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‘Trillion-Dollar Asteroid’ Zooms by Earth as Scientists Watch (Video)

When an asteroid packed with about $5 trillion worth of platinum zoomed past Earth this month scientists were ready, capturing the space rock on radar as it sailed safely by our planet. The asteroid 2011 UW158 missed Earth by about … Continue reading

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(Corrects surname of DLR scientist in final two paragraphs to Geurts ..not.. Guerts) BERLIN (Reuters) – European scientists said on Wednesday they had once again failed to make contact with the Philae comet lander, which has struggled to maintain a … Continue reading

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Is Life Possible Around Binary Stars? (Podcast)

Paul Sutter is a research fellow at the Astronomical Observatory of Trieste and visiting scholar at the Ohio State University’s Center for Cosmology and Astro-Particle Physics. Sutter is also host of the podcasts Ask a Spaceman and Realspace, and the … Continue reading

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Gobbling Up Space Debris: A Pac-Man Approach Proposed

A team of engineers has been at work for the past three years to develop a space cleanup satellite. The intent is to eliminate threatening, human-made orbital debris. The worry is not new – there’s lots of clutter to pick … Continue reading

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Lost In Space Without a Spacesuit? Here’s What Would Happen (Podcast)

Paul Sutter is a research fellow at the Astronomical Observatory of Trieste and visiting scholar at the Ohio State University’s Center for Cosmology and Astro-Particle Physics. Sutter is also host of the podcasts Ask a Spaceman and RealSpace, and the … Continue reading

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‘Bathtub Rings’ On Saturn Moon Titan Suggest Dynamic Seas

Saturn’s moon, Titan, is the only object in the solar system other than Earth known to have liquid on its surface. While most of the lakes are found around the poles, the dry regions near the equator contain signs of … Continue reading

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Scientist: Oil slick likely from natural seafloor seepage

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Coast Guard officials say it will likely be a couple more days before they can definitively say what caused a miles-long oil slick to materialize off the Santa Barbara County coast this week, but an expert … Continue reading

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Epic Yearlong Space Mission Documented in Time Magazine Web Series

On July 8, Time magazine posted the first two episodes in a 10-part documentary Web series following NASA astronaut Scott Kelly’s unprecedented yearlong space mission. The documentary, which will be released in stages throughout the 12 months Kelly and cosmonaut … Continue reading

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Cheers! ‘Blue Moon’ Beer Celebrates Lunar Sight for 20th Anniversary

Update for Aug. 1: The Blue Moon of July 31 wowed skywatchers around the world. See photos and our full story, read: Blue Moon of 2015 Thrills Skywatchers with Lunar Beauty (Photos ) In a coincidence of cosmic proportions, the second … Continue reading

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New Ebola Vaccine: Will It Help to End Outbreaks?

Experts welcomed the news today that a recent trial of an Ebola vaccine suggests the shot is highly effective at preventing the disease, and said that the the vaccine may stem outbreaks in the future even if not everyone is … Continue reading

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