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Black hole may construct its own galactic home

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Observations of a 'homeless' quasar suggest new ideas for galaxy formation

Space station crew land safely in Kazakhstan

10 years ago from Reuters:Science

ARKALYK, Kazakhstan (Reuters) - Three astronauts landed safely in the frozen steppe of northern Kazakhstan on Tuesday after six months orbiting the world on the International Space Station.

NASA's Terra and Aqua satellites see Nida fading, and 97W getting organized

10 years ago from Physorg

NASA's Terra and Aqua satellites flew over Tropical Depression Nida and System 97W in the Western Pacific Ocean and noticed that one is fading while the other is powering up.

Earth could plunge into sudden ice age

10 years ago from MSNBC: Science

In the film "The Day After Tomorrow," the world gets gripped in ice within just a few weeks. Now research now suggests an eerily similar event might indeed have occurred...

Nasa's Fermi telescope peers deep into a 'micro-quasar'

10 years ago from Science Daily

NASA's Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope has made the first unambiguous detection of high-energy gamma-rays from an enigmatic binary system known as Cygnus X-3. The system pairs a hot, massive star...

Large Hadron Collider roars to life

10 years ago from LA Times - Science

The world's largest particle accelerator is spurred to a record-breaking speed, suggesting that it will deliver on its scientific promise. And it's not even at full power yet. The much-delayed, problem-plagued European Large...

Scientists Explain Puzzling Lake Asymmetry on Titan

Researchers suggest that the eccentricity of Saturn's orbit around the sun may be responsible for the unusually uneven distribution of lakes over the polar regions of the planet's largest moon,...

NASA assessing new roles for ailing QuikScat satellite

10 years ago from Science Daily

NASA mission managers are assessing options for future operations of the venerable QuikScat satellite following the age-related failure of a mechanism that spins the scatterometer antenna. This spinning antenna had...

Solar panel costs 'set to fall'

10 years ago from BBC News: Science & Nature

The cost of installing and owning solar panels will fall even faster than expected according to new research.

Clue Found to Origin of Cosmic Misfits

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Spitzer Space Telescope spots youngest possible brown dwarf pair yet found.

NZ company fires rocket

10 years ago from CBC: Technology & Science

A New Zealand company sent a rocket into space Monday in what it claimed was the first private missile launch in the Southern Hemisphere.

Japan Launches Spy Satellite Under Veil of Secrecy

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In an unpublicized launch lacking fanfare, an H-2A rocket successfully boosted Japan's most advanced spy satellite to orbit on Saturday from the country's island space center.

'Cosmic fruit machine' matches galactic collisions

10 years ago from Science Daily

A new website will give everyone the chance to contribute to science by playing a 'cosmic fruit machine' and compare images of colliding galaxies with millions of simulated images of...

Herschel studying massive dying star

10 years ago from UPI

CARDIFF, Wales, Nov. 28 (UPI) -- Europe's new Herschel telescope is examining a dying star that is 30 to 40 times more massive than Earth's sun, astronomers said.

Volunteers wanted for simulated 520-day Mars mission

10 years ago from Science Daily

Starting in 2010, an international crew of six will simulate a 520-day round-trip to Mars, including a 30-day stay on the martian surface. In reality, they will live and work...

Face to faith: Galileo's lunar work drew on another Christian iconoclast who had lived 1,000 years earlier, says Mark Vernon

10 years ago from The Guardian - Science

Face to faith: Galileo's lunar work drew on another Christian iconoclast who had lived 1,000 years earlierGalileo's earliest surviving drawing of the moon can be dated to 30 November 1609, almost exactly 400...

A nation divided by the weather

10 years ago from The Guardian - Science

The Atlantic's storm track has slipped south, and the rain is more persistent than everThe life of the writer RB Cunninghame Graham is now much more interesting than anything he wrote –...

Signal fading on radio traffic reports

10 years ago from Physorg

(AP) -- For more than 20 years, Mike Nolan was known to radio listeners as the "eye in the sky." He flew over Southern California freeways in his single-engine...

Satellites identify mosquito breeding sites

10 years ago from SciDev

Researchers are using satellite data such as soil moisture patterns to identify likely breeding sites of mosquitoes.

The Energy Sources of Ultraluminous Galaxies

10 years ago from Physorg

( -- Ultraluminous infrared galaxies ((ULIRGs) are galaxies whose luminosity exceeds that of a trillion suns; for comparison, the Milky Way galaxy has a typical (and much more modest) luminosity...

Hammerhead Sharks See 360 Degrees in Stereo

10 years ago from Live Science

Hammerheads have outstanding forward stereo vision and depth perception, study finds.

China set for second lunar probe

10 years ago from UPI

BEIJING, Nov. 27 (UPI) -- The Chinese space scientist who designed the country's first lunar probe says the second probe is set for October of next year, he told...

Astronauts celebrate Thanksgiving in space

10 years ago from UPI

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., Nov. 26 (UPI) -- A dozen astronauts in orbit were to pause for a weightless Thanksgiving Thursday even though they were aboard two separate spacecraft, NASA...

Astronauts surprised by holiday turkey dinners

10 years ago from Physorg

(AP) -- Space shuttle Atlantis' astronauts thought they were going to give thanks with pantry leftovers Thursday as their mission drew to a close, but found turkey dinners awaiting...

Cosmonauts get final tests before flight

10 years ago from UPI

STAR CITY, Russia, Nov. 26 (UPI) -- Main and backup crews for the next mission to the International Space Station began final tests at a space training center near...

Superconductor magnet spacecraft heat shield being developed

10 years ago from Physorg

( -- European space agencies and an aerospace giant are developing a new re-entry heat shield that will use superconductor magnets to generate a magnetic field strong enough to deflect...

NASA's Recipe for Space Cornbread Dressing

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NASA's recipe for astronaut-approved space cornbread dressing.

Monster worm and sea star frenzy

10 years ago from BBC News: Science & Nature

Deep under the Antarctic ice, a rare colourful burst of starfish and monster worms is filmed by BBC camera crew.