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Exotic Chemistry: World's Oldest Water and The Rarest Element

Russian space lizards return to Earth

A Russian capsule carrying mice and lizards has returned to Earth after spending a month in space.<p>Scientists say the experiment is intended to test …

Inside the private push for consumer space travel

Since the 1960s and PanAm's ill-fated Moon Flights Club, commercial passenger flights to space have been a tantalizing dream, one that's expected to finally come to fruition within the next year. For its cover story this week, <i>New York Magazine</i> takes an in-depth look at the industry, including …

APOD: Blue Sun Bursting (2013 May 20) Image Credit & Copyright: Alan Friedman (Averted Imagination) http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap130520.html Explanation: Our Sun is not a giant blueberry. Our Sun can be made to appear similar to the diminutive fruit, however, by imaging it in a specific color of extreme violet light called CaK that is emitted by the very slight abundance of ionized Calcium in the Sun's atmosphere, and then false color-inverting the image. This solar depiction is actually scientifically illuminating as a level of the Sun's chromosphere appears quite prominent, showing a crackly textured surface, cool sunspots appearing distinctly bright, and surrounding hot active regions appearing distinctly dark. The Sun is currently near the maximum activity level in its 11 year cycle, and has emitted powerful flares over the past week. During times of high activity, streams of energetic particles from Sun may impact the Earth's magnetosphere and set off spectacular auroras. http://www.avertedimagination.com/ Starship Asterisk* • APOD Discussion Page http://asterisk.apod.com/discuss_apod.php?date=130520 Starship Asterisk* • On This Day in APOD http://asterisk.apod.com/view_retro.php?date=0520

The invisible beauty of flowers - in pictures

http://www.theguardian.com/science/gallery/2013/may/19/invisible-beauty-flowers-in-pictures<p>720<p>Artist Susumu Nishinaga has used a scanning electron …

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Ubisoft confident in Nintendo Wii U's future

Ubisoft believes its upcoming titles will attract more gamers to the Wii U and is confident that Nintendo will take steps to ensure that the console is successful, a Ubisoft spokesperson told GamesIndustry International.<p>"As with any new console, it takes some time to grow an established base," the …