Experimental Aircraft Can Fly From NY To LA In 12 Minutes

Experimental Aircraft Can Fly From NY To LA In 12 Minutes

Aug 09

The Falcon HTV-2 is an arrow-shaped aircraft that can fly from New York to Los Angeles in 12 minutes…

TimeScapes: Rapture

TimeScapes: Rapture

Jul 29

Absolutely, over-the-top, amazing…

New Space Telescope To Be Larger Than Earth

New Space Telescope To Be Larger Than Earth

Jul 18

A Russian space telescope conceived during the Cold War is set to launch on Monday. When it reaches an orbit that will extend almost as far as the moon, the RadioAstron mission will sync up with radio antennas on the ground, effectively forming the biggest telescope yet built, with a “dish” spanning almost 30 times the Earth’s diameter…

Movie: Another Earth

Movie: Another Earth

Jul 18

Film synopsis: Rhoda Williams, a physics student at MIT, is driving when she sees a planet and leans out for a closer look. She hits a minivan and kills a family. She is imprisoned for four years, and upon release seeks out the widower of the family, composer John Burroughs. The planet she saw is a mirror planet of Earth, seemingly to the extent that it even has the same people on it, and an essay contest is held where the winner can ride a space shuttle to visit it. Williams considers the possibility of visiting it to find out what kind of life her mirror self would have led…

NASA In Disarray

NASA In Disarray

Jul 03

NASA’s critics say the human spaceflight program is in a shambles. NASA has lots of plans, but it has no new rocket ready to launch, no specific destination selected, and no means in the near term to get American astronauts into space other than by buying a seat on one of Russia’s aging Soyuz spacecraft…

‘Worms From Hell’ Expand Possibilities For Extraterrestrial Life

‘Worms From Hell’ Expand Possibilities For Extraterrestrial Life

Jun 02

For the first time, scientists have found complex, multi-celled creatures living a mile and more below the planet’s surface, raising new possibilities about the spread of life on Earth and potential subsurface life on other planets and moons. Nicknamed “worms from hell,” the nematodes, or roundworms, were found in several gold mines in South Africa. The two lead researchers said the discovery of creatures so far below ground, with nervous, digestive and reproductive systems, was akin to finding “Moby Dick in Lake Ontario.”

Astronomers Unveil Most Complete 3-D Map of Local Universe

Astronomers Unveil Most Complete 3-D Map of Local Universe

May 31

Today, astronomers unveiled the most complete 3-D map of the local universe (out to a distance of 380 million light-years) ever created. Taking more than 10 years to complete, the 2MASS Redshift Survey (2MRS) also is notable for extending closer to the Galactic plane than previous surveys — a region that’s generally obscured by dust…

Scientists Make Lunar Watershed Discovery

Scientists Make Lunar Watershed Discovery

May 26

A team of NASA-funded researchers has measured for the first time water from the moon in the form of tiny globules of molten rock, which have turned to glass-like material trapped within crystals. Data from these newly-discovered lunar melt inclusions indicate the water content of lunar magma is 100 times higher than previous studies suggested…

Allen Telescope Array Mothballed

Allen Telescope Array Mothballed

Apr 28

The hunt for extraterrestrial life just lost one of its best tools. The Allen Telescope Array (ATA), a field of radio dishes in rural northern California built to seek out transmissions from distant alien civilizations, has been shuttered, at least temporarily, as its operators scramble to find a way to continue to fund it…

Carl Sagan: Pale Blue Dot (Two Versions)

Carl Sagan: Pale Blue Dot (Two Versions)

Apr 23

Carl Sagan’s “Pale Blue Dot” – two versions…

Video: Terje Sorgjerd’s ‘The Mountain’

Video: Terje Sorgjerd’s ‘The Mountain’

Apr 16

Terje Sorgjerd visited El Teide, Spain’s highest mountain, to film this amazing video. According to Sorgjerd, El Teide “is one of the best places in the world to photograph the stars”. The mountain is also the location of Teide Observatories, considered to be one of the world’s best observatories…

Quake Moved Japan Coast 8 Feet; Shifted Earth’s Axis; Shortened Days On Earth (Updated)

Quake Moved Japan Coast 8 Feet; Shifted Earth’s Axis; Shortened Days On Earth (Updated)

Mar 27

The powerful earthquake that unleashed a devastating tsunami Friday appears to have moved the main island of Japan by 8 feet (2.4 meters) and shifted the Earth on its axis. A new analysis of the 8.9-magnitude earthquake in Japan has found that the intense temblor has accelerated Earth’s spin, shortening the length of the 24-hour day by 1.8 microseconds, according to geophysicist Richard Gross at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif…

NASA Scientist Claims Evidence Of Alien Life On Meteorite (Updated)

NASA Scientist Claims Evidence Of Alien Life On Meteorite (Updated)

Mar 08

We are not alone in the universe — and alien life forms may have a lot more in common with life on Earth than we had previously thought.

That’s the stunning conclusion one NASA scientist has come to, releasing his groundbreaking revelations in a new study in the March edition of the Journal of Cosmology. Though it may be hard to swallow, Hoover is convinced that his findings reveal fossil evidence of bacterial life within such meteorites, the remains of living organisms from their parent bodies — comets, moons and other astral bodies. By extension, the findings suggest we are not alone in the universe, he said…

Solar Tsunami Coming

Solar Tsunami Coming

Feb 21

The event begins with a giant thermonuclear explosion on the sun. The fusion of hydrogen atoms swells up and bursts open on the sun’s surface, spewing a stew of radiation and gas particles trapped in the solar wind. The continuous but variable flow of particles and magnetic fields from the sun creates gusts that can quickly reach Earth. Within hours, a space storm, a “coronal mass ejection” (CME), accompanied by a beautiful aurora borealis or “northern lights” display of shimmering celestial curtains, bombards Earth with geomagnetic disturbances.

The consequences are dramatic: disruptions to communications satellites, interference with global positioning systems (GPS) and air traffic control, and, most telling, taking down the high-voltage electric transmission system over wide swaths of the planet, blacking out more than 130 million people in the U.S. alone. Secondary effects due to the loss of the grid involve water system failures, severe disruptions to natural gas pipelines, factories shut down for weeks or months, food rotting in unrefrigerated warehouses, and unquantifiable costs to the world economy.

The cost of damage to the U.S. totals $1 trillion to $2 trillion. More than 300 grounded electrical high-voltage transformers in the U.S. suffer damages so serious that they need to be replaced, putting intolerable strain on an already stressed supply chain. Recovery takes as much as a decade, as the results wreck havoc with the U.S. and world infrastructure and economy…

Making The Impossible Possible: The X PRIZE Foundation

Making The Impossible Possible: The X PRIZE Foundation

Feb 20

The X PRIZE Foundation is an educational nonprofit organization whose mission is to create radical breakthroughs for the benefit of humanity thereby inspiring the formation of new industries, jobs and the revitalization of markets that are currently stuck. Today, it is widely recognized as the leader in fostering innovation through competition…

The Google Lunar X PRIZE: Final Team Roster Announced

The Google Lunar X PRIZE: Final Team Roster Announced

Feb 20

Today, the X PRIZE Foundation announced the official roster of 29 registered teams competing for the $30 million Google Lunar X PRIZE, an unprecedented competition to send a robot to the Moon that travels at least 500 meters and transmit video, images, and data back to the Earth. This group of teams signifies this new era of exploration’s diverse and participatory nature as it includes a huge variety of groups ranging from non-profits to university consortia to billion dollar businesses representing 17 nations on four continents. The global competition, the largest in history, was announced in September 2007, with a winner projected by 2015…

NASA’S Neowise Completes Scan For Asteroids & Comets

NASA’S Neowise Completes Scan For Asteroids & Comets

Feb 02

NASA’s NEOWISE mission has completed its survey of small bodies, asteroids and comets, in our solar system. The mission’s discoveries of previously unknown objects include 20 comets, more than 33,000 asteroids in the main belt between Mars and Jupiter, and 134 near-Earth objects (NEOs). The NEOs are asteroids and comets with orbits that come within 28 million miles of Earth’s path around the sun…

Scientists: Earth Must Prepare For Close Encounter With Aliens

Scientists: Earth Must Prepare For Close Encounter With Aliens

Jan 15

World governments should prepare a co-ordinated action plan in case Earth is contacted by aliens, according to scientists. They argue that a branch of the UN must be given responsibility for “supra-Earth affairs” and formulate a plan for how to deal with extraterrestrials, should they appear. The comments are part of an extraterrestrial-themed edition of the Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society A published today. In it, scientists examine all aspects of the search for extraterrestrial life, from astronomy and biology to the political and religious fallout that would result from alien contact…

Moving Magnetic North Pole May Be Causing Bird & Fish Deaths (Updated)

Moving Magnetic North Pole May Be Causing Bird & Fish Deaths (Updated)

Jan 09

The steady and rapid movement of the Magnetic North Pole may be responsible for the recent, sudden and mysterious death of thousands of birds and millions of fish in the US. In the last week, nearly 100,000 fish washed up on the shores of the Arkansas River, dead. Also in Arkansas, thousands of red-winged blackbirds fell from the sky and plummeted to the ground where they were also found dead. The scene repeated itself in Southern Louisiana where 500 red-winged blackbirds recently plunged out of the sky, dead on arrival, and in Chesapeake Bay, thousands of dead fish have begun washing up onto bay shores. Recently several million animals have mysteriously died in the United States. Although some thought that the cause may have been related to fireworks, disease and sudden cold, the cause may be more obvious, the steady, but rapid movement of the Magnetic North Pole towards Russia…

Citizen Scientists Join Search For Earth-Like Planets

Citizen Scientists Join Search For Earth-Like Planets

Dec 22

Web users around the globe will be able to help professional astronomers in their search for Earth-like planets thanks to a new online citizen science project called Planet Hunters…

Evidence Mounting That We Are Not Alone

Evidence Mounting That We Are Not Alone

Dec 08

In the past several days, scientists have reported there are three times as many stars as they previously thought. Another group of researchers discovered a microbe can live on arsenic, expanding our understanding of how life can thrive under the harshest environments. And earlier this year, astronomers for the first time said they’d found a potentially habitable planet. “The evidence is just getting stronger and stronger,” said Carl Pilcher, director of NASA’s Astrobiology Institute, which studies the origins, evolution and possibilities of life in the universe. “I think anybody looking at this evidence is going to say, ‘There’s got to be life out there.'” …

NASA-Funded Research Discovers Life Built With Toxic Chemical

NASA-Funded Research Discovers Life Built With Toxic Chemical

Dec 02

NASA-funded astrobiology research has changed the fundamental knowledge about what comprises all known life on Earth. Researchers conducting tests in the harsh environment of Mono Lake in California have discovered the first known microorganism on Earth able to thrive and reproduce using the toxic chemical arsenic. The microorganism substitutes arsenic for phosphorus in its cell components. “The definition of life has just expanded,” said Ed Weiler, NASA’s associate administrator for the Science Mission Directorate at the agency’s Headquarters in Washington. “As we pursue our efforts to seek signs of life in the solar system, we have to think more broadly, more diversely and consider life as we do not know it.”

Scientists Find 200 Sextillion More Stars In The Sky

Scientists Find 200 Sextillion More Stars In The Sky

Dec 02

The night sky may be a lot starrier than we thought. A study suggests the universe could have triple the number of stars scientists previously calculated. For those of you counting at home, the new estimate is 300,000,000,000,000,000,000,000. That’s 300 sextillion…

New Theory: Universe Cycles Through Series Of Big Bangs

New Theory: Universe Cycles Through Series Of Big Bangs

Nov 26

Circular patterns within the cosmic microwave background suggest that space and time did not come into being at the Big Bang but that our universe in fact continually cycles through a series of “aeons”. That is the sensational claim being made by University of Oxford theoretical physicist Roger Penrose, who says that data collected by NASA’s WMAP satellite support his idea of “conformal cyclic cosmology”. This claim is bound to prove controversial, however, because it opposes the widely accepted inflationary model of cosmology…