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Monster Galaxy Tosses Stars to the Cosmic Curb

Changing Planet<p>This artist’s illustration shows the hypervelocity star cluster HVGC-1 escaping from the supergiant elliptical galaxy M87. HVGC-1 is the first runaway star cluster discovered by astronomers. It is fated to drift through intergalactic space. Credit: David A. Aguilar (CfA)<p><b>Talk about</b> …

Cold War Spy-Satellite Images Unveil Lost Cities

Cold War reconnaissance photos triple the number of known archaeology sites across the Middle East.<p>A study of Cold War spy-satellite photos has tripled the number of known archaeological sites across the Middle East, revealing thousands of ancient cities, roads, canals, and other ruins.<p>In recent …

Surprise! Double star system is really a triple - Futurity

A nearby star system—of special interest for its unusual exoplanet and dusty debris disk—is not …

Secret court lets NSA extend its trawl of Verizon customers' phone records

Latest revelation an indication of how Obama administration has opened up hidden world of mass communications surveillance<p>The National Security Agency has been allowed to extend its dragnet of the telephone records of millions of US customers of Verizon through a court order issued by the secret …

Seymour Hersh on Obama, NSA and the 'pathetic' American media

Seymour Hersh has got some extreme ideas on how to fix journalism – close down the news bureaus of NBC and ABC, sack 90% of editors in publishing and get back to the fundamental job of journalists which, he says, is to be an outsider.<p>It doesn't take much to fire up Hersh, the investigative …

A flyby of Venus, a dying galaxy and a birthday toast to Edgar Allan Poe – in pictures

In the week a millionaire promised a hair-raising roundtrip to Mars for a lucky couple, we let you swing by the planet Venus, glimpse the fate of the Milky Way and pay tribute to a master of the macabre on Mercury – all from the comfort of your own home

World's most powerful telescopes begin observation – video

An £870m observatory has begun operating in a Chilean desert. The Alma group of telescopes can delve deeper into space than ever before and study wavelengths invisible to the human eye. It is thought the observations could lead to the discovery of more planets and solar systems

White House Death Star petition is a no-go

The US government has rejected a petition urging it to build a "Death Star", claiming it was too expensive, conceptually flawed and did not fit in with the policy of not blowing up planets.<p>The online petition, created on 14 November 2012, urged the White House "to secure funding and resources, and …

Pluto's moons campaign backed by Star Trek's William Shatner - video

Previously unheralded Canadian astronaut, 53, brings space's beauty and banality to new generation – helped by his web-savvy sons, reports <b>Allan Woods</b><p>Published: 22 Feb 2013<p>The new infrared view of the nebula is radically different from those seen with optical telescopes<p>Published: 20 Feb 2013<p>Welsh …

Kepler satellite: astronomers may have discovered 461 new planets

Nasa's Kepler satellite reveals several of the suspected planets are in their star's habitable zone where life might exist<p>Astronomers have found possible evidence for 461 new planets outside our solar system, using measurements from Nasa's planet-hunting satellite, Kepler.<p>The data has also been …

How big is the universe … compared with a grain of sand? - video

Scientist praises socialist philosopher under attack from senator Joseph McCarthy in letters written in 1954<p>Published: 1 Mar 2013<p><b>Stephen Curry:</b> Wonders of Life is the amazing story of the physics of living things, but underneath there is a harder and more complex tale to tell<p>Published: 18 Feb …

Nasa Curiosity rover tests suggest life may have existed on Mars

Curiosity rover finds ancient network of rivers on Mars that could have made parts of the planet habitable for microbial life<p>An ancient network of rivers on Mars once made parts of the planet habitable for microbial life, according to the latest analysis from Nasa's Curiosity rover.<p>Rock dust …

Animal astronauts: the unsung heroes of space exploration

Albert (I and II) the monkeys, Laika the dog, Felix the cat, and other animals – a brief history of non-human space flight<p>From intrepid turtles to pioneering jellyfish, a host of animals have made their mark as the unsung heroes of space exploration.<p>Early animal astronauts were used to test the …

Mars Curiosity rover to continue roving after technical glitch

Nasa mission controllers will put Curiosity through basic moves in cautious return to active service after it went into safe mode<p>Nasa engineers have overcome a computer glitch that shut down the space agency's car-sized Mars rover, Curiosity, earlier this week.<p>The $2.5bn rover went into a …

Mission to the Mars Desert Research Station in Utah – in pictures

Photojournalist Jim Urquhart always wanted to go into space. Here he comes close to his dream, documenting a team of scientists who are using the Utah desert as a dry run for future missions to Mars

Space Exploration

Do black holes have hair?

Black holes may be less simple and “clean” than how the most authoritative theoretical model describes them.<p>A black hole. A simple and clear concept, …

Why Do Mysterious Lizards Have Green Blood?

<b>Roses are red, violets are blue … and these lizards’ blood is green.</b><p>It’s not a trick of the imagination or a penchant for food coloring—<i>Prasinohaema</i> skinks living on the island of New Guinea actually have green blood, bones, and tissue—and one scientist is trying to figure out why.<p>Louisiana State …

Asteroid Initiative Workshop -- Asteroid Redirection Systems (Part 2 of 3)

April guide to the bright planets

April finds Venus blazing away in the west at evening twilight, and Jupiter rising at mid-to-late evening. After the Mars and Saturn conjunction on …

Astronomy

Jacques Cousteau's Grandson Plans To Live Underwater For A Month

The younger Cousteau is seeking funding for the research project on Indiegogo.<p>Fabien Cousteau, the grandson of legendary underwater explorer Jacques Cousteau, is planning an undersea expedition of his own. Rather than uncover new depths, the younger Cousteau and a team of co-aquanauts instead want …

Scuba Diving

Scientists May Have Source For A.D. 1257 'Mystery Eruption'

Scientists think they've identified the source of a massive volcanic eruption that occurred in A.D. 1257 and spread telltale traces across the globe.<p>The culprit in the "mystery eruption" appears to be the Samalas volcano, part of the Mount Rinjani Volcanic Complex on Indonesia's Lombok Island, an …

Astronomy Picture of the Day (APOD)

Real-life Lightsabers Created by Harvard and MIT Scientists

Scientists have found a way to bind together photons that creates a sort of real-life lightsabers, they say.<p>A group of scientists figured out how to …

Quantum Mechanics

Water Found on Mars

Soil samples collected from Mars by the NASA rover Curiosity contain several percent water, as reported in a recent edition of the journal …