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On Alien World, It Rains Rocks

10 years ago from Live Science

Modeling study shows pebbles condense, rain from rocky exoplanet's atmosphere.

World's most sensitive astronomical camera developed at the Universite de Montreal

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A team of Universite de Montreal researchers, led by physics PhD student Olivier Daigle, has developed the world's most sensitive astronomical camera. Marketed by Photon etc., a young Quebec firm,...

Cosmic rays hit space age high

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Planning a trip to Mars? Take plenty of shielding. According to sensors on NASA's ACE (Advanced Composition Explorer) spacecraft, galactic cosmic rays have just hit a Space Age high...

'Time telescope' could boost web

10 years ago from BBC News: Science & Nature

A simple method of magnifying light pulses in time could pack significantly more information into the data packets of the internet.

SPACE PHOTOS THIS WEEK: Moon Water, Dubai Lights, More

10 years ago from National Geographic

Dubai glitters in a space station view, a hundred-ton antenna catches a lift, an Indian probe spots traces of water on the moon, and more in the best new space pictures of...

Calif. solar firm hits desert swarm

10 years ago from Physorg

BrightSource Energy has encountered some storm clouds in its quest to bring a solar future to large stretches of the western United States. The Oakland, Calif.,-based developer of solar farms...

Light-Duty Day for ISS Crew, Expedition 21 to Launch Wednesday Morning

10 years ago from Physorg

(PhysOrg.com) -- The Expedition 20 crew members had a light-duty work day and performed a variety of maintenance and science-related tasks Monday as they prepare for a busy week aboard...

Magnetic Fields Guide Star Birth

10 years ago from Live Science

Magnetic fields more important in stellar birth than turbulence in gas clouds.

Nero’s rotating banquet hall unveiled in Rome

10 years ago from MSNBC: Science

Archaeologists unveiled what they think are the remains of the Roman emperor's room, a circular space that rotated day and night to imitate the Earth's movement and impress guests.

Video: Loaded: The human radio antenna

10 years ago from CBSNews - Science

Google Docs gets more useful for students, Dell launches a fancy new laptop, and how to become your own radio antenna.

Galileo, The Medici, And The Age Of Astronomy - Capitolo Finale

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Galileo merged the fields of cosmology and astronomy, thanks to his telescope, which gave scientists a more accurate way to observe and define the heavens. His telescope helped shift authority...

Sea level stargazing: Astronomers make key sighting with Florida telescope

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This summer, University of Florida astronomers inaugurated the world's largest optical telescope on a nearly 8,000-foot mountaintop 3,480 miles away...

Your Screen Saver Could Help Create New Life

10 years ago from PopSci

Software designed to detect life in outer space is now being repurposed to look for signs of artificial life developing in complex computer systems on Earth In the beginning, there were organic...

Star Trek-type clothing antenna is created

10 years ago from UPI

HELSINKI, Finland, Sept. 29 (UPI) -- The European Space Agency says a Finnish company has created an antenna that can be built into textiles and used for personal satellite...

Scientists confirm superheavy element 114

10 years ago from UPI

BERKELEY, Calif., Sept. 29 (UPI) -- U.S. scientists say they have confirmed the production of the superheavy element 114, 10 years after a Russian group first claimed to have...

Land map shows bare bones

10 years ago from Science Alert

Researchers have stripped all vegetation from a topographic map of Australia, giving a clear view for many further studies.

Planet Imager will enable telescopes to image extrasolar planets directly

10 years ago from Physorg

The best way to observe objects in solar systems is simply to look -- but distortions caused by Earth's atmosphere drown out much of the spectacle of space. To address...

China says completes 3D moon map

10 years ago from Physorg

China has completed a high-resolution, three-dimensional map of the entire surface of the moon, in an important step towards a future lunar landing, an expert involved in the project said...

Lunar Lander Test Article Glides Above The Safety Net

10 years ago from Science Daily

NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center is testing a new robotic lunar lander test bed that will aid in the development of a new generation of multi-use landers for future robotic...

Cases: Your X-Ray Shows ... Oh, Excuse Me

10 years ago from NY Times Health

Distractions at the doctor’s office are frequent and annoying, but everyone involved must learn to deal with them.

NRL Begins Southeast Asia Study of Aerosols Linked to Global Warming

10 years ago from Physorg

(PhysOrg.com) -- NRL's Marine Meteorology Division has deployed the Mobile Atmosphere, Aerosol, and Radiation Characterization Observatory (MAARCO) to the National University of Singapore to begin the first comprehensive radiation and...

The discovery of new Earths is imminent, UD astronomer says

10 years ago from Physorg

(PhysOrg.com) -- Harry Shipman, Annie Jump Cannon Professor of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Delaware, told the audience for his lecture, `Seeking New Planets,` on Saturday evening, Sept....

Wanted: Home Computers to Join in Research on Artificial Life

10 years ago from NY Times Science

Having trouble discovering extraterrestrial life? You might consider evolving your own.

Radiation-Hardened Microelectronics Could Reduce Spacecraft Weight

10 years ago from Physorg

(PhysOrg.com) -- Space environments can deliver a beating to spacecraft electronics. For decades, satellites and other spacecraft have used bulky and expensive shielding to protect vital microelectronics -- microprocessors and...

Observatory: Flavor and Aroma Rise in Champagne Bubbles

10 years ago from NY Times Science

A study shows that the bubbles contribute to Champagne’s odor and flavor, in the air above the beverage.

Astrophysicists Move Closer to Understanding the Beauty Behind Stellar Jets

10 years ago from Physorg

(PhysOrg.com) -- Certain stars stream vast amounts of matter into space, creating some of the most beautiful objects in astronomers' telescopes. But while the astronomers can enjoy the beauty, they...

Report Doubts NASA's Timetable to Replace Shuttle

10 years ago from Space.com

A government watchdog report released Friday added to skepticism that NASA's Constellation program can develop its first post-shuttle rocket on time or on budget.

Groovy Ganymede: New Map Helps Reveal Origins of Mysterious Features on Solar System's Biggest Moon

10 years ago from Scientific American

In the search for extraterrestrial life, Jupiter's moon Ganymede, the largest in the solar system, is no Europa. The salty subsurface ocean it likely harbors is much farther below its surface than is...