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High altitude wind power studied

10 years ago from UPI

PALO ALTO, Calif., June 18 (UPI) -- U.S. scientists considering wind power tapped by high-flying kites say New York City is a prime location for exploiting high-altitude winds.

New Definition Could Further Limit Habitable Zones Around Distant Suns

10 years ago from Newswise - Scinews

New calculations indicate that, in nearby star systems, tidal forces exerted on planets by their parent star's gravity could limit what is regarded as a star's habitable zone and change...

Earth-Based Solar Eclipse Research

10 years ago from Newswise - Scinews

The July eclipse will be the 49th solar eclipse that Jay Pasachoff has viewed. A champion of using eclipse observations to study the solar atmosphere, he describes the science of...

Space Station Headed for Population Explosion

10 years ago from Space.com

The International Space Station is about see a population boost to 13 people, the most ever aboard.

TV Conversion Countdown: Are You Ready?

10 years ago from CBSNews - Science

All full-power broadcast TV stations in the U.S. will flip a switch Friday to stop broadcasting their analog TV signals. For the millions who are unprepared, it could mean lights...

Wild Orbits: Stars Not From Around Here

10 years ago from Space.com

A unique class of stars follow fast, weird orbits around the Milky Way.

New Tidal Debris Discovered From Colliding Galaxies

10 years ago from Science Daily

Astronomers have discovered new tidal debris stripped away from colliding galaxies. New debris images are of special interest since they show the full history of galaxy collisions and resultant starburst...

Effective Way To Search Atmospheres Of Planets For Signs Of Life Vastly Improves Our Chances Of Finding Alien Life Outside Our Solar System

10 years ago from Science Daily

Astronomers have confirmed an effective way to search the atmospheres of planets for signs of life, vastly improving our chances of finding alien life outside our solar system.

Famous Star Is Shrinking, Puzzling Astronomers

10 years ago from National Geographic

The huge red star Betelgeuse has withered by about 15 percent since 1993, new measurements suggest—but researchers don't know why.

Solar system's future could be bumpy

10 years ago from Sciencenews.org

Study calculates the odds that two planets collide or one crashes into sun in the next 5 billion years

Long Shot: Planet Could Hit Earth in Distant Future

10 years ago from Live Science

Computer simulations suggest a 1 percent chance of future planetary collisions.

Entrepreneur Wants Kids to Have Tea on the Moon

10 years ago from Space.com

An immigrant entrepreneur pursues the Lunar X Prize and a Pakistani leader's dream.

SPACE PHOTOS THIS WEEK: Mars Crater, "Spiders," More

10 years ago from National Geographic

See a "fresh" impact crater and newly revealed, spidery landforms on Mars; an abnormally normal star cluster; and more in this week's best space pictures.

Interactive Data Eyeglasses: New Data Eyeglasses Can Read From Engineer’s Eyes Which Details Need To Be Included On Building Plans

10 years ago from Science Daily

The data eyeglasses can read from the engineer’s eyes which details he needs to see on the building plans. A CMOS chip with an eye tracker in the microdisplay makes...

Mars mission could ease Earth's energy supply crisis

10 years ago from

Techniques and instrumentation initially developed for ExoMars - Europe's next robotic mission to Mars in 2016 - but now due to fly on a NASA mission in 2018, could also...

Birth of a star predicted

10 years ago from

A study carried out by two astronomers from the Calar Alto Observatory, in Almeria, and the observatory at the University of Munich, in Germany, has predicted that the dark nebula...

About Observation affecting the observed..

10 years ago from Science Blog

OK. So the experiment that I usually hear cited about this concept of the Observation changing the actions of particles observed, also tend to explain that the light photons needed...

Another Mars Rover Is Stuck ... in California

10 years ago from Space.com

At the JPL rover test bed, team members work to free the Spirit rover.

Powerful Mars Orbiter Recovers From Glitch

10 years ago from Space.com

NASA has revived its powerful Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter from a protective slumber.

Cosmic Cloud Poised to Birth Massive Star

10 years ago from Live Science

Cold gas cloud that could give rise to massive stars found in Milky Way.

Mystery of "Dark" Star Explosions Solved?

10 years ago from National Geographic

Cosmic "dust bunnies" hiding in corners of distant galaxies are taking the dazzle out of some of the universe's brightest explosions, new research suggests.

PHOTO: Galactic "Skid Marks" Trace Cosmic Collisions

10 years ago from National Geographic

Like the aftermaths of car crashes, colliding galaxies leave "skid marks" of debris, as seen in new images that will help astronomers trace pre-crash trajectories.

New technique improves estimates of pulsar ages

10 years ago from Physorg

Astronomers at the University of California, Santa Cruz, have developed a new technique to determine the ages of millisecond pulsars, the fastest-spinning stars in the universe.

Solar Decathlon participants identified

10 years ago from UPI

WASHINGTON, June 9 (UPI) -- The U.S. Department of Energy has announced the participants and dates for its 2009 Solar Decathlon.

Video Shot into the Eye of a Tornado

10 years ago from Live Science

A twister tilted over on its side and the crew got video looking into the tornado from the top.

University of Texas 'Picosatellite' to be launched from space shuttle to begin milestone mission

10 years ago from Physorg

In an initial step toward the first successful rendezvous and docking of very small satellites without human control, a pair of miniature "picosatellites" built by University of Texas at Austin...

The Forecast on Titan: Pretty Darn Good

10 years ago from Space.com

Saturn's moon Titan will be a little cloudier this year than forecasted.

New Book Brings Readers Face-To-Face With First Moonwalker

10 years ago from Space.com

In a new book by Apollo historian Andrew Chaikin, a new image of Apollo 11 astronaut Neil Armstrong taken early in the first-ever moonwalk brings readers face-to-face with the first...