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  • Exoplanet Finds Keep Rolling in from Kepler Spacecraft Despite Glitch
    Exoplanet Finds Keep Rolling in from Kepler Spacecraft Despite Glitch Mon, Jul 27, 2015

    NASA's planet-hunting Kepler space telescope continues to zero in on the first "alien Earth" despite being hobbled by a malfunction more than two years ago. Last Thursday (July 23), mission scientists announced the discovery of Kepler-452b, which they and NASA officials described as the most Earth-like exoplanet yet found. Kepler-452b "is the closest thing that we have to another place that somebody else might call home," Jon Jenkins, Kepler data analysis lead at NASA’s Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, California, said during a news conference Thursday. More »

  • Strange Bright Spots on Ceres Create Mini-Atmosphere on Dwarf Planet
    Strange Bright Spots on Ceres Create Mini-Atmosphere on Dwarf Planet Mon, Jul 27, 2015

    The investigation into the dwarf planet Ceres' mysterious bright spots has taken an intriguing new twist. The famous bright spots at the bottom of Ceres' Occator crater appear to be sublimating material into space, creating a localized atmosphere within the walls of the 57-mile-wide (92 kilometers) hole in the ground, new observations by NASA's Dawn spacecraft suggest. "If you look at a glancing angle, you can see what seems to be haze, and it comes back in a regular pattern," Dawn principal investigator Christopher Russell, of UCLA, said during a presentation Tuesday (July 21) at the second annual NASA Exploration Science Forum, which took place at the agency's Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, California. More »

  • Here’s why nobody can ever agree on how warm the office should be
    Here’s why nobody can ever agree on how warm the office should be Mon, Jul 27, 2015

    The debate that rages across the country. More »

  • Sea Creatures Make Brighter Clouds to Cool the Earth
    Sea Creatures Make Brighter Clouds to Cool the Earth Mon, Jul 27, 2015

    Green globs of little critters in the ocean are responsible for half of the cloud droplets that cover the Southern Ocean during the summer, a new study finds. This link between the critters and clouds provides needed insight for predicting the effects of climate change, the researchers say. Marine phytoplankton, which are tiny organisms that rely on light to grow and spread into globs in the ocean, influence how clouds accumulate droplets. More »

  • First View of Weird Rock Beneath Tibetan Plateau Revealed by Satellites
    First View of Weird Rock Beneath Tibetan Plateau Revealed by Satellites Mon, Jul 27, 2015

    A new glimpse into the boundary between the Earth's mantle and its crust, located up to 50 miles (82 kilometers) below the surface comes from a surprising source — space. Satellite measurements have provided a new view of the Moho under the Tibetan Plateau, where the Indian plate is violently butting into and diving beneath the Eurasian plate. Below continents, the Moho is usually found about 21 miles (35 km) down from the surface. More »

  • Kepler-452b: What It Would Be Like to Live On Earth's 'Cousin'
    Kepler-452b: What It Would Be Like to Live On Earth's 'Cousin' Mon, Jul 27, 2015

    Kepler-452 is 60 percent wider than Earth and probably about five times more massive, so its surface gravity is considerably stronger than the pull people are used to here. "It might be quite challenging at first," Jon Jenkins, of NASA's Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, California, said during a news conference yesterday. Jenkins is data analysis lead for the space agency's Kepler spacecraft, which discovered Kepler-452b. More »

  • Is science drawing closer to an alien world?
    Is science drawing closer to an alien world? Mon, Jul 27, 2015

    NASA's discovery of Earth-like exoplanet Kepler-452b, nicknamed "Earth 2.0", has social media buzzing about the chances of finding a faraway world, possibly with alien life or key resources such as water. More »

  • Russia Launches Three Mysterious Satellites That Could Signal ‘Space War’, Say …
    Russia Launches Three Mysterious Satellites That Could Signal ‘Space War’, Say … Mon, Jul 27, 2015

    The three spacecraft - which the Kremlin say are communication satellites - could be prototype weapons, say U.S military observers More »

  • Ohio city better prepared to keep toxins out of tap water Sun, Jul 26, 2015

    TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — Bright yellow buoys equipped with sensors and scattered across western Lake Erie are more than beacons bobbing in the water. More »

  • Ancient Volcano Tattooed the Earth with Giant Rings
    Ancient Volcano Tattooed the Earth with Giant Rings Sat, Jul 25, 2015

    Concentric circles of rocky hills and valleys in South Africa tell the story of a billion-year-old collapsed volcano in newly released photos from NASA. The circular Pilanesberg caldera is located in the South African province known as North West, in Pilanesberg National Park. Several streams typically flow through the valleys of these structures, but the Earth-watching Landsat 8 satellite captured the landscape when it was dry, according to NASA Earth Observatory. More »

  • Alien spacecraft spotted hovering near sun in Nasa images; UFO theorists weigh …
    Alien spacecraft spotted hovering near sun in Nasa images; UFO theorists weigh … Sat, Jul 25, 2015

    A recent image of the sun clicked by Nasa's Solar and Heliospheric Observatory (Soho) on 15 July 2015 has sparked rumours that a massive mothership is hovering around the hot star. YouTube user Streetcap1 claims that the object that appears in the Nasa image is a gigantic alien spacecraft, around the size of the US state of Idaho. "This object has structure and for Nasa to dismiss it as nothing is an insult to people's intelligence. More »

  • Pluto is covered with flowing ice - and hazier than scientists thought
    Pluto is covered with flowing ice - and hazier than scientists thought Sat, Jul 25, 2015

    Pluto is hazier than scientists expected and appears to be covered with flowing ice. More »

  • Conditions on Pluto: Incredibly hazy with flowing ice
    Conditions on Pluto: Incredibly hazy with flowing ice Sat, Jul 25, 2015

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Pluto is hazier than scientists expected and appears to be covered with flowing ice. More »

  • Here’s What Happened Today: Friday
    Here’s What Happened Today: Friday Fri, Jul 24, 2015

    Everyone’s talking about David Drumm, (London)Derry and a cinema shooting in the US. More »

  • Amazing Photos of Pluto Reveal Glaciers and Hazy Atmosphere
    Amazing Photos of Pluto Reveal Glaciers and Hazy Atmosphere Fri, Jul 24, 2015

    At a news conference today (July 24), members of the New Horizons team spoke about the incredible new science being pulled from data collected by the probe, which performed history's first flyby of Pluto on July 14. "Pluto has a very complicated story to tell," Alan Stern, principal investigator for New Horizons, said at the news conference. More »

  • Man pleads in murders of 5, including 2 kids Fri, Jul 24, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — A Los Angeles man has unexpectedly pleaded guilty in the samurai sword stabbing and bludgeoning deaths of a woman, her two children, her boyfriend and a NASA scientist, prosecutors said Friday. More »

  • NASA spacecraft shows Pluto wrapped in haze, ice flows
    NASA spacecraft shows Pluto wrapped in haze, ice flows Fri, Jul 24, 2015

    By Irene Klotz CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (Reuters) - A stunning silhouette of Pluto taken by NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft after it shot past the icy orb last week show an extensive layer of atmospheric haze, while close-up pictures of the ground reveal flows of nitrogen ice, scientists said on Friday. New Horizons became the first spacecraft to visit Pluto and its entourage of moons and so far has returned about 5 percent of the pictures and science data collected in the days leading up to, during and immediately following the July 14 flyby. The latest batch of images includes a backlit view of Pluto with sun, located more than 3 billion miles away, shining around and through the planet’s atmosphere. More »

  • Flowing nitrogen ice glaciers seen on Pluto
    Flowing nitrogen ice glaciers seen on Pluto Fri, Jul 24, 2015

    Flowing nitrogen ice glaciers have been glimpsed on the surface of Pluto, along with an unexpectedly thick layer of haze in the atmosphere, NASA scientists said Friday. More »

  • Powerful Pulsar Knocks Star's Block Off
    Powerful Pulsar Knocks Star's Block Off Fri, Jul 24, 2015

    A super-dense spinning star punched a hole right through its stellar neighbor, knocking off a giant cloud of dust and ejecting it away at nearly 15 percent the speed of light, images from NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory reveal. The fast-spinning neutron star, known as a pulsar, is part of a double-star system about 7,500 light-years from Earth. Observations from the Chandra observatory show that every so often, the pulsar pierces its partner's dust disk. More »

  • Here's What Pluto's Frozen 'Heart' Looks Like in False Colo …
    Here's What Pluto's Frozen 'Heart' Looks Like in False Colo … Fri, Jul 24, 2015

    The new image of Pluto, released on Thursday (July 23), clearly shows the now familiar heart-shaped region nicknamed Tombaugh Regio. The photo is actually a combination of observations from the main camera on New Horizons (called LORRI) and the probe's visible/infrared imager (known as Ralph) which provided data for the colors in the view. "The 'heart of the heart,' Sputnik Planum, is suggestive of a source region of ices,'" NASA officials wrote in the image description. More »

  • Name That Asteroid: Japan Asks Public to Christen Hayabusa 2 Target
    Name That Asteroid: Japan Asks Public to Christen Hayabusa 2 Target Fri, Jul 24, 2015

    Japanese space officials want you to help them come up with a better name for asteroid 1999 JU3, which the nation's Hayabusa 2 spacecraft will study up close a few years from now. In collaboration with the International Astronomical Union (the keeper of official astronomical names), the Japan Aerospace and Exploration Agency (JAXA) has initiated a naming contest for asteroid 1999 JU3. Names will be judged by Hayabusa 2 staff as well as "outside experts," who will forward their suggested names to the asteroid-hunting Lincoln Near Earth Asteroid Research (LINEAR) team. More »

  • NASA Unveiling New Pluto Flyby Photos from New Horizons Today
    NASA Unveiling New Pluto Flyby Photos from New Horizons Today Fri, Jul 24, 2015

    Get ready Plutophiles: today (July 24), NASA's New Horizons mission is set to reveal more amazing science results about everyone's favorite dwarf planet. NASA's New Horizons spacecraft made its close flyby of Pluto on July 14, when the probe came to within 7,800 miles (12,500 kilometers) of the dwarf planet's surface. The jaw-dropping images of Pluto and science results released since then are only the tip of the iceberg — it will take 16 months for scientists on Earth to download all the incredible images and scientific data collected during that encounter. More »

  • Are you a coeliac? This new pill could make eating gluten a piece of cake
    Are you a coeliac? This new pill could make eating gluten a piece of cake Fri, Jul 24, 2015

    A natural supplement made from egg yolk has been developed. More »

  • Two dead after gunman opens fire in Louisiana cinema
    Two dead after gunman opens fire in Louisiana cinema Fri, Jul 24, 2015

    Seven people were also injured in the shooting. More »

  • Scientists find closest thing yet to Earth-sun twin system
    Scientists find closest thing yet to Earth-sun twin system Fri, Jul 24, 2015

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Scientists have identified a "close cousin" to Earth that's orbiting a sun-like star and might harbor life. More »

  • Earth 2.0: NASA finds planet that matches our own
    Earth 2.0: NASA finds planet that matches our own Fri, Jul 24, 2015

    Space agency's Kepler mission finds planet outside solar system that may have volcanoes, oceans and sunshine like Earth. More »

  • 3 Estonian men get over 3 years in prison for cyberfraud Thu, Jul 23, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) — Three Estonian men were sentenced to over three years in prison Thursday for their roles in an Internet scheme that infected more than 4 million computers in over 100 countries. More »

  • NASA Discovers Earth's 'Older, Bigger Cousin'
    NASA Discovers Earth's 'Older, Bigger Cousin' Thu, Jul 23, 2015

    NASA's planet-hunting Kepler telescope has spotted an Earth-like world 1,400 light years away, the space agency has announced. The new world sits squarely in the so-called habitable zone - where life could exist because it is neither too hot nor too cold to support liquid water. NASA scientist Jon Jenkins said: "We can think of Kepler-452b as an older, bigger cousin to Earth, providing an opportunity to understand and reflect upon Earth's evolving environment. More »

  • Astronomers discover most Earth-like planet yet
    Astronomers discover most Earth-like planet yet Thu, Jul 23, 2015

    By Irene Klotz CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (Reuters) - A planet believed to be remarkably similar to Earth has been discovered orbiting a distant sun-like star, bolstering hopes of finding life elsewhere in the universe, U.S. scientists said on Thursday. The planet, which is about 60 percent bigger than Earth, is located 1,400 light years away in the constellation Cygnus. It was discovered by astronomers using NASA’s Kepler space telescope and circles a star that is similar in size and temperature to the sun, but older. More »

  • NASA discovers closest Earth-twin yet
    NASA discovers closest Earth-twin yet Thu, Jul 23, 2015

    Astronomers hunting for another Earth have found the closest match yet, a potentially rocky planet circling its star at the same distance as our home orbits the Sun, NASA said Thursday. More »

  • NASA Finds Closest Earth Twin Yet in Haul of 500 Alien Planets
    NASA Finds Closest Earth Twin Yet in Haul of 500 Alien Planets Thu, Jul 23, 2015

    It may not be Earth's exact twin, but it's a pretty close cousin. NASA's Kepler space telescope has spotted the most Earth-like alien planet yet discovered — a world called Kepler-452b that's just slightly bigger than our own and orbits a sunlike star at about the same distance Earth circles the sun. "This is the first possibly rocky, habitable planet around a solar-type star," Jeff Coughlin, Kepler research scientist at the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI) Institute in Mountain View, California, said during a news briefing today (July 23). More »

  • Kepler-452b: Earth's 'older cousin' discovered by Nasa
    Kepler-452b: Earth's 'older cousin' discovered by Nasa Thu, Jul 23, 2015

    An "older cousin" of Earth has been discovered orbiting a distant sun-like star more than 1,000 light years away. More »

  • Lightning strikes one of the world’s largest nudist beaches
    Lightning strikes one of the world’s largest nudist beaches Thu, Jul 23, 2015

    Three people were injured in the incident on Miami’s Haulover Beach. More »

  • NASA Has Discovered Another ‘Earth’ In Deep Space
    NASA Has Discovered Another ‘Earth’ In Deep Space Thu, Jul 23, 2015

    Found it! Kepler-452b is described as ‘an older, bigger cousin to Earth’ and is estimated to be 6 billion years old. More »

  • World’s Deepest Swimming Pool Could Be Used For Space Tourist Training
    World’s Deepest Swimming Pool Could Be Used For Space Tourist Training Thu, Jul 23, 2015

    Developed in partnership with Blue Abyss, the proposed pool would be 50m deep and could be used for training space tourists by simulating the microgravity conditions experienced in space More »