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Starpoint Gemini 2 hits Steam Early Access

Space simulation role playing game, <i>Starpoint Gemini 2</i>, is now available from Steam Early Access for $19.99 on Windows PC, Iceberg Interactive and developer LGM Games revealed.<p>The price includes early access to the game's alpha build and a copy of <i>Starpoint Gemini.</i> As <i>Starpoint Gemini'</i>s sequel,</i> …

The new equation for estimating alien life across the universe

Many of us have glanced upwards at the stars and wondered whether there is other life out there somewhere. Few, however, have then tried to write down an equation to express the probability in numbers.<p>Sara Seager of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology has done just that. Her equation collects …

NASA is weighing candidate landing sites for its next mission to the surface of Mars, a three-legged probe that will study the Red Planet's core in 2016. http://oak.ctx.ly/r/bdiw The process of selecting a site for NASA's next landing on Mars, the mission known by the acronym InSight, has narrowed to four semifinalist sites located close together in the Elysium Planitia region of Mars.

Valve rolls out Steam Trading feature

Steam users can now send a "prepackaged trade" to Steam friends using the new Trade Offers feature, allowing two users to trade items from their respective inventories, Valve announced today.<p>According to the feature's description, users select the items they want to trade from their inventory and …

APOD: M1: The Incredible Expanding Crab (2013 Sep 05) Credit & Copyright: Adam Block, Mt. Lemmon SkyCenter, U. Arizona http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap130905.html Explanation: The Crab Nebula is cataloged as M1, the first on Charles Messier's famous list of things which are not comets. In fact, the Crab is now known to be a supernova remnant, an expanding cloud of debris from the explosion of a massive star. The violent birth of the Crab was witnessed by astronomers in the year 1054. Roughly 10 light-years across today, the nebula is still expanding at a rate of over 1,000 kilometers per second. Want to watch the Crab Nebula expand? Check out this video (vimeo) animation comparing an image of M1 taken in 1999 at the European Southern Observatory, with this one, taken in 2012 at the Mt. Lemmon Sky Center. Background stars were used to register the two images. The Crab Nebula lies about 6,500 light-years away in the constellation Taurus. http://www.caelumobservatory.com/ http://skycenter.arizona.edu/ http://vimeo.com/71117055 Starship Asterisk* • APOD Discussion Page http://asterisk.apod.com/discuss_apod.php?date=130905 #APOD

Dying stars that are among the most beautiful objects in the universe tend to line up across the night sky, and astronomers aren't sure why. http://oak.ctx.ly/r/bbvk These "cosmic butterflies," actually a certain type of planetary nebula, all have their own formation histories, and they don't interact with each other. But something is apparently making them dance in step, scientists have discovered.

Our Galaxy's Supermassive Black Hole is a Sloppy Eater

Like most galaxies, our Milky Way has a dark monster in its middle: an enormous black hole with the mass of 4 million Suns inexorably dragging in …

A purple haze rises into a starry night sky in this beautiful image captured by B.G. Boyd in early August around 5 a.m. while gazing up at the night sky over Tucson, Arizona. http://oak.ctx.ly/r/b2bv

Why it is time to rethink Wi-Fi security

Advertisement<p>8 Comments<p>Credit: Shutterstock / Sputanski<p>Can I have your Wi-Fi password? If you’re someone like me, you’ve asked this question many …

Mars to get a comet fly-by, and maybe even a collision, next year - SciGuy

The last thing our world needs is a collision with a large, fast-moving comet.<p>But Mars? That might be interesting.<p>And NASA scientists say a large …

Will NASA Announce Plans to Snag an Asteroid and Fly It to Earth?

When the Obama administration's 2014 federal budget gets released in early April, it might include a curious item: a $100 million request for NASA to …

New Soyuz route cuts travel time to ISS from two days to six hours

Normally, a trip from Earth to the ISS takes about two days. Thursday, a Soyuz capsule docked with the orbiting laboratory after less than six hours of flight time, setting a record. Accelerating the trip wasn't an issue of newer technology or more powerful engines, necessarily, but of better math …

With just a few days left in the application process, the nonprofit Mars One Foundation has received about 165,000 submissions from prospective Mars colonists, a far cry from the 1 million that officials had originally targeted in April. http://oak.ctx.ly/r/av2k Mars One aims to land four people on the Red Planet in April 2023 at a cost of about $6 billion. Applicants have to pay a fee, which ranges from $5 to $75 depending on which country they live in.

Delta IV Heavy Liftoff

Shadows of Light: Solar Eclipses as Seen From Space [Pics] | Gadgets, Science & Technology

Not much can match the rare glory of gazing to the sky to see a full solar eclipse – unless you’re EUMETSAT’s Meteosat-7 satellite or are on board …

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Life on earth 'began on Mars'

Geochemist argues that seeds of life originated on Mars and were blasted to Earth by meteorites or volcanoes<p>Evidence is mounting that life on Earth may have started on Mars. A leading scientist has claimed that one particular element believed to be crucial to the origin of life would only have been …

Biggest U.S. rocket blasts off with spy satellite | Reuters

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - An unmanned Delta 4-Heavy rocket, the largest in the U.S. fleet, blasted off from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California on Wednesday to put a classified spy satellite into orbit for the National Reconnaissance Office, officials said Wednesday.<p>An unmanned Delta 4 Heavy …

NASA Tests Largest 3-D Printed Rocket Part Ever

3-D printed engines could support human missions to deep space.<p>In NASA's latest exploration of combining 3-D printing and space travel, the agency ran tests on the largest ever 3-D printed rocket engine component at the Marshall Space Flight Center.<p>The engine part was a complex subscale injector, …

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A Cooler Pacific May Be Behind Recent Pause In Global Warming

A study in the journal <i>Nature</i> could help explain why the Earth's average temperature hasn't increased during the past 15 years — despite a long-term trend of global warming.<p>The Earth's average temperature has risen by more than 1 degree Fahrenheit since the beginning of the Industrial Revolution. …

Instapaper gets new app-like web interface, fresh mobile apps to follow

When Instapaper got acquired, its new owners swore they wouldn't let it go stale. Now, we're seeing the first wave of changes roll out since the save-and-read-later tool changed hands, starting with a complete overhaul of its web interface. Instapaper's new website still remains simple -- good …

Weird Science: Wormholes Make the Best Time Machines

If you're a science fiction nut like everyone here at SPACE.com, you most likely have already had an encounter or two with time travel. From Marty …

Incredible paintings of sci-fi suburbia will make you wish you were Swedish

Welcome to rural Sweden, sometime in the late '80s. Citizens go about their mundane lives and children explore the countryside. But something isn't quite right. Robots and hovercrafts are commonplace, and decaying science facilities sprout from the harsh Scandinavian landscape. There's even a rumor …

Symphony of Science: Black Holes.

Black holes are intrinsically cool.<p>Phil Plait writes <b>Slate</b>’s Bad Astronomy blog and is an astronomer, public speaker, science evangelizer, and author …

Stargazers will be able to spot a fierce dragon in the evening sky this week, as the mythical beast appears to pass between both the Little Dipper and Big Dipper, with his head raised high above the North Star Polaris. http://oak.ctx.ly/r/avj6 Draco, the celestial dragon, is a large, albeit dim, circumpolar constellation, which means the constellation always remains above the horizon, never rising or setting for skywatchers at most midnorthern latitudes.

An Adorable Animation Of The Sun Destroying Earth

Plus some other fun facts about the solar system!<p>Hello, tiny human! If you needed a quick reminder of how small you are in the universe, just check out this video, created by designer Philipp Dettmer. It'll give you the basic run-down of the solar system: how many moons each planet has, how far …

NASA reveals how its plan to capture an asteroid and harvest a piece would work

Since the start of this year, NASA's been talking about the idea of capturing an asteroid and bringing it into orbit near the Earth, where astronauts can visit it and take home a sample. The US space agency isn't kidding around, either, already beginning plans to complete the mission by 2025. But …