P. Griffin Sneath

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21 Science Fictions That Became Science Facts In 2013

If only Isaac Asimov could see us now. There's an old saying that science fiction is really just predicting — or helping prevent — the future.

India’s First Mars Mission Launches Flawlessly on Historic Journey to the Red Planet

WOW MOM !<br>Blastoff of the Indian developed Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM) on Nov. 5, 2013 from the Indian Space Research Organization’s (ISRO) Satish …

8.8 billion habitable Earth-size planets exist in Milky Way alone

WASHINGTON — Space is vast, but it may not be so lonely after all: A study finds the Milky Way is teeming with billions of planets that are about the size of Earth, orbit stars just like our sun, and exist in the Goldilocks zone — not too hot and not too cold for life.<p>Astronomers using NASA data …

Universe

Life in close-up: photomicrography competition winners - in pictures

Nikon has announced the winners of its 2013 Small World Photomicrography Competition. Winning images were selected for displaying both artistic quality and scientific technique. Eric Flem at Nikon said: "After 39 years we are proud to watch the competition continue to grow, allowing us to honor …

The devil you know: inside the world of a psychopathic scientist

James Fallon has the biology of a stone-cold killer — and he would know<p>James Fallon is a happily married father of three, an award-winning neuroscientist at the University of California, Irvine, the founder of several successful biotech companies, and a scientific advisor to the US Department of …

Will we ever bring the dead back to life?

Understanding the processes governing death is helping experts try to halt and reverse it. It’s also challenging our ideas about the nature of death itself.<p>Zach Conrad died on a lovely Sunday afternoon in Philadelphia. It was 3 June 2012, and the 36-year-old financial analyst had decided to take a …

Stellar Space HD Wallpapers

Hey, space geeks! It's time to pimp your desktop with some fantastic, and why not to say, stellar space wallpapers! These are some high definition …

Space

30 years of space shuttle missions: A salute in images

The shuttle era is over, but graphic artist Luke Wesley Price is determined to keep the memory from fading. A new photography book, written and designed by Price, collects some of "the most breathtaking and awe-inspiring NASA images from the space shuttle’s 30-year service history."<p>"Space Shuttle: …

Why all we knew about planets is wrong

We thought we knew how planets form, but the discovery of hundreds outside our Solar System changed all that, even what type of world can house life like ours.<p>Up to only a couple of decades ago the perception of our Solar System was so simple. Every planet is unique: Saturn has its spectacular …

The gravitational orbit of any moon, planet, star or galaxy forms a helix, when you view it traveling through a time dimension

<b>The gravitational orbit of any moon, planet, star or galaxy forms a helix, when you view it traveling through a time dimension.</b> A 3-dimensional helix is a ‘slice’ of the 4-dimensional shape of the orbit of a planet; Y is a time dimension, X and Z are space dimensions. One 2D slice of a 3D helix is a circle, another is a wave. One 3D slice of a 4D helix is a sphere; a planet in a specific moment of time.<p>Interesting patterns are revealed when you start thinking about the 4-dimensional shapes of …

Astronomers Locate Most Distant Known Galaxy in the Universe

Astronomers have located the most distant known galaxy in the universe. The image above shows the galaxy, named z8_GND_5296. The image was taken from …

Building A Better Bomb Detector

Dogs are the best bomb detectors we have. Can scientists do better?<p>It's Christmas season at the Quintard Mall, in Oxford, Alabama, and were it not a weekday morning, the tiled halls would be thronged with shoppers, and I'd probably feel much weirder walking past Victoria's Secret with TNT in my …

Mirach is guide star to three galaxies

The orange-colored star Mirach in the constellation Andromeda acts as your guide star to 3 different galaxies.<p>The star Mirach (Beta Andromedae) in …

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Modular Robotics

The most customizable personal robot.<p>Fifteen years ago, Lego released the Mindstorms Robotics Invention System, and amateur roboticists went wild. With it, they could snap together motorized creations that they could program with an intelligent brick. Since then, the Mindstorms online community has …

Orion: Nasa’s $5bn spacecraft in need of a mission

Nasa's replacement for the Space Shuttle may have been in development for almost 10 years but there’s still one problem: no-one quite knows what it is for.<p>Every organisation needs an ideas person. A maverick thinker. Someone who not only thinks outside the box, but who considers replacing it …

Are Oreos really as addictive as cocaine?

No. No, they're not.<p>It seems like everything can make us addicted these days. Our iPhones. The internet. Oreos. But just because something is pleasurable and causes a relevant reward area of your brain to light up does not mean that it is addictive.<p>An addiction is like a compulsion, where you …

Curiosity Confirms Origins of Martian Meteorites

Earth’s most eminent emissary to Mars has just proven that those rare Martian visitors that sometimes drop in on Earth — a.k.a. Martian meteorites — …

Possible Huge Meteorite Fragment Recovered From Russian Fireball

A half-ton meteorite — presumably from the Russian fireball that broke up over Chelyabinsk in February — was dragged up from Lake Chebarkul in the …

Black Hole Consuming Matter Spotted by Hubble and ALMA

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Space History Photo: Space Shuttle Atlantis returns to Earth after mission STS-30 landing at Edwards Air Force Base, CA. at 3:43:38 EDT on May 8, 1989. http://oak.ctx.ly/r/exrs Crew members of STS-30 were: Commander David M. Walker; Pilot Ronald J. Grabe; and Mission Specialists Mark C. Lee, Norman E. Thagard, and Mary L. Cleave.

What does the Earth look like from space?

How can a desert turn blue? And how can Penguins be spotted from thousands of miles away? As a new book reveals, satellites can change the way we see the world<p>"The view was magnificent. But I did not see the Great Wall of China," said Yang Liwei, China's first astronaut, adopting a nearly regretful …

18-Foot Oarfish Livens Up A 'Leisurely Snorkel' In California

A snorkeler off the coast of California found more than she bargained for on the ocean floor Sunday, when she saw the large eyes of an 18-foot fish staring back at her. It turned out to be a dead oarfish, a mysterious creature known to live in waters thousands of feet deep.<p>The discovery at the …

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 …

Messier Monday: A Bright, Close Delight of the Winter Skies, M34

“The deeper reason we fear our own glory is that once we let others see it, they will have seen the truest us, and that is nakedness indeed. […] It …

Is the U.S. yielding spaceflight leadership to China? As U.S. influence in international spaceflight wanes, China is steadily becoming a key player in future exploration and collaboration, explains Leroy Chiao, former NASA astronaut and commander of the International Space Station. http://oak.ctx.ly/r/etzo See related article, China Looms as Main Launch Competition, SpaceX Says: http://oak.ctx.ly/r/etzt

The shutdown can’t stop NASA astronauts from tweeting amazing space pics

Of all the government agencies affected by the Oct. 1 shutdown, NASA was perhaps the most troubling. If a giant asteroid was hurtling towards Earth, …

Here Are The Front Runners To Win A Science Nobel Prize This Year

Thomson Reuters, which has been predicting the Nobel Winners for more than 10 years, released its annual list of potential winners Wednesday.<p>The media outlet has successfully predicted 27 wins using data from the Web Of Science website, including how many times a given set of scientific literature …

Why Brain Surgeons Want Help From A Maggot-Like Robot

Brain surgery is a dicey business. Even the most experienced surgeons can damage healthy tissue while trying to root out tumors deep inside the brain.<p>Researchers from the University of Maryland are working on a solution, and it sounds like something out of a sci-fi movie. They're developing a tiny, …