Rachel Marriott

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3 Congressmen Trying To Tie Up SpaceX

An anonymous reader writes: <i>Phil Plait reports that a trio of U.S. Congressmen are asking NASA to investigate what they call "an epidemic of</i> …

Can humans have two hearts?

Doctor Who can function with two hearts, but can non-Time Lords do the same? Greg Foot finds out.<p>Being a Gallifreyan, Doctor Who has a binary vascular system, where the blood vessels lead to two hearts. If the Time Lord can function with two hearts, can humans do the same?<p>Aside from conjoined …

Graphene - the new wonder material

Scientific interest rolls in for a material that is more solid than steel and a better conductor than copper<p>The molecule is priceless but it is not a matter of cost – a few hundred dollars per kilo. The value lies in its potential. The molecule in question is called graphene and the EU is prepared …

Doctor Who: 50 things you didn't know

1. The Doctor lives longer in France<p>French audiences watching Doctor Who dubbed into their native tongue obviously can’t be expected to know the difference between Christopher Eccleston’s Lancashire vowels and David Tennant’s adopted southern accent – but isn’t there some metaphysical conundrum …

NASA TV Press Briefing Recaps Launch of Latest Mars Mission

The Science of Doctor Who, BBC Two, review

Professor Brian Cox gave an excellent science lecture at the Royal Institution on the subject of Doctor Who – though those hoping to discover the secret of time travel may have been disappointed<p>For 188 years, the Royal Institution’s lecture hall has seen worthy addresses on such topics as the laws …

Watch a supercomputer track trillions of particles in the latest universe simulation

This purple star map is our best guess at the shape of the universe at half its current age, according to a new simulation from a research team at Argonne National Lab. The project is called the Hardware / Hybrid Accelerated Cosmology Code (HACC), an attempt to use supercomputers to model the …

Cassini reveals Saturn's true colours

"There is not perhaps another object in the heavens that presents us with such a variety of extraordinary phenomena as the planet Saturn," William Herschel once remarked. "It is a magnificent globe, encompassed by a stupendous double ring; attended by seven satellites; ornamented with equatorial …

Build These DIY 3-D Glasses To Make Photos Of The Moon Pop

Stereoscopic vision in 20 minutes<p>When viewed from Earth, the moon appears flat. Stereo vision requires each eye to see an object from slightly different angles, but the intervening 239,000 miles squash the moon’s deep craters and spherical shape into a uniform, luminous pancake. You could build a …

Sun’s magnetic field about to flip

This reversal happens every 11 years and is tied to the sun’s cycle of activity, now near its peak. The effects of the reversal will ripple …

Universe

Researchers close in on experiments that could solve physics' 'biggest single problem'

The theories of quantum mechanics and general relativity have held up time and again at describing the physics of our universe at a micro and a macro scale, but when it comes to gravity, the two pose a major problem that physicists haven't been able to resolve: for certain interactions, the two …

“Distant, Younger, Galaxies Look Very Different than Nearby Galaxies"

“Distant, younger, galaxies look very different to nearby galaxies, which means that they’ve changed, or evolved, over time,” said Jacinta Delhaize a …

Surprising Spiral Structure Found at Galaxy's Supermassive Black Hole

Two international teams of astronomers have used the power of the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) to focus on jets from the huge …

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Community Details<p>26<p>Subscribers<p>1<p>Online<p>The Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA), an international partnership of Europe, North America …

Robotic armada is invading Mars 
from all directions

Mars Global Surveyor acquired this global map of Mars in September of 2000. Credit: NASA/JPL/MSSS<p><b>T</b>he Red Planet is getting a whole lot of attention …

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 …

Infographic: The Chaos Of Outer Space Simplified Through Flat Animation

See how our solar system works–and how it all ends.<p>There are two tropes for science fair projects: baking soda volcanoes and styrofoam ball solar system mobiles. Consider the latter, and compare it with even most superficial knowledge we all retained from elementary school. Those planetary …

Astronomy

A Rare New Bacterium Thrives In Spacecraft Cleanrooms

A recently discovered bacterium thrives in the cleanest places on Earth—where spacecraft are assembled.<p><i>Tersicoccus phoenicis</i> is no ordinary microbe. This rare bacterium can withstand chemical cleaning, ultraviolet rays, and a dearth of nutrients to live in some of the most sterile places around: …

Galaxies near and far: Milky Way and Andromeda

Central starry pathway is the Milky Way, our home galaxy. The Andromeda galaxy is an elongated fuzzy patch, just right of center.<p>EarthSky Facebook …

Telescope finds new ‘hunting ground’ for black holes

Astronomers have discovered a new black hole candidate in the globular cluster known as M62.<p>Last year when a team of astronomers led by a Michigan …

Universe

Albert Einstein's Fiery Collision With Earth's Atmosphere

The European Space Agency's Automated Transfer Vehicle completes its mission dramatically.<p>Over the weekend, the European Space Agnecy's latest Automated Transfer Vehicle completed its five-month mission. This type of craft is hailed as the "most reliable and complex space vehicle ever developed in …

From one collapsing star, two black holes form and fuse

“Nobody has ever predicted that a single collapsing star could produce a pair of black holes that then merge.” – Christian Reisswig<p>Black …

Why The Moon Should Be An International Park

We could learn a lot about Earth from the moon, and the risks of it being damaged are only increasing.<p>The thought of a robot laying tracks over Neil Armstrong’s and Buzz Aldrin’s footprints just seems wrong. And the risk is greater than you might think. Private spaceflight is flourishing, and even …

Why India's Mars Mission Is So Much Cheaper Than NASA's

Former NASA Administrator Daniel Goldin pioneered a "faster, better, cheaper" approach to America's space program, but he would have been hard-pressed to deliver a Mars mission for the bargain-basement price of India's first probe to the red planet, which blasted off Tuesday.<p>"India's Mars mission, …

The sounds of interstellar space

Find out what deep space sounds like in a new video from NASA.<p>Scifi movies are sometimes criticized when explosions in the void make noise. As the …

India set for Mars mission

On Tuesday India aims to become the first country to launch an orbital flight at the first attempt<p>India is aiming to join the world's deep-space pioneers with a journey to Mars that it hopes will showcase its technological ability to explore the solar system while seeking solutions for everyday …

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 …

India's space agency prepares for its first-ever mission to Mars

If all goes according to plan, India will soon join an elite handful of countries that have successfully sent a spacecraft to the red planet.<p>The country will on Tuesday launch the unmanned orbiter Mangalyaan (which means "Mars craft" in Hindi) from its Satish Dhawan Space Centre. The craft, which …

EarthSky’s 2018 meteor shower guide

Bad news. In 2018, moonlight will obscure the Delta Aquarid’s nominal peak in late July. Good news! The Delta Aquarids will still be flying at the …

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