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Cousin of Earth: Planet Kepler-186f May Be Habitable for Life (Op-Ed)
This diagram shows the position of Kepler-186f in relation to Earth.
April 17th, 2014
It's the brass ring that teams of astronomers from hither to yon have tried to grab: Discovering a planet that sports an environment similar to our own. Finding Earth's cousin. And now, a team of researchers may have done it.
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Capturing the 2000 Lunar Eclipse from 'Hell on Ice'
Composite images of Jan 2000 lunar eclipse
April 12th, 2014
Despite frozen shutters and cracking film, Victor Rogus captured the 2000 lunar eclipse.
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Aurora at Moonlight
aurora borealis, northern lights
April 9th, 2014
The northern lights, captured over the snow of Maine.
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'LIGO: A Passion for Understanding' — The Minds Behind the Film
LIGO Observatory Vertex Area
April 16th, 2014
Filmmaker Kai Staats joins leading researchers from the LIGO team to share the motivations behind "LIGO: A Passion for Understanding."
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Searching High and Low for Dark Matter (Q+A)
This NASA Hubble Space Telescope image shows the distribution of dark matter in the center of the giant galaxy cluster Abell 1689
April 12th, 2014
Astrophysicists are getting to the depth of dark matter.
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Why Entrepreneurs and Citizen Scientists Hold the Key to Saving the World
This map shows the locations for the International Space Apps Challenge, a two-day competition in nearly 100 cities on six continents. The 2014 International Space Apps Challenge mainstage will be in New York City.
April 9th, 2014
Crowdsourced space apps may find the solutions to some of the planet's most challenging problems.
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Brooklyn, Baby Talk, and the Dialect of 'Dark Eden': Exclusive From Author Chris Beckett
"Dark Eden," by Chris Beckett Book Cover
April 2nd, 2014
The inside story of how the dialect of 'Dark Eden' was created.
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WATCH NOW: 'LIGO, A Passion for Understanding' Documentary Premiere
'LIGO, A Passion for Understanding' Film
April 15th, 2014
On Tuesday (April 15), will premiere a new documentary "LIGO, A Passion for Understanding" by filmmaker Kai Staats, which follows scientists using the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatories (LIGO) to hunt for gravitational waves.
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From Here to Mars: Senate Testimony of Astronaut Leroy Chiao
Leroy Chiao Portrait
April 11th, 2014
Can the United States hold its leadership in spaceflight into the 21st century?
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Predicting Mars Cuisine: Grasshoppers with a Side of Fungi (Op-Ed)
Thai grasshopper snack food in Bangkok, Thailand.
April 4th, 2014
To survive on Mars, astronauts may need to rely on an usual diet.
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