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A New Type of DNA Testing Is Entering Crime Investigations

26 Dec 2018 at 7:00am
Geneology is about to send a lot more people to jail. Read more...

Ten big science stories of 2018

25 Dec 2018 at 6:24pm
The year 2018 provided plenty to chew on if you're interested in science and the environment. Read more...

11 Fantastic Science Books to Binge Over the Holidays

25 Dec 2018 at 6:00am
Snuggle up with your favorite display technology and ignite your neurons with these recommended science books from 2018. Read more...

50 Years Later, Still Processing Apollo 8's Message of Hope and Desolation

24 Dec 2018 at 12:31pm
Some two billion years ago, the first photosynthetic algae evolved the ability to respond to light—the brilliant Sun by day, the spectral Moon by night. Around 700 million years ago, primitive eye-pits appeared; then, during the Cambrian era, arthropod-like creatures gazed at the sky through true... Read more...

Our year in space

24 Dec 2018 at 9:49am

A look back at the highlights of 2018 for Europe in space Read more...

SpaceX Successfully Launches GPS III Space Vehicle 01

24 Dec 2018 at 7:09am
On Sunday, December 23rd at 5:51 a.m. PST, SpaceX successfully launched the United States Air Force’s first Global Positioning System III space vehicle (SV) from Space Launch Complex 40 (SLC-40) at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida. The satellite was deployed to its intended orbit appro... Read more...

50 Years Ago, *Earthrise* Gave Us the View of a Lifetime

24 Dec 2018 at 7:00am
Astronauts on NASA's Apollo 8 mission snapped the first photos of Earth from space, forever changing how we see our place in the universe. Read more...

Earthrise 1: Historic Image Remastered

24 Dec 2018 at 3:30am
"Oh my God! Look at that picture over there! Here's the Earth coming up. Wow is that pretty!" Soon after that pronouncement, 50 years ago today, one of the most famous images ever taken was snapped from the orbit of the Moon. Now known as "Earthrise", the iconic image shows the Earth rising above... Read more...

ESA sets clock by distant spinning stars

24 Dec 2018 at 2:00am

ESA’s technical centre in the Netherlands has begun running a pulsar-based clock. The ‘PulChron’ system measures the passing of time using millisecond-frequency radio pulses from multiple fast-spinning neutron stars.


Mission accomplished for ESA’s butane-propelled CubeSat

24 Dec 2018 at 1:54am

The cereal-box sized GomX-4B – ESA’s biggest small CubeSat yet flown – has completed its mission for the Agency, testing out new miniaturised technologies including: intersatellite link communication with its GomX-4A twin, a hyperspectral imager, star tracker and butane-based propulsion system.


Communication interception can be traced through meteor trails

23 Dec 2018 at 11:00pm
(Kazan Federal University) Meteor burst communication is based on using meteors as cryptography assistants. Meteor trails reflect radio waves, which makes them suitable for radio transmissions at distances of up to 2,000 kilometers. Unpredictable nature of meteors makes pose a significant hindran... Read more...

This Week On The Space Show

23 Dec 2018 at 10:52pm
The Space Show, hosted by David Livingston at, will have the following guests this week: 1. Friday, December 28, 2018, 3-4:30 PM PST (23-0:30 GMT) Special New Horizons Program with Dr. Alan Stern. Dr. Alan Stern is a planetary scientist, space program executive, con... Read more...

Sending astronauts to Mars would be stupid, astronaut says

23 Dec 2018 at 6:05pm
One of the first astronauts to orbit the Moon thinks there's no public support to send people to Mars. Read more...

Quantum Communication Can Travel Faster—It's Not Just a Myth

23 Dec 2018 at 7:00am
A new experiment showed for the first time that quantum messages can indeed be speedier than what's seen in regular computing. Read more...

A Cold December Night

22 Dec 2018 at 6:52am
They say Orion always comes up sideways, and he does seem to on this cold December night. The bright stars of the familiar northern winter constellation lie just above the snowy tree tops surrounding a cozy cottage near the town of Ustupky in the Czech Republic. But Gemini's meteors also seem to ... Read more...

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