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Nobel Prize in Chemistry: 1901-Present

7 years ago from Live Science

A list of the winners of the Nobel Prize in Chemistry, including Marie Curie, Roger Kornberg and Otto Hahn.

City-Size Neutron Stars Collide, Unleash Radio Shockwaves

7 years ago from Live Science

When two city-sized stars with solar-sized masses merge, the result is a high energy blast wave that lasts for months.

Southern lights put on spectacular show for space station astronauts

7 years ago from The Guardian - Science

Astronauts on the International Space Station captured a spectacular image of the southern lights while passing over the Indian Ocean

$1 Billion in U.S. Loan Guarantees to 2 Solar Projects

7 years ago from NY Times Science

The Energy Department plans to give $156 million in grants on Thursday after it has been under scrutiny for arranging $528 million in loans to Solyndra, a company that went...

Image of dying 'hypergiant' star captured

7 years ago from UPI

MUNICH, Germany, Sept. 28 (UPI) -- European astronomers have released a new image of a hypergiant star, a monster star with a diameter a thousand times bigger than the...

Galaxy clusters back general relativity

7 years ago from Physics World

Redshift study casts doubt on some alternative gravity models

Shutdown looms at pioneering American atom smasher

7 years ago from Physorg

(AP) -- Aside from the slogan on the water tower that reads "City of Energy," there is little in this leafy Chicago suburb of gently rolling hills to indicate...

Jewel of the Night: Ring Nebula Shines in Skywatchers' Photo

7 years ago from

Skywatchers Bob and Janice Fera in California snapped this view of the Ring nebula.

Meet the Ringleader of the 'Rocket City Rednecks'

7 years ago from

Travis Taylor talks with about "Rocket City Rednecks" and why NASA needs some 'hillbilly ingenuity.'

150 of NASA's Twitter Followers Will Be Invited To Mars Rover Launch

NASA will host a two-day launch Tweetup for 150 of its Twitter followers on Nov. 23 and 25 at the agency's Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

Einstein's general theory of relativity confirmed

7 years ago from MSNBC: Science

Albert Einstein wins again. His general theory of relativity has proved accurate in predicting how light travels from some of the most distant galaxy clusters in the universe, according to...

$10 Million Gift to Enhance Sciences Faculty Support

7 years ago from Newswise - Scinews

A $10 million donation from futures trader and University of Chicago alumnus William Eckhardt, SM'70, will enable the Physical Sciences Division to respond rapidly and with flexibility to scholarly opportunities...

APS Division of Fluid Dynamics Meeting: Highlights and Media Registration Baltimore, Maryland, Nov. 20-22, 2011

7 years ago from Newswise - Scinews

Supernovas, the Swirling of Wine, Heart Valves, Mary Poppins' Umbrella and Other Surprising Insights into Flight, and More. The 64th Annual Meeting of the American Physical Society's (APS) Division of Fluid...

UK satellite shows off its vision

The most powerful UK-built imaging spacecraft ever sent into orbit demonstrates its capabilities with some views of Salt Lake City in the US.

Help NASA find life on Mars with MAPPER

7 years ago from Physorg

( -- Would you like to participate in NASA's analog research program? Interested in helping scientists pinpoint where to look for signs of life on Mars and elsewhere in the...

An easy guide to observing the Aurora

7 years ago from Physorg

With the recent solar activity and the high possibility of more coming up, here is an easy guide to observing the aurora. An aurora is a natural light display high...

Green Flight Challenge teams successfully fly over first round of competition hurdles

7 years ago from Physorg

The Green Flight Challenge sponsored by Google has taken off! The competition in Santa Rosa, Calif., is challenging, pushing the envelope in aviation technology. As a result, only three of...

Ron Garan Returns to Earth - Interview

7 years ago from

After 5 month aboard the International Space Station, the NASA astronaut returned to Earth aboard a Soyuz TMA-21 on September 16.'s Clara Moskowitz caches up with him in this...

Obama Names Mount Holyoke Professor a Top Young Scientist

7 years ago from Newswise - Scinews

Mount Holyoke College Assistant Professor of Physics Katherine Aidala will receive the highest honor bestowed by the U.S. government on scientists and engineers in the early stages of their careers.

Could Russia pipe gas to Seoul via North Korea?

Could Russian gas really flow via North Korea to Seoul?

Secrets of Venus' atmosphere revealed

7 years ago from UPI

WASHINGTON, Sept. 27 (UPI) -- Weather on Venus with 800-degree temperatures and sulfuric acid clouds is often described as unchanging and boring, but U.S. astronomers say that's not so.

Aircraft compete for $1.65 million prize

7 years ago from UPI

SANTA ROSA, Calif., Sept. 27 (UPI) -- Five teams from across the United States that built alternative-powered aircraft are competing for a $1.65 million prize in California, NASA says.

UARS fell far from major landmass

Nasa now says its six-tonne UARS satellite re-entered Earth's atmosphere far from any major landmass, north-east of the Vanuatu archipelago.

Flocking robots take to the sky (w/ video)

7 years ago from Physorg

( -- The next time you look up in the sky and think you are seeing a flock of geese flying south for the winter, take a closer look. If...

Japanese Spy Satellite in Orbit After Successful Launch

7 years ago from

Japan launched a spy satellite on Friday, September 23, 2011, to track North Korean missile development.

The Accelerating Universe and Dark Energy Might Be Illusions

7 years ago from

A new cosmology theory suggests that the expansion of the universe may not be accelerating after all. Instead, it may be decelerating, and our false impression may result from a...

Google to finance home solar systems

7 years ago from Physorg

(AP) -- Google says it will invest $75 million to help 3,000 homeowners install solar panels on their roofs.

NRL launches TacSat-4 to augment communications needs

7 years ago from Physorg

The Navy's Tactical Satellite-IV (TacSat-4) successfully launched Sept. 27 aboard an Orbital Sciences Minotaur-IV+ launch vehicle from Alaska Aerospace Corporation's (AAC) Kodiak Launch Complex, Kodiak Island, Alaska.