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November 21, 2012
Lifting The Ceiling On Terran Lifeforms
Moffett Field CA (SPX) Nov 20, 2012
The parachuting thrill-seeker Felix Baumgartner is not the only living thing to plunge through the jet stream. Recent studies have confirmed that microbes exist in the stratosphere, the atmospheric region between about 18 and 50 kilometers in altitude. (Baumgartner leaped into history from 39 kilometers up.) Biologists had once thought this zone was uninhabitable due to its low pressure, high radiation and absence of water and nutrients. "Life surviving at high altitudes challenges our ... read more
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Born-again star foreshadows fate of Solar System
Astronomers have found evidence for a dying Sun-like star coming briefly back to life after casting its gassy shells out into space, mimicking the possible fate our own Solar System faces in a few b ... more

NASA Innovator of Year Hunts for Extraterrestrial Amino Acids
The hunt for the organic molecules that create proteins and enzymes critical for life here on Earth has largely happened in sophisticated terrestrial laboratories equipped with high-tech gadgetry ne ... more

MESSENGER Finds Unusual Groups of Ridges and Troughs on Mercury
MESSENGER has discovered assemblages of tectonic landforms unlike any previously found on Mercury or elsewhere in the Solar System. The surface of Mercury is covered with deformational landfor ... more
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NASA's Kepler Wraps Prime Mission, Begins Extension
NASA is marking two milestones in the search for planets like Earth; the successful completion of the Kepler Space Telescope's three-and-a-half-year prime mission and the beginning of an extended mi ... more


Lockheed Martin Expands Range Of Cloud Computing Services for UK Government
Lockheed Martin UK has expanded its offering of cloud computing services available to the UK government after recently being selected to provide G-Cloud 2 IT support. This new contract succeed ... more
The Year In Space

Rare image of Super-Jupiter sheds light on planet formation
An infrared imaging search with the Subaru telescope has captured a rare image of a "Super-Jupiter" around the massive star Kappa Andromedae (K And). The gas giant has a mass about 13 times that of ... more

Astronomers Directly Image Massive Star's 'Super-Jupiter'
Astronomers using infrared data from the Subaru Telescope in Hawaii have discovered a "super-Jupiter" around the bright star Kappa Andromedae, which now holds the record for the most massive star kn ... more
Military Space News, Nuclear Weapons, Missile Defense
Russia's nuclear weapon arsenal surpasses US

Elbit to supply Hermes 900 HFE UAVs to Switzerland

U.S. Navy's USNS Maury completes acceptance trials

General Dynamics receives sub contract modification

Philippine Air Force receiving South Korean FA-50 jets

Saab to modernize Sweden's RBS 97 Hawk missile system

Polish call to scrap NATO-Russia deal 'extraordinarily dangerous': Moscow


Leonid meteor shower comes around
Fragments shed by a comet are falling to Earth this weekend in the Leonid meteor shower. ... more

Rare meteorites created in violent celestial collision
A tiny fraction of meteorites on earth contain strikingly beautiful, translucent, olive-green crystals embedded in an iron-nickel matrix. Called pallasites, these "space gems" have fascinated scient ... more

LLNL scientists assist in building detector to search for elusive dark matter material
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory researchers are making key contributions to a physics experiment that will look for one of nature's most elusive particles, "dark matter," using a tank nearly ... more
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Hubble Traps Galactic Fireflies
Luminous galaxies glow like fireflies on a dark night in this image snapped by the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope. The upper central galaxy in this image is a gigantic elliptical galaxy designated ... more

SETI Institute Major Donation From Qualcomm Chief Scientist Franklin Antonio
SETI Institute has received a donation of $3.5 million from Franklin Antonio, Co-founder and Chief Scientist of Qualcomm. The money will be used to more than double the sensitivity of the Alle ... more
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Bright prospects: Repairing neurons with light

Is That a Forest? That Depends on How You Define It

First-in-man use of virtual reality imaging in cardiac cath lab to treat blocked coronary artery

A whiff from blue-green algae likely responsible for Earth's oxygen

Great Barrier Reef protecting against landslides, tsunamis

CO2 keeps even small fry invasive carp at bay

When every species counts


Black Holes and How to Use Them
A "black hole" is defined as a region of space where gravity is so great that it prevents anything, including light, from escaping. Einstein's theory of general relativity predicts that a sufficient ... more

Instrument Will Observe Spiral Galaxy Near Big Dipper's Handle
Astrophysicist Timothy Cook loves to build things, particularly small scientific satellites and instruments, putting them on a sounding rocket and then shooting them into space. "How can one not fin ... more

BOSS Quasars Unveil a New Era in the Expansion History of the Universe
BOSS, the Baryon Oscillation Spectroscopic Survey, is mapping a huge volume of space to measure the role of dark energy in the evolution of the universe. BOSS is the largest program of the third Slo ... more
Keck Observations Bring Weather Of Uranus Into Sharp Focus

At Pluto, Moons and Debris May Be Hazardous to New Horizons Spacecraft During Flyby

Sharpest-ever Ground-based Images of Pluto and Charon: Proves a Powerful Tool for Exoplanet Discoveries

SETI Institute Major Donation From Qualcomm Chief Scientist Franklin Antonio

NASA Innovator of Year Hunts for Extraterrestrial Amino Acids

Lifting The Ceiling On Terran Lifeforms

Lowell astronomer, collaborators point the way for exoplanet search

Rare image of Super-Jupiter sheds light on planet formation

Astronomers Directly Image Massive Star's 'Super-Jupiter'

NASA Rover Providing New Weather and Radiation Data About Mars

CU LASP package ready for MAVEN integration bound for Mars

Martian And Terran History Finding a common denominator


Lowell astronomer, collaborators point the way for exoplanet search
Though the search for planets around other stars, or exoplanets, is showing researchers that planets are abundant in our galaxy, it helps a great deal to have directions when searching for as-of-yet ... more

The curious shape of a supernova remnant in a star-forming cloud
Data from two ESA missions combine in a new view of the peculiar supernova remnant W44. The filamentary shell-like structure, detected by the Herschel Space Observatory at far-infrared wavelengths, ... more

DARPA's Advanced Space Surveillance Telescope Could Be Looking Up From Down Under
DARPA's ground-based Space Surveillance Telescope (SST) may soon head to Australia. An agreement reached this week with Australia's Department of Defense will allow DARPA to take the 180,000 lb. thr ... more

Combined Power Of Space Telescopes Finds Candidate For Most Distant Object Yet
By combining the power of NASA's Hubble and Spitzer space telescopes and one of nature's own natural "zoom lenses" in space, astronomers have set a new record for finding the most distant galaxy see ... more
24/7 Energy News Coverage
Britain axes 1 billion pound carbon capture scheme

Dutch lawmakers approve plan to close coal power plants

French carmakers top European list of low CO2 emitters

PetroChina sells pipeline stake amid reforms push

French group to help Japan dismantle nuclear reactors

Google gets 348,085 'forget' requests in Europe

CERN colliding lead ions at record energy using upgraded LHC


Bug repellent for supercomputers proves effective


Keeneland Project Deploys New GPU Supercomputing System for the National Science Foundation


Titan is also a green powerhouse


A Reborn Planetary Nebula


Raytheon submits Space Fence proposal to the USAF


Leonid Meteor Shower Peaks Saturday, November 17, 2012


Lockheed Martin Submits Space Fence Radar Proposal to USAF to Detect and Track Orbital Objects


Proba-2 soaks up three solar eclipses


Lonely planet: Orphan world spotted in deep space


US to station powerful radar, space telescope in Australia

Sky-gazers in awe of total eclipse

Lost in Space: Rogue Planet Spotted?

Astronomers Measure The Universe's Deceleration Before Dark Energy Took Over

Boss Quasars Unveil A New Era In The Expansion History Of The Universe

Lowell Astronomer, Collaborators Point The Way For Exoplanet Search

The 11-Year Solar Cycle Continues During Prolonged Sunspot Minima

High-Frequency Flux Transfer Events Detected Near Mercury

China's Chang'e-3 to land on moon next year

Study provides recipe for 'supercharging' atoms with X-ray laser

New habitable zone super-Earth found in exosolar system

Astronomers develop new method to determine neutron star mass

Hubble Spots a Colorful Lenticular Galaxy

Nearby six-planet system could be life friendly

Apocalypse and salvation strategy

Huddersfield physicist join global partners inBig Bang particle search

Discovery of a Giant Gap in the Disk of a Sun-like Star May Indicate Multiple Planets

New Australian telescope set to find 700,000 galaxies

Cosmic sprinklers explained in active planetary nebula

Atmospheric CO2 risks increasing space junk: study

Cray supercomputer named world's fastest

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