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Waves Discovered on Saturn’s Moon Titan?

Wildlife<p><b>Surfers rejoice! Fresh waves are still out there to conquer—on Saturn’s moon Titan. There, astronomers report a first sighting of waves rolling on an alien sea.</b><p>Using its cloud-penetrating radar, the international Cassini spacecraft team mapped the frigid surface of Titan, the ringed …

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Cassini Photo: Stunning New Views of Saturn’s Hexagon Storm

Wildlife<p>NASA this week released the highest-resolution view yet of the unique, six-sided jet stream circling Saturn’s north pole—known as “the hexagon.” This movie (click image to run), made from images obtained by Cassini’s imaging cameras, is the first to show the hexagon in color filters. …

More Clues to Life in the Oceans — on an Alien Moon, That Is

Europa<p>The search for life beyond Earth has generally focused on places that are as much like our home as possible. That’s why the Kepler space …

Comet ISON Cliffhanger

Changing Planet<p>Comet ISON, imaged by longtime amateur astrophotograper Damian Peach in the U.K. He used a 4-inch f/5 telescope for 12 minutes of combined exposures on November 15th. Credit: Damian Peach / SkyandTelescope.com<p><b>Astronomers keeping a close eye on the highly-anticipated Comet ISON, are</b> …

Quantum Computer Passes Math Test, But Doesn't Answer the Big Question

Is the world’s first commercial quantum computer the real deal or not? No one is quite sure.<p>The most recent experiment adding fodder to this debate …

The Week In Numbers: The Brightest Explosion Ever, A Ticket To The Moon, And More

<b>3.6 billion light-years</b>: the distance from Earth of a recently observed gamma-ray burst, the brightest explosion NASA scientists have ever seen<p><b>$25,000</b>: the fine internet providers face per day if they refuse to spy for the FBI<p><b>200 horsepower</b>: the oomph in the turbodiesel engine of this …

Fantastic Programmable Goo Solves Difficult Math Problems

A new way of looking at a classic math problem.<p>You've got 20 U.S. cities to visit in one big trip. What's the shortest route you can take?<p>No, this is not a problem from Ticket to Ride. It's the traveling salesman problem, a classic math puzzle that, as MIT Technology Review's arXiv blog explains, …