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World's biggest plane takes flight

A giant six-engine aircraft with the world's longest wingspan has flown for the first time, bringing to life a dream held by the late Microsoft co-founder Paul G. Allen and...

Kristen Wiig, Sally Hawkins to star in Netflix's 'A Boy Called Christmas'

1 week ago from UPI

Kristen Wiig, Sally Hawkins and Jim Broadbent have been tapped to star in Netflix's upcoming holiday film, "A Boy Called Christmas."

Breezing through the space environment of Barnard's Star b

1 week ago from Physorg

The closest exoplanet to us, if we include only single stars like the Sun, is the planet around Barnard's Star, Barnard's Star-b ("BSb"). (The planet Promixa Centauri-b is closer, but...

Seeking innovative ideas: space for the oceans

1 week ago from European Space Agency

ESA seeks your ideas for applying space technology to Earth-based problems. Through the Open Space Innovation Platform, a new challenge-based website, the Agency is hunting out bright ideas to monitor...

Stargazing T. Rex Gets a 67-Million-Year-Old View of the Night Sky

1 week ago from Space.com

Even an extremely dead apex predator deserves a beautiful view of the night sky — particularly one that reminds them of home.

There Are Fungi All Over the Space Station, and Now We Know What They Are

1 week ago from Space.com

Just like on Earth, there is a robust population of microbes and fungi on the International Space Station (ISS) — and a new study catalogues its exact composition.

It Rains on the Sun (Just Not the Way You Think)

1 week ago from Space.com

Astronomers have detected "plasma rain" pouring down over the solar surface, which may explain why the sun's outer atmosphere is so much hotter than the star's surface.

LIGO Is Up and Running Again and Already Spotted Two Possible Black Hole Mergers

1 week ago from Space.com

Within two weeks of beginning its third observation period, the LIGO project has spotted the gravitational-wave signatures of what could be another two black hole mergers.

Video: The making of the largest 3-D map of the universe

1 week ago from Physorg

DESI, the Dark Energy Spectroscopic Instrument, will mobilize 5,000 swiveling robots – each one pointing a thin strand of fiber-optic cable – to gather the light from about 35 million...

Mike Pompeo urges Venezuela to open borders for relief aid

1 week ago from UPI

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo called on Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro to open his borders and allow humanitarian aid into the country.

Orange Lush: California's 'Superbloom' Wows from the Air

1 week ago from Live Science

A NASA photographer captured a lush aerial shot of an ephemeral wildflower bloom in the desert.

Stanley Cup 2019: Colorado Avalanche sign UMass' Cale Makar for playoff series

1 week ago from UPI

The Colorado Avalanche signed UMass defenseman Cale Makar to a three-year, entry-level contract, the team announced Sunday.

Look: First images of 'Mandalorian' characters released

1 week ago from UPI

Several photos from the new "Star Wars" series "The Mandalorian" were unveiled Sunday at the Star Wars Celebration Chicago convention.

Val Chmerkovskiy, Jenna Johnson marry in Palo Verdes, Calif.

1 week ago from UPI

Val Chmerkovskiy and Jenna Johnson exchanged wedding vows on Saturday in Palo Verdes, Calif.

On the Cusp of Understanding

1 week ago from Science @ NASA

Video Length: 4:04NASA is using sounding rockets to study the cusp, a point where the magnetic bubble that surrounds our planet dips inward and touches down to Earth. Read this story Video Links: On...

Billionaire plans second mission to the moon for Israel

1 week ago from UPI

Billionaire Morris Kahn announced plans for a second attempt to successfully land a spacecraft, Beresheet 2, on the moon for Israel. It might take two years.

SpaceX Falcon Heavy to Launch Cutting-Edge NASA Space Tech

1 week ago from Space.com

A recent epic SpaceX Falcon Heavy launch — only the second trip to space for this rocket line — brings a set of NASA technologies one step closer to getting...

Space Is Hard, Beresheet Israeli Lunar Crash Proves Again

1 week ago from Space.com

An unassuming spacecraft called Beresheet shot for the moon. It couldn't quite stick the landing, but it has plenty of company in its disappointing fate.

DIY gravitational waves with 'BlackHoles@Home'

1 week ago from Physorg

Researchers hoping to better interpret data from the detection of gravitational waves generated by the collision of binary black holes are turning to the public for help.

Stratolaunch, World’s Largest Airplane by Wingspan, Takes Its First Flight

1 week ago from NY Times Science

The crew said it was a smooth maiden voyage for the Stratolaunch, which is designed to carry rockets to blast commercial satellites into space.

Laurie Metcalf, Eddie Izzard to star in 'Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?'

1 week ago from UPI

"The Conners" star Laurie Metcalf and "The Riches" alum Eddie Izzard are set to star in the Broadway revival of "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?"

Orioles Chris Davis snaps historic hitless streak

1 week ago from UPI

For the first time in 210 days, Baltimore Orioles first baseman Chris Davis is back in the hit column.

That Black Hole Is Now Called Pōwehi, at Least in Hawaii

1 week ago from NY Times Science

The word, which means “adorned fathomless dark creation,” is derived from the Kumulipo, a centuries-old Hawaiian creation chant, said a professor who helped with the naming.

The Sun Is Spitting Out 'Lava Lamp Blobs' 500 Times the Size of Earth

1 week ago from Space.com

The blobs are real, they’re chock full of charged particles and they’re heading our way several times each day.

In Photos: The Amazing Triple Rocket Landings of SpaceX's Falcon Heavy Launch of Arabsat-6A

1 week ago from Space.com

See photos of SpaceX's historic second Falcon Heavy rocket launch on April 11, 2019.

3 Huge Questions the Black Hole Image Didn't Answer

1 week ago from Space.com

Almost nothing in the black hole image surprised astrophysicists. These are the three biggest mysteries it left unsolved, and two questions it did answer.

Lego Breaks Guinness World Record for Largest Display of 'Star Wars' Minifigures

1 week ago from Space.com

Lego used an out-of-this-world franchise to beat a Guinness World Record. The Danish building-block company just announced the largest display ever of Lego "Star Wars" minifigures.

India's Jet extends international cancellations as airline teeters

1 week ago from Physorg

India's Jet Airways extended a suspension of all of its international flights until Monday, the latest blow to the debt-stricken carrier battling to stay afloat.