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Hawaii Approves Plan for Giant Telescope Atop Dormant Volcano

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A giant proposed telescope has been given the green light to be built atop the Hawaiian peak of Mauna Kea. The Thirty Meter Telescope will be one of the largest,...

VIDEO: Large solar flare captured on camera

A large solar flare has been captured by NASA's Solar Dynamic Observatory.

Dot Earth: A Defense of Acting on Ephemeral Sources of Heat

7 years ago from NY Times Science

An atmospheric scientist defends the case for stopgap steps to limit warming while not forgetting the primacy of CO2.

Shuttle Astronauts Get Extra Sleep After Late Work Night in Orbit

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Discovery's six astronauts are gearing up for a busy day of unpacking.

For Astronauts in Space, No Time for the Oscars

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Film stars may descend on L.A. for the Academy Awards tonight, but real-life astronauts will pass.

George Best - An Elizabethan Climate Scientist

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George Best - An Elizabethan Climate Scientist whosoeuer could finde out in what proportion the Angle of the Sunne beames heateth, and what encrease the Sunnes continuance doeth adde thereunto, it...

A Space First: Spaceships From 4 Different Fleets Linked Together

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For the first time ever, spaceships from four different space agencies are linked in orbit at the same time.

Space concepts enter competition

The European Space Agency (Esa) selects four new mission concepts to compete for a launch opportunity at the start of the 2020s.

Venus and the Moon Offer Early-Bird Skywatching Treat

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Venus and the moon should give skywatchers a morning sky show on Monday.

Tightened budget brings layoffs at JPL

7 years ago from UPI

GLENDALE, Calif., Feb. 25 (UPI) -- NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., faces layoffs brought on by tighter federal budgets, officials said.

Mission to extra-solar planets approved

7 years ago from Physorg

The European Space Agency has backed a £400 million pound mission to study extra-solar planets, led by UCL (University College London). A key objective of the mission is to...

All clear for weather satellites

European nations press ahead with their 3.4bn-euro (£2.9bn) project to build a next-generation weather satellite system.

NASA assesses new launch dates for the Glory mission

7 years ago from Physorg

Preparations for the launch of NASA's Glory mission from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California have been suspended temporarily. Engineers continue to troubleshoot a malfunction in ground support equipment associated...

Fluttering Debris Slams Discovery Heat Shield

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Three minutes and fifty seconds into the final ascent of Discovery, several large and many small pieces of debris - apparently External Tank insulation foam – careen between tank and...

Max Perutz: His life and legacy - video

7 years ago from The Guardian - Science

A round-table discussion about the work of Max Perutz, who won a Nobel prize in 1962 for discovering the structure of haemoglobin

The mysterious rumble of thundersnow

7 years ago from Physorg

NASA atmospheric scientists got an unexpected chance to study a curious phenomenon called "thundersnow" when a recent storm unleashed it right over their heads.

Robonaut 2 arrives at International Space Station

7 years ago from Physorg

About 264 miles above the Earth, Robonaut 2, the dexterous humanoid robot developed by General Motors and the NASA Johnson Space Center, has finally begun its first mission.

NASA's Sky-Mapping Telescope Takes Last Starry Photo

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NASA's WISE space telescope took its last photo of the sky on Feb. 1, 2011.

New European Mercury Probe Passes Oven Test

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A new Mercury probe has survived a scorching test run in a giant oven, showing that the craft can withstand the hellish heat of the solar system's innermost planet. The...

Advanced NASA Instrument Gets Close-up on Mars Rocks

NASA's next Mars rover, Curiosity, will take a next generation "hands-on" look at rocks and soils to determine the chemical makeup near its landing zone.

Race to the Moon: 29 Private Teams Vie in Lunar Contest

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29 teams are set to compete in the Google Lunar X Prize, a multimillion-dollar race to land a homemade robot on the moon. The competition is meant to spur development...

At Least Eight Private Spaceship Builders Make NASA's Shortlist

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NASA is proceeding with plans to award roughly $200 million to commercial spaceflight companies bidding to carry humans to orbit.

Chu Asks Energy Maverick to Plug a Big Hole in the Department

7 years ago from Science NOW

From Tuesday’s The Hill: In a memo to staff Tuesday, Energy Secretary Steven Chu...

Asymmetric supernova explosions

7 years ago from Science Daily

Stars are balls of glowing gas, with a nearly spherical shape. Accordingly, one would expect that when some stars explode as supernovae at the end of their lives, the resulting...

Space Pictures This Week: Woolly Galaxy, Solar Flare, Shuttle

7 years ago from National Geographic

An island draped in sea ice, flares spurting from the sun, and dark landslides on the moon are featured among the week's best space pictures.

Want 'Watson' in the exam room?

7 years ago from Physorg

Are you ready for Watson to join you and your doctor in the examining room? That could be the outcome of a collaboration under way between Watson's creators at IBM...

Scientists explore frontier of the 'aerosphere'

7 years ago from MSNBC: Science

Using cutting-edge technology such as radar that can spot a bee dozens of miles away, scientists are exploring a vast frontier that may look like mostly empty space but is...

Playstation Users Can Watch NASA Shuttle Launch Live

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This afternoon, people will be able to watch the Discovery Launch from their Playstation devices.