new Darth Vader-style engines<p>Tomorrow, the Air Force is scheduled to send its secret space plane back into orbit for undisclosed purposes. The two X-37Bs--unmanned, shuttle-like craft--have already spent over three and a half years in orbit. The Air Force, despite “air” in …

Space Exploration

Bill Nye's first LightSail probe to launch Wednesday

A spacecraft designed to fly through the cosmos using the Sun's radiation is expected to fly into orbit for the first time Wednesday.<p>The spacecraft …

This is astronaut Scott Kelly's bedroom in space

Kelly tweeted a picture of his minuscule bedroom aboard the International Space Station, where he is spending a full year.<p>His bedroom is about the size of a cubbyhole, but astronaut Scott Kelly doesn't seem to mind.<p>The American, who is spending a year at the International Space Station, tweeted a …

Space Science
Universe

Herschel and Planck find missing clue to galaxy cluster formation

Proto-cluster candidates<p>31 March 2015<p>By combining observations of the distant Universe made with ESA’s Herschel and Planck space observatories, …

Universe

Chasing The Mystery Of Spacetime's Local 'Bulk Flow'

For decades, the root cause of our Milky Way galaxy’s “bulk flow” in the direction of the Centaurus and Hydra constellations has retained an air of mystery. Our own star’s motion through the Milky Way is relatively well understood. But a full understanding of the exact forces driving our Local …

Dark Matter

Soon, Humans Will Follow Robots Into Deep Space

Today, astronaut Scott Kelly will board a Russian Soyuz spacecraft bound for the International Space Station. He’ll spend a year in low-Earth orbit, …

CIA 'tried to crack security of Apple devices'

Agency tried to create dummy version of development software that would allow it to insert surveillance back doors into apps<p>The CIA led sophisticated intelligence agency efforts to undermine the encryption used in Apple phones, as well as insert secret surveillance back doors into apps, top-secret …

Surveillance

Energy from dry ice could power human colonies on Mars

A mission to Mars has captured the public's imagination and the possibility of making that second small step has never seemed so close. Current NASA …

Step Aside, Rockets – Ion Engines Are the Future of Space Travel

The NASA spacecraft Dawn has spent more than seven years traveling across the solar system to intercept the asteroid Vesta and the dwarf planet …

Space Travel

The Dark Heart Of The Milky Way

Dark matter, the mysterious substance that makes up four-fifths of the stuff in the universe, has been found for the first time in the centre of the Milky Way.<p>The rivals have proposed an alternative hypothesis, called modified Newtonian dynamics (Mond), suggesting that the laws of gravity work …

Dark Matter

Shocking Or Intriguing? NASA Challenges Physics, To Build Faster-Than-Light Spaceship ‘Warp Drive’

NASA scientist Harold White has stunned the world with his announcement that he and his team has begun work on the development of a faster-than-light …

The dark future of American space exploration - Vox

NASA's golden age is about to come to a thudding halt<p>One by one they flickered to life. Venus, first, in 1962, and two and a half years later, Mars. Our spacecraft flew by those planets, orbited them, and became manmade meteors streaking toward the first soil we couldn’t generically call "earth." …

Astronomy