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Big changes for renewable subsidies4 Dec 2013 at 3:46am
The government is to make major changes to the way it subsidises renewable energy with more emphasis on offshore wind power, the BBC has learned. Read more...
SpaceX Successfully Completes First Mission to Geostationary Transfer Orbit4 Dec 2013 at 1:35am
Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida – Today, Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) successfully completed its first geostationary transfer mission, delivering the SES-8 satellite to its targeted 295 x 80,000 km orbit. Falcon 9 executed a picture-perfect flight, meeting 100% of mission ob... Read more...
Laser Communication Mission Targets 2017 Launch4 Dec 2013 at 1:26am
NASA’s next laser communication mission recently passed a Preliminary Design Review (PDR), another major milestone towards the launch of the Laser Communications Relay Demonstration (LCRD) scheduled for 2017. The PDR is a major agency evaluation milestone of the engineering plan to execute the b... Read more...
NASA's Dawn Fills out its Ceres Dance Card4 Dec 2013 at 1:20am
It's going to be a ball when NASA's Dawn spacecraft finally arrives at the dwarf planet Ceres, and mission managers have now inked in the schedule on Dawn's dance card. Dawn has been cruising toward Ceres, the largest object in the main asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter, since September 20... Read more...
Explosive growth of young star4 Dec 2013 at 1:15am
A star is formed when a large cloud of gas and dust condenses and eventually becomes so dense that it collapses into a ball of gas, where the pressure heats the matter, creating a glowing gas ball – a star is born. New research from the Niels Bohr Institute, among others, shows that a young, newl... Read more...
SpaceX launches commercial satellite3 Dec 2013 at 5:35pm
The US SpaceX rocket company puts a commercial TV satellite in orbit, marking its ambition to take a big slice of the market for launching telecommunications spacecraft. Read more...
US football fans 'caused earthquake'3 Dec 2013 at 4:33pm
A celebration by football fans in the US city of Seattle grew so loud on Monday evening it registered as a minor earthquake, a research group says. Read more...
Naked-Eye Nova in Centaurus3 Dec 2013 at 3:57pm
US gene testing firm halts marketing3 Dec 2013 at 3:46pm
Genetic testing firm 23andMe, which is backed by Google, stops marketing its products after a warning from US regulators, a spokeswoman says. Read more...
Massive Black Hole Duo: Possible Sighting by NASA's WISE3 Dec 2013 at 1:16pm
Astronomers have spotted what appear to be two supermassive black holes at the heart of a remote galaxy, circling each other like dance partners. The incredibly rare sighting was made with the help of NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer, or WISE. Follow-up observations with the Australia... Read more...
NASA Commercial Crew Partner Blue Origin Test-Fires New Rocket Engine3 Dec 2013 at 1:13pm
NASA commercial crew partner Blue Origin of Kent, Wash., announced it has tested a new, hydrogen- and oxygen-fueled engine designed to lift the company's crewed Space Vehicle on future missions out of Earth's atmosphere. Blue Origin is one of the American companies developing next generation rock... Read more...
Space Station Gets Ready to Welcome Second Cygnus3 Dec 2013 at 1:04pm
The International Space Station is not just an outpost for international astronauts conducting science it also serves as a hub for an array of public and private spacecraft. Currently, there are two Soyuz spacecraft and one Progress resupply craft docked to the orbital laboratory. Another spaces... Read more...
So It Ends for Comet ISON3 Dec 2013 at 12:50pm
Microsoft designs stress-busting bra3 Dec 2013 at 12:15pm
Researchers have come up with a novel piece of wearable tech - a bra that can alert the wearer to their stress levels. Read more...
China Launches Lunar Mission3 Dec 2013 at 8:37am
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