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Winter Solstice 2013: The Shortest Day Of The Year Is Loaded With Tradition, Customs, And Scientific Meaning
Dec 20, 2013 12:04 PM E
Ever wonder why the winter solstice - the shortest day and longest night of the year - invariably falls on December 21? The answer in a word is earth's tilt.
Kirobo
Japanese Robot 'Friend' Kirobo Converses With Astronaut On The International Space Station
Dec 20, 2013 10:37 AM E
Japanese scientists are testing a robot called Kirobo whose only purpose is companionship for lonely people. On Thursday, they released footage of the first conversation between a Kirobo and a Japanese astronaut on the International Space Station.
Tel-Aviv University's Wise Observatory in Israel
Fast Radio Bursts Might Originate From Nearby Stars, Not Distant Galaxies
Dec 16, 2013 16:43 PM E
Researchers from the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics claimed in a new study that fast radio bursts could originate from flaring stars within our own galaxy
Mars North Pole
Amazing Video Of Mars North Pole Zooms In On Polar Ice Cap 1,000 Kilometers In Diameter [VIDEO]
Dec 16, 2013 10:02 AM E
The European Space Agency's Mars Express has provided a 3D animation of the Mars North Pole. The video of the red planet's polar region was created using data from a sounding instrument that uses low-frequency radio waves beamed toward Mars that are reflected back and gauge the depths of rock, water and ice.
Saturn's Rings Determined To Be 4 Billion Years Old
Cassini Spacecraft Identifies Saturn's Rings To Be 4 Billion Years Old
Dec 15, 2013 11:00 AM E
The Cassini Spacecraft's Cosmic Dust Analyzer has led scientists to determine the age of Saturn's rings to be four billion years old. The Cassini is also providing clues about a disturbance in the rings; possibly the beginning of new moon, which a British scientist has named "Peggy."
Universe
Collapse Of The Universe Could Happen Sooner Than We Thought, Or Not At All
Dec 14, 2013 14:25 PM E
Scientists have been looking into the possibility that the universe could collapse within itself. A theory, known as "phase transition," says that it will begin in one area of the universe, and eat away at the rest over time.
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Hubble Space Telescope Finds Evidence Of Water Plumes On Jupiter's Moon Europa
Dec 13, 2013 18:20 PM E
Evidence of water plumes have been detected on Jupiter's moon Europa by the Hubble Space Telescope. Hubble didn't see the plumes, but collected strong evidence that the plumes exist due to hydrogen and oxygen levels there. If there is water on Europa, then that of course opens the possibility of extraterrestrial life.
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Gaia Telescope Launches Next Week: Space Observatory Will Create Stunning 3D Map Of Milky Way
Dec 12, 2013 13:26 PM E
The Gaia telescope launch date has been set for December 20, 2013. Gaia will create a 3D map of the Milky Way that will "transform our ideas about the cosmos," according to Gerry Gilmore, a lead scientist for the mission.
Geminid
Geminid Meteor Shower 2013 Best Viewed On Friday Night: Find Out The Time To Watch, Plus An Unrelated Meteor Explodes Over Arizona
Dec 12, 2013 11:44 AM E
The most spectacular meteor shower of the year is upon us, and NASA has released its tips for the best time to view the 2013 Geminid meteor show and their predictions for what to expect.
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NASA Unveils Valkyrie: 6-Foot 'Superhero Robot' Will Compete In The DARPA Robotics Challenge —And Maybe Go To Mars [VIDEO]
Dec 11, 2013 18:09 PM E
NASA has unveiled Valkyrie, a 6-foot robot that could one day go to Mars ahead of human astronauts. But before that happens, the humanoid robot will compete in the Darpa Robotics Challenge, where is seems poised for an epic battle against Boston Dynamics' Atlas robot. The winner of the Challenge will receive $2 million.
Comet ISON in Virgo
Comet ISON Is Dead, Officially, But Yielded More Data Than Any Comet Before
Dec 11, 2013 17:40 PM E
It appears the comet ISON's voyage to the sun, which excited skywatchers who captured pre-dawn glimpses around Thanksgiving, was a suicide mission in the end.
Coldest Place On Earth
Scientists Find Coldest Place On Earth: What It Be Like To Spend Time On The East Antarctic Plateau?
Dec 10, 2013 18:47 PM E
Scientists have recorded the lowest temperature ever on the earth's surface. On August 10, 2010, the the East Antarctic Plateau measure negative 135.8 degrees Fahrenheit. The measurement came from NASA satellites, and not ground-level measurements, so it will not certified by Guinness Book of World Records or the World Meteorological Organization as the coldest place on earth.
SpaceX
Coolest Science Photos Of 2013: From Blobfish To Two-Headed Shark, Comet ISON To Mars Selfie
Dec 10, 2013 17:31 PM E
Sometimes science hits us, turns us back into little kids, sitting in class, listening to the teacher tell us about why volcanos spit lava and the moon changes shape. That's kind of what the photos are for.
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Mars One Plans Unmanned Mission For 2018, Pushes Back Manned Mission By 2 Years
Dec 10, 2013 15:56 PM E
The Mars One Foundation has contracted Lockheed Martin and Surrey Satellite Technology to develop mission concepts and a lander and satellite for an unmanned launch in 2018. Mars One also pushed back the first manned mission to Mars by two years. The first humans should now arrive on Mars in 2025.
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