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Incredible Hubble Telescope 'Frontier Fields' Photo Shows Deepest-Ever View Of Universe
Jan 07, 2014 19:08 PM E
The Hubble Telescope has captured an incredible image of Abell 2744, a galaxy cluster 3.5 billion light-years from earth. The photo is the first from the Hubble "Frontier Fields" program and is the deepest-ever view of the galaxy. Hubble will create five more Frontier Fields images over the next three years.
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Polar Vortex 2014 Brings Rare, Widespread Arctic Freeze To Huge Swath Of US
Jan 06, 2014 15:59 PM E
The 2014 polar vortex has brought frigid temperatures to the U.S., with some of the lowest temperatures in 20 years. A polar vortex as large as the current one pushes south into the U.S. only once a decade or so. The frigid, below-zero temperatures should abate later this week.
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First Asteroid Of 2014 Hits Earth But Probably Burned Up Over Atlantic Ocean
Jan 03, 2014 16:27 PM E
The first asteroid of 2014 hit on either January 1 or January 2, probably burning up in the sky off the coast of West Africa. Asteroid 2014 AA is only the second asteroid to ever be spotted before it hit earth. The asteroid was between seven and ten feet, not nearly as large as the 60-foot Chelyabinsk Meteor that struck in February 2013.
Beyonce's Song Includes the Sound of the Explosion That Killed This Astronaut
Beyonce "Trivialized" Challenger Tragedy That Killed 7, Says Widow And NASA
Dec 31, 2013 13:53 PM E
Beyonce's inclusion of the sound effect of the Challenger exploding has offended the widow of the space shuttle's commander, as well as NASA, and rightly so.
Space Food
If You’re Weightless In Space, Can You Get Crispy French Fries? Greek Researchers Cooking Up Comfort Food For Astronauts
Dec 29, 2013 10:36 AM E
Researchers at Aristotle University of Thessaloniki in Greece are experimenting with the effect of increased gravity on frying potatoes and have found a way to make perfectly crispy French fries in 3-g, which is three times the gravity of Earth.
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'Super Ball Bot' Rover: NASA's Crazy Wheel-Free Robot Could Bounce Around Planets One Day [VIDEO]
Dec 27, 2013 16:51 PM E
The Super Ball Bot, a conceptual tensegrity robot, may be the future of rovers sent to other planets and moons. The lightweight, revolutionary robot has no wheels, but is composed of cables and rods instead. Unlike a traditional rover, like Curiosity, multiple Super Ball Bots could be dropped on a planet, coordinating their activity with one another.
Rescue Robot From Schaft Tops DARPA Competition
DARPA Robotics Challenge Winner: Rescue Robot Created By Japanese Company Owned by Google [VIDEO]
Dec 26, 2013 10:15 AM E
A rescue robot developed by Tokyo-based Scaft, which was recently acquired by Google, took top honors in a competition that put 16 humanoid robots through their paces in performing disaster-related tasks, including as climbing a ladder, driving a car, clearing debris, and walking across uneven terrain.
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ISS Spacewalk 2013: Astronauts Make Rare Christmas Eve Repair To Cooling System
Dec 24, 2013 14:28 PM E
ISS astronauts performed a rare Christmas Eve spacewalk today to repair part of the station's cooling system. The Christmas Eve spacewalk was the second one of the week. On Saturday, astronauts removed the faulty cooling pump; they replaced the pump today.
Island
Niijima, The New Volcanic Island In Japan Isn't Sinking, As Some Predicted — It's Growing
Dec 20, 2013 17:05 PM E
When volcanic activity under a Japanese island chain sprouted new earth last month, the government was hesitant to name the inchoate land mass. Now, the island appears not to be going anywhere.
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DARPA Robotics Challenge 2013: 17 Teams To Compete In 'Robot Olympics' This Week
Dec 19, 2013 13:52 PM E
Seventeen teams will compete in the DARPA Robotics Challenge this week. DARPA is looking for robots that can perform search-and-rescue oeprations alongside humans. The finals will be held next year, with one winner taking home a $2 million prize.
Mars North Pole
Amazing Video Of Mars North Pole Zooms In On Polar Ice Cap 1,000 Kilometers In Diameter [VIDEO]
Dec 16, 2013 10:02 AM E
The European Space Agency's Mars Express has provided a 3D animation of the Mars North Pole. The video of the red planet's polar region was created using data from a sounding instrument that uses low-frequency radio waves beamed toward Mars that are reflected back and gauge the depths of rock, water and ice.
Universe
Collapse Of The Universe Could Happen Sooner Than We Thought, Or Not At All
Dec 14, 2013 14:25 PM E
Scientists have been looking into the possibility that the universe could collapse within itself. A theory, known as "phase transition," says that it will begin in one area of the universe, and eat away at the rest over time.
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Hubble Space Telescope Finds Evidence Of Water Plumes On Jupiter's Moon Europa
Dec 13, 2013 18:20 PM E
Evidence of water plumes have been detected on Jupiter's moon Europa by the Hubble Space Telescope. Hubble didn't see the plumes, but collected strong evidence that the plumes exist due to hydrogen and oxygen levels there. If there is water on Europa, then that of course opens the possibility of extraterrestrial life.
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Gaia Telescope Launches Next Week: Space Observatory Will Create Stunning 3D Map Of Milky Way
Dec 12, 2013 13:26 PM E
The Gaia telescope launch date has been set for December 20, 2013. Gaia will create a 3D map of the Milky Way that will "transform our ideas about the cosmos," according to Gerry Gilmore, a lead scientist for the mission.
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