Emily Gertz
at 10:33 AM Apr 23 2014
Space // 

Did life here begin...out there? We don't yet know and may never. But there is compelling evidence that I might not be sitting here writing this today, or you reading it, if not for meteorite-enabled distribution of a simple vitamin billions of years ago.

Douglas Main
at 09:56 AM Apr 15 2014

Flowers from the Ganjoji "space tree" also look a bit different, containing five petals, as opposed to about 30 like their parent trees. 

Francie Diep
at 09:13 AM Apr 14 2014

This latest design for growing vegetables in space is a bit prettier than its predecessors. This is a collapsible growth chamber made by Orbital Technologies Corporation in Wisconsin. The lettuces inside live in individual "plant pillows." NASA plans to send the chamber and the plant pillows to the International Space Station on April 14, aboard a SpaceX launch.

Jia You
at 07:47 AM Apr 9 2014

Today, Bonhams auctions more than 300 pieces of space memorabilia. We have our eyes on these items:

Francie Diep
at 11:58 AM Apr 8 2014

Buried under miles of ice, astronomers have detected a liquid water sea on one of Saturn's moons, Enceladus. The sea is about the size of Lake Superior and it touches Enceladus' silicate core… which means it could have minerals dissolved in it that are necessary for life. "It makes, in fact, the interior of Enceladus a very attractive potential place to look for life," Jonathan Lunine, a Cornell University astronomer who worked on the study determining Enceladus has an ocean, said during a teleconference for reporters.

Emily Gertz
at 08:42 AM Mar 15 2014
Science // 

What's the latest cosmology gossip? According to the BBC, the field is awash with rumorsthat next week, American scientists will announce the detection of gravitational waves: incredibly small ripples carrying energy across the void of the universe.

Francie Diep
at 22:00 PM Mar 12 2014
Science // 

The astronomer who discovered the size of this star says it's shaped like a peanut, butwe disagree; that one "lobe" is much too large. Perhaps that's because the larger star is, in fact, one of the 10 largest stars ever discovered. Its diameter is 1,315 times that of Earth's sun.

 
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