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Nasa's Curiosity rover zaps Mars rock

Jonathan Amos - BBC News - 20 August 2012 Comments

(A) Curiosity will trundle around its landing site looking for interesting rock features to study. Its top speed is about 4cm/s (B) This mission has 17 cameras. They will identify particular...

TAGGED: SCIENCE, SPACE

Sun Is Roundest Natural Object Known

Dave Mosher - National Geographic - 18 August 2012 Comments

The sun is the roundest natural object ever precisely measured, astronomers say. Astronomers have sought for centuries to see if and how our backyard star's roundness changes. That's because...

TAGGED: SCIENCE, SPACE

Astrophysicists simulate 14 billion years of cosmic evolution in high resolution

Liat Clark - Wired.co.uk - 17 August 2012 Comments

This computer animation, created using new software called Arepo, simulates 9 billion years of cosmic history. Arepo can accurately follow the birth and evolution of thousands of galaxies over...

TAGGED: EVOLUTION, SPACE

Mars rover searching for signs of life

Lawrence Krauss - CNN - 14 August 2012 Comments

Author and theoretical physicist Lawrence Krauss, discusses what it would be like if we found life on another planet. Continue to YouTube

TAGGED: INTERVIEWS, LAWRENCE M. KRAUSS, SPACE

'Plate Tectonics' Discovered on Mars--Found Nowhere Else Beyond Earth in Solar System

- - The Daily Galaxy - 12 August 2012 Comments

For years, many scientists had thought that plate tectonics existed nowhere in our solar system but on Earth. Now, a UCLA scientist has discovered that the geological phenomenon, which involves...

TAGGED: SPACE

Mars Science Laboratory Touches Down Tonight

Sean Carroll - Cosmic Variance - Discover Magazine - 05 August 2012 Comments

Nowadays everyone calls it the “Curiosity rover,” but I got to know it as the Mars Science Laboratory , and I’m too old and set in my ways to switch. Launched on November 26, 2011, the mission is...

TAGGED: SCIENCE, SPACE, TECHNOLOGY

Sally Ride, first American woman in space, dies

-- - CNN - 24 July 2012 Comments

Sally Ride, the first American woman to fly in space, died Monday after a 17-month battle with pancreatic cancer, her company said. She was 61. "Sally lived her life to the fullest, with...

TAGGED: GENERAL INTEREST, SPACE

A Blip That Speaks of Our Place in the Universe

Lawrence M. Krauss - New York Times - 12 July 2012 Comments

REVELATION A computer-generated image shows a typical proton collision of the kind that produced evidence of a particle thought to be the Higgs boson. ASPEN, Colo. — Last week, physicists...

TAGGED: LAWRENCE M. KRAUSS, PHYSICS, SPACE

New Pluto Moon Found—"Fringe Benefit" of Search for Risky Rings

Richard A. Lovett - National Geographic - 12 July 2012 Comments

Pluto's newest known moon, called P5 (for now), shines dimly in a Hubble Space Telescope picture. Image courtesy NASA; ESA; M. Showalter, SETI Institute Only a year after Hubble Space Telescope...

TAGGED: SPACE

How the Higgs Boson Posits a New Story of our Creation

Lawrence M. Krauss - The Daily Beast - 07 July 2012 Comments

The media-adopted name for the Higgs Boson, believed to be discovered this week, couldn’t be more misleading. Lawrence M. Krauss explains how the particle could finally dispense with the idea of a...

TAGGED: LAWRENCE M. KRAUSS, PHYSICS, SPACE

Astronomers find a huge star-forming galaxy that shouldn't exist

Adam Mann - Wired.co.uk - 03 July 2012 Comments

Astronomers have spotted one of the rarest and most extreme galaxy clusters in the universe and, behind it, an object that shouldn't exist. Galaxy clusters are collections of galaxies that orbit...

TAGGED: SPACE

Mars Has "Oceans" of Water Inside

Richard A. Lovett - National Geographic News - 26 June 2012 Comments

An orbital view of the Olympus Mons volcano on Mars. Photograph from NASA/Corbis Mars could have entire oceans' worth of water locked in rocks deep underground, scientists say. The finding...

TAGGED: SPACE

How to safely watch the transit of Venus on Tuesday

Joe Rao - MSNBC - 04 June 2012 12 Comments

Many people are planning to watch the transit of Venus on Tuesday, but it's extremely important that prospective viewers be warned to take special precautions (as with a solar eclipse) to view...

TAGGED: GENERAL INTEREST, SPACE

Dispatches from the birth of the Universe: sometimes science gets lucky

John Timmer - Ars Technica - 03 June 2012 23 Comments

Timeline of the Universe—the expansion of the universe over most of its history has been relatively gradual. The notion that a rapid period "inflation" preceded the Big Bang expansion was first...

TAGGED: LAWRENCE M. KRAUSS, SPACE

Look Now for Venus to Cross the Sun, or Wait Another Century

Kenneth Chang - New York Times - 28 May 2012 17 Comments

Observing the dark circle of Venus cross the face of the Sun on June 3, 1769, from his farm about 20 miles northwest of here, David Rittenhouse left a curious gap in his account of that day. An...

TAGGED: GENERAL INTEREST, SPACE

Mars 'has life's building blocks'

Mark Mardell - BBC News - 28 May 2012 116 Comments

New evidence from meteorites suggests that the basic building blocks of life are present on Mars. The study found that carbon present in 10 meteorites, spanning more than four billion years of...

TAGGED: BIOLOGY, SPACE

Microbes at the Edge of Space

Jeffrey Marlow - Wired - 28 May 2012 5 Comments

In the mid-1800s, Irish potato farmers began to notice something unusual: soon after harvest, potatoes decayed into slimy black mush — utterly inedible masses of goo. In a country where 30% of the...

TAGGED: GENERAL INTEREST, SCIENCE, SPACE

Australia, South Africa to share super telescope

- - ABC - Australia - 26 May 2012 6 Comments

Thanks to Michael Murray for the link Australia and South Africa will share the location for the world's most powerful radio telescope, the Square Kilometre Array's scientific consortium...

TAGGED: SPACE

The Center of all Things

Seth Andrews - YouTube - TheThinkingAtheist - 23 May 2012 25 Comments

An homage to Carl Sagan's "Pale Blue Dot," this video explores humankind's place in the cosmos. Originally uploaded in December 2010, this update features a few minor revisions and a new...

TAGGED: SCIENCE, SPACE

Welcome to the Multiverse

Brian Greene - The Daily Beast - 22 May 2012 49 Comments

“What really interests me is whether God had any choice in creating the world.” That’s how Albert Einstein, in his characteristically poetic way, asked whether our universe is the only possible...

TAGGED: SCIENCE, SPACE