Doomsday Debate: Asteroid Threat Could Divide Society
Doomsday asteroid
August 26th, 2014
Imagine an asteroid were hurtling toward Earth, with a 1-in-1,000 chance of hitting the planet. How would humanity respond to the news, and is there anything we could do about it?
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How Do Monster Black Holes Form? New Find May Provide 'Missing Link'
supermassive black hole illustration
August 19th, 2014
Black holes are some of the strangest objects in the universe, and they typically fall into one of two size extremes: "small" ones that are dozens of times more massive than the sun and other "supermassive" black holes that are billions of times larger th
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Interstellar Visitors? Dust Grains May Be From Outside Solar System
interstellar dust crater
August 14th, 2014
Sometimes it’s a good thing for science equipment to sit around gathering dust: A NASA spacecraft designed to do just that has captured several specks that may be from interstellar space, researchers say.
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Sea Plankton on Space Station? Russian Official Claims It's So
The International Space Station from above
August 21st, 2014
A Russian official claims that samples collected by cosmonauts show evidence of sea plankton on the outside of the International Space Station, news agencies are reporting.
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Celestial Snapshots of My Favorite Conjunctions (Op-Ed)
Jupiter, Venus and the moon, astronomy, photography
August 12th, 2014
To capture celestial conjunctions, you only need a tripod and camera.
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Distant Galaxies' Explosions Become Psychedelic Songs
gamma-ray burst illustration
August 6th, 2014
An astronomer and a graphic artist have teamed up to turn powerful explosions in distant galaxies into spellbinding music and animations. The unique celestial compositions are psychedelic and strangely beautiful.
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New Mineral Hints at Livable Mars
Nakhla meteorite
August 21st, 2014
A tiny, clay-filled bubble found in a Martian meteorite boosts the chances that Mars was habitable for life.
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The Right (Mental) Stuff: NASA Astronaut Psychology Revealed
astronaut, space, space walk, eva, floating in space
August 12th, 2014
Astronaut candidates have to undergo a psychological evaluation to determine if they have what it takes to fly on a NASA mission. How does the agency choose people with the right stuff?
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