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Curiosity Discovers Ancient Mars Lake Could Support Life

NASA’s Curiosity rover has discovered evidence that an ancient Martian lake had the right chemical ingredients that could have sustained microbial …

Princeton University

Earth's Radiation Belts May Hold Secret To Speedy Electrons

Huge electric fields in the radiation belts around Earth may help explain how electrons surrounding the planet can be accelerated to speeds near that of light, researchers have found in a new study.<p>These findings, detailed Dec. 2 in the journal Physical Review Letters, could help shed light on the …

Hubble senses water on five planets, bodes well for finding new Earths

There’s water in them thar planets – five massive “hot Jupiters” spied by NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope.<p>But if you just thought "Life?!" think again. Despite the presence of water molecules in their atmospheres, none of these five planets is suitable to life as we know it. They are all gas giants, …

Universe

ScienceCasts: What Happened to Mars? A Planetary Mystery

There Could Be Billions of Earth-Like Planets in the Milky Way Alone

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>One out of every five Sun-like stars in our galaxy has an Earth-like planet in orbit, according to …

Dark matter stays hidden as detector fails to see a single particle

Physicists face major setback in search for mysterious substance as Lux dark matter detector draws a blank<p>The world's most advanced instrument for detecting dark matter – the invisible substance thought to account for most of the matter in the universe – has ended its first three months of service …

Nasa prepares to send Maven spacecraft to Mars

Biggest star ever found in universe is ripping apart

This new picture from the VLT Survey Telescope (VST) at ESO's Paranal Observatory shows the remarkable super star cluster Westerlund 1.<p>The largest star ever discovered may give scientists a better sense of how massive, dying stars seed the universe with the ingredients for rocky planets and even …

Universe

Oddballs: The strange worlds beyond our Solar System

<b>Over the last two decades, astronomers have catalogued around 850 planets outside our Solar System. And the search for worlds orbiting other stars is turning up some weird and wonderful characters.</b><p>From a scorched gas giant that's darker than coal, to a planet packed with diamond, here are some of …

Universe

'Diamond rain' falls on Saturn and Jupiter

<b>Diamonds big enough to be worn by Hollywood film stars could be raining down on Saturn and Jupiter, US scientists have calculated.</b><p>New atmospheric data for the gas giants indicates that carbon is abundant in its dazzling crystal form, they say.<p>Lightning storms turn methane into soot (carbon) which …

Astronomy

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

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 …

High-resolution Nasa images show magnetic braids of the sun - video

Nasa images of the sun's outer atmosphere, the highest resolution pictures ever achieved. The agency launched the High Resolution Coronal Imager, or Hi-C, on 11 July 2012 from White Sands missile range in New Mexico. Hi-C's image sequences show the twisting up or braiding of the magnetic field that …

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 …

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

6 Beautiful Canals You'll Probably Want To Visit Soon

You know about the Panama Canal and the Grand Canal in Venice, but the Corinth Canal kind of beats them both.<p>It cuts between the Peloponnesian peninsula and mainland Greece, and its walls are ridiculously high -- 300 feet above sea level, to be exact.<p>People have been trying to build a canal like …

The World's Most Dramatic Coastlines

Summer has officially drawn to a close, and the sunny days of sprawling on the sand are numbered. For fans of the coast, though, the end of summer doesn't necessarily mean the end of beach trips. The world is still full of spectacular coastlines to explore, many of which are more famous for their …

Cape Town

Scientists Unravel Secrets of Monster Black Hole at Center of Milky Way

Supermassive black hole last erupted two million years ago, and will again.<p><b>For years astronomers have been puzzled as to why our Milky Way galaxy's "volcano"—a supermassive black hole (SMBH) at its core—is dormant today.</b><p>It seems the answer may simply be that we didn't catch the cosmic …

Scientists find life coming to Earth from space

19 September 2013<p><b>Scientists from the University of Sheffield believe they have found life arriving to Earth from space after sending a balloon to the</b> …

Valentina Tereshkova, 76, first woman in space, seeks one-way ticket to Mars

People from the corners of the Earth are queuing up to join a group that aims to colonise the red planet in 2023<p>Having reached the age of 76, it might be expected that Valentina Tereshkova would be planning a life of quiet gentility: a bit of gardening, perhaps, or catching up on reading. Far from …

Eat your way around Madagascar

Madagascar conjures up images of leaping lemurs, primeval rainforest and idyllic shores. But few people think of the island as a gastronomic destination.<p>Madagascar was populated by waves of migrants from around the Indian Ocean, who each brought their food staples and recipes with them. …

Wild about WA: eye-popping animal encounters in Western Australia

Whether you're saying g'day to the whale sharks on Ningaloo Reef, watching humpback whales breach from a live-aboard catamaran, or throwing yourself down a waterfall or up two-billion-year-old rocks in Karijini National Park, big, in-your-face wilderness is everywhere you look in WA.<p>Turquoise Bay …

National Parks

'Molecular fossils' hint at start of life on Earth - Futurity

New research suggests that life on Earth got started thanks to RNA and peptides—not RNA …

Fossils

China says aims to train astronauts from other countries

BEIJING (Reuters) - China aims to train astronauts from other countries who will conduct missions with their Chinese counterparts, state news agency Xinhua cited a senior official as saying on Monday.<p>Chinese astronauts (from L to R) Wang Yaping, Zhang Xiaoguang and Nie Haisheng wave before leaving …

China

In Japan, Eight People With Two Laptops Launch A Telescope Into Orbit

The telescope will study the atmospheres of Venus, Mars and Jupiter.<p>A new low-cost, highly automated rocket from Japan's space agency launched Saturday with just eight crew members and two laptops on-site. Japan's previous launches required teams of 150.<p>The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency sent …