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GOCE results live

24 Nov 2014 at 7:50am

Follow the opening of the 5th International GOCE User Workshop via live webstream from the UNESCO headquarters on 25 November at 10:30 CET Read more...

Can the Internet Count Coins as Well as a Bank Machine?

24 Nov 2014 at 6:30am
Can the Internet Count Coins as Well as a Bank Machine?

Is the wisdom of the crowd as good as the bank's coin counter? Guess how much money is in this huge jar of coins to help us find out.

The post Can the Internet Count Coins as Well as a Bank Machine? appeared first on WIRED.


The US Is Stockpiling Ebola Survivors’ Plasma to Treat Future Patients

24 Nov 2014 at 5:30am
The US Is Stockpiling Ebola Survivors’ Plasma to Treat Future Patients

On Friday, the FDA announced that it would start developing a stockpile of blood plasma from Ebola survivors, treated with a pathogen inactivation system that's never been used before in the US. So far, the United States has had some amazing success in curing Ebola, possibly thanks to experimenta...


Cosmic lighthouse

24 Nov 2014 at 4:50am

Space Science Image of the Week: A dying star is betrayed by beams of light that pierce a veil of dust Read more...

New Trio Joins Expedition 42 During Crew Greeting Ceremony

24 Nov 2014 at 3:42am
NASA astronaut Terry Virts, Anton Shkaplerov of the Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos) and Samantha Cristoforetti of the European Space Agency joined their Expedition 42 crewmates when the hatches between the Soyuz TMA-15M spacecraft and the International Space Station officially opened at ... Read more...

This Week On The Space Show

24 Nov 2014 at 3:40am
The Space Show, hosted by David Livingston at, will have the following guests this week: 1. Monday, November 24, 2014, 2-3:30 PM PST (22-23:30 GMT) ERIK SEEDHOUSE returns to discuss his new book "Bigelow Aerospace: Colonizing Space One Module at a Time." Erik Seedhouse is an... Read more...

Peru probes 500 sea lion deaths

23 Nov 2014 at 7:24pm
Peru's environmental police launch an investigation into the deaths of some 500 sea lions found on a northern beach. Read more...

Expedition 42 Trio Launches on Time to Station

23 Nov 2014 at 5:24pm
The Soyuz TMA-15M launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan to the International Space Station at 4:01 p.m. EST (3:01 a.m. on Nov. 24 Baikonur time). Terry Virts of NASA, Anton Shkaplerov of the Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos) and Samantha Cristoforetti of the European Space Ag... Read more...

ESA astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti arrives at Space Station

23 Nov 2014 at 5:20pm


New Crew Arrives at Space Station to Continue Scientific Research

23 Nov 2014 at 10:00am
Three new crew members representing the United States, Russia and Italy are at the International Space Station (ISS). Read more...

Tornado and Rainbow Over Kansas

23 Nov 2014 at 3:36am
The scene might have been considered serene if it weren't for the tornado. During 2004 in Kansas, storm chaser Eric Nguyen photographed this budding twister in a different light -- the light of a rainbow. Featured here, a white tornado cloud descends from a dark storm cloud. The Sun, peeking thro... Read more...

Fish and chips 'harming' eider ducks

22 Nov 2014 at 10:40pm
Eider ducks on Northumberland's coastal areas are being harmed by people feeding them fish and chips and bread, a wildlife expert warns. Read more...

Solar Flare from a Sharper Sun

22 Nov 2014 at 4:32am
Solar active region AR2192 was the largest recorded sunspot group of the last 24 years. Before rotating off the Earth-facing side of the Sun at the end of October, it produced a whopping six energetic X-class flares. Its most intense flare was captured on October 24 in this stunning view from the... Read more...

Soyuz Rolls Out to Pad as Station Crew Prepares to Double in Size

21 Nov 2014 at 3:45pm
A trio of new Expedition 42 crew members is in its final preparations before Sunday’s launch and six-hour ride aboard a Soyuz TMA-15M spacecraft to the International Space Station. The rocket with the Soyuz capsule rolled out to the launch pad Friday morning at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhst... Read more...

Extreme Shrimp May Hold Clues to Alien Life

21 Nov 2014 at 2:11pm

Densely-Grouped Shrimp

At one of the world's deepest undersea hydrothermal vents, tiny shrimp are piled on top of each other, layer upon layer, crawling on rock chimneys that spew hot water.


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