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Bias found in rulings of tennis referees

10 years ago from UPI

DAVIE, Calif., Nov. 5 (UPI) -- U.S. scientists say they have discovered tennis referees are more likely to make an error calling a ball "out" than "in" because...

Mars Lander Goes Inactive

10 years ago from Live Science

Poor weather, dwindling power at Phoenix landing site forces spacecraft into safe mode.

More Hidden Territory On Mercury Revealed By MESSENGER Spacecraft

10 years ago from Science Daily

A NASA spacecraft gliding over the battered surface of Mercury for the second time this year has revealed more previously unseen real estate on the innermost planet. The probe also...

MESSENGER glimpses Mercury’s Western hemisphere, new features

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The results are in from MESSENGER’s second flyby of Mercury, one of the least-explored planets in the solar system

NASA probe shows Mercury more dynamic than thought

10 years ago from AP Science

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Earth's first nearly full look at Mercury reveals that the tiny lifeless planet took a far greater role in shaping itself than was...

To Pluto With Postage: Nine Souvenirs Stow Away on NASA Probe

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Nine mementos are riding to Pluto aboard NASA's New Horizons spacecraft.

NASA may be able to speed up launch of moonship

10 years ago from Physorg

(AP) -- NASA officials said Wednesday it might be possible to try out its new moon rocketship a year earlier than its current target date of 2015.

Phoenix Mars Mission Faces Survival Challenges

10 years ago from Physorg

( -- In a race against time and the elements, engineers with NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander mission hope to extend the lander's survival by gradually shutting down some of its...

Halloween Storms of 2003 Still the Scariest

10 years ago from Physorg

( -- By the eerie light of a Halloween moon, while a chilly wind blows autumn-dry leaves askitter on bare and fingered branches, scary things can happen. Blood-sucking bats, creepy-crawly...

NASA-funded study shows methane increasing

10 years ago from UPI

CAMBRIDGE, Mass., Oct. 29 (UPI) -- A U.S. space agency study shows the amount of methane in the Earth's atmosphere increased during 2007, ending approximately a decade of...

SPACE PHOTOS THIS WEEK: India's Moon Mission, More

10 years ago from National Geographic

An American space tourist returns to Earth, India launches first mission to the moon, and more in our weekly update of space photos.

Interview: Pierre Brondeau

10 years ago from Chemistry World

Rohm and Haas’s CEO-in-waiting discusses the company’s imminent takeover by Dow

Space Tourist: Open Space Station to All

10 years ago from CBSNews - Science

The latest U.S. space tourist, Richard Garriott, urged government space agencies like NASA and Roscosmos to give private entrepreneurs broader access to the orbiting station and encourage private space travel.

Astronauts Ride in Style in New Moon Truck

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NASA's moon truck prototype is proving to be the ultimate lunar RV.

Observatory: Galaxies Made Simple, or at Least Less Complicated

10 years ago from NY Times Science

A study of 200 galaxies suggests that the properties and structure of galaxies are a function of a single parameter, rather than multiple ones.

The Great Cosmic Challenge

10 years ago from Science Daily

Today cosmologists are challenging the world to solve a compelling statistical problem, to bring us closer to understanding the nature of dark matter and energy which makes up 95 per...

New minerals point to wetter Mars

10 years ago from BBC News: Science & Nature

A new class of minerals found on Mars suggests liquid water stayed on the planet's surface a billion years later than first thought.

Halloween Sky Show

10 years ago from Science @ NASA

The planets are gathering for spooky sunset sky show on Oct. 31st. Read today's story to find out where to look.

Study: NASA dust storm predictions helpful

10 years ago from UPI

WASHINGTON, Oct. 28 (UPI) -- A five-year U.S. space agency study shows NASA satellite data can improve dust storm forecasts in the U.S. Southwest to benefit public health...

ESA: Arctic sea ice down by 19 percent

10 years ago from UPI

LONDON, Oct. 28 (UPI) -- The European Space Agency says satellite data shows the thickness of sea ice in large parts of the Arctic declined by as much...

Double the rubble: Nearby star system has two asteroid belts

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Epsilon Eridani hosts an inner asteroid belt and planet arranged like those in the solar system

Intel Capital to invest $20 mln in solar venture

10 years ago from Physorg

(AP) -- Shrugging off gloom over the economic outlook, Intel Capital on Tuesday announced its first "clean-tech" initiative in China, a $20 million equity investment in Trony Solar Holdings...

Atom smashers at work

10 years ago from MSNBC: Science

Science editor Alan Boyle’s blog: American scientists discuss what needs to be done to fix the world's biggest atom smasher — and what they'll be doing when it's back in...

NASA's Spitzer Gets Sneak Peek Inside Comet Holmes

10 years ago from Science Daily

When comet Holmes unexpectedly erupted in 2007, professional and amateur astronomers around the world turned their telescopes toward the spectacular event. Their quest was to find out why the comet...

Space Tech Prosthetic Leg Helps To Reach Long-jump World Record

10 years ago from Science Daily

German athlete Wojtek Czyz, running with a space-tech enhanced prosthetic leg, set a new world record at the Paralympics 2008 in Beijing, reaching an amazing 6.50 m and beating the...

ESA's Lunar Robotics Challenge: A tough task for the student teams

10 years ago from Physorg

( -- The Teide volcanic peak on the island of Tenerife acted as a mock-up of the Moon landscape last week, with eight European student teams tuning, testing and driving...

Last uncharted Earth areas to be explored

10 years ago from UPI

AUSTIN, Texas, Oct. 27 (UPI) -- U.S., U.K. and Australian scientists will explore two of the last uncharted regions of Earth: the Aurora and Wilkes Subglacial Basins in...

Space tourism will weather market crisis: astronaut

10 years ago from Reuters:Science

STAR CITY, Russia (Reuters) - At over $30 million a ticket it is not cheap, but rich adventurers will still pay for a dream trip into orbit despite a global...