Time Travel and Wormholes: Physicist Kip Thorne's Wildest Theories
Wormhole Space Travel
December 19th, 2014
Kip Thorne, the physicist who brought real science to the movie "Interstellar," has a history of coming up with ideas that sound straight out of science fiction. We've rounded up three of Thorne's most mind-bending theories — at least one of which may hav
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Daring Philae Comet Landing Named Top Breakthrough of 2014
Comet 67P/C-G seen from Rosetta
December 18th, 2014
The first-ever soft landing of a robotic probe the surface of a comet has just been named the top scientific breakthrough of 2014 by the journal Science.
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What's New in Black Holes? 'Interstellar' Physicist Kip Thorne Tells All
Supermassive black hole conception, Interstellar
December 19th, 2014
Kip Thorne, the physicist who wrote the book on black holes (and time warps), discusses the new physics he's most excited about, and exactly how a black hole would kill you.
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NASA's Kepler Spacecraft Finds 1st Alien Planet of New Mission
This artist's concept shows the first planet discovered by NASA's Kepler spacecraft during its K2 mission, a "super Earth" called HIP 116454b. The planet has a diameter of 20,000 miles, weighs 12 times as much as Earth and orbits its star once every 9.1 d
December 18th, 2014
Kepler has spotted its first new alien planet since being hobbled by a malfunction in May 2013. The newly discovered world, called HIP 116454b, is a "super Earth" about 2.5 times larger than our home planet.
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European Comet Lander May Wake Up from Space Slumber
Philae Lander's View of 'Perihelion Cliff' on Comet Surface
December 17th, 2014
It's now approaching summer in the presumed location of Europe's Philae lander on a comet, so the washing-machine-size probecould soon access enough energy to open its eyes and start working again, Rosetta mission scientists said.
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Holiday Lights From Space: Satellite Sees Cities Brighten (Photos)
Image, created using data from the NOAA-NASA Suomi NPP satellite, showing how lights across San Francisco Bay Area shine more brightly in December than they do during the rest of the year.
December 17th, 2014
City lights across the United States blaze 20 to 50 percent more brightly in December than they do the rest of the year, and some cities in the Middle East brighten by more than 50 percent during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, researchers said.
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A Christmas Comet to be Seen From Dark Skies
comet lovejoy, comets, comet watching
December 19th, 2014
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Curiosity Rover's Critics are Missing the Point (Op-Ed)
Curiosity rover selfie, mars mission
December 18th, 2014
Curiosity is leading, not "lacking."
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Curiosity Rover Finds Life's Building Blocks on Mars
Cumberland Drill Hole
December 17th, 2014
The discovery is not evidence that life exists, or has ever existed, on Mars, researchers stressed. But it does mark the first time that organics have been confirmed inside Red Planet rocks, and it checks off a chief goal of the rover team.
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