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The arrow of time? It's all in our heads

Mon, 09/26/2016 - 03:00
Have you ever wondered why we age and grow old? In the movie “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button,” Brad Pitt springs into being as an elderly man and ages in reverse. To the bafflement of scientists, the fundamental laws of physics have no preference for a direction in time, and work just as well for events going forward or going backward in time. Yet, in the real world, coffee cools and cars break down. No matter how many times you look in the mirror, you’ll never see you
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The strange chemistry that creates ‘impossible’ clouds on Titan

Thu, 09/22/2016 - 03:00
UV-driven reactions on Saturn’s largest moon parallel the ones that created the hole in Earth’s ozone layer.
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ESA releases striking new photos from Comet 67P

Wed, 09/21/2016 - 03:00

Rosetta’s camera captured images of the comet released earlier this week

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This is where space blobs come from

Wed, 09/21/2016 - 03:00
Astrophysicists describe the inner structure of a Lyman-Alpha blob
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Researchers now know why some minor planets have rings

Tue, 09/20/2016 - 03:00
Computer simulations reveal the factors that play into rings around the centaurs
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Celestial navigation is returning to the Naval Academy cirriculum

Mon, 09/19/2016 - 03:00
Why celestial navigation is important in the age of GPS technology
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Mathematical Model Explains Pluto’s Frozen Heart

Mon, 09/19/2016 - 03:00
Glaciers flow in Pluto's heart
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Cosmic microwaves show reionization happened later than thought

Thu, 09/15/2016 - 03:00
Later reionization fingers first stars as the culprit
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'It's Just Too Perfect': Inside the First Gravitiational Wave Detection

Wed, 09/14/2016 - 03:00
A year ago today, a select group of scientists became the first people on the planet to learn that, after a century of theory and experiments, Albert Einstein was right all along. Researchers at the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO) in Livingston, Louisiana had, at last, detected a gravitational wave. The ripple in space-time — a “chirp in the data — emanated from the merger of two black holes that collided some 1.3 billion years ago. This ripple in th
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Can the moon make an earthquake worse?

Wed, 09/14/2016 - 03:00
When an earthquake occurs, it represents the release of years, sometimes decades or centuries, of pent-up stress. Somewhere along the fault line, a section of rock can take the strain no longer and gives way, allowing a tectonic plate to jerk into motion in a series of spasmodic shudders. The factors that determine when, where and why earthquakes happen are numerous, and we’re still a long way from figuring out how to reliably predict them. But, it turns out that one of the many small str
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Charon is flecked with a smudgy layer of Pluto's atmosphere

Wed, 09/14/2016 - 03:00
As Pluto's atmosphere becomes an aerosol called tholin, Charon is there to catch a good brunt of the planetary "sneeze."
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The moon may be obliterated pieces of Earth reformed

Tue, 09/13/2016 - 03:00

New evidence shows that the once-planet Theia may have been destroyed in the early impact that formed the moon.

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A star is evolving on a timescale we can see

Tue, 09/13/2016 - 03:00
A star in the Stingray Nebula has cycled through heating up and cooling down in our lifetimes.
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Curiosity captures a snapshot of Mars' past

Mon, 09/12/2016 - 03:00
NASA's rover captured images of layered rock formations on the "Murray Buttes" region of Mount Sharp last week.
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Hundreds of black holes congregate surprisingly peacefully in a Milky Way star cluster

Mon, 09/12/2016 - 03:00
The black holes don’t eject each other as expected
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Jeff Bezos debuted a massive rocket plan to take Blue Origin into deep space

Mon, 09/12/2016 - 03:00
The New Glenn will take the previously-suborbital company to dizzying new heights.
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Astronomers find fossil stars from the beginning of the galaxy

Fri, 09/09/2016 - 03:00
A collection of stars from the beginning of our galaxy could shed light on how it formed.
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After a successful launch, OSIRIS-REx is headed for an asteroid encounter

Fri, 09/09/2016 - 03:00
The craft will scoop up a bit of asteroid and bring it back to Earth.
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'Star Trek' stamps mark 50th anniversary of franchise

Wed, 09/07/2016 - 03:00
They can't get your letters to warp speed, but they are pretty great nonetheless.
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Watch NASA launch its new asteroid-sampling robotic mission

Wed, 09/07/2016 - 03:00
OSIRIS-REx is due for an encounter with a near-Earth object in two years.
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