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A Maybe Planet, Orbiting Its Maybe Sun

10 years ago from NY Times Science

Astronomers have published a picture of what they say might be the first image of a planet orbiting another Sun-like star.

Astronomers Discover Most Dark Matter-dominated Galaxy In Universe

10 years ago from Science Daily

Astronomers have discovered the least luminous, most dark matter-filled galaxy known to exist. The galaxy, called Segue 1, is one of about two dozen small satellite galaxies orbiting our own...

New Video - Hubble's Last Service Call

10 years ago from

A musical animation of the space shuttle capture, service and separation of the Hubble Space Telescope. Credit: NASA/GSFC

NASA Extends Mars Lander Mission Again

10 years ago from

NASA is extending the Phoenix Mars mission again.

Hubble Spies Galaxy Silhouettes

10 years ago from Science Daily

NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has captured a rare alignment between two spiral galaxies. The outer rim of a small, foreground galaxy is silhouetted in front of a larger background galaxy....

Immigrant Sun: Our star could be far from where it started in Milky Way

10 years ago from Science Blog

A long-standing scientific belief holds that stars tend to hang out in the same general part of a galaxy where they originally formed. Some astrophysicists have recently questioned whether that...

Scientists Find Black Hole 'Missing Link'

10 years ago from Science Daily

Scientists have found the "missing link" between small and super-massive black holes. For the first time the researchers have discovered that a strong X-ray pulse is emitting from a giant...

VIDEO: Arctic Ice in "Death Spiral"

10 years ago from National Geographic

NASA animations show dramatic Arctic ice melt again in 2008, which saw the second smallest Arctic sea ice cover on record, scientists announced this week.

Vatican: Guess what, Darwin? Evolution is OK

11 years ago from MSNBC: Science

The Vatican said on Tuesday the theory of evolution was compatible with the Bible but planned no posthumous apology to Charles Darwin.

UPI NewsTrack Health and Science News

11 years ago from UPI

NASA: Arctic sea ice at 2008 low point … New ovarian cancer treatment is developed … NASA mission will study Martian atmosphere … Genetic profile linked with cleft palate ......

Estrogen cream flunks sun damage test, study finds

11 years ago from Reuters:Science

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Estrogen creams do not help reduce wrinkles, especially those caused by the sun, researchers reported on Monday.

Self-flying helicopter gets off ground in Calif

11 years ago from Reuters:Science

STANFORD, California (Reuters) - A four-foot-long helicopter flew itself over the Stanford University campus on Monday in a test of artificial intelligence that researchers say could be used to scout...

Sun might be a long-distance traveler

11 years ago from UPI

SEATTLE, Sept. 16 (UPI) -- U.S-led scientists say the sun might have traveled far from where it formed, contradicting a belief that stars generally remain static.

NASA uses commercial microgravity services

11 years ago from UPI

WASHINGTON, Sept. 16 (UPI) -- The U.S. space agency, for the first time, has used microgravity research flights aboard commercially owned aircraft to test hardware and technologies.

Eight-Legged Space Survivor Gives 'Panspermia' New Life

11 years ago from

Eight-legged animals survived exposure to the harsh environment of space, supporting the idea that simple life forms could travel between planets.

Improved telescope may find planets

11 years ago from Science Alert

Telescopes recalibrated using a Nobel Prize winning laser technique will measure the Universe with the precision of a fine tooth comb, and could even find new planets.

NASA eyes nuclear reactor for moon base

11 years ago from MSNBC: Science

NASA is tip-toeing once again into what was once called the N-word — nuclear — with a technology development program aimed at powering its planned base on the moon.

Spooky Hurricane Science

11 years ago from Physorg

There's a special room at the Marshall Space Flight Center. Researchers call it the "Anechoic Chamber" and they love to test their high-tech instruments there. Normal people think it's just...

Accurate Speedometer For Astronomy: Determining Velocities Of Stars And Other Celestial Bodies

11 years ago from Science Daily

There is now a new method for determining the velocities of stars and other celestial bodies which is a thousand times more accurate than previous methods.

Phoenix Mars mission races against clock -- and waning sunlight

11 years ago from LA Times - Science

Scientists with the NASA project are hoping to finish their experiments before the dark and cold of the Martian winter cause the demise of the solar-powered lander. ...

Science: Documents show Spaniard, not Dutchman, invented telescope

11 years ago from The Guardian - Science

Four hundred years on, documents suggest original design was Spanish

US astronaut promotes Mexican space agency

11 years ago from Physorg

A US astronaut of Mexican origin, part of the crew for an Atlantis Space Shuttle voyage in July 2009, presented a project for a Mexican space agency to senators here...

Hackers 'find black hole in atom smasher computers'

11 years ago from Physorg

Hackers claim they have broken into the computer system of the Large Hadron Collider, the mega-machine designed to expose secrets of the cosmos, British newspapers reported on Saturday.

Adventurer Ralph Plaisted Dies

11 years ago from UPI

WYOMING , Minn., Sept. 13 (UPI) -- Polar pioneer Ralph Plaisted -- the first man to indisputably reach the top of the world -- has died at age...

UN chief commutes to work aboard solar-powered taxi

11 years ago from Physorg

UN chief Ban Ki-moon on Friday touted his commitment to promoting alternative energy sources by commuting to work aboard a fully solar-powered taxi.

Experiment Boosts Hopes for Space Solar Power

11 years ago from Live Science

A scientist has used radio waves to transmit solar power between two islands.

A Geek's Guide to Colleges

11 years ago from PopSci

A. Find "Them" University of California at Berkeley Where: Berkeley, Calif. Department: Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI) SETI@home taps the power of thousands of ordinary PCs over the Web to create, in effect, one...

Enjoy a 'Spook-Tacular' Halloween at Haunted Birch Aquarium

11 years ago from Newswise - Scinews

Ghouls and buoys of all ages are invited to spend a safe and "spirited" Halloween with Birch Aquarium at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC San Diego. Enjoy a night of...