Category Archives: Science

Neutron star discovery marks breakthrough for 'multi-messenger astronomy'

News of a collision between a pair of neutron stars some 130 million light years away has arrived via two completely different messengers – electromagnetic waves and gravitational waves – revealing clues to some long-standing mysteries of the universe.

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As an asteroid approaches, NASA carries out a cosmic fire drill

NASA is using the approach of a small asteroid to test the International Asteroid Warning Network. The test, involving scientists all around the world, has proven successful and could be used could be used to track any asteroids on a collision course with planet Earth. 

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Buzzworthy space rocks: Asteroid hunters prep for near miss

A 65-foot-wide asteroid is set to zip past Earth on Thursday. It won’t hit us, but its proximity underscores the significance of the work Earth’s planetary defenders do every day to scan the skies for approaching space rocks.

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Nobel Prize for LIGO: How a new era of astronomy will ride on gravitational waves

The 2017 Nobel Prize in Physics went to a trio of physicists who detected subtle ripples in space-time, ushering in an entirely new way of observing cosmic events.

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How a new era of astronomy will ride on gravitational waves

The 2017 Nobel Prize in Physics went to a trio of physicists who detected subtle ripples in spacetime, ushering in an entirely new way of observing cosmic events.

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SpaceX designs smaller rocket in continued effort to put humans on Mars

To keep his deadline of humans on Mars by 2024, Elon Musk has announced a sleeker rocket design. NASA, Blue Origin, and Lockheed Martin are also part of the growing effort to colonize the red planet in the next decade. 

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Mars simulation ends after eight months of isolation

Six astronauts have emerged after living more than half a year isolated in a Mars simulation laboratory at the base of the Mauna Loa volcano in Hawaii. The data will help NASA select the best candidates for the planned mission to Mars in 2030. 

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How the Cassini mission led a 'paradigm shift' in search for alien life

In 13 years at Saturn, NASA’s Cassini spacecraft collected a lot of data that broadened the hunt for extra terrestrial life in our own solar system.

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Ringing success: How Cassini spacecraft has altered knowledge of enigmatic Saturn

Cassini embarked on an auspicious quest to increase our knowledge of enigmatic Saturn. Today, 13 years later, the craft is about to end its mission as one of the most successful planetary probes in the history of space exploration.

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Meritocracy and the history of the science of biological differences

From the ‘Google manifesto’ to white-nationalist rallies, some scholars are concerned that fringe ideas of inherent superiority and inferiority may be making a comeback.

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