25 Days from Mars – India’s MOM is in Good Health!

India’s Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM) is closing in on the Red Planet and the Mars Orbit Insertion engine firing when it arrives on September 24, 2014 after its 10 month interplanetary journey. Credit ISRO Enlarge Now less than 25 days from the history making rendezvous with the Red Planet and the critical Mars Orbital Insertion […]

Magnetar discovered close to supernova remnant Kesteven 79

Credit: ESA/XMM-Newton/ Ping Zhou, Nanjing University, China Enlarge (Phys.org) —Massive stars end their lives with a bang, exploding as supernovas and releasing massive amounts of energy and matter. What remains of the star is a small and extremely dense remnant: a neutron star or a black hole. Neutron stars come in several flavours, depending on […]

Leading expert on search for intelligent extra-terrestrial life optimistic

We come in peace. redgum, Credit: CC BY-NC-SA Enlarge The Conversation organised a public question-and-answer session on Reddit in which Seth Shostak, senior astronomer at the SETI Institute, explained why searching for intelligent life is so important and why we may soon find it. Why are we continuing the search? For instance, isn't it true that radio […]

Sugar Sweetens Battery Performance

Credit: Sugar photo via Shutterstock Enlarge Y-H Percival Zhang, chief science officer of Cell-Free BioInnovations and an associate professor of biological systems engineering at Virginia Tech, contributed this article to Live Science's Expert Voices: Op-Ed & Insights.  It might seem strange to use an ingredient found in cupcakes and cookies as an energy source, but most living cells […]

A guide to the 2014 Neptune opposition season

The planet Neptune as seen by the Voyager 2 spacecraft during its 1989 flyby. Credit: NASA/JPL. Never seen Neptune? Now is a good time to try, as the outermost ice giant world reaches opposition this weekend at 14:00 Universal Time (UT) or 10:00 AM EDT on Friday, August 29th. This means that the distant world […]

Spitzer telescope witnesses asteroid smashup

This artist’s concept shows the immediate aftermath of a large asteroid impact around NGC 2547-ID8, a 35-million-year-old sun-like star. NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope witnessed a giant surge in dust around the star, likely the result of two asteroids colliding. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech Enlarge (Phys.org) —NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope has spotted an eruption of dust around a young […]

Radio telescopes settle controversy over distance to Pleiades

This image shows the famous Pleiades cluster of stars as seen through the eyes of WISE, or NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer. Credit: NASA Enlarge Astronomers have used a worldwide network of radio telescopes to resolve a controversy over the distance to a famous star cluster—a controversy that posed a potential challenge to scientists' basic […]

Lava Erupts at Iceland’s Bardarbunga Volcano

Dawn lights the eruption between Bardarbunga and Askja volcanoes in Iceland. Credit: Tobba Ágústsdóttir/@fencingtobba Enlarge Lava is streaming from an eruption north of Iceland's Bardarbunga volcano, the Icelandic Met Office has confirmed. Magma broke through a rift in an older lava flow around midnight local time (about 8 p.m. ET). The new fissure is 0.6 miles […]

20 Corals Added to Endangered Species List

A Pacific Ocean coral species listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act. Credit: NOAA Enlarge A tenfold increase in the number of protected coral species was announced this week, with 20 new corals added to the list of threatened species. In total, 22 coral species are now classified as threatened under the Endangered Species Act. Two coral […]

Climate change ‘secrets’ recovered from bottom of Greenland lake

Enlarge Scientists from the University of Aberdeen have delved to the bottom of an arctic lake in order to chart the effects of climate change over the past 10,000 years in an effort to better understand global warming. Earlier this month, a team of geoscientists travelled to a glacier beyond the margins of the Greenland ice […]

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