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December 19, 2014
NASA's Kepler Reborn, Makes First Exoplanet Find of New Mission
Pasadena CA (JPL) Dec 19, 2014
NASA's planet-hunting Kepler spacecraft makes a comeback with the discovery of the first exoplanet found using its new mission - K2. The discovery was made when astronomers and engineers devised an ingenious way to repurpose Kepler for the K2 mission and continue its search of the cosmos for other worlds. "Last summer, the possibility of a scientifically productive mission for Kepler after its reaction wheel failure in its extended mission was not part of the conversation," said Paul Hertz, NASA' ... read more
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Signs of Europa Plumes Remain Elusive in Search of Cassini Data
A fresh look at data collected by NASA's Cassini spacecraft during its 2001 flyby of Jupiter shows that Europa's tenuous atmosphere is even thinner than previously thought and also suggests that the ... more

Rosetta Orbiter to Swoop Down On Comet in February
The European Space Agency's orbiting Rosetta spacecraft is expected to come within four miles (six kilometers) of the surface of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko in February of next year. The flyby w ... more

Rosetta comet-landing is Science's 2014 breakthrough
The top scientific breakthrough of 2014 was the European Space Agency's Rosetta spacecraft's rendez-vous with a comet, the US journal Science said Thursday. ... more
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'Perfect Storm' Quenching Star Formation around a Supermassive Black Hole
High-energy jets powered by supermassive black holes can blast away a galaxy's star-forming fuel, resulting in so-called "red and dead" galaxies: those brimming with ancient red stars yet containing ... more


NASA Satellites Measure Increase of Sun's Energy Absorbed in the Arctic
NASA satellite instruments have observed a marked increase in solar radiation absorbed in the Arctic since the year 2000 - a trend that aligns with the steady decrease in Arctic sea ice during the s ... more
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Surprising Theorists, Stars Within Middle-Aged Clusters Are of Similar Age
A close look at the night sky reveals that stars don't like to be alone; instead, they congregate in clusters, in some cases containing as many as several million stars. Until recently, the oldest o ... more

ESA scientists say Philae lander will wake up in 2015
The team of scientists and engineers responsible for this fall's historic comet landing are confident Philae's current slumber is only temporary. ... more
Military Space News, Nuclear Weapons, Missile Defense
Plunging oil price to reset global defence budgets: IHS

UK Politicians Keeping 'Options Open' Over Trident Renewal

US Ballistic Missile Defense Needs More Testing

Russia Not to Deploy Units of Strategic Missile Forces in Crimea

India Considering Leasing Second Russian Nuclear Submarine

Challenging Russia, Ukraine moves to drop neutral status

US air strikes kill several IS leaders in Iraq: Pentagon


Super-Earth spotted by ground-based telescope, a first
For the first time, a ground-based telescope has observed a super-Earth alien planet passing in front of its host star. The exoplanet, roughly twice the size of Earth, is 55 Cancri e. Its host star is 55 Cancri, a Sun-like star 40 light-years away that can be spied with the naked eye in the Cancer constellation. ... more

NASA is letting people name the craters of Mercury
The team behind NASA's Mercury orbiter, MESSENGER, has begun a competition to name the craters of Mercury. ... more

Fermi brings deeper focus to thunderstorm gamma-rays
Each day, thunderstorms around the world produce about a thousand quick bursts of gamma rays, some of the highest-energy light naturally found on Earth. By merging records of events seen by NASA's F ... more
Startup in the Land of the Rising Sun; A Japanese Solar Venture - by Bradley L. Bartz


NASA Voyager: 'Tsunami Wave' Still Flies Through Interstellar Space
The "tsunami wave" that NASA's Voyager 1 spacecraft began experiencing earlier this year is still propagating outward, according to new results. It is the longest-lasting shock wave that researchers ... more

Fraud-proof credit cards possible with quantum physics
Credit card fraud and identify theft are serious problems for consumers and industries. Though corporations and individuals work to improve safeguards, it has become increasingly difficult to protec ... more
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North Atlantic signalled Ice Age thaw 1,000 years before it happened

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Clearing rainforests distorts wind and water, packs climate wallop beyond carbon

Glacier beds can get slipperier at higher sliding speeds

Hidden Movements of Greenland Ice Sheet, Runoff Revealed

Improving forecasts for rain-on-snow flooding

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Scientists measure speedy electrons in silicon
The entire semiconductor industry, not to mention Silicon Valley, is built on the propensity of electrons in silicon to get kicked out of their atomic shells and become free. These mobile electrons ... more

Comet probe in race against time to crown stellar feat
Europe's deep-space robot lab Philae worked against the clock Friday, attempting to drill into a comet 510 million kilometres (320 million miles) from Earth to crown a historic exploration before its battery runs out. ... more

Philae probing comet with hours left on battery
Europe's probe Philae was busily conducting experiments on a comet 510 million kilometres (320 million miles) from Earth with just hours of onboard battery life left, ground control reported of signals received Friday. ... more

Physicists explain puzzling particle collisions
An anomaly spotted at the Large Hadron Collider has prompted scientists to reconsider a mathematical description of the underlying physics. By considering two forces that are distinct in everyday li ... more

Moon Express testing compact lunar lander at Kennedy
NASA is working with U.S. industry to develop the capabilities and cutting-edge technologies that will help send astronauts beyond low-Earth orbit. To achieve this goal, space travelers will need th ... more

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Oil-dwelling bacteria are social creatures in Earth's deep biosphere
Oil reservoirs are scattered deep inside the Earth like far-flung islands in the ocean, so their inhabitants might be expected to be very different, but a new study led by Dartmouth College and Univ ... more

Researchers use real data rather than theory to measure the cosmos
For the first time researchers have measured large distances in the Universe using data, rather than calculations related to general relativity. A research team from Imperial College London an ... more
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Belgium seeks to push back closure of two nuclear plants

Oil spill closes Enbridge line in Saskatchewan

Earth's most abundant mineral finally has a name

BOC Aviation adds two more Boeing jets to earlier order spree

WTO appeals panel sides with China in US anti-dumping duties row

Nature fires back at EIA shale gas critique

Apple co-founder Wozniak skeptical on smartwatches, Google Glass


Interstellar Mystery Solved By Supercomputer Simulations


Observing Solar System Worlds as if They Were Distant Exoplanets


SwRI develops solar observatory for use on suborbital manned space missions


MESSENGER Data Suggest Recurring Meteor Shower on Mercury


Galactic Get-Together Has Impressive Light Display


Galactic Gathering Gives Sparkling Light Display


Interstellar Mystery Solved by Supercomputer Simulations


Researchers detect possible signal from dark matter


Researchers detect possible signal from dark matter


Astronomers spot Pluto-size objects swarming about young sun

SwRI scientists develop solar observatory for use on suborbital manned space missions

Rosetta Comet Water Different Than Earth Water

How Did Life Become Complex, And Could It Happen Beyond Earth?

The Science of Magnetic Reconnection

The Geminids meteor shower should be one of the best this year

Researchers report possible dark matter signal

Rosetta fuels debate on origin of Earth's oceans

Saturn's Moons: What a Difference a Decade Makes

UK Plans to Drill Into Moon, Explore Feasibility of Manned Base

Asteroid 2014 UR116 Represents No Threat to the Earth

NASA-funded FOXSI to Observe X-Rays From Sun

Secondary relaxation in metallic glasses key glassy physics

45-year physics mystery shows a path to quantum transistors

Finding the simple patterns in a complex world

Laser-plasma 'tabletop' particle accelerator sets record

Tennessee research offers explanation for Titan dune puzzle

World record for compact particle accelerator

Electron pairs on demand

Microgravity Helping Us Understand Immune System's Tiny Warriors

Warm Gas Pours 'Cold Water' on Galaxy's Star-Making

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