Space & Earth

Asteroid Orbit
Asteroid Big Enough To Wipe Out An Entire City Will Zip Past Earth On Monday
Feb 17, 2014 11:14 AM E
A 270-meter-wide asteroid is going to brush past the Earth tonight at a distance of 2.1 million miles. Considering it's a rock big enough to destroy a city, that's pretty close. Worse, there are 1 million other asteroids in our neck of space that we have yet to discover.
Heliosphere
Ribbon Of Charged Particles At Solar System's Edge Acts Like A Wind Sock For Interstellar Magnetism
Feb 16, 2014 14:11 PM E
Scientists are learning more about the mysterious boundary between the heliosphere and interstellar space. A magnetic ribbon there seems to act like a wind sock, aligning itself according to the influence of galactic magnetism.
Mars Rock
Mars Mystery Solved: NASA Says Strange Object Was A Rock, Not A Jelly Doughnut
Feb 15, 2014 15:50 PM E
Some people said it was debris from an asteroid impact. Others said it looked like a jelly doughnut. It was neither, NASA says. It was just a rock kicked over by the Mars rover.
water
Graphene May Be Used To Make Super-Efficient Water Filters
Feb 13, 2014 17:18 PM E
Researchers say that while removing salt from sea water may seem complicated right now, graphene may hold the answer to perfecting the process.
Jade Rabbit
'Jade Rabbit' Officially Dead, Chinese State Media Reports Of Its Celebrated Moon Rover
Feb 13, 2014 09:42 AM E
China's much-hyped moon rover, Jade Rabbit, has been out of commission for more than two weeks. On Wednesday, news organizations, citing Chinese state media, said it was done for good.
galaxy
4 New Galaxy Clusters Found: Scientists Say 2000 More Galaxies Waiting To Be Discovered
Feb 12, 2014 17:33 PM E
Using a new method, an international team of astronomers used data from two European Space Agency satellites, Plank and Herschel, to identify new and distant galaxy clusters.
Venus, Moon, and Jupiter
Neuroscientists Finally Solve Astronomical Optical Illusion That Puzzled Galileo 400 Years Ago
Feb 12, 2014 16:37 PM E
Optometrists and neuroscientists have discovered why Venus appeared larger than Jupiter to Galileo four centuries ago and why black letters on a white page are easier to read than white on black.
Burgess Shale
Newly Discovered New Burgess Shale Site In Canada’s Kootenay National Park May Be Most Important Fossil Site In Decades
Feb 11, 2014 18:37 PM E
A new, "epic" fossil site has been discovered in Kootenay National Park, a sprawling reserve located in the Canadian Rockies.
Supernova
The Oldest Star In The Universe: Evidence Suggests That Some Early Star Explosions May Not Have Been So Powerful
Feb 09, 2014 17:38 PM E
Scientists have discovered the oldest star in the universe. It has been alive for 13.7 billion years, nearly as old as the universe itself, and it's right in our Milky Way backyard.
Martian Crater
NASA Photos: High-Resolution Image Captures New Martian Crater
Feb 07, 2014 13:46 PM E
The high-resolution camera orbiting Mars has sent back a dramatic new photo of an impact crater on the surface of the Red Planet. NASA scientists say the crater is probably only a few years old.
sperm whale
12-Million-Year-Old Fossil Found At Calif. School May Be New Sperm Whale Species
Feb 05, 2014 17:17 PM E
A whale fossil discover hiding in plain sight on the grounds of a California private school may belong to a new type of prehistoric sperm whale. The fossil, which is located in a boulder at the Chadwick School in Palos Verdes, will be examined by the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County. The discovery was made by Martin Byhower, a seventh-grade teacher at Chadwick School.
Milky Way Shines over Snowy La Silla
Scientists Delve Into Inner Structure Of An Asteroid: Anatomy of 'Itokawa' Asteroid Yields Surprising Insights
Feb 05, 2014 12:01 PM E
Scientists know surprisingly little about asteroid anatomy, which is why a research team decided to probe inside a peanut-shaped, near-Earth asteroid nicknamed "Itokawa."
bill nye ken ham debate
Bill Nye Debate Live Stream: Watch 'The Science Guy' And Creationist Ken Ham Argue Evolution At 7 PM Tonight
Feb 04, 2014 16:09 PM E
Bill Nye will debate Ken Ham tonight at the Creation Museum in Petersburg, Ky. You can watch the live stream below at 7:00 PM as Nye and Ham debate evolution and creationism, trying to answer the question “Is creation a viable model of origins in today’s modern scientific era?” Many have criticized Nye for agreeing to debate creationism in the first place.
wine
How Astronauts Had Wine Banned From Their Space Menus In The 1970s
Feb 02, 2014 14:05 PM E
In an effort to make food menus more appealing for American astronauts during the 1970s, food scientists introduced wine. However, it never made it into space due to a series of unforeseen circumstances.
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