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The European Space Agency had its own special way of marking a memorial service for astrophysicist Professor Stephen Hawking. At the same time his ashes were interred at Westminster Abbey in London, the ESA beamed music featuring Hawking's famously synthesized voice towards the closest-known black hole.
By: dave
Tuesday, Jun 19th 2018 (12:00am) | Thanks: digg
Every eleven years or so, plasma will spew hundreds of thousands of kilometers out from the sun's surface.

Dr. Phil Plait explains the phenomenon.
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Thursday, Jun 14th 2018 (9:08am)
The three-person Expedition 56/57 crew launched into space from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan this morning (June 6). On their way to the rocket, the crew - or at least Russian cosmonaut Sergey Prokopyev - did something odd: Reportedly, as in the past, the bus transporting them would stop, and the male crewmembers will urinate on the back-right tire of their ride.
By: dave
Monday, Jun 11th 2018 (12:00am) | Thanks: boingboing
So, as we grow older, why do men get weird hair configurations on the upper arm, across the back, in the nose and ears, but atop the dome, it starts to thin?

Read on and find out.
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Saturday, Jun 9th 2018 (12:00am)
What would Stuart Little make of it? Mice have been created whose brains are half human. As a result, the animals are smarter than their siblings.

The idea is not to mimic fiction, but to advance our understanding of human brain diseases by studying them in whole mouse brains rather than in dishes.

The altered mice still have mouse neurons – the “thinking” cells that make up around half of all their brain cells. But practically all the glial cells in their brains, the ones that support the neurons, are human.

“It’s still a mouse brain, not a human brain,” says Steve Goldman of the University of Rochester Medical Center in New York. “But all the non-neuronal cells are human.”
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Thursday, May 31st 2018 (1:11am)
The thought of terraforming an entire planet is likely more science fiction than science fact. For example, in this clip, we are presented with the idea of starting the process with nuclear bombs. Someone didn't think of residual radiation.

Also, Mars has no magnetic field. The solar wind particles would rip most of the atmosphere away and dry up all the water.
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Thursday, May 10th 2018 (12:00am)
Don't let this play on words amuse you too much. There's some real science going on.
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Thursday, Apr 26th 2018 (12:29am)
Climate change is an increasingly dangerous antagonist, and we're not doing a great job curtailing it. Which is why, in the not too distant future, we may have to undertake a new, Manhattan Project-style endeavor to hold back the rising mercury. Once a fringe idea, there’s now a growing possibility we'll build machines that will, in a manner of speaking, darken the Sun.
By: dave
Thursday, Apr 26th 2018 (12:02am) | Thanks: digg
Take a virtual tour of the Moon in all-new 4K resolution, thanks to data provided by NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter spacecraft. As the visualization moves around the near side, far side, north and south poles, we highlight interesting features, sites, and information gathered on the lunar terrain.
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Saturday, Apr 14th 2018 (12:00am)
NASA has two teams of researchers working to design a robotic bee that can fly on Mars. The space agency announced the project on March 30. It's in its early stages, but the idea is to replace modern rovers - which are slow, bulky and very expensive - with swarms of sensor-studded, fast-moving micro-bots that can cover much more ground at a relatively low cost.
By: dave
Thursday, Apr 12th 2018 (12:00am)
An awesome video that will teach you about everything in our Universe in a way, you'll never forget.
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Friday, Apr 6th 2018 (12:00am)
Most galaxies that astronomers observe today appear to have about five times as much dark matter as ordinary matter. Apparently, NGC1052-DF2 has no dark matter.
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Thursday, Mar 29th 2018 (12:00am)
You might think that the problems and technological hurdles were the issue.
You might think that the costs involved were the issue.
You might think that finding volunteers for the two year trip (each way) was the problem.
You'd probably be wrong on all counts.
Our friends at Business Insider have a presentation of what they think the real reason is.
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Saturday, Mar 3rd 2018 (12:00am)
A short (40 second) clip with accompanying text explanation of what occurs each day on our Earth as our magnetic and geographic equators are exposed to the light and heat of the Sun.
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Saturday, Mar 3rd 2018 (12:00am)
There was a second payload on board the SpaceX Falcon Heavy that launched Tuesday (Feb. 6), and (unlike the Tesla Roadster) it's built to last 14 billion years.
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Friday, Feb 16th 2018 (12:00am)
Both Darwin and U.S. President Abraham Lincoln were born on Feb. 12, 1809. Happy Darwin Day to everyone!

The legendary naturalist may have revolutionized modern science, but he also loved backgammon, dabbled in Buddhism and couldn't stand the sight of blood.
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Monday, Feb 12th 2018 (1:13am)
Astronomers and visualization specialists from NASA's Universe of Learning program have combined visible and infrared vision of the Hubble and Spitzer space telescopes to create an unprecedented, three-dimensional, fly-through view of the picturesque Orion Nebula, a nearby star-forming region.
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Monday, Jan 22nd 2018 (12:00am)
So you have more than just a casual interest in the heavens above. In fact, you're an armchair astronomer with two telescopes. Naturally, this list will appeal to you.
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Monday, Jan 15th 2018 (12:00am)
Ah, that addicting white powder.

Have you ever felt the tiring effects of a “food coma” or “sugar crash” after eating candy or a big meal? According to researchers in New Zealand, simple sugars really do slow a person’s brain down and makes you lose focus.
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Thursday, Jan 11th 2018 (4:16pm)
Oh, it's that time of year again where lists are compiled of the best, the worst, the most interesting, etc. Here's Ryan F. Mandelbaum's list.
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Thursday, Dec 28th 2017 (12:00am)
Neil deGrasse Tyson called out flat-earthers — here's what would happen if the Earth were actually flat.
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Tuesday, Dec 5th 2017 (12:01am)
There’s a point beyond which the mind of humanity is unable to cognize without resorting to rave flyer graphics.
By: ZiB
Sunday, Dec 3rd 2017 (12:00am)
Astronomers are now certain that the mysterious object detected hurtling past our sun last month is indeed from another solar system. They have named it 1I/2017 U1(’Oumuamua) and believe it could be one of 10,000 others lurking undetected in our cosmic neighborhood.
By: dave
Thursday, Nov 23rd 2017 (12:00am)
Using a relatively new technique that has been more commonly used to map lava tubes, a strange chamber has been discovered in one of Egypt's largest pyramids.
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Friday, Nov 3rd 2017 (12:00am)
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