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A new picture emerges on the origins of photosynthesis in a sun-loving bacteria

27 min ago from Physorg

Every day, enough sunlight hits the Earth to power the planet many times over—if only we could more efficiently capture all the energy.

Navy completes testing fixes on electromagnetic launch systems

27 min ago from UPI

The U.S. Navy has completed testing on a software fix for the Electromagnetic Aircraft Launch System used on the Gerald R. Ford class of aircraft carriers.

Northwest citizen scientists among the many helping track solar eclipse across US

1 hour ago from Physorg

At the instant the moon's shadow darkens the Oregon coast on the morning of Aug. 21, a scientific relay race will kick off with Bruce and Ryan Alder at the...

Lockheed demos deck-launched variant of LRASM

1 hour ago from UPI

Lockheed Martin has successfully fired an LRASM cruise missile using a specially designed on-deck launch canister.

Iran launches satellite-capable rocket into space

1 hour ago from UPI

Iran said it successfully launched a rocket capable of carrying a satellite into space, a significant step in the nation's domestic space program.

For Record-Breaking Astronaut Peggy Whitson, Space Is Never Boring (Video)

1 hour ago from Space.com

More than eight months after launching to Earth orbit, record-breaking NASA astronaut Peggy Whitson is still having a blast.

NASA delays satellite launch to replace damaged antenna

1 hour ago from Physorg

NASA has delayed the launch of a major communications satellite by more than two weeks to replace a damaged antenna.

NFL: Baltimore Ravens OL John Urschel retires

1 hour ago from UPI

Baltimore Ravens offensive lineman John Urschel retired from the NFL on Thursday.

'Titanic' stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Winslet, Billy Zane reunite

2 hours ago from UPI

Leonardo DiCaprio hosted "Titanic" co-stars Kate Winslet and Billy Zane at his foundation's charity gala.

Galactic David and Goliath

2 hours ago from Science Daily

The gravitational dance between two galaxies in our local neighbourhood has led to intriguing visual features in both as witnessed in this new NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope image. The tiny...

TSA becomes an Instagram star

3 hours ago from CBSNews - Science

The TSA has become an unlikely star on Instagram for its funny, educational posts about what travelers can and cannot bring onto planes

Jessica Biel says son Silas is a 'mini' Justin Timberlake

3 hours ago from UPI

"The Sinner" star Jessica Biel said her 2-year-old son has Justin Timberlake's sense of style and "swagger."

Kansas Gov. Brownback nominated as Trump's religious ambassador

3 hours ago from UPI

Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback will be nominated as President Donald Trump's ambassador at large for international religious freedom, the White House announced.

A tale of three stellar cities

3 hours ago from Science Daily

Using new observations from ESO's VLT Survey Telescope, astronomers have discovered three different populations of baby stars within the Orion Nebula Cluster. This unexpected discovery adds very valuable new insights...

High-speed FM-AFM and simulation reveal atomistic dissolution processes of calcite in water

3 hours ago from Science Daily

A high-speed frequency modulation AFM (FM-AFM) has been developed, which researchers say enables atomic-resolution imaging in liquid at ~1 s/frame.

Half of Milky Way matter around us likely comes from far-flung galaxies

4 hours ago from Science Blog

In a first-of-its-kind analysis, Northwestern University astrophysicists have discovered that, contrary to previously standard lore, up to half of the matter in our Milky Way galaxy may come from distant...

Texas Rangers' Adrian Beltre ejected for moving on-deck circle

4 hours ago from UPI

Adrian Beltre moved the on-deck circle Thursday in the Texas Rangers' 22-10 loss to the Miami Marlins and was promptly ejected.

Cyclone 'Licks' Portugal Coast in Gorgeous Space Image

4 hours ago from Live Science

A curling tongue of clouds reaches out to taste the Iberian Peninsula in a new satellite image.

Has Cassini found a universal driver for prebiotic chemistry at Titan?

5 hours ago from Physorg

An important type of molecule that helps produce complex organic material has been detected within Titan's hazy upper atmosphere by a UCL-led team as part of the international Cassini-Huygens mission.

Precision farming via satellite imaging

5 hours ago from Physorg

Precision farming is set to become even more precise with a new camera drawing on satellite imaging.

Jason Bateman receives star on Walk of Fame

6 hours ago from UPI

Jason Bateman received the 2,6016th star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame Wednesday during a ceremony where he was honored by Jennifer Aniston and Will Arnett.

Cool! 'Star Wars'-Like Tech Warps Light into 360-Degree 3D Images

6 hours ago from Space.com

When Alexander Lippert first saw Princess Leia's holographic image projected by R2-D2 to deliver her famous message to Obi-Wan ("Help me, Obi-Wan Kenobi; you're my only hope") in "Star Wars:...

The 2017 Solar Eclipse May Prove the Sun Is Bigger Than We Think

6 hours ago from Space.com

A growing number of researchers think that the sun is actually larger than commonly thought.

Ron Howard directs 'Willow' star Warwick Davis in Han Solo movie

7 hours ago from UPI

Director Ron Howard says he is working with actor Warwick Davis on the Han Solo standalone movie more than 30 years after they collaborated on "Willow."

New twist in battle over plans for sacred Hawaii mountaintop

9 hours ago from CBSNews - Science

Hearings officer recommends construction of Thirty Meter Telescope atop Mauna Kea, but fight isn't over yet

Astronauts gear up for space with tough Russian training

10 hours ago from Physorg

Wearing helmets weighing 100 kilos, spinning in a centrifuge and exercising while weightless: Russian cosmonauts and astronauts from abroad have to undergo a gruelling training process before blasting off into...

New York Jets claim former Dallas Cowboys WR Lucky Whitehead

15 hours ago from UPI

The New York Jets claimed wide receiver/kick returner Lucky Whitehead off waivers, multiple outlets reported on Wednesday.

Boom! Powerful Cosmic Explosion May Hint at How Black Holes Form

20 hours ago from Space.com

A new study of a huge explosion in space will provide insight into how dying stars turn into black holes.