Category Archives: Science

NASA launches $5 million contest to find CubeSats for deep space missions

As reported on Engadget. by Mariella Moon Attention, scientists, hobbyists and anyone in between who can design a mean CubeSat, or a mini cube-like satellite, for space exploration: registration is now open for NASA’sCube Quest contest, and the agency’s giving … Continue reading

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Scientists discover one of the most Earthlike planets yet

As reported on The Verge. By Ellis Hamburger Can Gliese 832c support life, or is it just a super-Venus? Sci News is reporting that astronomers at the University of New South Wales have discovered an Earthlike planet just 16 light-years away. The … Continue reading

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Scientists discover massive ocean of water 400 miles underground

As reported on The Verge. By Kwame Opam Researchers at Northwestern University have found evidence for a massive reservoir of water deep within the Earth’s mantle. The reservoir, which is said to be three times the volume of the oceans on … Continue reading

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A bitter war between chimps in the 1970s might be explained with social networking software

As reported on The Verge. By Josh Lowensohn 43 years ago, a group of chimpanzees that were once living peacefully in Tanzania’s Gombe Stream National Park suddenly split in two — one in the north area of the park, and the other … Continue reading

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Scientists can trace your ancestors to within 30 miles using DNA

As reported on Engadget. BY STEVE DENT You might know where your forebears lived a few generations prior, but how about the exact village they came from — 1,000 years ago? Thanks to DNA sequencing, it’s now possible to find that out in many … Continue reading

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See the astonishing real-life space photos that inspired ‘Cosmos’

As reported on The Verge. By Valentina Palladino NASA tweeted that it created a new album on its Flickr account with a few never-before-seen images of celestial bodies, in conjunction with Sunday’s premiere of Cosmos. Mixed with some old photos, the entire album of 43 images … Continue reading

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‘Particle Fever’ takes you inside the epic search for the Higgs Boson

As reported on The Verge. By Russell Brandom On July 4th, 2012, the particle physics laboratory CERN announced the news. After more than 20 years of research and preparation, they’d finally found the Higgs boson, or a particle that looked an … Continue reading

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Lawrence Livermore Lab wins $45 million to create the most powerful laser ever built

As reported on The Verge. By Russell Brandom Today, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory joined the cutting edge of laser research, receiving $45 million dollars to build a laser system of unprecedented power for a European Union project outside of Prague. The project, … Continue reading

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World’s most precise atomic clock will still be spot-on in 5 billion years

As reported on Engadget. BY CHRIS VELAZCO Most of us only pay attention to time when it’s causing headaches, but the same can’t be said of a team of researchers working out of the University of Colorado at Boulder. Led by … Continue reading

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The Physics of a Front-Wheel Drive Muscle Car

As reported on Wired. BY RHETT ALLAIN Check out this 736 horsepower Volkswagen Golf. Yes, most traditional muscle cars are rear-wheel drive instead of front-wheel drive. What is the difference? Of course there is an issue when the front wheels are … Continue reading

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