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How ion thruster technology will power future NASA missions

For its crazy 2020 asteroid capture mission and other projects, NASA is developing next-gen "Hall effect thrusters" to corral an asteroid and put it into the moon's orbit. At the same time, the European Space Agency (ESA) is trying to improve its own Hall thrusters to power future missions. If …

Space Exploration

The black hole imagery of 'Interstellar' is helping astrophysics

You may have heard that the representation of a black hole in <i>Interstellar</i> was not only based on real science, but might tackle researchers' problems depicting these gravitational points. Well, that just happened -- physicist Kip Thorne and visual effects outfit Double Negative have published papers …

Black Holes

NASA Wants To Send A Nuclear Submarine To Saturn's Moon Titan

Nothing says "we come in peace" like a military spaceplane delivering a nuclear sub<p>There are places beyond the reach of NASA’s current army of robot space explorers. Impressive and capable as Curiosity and other land rovers are, they’d be pretty useless in the liquid hydrocarbon lakes of Saturn’s …

How Silicon Valley is trying to cure ageing

Death has always been considered one of life's only real certainties, but now some of the world's top scientists are challenging the assumption<p>Humanity has long been in search of the mythical Fountain of Youth, from Alexander the Great to knights of the Crusades.<p>But now Silicon Valley scientists …

The asteroid that flew by Earth yesterday has its own moon

Yesterday, the mountain-sized asteroid 2004 BL86 zipped right by Earth—the closest that one of that size will come to us until 2027. Today, NASA released radar images it took of the flying space rock, which revealed that another (smaller) flying space rock is orbiting it: Its very own moon.<p>The …

10 of the Most Striking Spots in Hawaii

Discover our favorite activities in the Aloha State.<p>There are iconic spots in Hawaii that first-time visitors need to see to believe, but there are also the lesser known gems that the locals know are just as worthy of your time–especially on that second or third return trip. For a mix of both, add …

National Parks

What is a Wormhole and Will Wormhole Travel Ever be Possible?

Science fiction’s favorite method for exploring the universe, most recently in the movie Interstellar, won't be easy.<p>As a curious species, humans have long dreamed of traveling to the farthest depths of space. That's the major theme of the upcoming science fiction epic <i>Interstellar</i>, which will take …

Explainer: How Hostile is Space?

<i>This article was originally published at The Conversation. The publication contributed the article to Space.com's</i> Expert Voices: Op-Ed & …

The 25 Best Hotels In The World

The magazine asked its readers to vote on hotels around the world, and rank them by categories such as location, service, and food. Each hotel then received an average score out of 100.<p>This year, the Triple Creek Ranch in Montana took the top spot. But Triple Creek Ranch isn't the only American …

National Parks

Smart Garden Sensor Edyn Moves Past Kickstarter Goals, Eyes Android

A month ago, I wrote about an Internet of Things soil sensor called Edyn that tracks light, humidity, temperature, soil nutrition and moisture data for gardeners.<p>The company, which first launched at TechCrunch Disrupt last year, beat their initial $100,000 goal for a first production run on …

SpaceX Achieves Its First Soft Landing -- And Sues the Federal Government

SpaceX is protesting a sole-source contract awarded to Lockheed and Boeing.<p>SpaceX Chief Executive Elon Musk announced that the company pulled off the first soft landing of its Falcon 9 rocket over the ocean last week, opening the door for a possible terrestrial landing as soon as the end of the …

Elon Musk is About to Launch the Heaviest Rocket in Existence | Inc.com

Later this year, Elon Musk's private rocket company, SpaceX, will launch a test flight of what it claims is the most massive rocket in existence: the Falcon Heavy. It looks a little like SpaceX's standard rocket, the Falcon 9, with two other Falcons strapped to its sides.<p>Put another way, this one …

Space Exploration

Google and NASA Team Up For Autonomous Space Robots

Google’s ATAP team and NASA are using the Project Tango smartphone with 3D motion tracking to help navigate robots in the International Space Station. The smartphone’s Myriad 1 vision processor chip is capable of making a quarter millions 3D measurements per second. It uses those measurements and …

Watch a Stunning Solar Flare Erupt

Image: NASA/youtube capture<p>On April 2, a solar flare graced the surface of the Sun, and NASA was there to capture the moment in film.<p>Solar flares, …

Estimates and calculations here: http://bit.ly/1lefKvV via Universe Today

Stephen Hawking Urges Explorers to Visit Other Planets

NEW YORK — Ambitious plans to carry humans far beyond Earth were at the forefront of the Explorers Club Annual Dinner here Saturday night (March 15), …

Popular Mechanics - How Your World Works

Cutting the grass is only the beginning.<p>The fourth person to walk on the Moon, astronaut Alan Bean, died over the weekend. This is the wild true story of Apollo 12, and how a …<p>As powerful as ever.<p>No matter which of the 50 states you find yourself in, you'll find yourself around great beer.<p>Cheap …

Research

NASA's newly released photo set inspired by the Oscar-winning film 'Gravity' is breathtaking. Check out all the images here: http://bit.ly/NA5ijL

"Motherlode" of Alien Worlds Unveiled by Space Telescope

NASA's Kepler Space Telescope has nearly doubled the number of alien worlds known to humanity.<p>NASA astronomers nearly doubled the number of alien worlds known to humanity on Wednesday, reporting the discovery of 715 planets located in nearby solar systems.<p>The discoveries bring the total number of …

Alien Earths: why life on other worlds would be far weirder than us

And you thought your planet was strange<p>Last month, the American Astronomical Society's 223rd meeting featured the announcement of a few breakthroughs: Using the Kepler space observatory, researchers had discovered a planet roughly the mass of Earth orbiting a star beyond our solar system, and with …

Astronomers have observed one of the most powerful black holes in the known Universe. Located in a galaxy cluster around 3.9 billion lights years from Earth, the black hole has created two enormous cavities (shown as two dark spaces in the bright purple X-ray glow) in the hot gas surrounding it and stopped trillions of stars from forming. Read more: http://bit.ly/M2X5Um via Discovery News

Sun Flatlining Into Grand Minimum, Says Solar Physicist

With each passing season, the weather seems stranger and more extreme.<p>Who can argue with a sudden outbreak of the “polar vortex” phenomenon; unprecedented winter drought in California; and summer temperatures so torrid Down Under that even play at the Australian Open was briefly halted?<p>Is any of …

Photographer Ron Miller creates incredible pictures of what it would look like if planets were closer

The universe as you’ve never seen it before: Photographer creates incredible pictures of what it would look like if planets were closer<p>Former NASA …

If Saturn were as close to the Earth as the Moon. Read more: http://dailym.ai/JIEE5Z via The Daily Mail Image: Ron Miller

RebelMouse vs. WordPress VIP

After building the product for Huffington Post, and owning the product and engineering groups at AOL after we were acquired, it was clear to me there …

This Alien Hearing Is the Best Thing Congress Has Done in Months

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>The House science committee carved out two hours of time on Wednesday to discuss the search for …

Inside a Black Hole Jet

The jets move at two-thirds of the speed of light.<p>Image: J. Miller-Jones (ICRAR) using software created by R. Hynes<p>An international team of …