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Giant Asteroid Vesta Has Mountain Taller Than Anything on Earth

A NASA spacecraft orbiting the asteroid Vesta is revealing new details about the huge space rock's surface, including a massive mountain that rises taller than Mt. Everest on Earth.

Electric plane wins $1.35M prize from NASA

A Pennsylvania-based team's electric-powered plane flew a 200-mile course to win a $1.35 million prize from NASA.


Scientist treating himself for cancer dies days before winning Nobel Prize

A pioneering scientist awarded the Nobel Prize for medicine Monday will receive the top science award -- despite the revelation that he had died a few days before the announcement.

Obama under fire over space plans

Breitbart.com 03.10.2011
Obama under fire over space plans

High-profile critics fear President Barack Obama's commercial overhaul of human spaceflight is going nowhere and could mark the end of half a century of US supremacy among the stars and planets.


ANOTHER satellite to crash land soon, and the odds of it hitting someone are even higher

The world was gripped by the Nasa UARS satellite that fell back to Earth last Saturday – and now there’s another that’s plummeting back from orbit. In late October or early November a Germany astronomy satellite – called ROSAT- will plunge uncontr...

Little threat to Earth from big asteroid: NASA

Fewer giant asteroids are out in space than once thought and most of the biggest near-Earth asteroids have been found, leaving little threat of one smashing into the planet, NASA said Thursday.


Satellite down? NASA hints that the end has come

After hours of worldwide suspense, NASA said it was working on Saturday to confirm the time and the place where its six-ton Upper Atmosphere Research Satellite made its fiery plunge to Earth.

Was Einstein wrong? Speed of light 'broken' by scientists

It was Albert Einstein, no less, who proposed more than 100 years ago that nothing could travel faster than the speed of light. But last night it emerged that the man who laid the foundations for the laws of nature may have been wrong.


Earth to satellite: When will you hit and where?

MARCIA DUNN My Way News 23.09.2011
Earth to satellite: When will you hit and where?

NASA scientists are doing their best to tell us where a plummeting six-ton satellite will fall later this week. It's just that if they're off a little bit, it could mean the difference between hitting Florida or landing on New York. Or, say, Iran ...

Defunct NASA satellite to crash to Earth this week

A defunct NASA science satellite is expected to fall back to Earth on Friday, showering debris somewhere on the planet although scientists cannot predict exactly where, officials said.


Huge Defunct Satellite Falling to Earth Faster Than Expected, NASA Says

NASA space junk experts have refined the forecast for the anticipated death plunge of a giant satellite, with the U.S. space agency now predicting the 6 1/2-ton climate probe will plummet to Earth around Sept. 23, a day earlier than previously rep...

Feeling pain? The computer can tell

Julie Steenhuysen Reuters 14.09.2011
Feeling pain? The computer can tell

Can a computer tell when it hurts? It can if you train it, U.S. researchers said on Tuesday. A team at Stanford University in California used computer learning software to sort through data generated by brain scans and detect when people were in p...


Hong Kong scientists make great strides in lunar mapping

Surveying experts of The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) have successfully developed methodologies for precise mapping of the Moon, after intensive analysis of the data captured by the Chinese lunar orbiter ChangE-1 and other lunar explor...

NASA launches twin satellites to study insides of moon

A pair of spacecraft rocketed toward the moon Saturday on the first mission dedicated to measuring lunar gravity and determining what’s inside Earth’s orbiting companion – all the way down to the core.


'Super-Earth,' 1 of 50 Newfound Alien Planets, Could Potentially Support Life

More than 50 new alien planets — including one so-called super-Earth that could potentially support life — have been discovered by an exoplanet-hunting telescope from the European Southern Observatory (ESO).

Phase one of world's first commercial spaceport is now 90% completed - in time for first flights in 2013

Phase one of the world's first commercial spaceport, which will be the hub for Virgin's consumer spaceflights, is now 90 per cent complete.


Electric motor made from a single molecule

Jason Palmer BBC News 07.09.2011
Electric motor made from a single molecule

Researchers have created the smallest electric motor ever devised. The motor, made from a single molecule just a billionth of a metre across, is reported in Nature Nanotechnology.

Amazon Chief's Spaceship Misfires

ANDY PASZTOR The Wall Street Journal 04.09.2011
Amazon Chief's Spaceship Misfires

An unmanned spaceship funded by Internet billionaire Jeff Bezos veered out of control and had to be destroyed during a recent test flight, highlighting the dramatic risks of private space ventures.


Cloud control: Giant lasers fired into the sky could be used to create rainfall

Britons are notoriously obsessed with the weather, especially rainclouds. Now, according to scientists, it seems they will soon be able to create their own washout conditions. Using a powerful laser, researchers have created water droplets in the ...

Why we're right to trust our gut instincts: Scientists discover first decision IS the right one

Go on your gut feeling when setting goals - because more often than not it'll be right, researchers have revealed. According to a study by Canada's University of Alberta, when it comes to working out where the future lies your unconscious mind is ...



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