SpaceX launches Transporter-3, a mission containing numerous small microsatellites and nanosatellites for commercial and government use. (Jan. 13)
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'Star Wars' fan and Russian YouTuber Alex Burkan was recognized by Guinness World Records for creating the world's first retractable lightsaber.
NASA’s Curiosity Rover continues to send back new information about the Red Planet on a frequent basis. The latest discovery brings news of an interesting carbon signature that we didn’t expect to see on Mars. Following analyzations of rock samples returned by the rover, NASA announced that several of the samples are rich in a … The post NASA may have discovered evidence of ancient life on Mars appeared first on BGR.
Octopuses are from space. I know, that sounds like the opening line of a cheesy science fiction movie from the black and white days of Hollywood. But it’s actually the main part of the argument behind a research paper published in an actual peer-reviewed journal. The paper was published in the journal Progress in Biophysics … The post New scientific paper claims octopuses are actually aliens from outer space appeared first on BGR.
That lake of liquid water on Mars you might have heard about a few years ago — it was probably all an optical illusion.The very big picture: University of Texas researchers this week punctured claims that liquid water was detected under Mars' ice-covered south pole in 2018.Get market news worthy of your time with Axios Markets. Subscribe for free.What they found: It's probably just a dusty mirage, per their report in Geophysical Research Letters.Earlier teams of scientists thought they had found
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Venus joined Mars in the morning sky late last month and is very bright. Mercury will be low in the east.
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The world-famous Meteor Crater and Barringer Space Museum in Arizona is a stunning natural wonder, with a wealth of interesting stops along the way.
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A chunk of SpaceX rocket that has drifted through space for years is on a collision course with the moon
Astronomers tracking space junk predict it will crash into the moon in March, making it potentially the first bit of space junk to ever land there.
With rapid COVID-19 tests from the government starting to arrive in the mail, it's crucial to know how to take care of those tests properly.
Security experts say a quantum computing leap could crack open all our secrets - so should we worry?
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Humankind is one step closer to making nuclear fusion – the very process that powers stars – a viable energy source.ZYLSTRA: "I think this is a very exciting time. You know, people have been working on fusion for many decades, and this is literally decades in the making.”U.S. government scientists have announced hitting a huge milestone called “a burning plasma,” which marks a step toward self-sustaining nuclear fusion energy.Alex Zylstra is an experimental physicist at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory."We are publishing findings that for the first time we've been able to create what we call a burning plasma in the laboratory. And burning plasma is one that's related to fusion energy research. And it's a system in which the fuel is mostly heating itself. In the past, we've always had to provide external heating to the fuel to get it hot. But now the fusion is actually doing most of the work for us."Using the world’s largest laser, the researchers coaxed fusion fuel for the first time to heat itself beyond the heat they zapped into it.The energy they produced was modest – about the equivalent of nine nine-volt batteries – but the experiments represent a big step in the decades-long quest.The scientists cautioned that years of more work are needed.“From there, the next step is actually we want to try to get to the point where the fuel is heating itself so fast that it can overcome mechanisms that reduce the temperature of the fuel. That would be what we would call ignition. Beyond there, we still need to show that we can produce more energy from fusion than we take to actually start the experiment.”Unlike burning fossil fuels or the fission process of existing nuclear power plants, fusion offers the prospect of abundant energy without pollution.Zylstra is encouraged by the progress.“You know, there's many milestones that are being reported in the last few years. It's quite an exciting time for, for fusion. And I think it's also important to note that this particular milestone that we're reporting now is, is exciting because it's the first time that we're able to study how the fusion fuel behaves under these sorts of conditions, and that's key for building our understanding to guide the path forward."
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Plan C has everything from food halls to research centers
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Space Force calculations show a downgraded forecast for SpaceX's Thursday launch, a mission that will include sonic booms as the booster lands.
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Collapse of Florida-sized glacier may happen soon, raising sea levels and threatening coastal cities
A team of international scientists say the Thwaites Glacier can rapidly raise sea levels if the ice shelf holding it in place breaks.
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Scientists at Medical College of Georgia led a consortium that found for the first time genetic flaws that increase the risk of severe COVID-19.
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Archaeologists have resumed excavating a historic property in York Village ahead of the developer’s original schedule.
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Astronomers observed a mysterious object in the Milky Way that periodically releases a giant burst of energy. The object could be a magnetar, a type of neutron star.
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Elon Musk reached out to a 19-year-old last fall over Twitter DM to ask him to stop tracking his flights
China said it will strengthen its governance in space over the next five years to better protect its assets and interests, including the study of plans to build a near-earth object defence system and cooperation with other nations. China will also strengthen space traffic control, improve its space debris monitoring system, and build an integrated space-ground space climate monitoring system, according to a white paper published by the Chinese government on Friday. At the same time, China will seek to actively participate in the formulation of international rules on outer space under the framework of the United Nations, and work jointly with other countries to address the challenges in ensuring long-term sustainability of outer space activities.
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‘The Enigma’ is a 555.55-carat diamond, heavier than both the Great Star of Africa and the Golden Jubilee
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Ancient humans used the oldest-known drinking straws to sip beer out of communal party bowls, new study suggests
Archaeologists believed the three-foot metal tubes were scepters. Instead, barley residue and built-in strainers hint they may have been beer straws.