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Endeavour, space station crews share Thanksgiving meal

10 years ago from LA Times - Science

Shuttle is due to return to Earth on Sunday after a major remodeling project. Astronauts bid farewell with turkey, toasts and all the trimmings. ...

Feature: The sun rises slowly for Australian solar

10 years ago from Science Alert

When scientists from the University of New South Wales’ solar photovoltaic group fabricated their first solar cell in 1975, Australia was a world leader in the solar energy industry. More...

New Theories May Shed Light on Dark Matter

10 years ago from Scientific American

If current theories prove correct, ordinary matter--all that we can see, smell and touch--makes up just a fraction, maybe 4 percent, of the universe. The rest comes from the so-called...

S&T Grad to Blog from Space

10 years ago from Newswise - Scinews

NASA astronaut Sandra Magnus, a Missouri University of Science and Technology graduate, is scheduled to launch into orbit aboard Space Shuttle Endeavour on Nov. 14. The space shuttle will drop...

A Pool of Distant Galaxies -- the deepest ultraviolet image of the Universe yet

10 years ago from Science Blog

Anyone who has wondered what it might be like to dive into a pool of millions of distant galaxies of different shapes and colours, will enjoy the latest image released...

Ammonia tank thrown from space station last year falls harmlessly in South Pacific, NASA says

10 years ago from LA Times - Science

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — A refrigerator-sized piece of space junk fell harmlessly into the South Pacific Sunday night, according to NASA.

New Flares of Activity Spotted on the Sun

10 years ago from Live Science

After more than two years of very low sunspot activity and hardly any flares, the sun is ramping up activity now.

Solar Cycle Update: The Sun Shows Signs of Life

10 years ago from Science @ NASA

A surge of new-cycle sunspots in October may signal the beginning of the end of the ongoing solar minimum.

Intelligent airlines meet passenger needs

10 years ago from

As airports become stretched to capacity and calls mount for new runways and terminals, a computer scientist in Greece has designed a system that could ensure as many seats as...

Universal Declaration of Human Rights to head into space

10 years ago from Physorg

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights is to be hoisted to the International Space Station to mark the 60th anniversary of the document's adoption by the UN, the European Space...

China aims to land moon-buggy by 2012

10 years ago from Reuters:Science

BEIJING (Reuters) - China aims to put an unmanned buggy on the moon by 2012, local media reported on Friday, laying the ground for its greater ambitions of putting a...

Monsoon link to fall of dynasties

10 years ago from BBC News: Science & Nature

The demise of some of China's ruling dynasties was linked to changes in the strength of monsoon rains, a study suggests.

Fingers, Loops and Bays in the Crab Nebula

10 years ago from Physorg

( -- This image gives the first clear view of the faint boundary of the Crab Nebula's X-ray-emitting pulsar wind nebula. The nebula is powered by a rapidly-rotating, highly-magnetized neutron...

21st Century detective work reveals how ancient rock got off to a hot start

10 years ago from Physorg

( -- A new X-ray technique has enabled scientists to "play detective" and solve the debate about the origins of a three-billion-year-old rock fragment.

Signs of Late Volcanism Seen on Moon

10 years ago from Live Science

Young mare basalts on moon's farside show volcanism persisted.

Russian Rocket Launches European Broadcast Satellite

10 years ago from

A Russian Proton rocked successfully launched the ASTRA 1M television broadcast satellite Wednesday.

Plan to Send Hot Air Balloon to Saturn's Moon Titan

10 years ago from

Mission would use an orbiting spacecraft, a surface probe, and a hot air balloon.

How Water Made Earth Livable for Us - The Peroxy Way

10 years ago from

Water and the peroxy may have been vital for Earth's habitability.

Minerals on Mars Point to More Recent Presence of Water

10 years ago from NY Times Science

Scientists are seeing global mineralogical signs that Mars was at least occasionally wet for the first two billion years of its existence.

Dot Earth: The President and the Planet, on a Budget

10 years ago from NY Times Science

What’s a president to do on issues like climate and population, particularly in an era of huge deficits and pressing real-time problems?

Cloud radar with a silver lining - it can really predict the weather

10 years ago from The Guardian - Science

A new cloud radar system has been developed by Brian Moyna which promises more accurate, more localised weather forecasting

Science Weekly Extra podcast: Astronaut Richard Garriott on space travel and being back on Earth

10 years ago from The Guardian - Science

A space capsule carrying the first two men to follow their fathers into orbit has returned to Earth from the international space station.Search and recovery crews in Kazakhstan retrieved the...

Meet G, Silicon Valley's celebrity entrepreneur

10 years ago from Physorg

You'll find the world of G at the top of a 37-story elevator ride up to a fabulous San Francisco penthouse with a stunning view of Treasure Island and the...

Tackling the big questions -- approaching a revolution in our understanding of gravity

10 years ago from Physorg

( -- The way galaxies move through the cosmos has recently begun to baffle scientists. Even when the gravitational theories of Newton and Einstein are taken into account, the universe...

Energy Department promotes Victor Der

10 years ago from UPI

WASHINGTON, Nov. 5 (UPI) -- The U. S. Department of Energy announced the appointment of Victor Der as its principal deputy assistant secretary for fossil energy.

NASA selects student astronomy ambassadors

10 years ago from UPI

WASHINGTON, Nov. 5 (UPI) -- The U.S. space agency has selected 46 students to take part in its International Year of Astronomy Student Ambassadors Program.

Election Sends Three NASA Supporters Packing

10 years ago from

The House Science Committee lost three strong NASA supporters in the Nov. 4 U.S. election.

Very cold ice films in laboratory reveal mysteries of Universe

10 years ago from

Could life have started in a lump of ice? The Universe is full of water, mostly in the form of very cold ice films deposited on interstellar dust particles, but...