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Why the Search for Aliens Could Unite Us Here on Earth

19 Oct 2018 at 8:00am
Jill Tarter and Maggie Turnbull discuss Trappist-1, the Fermi paradox, and Fast Radio Bursts at Wired25 Read more...

Minerals of the world, unite!

19 Oct 2018 at 7:37am

Imagine you are on Mars and you stumble upon an interesting rock. The colours, the shape of the crystals and the place where you find it all tell you: there is more to it than meets the eye. Tool in hand, you analyse how light scatters through it. Seconds later you read the following descript...


Plastic recycling firms accused of abusing market

19 Oct 2018 at 7:13am
The Environment Agency is probing claims exporters are abusing the recycled plastics market. Read more...

Mission to Mercury: BepiColombo spacecraft ready for launch

19 Oct 2018 at 5:04am
Europe and Japan await the launch of their joint mission to the little world nearest the Sun. Read more...

A14 road workers find woolly mammoth bones

19 Oct 2018 at 3:49am
The bones, discovered on the site of an ancient river, are thought to be at least 130,000 years old. Read more...

Summer to Winter Milky Way

19 Oct 2018 at 3:19am
Taken near local midnight, this autumn night's panorama follows the arch of the Milky Way across the northern horizon from the High Fens, Eifel Nature Park at the border of Belgium and Germany. Shift your gaze across the wetlands from west to east (left to right) and you can watch stars once more... Read more...

Liquid and Flame Science Work amid Japanese, Russian Maintenance

19 Oct 2018 at 3:12am
Two Expedition 57 astronauts are working to understand what happens to fluids being transported by spacecraft today. Another crew member also worked on combustion science gear as well as Japanese and Russian systems. Fluid physics and combustion research on the International Space Station helps ... Read more...

Jurassic-era piranha is world's earliest flesh-eating fish

18 Oct 2018 at 10:08pm
A 150-million-year-old, sharp-toothed fossil is believed to be the world's oldest piranha-like specimen. Read more...

An App Built for Hurricane Harvey Is Now Saving Lives in Florida

18 Oct 2018 at 2:03pm
Crowdsource Rescue, a kind of "Uber for emergencies," has become the leading tool to coordinate volunteer rescuers, helping them check on hundreds of vulnerable individuals. Read more...

Ready for countdown

18 Oct 2018 at 10:20am

Operations image of the week: After years of planning and countless hours of simulations, teams at ESA’s mission control are ready to take flight on the long and complex journey to Mercury Read more...

Funky Materials Give the Mantis Shrimp Its Powerful Punch

18 Oct 2018 at 10:00am
The legendary crustacean uses a hammer-like appendage made of ceramic and polymer to deliver its punishing blow. Read more...

The Difference Between Weight and Mass, And Why It Matters

18 Oct 2018 at 7:00am
If we ever move off-planet, we'll have to get more serious about distinguishing between 'mass' and 'weight.' Read more...

Cherenkov Telescope at Sunset

18 Oct 2018 at 4:52am
On October 10, a new telescope reflected the light of the setting Sun. With dark horizon above and sunset colors below, its segmented mirror inverts an image of the beautiful evening sky in this snapshot from the Roque del Los Muchachos Observatory on the Canary Island of La Palma. The mirror seg... Read more...

Scientific research will help to understand the origin of life in the universe

17 Oct 2018 at 11:00pm
(Samara University) Scientists from Samara University and several universities in the USA have proposed and experimentally confirmed new fundamental chemical mechanisms for the synthesis of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs). The results of this work are presented in the article published in... Read more...

Superflares from young red dwarf stars imperil planets

17 Oct 2018 at 11:00pm
(NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center) Flares from the youngest red dwarfs surveyed are 100 to 1,000 times more energetic than when the stars are older. This younger age is when terrestrial planets are forming around their stars. Read more...

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