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Telescope searches for life in space

10 years ago from UPI

BALTIMORE, April 11 (UPI) -- Planets near stars cooler than Earth's sun may lack the material to produce life, say scientists at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore.

NASA Selects Material For Orion Spacecraft Heat Shield

10 years ago from Science Daily

NASA has chosen the material for a heat shield that will protect a new generation of space explorers when they return from the moon. After extensive study, NASA has selected...

Earthshine confirmed on moon's far side

10 years ago from UPI

MELBOURNE, April 9 (UPI) -- An Australian-led study shows, for the first time, differences in light reflection from Earth's land masses and oceans can be seen on the...

Analysts spar over launch image

10 years ago from News @ Nature

North Korean rocket trajectory may be too shallow for satellite launch.

GOCE's 'heart' starts beating

10 years ago from Physorg

GOCE's highly sensitive gradiometer instrument has been switched on and is producing data. Forming the heart of GOCE, the gradiometer is specifically designed to measure Earth's gravity field with unprecedented...

NASA: Aerosols may cause arctic warming

10 years ago from UPI

NEW YORK, April 8 (UPI) -- U.S. space agency scientists say they've determined aerosols can influence climate by either reflecting or absorbing the sun's radiation in the atmosphere.

Science with the stars

10 years ago from MSNBC: Science

Science editor Alan Boyle's Weblog: The world's best-known scientists share their tales.

SPACE PHOTOS THIS WEEK: Blank Sun, Lacy Galaxy, More

10 years ago from National Geographic

See a backlighted galaxy, Martian frost patterns, a potential ice volcano, and more in this week's space pictures.

Researchers shine light on compact fluorescent bulb problems

10 years ago from Physorg

Long touted as an energy-saving alternative for home lighting, compact fluorescent lightbulbs (CFLs) now have the potential to be even more efficient, as well as dimmable, thanks to research at...

Dramatically backlit dust in giant galaxy

10 years ago from Physorg

A new Hubble image highlights striking swirling dust lanes and glittering globular clusters in oddball galaxy NGC 7049.

Wall Street rocket scientists crash to Earth

10 years ago from Physorg

There's a reason Wall Street resembles a rocket experiment gone wrong: rocket scientists helped make it happen.

Universal health coverage in spotlight at L.A. forum

10 years ago from LA Times - Health

But the White House-organized event is light on details. ...

Now, even NASA astronaut is on Twitter

10 years ago from MSNBC: Science

Call him @Astro_Mike. That's the latest digital moniker of NASA astronaut Michael Massimino, who has invited the world to tag along via the Twitter micro-blogging Web site as he trains...

PHOTO IN THE NEWS: Pulsar Creates Cosmic "Hand"

10 years ago from National Geographic

NASA's x-ray eye in the sky recently snapped pictures of a hand-shaped nebula created as energetic particles get flung from the rotating core of a dead star.

Saturn’s Largest Moon Bulges in the Middle

10 years ago from NY Times Science

Scientists have determined that Titan bulges slightly around the middle and is squashed at the poles.

Solved at last - why scratching relieves an itch

10 years ago from BBC News: Science & Nature

A scientific study has discovered why scratching helps relieve the irritation of an itch.

NASA says arctic literally on thin ice

10 years ago from UPI

BOULDER, Colo., April 6 (UPI) -- The U.S. space agency says this winter had the fifth lowest maximum coverage of arctic ice on record.

Subterranean oceans on Saturn's moon Titan

10 years ago from Physorg

( -- Saturn's largest moon, Titan, may have a subterranean ocean of hydrocarbons and some topsy-turvy topography in which the summits of its mountains lie lower than its average surface...

NASA inspector general resigns

10 years ago from UPI

WASHINGTON, April 6 (UPI) -- The U.S. space agency's controversial inspector general has submitted his letter of resignation to U.S. President Barack Obama.

Black Holes Caught in Tug-of-War

10 years ago from

Small black holes mysteriously self-regulate, just like their supermassive cousins.

Gamma-Ray Burst Caused Mass Extinction?

10 years ago from National Geographic

A stream of gamma rays aimed at Earth may have caused a mass die-off 440 million years ago, according to a new paper that says a similar celestial catastrophe could...

Scientist Predicts 2009's Best Baseball Teams

10 years ago from Live Science

Mathematical model predicts which baseball teams will come out on top in 2009.

Volunteers help salamanders avoid roadway massacre

10 years ago from Physorg

(AP) -- The black salamander with yellow spots sat on the roadside in the dark, ready to make a go of it.

UK budget crunch knocks out Big Bang telescopes

10 years ago from News @ Nature

Council scraps Clover project to hunt for Universe's polarization.

Young Pulsar Shows Its Hand

10 years ago from Science Daily

A small, dense object only twelve miles in diameter is responsible for a beautiful X-ray nebula that spans 150 light years. At the center of a new image made by...

New X-ray Spectroscopic Tool For Probing The Interstellar Medium

10 years ago from Science Daily

Astronomers have published the first clear detection of signatures long sought in the spectra of X-ray astronomical sources, the so-called EXAFS signatures, standing for "Extended X-ray Absorption Fine Structure." EXAFS...

Mishaps befall Canadian teams at NASA moonbuggy race

10 years ago from CBC: Technology & Science

A warped wheel, a loose sprocket, and a bloody finger were a few of the challenges that reared up against the Canadian teams at NASA's Great Moonbuggy Race in Huntsville,...