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China's lunar satellite survives eclipse: state media

10 years ago from Physorg

China's first lunar satellite, which has been orbiting around the moon for nearly nine months, has withstood the test of a solar eclipse that cut its solar energy supply, state...

NASA Won't Launch Fall Shuttle Missions Early

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NASA will not attempt earlier launches for its two fall shuttle missions.

Scientists prepare to study Mars samples

10 years ago from UPI

WASHINGTON, Aug. 14 (UPI) -- U.S. scientists say they are preparing for the day when they can study materials returned to Earth from Mars or other planetary bodies.

MicroRNA activation mystery is solved

10 years ago from UPI

CAMBRIDGE, Mass., Aug. 13 (UPI) -- U.S. scientists say they've discovered how microRNA molecules are activated -- an event that is critical for the creation of embryonic stem...

Bringing Martian samples to Earth

10 years ago from Physorg

New Rochelle, NY, August 13, 2008 - A critical component of NASA's Mars exploration program involves bringing planetary samples back to Earth for in-depth analysis, plans for which are...

Study determines why chili peppers are hot

10 years ago from UPI

GAINESVILLE, Fla., Aug. 13 (UPI) -- A U.S.-led international team of scientists has solved a long-standing evolutionary mystery involving the spicy hotness of chili peppers.

Spooky Physics: Signals Seem to Travel Faster Than Light

10 years ago from Live Science

Strange events that Einstein himself called "spooky" might happen at least 10,000 times the speed of light.

SPACE PHOTOS THIS WEEK: Tarantula Nebula, More

10 years ago from National Geographic

Cassini flies by Saturn's moon, the Perseids meteor shower lights up the sky, and more in our new weekly roundup of science news photos.

New Robot Scouts Best Locations for Components of Undersea Lab

10 years ago from Newswise - Scinews

Like a deep-sea bloodhound, Sentry - the newest in an elite group of unmanned submersibles able to operate on their own in demanding and rugged environments - has helped scientists...

Crane Accident Damages Malaysian Satellite

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A crane accident damaged a Malaysian communications satellite at its Baikonur launch site.

How Lunar Soil Could Power the Future

10 years ago from Live Science

Mining the moon for helium could supply the Earth with clean, abundant energy.

A Hubble Anniversary and a Successful Collider Test

10 years ago from NY Times Science

The Hubble Space Telescope made its 100,000th trip around the Earth.

U.S. boosts solar research funding

10 years ago from UPI

WASHINGTON, Aug. 12 (UPI) -- The United States will invest up to $24 million to advance the development of solar energy products, the Department of Energy said Tuesday.

Obituary: Fritz Koerner

10 years ago from The Guardian - Science

Obituary: Explorer whose polar data illuminated the climate-change debate

Shuttle Astronauts Eager for Risky Mission to Hubble

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The crew of NASA's last shuttle flight to Hubble is eager to fly.

High-Tech 'Heart' of New-Generation Radio Telescope Passes First Test

10 years ago from Physorg

The Expanded Very Large Array (EVLA), part of the National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO), took a giant step toward completion on August 7 with successful testing of advanced digital hardware...

NASA safety panel worries about moon ship design

10 years ago from CBC: Technology & Science

NASA is not properly emphasizing safety in its design of a new spaceship, and the return-to-the-moon program faces money, morale and leadership problems, an agency safety panel found Monday.

Chasing Dust Devils from Earth to Mars

10 years ago from Live Science

Chasing dust devils on Earth gives glimpse of Martian climate.

Students Build And Launch A Sensor Into Space

10 years ago from Science Daily

Students built and successfully launched a cosmic radiation detector this summer that, carried by a helium-filled balloon, reached 104,000 feet in altitude. The detector recorded radiation levels at the varying...

'Star Trek Online' is Ready to Beam Up

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The 'Star Trek' massively multiplayer online game will finally emerge.

NASA revises its Constellation Program

10 years ago from UPI

WASHINGTON, Aug. 11 (UPI) -- The U.S. space agency says it is revising its Constellation Program's budget, schedule and technical performance milestones.

Study shows that laboratory rats calculate confidence to make decisions

10 years ago from Physorg

It has probably happened to everyone at one time or another. You're driving to a restaurant for the very first time. At a crossroads, you make a turn. You drive...

Most Direct Evidence of Dark Energy Detected

10 years ago from National Geographic

A new color-coded map represents the first visual evidence of the mysterious force that astronomers think is causing the expansion of the universe to speed up.

A Flash of Insight: LCROSS Mission Update

10 years ago from Physorg

There are places on the Moon where the sun hasn't shined for millions of years. Dark polar craters too deep for sunlight to penetrate are luna incognita, the realm of...

North Pole could lose summer ice

10 years ago from Physorg

( -- While the summer of 2007 saw record low sea-ice coverage of the Arctic Ocean, a six-year study of the Arctic's sea ice has confirmed its ongoing, massive shrinking...

U.S. center will analyze some LHC data

10 years ago from UPI

LINCOLN , Neb., Aug. 11 (UPI) -- U.S. physicists say they are preparing to handle some of the flood of data expected from the world's next-generation particle accelerator...

20th-anniversary 'Madden NFL' is better than ever

10 years ago from Physorg

(AP) -- When Electronic Arts announced the retired Brett Favre as its 20th anniversary cover boy, it looked like the notorious "Madden" curse - which had mangled the careers of...

Microbes Could Travel from Venus to Earth

10 years ago from Live Science

Scientists have suggested that possible microbial life could be transferred from Venus' clouds to Earth.