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Metop weather satellite prepares for lift-off

Europe is sending up a front-line weather satellite containing components made over a decade ago.

Emilia Clarke gets close to Charlie McDowell in Los Angeles

1 week ago from UPI

"Game of Thrones" star Emilia Clarke was spotted kissing writer and director Charlie McDowell during a casual outing.

Colonizing Mars means contaminating Mars – and never knowing for sure if it had its own native life

1 week ago from Physorg

The closest place in the universe where extraterrestrial life might exist is Mars, and human beings are poised to attempt to colonize this planetary neighbor within the next decade. Before...

Staring at stardust

1 week ago from Physorg

Dust particles in space form the basis for new stars and planets. But what do these particles consist of and how do they behave? Sascha Zeegers studied this. Ph.D. defence...

Astronomers discover new luminous high-redshift quasar

1 week ago from Physorg

An international team of astronomers has detected a new luminous quasar at a redshift of 7.02. The newly found quasi-stellar object (QSO), designated DELS J003836.10–152723.6, is the most luminous quasar...

What is space weather?

1 week ago from European Space Agency

Our star dominates the environment in our Solar System, sending colossal amounts of energetic material in every direction, causing ever-changing ‘space weather’. Find out more in ESA's hot new infographic...

Titans' Kevin Byard channels T.O., dances on Cowboys star

1 week ago from UPI

Tennessee Titans safety Kevin Byard did his best Terrell Owens impression by dancing on the Dallas Cowboys star on Monday Night Football.

Using neutrinos detected by IceCube to measure mass of the Earth

1 week ago from Physorg

A trio of researchers from CSIC-Universitat de València and Universitat de Barcelona has used data from the IceCube detector in Antarctica to measure Earth's mass. In their paper published in...

Mystery particle spotted? Discovery would require physics so weird that nobody has even thought of it

1 week ago from Physorg

There was a huge amount of excitement when the Higgs boson was first spotted back in 2012 – a discovery that bagged the Nobel Prize for Physics in 2013. The...

GRACE-FO resumes data collection

1 week ago from Physorg

The Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment Follow-On (GRACE-FO) mission has resumed collecting science-quality data and planned in-orbit checks after successfully completing a switchover to a backup system in the microwave...

An ice age lasting 115,000 years in two minutes

1 week ago from Physorg

An international research team used a computer model to reconstruct the history of glaciation in the Alps, visualising it in a two-minute computer animation. The simulation aims to enable a...

The Mars InSight landing site is just plain perfect

1 week ago from Physorg

No doubt about it, NASA explores some of the most awe-inspiring locations in our solar system and beyond. Once seen, who can forget the majesty of astronaut Jim Irwin standing...

NASA's Parker Solar Probe Just Made It's First Close Pass by the Sun!

1 week ago from Space.com

One of humanity's newest spacecraft faced a harrowing test late Monday night (Nov. 5), darting just 15 million miles (24 million kilometers) of the surface of our sun.

Election Day 2018 Takes Absentee Ballots to the Extreme in Space

1 week ago from Space.com

Even the International Space Station has a local polling site, thanks to a Texas law that arranges special absentee ballots for U.S. astronauts who are orbiting on Election Day

Will NASA's Next Mission to Venus Be a Blimp?

1 week ago from Scientific American

Airships or solar-powered airplanes may be next in line for a return to Earth’s “evil twin” -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

Survey: Fear of air pollution higher than radiation in South Korea

1 week ago from UPI

Majority of South Koreans feel harmful microfine dust particles in the air pose more threat than radioactive materials, according to a poll on Tuesday.

Anika Noni Rose to star in 'Beast Mode' boxing drama pilot

1 week ago from UPI

Anika Noni Rose has signed on to star in the pilot for "Beast Mode," a boxing drama written and executive produced by David Schneiderman.

Jacksonville Jaguars hope to get back on track after time away

1 week ago from UPI

Will an extended time span away from the locker room and practice field result in a change of fortune for the Jacksonville Jaguars?

John Schneider, DeMarcus Ware eliminated from 'Dancing with the Stars'

1 week ago from UPI

Actor John Schneider, NFL star DeMarcus Ware and their respective, professional partners were sent home on "Dancing with the Stars" Monday night.

Ron Howard: Creating vision of a Mars colony

Hollywood director Ron Howard talked to the BBC about creating a realistic depiction of the first human colonies on Mars.

TVA announces solar installations being built for Facebook

1 week ago from Physorg

Tennessee and Alabama will get their largest solar power projects yet, to supply a Facebook data center with 100 percent renewable energy.

Elusive star has origins close to Big Bang

1 week ago from Science Daily

Astronomers have found what could be one of the universe's oldest stars, made almost entirely of materials spewed from the Big Bang.

Satellite data offers enhanced view of Earth's tectonic structures

1 week ago from UPI

New gravity field surveys are helping scientists image tectonic structures, revealing links between Antarctica and the rest of Earth's continents.

Scientist finds elusive star with origins close to Big Bang

1 week ago from Physorg

Astronomers have found what could be one of the universe's oldest stars, a body almost entirely made of materials spewed from the Big Bang.

Watch Thousands of Dancing Robots Combine on Dark Energy Instrument (Video)

1 week ago from Space.com

To study what is accelerating our universe's expansion, scientists will use a new experiment that employs choreographed robots to watch millions of galaxies every 20 minutes.

Growing magnetic fields in deep space: Just wiggle the plasma

1 week ago from Science Daily

Astrophysicists have long wondered how cosmic magnetic fields fields are produced, sustained, and magnified. Scientists have shown that plasma turbulence might be responsible, providing a possible answer to what has...

The reasons for hemispheric dominance in the brain

1 week ago from Science Daily

The left and the right hemispheres specialize in different tasks. However, it has not yet been fully understood how one hemisphere assumes dominance over the other when it comes to...

NASA's 1st 8K Video from Space Is Just Awesome

1 week ago from Space.com

High-definition video has a new home: the International Space Station. A new YouTube video shows the astronauts working on their experiments, recorded in 8K imagery so clear that it makes...