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Fracking moratorium rejected by MPs

26 Jan 2015 at 8:01pm
MPs overwhelmingly reject a bid to suspend fracking for shale gas - but agree to Labour proposals to impose new conditions. Read more...

Asteroid That Flew Past Earth Today Has Moon

26 Jan 2015 at 8:01pm

This GIF shows asteroid 2004 BL86, which safely flew past Earth on Jan. 26, 2015.

Radar Images from Goldstone indicate that asteroid 2004 BL86, which safely flew past Earth today, has a moon.


SMAP Will Track a Tiny Cog That Keeps Cycles Spinning

26 Jan 2015 at 8:01pm

Water evaporating from forest soil in the morning sun.

Soil moisture, which keeps Earth's interlocking cycles of water, carbon and energy turning in harmony, is the focus of NASA's SMAP mission, launching Jan. 29.


Station Crew Studying Tiny Organisms to Understand Larger Organisms

26 Jan 2015 at 6:25pm
After a week of medical science activities, the space station residents began the new week focusing on worms, fruit flies and plants. The tiny organisms provide scientists a model for larger organisms and how microgravity affects such things as immunity, muscles and bones. Botany science in spac... Read more...

Risk of extreme weather 'doubles'

26 Jan 2015 at 5:11pm
Extreme weather arising from a climate phenomenon in the Pacific Ocean will get much worse as the world warms, according to climate modelling. Read more...

Metal explosions 'driven by charge'

26 Jan 2015 at 5:11pm
New high-speed video footage suggests that the classic chemistry explosion of an alkali metal in water is driven by positive charges repelling each other. Read more...

I'd probably cheat again - Armstrong

26 Jan 2015 at 4:58pm
Lance Armstrong says the time is coming when he should be forgiven, and tells the BBC he would do it again under the same circumstances. Read more...

Rosetta watches comet shed its dusty coat

26 Jan 2015 at 4:00pm

ESA’s Rosetta mission is providing unique insight into the life cycle of a comet’s dusty surface, watching 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko as it sheds the dusty coat it has accumulated over the past four years.


NASA Observes Day of Remembrance

26 Jan 2015 at 4:00pm
NASA will pay will tribute to the crews of Apollo 1 and space shuttles Challenger and Columbia, as well as other NASA colleagues, during the agency's annual Day of Remembrance Wednesday, Jan. 28. Read more...

This Week On The Space Show

26 Jan 2015 at 3:33pm
The Space Show, hosted by David Livingston at, will have the following guests this week: 1. Monday, January 26, 2015, 2-3:30 PM PST (22-23:30 GMT) JPL's DR. MARC RAYMAN, the chief engineer and mission director for Dawn, the first spacecraft ever targeted to orbit two extrate... Read more...

Satellites for peat’s sake

26 Jan 2015 at 2:29pm

Satellites can help us to safeguard nature’s richest carbon storehouses – peatlands.


Obama push to expand Alaskan refuge

26 Jan 2015 at 12:55pm
President Barack Obama is to propose setting aside the majority of Alaska's national wildlife refuge as a wilderness area. Read more...

Why Did Vaccinated People Get Measles at Disneyland? Blame the Unvaccinated

26 Jan 2015 at 11:00am
Why Did Vaccinated People Get Measles at Disneyland? Blame the Unvaccinated

The misery of a measles outbreak at the Happiest Place on Earth is an irony even the most jaded epidemiologist could do without, but the 52 measles cases that originated in Disneyland in December hide within them an even scarier number—scary, that is, unless you understand how vaccines work.

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The Milky Way over the Seven Strong Men Rock Formations

26 Jan 2015 at 5:30am
You may have heard of the Seven Sisters in the sky, but have you heard about the Seven Strong Men on the ground? Located just west of the Ural Mountains, the unusual Manpupuner rock formations are one of the Seven Wonders of Russia. How these ancient 40-meter high pillars formed is yet unknown. ... Read more...

Gigantic ring system around J1407b much larger, heavier than Saturn's

26 Jan 2015 at 5:00am
(University of Rochester) Astronomers at the Leiden Observatory, The Netherlands, and the University of Rochester, USA, have discovered that the ring system that they see eclipse the very young Sun-like star J1407 is of enormous proportions, much larger and heavier than the ring system of Saturn. Read more...

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