Active Sun Unleashes Massive Solar Flare
A powerful X1.8-class solar flare erupts from the sun on Dec. 19, 2014 in this view from NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory spacecraft tracking sun weather.
December 20th, 2014
The sun fired off a massive solar flare late Friday (Dec. 19), after days of intense storms from our nearest star. The huge solar flare registered as an X1.8-class event, the most powerful type of flare possible, and was captured on camera by NASA's powe
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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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Before It's Too Late: An 'Interstellar' Lesson for Humanity's Future (Op-Ed)
Interstellar still
December 20th, 2014
The technology of the future can't wait.
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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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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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