• Something 'scary' went wrong with NASA's probe to Pluto

    On July 4, NASA got an unexpected surprise: Its spacecraft, New Horizons, cut off communications...

    Business Insider
  • Vital Russian cargo ship reaches the International Space Station

    After two failed attempts in a row, the International Space Station is once again getting fresh supplies. Russia's Progress 60 cargo spacecraft has successfully docked, bringing with it important batches ...

  • Dazzling Interactive Video Shows What Humans Can't See From Earth

    If you think asteroids are rare, it's only because they're so small and dark and hard to see. An eye-opening new video (above) shows what the night sky would look like if we could see the near-Earth asteroids astronomers have discovered -- it's quite a swarm."We're essentially flying around the sun…

    Huffington Post
  • Colorful Arctic Animals Revealed in Thousands of Undersea Images

    New photographs of fluorescent sea creatures — including bright orange animals that resemble feather dusters with long, skinny handles, and spongy, neon-pink anemones — on the Arctic seafloor could help researchers determine how much methane, a potent greenhouse gas, will make its way to the…
  • Suspected Congo Ebola victims test negative for the virus

    Six hunters in the Democratic Republic of Congo who fell sick and were suspected to have Ebola have tested negative for the virus, the health minister said on Saturday. The government and World Health Organization investigated a possible outbreak about 270 km (170 miles) northeast of the capital…

  • Silicon Valley struggles to pitch water-saving tech to farmers

    Olivier Jerphagnon needed a customer. So he drove toward the farmland north of Fresno, with his marketing director by his side.

    Los Angeles Times
  • How to Keep People From Bugging Out About Eating Insects

    Years ago in a South American rainforest, the researcher I was visiting announced with something like joy that he had just found some palm beetle grubs. They were fat, yellow, and the length of my fingers, and when we sautéed them with garlic in a frying pan, the skins took on a lovely al dente…
  • Red, White & Blue! Stars Cluster in Festive Cosmic Portrait

    Reminiscent of the colors in the American flag, and released just in time for America's Independence Day on July 4 , the image shows open star cluster NGC 2367 and the surrounding hydrogen gas. The stars of NGC 2367 are young and hot, and shine with a brilliant blue light.
  • Pluto Probe Suffers Glitch 10 Days Before Epic Flyby

    A glitch caused NASA's New Horizons spacecraft to go dark for more than an hour Saturday (July 4), just 10 days before its historic flyby of Pluto. "During that time, the autonomous autopilot on board the spacecraft recognized a problem and — as it’s programmed to do in such a situation — switched…
  • International Space Station resupplied for the first time in months

    The International Space Station has just received its first new supplies since April 14th. There was a bit of tension around the normally-uneventful, unmanned resupply mission because the two prior attempts to supply ISS failed. Last week, SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket exploded just minutes after…

    The Verge
  • Ebola Returns to Liberia: Where Did It Come From, and Could It Spread?

    The return of Ebola in Liberia — with three new cases reported this week in the previously Ebola-free country — is worrisome, and raises questions about whether Liberia was really free of the disease to begin with, experts say. Liberian health officials reported the death of a 17-year-old boy from…
  • Washington woman's measles death is first in US since 2003

    SEATTLE (AP) — A woman killed by measles in Washington state had been vaccinated against the disease as a child but succumbed because she had a compromised immune system, a local health official told a TV station.

    Associated Press
  • Solar-Powered Plane Soars to New World Records

    A solar-powered airplane currently soaring over the Pacific Ocean, from Japan to Hawaii, has set a slew of new world records, logging the farthest and longest flights made so far in a solar-powered aircraft. The Solar Impulse 2 plane set the new distance and duration records when it flew 3,519…
  • Relief as Russian cargo ship docks at space station

    An unmanned Russian cargo ship successfully docked with the International Space Station on Sunday following a string of failed attempts to resupply the orbital laboratory. "The transport cargo ship Progress M-28M has docked with the... Russian segment of the ISS at 10:11am Moscow time (0711 GMT),"…

  • After the SpaceXplosion, What's Next for SpaceX?

    Short answer: Months of hunting for answers. Longer answer: Less money?

    Motley Fool
  • NASA Slammed a Probe Into a Comet 10 Years Ago Today

    When you're watching the fireworks displays this Fourth of July, take a moment to reflect on some cosmic pyrotechnics that NASA pulled off a decade ago. On July 4, 2005, while zooming along millions of miles from Earth, NASA's Deep Impact spacecraft released an 820-lb. (370 kilograms) probe that…
  • New Horizons space probe suffers glitch on approach to Pluto

    NASA scientists were working on Sunday to revive the New Horizons spacecraft after it suffered a computer malfunction just nine days before it was due to fly past Pluto. On Saturday, an unknown glitch caused New Horizons to switch to a backup computer, which triggered an 81-minute break in radio…