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Dwarf planet Ceres may store underground brine that still gushes up today

Waterlogged minerals and changing ice add to evidence that Ceres is geologically active.


This serial entrepreneur wants to disrupt peer-to-peer lending, using blockchain

In Hollywood, you’re practically nothing if you’re not a triple threat. If you can’t sing, act and dance, you can pack your bags.<p>Similar to Hollywood, to succeed in the business world, you need to have a multitude of skills. From intelligence to trustworthiness, there’s seemingly an inordinate …


SpaceX aims to test its Mars rocket system in first half of 2019

You might not have to wait long to see SpaceX's BFR rocket system in action... maybe. In a talk at SXSW, Elon Musk said he expected the spacecraft's first "short up-and-down flights" by the first half of 2019. He was quick to hedge his claim, noting that his timelines tend to be "optimistic" …

Space Exploration

The weather at Jupiter's poles is truly frightful

NASA Juno spacecraft reveals violent, massive cyclones in the Jovian atmosphere.<p>One big riddle raised by this unprecedented study of Jupiter's poles …


Spacewatch: engine fuelled by air will enable low-flying class of satellites

Electric thruster sucks in the scarce air molecules at the top of the Earth’s atmosphere, using them as propellant to fight drag<p>The European Space Agency (ESA) has test-fired an engine that opens the path for a novel class of low-flying Earth-orbiting space missions. Called an air-breathing …

Space Exploration

Banking platform solarisBank closes €56.6M Series B from BBVA, Visa, Lakestar, and others

SolarisBank, the Berlin-based “banking platform” co-founded by fintech company builder Finleap, appears to be on quite a roll.<p>The company, which now claims nearly 60 corporate clients who offer various financial services powered by solarisBank, has closed €56.6 million in Series B funding in a …


New images of Jupiter reveal clusters of giant cyclones unlike anything else in our solar system

New data collected by NASA's Juno probe is giving scientists a unique look into the inner workings of Jupiter.<p>Fresh images reveal clusters of giant cyclones surrounding Jupiter's poles. The storms seem to last far longer and extend far deeper than anything else in the solar system, according to …


Google is selling Zagat to restaurant reviewer The Infatuation

The famed name in the restaurant industry will remain a separate brand.<p>Google has signed a deal to sell Zagat to a restaurant review site called The Infatuation, the companies said Monday.<p>"Iconic brands don't become available very often, and Zagat is about as iconic as it gets," Chris Stang, CEO of …

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MoviePass CEO proudly says the app tracks your location before and after movies

Everyone knew the MoviePass deal is too good to be true — and as is so often the case these days, it turns out you’re not the customer, you’re the product. And in this case they’re not even attempting to camouflage that. Mitch Lowe, the company’s CEO, told an audience at a Hollywood event that “we …

Venture Capital

Venus: Our mysterious neighbor

Sometimes called our sister planet, despite similar properties, this "sibling" is nothing like Earth.


Catching Helene

Photojournal: PIA12723<p>September 17, 2010<p>Although traveling at great speed, the Cassini spacecraft managed to capture this close view of Saturn's …


Astronauts are growing lettuce on the ISS to eat in space

An American astronaut aboard the International Space Station has tweeted a picture of his mini vegetable patch.<p>As part of one of the many experiments …

Space Exploration

Jupiter looks very Earth-y in new NASA Juno image

Jupiter has the blues in an eye-opening NASA image showing the gas giant's south pole.<p>Jupiter isn't the most colorful spot in the solar system. It looks like a watercolor swirl of white, orange, brown, yellow and bit of dull red like we see in the Great Red Spot.<p>A NASA image released Friday shows …


Astronomers detect large amounts of water in a hot, Saturn-sized exoplanet 700 light-years away- Technology News, Firstpost

Astronomers have detected a large amount of water in the atmosphere of a hot, Saturn-mass exoplanet some 700 light-years away. The planet, known as …


Can These Small Satellites Solve the Riddle of Internet From Space?

Satellite internet is notoriously expensive, and the business of providing it is notoriously brutal. A startup called Astranis founded by rocket …

Space Exploration

Methane on Saturn’s Moon Enceladus Could Be Sign of Life

Laboratory experiments show the methane detected on Enceladus by NASA’s Cassini spacecraft could be of biological origin.<p>Some hardy Earth microbes …


This is why the Moon is getting a 4G network

The Moon is hopefully going to get its first mobile network, thanks to European mobile operator Vodafone and equipment firm Nokia.<p>The companies are …

Space Exploration

Amazon bought Ring because of course it did

Commentary: Amazon's billion-dollar acquisition of the Ring Video Doorbell came as a surprise to many -- but in hindsight, the move makes plenty of sense.<p>Amazon took the tech world by surprise on Tuesday when news broke that the online mega-retailer is acquiring Ring, maker of a popular and …

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'Voyager Mom' Now Looks For Life On Saturn's Moons

<i>Linda Spilker is the Cassini Project Scientist at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California.</i><p><i>She has been with JPL since 1977—thirty of those years with Cassini, NASA’s robotic probe to the Saturn system. She received her PhD (summa cum laude) in geophysics and space physics from UCLA in</i> …


Our closest neighboring star system sounds like a terrible place to live

Instead of hosting planet-friendly dust, Proxima Centauri spews radiation.<p>There’s a planet just over 4 light-years away orbiting a star at just the right distance—not too close, not too far—that it could support liquid water on its surface. We don’t know much about its atmosphere, if it even has …


How is NASA's InSight Mars lander different from the Phoenix Mars lander?

How is NASA’s InSight Mars lander different from the Phoenix Mars lander?<p>This artist’s concept from August 2015 depicts NASA’s InSight Mars lander …

Space Exploration

China's first space station set to re-enter atmosphere in April

Heads up. After six-and-a-half years circling the Earth, China's first space station is predicted to re-enter the atmosphere in early April – give or …

Space Exploration

Bigelow Aerospace Announces Plans To Launch Floating Space Hotel By 2021

In a few years, people might be able to go on vacations that are literally out of this world. Bigelow Aerospace, a Las Vegas-based private company, …

Space Exploration

There’s something wrong with NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter

NASA has had an incredible streak of good luck as of late with spacecraft that have far outlived their expectations. Cassini at Saturn, the …

Space Science

NASA Satellite Began Mars Odyssey 16 Years Ago and Is Still Going Strong

On February 19, 2002, the satellite Mars Odyssey switched on its scientific instruments and began exploring the planet for which it’s named. Though …

Science Fiction

NASA’s Opportunity rover surpasses 5,000 Martian days on the Red Planet

The vehicle was only supposed to last 90<p>On Saturday, NASA’s Opportunity rover celebrated a monumental anniversary all by itself on the surface of the Red Planet: surviving 5,000 Martian days. It’s an incredibly significant milestone for the little-wheeled robot, given the fact that it was only …

Mars Rover

It Turns Out, Andromeda is Younger Than Earth… Sort Of

Since ancient times, astronomers have looked up at the night sky and seen the Andromeda galaxy. As the closest galaxy to our own, scientists have …


Neptune's Mysterious Storm Possibly Smells Like Rotten Eggs

Like Jupiter, Neptune has a giant spinning mystery. NASA's Hubble Telescope captured a time-lapse of the storm for the first time and found a surprising conclusion—it is shrinking.<p>Officially called a "dark vortex," the Neptunian storm shares a few properties with Jupiter's Great Red Spot (GRS). …