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Detecting gravitational waves just got easier

11 hours 15 min ago
The Albert Einstein Institute in Potsdam has increased its computing power more than sixfold with the Minerva supercomputer.
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What dark gunk on Enceladus' surface reveals about the ocean below

11 hours 15 min ago
As the plumes spray out, they are radically altered — and that could be the clue to understanding their origin.
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Fallout from an ancient asteroid collision still rains on Earth

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Extraterrestrial objects are constantly bombarding Earth; thankfully the vast majority are microscopic. Thanks to the planet’s atmosphere, we live largely unaware of this celestial fusillade, which averages about 100 tons a day and mostly burns up long before hitting the ground. From the few that do make impact, researchers can gather clues about the composition of our solar system, with the goal of understanding how planets and other bodies emerged from an embryonic disk of dust and gas
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New NASA video visualizes landing on Pluto

Mon, 01/23/2017 - 04:00
Get ready for an exciting cyber landing
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Curiosity examines possible mud cracks on Mars

Thu, 01/19/2017 - 04:00
Evidence of mud means previous evidence of water on the Red Planet
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Researchers have peered through pulsar winds

Wed, 01/18/2017 - 04:00
The Chandra X-ray Observatory is giving astronomers a new look at the geometry of pulsars to explain why observations often differ from object to object.
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This study shows Earth may have harbored complex life 2 billion years ago

Wed, 01/18/2017 - 04:00
And how selenium could expand the search of extraterrestrial life
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Is the multiverse physics, philosophy, or something else entirely?

Wed, 01/18/2017 - 04:00
The many universes interpretation could settle some lingering questions in physics. That is, if it’s correct at all.  
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New observations of FO Aquarii reveal strange behavior within this cannibalistic binary system

Tue, 01/17/2017 - 04:00
Astronomers thought they knew everything they needed to know about this famous binary star system — but they were wrong.
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Bulge in Venus’ atmosphere likely caused by gravity waves

Mon, 01/16/2017 - 04:00
A massive, bow-shaped wave was spotted for the first time in the highest regions of Venus’ atmosphere, perplexing astronomers. The structure was captured by the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) in some of the first images returned by their Akatsuki orbiter following a troubled orbital insertion in late 2015. Using both infrared and UV imaging, researchers spotted the prominent feature in the planet’s upper atmosphere, where winds whip by in excess of 200 miles per hour. Any
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Gene Cernan, the last man to walk on the Moon, dies at 82

Mon, 01/16/2017 - 04:00
Cernan was a Gemini astronaut who flew two Apollo missions who bid the Moon farewell in 1972.
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Moon Express raised enough funds for trip to the Moon

Mon, 01/16/2017 - 04:00
The stars have aligned for the American Google Lunar X Prize team
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NASA Has the Asteroid Protection Plan, But Where’s the Money?

Mon, 01/16/2017 - 04:00
Asteroid impacts have the distinction of being one of the few sci-fi concepts that will definitely happen at some point. But despite the clear and present (although potentially far off) danger of getting smacked by an asteroid, we’ve devoted few resources to averting such a catastrophe. As Discover reported in 2013, NASA’s budget for such operations is barebones, and it’s unclear how that might change under the Trump Administration. NASA in 2015 cut funding to the Sentinel miss
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This video recaps the stellar landing of Huygens on Titan

Fri, 01/13/2017 - 04:00
In 2005, ESA did something no craft had ever done before ... land on an alien moon.
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Are there volcanoes on comets?

Thu, 01/12/2017 - 04:00
Explosive research says there may be cryovolcanism on cometary bodies.
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The Moon is much older than everyone thought

Thu, 01/12/2017 - 04:00
Somewhere between 40 million and 140 million years older, to be exact.
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Caltech’s newest instrument will untangle the cosmic web with new imaging capabilities

Thu, 01/12/2017 - 04:00
The best instrument in the world for studying the spectra of astronomical objects has just been shipped to its Hawaiian home.
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Astronomers uncover the hidden struggles of photons in distant galaxies

Wed, 01/11/2017 - 06:00

A new detection of huge, faint halos of photons around young galaxies could tell us more about the formation of the Milky Way.

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The Milky Way may have stolen stars from another galaxy

Wed, 01/11/2017 - 04:00
At the outer rims of our galaxy lie a few truly alien stars
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The inside story of "Hidden Figures"

Tue, 01/10/2017 - 04:00
From pre-NASA days to Apollo, the struggles of black women in the early space program rarely came to light. Until now.
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