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Gamma Rays from Galactic Center Could be Evidence of Dark Matter

Posted by on August 14, 2012 in Earth & Space, Science with 1 Comment
Gamma Rays from Galactic Center Could be Evidence of Dark Matter

(Eurekalert) Gamma-ray photons seen emanating from the center of the Milky Way galaxy are consistent with the intriguing possibility that dark-matter particles are annihilating each other in space, according to research submitted by UC Irvine astrophysicists to the American Physical Society journal Physical Review D.

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How To View the Perseid Meteor Shower (Best of 2012) On Aug 11-13 [video]

Posted by on August 10, 2012 in Earth & Space with 0 Comments
How To View the Perseid Meteor Shower (Best of 2012) On Aug 11-13 [video]

On the nights of August 11-13, the best meteor shower of the year, the Perseid meteor shower, will fill predawn skies with hundreds of shooting stars. That’s just for starters. This year’s display is extra special because the brightest planets in the solar system are lining up right in the middle of the display. Here’s how you can view the celestial show…

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Stunning Map Reveals World’s Earthquakes Since 1898

Posted by on August 9, 2012 in Earth & Space, Science with 0 Comments
Stunning Map Reveals World’s Earthquakes Since 1898

If you’ve ever wondered where — and why — earthquakes happen the most, look no further than a new map, which plots more than a century’s worth of nearly every recorded earthquake strong enough to at least rattle the bookshelves. The map shows earthquakes of magnitude 4.0 or greater since 1898; each is marked in a lightning-bug hue that glows brighter with increasing magnitude. The overall effect is both beautiful and arresting, revealing the silhouettes of Earth’s tectonic boundaries in stark, luminous swarms of color.

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First Images from Curiosity Rover on Mars

Posted by on August 6, 2012 in Earth & Space, Science with 0 Comments
First Images from Curiosity Rover on Mars

(Wired) These are the first images taken by NASA’s rover Curiosity after landing in Gale Crater on Mars, shot with the rover’s Hazcam cameras. The image on the left shows one of the rover’s wheels. When it first showed up on the screen in JPL’s mission control, someone could be heard shouting “It’s the wheel, it’s the wheel!” The image on the right shows rocks, dust, and the rover’s shadow on the surface of Mars.

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Astrophysicist Aleksey Filippenko: ‘Scientists Understand Only 4% Of the Universe’ [video]

Posted by on July 29, 2012 in Earth & Space, Science with 0 Comments
Astrophysicist Aleksey Filippenko: ‘Scientists Understand Only 4% Of the Universe’ [video]

Despite all the scientific breakthroughs and Nobel Prizes for discoveries, scientists seem to be no nearer to a possible answer to the big question – why did the universe appear? ­RT sat down to talk to Aleksey Filippenko, an American astrophysicist and professor of astronomy at the University of California, Berkeley, CA. Filippenko was the […]

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Widespread Effects on Food Prices Due to Severe U.S. Drought

Widespread Effects on Food Prices Due to Severe U.S. Drought

(By Katie Spoden | Nourishing the Planet) On Tuesday, the New York Times published an article describing the far-reaching consequences of the severe drought on food prices in the United States. The article summarizes the economic consequences of the drought due to the largely damaged corn and soybean crop in the Midwest. The U.S. Drought Monitor recently declared […]

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‘Grand Canyon’ Discovered Beneath Antarctic Ice

Posted by on July 26, 2012 in Earth & Space with 0 Comments
‘Grand Canyon’ Discovered Beneath Antarctic Ice

(Discovery News) A dramatic gash in the surface of the Earth that could rival the majesty of the Grand Canyon has been discovered secreted beneath Antarctica’s vast, featureless ice sheet. Dubbed the Ferrigno Rift for the glacier that fills it, the chasm’s steep walls plunge nearly a mile down (1.5 kilometers) at its deepest.

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Human Colonies On Mars by 2023 and other Space News

Posted by on July 23, 2012 in Earth & Space with 0 Comments
Human Colonies On Mars by 2023 and other Space News

This video covers several recent space news stories: a full resolution image of the Orion Nebula; plans to establish a human settlement on Mars by 2023; and, the discovery of the oldest spiral galaxy in the universe. Below are the sources used for this video. Full resolution image of the Orion Nebula: http://www.spacetelescope.org/static/archives/images/publicationjpg/heic0601a.jpg Colonies On Mars […]

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Asteroid Flies By Earth This Weekend: How to Watch Online

Posted by on July 20, 2012 in Earth & Space with 0 Comments
Asteroid Flies By Earth This Weekend: How to Watch Online

(Space.com) A city-block size asteroid will fly by Earth this weekend well beyond the orbit of the moon, and you can watch it zip safely by live in an online webcast. The asteroid 2002 AM31 will make its closest approach to Earth on Sunday (July 22), when it will pass by at a range of about 3.2 million miles (5.2 million kilometers). That’s about 13.7 times the distance between the Earth and the moon.

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NASA Sees Sun Send Out Mid-level Solar Flare

Posted by on July 19, 2012 in Earth & Space with 1 Comment
NASA Sees Sun Send Out Mid-level Solar Flare

The sun emitted a mid-level solar flare on July 19, 2012, beginning at 1:13 AM EDT and peaking at 1:58 AM. Solar flares are gigantic bursts of radiation that cannot pass through Earth’s atmosphere to harm humans on the ground, however, when strong enough, they can disrupt the atmosphere and degrade GPS and communications signals.

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Garbage Drone Could Clean Up Oceans

Posted by on July 18, 2012 in Earth & Space, Technology with 0 Comments
Garbage Drone Could Clean Up Oceans

Christina Ortiz
Discovery News

From solar-powered underwater research bots to ones that tweet about California water quality, robots are becoming water-friendly devices. The Marine Drone is the latest among these, designed to search and destroy garbage in the ocean.

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Massive Solar Storm Sweeps Over Earth

Posted by on July 15, 2012 in Earth & Space with 1 Comment
Massive Solar Storm Sweeps Over Earth

(MSNBC) Space weather experts kept track of a solar storm that swept over our planet on Saturday, representing the fallout from a powerful solar flare earlier this week.

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Hubble Discovers a Fifth Moon Orbiting Pluto

Posted by on July 12, 2012 in Earth & Space, Science with 0 Comments
Hubble Discovers a Fifth Moon Orbiting Pluto

(NASA) A team of astronomers using NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope is reporting the discovery of another moon orbiting the icy dwarf planet Pluto. The moon is estimated to be irregular in shape and 6 to 15 miles across. It is in a 58,000-mile-diameter circular orbit around Pluto that is assumed to be co-planar with the other satellites in the system.

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Research Shows Worms Live Longer in Space

Posted by on July 9, 2012 in Earth & Space, Science with 0 Comments
Research Shows Worms Live Longer in Space

A number of Caenorhabditis elegans worms were carried aboard a mission to the International Space Station (ISS) and brought back for study. Researchers found reduced activity of five genes in the worms that, when suppressed in the species on Earth, lead to longer lifetimes. The work appears in Scientific Reports.

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Cosmology Group Finds Measurable Evidence of Dark Matter Filament

Posted by on July 7, 2012 in Earth & Space, Science with 0 Comments
Cosmology Group Finds Measurable Evidence of Dark Matter Filament

As time passes and more research is done, more evidence is compiled supporting the theory that suggests that dark matter is a real thing, even though no direct evidence for its existence has ever been found. Instead, the evidence comes about as measurements of other phenomenon are taken, generally involving gravitational pull on objects in the universe we can see that cannot be explained by other means.

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