Space & Earth

James Webb Space Telescope
Finding Aliens: Atmosphere Data Could Help Identify Faraway Planets Like Earth [VIDEO]
Mar 08, 2014 15:20 PM E
The James Webb Space Telescope, set for launch in 2018, will immensely expand NASA's capabilities. One of them will be in the search for extra-terrestrial life by measuring the pressure and oxygen content of alien planets.
SpaceIL Rocket
This Israeli Spaceship Resembles A Water Heater, But Scientists Plan To Blast It To The Moon
Mar 07, 2014 16:27 PM E
The contest is heating up for Google's moon race, Lunar XPRIZE, for $20 million. An Israeli team's spaceship entry is turning heads because it's the size of a dishwasher.
Asteroid Breakup
The Asteroid Breakup: Disintegration Right Before Astronomers' Eyes, For The First Time Ever
Mar 06, 2014 11:08 AM E
Astronomers watched over several months as an asteroid inexplicably disintegrated after more than 4 billion years intact.
Black Hole
Gastronomical Science: Professional Eaters Hoping To Watch A Black Hole Consuming A Gas Cloud [VIDEO]
Mar 03, 2014 14:50 PM E
The organization that runs Nathan's Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest has actually requested time at the Keck Observatory in Hawaii. Their bid to identify new "intake methods" was rejected.
west africa
How Africa's Shape Was Determined By Competing Tectonic-Plate Movements
Mar 02, 2014 12:12 PM E
Competing expansion between the tectonic plates that made up Africa and South America led to West Africa's shape.
galaxy
How Can Galaxies Lose That Bulge? By Spinning Faster
Feb 28, 2014 17:18 PM E
Researchers have discovered that the rate at which they spin determines why some spiral galaxies are fat and bulging while others are flat discs.
Kepler-69c
Kepler Spacecraft Reveals 715 Unknown Exoplanets, Nearly Double Known To Humanity
Feb 26, 2014 17:17 PM E
NASA has unveiled a trove of hundreds of verified exoplanets, nearly doubling the number previously known to humanity. Among them, a handful were discovered to be similar to the Earth in size and distance from their stars.
earth zarcon
Pre-Historic Fragment Of Zircon Provides Evidence Of Cool Early Earth [VIDEO]
Feb 25, 2014 10:42 AM E
With the help of a tiny fragment of zircon, an international team of researchers is trying to understand how our planet became habitable.
Moon
Brightest-Ever Lunar Explosion: Meteorite Crashes Into Moon In 'Rare And Extraordinary Event' [VIDEO]
Feb 24, 2014 14:46 PM E
Spanish researchers say a meteorite which hit the moon on September 11, 2013, was the brightest and largest lunar impact to ever be observed. The 900-pound space rock struck the moon at 38,000 MPH, with an impact equivalent to 15 tons of TNT, creating a 131-foot-wide crater on the lunar surface.
Google's Global Forest Watch
Google's Global Forest Watch: Online Tool Tracks Deforestation In Near-Real Time [VIDEO]
Feb 21, 2014 18:07 PM E
Google's Global Forest Watch online tool allows users to see the destruction of forests in near-real time. Using satellites and user contributions, the tool will not only help users visualize deforestation but can help keep governments and companies from illegal deforestation. More than 500 million acres of forest were destroyed between 2000 and 2012.
Pulsar and Asteroid
The Pulsar Vs. The Billion-Ton Asteroid: Astronomers Say Distant Star Is Getting Slammed With Space Rocks
Feb 21, 2014 16:52 PM E
What happens when a billion-ton asteroid collides with an even more massive pulsar? According to observations from a team of astronomers, the asteroids get vaporized, but the pulsar doesn't walk away uninjured.
winter tornado
Winter Tornadoes Hit Midwest: How Common Are The Off-Season Storms?
Feb 21, 2014 16:29 PM E
A winter tornado hit Illinois yesterday, a rare but not unheard-of occurrence. Winter tornadoes can be more dangerous than their warm-month counterparts: they are not stronger, but can be deadlier. They tend to move faster and can hit with less notice.
messier7
Telescope Captures Fascinating New Images Of Star Cluster Messier 7
Feb 19, 2014 18:18 PM E
In a new picture, the Messier 7 stands out against a very rich background of hundreds of thousands of fainter stars.
Supply Ship
International Space Station Takes Out The Trash: Garbage-Filled Supply Ship Will Incinerate In The Atmosphere [VIDEO]
Feb 18, 2014 16:56 PM E
The private space company Orbital Sciences Corp. completed its first supply mission to the International Space Station on Tuesday. Now all that's left is for the cargo spaceship to burn up in the atmosphere Wednesday afternoon over the Pacific Ocean.
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