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This Week In Space: Punch-Drunk Comets And Black Hole Bling

A party comet that brings its own supplies, an X-ray flare burped from a black hole, and the sad fate of a Russian cosmonaut who became the first person to die in space highlight this week's information about space.

Feature | Science October 30, 2015

Rosetta Scientists Find Oxygen On Comet 67P: How This Gas Came To Be Formed On The Space Rock

The European Space Agency's Rosetta spacecraft has detected traces of molecular oxygen on the 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko comet. Scientists are now trying to determine how the gas was formed on the comet when earlier theories suggest that it should have been annihilated during the formation of the solar system.

Feature | Science October 29, 2015

This Week In Space: Pluto's Moon Kerberos Has Some Delightful Curves, Scott Kelly Goes 'Back To The Future'

This week in space, New Horizons discovered that Kerberos, Pluto's most mysterious moon, has an unusual shapely figure, and Scott Kelly celebrates the 30th anniversary of the 'Back to the Future' trilogy in the only way he knows how.

Feature | Science October 24, 2015

NASA To Use Earth-Observing Satellites To Track 2015 El Niño Event From Space

NASA satellites are set to improve data on El Niño effects. WMO stated the 2015 to 2016 El Niño is already underway and appears to be at par with the 1997 to 1998 El Niño statistics, the worst recorded by far.

Feature | Science October 21, 2015

This Week In Space: The Truth (aka Alien Life) Is (Possibly) Out There, But No One Wants To Give NASA Money

This week in space, we might have our first signs of extraterrestrial life, but we'll never be able to reach them in person if Congress doesn't give NASA funding for its Mars exploration. On the bright side, Scott Kelly takes excellent photos from the ISS.

Feature | Science October 16, 2015

Why Do Humans Have Weird Eyes?

No other primates have 'whites' in their eyes. Why? It's partly to sniff out liars.

Feature | Science October 15, 2015

Human Hunting Or Climate Change? New Study Reveals Secret To Woolly Mammoth's Extinction

New chemical evidence extracted from prehistoric tusks suggests that the extinction of the woolly mammoth was likely caused by overhunting in the part of early human civilizations. This adds to the ongoing debate of whether humans actually triggered the disappearance of the giant mammals or if it was caused by climate change.

Feature | Science October 21, 2015

How Pebbles On Mars Were Carried By Long-Gone Rivers For Tens Of Miles

Researchers from the University of Pennsylvania and the Budapest University of Technology and Economics have discovered that the shape and mass of certain objects can help reveal their natural history. They used this method to uncover new secrets about the presence of water on ancient Mars.

Feature | Science October 14, 2015

Researchers Forecast Drier Horn Of Africa As Climate Continues To Warm

Scientists at the University of Arizona have discovered evidence from ancient marine sediments that the Horn of Africa is increasingly becoming more arid at an unprecedented rate as a consequence of the continued warming of the Earth's climate.

Feature | Science October 11, 2015

This Week In Space: Pluto Tries To One-Up Mars, NASA Sending Astronauts To The Red Planet

Pluto tries to outshine Mars with its own ice water discovery, and NASA gives a brief rundown of how it's going to send humans up to the Red Planet.

Feature | Science October 9, 2015

Genome Sequencing Of 4,500-Year-Old African DNA Helps Solve Mystery Of Ancient Mass Migration

Scientists at the University of Cambridge sequenced a 4,500-year-old genome in order to find out more information on a large migration of Wester Eurasians into the African continent that occurred around 3,000 years ago.

Feature | Science October 9, 2015

Why Haven't They Responded To Your Email? USC Study Says There Are A Number Of Factors

Researchers at USC in collaboration with Yahoo Labs decided to figure out the factors that determine why it sometimes takes so long to get a simple email response — and why it might seem so curt. The takeaway? It's not always you — it's them.

Feature | Science October 7, 2015

This Week In Space: Supermoons and Water On Mars And Google Doodles, Oh My!

From the Supermoon to water on Mars to what a hurricane looks like from the International Space Station, here's everything you need to know about what happened in space this week.

Feature | Science October 2, 2015

Keck Observatory Detects Most Distant Galaxy Ever Discovered: How This Could Change Theories About The Universe

Researchers from the California Institute of Technology believe that the discovery of the EGS8p7 galaxy, which is considered to be the oldest and most distant galaxy found, could potentially alter the established timeline of the reionization of the universe that many scientists follow.

Feature | Science September 7, 2015

Science Images Of The Week: Double Black Hole, DNA Nanobots And More

Cutting-edge tiny technology and giant ancient sea monsters were among this week's most amazing science images. Plus, a male giving birth and a quasar powered by a pair of black holes.

Feature | Science September 3, 2015

Chasing Life On The Red Planet: An Interview With Mars One Candidate Laurel Kaye

Mars One is a private space compay that aims to send six teams of four people to Mars – permanently – beginning in 2027. Tech Times spoke with Laurel Kaye, one of the final 100 candidates for the mission, about her experience thus far, her hopes for life on Mars and her concerns about the idea of leaving the only home she's ever known forever.

Feature | Science September 2, 2015

Science Images Of The Week: Cryogel Cancer Vaccine, Missing Link Lizard, And More

Discoveries abounded this week, with new species of nautilus, lizard and crustacean. Plus, an aerial shot of the Atacama Desert, a cryogel cancer vaccine, and a rare mineral.

Feature | Science August 27, 2015

No Longer Science Fiction: Scientists Create Magnetic Wormhole In Lab And Here's What It Can Do

Physicists at the Autonomous University of Barcelona in Spain have developed a functional magnetic wormhole device that can transmit magnetic fields from one point to another through a magnetically invisible path in space.

Feature | Science August 24, 2015

Scientists Attempt To Catch Chameleon Particles To Better Understand Dark Energy

A new study conducted by UC Berkeley researchers explores the properties of dark energy through the help of hypothetical particles known as chameleons.

Feature | Science August 23, 2015

This Week In Space: The Origins Of Giant Gas Planets And 12-Mile-High Elevators To Space

This week, a problematic explanation of the origin of gas planets got an update and a plan for a space elevator made a splash in space news. Plus, there were surprises from the moon and a stunning view of an aurora from the International Space Station.

Feature | Science August 21, 2015

A Drug That Millions Take For Diabetes May Fight The Fundamental Causes Of Aging

Metformin, a drug commonly used to treat diabetes, is slated to undergo a clinical trial as a drug that targets fundamental biological processes involved in aging. The study is not aimed at achieving immortality, but it is about aging less like a flower and more like a fine wine.

Feature | Science August 26, 2015

Glacial Melting In Antarctica May Be Boon For Penguins

The melting of the sea ice drives the growth of phytoplankton in the polynyas. The phenomenon appears beneficial for marine organisms such as seals, whales and penguins that depend on these microorganism.

Feature | Science August 14, 2015

NASA Is Using A Tiny Camera Made For Surgery To Save Satellites In Orbit

The smallest camera that NASA could find in the entire world is barely a millimeter across and was designed for surgeries. Now, this camera is up in space as a critical part of an effort to service satellites.

Feature | Science August 14, 2015

Science Images Of The Week: Pancake Bounce, Mouse Ear Art And More

Whether studying the blood vessels in a mouse's ear or the bizarre behavior of a droplet of water, scientists served up some stunning shots this week. There was even beauty to be found in the patches of cells in our own bodies that may serve as a gateway for brain-destroying pathogens.

Feature | Science August 6, 2015

Moonshots: How LiftPort’s Michael Laine Went From Crawling Through The Mud To Creating A Space Elevator

Michael Laine founded the space elevator company LiftPort in 2003 after spending most of his career as a Marine and then an investment manager. More than 10 years later, he’s still dedicated to the project because he believes it can change the world.

Feature | Science August 11, 2015

This Week In Space: Streaming The Golden Record And Studying Extraterrestrial Kombucha

Earthlings got new access to something that humans launched into space nearly 40 years ago and also learned about why humans launched kombucha microorganisms into space more recently. Plus, alien auroras, a gorgeous new shot of Earth that spotlights Africa, and more.

Feature | Science July 31, 2015

Science Images Of The Week: Hard Drugs, Beautiful Chaos, And More

Drugs, chaos, and snakes were just a few of the sources of amazing science images this week. As always, we got some breathtaking perspectives from space, plus some inspiring science-based art.

Feature | Science July 30, 2015

Large Alaskan Wildfires Can Have Considerable Effect on Climate Change

Research ecologists warn that the continued occurrence of wildfires in Alaska could potentially lead to more carbon emissions in the air, especially when the carbon deposits in the permafrost are to be released.

Feature | Science July 30, 2015

Here's What New Horizons Taught Us About Pluto

Until recently, Pluto was that once-upon-a-time planet that remained a mystery. However, thanks to NASA's New Horizons informative fly-by, we can now rewrite textbooks with everything we've learned about the dwarf planet.

Feature | Science July 28, 2015

The Extreme Darkness Of Moth Eyes May Help Scientists Improve Solar Panels

Moths’ eyes are exquisitely adapted for seeing in the dark, so they absorb almost all of the light that hits them. This same property may help researchers create solar panels capture more light so that they can generate more energy.

Feature | Science July 27, 2015

This Week In Space: Humans On The Moon And Intelligent Aliens In The Universe

If you thought that space news was going to quiet down now that last week’s Pluto flyby climax has passed, you were wrong. New plans to return to the moon, the announcement of the largest-ever project focused on finding intelligent alien life, and the successful journey of three new people to the International Space Station were just a few of this week’s exciting developments.

Feature | Science July 24, 2015

New Horizons' Pluto Discoveries So Far: Icy Mountains, Icy Plains, Escaping Atmosphere, And More

NASA has unveiled the latest scientific discoveries made by its New Horizons team, such as new images of the icy mountains on the Pluto system as well as its nitrogen-filled atmosphere.

Feature | Science July 18, 2015

This Week In Space: A Whole Lot Of Little Pluto And A Step Toward Asteroid Mining

Tiny Pluto dominated space news this week as the New Horizons spacecraft successfully flew past the dwarf planet. However, space research beyond Pluto carried on with exciting discoveries, including a Jupiter 'twin' orbiting a sun-like planet in the distant universe.

Feature | Science July 17, 2015

Worms Get Around By Using Slugs As Transportation: Other Strange Animal Symbiotic Relationships

Researchers at the Christian-Albrechts-Universität in Germany have found how nematode worms invade the digestive system of larger invertebrates in order to gain some form of transportation.

Feature | Science July 16, 2015

Is The Leap Second More Trouble Than It’s Worth?

Every so often, people around the world work to accommodate an extra second on a particular day so that our atomic clock doesn’t speed ahead of the solar clock. But all of the time, expense and headaches that go along with this "leap second" have many questioning whether it’s worth the effort.

Feature | Science June 30, 2015

The Week In Space: Philae Wakes Up, Life On Mars And Name A Mars Crater

This week, the European Space Agency received a signal that alerted them that the Philae Lander, currently sitting on the surface of Comet 67P woke up. Also, is there life on Mars?

Feature | Science June 19, 2015

Scientists Find Dinosaur Blood In 75 Million-Year-Old Fossil: How Did They Do It?

Researchers at the Imperial College London have discovered remnants of what appear to be soft tissue and red blood cells in 75-million-year-old dinosaur fossils. These specimens may help explain whether dinosaurs were warm-blooded like birds or cold-blooded like reptiles.

Feature | Science June 10, 2015

The Week In Space: Saying Hi To Pluto And Celebrating The First Space Walk

This week in space, say hi to Pluto, celebrate the first space walk and learn what we've discovered about comets. We also saw the first interspace handshake and learned just how hardy microbes really are.

Feature | Science June 5, 2015

A Wearable Air Pollution Monitor Could Affect Policy In The Developing World

Hardware startup TZOA has announced a wearable designed to monitor air pollution in developing nations.

Feature | Science June 2, 2015

The Week In Space: An Extreme Closeup Of Ceres And A Death Star Beam In A Black Hole

This week in space was like the movies, at least with a Death Star-like beam inside a black hole observed by Hubble. We also cleared a path to Pluto and captured new images of Ceres.

Feature | Science May 29, 2015

New Algorithm May Help Robots Divide Tasks Among Themselves [Video]

Researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology received two nominations for best paper at the International Conference on Robotics and Automation for designing a new algorithm that can potentially reduce robot teams' planning time significantly.

Feature | Science May 29, 2015

Beautifully Broad: 6 Incredibly Diverse Applications Of Mathematician John Nash’s Ideas

John Nash, the inspiration for the film ‘A Beautiful Mind,’ is well-known for his contributions to economics. But his ideas were so big they have made a mark in fields as varied as quantum physics, evolutionary biology and public health.

Feature | Science May 26, 2015

The Week In Space: Baby Supernovae, A Super-Bright Galaxy And A Star Named Nasty

This week in space is full of supernovae, bright galaxies and a star astronomers call 'Nasty.' We've been warned about Chinese space technology, but we've got some top-secret tech of our own, too.

Feature | Science May 22, 2015

Top 10 Most Fascinating Species Discovered This Year

From a cartwheeling spider to the ‘chicken from Hell,’ this year’s list of the Top 10 newly discovered species proves that our planet is still full of hidden wonders.

Feature | Science May 21, 2015

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