Danika Wilkinson
at 00:00 AM Sep 19 2011
Space // 

A five tonne piece of space junk is hurtling out of control towards Earth and is expected to hit the ground sometime this weekend.NASA says that the defunct Upper Atmosphere Research Satellite (UARS), which was launched in 1991 to study climate change, will make impact somewhere between 57° south latitude and 57° north latitude - basically the entire populated world.

Dan Nosowitz
at 19:15 PM Sep 17 2011

According to some tricky calculations from Guillaume Robuchon and Francis Nimmo at the University of California, Santa Cruz, Pluto may actually have a liquid ocean underneath its frigid, -230 °C exterior.

Dan Nosowitz
at 01:25 AM Sep 17 2011
Space // 

The Russian Soyuz TMA-21 spacecraft, carrying three astronauts (Commander Andrei Borisenko and Alexander Samokutyayev, both Russian, and American Ron Garan) safely landed this morning in Kazakhstan, bringing them home after five months on the International Space Station. The landing, about 151 km southeast of the smallish Kazakh city Zhezkazgan, wasn't entirely flawless--mission control lost contact with the capsule briefly--but the landing itself was very smooth.

John Mahoney and Katie Peek
at 04:00 AM Sep 16 2011
Space // 

A mournful French horn blows. An angsty Luke Skywalker stomps out of his aunt and uncle's sand hut and peers up at Tatooine's double sunset, his hair blowing in the breeze. It's a memorable scene from Star Wars-but now, a precedent for such a sky with two suns has been found in our universe.

John Mahoney
at 03:05 AM Sep 15 2011
Space // 

Today, NASA officially announced the design of its forthcoming Space Launch System--a heavy-lift rocket capable of taking humans into deep space. It will be the primary vehicle to replace the Space Shuttle, but with significantly more power--enough to reach Mars.

James Bullen
at 00:00 AM Sep 15 2011

Scientists from around Australia will attempt to shed light on dark energy and dark matter through a new research collective.

Julie Beck
at 03:35 AM Sep 14 2011
Tech // 

It's safe to say that most of us have come to accept, if not embrace, the abundance of wireless technology in our everyday lives. Not so for certain Americans who believe they suffer from Electromagnetic Hypersensitivity, or EHS. According to the BBC, five per cent of Americans think that exposure to electromagnetic fields created by Wi-Fi and mobile phones are causing them to suffer headaches, muscle spasms, burning skin and chronic pain. And some of these people are seeking refuge in the secluded mountains of Appalachia.

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