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Two dwarf planets identified

10 years ago from Science Alert

Pluto's family just got bigger - astronomers have identified two new dwarf planets: bright red Makemake and football-shaped Haumea.

'Big bang machine' study halted for 2 months

10 years ago from MSNBC: Science

The $10 billion "big bang" particle collider has been damaged worse than previously thought and will be out of commission for at least two months, its operators said on Saturday.

The mystery of multiple sclerosis

10 years ago from CBC: Health

Canada has one of the highest rates of multiple sclerosis in the world, according to an international survey.

Shake, Rattle And Roll: James Webb Telescope Components Pass Tests

10 years ago from Science Daily

You might think that shaking and freezing a state-of-the-art, meticulously crafted machine is a bad idea. But when it comes to firing telescopes and their instruments into the frigid cold...

Polar Crown Prominences

10 years ago from Physorg

Warning: Material contained in this story may make you wish to become a solar physicist. Japan's Hinode spacecraft, launched in 2006 on a mission to study the sun, is beaming...

More than 2,000 expected at space meeting

10 years ago from UPI

GLASGOW, Scotland, Sept. 18 (UPI) -- Officials from seven national space agencies will detail their future missions later this month during the 59th International Astronautical Congress.

NASA eClips: A New Approach to Learning

10 years ago from Physorg

( -- NASA is making available a free Web-based educational product to learners of all ages across the country. NASA eClips consists of more than 55 short, 5-10 minute video...

Water Hit With Young Star's Best Shot

10 years ago from Physorg

Water is being blasted to pieces by a young star's laser-like jets, according to new observations from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope. The discovery provides a better understanding of how water...

Pentagon Approves Spy Satellite Program

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The Pentagon will buy two commercial-class imagery satellites for recon misions.

Johnson Space Center to reopen Monday

10 years ago from UPI

HOUSTON, Sept. 18 (UPI) -- The U.S. space agency said its Johnson Space Center in Houston will reopen Monday after being closed Sept. 11 because of Hurricane Ike.

Physicists Take Part in Discovery of New Subatomic Particle

10 years ago from Newswise - Scinews

It's not every day that scientists discover a new particle of matter. Florida State University physicists were part of just such a historic event recently while collaborating with researchers from...

Doppler on Wheels Deployed at Hurricane Ike

10 years ago from Physorg

( -- The only scientific team to successfully brave Hurricane Ike's knock-down winds and swells in Galveston was the DOW, the Doppler on Wheels mobile weather radar operated by the...

University of Leicester scientists funded to design concepts for NASA microgravity

10 years ago from Physorg

Two University of Leicester scientists have recently been awarded 10,000 to design concepts for scientific experiments which would fly on the upcoming new generation of manned suborbital spacecraft, such as...

Moderate Quantities Of Dirt Make More Rain

10 years ago from Science Daily

Drought or deluge? Scientists have now discovered how aerosols affect the when, where and how much of rainfall.

NASA's Most Memorable Missions

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NASA's first 50 years have seen both triumph and tragedy as the U.S. space agency sent unmanned probes to other planets and the fringe of our solar system, landed the...

John Waller on the mystery of mass hysteria

10 years ago from The Guardian - Science

The recent outbreak of fainting in a Tanzania school bears the hallmarks of mass hysteria, says John Waller. But what causes it and why is it still happening around the...

NASA Eyes Loose Insulation for Hubble Mission

10 years ago from

Insulation issues have delayed the move of Hubble cargo to the launch pad.

Robotic Prius Takes Itself For A Spin

10 years ago from CBSNews - Science

An unusual motorcade made its way across the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge early one morning last week: a silver Toyota Prius, complete with police escort and camera crew, but with...

New Cargo Ship Arrives at Space Station

10 years ago from

A Russian cargo ship arrived late, but safely, at the space station Wednesday.

Water Flowed on Mars Longer than Thought

10 years ago from Live Science

Features of plains around Valles Marineris indicated flowing water on Mars longer than though.

Building a New Rocket for the Nation

10 years ago from Physorg

The Ares I rocket, America's next flagship in space, is now in development by NASA and its industry partners, and soon will carry human explorers and new missions of discovery...

Climate change may explain craters on Mars

10 years ago from UPI

PROVIDENCE, R.I., Sept. 17 (UPI) -- U.S. scientists say they have determined so-called pedestal craters, a subclass of impact craters unique to Mars, might have resulted from climate...

Carleton student helps pin down largest known prime number

10 years ago from CBC: Technology & Science

A Carleton University doctoral student has helped an international team of mathematicians discover the largest known prime number, a number so long it would fill 3,200 pages if written down.

ESA holds children's design competition

10 years ago from UPI

PARIS, Sept. 17 (UPI) -- The European Space Agency is inviting primary school children to take part in a competition to design a T-shirt an ESA astronaut will...

New outing for Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

10 years ago from Physorg

An Irish author has been commissioned to write a new instalment of "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy", the cult science fiction comedy which became a worldwide hit, publishers said...

Russia to help Cuba build space center

10 years ago from Reuters:Science

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Moscow is ready to help Cuba develop its own space center, Russia's space agency chief said on Wednesday after talks in Caracas with Venezuelan and Cuban officials,...

Caspar Melville: The intellectual fireworks over at the New Humanist prove that there's life in the intelligent design debate yet

10 years ago from The Guardian - Science

Caspar Melville: Intellectual fireworks over at the New Humanist site prove that there's life in the intelligent design debate yet

Was the inventor of the telescope Dutch, Italian or Spanish?

10 years ago from BBC News: Science & Nature

Was the telescope invented in Spain, not in the Netherlands as popularly assumed?