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The South Pole Is a Great Place to View Space

The Big Bang radiation discovery happened there—and when you look at Antarctic conditions, you can understand why.<p>The South Pole in winter is a far from ideal spot for humans. The temperature averages -72 degrees Fahrenheit (-58 degrees Celsius), it's dark for six months, and it's as bone dry as …

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Strong Solar Flare Leads Magnetic Loop Dance | Video

An M5-class flare erupted on the Sun on May 22nd, 2013 and magnetic fields worked their magic with super-heated plasma. The flare is seen in a …

X-47B Completes a Carrier Takeoff

The Navy's prototype unmanned fighter succeeds in launching from the deck of the USS George H. W. Bush and flying in the complicated airspace around a carrier.<p><b>These robots grow up so fast</b>. It was just two years ago that personnel at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Md. escorted PopMech through the …

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Kepler Planet-Hunting Telescope in Peril

NASA says that the Kepler telescope has gone into safe mode, with another of its four reaction wheels jammed.<p>Kepler is down, NASA says. But it's not out just yet.<p>The prize planet-hunting telescope, which has discovered more than 2700 planet candidates and 130 confirmed new planets since it began …

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