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Skywatchers await meteor shower

10 years ago from BBC News: Science & Nature

The annual Geminids shower is expected to reach its peak, making it particularly easy see.

Science Briefing

10 years ago from LA Times - Science

Mars rover Spirit's wheel stops working / Maui summit to get solar telescope / New treatment for bad memories / Lonely rats more prone to tumors ...

TRMM Satellite sees Cyclone Cleo coming to a close

10 years ago from Science Blog

Rainfall in the once-known Cyclone Cleo has really diminished over the last 24 hours, and the Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission or TRMM satellite has confirmed it. Cleo is fading and...

XMM-Newton celebrates decade of discovery

10 years ago from Science Daily

ESA’s XMM-Newton X-ray observatory is celebrating its 10th anniversary. During its decade of operation, this remarkable space observatory has supplied new data for every aspect of astronomy. From our cosmic...

Our Deepest View Of The Universe Just Got Deeper!

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This image of a tiny patch of sky reveals the oldest galaxies ever seen. Their light has traveled 13 billion years to the Hubble Space Telescope, stretched along the way...

Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter Spacecraft Out of Safe Mode

10 years ago from Physorg

( -- NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter today has been taken out of the precautionary 'safe mode' it had been in since August.

Mars, methane and mysteries

10 years ago from European Space Agency

Mars may not be as dormant as scientists once thought. The 2004 discovery of methane means that either there is life on Mars, or that volcanic activity continues to generate...

Deep space maintenance deep in Australia's bush

10 years ago from Science Daily

The European Space Agency's giant 35m ground stations require regular maintenance and periodic mid-life upgrades to keep them working in tip-top condition, communicating with the Agency's growing fleet of spacecraft...

SPACE PHOTOS THIS WEEK: Virgin Galactic Debut and More

10 years ago from National Geographic

See the world's first commercial spaceship, the first direct picture of a planet orbiting a sunlike star, the deepest known image of the universe, and more in our selection of...

Star power: Astronomers recreate stellar jet with laser blast

10 years ago from Science Daily

With the trillions of watts contained in one brief pop of a powerful laser, the universe became a bit less mysterious. Scientists recently used powerful laser beams to recreate, on...

RIT astronomer mines Spitzer Space Telescope data for massive starbursts

10 years ago from Physorg

Understanding the evolution of galaxies is one of the biggest questions confronting astronomers today. Looking at distant astronomical objects gives scientists important clues to the origins of the Milky Way...

NASA global precipitation measurement mission passes major review

10 years ago from Science Daily

NASA's effort to deploy the first satellite mission to advance global precipitation observations from space moved closer to this goal when agency officials approved critical elements for the Global Precipitation...

First Monarch Butterflies in Space Take Flight

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The first-ever Monarch butterflies in space have taken flight on the International Space Station.

Aussie galaxy survey to lead to 'new physics'

10 years ago from Physorg

( -- Australian astronomers have released the first set of data from the first project to look at the effects of "dark energy" halfway back in the Universe's lifetime.

Radio nodes may succeed RFID tags

10 years ago from UPI

ERLANGEN, Germany, Dec. 8 (UPI) -- German researchers say they've developed intelligent radio nodes that can perform many tasks that radio frequency identification systems cannot.

Has Dark Matter Finally Been Detected On Earth?

10 years ago from PopSci

For the past six years, the CDMS, the world's most sensitive dark matter detector, sat deep beneath the Minnesotan countryside, watching super-cooled Germanium crystals for evidence of material abundant in the Universe, but...

Precision breeding creates super potato

10 years ago from Science Blog

The fall of 2009 was a truly special season for the Emsland Group: For the first time in the history of the largest German potato starch manufacturer, it processed Tilling...

Solar energy powers Marines on battlefield

10 years ago from Science Blog

A year ago, U.S. Marines operating in the Arabian Desert only viewed the sun as the source of the region's relentless heat. Recently, the Office of Naval Research (ONR)...

NASA's Invention Challenge to be televised

10 years ago from UPI

PASADENA, Calif., Dec. 8 (UPI) -- NASA says it will televise its 2009 Invention Challenge, to be held at the space agency's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif.

NASA, DARPA Host Space Junk Wake-Up Call

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NASA and DARPA have teamed up to take a look at tackling the problem of space junk in a major meeting this week.

Erdogan expresses Nabucco optimism

10 years ago from UPI

WASHINGTON, Dec. 8 (UPI) -- Discussions with regional energy giants and major gas supplier nations are reason for optimism for the Nabucco pipeline, the Turkish premier said in Washington.

Spirit remains trapped in Martian sand

10 years ago from UPI

PASADENA, Calif., Dec. 8 (UPI) -- NASA engineers attempting to free the Mars rover Spirit from loose Martian sand since April say the results of their attempts so far...

NASA announces moon design competition

10 years ago from UPI

WASHINGTON, Dec. 8 (UPI) -- NASA says it is offering paid internships to engineering students who have ideas on how future explorers might live on the moon.

SpaceShipTwo Debuts!

10 years ago from

Virgin Galactic officially debuts SpaceShipTwo, named the VSS Enterprise, fast on the heels of their earlier ready for liftoff announcement in Wired.  From the Wired article, they noted read more

Absence of evidence for a meteorite impact event 13,000 years ago

10 years ago from Physorg

An international team of scientists led by researchers at the University of Hawaii at Manoa have found no evidence supporting an extraterrestrial impact event at the onset of the Younger...

Thirty Meter Telescope New 5-Minute Video Showcases Excitement and Promise of Next-generation Observatory

10 years ago from Newswise - Scinews

In a new video produced by TMT and acclaimed animator Dana Berry, astronomers Richard Ellis, the Steele Professor of Astronomy at Caltech, and Andrea Ghez, professor of physics and astronomy...

Solving the mysteries of enigmatic binary star system Cygnus X-3

10 years ago from Science Daily

Deep in our Galaxy, approximately 30,000 light-years from Earth, a small gravitational monster is sucking matter from a companion star, causing the infalling matter to violently radiate X-rays and occasionally...

Essay: Optimism as Artificial Intelligence Pioneers Reunite

10 years ago from NY Times Science

Researchers who in the 1960s tackled a field that is still mystifying scientists come together again.