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Pine Island Glacier
Glaciers Melting Faster In West Antarctica Now Than 40 Years Ago: Study
Mar 27, 2014 09:58 AM E
The rate of glacial melt is increasing among six of the fastest-fraying Antarctic ice sheets, according to a study out this month.
Mars-like Chamber
Mars Simulation Chamber Mimics Planet's Atmosphere, Right Down To The Red Dust
Mar 25, 2014 11:01 AM E
A vacuum chamber developed in Spain for NASA can recreate the Martian surface in order to test instruments. It's designed to match the atmospheric pressure, gas composition, temperature, radiation, and swirling dust of the Red Planet.
JT
How To Attract A Woman On The Dance Floor: Move Your Head And Right Knee A Lot [VIDEO]
Mar 24, 2014 18:30 PM E
A new study in Biology Letters analyzes the dance moves men should do to attract women. Researchers from Northumbria University in England and the University of Gottingen in Germany used a motion capture system to record 30 male participants' dance moves, and show animated avatars of the dancing men to a group of women.
Exercising in Space
Space Makes Astronauts Weak; This Suit Aims to Toughen Them Up
Mar 23, 2014 12:24 PM E
Scientists developed a new space suit to help mitigate the negative health effects of a zero gravity environment.
Mercury
Is Mercury Still Shrinking? Astronomers Confirm The Littlest Planet Is Getting Littler
Mar 18, 2014 16:48 PM E
A team of scientists say they've studied photos of the surface of Mercury and have come to a certain conclusion: the planet's girth is about 8.6 miles smaller than it was in the beginning.
Ozone Hole
Newly discovered man-made gases pose threat to ozone layer
Mar 15, 2014 16:48 PM E
Four newly-discovered gases damaging the ozone layer were not in the atmosphere before the 1960s, leading a team of researchers at the University of East Anglia in the UK to deduce the gases are man-made and possibly created by the use of insecticides or solvents for cleaning electronic components.
James Webb Space Telescope
Finding Aliens: Atmosphere Data Could Help Identify Faraway Planets Like Earth [VIDEO]
Mar 08, 2014 15:20 PM E
The James Webb Space Telescope, set for launch in 2018, will immensely expand NASA's capabilities. One of them will be in the search for extra-terrestrial life by measuring the pressure and oxygen content of alien planets.
Asteroid Breakup
The Asteroid Breakup: Disintegration Right Before Astronomers' Eyes, For The First Time Ever
Mar 06, 2014 11:08 AM E
Astronomers watched over several months as an asteroid inexplicably disintegrated after more than 4 billion years intact.
Black Hole
Gastronomical Science: Professional Eaters Hoping To Watch A Black Hole Consuming A Gas Cloud [VIDEO]
Mar 03, 2014 14:50 PM E
The organization that runs Nathan's Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest has actually requested time at the Keck Observatory in Hawaii. Their bid to identify new "intake methods" was rejected.
Kepler-69c
Kepler Spacecraft Reveals 715 Unknown Exoplanets, Nearly Double Known To Humanity
Feb 26, 2014 17:17 PM E
NASA has unveiled a trove of hundreds of verified exoplanets, nearly doubling the number previously known to humanity. Among them, a handful were discovered to be similar to the Earth in size and distance from their stars.
Moon
Brightest-Ever Lunar Explosion: Meteorite Crashes Into Moon In 'Rare And Extraordinary Event' [VIDEO]
Feb 24, 2014 14:46 PM E
Spanish researchers say a meteorite which hit the moon on September 11, 2013, was the brightest and largest lunar impact to ever be observed. The 900-pound space rock struck the moon at 38,000 MPH, with an impact equivalent to 15 tons of TNT, creating a 131-foot-wide crater on the lunar surface.
Google's Global Forest Watch
Google's Global Forest Watch: Online Tool Tracks Deforestation In Near-Real Time [VIDEO]
Feb 21, 2014 18:07 PM E
Google's Global Forest Watch online tool allows users to see the destruction of forests in near-real time. Using satellites and user contributions, the tool will not only help users visualize deforestation but can help keep governments and companies from illegal deforestation. More than 500 million acres of forest were destroyed between 2000 and 2012.
Pulsar and Asteroid
The Pulsar Vs. The Billion-Ton Asteroid: Astronomers Say Distant Star Is Getting Slammed With Space Rocks
Feb 21, 2014 16:52 PM E
What happens when a billion-ton asteroid collides with an even more massive pulsar? According to observations from a team of astronomers, the asteroids get vaporized, but the pulsar doesn't walk away uninjured.
Supply Ship
International Space Station Takes Out The Trash: Garbage-Filled Supply Ship Will Incinerate In The Atmosphere [VIDEO]
Feb 18, 2014 16:56 PM E
The private space company Orbital Sciences Corp. completed its first supply mission to the International Space Station on Tuesday. Now all that's left is for the cargo spaceship to burn up in the atmosphere Wednesday afternoon over the Pacific Ocean.
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