Our Unneighborly Neighborhood: New Technique to Reveal Solar System’s Secrets

  The observable universe is a ginormous realm, whose 42.3 billion light year radius is riddled with galaxy filaments and voids. Suspended in one of the trillions of galaxies is an infinitesimal speck, a speck consisting of what humans may refer to as our neighborhood: the #solar system. Juxtaposed to the cosmic scale, the solar […]

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The 'star in a jar' that could provide limitless energy on Earth

Physicists at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory revealed their plan for a next generation fusion device in a paper published in the journal Nuclear Fusion.

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An Astrobiologist Asks a Sci-fi Novelist How to Survive the Anthropocene – Issue 28: 2050 – Nautilus

Humans will have a chance to prove their adaptability as the Earth undergoes unprecedented challenges in the Anthropocene, an era…

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How You Consist of Trillions of Tiny Machines

Today, driven by ongoing technological innovations, the exploration of the “nanoverse,” as the realm of the minuscule is often termed, continues to gather pace. Paul Falkowski’s new book Life’s Engines: How Microbes Made Earth Habitable focuses on one of the most astonishing discoveries of the twentieth century-that our cells are comprised of a series of highly sophisticated “little engines” or nanomachines that carry out life’s vital functions.

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Freaky tubes above Earth we never knew about

AN AUSTRALIAN scientist has discovered that giant, invisible, moving plasma tubes fill the skies above Earth.

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8 Things We Can Do Now to Build a Space Colony This Century

Before humans start living in space on a regular basis, there's a lot of basic science and political agendas that need to advance. We talked to scientists and experts about the fundamental things they think we should do right now, if we want to have a space colony in the next 100 years.

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How Will Humans Get to Alpha Centauri?

Astronomers have discovered an Earth-sized exoplanet orbiting a star in Alpha Centauri, just 4.3 light-years from Earth. With surface temperatures in excess of 2,000 degrees fahrenheit, this particular planet would be inhospitable, but the fact that it exists at all raises hopes of finding another, more human-friendly planet within the same star system.

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How do we terraform Venus?

The planet Venus is often referred to as Earth’s “Sister Planet”, and rightly so. In addition to being almost the same size, Venus and Earth are similar in mass and have very similar compositions (both being terrestrial planets). As a neighboring planet to Earth, Venus also orbits the Sun within its “Goldilocks Zone” (aka. habitable zone). But of course, there are many key difference between the planets that make Venus uninhabitable.

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Peering into giant planets from in and out of this world

Scientists for the first time have experimentally re-created the conditions that exist deep inside giant planets.

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Ancient Asteroid Destroyer Finally Found, And It’s a New Kind of Meteorite

A strange meteorite from Sweden that resembles winonaites is a new kind of space rock never before seen on Earth.

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Ancient Asteroid Destroyer Finally Found, And It's a New Kind of Meteorite

A strange meteorite from Sweden that resembles winonaites is a new kind of space rock never before seen on Earth.

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Watch Live Today! Ariane 5 Rocket Launching NASA GOLD Experiment at 5:20 pm ET

NASA's new GOLD mission to investigate Earth's upper atmosphere, which launches today (Jan. 25) on an Ariane 5 rocket at 5:20 p.m. EST from Guiana Space Center in from French Guiana. Watch it live here!

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World View Launches Emblem Design Contest for Near-Space Balloon Trips

A company making high-altitude balloons for rides to the edge of space wants a new logo, and it's asking the public for help. The Tucson-based group World View announced that it's seeking an emblem to represent its future passengers, or "Voyagers."

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New suspect identified in supernova explosion

New results have revealed a rare example of a type Ia supernova in which a dead star “fed” off an aging star like a cosmic zombie, triggering a blast.