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Studying how black holes grow

10 years ago from Physorg

Black holes are some of the most exotic objects in the universe. They are the final evolutionary stage of giant stars much larger than the sun. When these stars explode,...

Chinese Rocket Launches With Top Secret Spy Satellite

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A Chinese remote sensing mission, possibly a military reconnaissance satellite, lifted off from a desert pad atop a Long March rocket Wednesday.

Rare Scottish mineral may indicate life on Mars

10 years ago from Physorg

( -- A team of NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) scientists is looking for clues about life on Mars in an earthy clay mineral found only in Aberdeenshire in...

Sexy spacecraft

10 years ago from The Guardian - Science

Richard Branson claims Virgin's VSS Enterprise is the 'sexiest spaceship ever'. Do you agree?

Hunt for Higgs boson: Mass of top quark narrows search

10 years ago from Science Daily

New high-energy particle research by a team working with data from Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory heightens uncertainty about the exact nature of a key theoretical component of modern physics --...

Gazprom hosts CNPC for gas talks

10 years ago from UPI

MOSCOW, Dec. 9 (UPI) -- Officials from the China National Petroleum Corp. arrived in Moscow to discuss securing natural gas supplies from Russian energy giant Gazprom.

Brightness variations of sun-like stars: The mystery deepens

10 years ago from Science Daily

An extensive study made with ESO’s Very Large Telescope deepens a long-standing mystery in the study of stars similar to the Sun. Unusual year-long variations in the brightness of about...

Observatory: Underwater Data Back Up Theory of Hawaii’s Origin

10 years ago from NY Times Science

The prevailing theory for the origin of the Hawaiian Islands had its share of naysayers over the years.

GJ 758 B - A Giant Planet Or Would-Be Sun?

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 Astronomers at the Max Planck Institute for Astronomy have discovered and directly imaged a faint celestial body that orbits the star GJ 758. Its mass is estimated to be between...

Cosmic rays hunted down: Physicists are closing in on the origin of cosmic rays

10 years ago from Physorg

( -- A thin rain of charged particles continually bombards our atmosphere from outer space. The mysterious particles were first detected 100 years ago but until 10 years ago when...

NASA starts U.S-Arab student program

10 years ago from UPI

WASHINGTON, Dec. 7 (UPI) -- NASA and the Arab Youth Venture Foundation in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, say they've formed a program to allow some UAE students to work...

Nobel winners helped by independence, coffee

10 years ago from Physorg

(AP) -- Intellectual freedom, independent research and frequent coffee breaks with colleagues helped this year's Nobel Prize winners make their groundbreaking scientific discoveries.

NASA offers 2010 space station calendar

10 years ago from UPI

WASHINGTON, Dec. 7 (UPI) -- NASA says it's celebrating the 10th anniversary of people continuously living aboard the International Space Station by offering a special 2010 calendar.

NASA announces student launch competition

10 years ago from UPI

WASHINGTON, Dec. 7 (UPI) -- The U.S. space agency says more than 350 U.S. students from middle schools to universities have been invited to take part in its rocket...

Astronauts, Space Workers Offer Designs for NASA Shuttle Patch Contest

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Two months ago, NASA put out the call to its past and present employees: design a patch to symbolize the end of the space shuttle program coming to a close...

December 2009 Lithosphere highlights

10 years ago from Science Blog

Boulder, CO, USA - Lithosphere articles examine the possibilities surrounding crustal melting during continental subduction; find evidence for igneous diapirism in the San Rafael Desert; date metamorphism in the Nashoba...

Chevron in LNG deal with Tokyo

10 years ago from UPI

SAN RAMON, Calif., Dec. 7 (UPI) -- Chevron Corp. announced its Australian subsidiary signed a heads of agreement with a Tokyo electric company for liquefied natural gas deliveries.

First Public Spaceship to be Unveiled Today

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A super-slick looking rocket plane showcased as the world's first passenger-carrying commercial spacecraft is making its debut today.

Japan's 'space beer' sparkles among drinkers

10 years ago from Physorg

A Japanese brewer has come up with a beer that's truly out of this world -- one made with barley grown from a line of seeds that once orbited the...

Pearl Harbor mini-submarine mystery solved?

10 years ago from LA Times - Science

Researchers think they have found the remains of a Japanese mini-submarine that probably fired on U.S. battleships on Dec. 7, 1941. ...

Mayo Clinic researchers show brain waves can 'write' on a computer in early tests

10 years ago from Science Blog

BOSTON, Mass. -- Neuroscientists at the Mayo Clinic campus in Jacksonville, Fla., have demonstrated how brain waves can be used to type alphanumerical characters on a computer screen....

Caltech scientists discover aggression-promoting pheromone in flies

10 years ago from Science Blog

PASADENA, Calif. -- Have you ever found yourself struggling to get your order taken at a crowded bar or lunch counter, only to walk away in disgust as more aggressive...

Florida Skywatchers Have Chances to Spot Space Station

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Skywatchers in Florida have two chances to spot the International Space Station fly high overhead in the next few nights.

Top Ten Space Finds of 2009: Nat Geo News's Most Viewed

10 years ago from National Geographic

There's water, water everywhere in National Geographic News's most popular space coverage of 2009: A probe proved there's water on the moon, a Mars lander's leg got all wet, fishlike...

Thinking Multidimensional

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One of the cool things I have learned to do, through years of experience in data analysis at particle colliders, is to visualize the complex kinematics of a signal process...

Pluto's cloud components verified

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Newly analyzed observations suggest particles are mostly frozen nitrogen

Microsoft search engine Bing suffers brief outage

10 years ago from Physorg

US software giant Microsoft has blamed a problem during testing for a half-hour outage of its new Web search engine Bing.