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NASA Retires Kepler Space Telescope, Passes Planet-Hunting Torch

30 Oct 2018 at 2:00pm
After nine years in deep space collecting data that indicate our sky to be filled with billions of hidden planets – more planets even than stars – NASA’s Kepler space telescope has run out of fuel needed for further science operations. Read more...

WWF report: Mass wildlife loss caused by human consumption

30 Oct 2018 at 1:31pm
WWF blames "exploding consumption" for average losses of 60% in vertebrate populations since 1970. Read more...

Into the dark

30 Oct 2018 at 11:15am

The geology analogue course Pangaea continues for its third leg in Lanzarote Read more...

This Tiny Drone Uses Friction to Pull More Than Its Own Weight

30 Oct 2018 at 9:00am
New flying robots can pull loads that appear far too heavy for their tiny size. Here's the physics of how they cheat friction with their tiny claws and gecko-like grippers. Read more...

Goodbye Europe, hello Moon: European Module ships soon

30 Oct 2018 at 8:47am

The European Service Module that will power and propel the Orion spacecraft on its first mission around the Moon will ship early next week from Bremen to the United States. It will take off in an Antonov An-124 aircraft in the early hours of 5 November and arrive at Kennedy Space Center in Fl...

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The Science of the Sniff: Why Dogs Are Great Disease Detectors

30 Oct 2018 at 8:45am
Dogs have been trained to detect a dozen human diseases—most recently, malaria—but even these pups may ultimately find their jobs replaced by machines. Read more...

RemoveDebris: UK satellite tracks 'space junk'

30 Oct 2018 at 7:57am
The British-led mission to test techniques to clear up space junk initiates its second experiment. Read more...

Does Climate Change Mean You Should Fly Less? Yeah, Maybe

30 Oct 2018 at 7:00am
Individual acts like eating less meat or adopting solar power won't on their own save the planet, but they can inspire new social norms that lead to policy change. Read more...

How Boston Dynamics' Robot Videos Became Internet Gold

30 Oct 2018 at 6:00am
CEO Marc Raibert shares the backstory of his company's viral videos and how the internet's favorite robot dog, SpotMini, came to be. Read more...

NASA to Hold Media Call on Status of Kepler Space Telescope Today

30 Oct 2018 at 6:00am
NASA is hosting a media teleconference on the status of the Kepler space telescope today, Oct. 30, at 3 p.m. EDT. Read more...

Orionids Meteors over Inner Mongolia

30 Oct 2018 at 5:24am
Meteors have been shooting out from the constellation of Orion. This was expected, as October is the time of year for the Orionids Meteor Shower. Pictured here, over two dozen meteors were caught in successively added exposures last October over Wulan Hada volcano in Inner Mongolia, China. The fe... Read more...

Parker Solar Probe: Nasa's Sun mission smashes records

30 Oct 2018 at 4:58am
America's audacious mission to "touch the Sun" has now got nearer to our star than any previous human-made object. Read more...

Rhino horn: Alarm as China eases 25-year ban on rhino and tiger parts

29 Oct 2018 at 11:29pm
Experts worry this will increase demand for the animals and jeopardise efforts to protect them. Read more...

Hurricane Oscar on satellite imagery: A one-eyed little monster with a tail

29 Oct 2018 at 11:00pm
(NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center) Of course, tropical cyclones have one eye and with Halloween on the horizon, false-colored infrared imagery from NASA's Aqua satellite brought out that eye in this small tropical monster with a tail of thunderstorms. Read more...

University of Nebraska-Lincoln is founding member of laser-science network

29 Oct 2018 at 11:00pm
(University of Nebraska-Lincoln) The University of Nebraska-Lincoln's Extreme Light Laboratory is one of the founding members of a new research network intended to unite the nation's most powerful laser facilities. Read more...

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