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Ancient Zircon Reveals Age of Earth’s Crust

Posted February 26th, 2014 at 5:43 pm (UTC+0)
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A tiny sliver of ancient zircon reveals the crust of our planet formed at least 4.4 billion years ago—160 million years after the birth of the solar system, according to a new study. Earth itself is believed to be about 4.5 billion years old. The researchers examined some of the oldest materials ever found on […]

Survey Reveals American’s Attitudes About Science and Technology

Posted February 14th, 2014 at 9:27 pm (UTC+0)
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Americans like scientists.  They’re really interested in learning all about the latest scientific breakthroughs too.  But, unfortunately, it appears that a number of them can also use some tutoring to learn and better understand science. This bit of insight into the American public’s perception and understanding of science was determined by a survey of more […]

Planetary Scientists Get Into Balloon Game

Posted February 10th, 2014 at 7:45 pm (UTC+0)
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A new device developed by NASA will help planetary scientists take advantage of high altitude research balloons, a relatively inexpensive observational platform that has long been used by other scientists. The balloons, which can climb to the edge of space, have been utilized by researchers  across multiple scientific disciplines, helping them to make groundbreaking findings. […]

Sleeping Comet Chaser to Get Wake-Up Call

Posted January 17th, 2014 at 8:26 pm (UTC+0)
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The European Space Agency’s comet chasing Rosetta spacecraft is about to wake up from a 31-month nap, which was induced to conserve power after the vehicle ventured too far from the sun. While ESA officials are confident Rosetta will respond when they try to rouse it this Monday, Jan. 20, they also realize anything could […]

The Sun is About to Flip Its (Magnetic) Poles

Posted November 15th, 2013 at 9:37 pm (UTC+0)
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Here at Science World, one of our favorite topics is the sun. We’ve been able to provide you with a number of informational pieces regarding events and phenomena such as the ebb and flow of the sun’s activity throughout its roughly 11 year solar cycle. As the sun goes through this process – from when […]

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 […]

Far-away Planet Found to be Same Color as Earth

Posted July 12th, 2013 at 7:16 pm (UTC+0)
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The Hubble Space Telescope has helped scientists determine the color of a planet outside of our Solar System for the first time. Located about 63 light years from Earth, the planet known as HD 189733b would be a deep cobalt blue if viewed at close range, similar to Earth’s color as seen from space. Despite […]

IRIS: New NASA Spacecraft to Study Mysterious Region of Sun’s Atmosphere

Posted June 28th, 2013 at 8:25 pm (UTC+0)
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Did you know that the Sun’s outer atmosphere, or corona, is much hotter than its surface? Scientists have been quite curious about a mysterious interface region of the Sun’s atmosphere that amplifies energy from about 5,800 degrees Kelvin on the surface, or photosphere, to around 1,000,000 degrees Kelvin in the corona. With Thursday’s launch of […]

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 […]

Glitch Jeopardizes Planet Hunter’s Mission

Posted May 17th, 2013 at 7:14 pm (UTC+0)
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A malfunction could force an abrupt end to the Kepler Space Telescope’s planet-hunting mission. NASA received the unwelcome news last Sunday after discovering Kepler had malfunctioned and is currently operating in a self-protective “safe-mode” as it also did earlier this month. The US space agency made the news public this past Wednesday. It appears at […]

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