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Astronomers Witness a Galactic "Megamerger" from the Beginning of the Universe

It’s easy to take our quiet cosmic neighborhood for granted. Sure, an asteroid might graze past Earth every now and then, but the sheer chaos seen in …

Boeing and SpaceX schedule crucial safety tests ahead of ISS trips

SpaceX and Boeing spoke together in public for the first time with NASA and unveiled their plans to ferry astronauts to the International Space Station (ISS) in 2017. NASA selected the companies last September to build manned spacecraft for its Commercial Crew Program, and both have tight schedules …

Ancient miniature solar system hints at existence of alien life

A miniature version of solar system with planets like Earth existed 11 billion years ago and could have held ancient life, say scientists<p>A miniature solar system with five Earth-sized planets existed 11 billion years ago, at the dawn of the universe, scientists have discovered.<p>The planets clustered …

What Will We Never See?

<i>Thanks to our powerful telescopes, there are so many places in the Universe we can see. But there are places hidden from us, and places that we’ll</i> …

What's New in Black Holes? 'Interstellar' Physicist Kip Thorne Tells All

Kip Thorne has recently been in the public eye as the physicist who brought real-world physics to the science fiction epic "Interstellar." But this …

There May Be a Parallel Universe That Is Moving Backwards in Time

There are many things that we know about time, and many other things that we still struggle to comprehend. Time, as we previously understood the …

New Doubt About Dark Matter

Tantalizing ‘signals’ from a handful of recent high-energy searches for dark matter are more likely the product of conventional astrophysics than the first tentative detections of the universe’s missing mass, say skeptical astrophysicists.<p>“A decade ago, no [one] would make these claims without …

NASA-Funded Research Suggests Venus is Geologically Alive

Press Release From: Jet Propulsion Laboratory<br>Posted: Thursday, April 8, 2010<p>For the first time, scientists have detected clear signs of recent lava …

Astronomy

Beginner’s Telescope Buying Guide

With the holiday shopping season upon us, it can be challenging to pick out gifts that will be appreciated and last for a long time. Consider buying …

Telescopes

Robert Frost's answer to Why is there so much interest in Kepler-186f, because with currently available rockets it would take 500 light years to reach such a planet?

We are a species that only recently discovered how to utilize electricity, and today we have instruments of technology that orbit above the Earth and …

ESA’s Swarm mission to reveal one of the mysteries of the universe; the magnetic field of earth and why they are weakening fast.

Over the history of mankind, we have been trying to understand the universe and how it works, we have tried even sending space probe to land on a …

Europe's Laser-Powered Space Data Highway Passes Early Test

A European satellite beamed images to Earth on Friday using new laser-based communications technology, opening the way for uninterrupted and near-instantaneous viewing of natural disasters being sent to governments and relief agencies. The images were a test of a 450 million euro ($562 million) …

The Next Frontier Is Really Here: 3D Printing And Space Survival

The advent of 3D printing in space enables a gigantic shift in exploration that could lead to much longer-lasting and sustainable missions, according to experts that have described it as a historic moment.<p>Just this week, NASA announced the breakthrough that it had for the first time 3D printed an …

Why NASA looks to Europa to find the building blocks of life

When it comes to life, biologists have long hypothesised that its origins -- on Earth, at least -- were in thermal vents on the ocean floor, following a period of spontaneous metabolism before life began. Thermal vents are rich sites for marine life -- especially in Antarctica where, in the …

Geek Answers: What is the hottest possible temperature?

Most people know that there is a hard floor on temperature: zero. Actually, we call it “absolute zero” and define it as zero in units of Kelvin, or …

DNA survives a ride into space—on the exterior of a rocket

Researchers were sending one up anyway, so they put DNA on its surface.<p>The ability of biomolecules—and entire organisms—to survive space has …

Apple is about to change streaming music—and Spotify should be worried

If you’re an Apple user, be prepared to have Beats, the streaming-music service the company acquired for $3 billion earlier this year, forced down your throats. However you feel about that, the implications for the streaming-music landscape—and indeed the entire music industry—could be far-reaching.<p>…

Mobile Devices

Elon Musk Just Unveiled an Ocean Landing Pad for His Rockets

The famed entrepreneur and SpaceX CEO tweeted pictures of his latest advancement.<p>Elon Musk's latest twitter announcements are the stuff of SciFi: He's just tweeted out images of the company's latest achievement--a drone ship that will be a self-stabilizing landing pad for rockets--even in rocky …

New largest number factored on a quantum device is 56,153

(Phys.org)—Researchers have set a new record for the quantum factorization of the largest number to date, 56,153, smashing the previous record of 143 …

Life Spreading Across Space From Contamination? Scientists ‘Worried’ After DNA Survives On Exterior Of Rocket

In something that only seems possible in a sci-fi movie, imagine scientists discovering life on another planet only to learn that the …

Cool NASA Animation Beautifully Details Every Step of Orion's First Launch!

<i>Video Caption: Animation details NASA’s Orion Exploration Flight Test-1 (EFT-1) mission launching on Dec. 4. 2014. Credit: NASA</i><p>It’s not Science …

India to Push Next Space Frontier With Launch of Crew Module in December

<b>New Delhi:</b> Just months after achieving the milestone of a successful mission to Mars, India is set to push another frontier in space, by launching a …

If you wanna go to deep space, as NASA does, you gotta have lots of plutonium, which NASA doesn't.

A ‘hot cell’ at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, where plutonium is processed. Photo: Alexandra Witze<p>In the journal <i>Nature,</i> Alexandra Witze writes about …

DNA smeared on a rocket survives re-entry and tells of life's origins

Well, would you look at that: scientists have discovered that DNA can make it through the hellish ordeal of atmospheric re-entry after all. German and Swiss researchers dotted a rocket's grooves and screw heads with fragments of genetic blueprints to see how they'd fare in situations that could've …

SciShow Explains the Science Behind the 2014 Nobel Prize Winners in Physics, Chemistry, and Medicine

SciShow host Hank Green explains the science behind the 2014 Nobel Prize winners in the fields of physics, chemistry, and medicine in a recent …

Heat transfer sets the noise floor for ultrasensitive electronics

But the new findings by Minnich's team suggest that while this strategy is effective, another phonon transfer mechanism comes into play at extremely …

Why Scientists Think Completely Unclassifiable and Undiscovered Life Forms Exist

Right now there are three general types of life. There are probably more that we're completely missing.<p>In high school biology, we are taught that there are three types of life: eukaryotes (that's us, and most everything else we often think of as life), bacteria, and archaea (extremophiles and other …

Smoking cannabis every day ‘shrinks brain but increases its connectivity’

Regular cannabis use shrinks the brain but increases the complexity of its wiring, a study has found.<p>To some extent the loss of brain volume is balanced by larger numbers of connections between neurons, scientists discovered.<p>But they warn that those who take the drug for too long are likely to …