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New Planet Discovered Orbiting Dangerously Close To Giant Star

10 years ago from Science Daily

Astronomers have discovered a new planet that is closely orbiting a red-giant star, HD 102272, which is much older than our own Sun. The planet has a mass that is...

Complex Systems And Mars Missions Help Understand How Life Began

10 years ago from Science Daily

Understanding how life started remains a major challenge for science. At a recent European Science Foundation and COST 'Frontiers of Science' conference scientists discussed two new approaches to the problem....

Czech flag raised over ESA

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A historic event took place at ESA sites across Europe today - the flag of the Czech Republic was hoisted alongside those of ESA's other Member States, officially symbolising the...

Physicists part of research team testing Nobel-winning theory

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Soeren Prell and a team of Iowa State University researchers are part of an international research team testing a theory that led to a share of the 2008 Nobel Prize...

To widen path to outer space, UF engineers build small satellite

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It's not much bigger than a softball and weighs just 2 pounds. But the 'pico satellite' being designed and built in a University of Florida aerospace engineering laboratory may hold...

Improved measurements could mean safer, more reliable electroshock weapons

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Electroshock weapons - such as stun guns and other similar devices that temporarily incapacitate a person by delivering a high-voltage, low-current electric shock - have helped law enforcement officers safely...

Moon gets a fresh close-up in restored classic NASA photos

10 years ago from LA Times - Science

The first up-close images of the lunar landscape were long hidden away in storage. The space agency and private space buffs have started to refurbish and reissue the photos. ...

Gemini releases historic discovery image of planetary 'first family'

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Astronomers using the Gemini North telescope and W.M. Keck Observatory on Hawaii's Mauna Kea have obtained the first-ever direct images identifying a multi-planet system around a normal star. The Gemini...

SHIMMER successfully observes Earth's highest clouds

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The Naval Research Laboratory's Spatial Heterodyne Imager for Mesospheric Radicals (SHIMMER) has successfully observed a second northern season of Polar Mesospheric Clouds (PMCs), which are the Earth's highest clouds. This...

Confusing creation with creationism

10 years ago from The Guardian - Science

Intelligent design and young Earth creationism are both false, but that does not discount the notion of creation, writes Michael Poole

PHOTO IN THE NEWS: Mysterious Aurora Spotted on Saturn

10 years ago from National Geographic

A NASA orbiter has captured a "unique brand" of aurora that lights up much of Saturn's north pole region.

First Pictures of Alien Planet System Revealed

10 years ago from National Geographic

Astronomers today unvieled unprecedented glimpses of planets outside our solar system, including the first ever images of another multiplanet system and the first visible-light images of an extrasolar planet.

Brown cloud covering parts of India, China

10 years ago from UPI

BEIJING, Nov. 13 (UPI) -- A thick layer of soot and manmade particles stretches across parts of India and China, clouding the sky in some areas, a U.N....

Video - Direct from the Moon: on National Geographic Channel

10 years ago from Live Science

Intimate portraits of Earth's natural satellite from Japan's Kaguya high definition spacecraft.

Astronomers See Exoplanets for First Time

10 years ago from Science NOW

Direct detection is the latest step toward discovering other, possibly inhabited, Earths

NASA Mars Lander Receives Award From Magazine

NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander has won recognition from Popular Science magazine as an innovation worthy of the publication's "Best of What's New" Grand Award in the aviation and space category.

Water heater choice and maintenance can reduce energy costs

10 years ago from Physorg

( -- Between 16 and 18 percent of home energy is used to generate hot water, so hot water tank maintenance can pay big dividends on your energy bill.

Compact research freezers to debut in space

10 years ago from Physorg

When the space shuttle Endeavour lifts off this month, its flight crew will be taking new research equipment designed and built by the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB).

NASA tests equipment designed for the moon

10 years ago from UPI

HILO, Hawaii, Nov. 13 (UPI) -- The U.S. space agency says it has concluded nearly two weeks of testing equipment and lunar rover concepts in Hawaii.

NASA's carbon-sniffing satellite sleuth arrives at launch site

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NASA's first spacecraft dedicated to studying carbon dioxide, the leading human-produced greenhouse gas driving changes in Earth's climate, has arrived at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif., to begin final launch...

NCAR Installs Massive Digital Storage Library from Sun Microsystems for Climate and Weather Records

10 years ago from Newswise - Scinews

The National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) and Sun Microsystems, Inc. (NASDAQ: JAVA) today announced the arrival of a massive new digital storage library that will preserve and protect valuable...

Focus on Putting Humans on Mars, Group Argues

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The Planetary Society calls for shifting NASA focus from moon to Mars.

Divining Rod Designed for Mars

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Detecting water underground does not require a magical stick.

On Being Selected as an LROC Participating Scientist

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A SETI scientist describes his involvement with the development of the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter.

New radar helps predict rainfall

10 years ago from BBC News: Science & Nature

A team of Oxfordshire scientists develop new technology which will help forecast rain more accurately.

'Technical problems' shut down Nigerian satellite

10 years ago from Physorg

A Nigerian satellite heralded at its launch last year as being at the vanguard of an African communications' revolution has had to be shut down due to technical problems, officials...

SPACE PHOTOS THIS WEEK: Stellar Nurseries, Paloma, More

10 years ago from National Geographic

Hurricane Paloma pummels Cuba, Saharan sands take flight, new stars are born, and more make up this week's best space photos.