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Mars landing site: Location, location, location

7 years ago from CBSNews - Science

As Mars scientists gather for meeting, site search for Curiosity landing narrowed to four candidates

Hunt in search for space life takes twist

7 years ago from CBSNews - Science

Instead of listening for random alien signals, scientists target planets thought likely to resemble Earth

JPL Shares Excitement of Exploration at Open House

This year's Open House, "The Excitement of Exploration," attracted more than 38,000 space enthusiasts to JPL over the two-day event.

Hawking: 'There is no heaven'

7 years ago from MSNBC: Science

Cosmic Log: Stephen Hawking, the famous British physicist, called the notion of heaven a "fairy story" in an interview with The Guardian newspaper published today.

Tarantulas Shoot Silk From Feet, Spider-Man Style

7 years ago from National Geographic

The big hairy spiders shoot silk from "spigots" in their feet to climb slippery surfaces, new experiments confirm.

Self-compassion: The most important life skill?

7 years ago from CBSNews - Science

Psychologists find that self-compassion may be an important life skill, imparting resilience, courage, energy and creativity

Mars mission components delivered to Florida

7 years ago from Physorg

( -- An Air Force C-17 transport plane delivered the heat shield, back shell and cruise stage of the Mars Science Laboratory spacecraft to NASA's Kennedy Space Center, Fla., on...

JPL's Mars lander proposal advances to next round

7 years ago from LA Times - Science

The GEMS project is one of three selected by NASA to compete for funds. It would study the inner composition of Mars to shed light on the planet's beginnings —...

Antimatter Hunter: Q&A with Nobel Laureate Sam Ting

7 years ago from

Samuel Ting, leader of the Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer team, tells us why everyone should care about dark matter.

Orion, intrepid bacteria and sonic booms

7 years ago from The Guardian - Science

Our pick of last month's images includes Orion's big head, bacteria exposed to the rigours of space, and evidence that sonic booms from exploding stars may help seed new stars

Giant Asteroid Vesta Revealed in NASA Spacecraft's 1st Photo

7 years ago from Live Science

NASA's Dawn spacecraft took its first photo of its target asteroid, Vesta.

Scientists plan to sail robot boat on methane lake of Saturn's moon Titan

7 years ago from The Guardian - Science

Open University team led by Professor John Zarnecki hopes Nasa will back project to explore chances of life beneath Titan's surface See a PDF of the mission profileSpace engineers are planning to...

Live Long and Prosper? Endeavour Shuttle Crew Recreates 'Star Trek' Film Poster

7 years ago from

The six veteran astronauts struck a pose to appear as if they were in J.J. Abrams' 2009 movie.

NASA puts Earth's nearest neighbor, 'the Moon', within reach

7 years ago from Physorg

NASA has created a new interactive web-based tool that incorporates observations from past and current lunar missions creating one of the most comprehensive lunar research websites to date.

Dying Stars to Collide and Create Stellar Baby

7 years ago from Live Science

Astronomers discovered two stars that are set to collide and produce a new star.

Moon's rough 'wrinkles' reveal clues to its past

7 years ago from Science Daily

Researchers have put together the first comprehensive set of maps revealing the slopes and roughness of the moon's surface. These maps are based on detailed data collected by the Lunar...

'Trek' tricorder could win $10 million prize

7 years ago from MSNBC: Science

Science editor Alan Boyle's Weblog: A real-life diagnostic device that does something akin to what the tricorder did on "Star Trek" could earn its developers $10 million.

Comet Dive-Bombs Sun During Big Solar Explosion

7 years ago from

A comet plunged into the sun this week just as a huge solar eruption exploded.

Students from Border Town and Beyond Aim High in National Rocketry Contest

7 years ago from Scientific American

How do you get from Virginia to Paris? For one team of young rocketeers, the way across the Atlantic will involve a homemade model rocket, a chicken egg and some...

Why the Full Moon Makes Scorpions Glow In the Dark

7 years ago from Live Science

New research may finally be answering the question of why scorpions glow in ultraviolet light, like that emitted by black lights and the moon.

Starry Dog Constellation a Skywatcher's Best Friend

7 years ago from

A starry constellation of two hunting dogs is now visible in the nighttime sky.

Observatory: A Seal’s Hard-Working Whiskers

7 years ago from NY Times Science

In experiments with a harbor seal named Henry, German researchers found that he could distinguish the size and shape of objects moving underwater, using only his whiskers.

Most Extreme Human Spaceflight Records

7 years ago from

Longest, fastest, biggest: We've got the space records right here.

The Numbers Speak: Is 13 Really Unlucky?

7 years ago from Live Science

The number 13 is synonymous with bad luck, but is there any statistical proof to support the superstition? Life's Little Mysteries investigates.

Saturn Forms Triangle With Moon and Star This Weekend

7 years ago from

Saturn, the moon and a bright star team up for a night sky triangle this weekend.

Specific modules for robot-assisted surgery debuts

7 years ago from Physorg

Two life-sciences entrepreneurs are launching the first procedure-specific software modules for robot-assisted surgery.

Best-yet view of extreme Universe

The most detailed image of the Universe's most extreme environments is revealed as part of a meeting of Fermi space telescope scientists.

Do you fear…Now that Friday the 13th is here?

7 years ago from Physorg

(Medical Xpress) -- Have you watched the movie Friday the 13th? Scary, isn’t it? Well, perhaps not quite as scary as the infamous Rebecca Black song, “Friday” – but close...