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Global Warming Predictions Are Overestimated, Suggests Study On Black Carbon

10 years ago from Science Daily

A detailed analysis of black carbon -- the residue of burned organic matter -- in computer climate models suggests that those models may be overestimating global warming predictions.

Black Holes Burp Big Bubbles

10 years ago from

Bubbles of hot plasma can keep black-hole growth in check.

Spider Success! Weightless Webs Spun in Space

10 years ago from Live Science

A pair of orb-weaver spiders on the International Space Station succeeded in spinning webs in space after failing a day earlier.

First test for interplanetary net

10 years ago from BBC News: Science & Nature

Nasa has successfully tested a communications system designed to work in deep space modelled on the internet

Site List Narrows For NASA's Next Mars Landing

10 years ago from Physorg

( -- Four intriguing places on Mars have risen to the final round as NASA selects a landing site for its next Mars mission, the Mars Science Laboratory.

Mystery of Rapid Star Birth Solved

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Hubble resolves mystery over loner starburst galaxy; galaxy more distant than thought.

Mysterious Source Of High-Energy Cosmic Radiation Discovered: Nearby Exotic Object?

10 years ago from Science Daily

Scientists have discovered a previously unidentified nearby source of high-energy cosmic rays. The finding was made with a NASA-funded balloon-borne instrument high over Antarctica.

The Bamboo Builder

10 years ago from PopSci

As a child growing up in northern China, Yan Xiao loved flying kites. A born engineer, he made them himself out of paper sails and plain bamboo frames. The kites...

Clump of dark matter may loom near solar system

10 years ago from Reuters:Science

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A balloon-borne instrument soaring high over Antarctica has found evidence of a possible large clump of mysterious so-called dark matter relatively close to our solar system, scientists...

La Niña Anomaly Could Affect Winter Weather in Colorado

10 years ago from Physorg

( -- A strong La Niña that developed early last winter, only to disappear this summer, is showing signs of life again and could affect our winter weather, said University...

Expert Can Speak on Space Debris Such as Lost NASA Tool Bag

10 years ago from Newswise - Scinews

As NASA's lost tool bag continues to float in space, Auburn University has a credible source who can address space debris and its effect on space craft and satellites. Henry...

Jupiter's great red spot is shrinking

10 years ago from Physorg

The best map of wind speeds on Jupiter ever produced proves that the massive weather system known as the Great Red Spot has shrunken over the past dozen years.

SPACE PHOTOS THIS WEEK: Earth Mosaic, Exoplanet, More

10 years ago from National Geographic

Flares erupt from our galaxy's heart, the ISS gets an extreme home makeover, fires blaze near LA, and more in this week's best space photos.

New discovery challenges star theory

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Researchers have made a discovery which poses a major challenge to current theories of how stars reach the ends of their lives. In a paper entitled A Planetary Nebula around...

China Denies Trying to Obtain U.S. Space Technology

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China on Tuesday dismissed suggestions that it is seeking to illegally obtain U.S. space technology.

NASA Shifts Gears: Next Mars Rover to Leave Some Equipment Behind

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Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) will leave a $2 million experiment behind.

Rocket scientists splash down in Southampton

10 years ago from

Talented students with ambitions to lead the next generation of Space engineers are gathering in Southampton this weekend (22-23 November) for the 20th annual conference of UK Students for the...

Argentina to host centre for genetics and biotechnology

10 years ago from SciDev

The country's S&T minister has announced that Buenos Aires will be the first Latin American branch of the International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology.

This needs to be brought back

10 years ago from Science Blog

Loks like a hell of a lot of fun:

Satellite risks losing sight of Earth

10 years ago from News @ Nature

Agencies to decide if grounded mission should fly as solar probe instead.

New accelerator enhances radiotherapy accuracy

10 years ago from Physics World

The National Physical Laboratory's new state-of-the-art linear accelerator will streamline the process of calibrating radiotherapy equipment.

Global Temperature Report - October 2008

10 years ago from Newswise - Scinews

Scientists at The University of Alabama in Huntsville use data gathered by microwave sounding units on NOAA and NASA satellites to get accurate temperature readings for almost all regions of the Earth.

Star Trek's Deflector Shield Envisioned for Mars Mission

10 years ago from

A new study found that a portable magnetic shield could be the key to protecting spacefarers during long-duration missions.


10 years ago from The Guardian - Science

The shuttle Endeavour docked with the ISS (International Space Station) on Sunday and they should still be together when the complex returns to visibility in our evening sky on Saturday...

NASA's Quikscat Ocean-Observing Satellite Mission Honored

An Earth-observing satellite that has provided early detection of ocean storms and advanced the scientific exploration of global ocean wind patterns has been recognized for helping scientists better understand our...

Researchers find ancient meteorite dust

10 years ago from UPI

PISA, Italy, Nov. 18 (UPI) -- Italian explorers and geologists in the Antarctic report finding the world's largest and oldest cache of meteorite particles.

New dreams rise from Phoenix's ashes

10 years ago from Physorg

( -- Carlos Lange has some sentimental thoughts about the shut down of the Phoenix Mars Lander, but science never sleeps and he's set his sights on a new mission...

UK to auction carbon permits

10 years ago from BBC News: Science & Nature

The UK's auction of emissions permits to power firms could raise between 1.5 and 2bn euros over the next 5 years.