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Astronomers Tune In To 'Radio Universe'

10 years ago from Science Daily

An innovative project aims to address many key issues in astrophysics: What is the universe made of and how does it evolve? Are we alone in the universe? How do...

NASA to hold Boston 'Future Forum'

10 years ago from UPI

BOSTON, Sept. 11 (UPI) -- U.S. space agency Deputy Administrator Shana Dale will help kick off the agency's next "Future Forum" -- part of NASA's 50th anniversary celebration.

Mars valleys formed by episodic floods?

10 years ago from UPI

SANTA CRUZ, Calif., Sept. 10 (UPI) -- A U.S. study suggests ancient Martian surface features called valley networks were formed during a long period of episodic flooding.

Retreating Peruvian glacier is studied

10 years ago from UPI

BOULDER, Colo., Sept. 10 (UPI) -- As an Andean glacier retreats, tiny life forms move in, and U.S. scientists say that has implications for how life might have...

Climate Computer Modeling Heats Up

10 years ago from Science Blog

New "petascale" computer models depicting detailed climate dynamics, and building the foundation for the next generation of complex climate models, are in the offing. read more

Mysteries of universe at focus of giant project

10 years ago from Reuters:Science

GENEVA (Reuters) - Scientists at a vast underground Swiss laboratory will launch an experiment on Wednesday to re-enact the "Big Bang" on a small scale to explain the origins of...

Presence Of Planets In Young Gas Discs Hinted At Using Clever New Astronomical Method

10 years ago from Science Daily

Astronomers have been able to study planet-forming discs around young Sun-like stars in unsurpassed detail, clearly revealing the motion and distribution of the gas in the inner parts of the...

VIDEO: Asteroid Seen in Close Flyby

10 years ago from National Geographic

The space probe Rosetta made a close flyby of asteroid Steins, hundreds of millions of miles from Earth, and transmitted high-resolution photos.

Comets sometimes come disguised as asteroids

10 years ago from MSNBC: Science

An asteroid cruising through the solar system six years ago seemed just another silent ship sailing in the eternal darkness, until it flared up with the startling brightness of a...

What's a hadron? Tour the particle zoo

10 years ago from MSNBC: Science

Pions and bosons and quarks, oh my! Click through our interactive gallery for a quick tour of the subatomic frontiers.

Super-smasher targets massive mystery

10 years ago from MSNBC: Science

The world's largest science experiment will re-create big-bang energies on the smallest scale imaginable, as part of a multibillion-dollar effort to solve the biggest puzzle in physics.

NASA to Explore 'Secret Layer' of the Sun

10 years ago from Physorg

Next April, for a grand total of 8 minutes, NASA astronomers are going to glimpse a secret layer of the sun.

Chicago Physicists Await Start-up of European Collider

10 years ago from Newswise - Scinews

The moment that James Pilcher has been waiting for since 1994 will arrive at 1:30 a.m. CDT on Wednesday, Sept. 10, when the world's largest scientific instrument is scheduled to...

Steins: A diamond in the sky

10 years ago from Physorg

( -- The first images from Rosetta's OSIRIS imaging system and VIRTIS infrared spectrometer were derived from raw data this morning and have delivered spectacular results.

Launch of GOCE Satellite delayed

10 years ago from Physorg

( -- The preparatory activities for the launch of ESA's GOCE satellite from the Plesetsk cosmodrome in northern Russia had to be stopped yesterday afternoon (Sunday 7 September) by Eurockot...

Stephen Colbert to Have His DNA Sent Into Space

10 years ago from

The comedian's DNA will be digitized and sent to the International Space Station.

NASA Helping U.S. Air Force Gear Up for 2009 X-51 Flights

10 years ago from Live Science

NASA tests a new engine to power the X-51 WaveRider's hypersonic flight.

China counts down to third manned space launch

10 years ago from Reuters:Science

BEIJING (Reuters) - China, still patting itself on the back after a hugely successful Olympics, will launch a three-man space flight this month, with all systems already in final preparation,...

Countdown starts in quest to pierce secrets of Universe

10 years ago from Physorg

Particle physicists believe they will throw open a new frontier of knowledge on Wednesday when, 100 metres (325 feet) below ground, they switch on a mega-machine crafted to unveil the...

Former NASA Engineer's Rocket Engine Test Explodes

10 years ago from

An artist's illustration of an Advent Launch Services launch. Credit: Advent Launch Services.

NASA Chief Vents Frustration in Leaked E-mail

10 years ago from

A leaked e-mail reveals frustration over NASA's future by the agency's chief.

Giant Furnace Opens To Reveal 'Perfect' LSST Mirror Blank

10 years ago from Science Daily

The single-piece primary and tertiary mirror blank cast for the LSST is "perfect", say project astronomers and engineers. The LSST, or Large Synoptic Survey Telescope, a large survey telescope being...

Emails from NASA head show discontent

10 years ago from UPI

ORLANDO, Fla., Sept. 7 (UPI) -- Emails from the head of the U.S. space agency NASA suggest he is frustrated with efforts to return to the moon by...

China announces spacewalk plans

10 years ago from UPI

BEIJING, Sept. 7 (UPI) -- Chinese officials have announced plans for their first space walk to take place later this month.

China Launches Two Satellites, Readies for Third Manned Spaceflight

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China launched two satellites and is preparing for its third manned spaceflight.

Leo Hickman on whether the world ends on Wednesday

10 years ago from The Guardian - Science

Leo Hickman: I don't believe we're about to disappear down Cern's black hole. But ... what if?

Science: Countdown to launch of Geneva's particle accelerator

10 years ago from The Guardian - Science

Scientists seeking answers to the universe are about to launch a revolutionary test

Russia warns of asteroid threat

10 years ago from UPI

MOSCOW, Sept. 5 (UPI) -- Russia's top space official said international cooperation is needed to deal with the threat of an asteroid collision with the Earth.