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SpaceX launches a reused Dragon atop a reused Falcon 9 for the first time

SpaceX has moved one step closer to its dream of affordable, efficient reusable space flight: Today for its CRS-13 resupply mission for the International..

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Free-fall experiment could test if gravity is a quantum force

The effort to reconcile general relativity with quantum mechanics always hits one snag: gravity. An experiment could finally tell us if it is a quantum force

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Scientists found a new Earth-sized planet nearby… and it might be habitable

Forget Mars, scientists have discovered a new Earth-sized, possibly habitable, planet just 11 light years away. Known as Ross 128b, the newly discovered..

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Physics Breakthrough in 50-Year Search for 'Holy Grail' Particle Tetraquark

A combination of three quarks creates a hadron, which, when stable, we know as a proton or neutron. Now, researchers are about to publish what they say is proof that the tetraquark exists, that it’s stable, and that they can generate it in the Large Ha

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Something scorching hot is melting Antarctica from below, and NASA thinks they know what it is – BGR

Antarctica is a weird place. Scientists have long studied the behavior of its massive ice sheets and the land underneath them in the hopes of understanding the unique geological quirks of the continent, but are frequently puzzled by new discoveries.

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Even more evidence points to alien life on Saturn's icy moon Enceladus

Scientists have discovered that a subsurface ocean on Enceladus could have existed for billions of years, providing plenty of time for microbial alien life to emerge and evolve. One of Saturn’s icy moons, Enceladus is considered one of the best bets f

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Proxima Centauri: Our Closest Cosmic Neighbour May Have an Entire Solar System We Never Knew About

Just last year, scientists announced they had spotted a planet orbiting the star nearest our sun, Proxima Centauri. The discovery is described in a new paper accepted for publication in The Astrophysical Journal Letters. "It’s the first indication o

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Mysterious void in Great Pyramid of Giza could finally reveal how pyramids were built

A mysterious void has been discovered in the Great Pyramid of Giza and Egyptologists believe it could finally shed light on how the ancient tombs were constructed. The enigmatic gap, which is around 100ft long is situated directly above the Grand Gallery,

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10 Spacetime Mysteries That Quantum Gravity Could Solve

We travel through spacetime every day, but still don't really know how it works.

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New Wormhole Could Resolve the Black Hole Information Paradox

A new theory is percolating among physicists that presupposes the existence of a traversable wormhole.

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“Self-regulating” nanoparticles can burn cancer without harming healthy cells | TechCrunch

Researchers at the University of Surrey and Dalian University of Technology in China have created a form of nanoparticle that can heat up and kill cancerous..

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NASA Twin Study: Year in Space Changed Scott Kelly All the Way to His DNA

In the space agency’s Twins Study—which investigates the effects of space travel on human health—researchers found that being in space encourages methylation, which is the biological process of switching genes on and off. “Some of the most exciti

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How the Soviet Concorde crashed and burned

With just 55 completed flights and two fatal crashes, the Concorde's Soviet rival, Tupolev Tu-144, was one of civil aviation's biggest failures.

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In A First, Scientists Spot Light Amid Gravitational Waves Emitted By Colliding Stars

Scientists for the first time have detected both gravitational waves and light from the collision of two dead, incredibly dense neutron stars.

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Experiment Confirms a Crucial Property of Electrons, Unfortunately

When it comes to physics, fewer things are more exciting than proving something wrong. Proving theories wrong has led to entirely new fields of study. The fruits that come from wrongness can be so rewarding that scientists devote a considerable amount of time to probing well-known theories, hoping to find a crack.

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Intel moves towards production quantum computing with new 17-qubit chip

Intel's quantum computing efforts have yielded a new 17-qubit chip, which the company has just delivered to its partner in that field, QuTech in the Netherlands. 17 isn't some magic number in the quantum world, nor does this chip do any special tricks ot

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Mystery of the Universe’s Missing Matter Finally Solved by Scientists

The universe is missing half its matter. Scientists believe most of the universe—about 70 percent—is made up of dark energy, the mystery force thought to be driving its expansion. About a quarter is dark matter, and the remaining five percent is norma

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Scientists made the first 'unhackable' quantum video call

Following extensive testing earlier this year, China has now deployed its quantum communications work in the form of the first ever quantum-safe video call.

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Gravity Could Be the Result of Random Quantum Fluctuations

A new theory takes a feature of a quantum mechanical model and shows how it can generate gravity.

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Juno Jupiter Images: NASA Captures Gas Giant in Incredible Detail During Close Approach

Each flyby, a community of Jupiter fans that spans the globe chooses what features JunoCam should focus its lens on. Occasionally more of the frame is black than Jupiter. Here, the image processor was particularly intrigued by the dark ring visible just

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Betelgeuse: The impending Supernova you need to know about

Check out this incredible video of the Betelgeuse 'killer' star - 1,400 times larger than our Sun that would swallow up Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars and even Jupiter. The Betelgeuse star is a famous one among amateur astronomers not only for its size and b

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Hubble Telescope Views Blistering Pitch-Black Planet WASP-12b

Twice the size of any planet in our solar system, WASP-12b has the capability to trap at least 94% of the visible starlight falling into its atmosphere.

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Follow Cassini’s final moments before it plunges into Saturn

For the last thirteen years, Cassini has been orbiting Saturn, sending back extraordinary images and data from the ringed planet and its moons.

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The Air Force's 'rods from god' could hit with the force a nuclear weapon — but with no fallout

A bundle of telephone-pole sized tungsten rods, dropped from orbit, reaching up to 10 times the speed of sound.

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America's longest-orbiting female astronaut has safely returned home

After spending 665 days whizzing 254 miles above the surface of Earth aboard the International Space Station, Astronaut Peggy Whitson has successfully reentered the atmosphere and set down safely in Kazakhstan.

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SpaceX finishes testing Falcon Heavy's first stage cores

SpaceX's Falcon Heavy rocket has been in the works for so long that it almost feels like the stuff of legend at this point (Elon Musk first unveiled it in 2011), but there are signs that it might make that promised November launch.

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NASA’s Hubble Detects Signs of Water on Potentially Habitable TRAPPIST-1 Planets

Several of the planets orbiting a nearby star may harbor “substantial amounts” of water, astronomers say, including three planets situated in a habitable part of the star’s solar system. The star—called TRAPPIST-1—is an ultracool dwarf star 40 l

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Does The Universe Have Physical Boundaries?

Does the universe have physical boundaries? This question was originally answered on Quora by Viktor T. Toth.

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‘Nano-hashtags’ could provide definite proof of Majorana particles

Will the quantum chip that is presented today in Nature by researchers from TU/e among others be able to provide definitive proof of the mysterious Majorana particles?

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Exclusive: We may have detected a new kind of gravitational wave

Rumours are swirling of a new kind of gravitational wave, created by colliding neutrons stars, rather than black holes. Now Hubble has joined the hunt

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Eclipse 2017: A Unique Chance for Science

On Aug. 21, the Moon will cast its shadow down on Earth, giving all of North America the chance to see a solar eclipse. Within the narrow, 60- to 70-mile-wide band stretching from Oregon to South...

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Gravitational Lensing Provides Rare Glimpse Into Interiors of Black Holes

The observable Universe is an extremely big place, measuring an estimated 91 billion light-years in diameter. As a result, astronomers are forced to rely on powerful instruments to see faraway objects. But even these are sometimes limited, and must be paired with a technique known as gravitational lensing.

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NASA's voyager spacecraft still sending data back to Earth after 40 years in operation

NASA's Voyager 1 and 2 spacecraft are coming up on their 40-year anniversaries of exploration this August and September.

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NASA's New Plasma Rocket Ready For Testing

The engine could be much more efficient than standard chemical rockets.

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Physicists Capture the Elusive Neutrino Smacking Into an Atom's Core

By measuring how a nucleus bounces off a neutrino, scientists crack a window into the personality of the shyest particle.

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Nano aluminium offers fuel cells on demand – just add water

The accidental discovery of a new aluminium alloy could lead to portable hydrogen and could kick-start the struggling hydrogen economy

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Ripples In Spacetime: From Einstein To LIGO And Beyond

There's a new book out on gravitational waves, and it covers the history, science, people, and possibilities unlike any other.

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Mars rover sends home spectacular panorama

NASA's Mars rover Opportunity continues to perform some amazing feats despite being long overdue for its expected retirement. The rover, having ventured to a somewhat mysterious site that researchers call Perseverance Valley, has been doing its best to he

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Scientists have a new plan for finding extraterrestrial life in our Solar System

Humanity hasn't even scratched the surface of exploring the Milky Way galaxy, much less the rest of the universe, but when it comes to our own Solar System, we have a pretty good idea of what's here.

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Distant Kuiper Belt Object Observed By New Horizons NASA Team In Argentina

NASA researchers with the New Horizons team captured new images of a Kuiper Belt object over the weekend.

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US Navy Tests Laser Weapon That Can Hit Missiles At Speed Of Light

The speed of LaWs is 50,000 times the speed of an incoming intercontinental ballistic missile. The new technology does not need any heavy and costly missile.

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Quantum mechanical particles travel backwards, study confirms

A team of particle physicists and mathematicians have confirmed all quantum mechanical particles move backwards.

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Lawbreaking Particles May Point to a Previously Unknown Force in the Universe - Scientific American

Scientists aren’t yet certain that electrons and their relatives are violating the Standard Model of particle physics, but the evidence is mounting

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Archaeologists go high-tech in 2,500-year-old Greek cold case

More than 2,500 years ago, an Athenian nobleman named Cylon -- the first recorded Olympic champion -- tried to take over the city of Athens and install himself as its sole ruler. According to Thucydides and Herodotus, Athenian and Greek historians who wro

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This Aurora GIF From NASA Will Leave You Speechless

It's pretty easy to be continually in awe of space and new discoveries around it, but every now and then, NASA outdoes itself. This time it comes from a time-lapse video the organization released on June 30, showcasing the aurora australis lights in

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Space breakthrough: Scientists teleport photon from Earth to orbit

For the first time, scientists have successfully teleported a photon from the ground to a satellite in orbit.

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LHC: Charming Particle Xi-cc Discovered at Cern Fits with Standard Model and Opens New Window on the Universe

A new type of particle has been discovered by scientists at CERN using data from last year’s run of the Large Hadron Collider (LHC). The particle opens the door to a “new frontier” of physics, providing researchers with a new way to investigate the

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Does Dark Energy Exist? Einstein's General Relativity Could Rid Us of the Need for Universe's Most Mysterious Force

A renewed suggestion that dark energy may not be real—dispensing with 70 percent of the stuff in the universe—has reignited a longstanding debate. Dark energy and dark matter are theoretical inventions that explain observations we cannot otherwise und

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The whole universe fits in one image with a special trick of math

The universe is enormous — so vast that it's almost impossible to picture what it might...

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NASA’s latest Jupiter image will blow you away

This image, taken by the Juno spacecraft’s JunoCam, was snapped in May as the spacecraft raced passed Jupiter. I don’t have to tell you that it’s a spectacular and breathtaking look at the gas giant. Like the other incredible pictures we’ve seen o

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Was It All Just Noise? Independent Analysis Casts Doubt On LIGO's Detections

The LIGO team just recently announced their third robust event, consistent with merging black holes. But an unexplained effect might mean this isn't signal, but simply noise instead.

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The human brain sees the world as an 11-dimensional multiverse

New research suggests that the human brain is almost beyond comprehension because it doesn’t process the world in two dimensions or even three. No, the human...

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Elon Musk: SpaceX may launch its biggest and most powerful rocket in 3 months

Elon Musk has broken some tantalizing news about the biggest rocket ever built by his company...

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2017 Full Moon Calendar

Calendar with dates and times for the full moons of 2017.

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Trappist Solar System Formed As Planets Moved To Warmer Climate

The seven Earth-sized planets in the Trappist-1 solar system formed as their pieces moved toward the star and ice melted into water.

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Lockheed Martin Announces Progress in Hypersonic SR-72 Aircraft Program

Lockheed Martin's Advanced Development Programs discussed the future of the SR-71 Blackbird's successor: a Mach 6 strike and reconnaissance aircraft.

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Behold Jupiter’s Enormity With This Amazing Fly-By Video

A mathematician and an animator teamed up to compile 36 photos into one amazing video.

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LIGO detects more gravitational waves, from even more ancient and distant black hole collisions

These ripples in the very fabric of the universe were hypothesized by Einstein a century ago. Now scientists have detected them for the third time in a year and a half – ushering in a new era in astrophysics.

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Scientists may have found evidence of a parallel universe

The idea that we might be living in just one of an infinite number of universes has been fodder for scientific debate and sci-fi movie plots for a long time, but coming up with evidence to support the theory has been hard to come by.

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Aerospace Executive 'Absolutely Convinced' There Are Aliens On Earth | HuffPost

"There has been and is an existing ET presence. I spent more than anybody else in the U.S. has ever spent on this subject."

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Reports claim UFO whizzes past International Space Station

Video has surfaced that a UFO has flown past the ISS, but the reports are unconfirmed.

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Giant ring of galaxies scattered during Andromeda flyby challenges Einstein's theory of gravity

A huge ring of galaxies spanning 10 billion light years is challenging Albert Einstein's theory of gravity. In two papers, one published in the Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society and the other currently under review, scientists observed th

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Superluminal Speeds (faster than light)

This video features Professor Mike Merrifield from the University of Nottingham explaining a star appearing to a break the faster than light law.

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NASA’s Saturn spacecraft just delivered photos so stunning you’ll think they’re fake

NASA's Cassini spacecraft continues to delivery some truly jaw-dropping photographs from Saturn, and its most recent "Grand Finale" dive between the planet's rings has produced some of its most striking eye candy yet.

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Scientists discover supersized earthlike planet

American scientists have discovered a super-sized earthlike planet in a nearby star system that could support alien life.

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Quantum Physics: Are Entangled Particles Connected Via An Undetected Dimension?

Are entangled particles connected via another dimension, since they continue to be connected and a reflection of each other regardless of distance? This question was originally answered on Quora by Allan Steinhardt.

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NASA's Trappist-1 Planets Could Be Seeding Each Other with Alien Life

In February, NASA announced the discovery of seven potentially habitable planets within the TRAPPIST-1 solar system, just 40 light years from Earth. Scientists have now discovered that if life does exist it could be passed between the planets via space d

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All the American Flags On the Moon Are Now White

NASA has finally answered a long-standing question: all but one of the six American flags on the Moon are still standing up. Everyone is now proudly talking about it. The only problem is that they aren't American flags anymore.

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Top 10 Facts About The Apollo Mission That NASA Wanted To Keep Secret

Getting to the Moon was a fantastic achievement, and the technology was amazing. It also had the added complication of involving human beings. At the time,

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Physicists prove Einstein still wrong about quantum mechanics with record-breaking trapped ion tests

Physicists from a US government agency have made a breakthrough in proving that quantum mechanics can indeed be explained by classical physics, as well as showing that trapped ions could be the best method for reliably creating quantum entanglement, which

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GJ 1132b: Atmosphere rich in water detected around alien 'Earth-like' planet

Scientists have detected what they believe to be an atmosphere around an Earth-like exoplanet. The planet, GJ 1132b, is a super-Earth located 39 light years away, and research currently indicates it has an atmosphere rich in water and methane – potentia

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Cassini spacecraft to dive inside Saturn's rings for mission finale

NASA is preparing to send its long-lived Cassini probe into the unexplored region between Saturn and its rings for a scientific grand finale before the spacecraft's suicidal plunge into the planet, space officials said on Tuesday. Nathan Frandino rep

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Want to feel really small? Meet UY Scuti, the largest star in the universe

Have you ever looked up at the night sky and wondered just how big those twinkling lights really are? Meet UY Scuti, a star nearly 1,700 time larger than our Sun and the biggest in our galaxy.

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Quantum Physics News: Entangled Photons Can Originate From Different Points In Space

For the longest time, scientists thought that entangled particles emerged from the same point in space. New observations challenge this belief.

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Gorgeous video takes you on a trip above Mars

At the moment, NASA and other space agencies are operating satellites in orbit around Mars. The spacecraft are continuing to beam amazing images of the red planet's surface back to Earth, and some of the probes have even solved Martian mysteries in the pr

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Astronomers are set to peer into a black hole and take a picture of its event horizon

Ever since first mentioned by Jon Michell in a letter to the Royal Society in 1783, black holes have captured the imagination of scientists, writers, filmmakers and other artists. Black holes are regions of space inside which the pull of gravity is so st

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Juno spooks NASA, sends back wild images from Jupiter

Risk averse NASA has decided to keep its spacecraft Juno on the looonnnggg orbit of Jupiter. Earlier in February, the agency said it didn't want to risk firing the spacecraft's engines and bring it in for a closer zip around the mega-planet. Meanwhile, th

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Space buffs drool as NASA announces a major 'discovery beyond our solar system'

NASA will host a news conference on Wednesday to discuss recent discoveries of planets beyond our solar system. The even will begin at 1 p.m. ET. The public are invited to ask questions via Twitter with the hashtag #askNASA.

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Supernova spotted just hours after explosion

The first moments of a supernova — the spectacular explosion that marks the death of massive stars — have been spotted for the first time, astronomers announced Monday.

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Triple treat: Eclipse, comet, full moon all coming Friday night

Skywatchers will enjoy a rare space tripleheader: A penumbral lunar eclipse during the full "snow" moon and also the flyby of a comet.

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U.S. scientists create metallic hydrogen, a possible superconductor, ending quest

By Julie Steenhuysen CHICAGO (Reuters) - U.S. scientists have succeeded in squeezing hydrogen so intensely that it has turned into a metal, creating an entirely new material that might be used as a highly efficient electricity conductor at room temperatu

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NASA displays Apollo capsule hatch 50 years after fatal fire

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — A relic from America's first space tragedy is finally going on display this week, 50 years after a fire on the launch pad killed three astronauts at the start of the Apollo moon program.

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NASA's Moonwalking Apollo Astronauts: Then and Now

Only 18 people have flown on missions to the moon. Here are the astronauts of NASA's Apollo manned journeys to the lunar surface.

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Land On Titan With Huygens in Beautiful New Video

On December 25, 2004, the piggybacking Huygens probe was released from the ‘mothership’ Cassini spacecraft and it arrived at Titan on January 14, 2005. The

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A theory that challenges Newton's and Einstein’s gravity and nixes dark matter passed its first test — Quartz

Margot Brouwer of Leiden University is brave—and you need to be, if you're challenging Albert Einstein and Isaac Newton in one fell swoop. Brouwer and her colleagues believe that the laws of gravity, as determined by Newton and further expanded by Einst

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Six more fast radio bursts have been discovered coming from the same mystery cosmic source

Repeating FRBs came from same location far beyond the Milky Way where 10 had previously been detected.

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Black hole rips star apart, creating biggest blast ever seen

At first scientists thought the inconceivably bright flare was a supernova, but it turned out to be a far crazier cosmic collision

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NASA's EMDrive And The Quantum Theory Of Pilot Waves

The pilot wave model of quantum theory is an interesting idea, but it won't save the EMDrive.

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This surreal image of Saturn is not a painting

The new image shows off Saturn's hexagonal jet stream in the planet's north pole.

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Scientists develop method for precisely controlling electrons

Researchers have developed a method for more precisely controlling the emission of electrons through the tiny metal tip of an electron microscope.

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Smallest sliver of time yet measured sees electrons fleeing atom

Ultrafast lasers have measured how long electrons take to be booted from a helium atom with zeptosecond precision – trillionths of a billionth of a second

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New theory explains gravity better than Einstein's relativity

Dark matter and dark energy aren't needed to explain large-scale gravitational movements under the new theory.

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Impossible Spaceship Engine Called "EmDrive" Actually Works, Leaked NASA Report Reveals

Though scientists are still trying to figure out how it doesn’t violate the laws of physics.

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Argonne researchers posit way to locally circumvent Second Law of Thermodynamics where entropy always i

For more than a century and a half of physics, the Second Law of Thermodynamics, which states that entropy always increases, has been as clo...

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Next Big Future: MIT set nuclear fusion plasma record and proposes two Tokomak designs for vastly faster and lower cost

MIT set a new world record for plasma pressure in the Institute’s Alcator C-Mod tokamak nuclear fusion reactor. Plasma pressure is the key ...

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Give a 3D printer artificial intelligence, and this is what you’ll get

By retrofitting industrial robots with 3D printing guns and artificial intelligence algorithms, Ai Build has constructed machines that can see, create, and even learn from their mistakes.

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Gravitational Waves May Permanently Alter Spacetime

Finding evidence of gravitational-wave memory could help solve the black hole information paradox.

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Entangled Particles Reveal Even Spookier Action Than Thought

This finding comes from a close look at quantum entanglement, in which two particles that are "entangled" affect each other even when separated by a large distance. Now, researchers have found that even if they were to scrap this theory, allowin

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Electrons squeezed into 'one-dimensional' wires yield quantum effects

Scientists have witnessed quantum effects in electrons after squeezing them into "one-dimensional" wires.

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Curiosity Rover's Proximity To Possible Water Raises Planetary Protection Concerns - Universe Today

The Curiosity rover may need to divert its course soon, as its current path could cause it to contaminate a small pocket of water on Mars' surface

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Here's why a massive 1859 solar storm still terrifies scientists

A modern Carrington Event-level solar storm has the potential to devastate global infrastructure, and we have no way to predict if and when one could happen.

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What is the Speed of Light? - Universe Today

Since the late 17th century, scientists have been attempting to measure the speed of light, with increasingly accurate results

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NASA's EmDrive thruster just took an important leap forward

NASA's futuristic, physics-defying EmDrive thruster may have just taken an important leap toward silencing its critics, by reportedly passing a rigorous peer review process with a forthcoming paper.

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They’re not saying it’s aliens, but signal traced to sunlike star sparks SETI interest

SETI researchers are buzzing about a strong spike in radio signals that seemed to come from the direction of a sunlike star in the constellation Hercules, known as HD 164595. The signal conceivably fits the profile for an intentional transmission from an

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NASA just released a bunch of new incredible photos that you really need to see

Let your inner space geek rejoice! NASA just released over a 1,000 new photos of Mars and they’re so stunning that we’re…

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Has a New, Fifth Force of Nature Been Found?

Scientists have found evidence of a possible fifth force of nature, which could help lift the veil on the mysterious dark matter that's thought to dominate the universe.

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A Freaky Anti-Rubber Is Still Weirding Scientists Out | WIRED

Auxetics are a class of materials whose curious and complex properties have excited researchers for decades.

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Space Radiation Devastated the Lives of Apollo Astronauts | Observer

A startling new study has revealed that a high number of the lunar astronauts from NASA’s Apollo program are suffering high mortality rates.

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Einstein's clock: The doomed black hole to set your watch by | New Scientist

Every 12 years, a black hole at the centre of a distant galaxy completes an orbit around an even bigger black hole, marking this with a violent outburst

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8 Unexpected Things We Just Found Out About Jupiter

This is a truly historic opportunity and already, we’ve got some absolutely fascinating feedback from our probe. Thankfully, Cameron was kind enough to allow me to commandeer his article here at Paste to let you, the public, in on some of the amazing ne

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Astronomers Have Detected Clouds Of Water Outside Our Solar System

Scientists have found a dwarf star "dominated by water vapor and clouds, with an overall appearance that is strikingly similar to Jupiter."

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Newly Discovered Strange Planet Has 3 Suns

The planet is believed to be a relatively young 16 million years old. Exoplanets are planets that orbit a star other than our sun. "For much of the planet's year, the stars appear close together, giving it a familiar night side and day si

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NASA’s probe is now orbiting Jupiter and so are three Lego figures

In August 2011, NASA launched a probe (“Juno”) into space as part of one of its most ambitious projects to date. Today,…

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Scientists discovered a new shade of blue and it’s totally gorgeous

Sometimes, the best things happen by pure accident. Such is the case with a brand new gorgeous shade of blue, which Oregon…

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Hubble Space Telescope Catches a Glimpse of 'Fireworks' in Nearby Galaxy

The Hubble Space Telescope captured a celestial fireworks show in a miniature galaxy, coming just in time for the Fourth of July. The galaxy, named Kiso 5639, is located 82 million light-years away from Earth. A photo released by NASA shows just how busy

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Sun Has Likely Entered New Evolutionary Phase, Say Astronomers - Forbes

The Sun has likely already entered into a new unpredicted long-term phase of its evolution as a hydrogen-burning main sequence star --- one characterized by magnetic sputtering indicative of a more quiescent middle-age. Or so say the authors of a new pap

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NASA's New Horizons Views First Distant Kuiper Belt Object Beyond Pluto - Forbes

New Horizons mission goes way beyond Pluto, and can continue to teach us more about the amazing outer reaches of our Solar System.

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A lot of people are having trouble with this math problem that requires some basic algebra

Nothing like a viral mind boggling math problem to make you feel like you should have paid better attention in high school…

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Is Cause & Effect Limited By The Speed Of Light? - Forbes

How fast can a cause make an effect? Is there a speed limit? How much of the universe can you influence with any given action?

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Fermi paradox solved? Aliens won't contact us for 1,500 more years, says student

New calculation by Cornell student Evan Solomonides explains why we haven't been around long enough to expect a call from E.T.

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Apollo 19 Saturn V Rocket Stage Arrives at Infinity Science Center for Display

A huge Saturn V first stage, originally slated for use in NASA's Apollo moon program, has arrived at its new home: outside the Infinity Science Center in Mississippi.

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Something is off about one of Egypt's oldest and largest pyramids

The Great Pyramid of Giza, which was built for an Egyptian Pharaoh some 4,500 years ago, has been...

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Dark side of the moon: The grim history of NASA's space race - CNET

On this day in history: June 20 marks some important milestones in the dark history of human space exploration.

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There's a black hole in our galaxy, and it's not far from Earth

Black holes are more common than you may think. There’s even one in our galaxy. Close enough for scientists to actually observe its destructive nature.

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Watch astronaut Tim Peake explain why somersaults in the ISS don't make you dizzy

“On the ground the brain takes cues both from the motion of fluid in our inner ear, which is affected by our motion and by gravity, as well as from our vision to determine our position and motion.”

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Black holes not the end: Physical object could cross a wormhole into another part of the universe

Objects may be able to pass through a wormhole at the centre of a black hole despite extreme forces.

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What Does Mars Smell Like?

There may be ways to recreate whiffs of the Red Planet here on Earth, scientists say.

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NASA Will Return to the Moon in Preparation for Human Mars Mission

The 2018 mission will be launched from Kennedy Space Center and will travel to a distant orbit around the Moon.

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Hubble Reveals Universe Is Expanding Faster Than Expected

Using NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope, astronomers reveal that the universe is expanding 5 percent to 9 percent faster than expected. “This surprising finding may be an important clue to understanding those mysterious parts of the universe that make up

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Researchers think they've solved a Stonehenge mystery

Researchers in London think they have solved one of the most enduring mysteries of Stonehenge: How did a bunch of prehistoric Britons haul massive stones from a quarry in Wales to the site of the monument more than 100 miles?

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Ice on Mars: The Red Planet is going through an Ice Age - CNET

Data collected by NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter suggests the Red Planet is going through an ice age.

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How fast rockets must travel to escape planets

It takes a lot of fuel to reach that speed, which is why early rockets, like Apollo's Saturn V, were so big: They had to carry enough fuel to get to the moon.

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Giant space shuttle tank arrives in L.A. by sea - LA Times

The space shuttle external tank known as ET-94 never flew, but it finished a decidedly different journey, by sea, early Wednesday when it docked in Marina del Rey atop a sea barge.

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Hubble just captured one of the coolest photos of Mars ever taken | The Verge

A week ago, astronomers used NASA's Hubble Space Telescope to take this striking image of the Red Planet as it was 50 million miles away from Earth. The photo shows Mars' rusty landscape, its polar...

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How Does Light Travel? - Universe Today

Since ancient times, scientists have debated the true nature of light. Despite the progress we've made, there are still mysteries left to be resolved

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Step inside cockpit of US's iconic war planes - Business Insider

From the planes of World War I to the fighters and bombers that turned the tide against Hitler, the museum's virtual tour is an aviation nut's dream come true.

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Meet the largest unmanned world in our solar system - CNN.com

Many dwarf planets lurk in the depths of our solar system. Now astronomers believe one of those mysterious worlds is larger than originally thought.

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See SpaceX's 'fastest and hottest' Falcon 9 landing from three sides

SpaceX added another important entry in the history books by successfully landing the first stage of its Falcon 9 rocket on a drone ship at sea for the second time.

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Eclipses and Transits | NASA

NASA.gov brings you the latest images, videos and news from America's space agency. Get the latest updates on NASA missions, watch NASA TV live, and learn about our quest to reveal the unknown and benefit all humankind.

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Intelligent Alien Life Almost Certainly Existed Somewhere Else, Study Says

New calculations based on NASA data find that humans are probably not alone in the universe.

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3 new Earth-like planets found Researchers say the discovery opens up rich new territory in the search for extraterrestrial life

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Astronomers searching for life beyond our solar system may need to look no farther than a little, feeble nearby star.

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It rains diamonds on Saturn and Jupiter - Business Insider

Thanks to mind-bending heat and pressure, tiny diamonds fall from the skies like rain on a warm summer day.