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Science Scanner: Mars Rover Sets Off-Earth Distance Record; Infants Smell Mom’s Fear

Posted July 30th, 2014 at 7:19 pm (UTC+0)
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Opportunity Mars Rover Sets Record Although NASA’s newest Mars rover, Curiosity, has hogged most of the attention since landing on the Red Planet nearly two years ago, Opportunity, the space agency’s Mars rover, which preceded its newer sibling by about 8 years, is the one to set a new record. Opportunity mission officials said that, […]

Science Images of the Week

Posted July 25th, 2014 at 6:52 pm (UTC+0)
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Developing Countries Inundated with E-waste; Google Street View of Distant Galaxies; Setting Sun Gives Bats Direction

Posted July 23rd, 2014 at 5:54 pm (UTC+0)
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Where Does the World’s E-Waste Go? When you replace a PC, tablet, mobile or any kind of electronic device, do you ever wonder what happens to your old equipment? A new study finds that about 25 percent of all e-waste discarded by developed countries ends up in seven developing nations, posing severe health risks to people […]

Science Scanner: Curiosity’s Mars Selfie, Jurassic Caterpillar & an X-ray of Dark Matter?

Posted June 25th, 2014 at 7:26 pm (UTC+0)
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Odd X-ray Signal Might be Sign of Dark Matter Strange X-ray emissions from galaxy clusters– hundreds of galaxies connected to each other by gravity–are providing clues about mysterious dark matter. Dark matter–if it really does exist–is thought to be invisible, doesn’t produce or attract light, and makes up a majority, 84.5 percent, of the matter […]

Astronomers Capture 3D Images of Mysterious Intergalactic Matter

Posted April 30th, 2014 at 8:05 pm (UTC+0)
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For the first time, 3D images have been captured of a cosmological entity called the intergalactic medium (IGM).  Until now, the structure of IGM had been theoretical. The discovery could provide astronomers with a new understanding of galactic and intergalactic dynamics. The images were captured with an instrument built at the California Institute of Technology […]

Astronomers May Have Spotted A Moon Orbiting an Extrasolar Planet

Posted April 11th, 2014 at 7:32 pm (UTC+0)
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According to NASA, more than 1,000 extrasolar planets have been confirmed in recent years. There are also thousands more potential planets beyond our solar system that are waiting to be discovered. Now, an international group of astronomers think they may have found the first exomoon, or moon circling an exoplanet, some 1,800 light years away […]

Move Over Saturn, Scientists Find Rings Around Miniature Planet

Posted March 26th, 2014 at 6:01 pm (UTC+0)
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Whenever you think of a planet with rings around it, Saturn probably comes to mind first. Jupiter, Uranus and Neptune – the four outer giant planets - also have rings, but they’re not as bright, wide and colorful as Saturn’s. However, scientists in Chile now say they’ve discovered the first miniature planet with two rings circling it. The team […]

Hubble Watches and Records Rare Asteroid Disintegration

Posted March 7th, 2014 at 7:29 pm (UTC+0)
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NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope has captured some amazing and breathtaking images since it began scanning the cosmos in 1990.  But, from late last year into early this year, the space telescope was able to capture and record something that, until now, had never been seen before; the breakup of an asteroid located in the asteroid […]

Astronomers Spot Snow in Deep Space

Posted July 19th, 2013 at 8:01 pm (UTC+0)
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New fallen snow on a crisp winter morning can be a beautiful and inspiring sight.  But astronomers using the new Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) in Chile got really got a real thrill recently when they saw and imaged a snow fall in a very young solar system some 175 light years from Earth. The […]

Ultra-Light Planet Found Outside Solar System

Posted June 4th, 2013 at 6:28 pm (UTC+0)
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The European Southern Observatory (ESO) has discovered what appears to be the lightest planet ever to be directly observed outside of our Solar System. Astronomers made the discovery using the Very Large Telescope (VLT), located in Chile, which captured the faint object moving near a bright star about 300 light years from Earth. The possible […]

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