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  • Is NASA Going To Let The Hubble Telescope Burn?

    Is NASA Going To Let The Hubble Telescope Burn?

    Last month, six astronauts convened in New York City to discuss STS-125, the last mission to the Hubble Space Telescope, which happened in 2009. As it approached its 20th birthday, the telescope ... More >
  • SpaceX Is Looking For A Farmer

    SpaceX Is Looking For A Farmer

    Are you a farmer with galactic ambition? Does the agrarian life lack that aerospace sheen? Or do you just wish your career path looked a bit more like Matthew McConaughey's in the movie Interstellar? More >
  • Japan's Asteroid-Bombing Spacecraft Launches Successfully

    Japan probes asteroid

    Today, the Japanese Space Agency (JAXA) launched Hayabusa 2, a deep space probe that will land on asteroid 1999 JU3, collect samples, and bring them back to Earth. More >
  • Is Depression An Infectious Disease?

    Is Depression An Infectious Disease?

    Mental health continues to be one of society's greatest concerns. Its enigmatic nature leaves both the public and the health professional in a quandary to understand not only the cause but also ... More >
  • Data From Satellites Confirm: Glaciers Are Retreating

    Glaciers are, in fact, retreating

    Glaciers are having a hard time all around the world. A new book outlines the findings of a years-long effort by researchers and research groups across the world. Titled Global Land Ice Measurement... More >
at 08:04 AM Dec 18 2014
Lunar Missions Ltd

Lunar Mission One, the team of U.K.-based scientists and engineers hoping to send a robotic probe to drill into the moon, just reached a major milestone in funding. Today, the project's Kickstarter campaign reached its target goal of £600,000 (close to $1 million USD), with more than 30 hours to spare.

at 08:04 AM Dec 18 2014
Journal of Neural Engineering/IOP Publishing

In 2012, 53-year-old Jan Scheuermann demonstrated for researchers that she could move around blocks, dowels, a ball, and even a bar of chocolate. She did it all with a robotic arm she controlled with her thoughts.

at 08:04 AM Dec 18 2014
NASA Earth Observatory images by Jesse Allen, using VIIRS day-night band data provided by Miguel Román (NASA/GSFC)

'Tis the season to use way more electricity than you normally would. U.S. cities use so much more light at night during December that the difference can be seen by satellite. U.S. suburbs emit 30 percent to 50 percent more light during the winter holidays, while urban areas emit 20 percent to 30 percent more light, a NASA analysis found.

at 08:04 AM Dec 18 2014
Carnegie Mellon University

In the Google Lunar XPrize competition, three-dozen teams are racing to become the first private enterprises to land a rover on the moon. The winner takes home $30 million. But getting there will take time, hard work, and a lot of money.

at 08:04 AM Dec 18 2014
Gadgets // 

Among the problems with Google Glass—and there are many—is a general lack of style. Those who don't wear glasses regularly can find it cumbersome, while those who do may find it doesn't play well with their existing models. Sony's aiming to solve those problems with a new microdisplay that can turn any pair of glasses into a Google Glass-like device.

at 08:04 AM Dec 18 2014
Northrup Grumman

It's a plane designed for the war no one wants to fight. The Long Range Strike Bomber is the Air Force's secretive and long-running project to develop the next generation of nuclear-armed bombers, designed to unload hell in hostile skies. And there's a chance that it'll be optionally manned, allowing it to fly some missions as a drone.

at 08:04 AM Dec 18 2014
UCLA Nano- and Bio-Photonics Lab
Science // 

A new prototype microscope doesn't use lenses to magnify objects. Instead, it makes holograms that a computer digitally records and magnifies. The result is a microscope that's cheaper and easier to use than traditional, lens-based microscopes.

Rafi Letzter
at 08:32 AM Dec 17 2014

A short animation of bright bursts of light shooting past a window pane rocketed to the front page of Reddit today, with good reason.

Mary Beth Griggs
at 08:31 AM Dec 17 2014
Science // 

"Today the wreck is broken and filled with mud, and it is a sealed grave in fast, dangerous waters in the main shipping lanes," James Delgado, director of maritime heritage for NOAA's Office of National Marine Sanctuaries said in a press release.

at 08:31 AM Dec 17 2014

Good morning, Internet. You are a mysterious animal, but we know a few things about you. We see some of these things borne out in Google's "top searches of 2014" list. More than two-thirds of all online searches go through Google, comScore reported in April 2014, so Google's annually released list is a glimpse into a major portion of Internet traffic flow.

Paul Adams
at 08:31 AM Dec 17 2014
Science // 

On a Sunday that's usually a week or two after “Western” Easter, my parents set up an electric spit to roast a whole lamb in their suburban Massachusetts backyard. We welcome guests to our Greek Orthodox Easter celebration with a kiss on both cheeks; we nibble on tiropitakia, little cheese pies made with phyllo dough, and kokoretsi, organ meats wrapped in intestines and cooked on the spit next to the lamb. When the lamb is ready, we begin the meal by cracking open dyed hard-boiled eggs. Over the next few hours, we eat way too much lamb, moussaka, dolmades, and tzatziki, finishing off with cookies, cakes, and chocolate bunnies bought at deep discount (cheap Easter sweets are one of the perks of celebrating according to the Julian calendar). Happy, sleepy, and extremely full, we adjourn well before sunset to rest and digest.

Alexandra Ossola
at 08:31 AM Dec 17 2014

For decades, DNA testing has been the standard test used to identify sexual assaulters. Authorities try to gather samples of DNA from hairs or bodily fluids found on objects at the crime scene like clothing or bedding. Sometimes victims have their attacker's DNA on their bodies, so forensics experts gather samples there, too. When they find a sample of DNA that doesn't match the victim, authorities can match it to DNA information already in an extensive database of sex offenders.

at 08:31 AM Dec 17 2014
Science // 

But selective breeding also can drive the loss of other potentially useful characteristics, such as resistance to insect pests or environmental stresses including drought and flood. In a new review paper, which published today in Trends in Plant Science, researchers from the University of Copenhagen propose to identify genes responsible for these characteristics and—in a twist on "rewilding," a conservation concept that aims to bring landscapes back to an allegedly more natural state—genetically engineer modern crops to be more like their heartier ancestors.

Jason Tetro
at 08:31 AM Dec 17 2014
Public Health Image Library

This past week, the US National Hockey League was rocked with over a dozen cases of what is now a rare viral illness, the mumps. The virus, which used to infect about 186,000 Americans each year, has dwindled with only a few occasional outbreaks occurring annually thanks to vaccination. Yet, as the NHL has now learned, when the disease does enter a susceptible community, it can affect anyone, including superstars like Sidney Crosby.

at 08:31 AM Dec 17 2014
Photo hosted online by the Culver-Union Township Public Library
Science // 

David Speegle was a preacher in Alabama in the 1800s. Apparently he was very serious about the Bible's charge to "be fruitful and multiply." He had 26 children and more than 150 grandchildren. From there, the numbers of his descendants expanded. Today, there are so many Speegle descendants in the United States that a popular family history website, Ancestry.com, was able to reconstruct large portions of Speegle's and his spouses' genomes using only data from its customers.

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