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The Daily Galaxy -Great Discoveries Channel, is an eclectic text and video presentation of news and original insights on science, space exploration, and the environment and their reflections in popular culture (film, books, events). Eclectic text and video blog of news and insights on science, space, technology and popular culture.



"Where's Douglas Adams When We Need Him!" --Elon Musk's Starman Tesla Will Likely Collide with Earth or Venus – in Millions of Years  

    Elon Musk's grand stunt sending his cherry red Tesla out into the reaches of our Solar System last week makes one wonder what that galactic hitch-hiker and alien journalist, Ford Prefect, star with Arthur Dent of The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy, would have made of  the caper. The Tesla Roadster that was recently shot into space as part of SpaceX's rocket test flight will likely collide with Earth or Venus eventually, according to new University of Toronto research.

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2018-02-16 09:59:29



SOL 5,000 --NASA's Solar-Powered Mars Rover Approaching Milestone Dawn  

      "Five thousand sols after the start of our 90-sol mission, this amazing rover is still showing us surprises on Mars," said Opportunity Project Manager John Callas, of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, California. The Sun will rise on NASA's solar-powered Mars rover Opportunity for the 5,000th time on Saturday, sending rays of energy to a golf-cart-size robotic field geologist that continues to provide revelations about the Red Planet.   A Martian "so

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2018-02-15 17:13:42



Beyond Comprehension! --"Supermassive Black Holes are Outgrowing Their Host Galaxies" (WATCH Video)  

    The growth of the biggest black holes in the Universe is outrunning the rate of formation of stars in the galaxies they inhabit, according to two new studies using data from NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory and other telescopes and described in our latest press release.   In this graphic an image from the Chandra Deep Field-South is shown. The Chandra image (blue) is the deepest ever obtained in X-rays. It has been combined with an optical and infrared image from the

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2018-02-15 13:18:56



One Hundred New Planets Confirmed in Kepler Spacecraft Field of View --"1/400th of the Milky Way"  

  "We started out analyzing 275 candidates, of which 149 were validated as real exoplanets. In turn, 95 of these planets have proved to be new discoveries," said U.S. doctoral student Andrew Mayo at the National Space Institute (DTU Space) at the Technical University of Denmark. "This research has been underway since the first K2 data release in 2014." This brings the total number of new exoplanets found with the K2 mission up to almost 300. The research was conducted partly as a senio

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2018-02-15 08:54:53



Kepler Mission --Trio of Massive and Dense Planets Unlike Any in Our Solar System  

  A star about 100 light years away in the Pisces constellation, GJ 9827, hosts what may be one of the most massive and dense super-Earth planets detected to date according to new research led by Carnegie's Johanna Teske. This new information provides evidence to help astronomers better understand the process by which such planets form. The GJ 9827 star actually hosts a trio of planets, discovered by NASA's exoplanet-hunting Kepler/K2 mission, and all three are slightly larger than Ear

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2018-02-14 10:14:55



Today's "Planet Earth Report" --Crypto-Currency Mania 'Hinders Search for Alien Life'  

  If there is intelligent life out there, it might be broadcasting signals across the universe. Scientists listening out for broadcasts by extra-terrestrials are struggling to get the computer hardware they need, thanks to the crypto-currency mining craze, a radio-astronomer has said. SETI (Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence) researchers want to expand operations at two observatories. However, it has found that key computer chips are in short supply. "We'd like to use the lates

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2018-02-14 09:19:26



From the Farside: "We are the Predecessors of a Greater Species" (WATCH Video)  

    Don't miss this! Podcasting superstar Joe Rogan  interviews physicist and cosmologist Lawrence Krauss, Foundation Professor of the School of Earth and Space Exploration at Arizona State University, and director of its Origins Project.       Image credit: With thanks to ParadoxPlaza.com         

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2018-02-13 12:00:39



Today's Top Space Headline: "We are Overdue" --Saving Earth from the Next Chicxulub Impact, Equal to 300 Million Nuclear Bombs (WATCH Video)  

  Sixty Five million years ago, the most famous asteroid in history slammed into Earth and most likely exterminated the dinosaurs. Disconcertingly, we are no less likely to be to hit by an asteroid today than our ancient reptilian counterparts were — but luckily we have helpful tools at our disposal. The impact occurred 65 million years ago when an asteroid approximately 12 kilometers (7 miles) wide slammed into Earth. The collision took place near what is now the Yucatan peninsula i...

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2018-02-13 09:29:37



Hole at the Heart of the Rosette Nebula's Atomic Cloud --"Puzzled Astronomers for Decades"  

    A hole at the heart of a stunning rose-like interstellar cloud has puzzled astronomers for decades. But new research, led by the University of Leeds, offers an explanation for the discrepancy between the size and age of the Rosetta Nebula's central cavity and that of its central stars. The Rosette Nebula is located in the Milky Way Galaxy roughly 5,000 light-years from Earth and is known for its rose-like shape and distinctive hole at its center. The nebula is an interstellar

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2018-02-13 07:48:24



Today's "Planet Earth Report" --Google's Guinea-Pig City has Global Implications (WATCH Video)  

    Quayside is a nondescript, 12-acre chunk of land on the southern edge of Toronto's downtown. It's just three miles from my apartment, but getting there takes almost an hour by subway, bus, and foot. When I finally arrive at 333 Lake Shore Boulevard East on a windy day in early January, I find a vacant parking lot full of snow. The abandoned Victory Soya Mills silos loom at its edge—a remnant of the city's industrial heyday. The plot is half of the future site of Sidewa...

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2018-02-13 07:17:33



"The Blue Whale Solution" --When it Comes to Extinction, Body Size Matters  

    On a certain level, extinction is all about energy. Animals move over their surroundings like Pacmen, chomping up resources to fuel their survival. If they gain a certain energy threshold, they reproduce, essentially earning an extra life. If they encounter too many empty patches, they starve, and by the end of the level it's game over.   Models for extinction risk are necessarily simple. Most reduce complex ecological systems to a linear relationship between resource

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2018-02-13 07:01:08



Today's Top Space Headline: The Sad Death of NASA's New Space Telescope --"Trump Has Handed Asia's Trade to China, Why Not Our Space Leadership Too?"  

    "It's terrible," says David Spergel, a Princeton University astrophysicist and cochair of the WFIRST science team, of the Trump administration's recommendation to cut the mission. "We're sort of abandoning leadership in space astronomy."  The proposal, released by the Trump admiistration Monday, recommends eliminating the Wide-Field Infrared Survey Telescope (WFIRST), citing "higher priorities" at NASA and the cost of the new telescope, according to Th...

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2018-02-12 19:34:22



Today's Top Science Headline: The Riddle of the Quantum Sphinx --"Clues from Egyptian Hieroglyphs" (WATCH Today's 'Galaxy' Stream)  

    In his Lecture at Perimeter Institute, Robert Spekkens will explain why he believes that many quantum mysteries are a result of a category mistake concerning the nature of quantum states. Along the way, he will address some idiosyncratic questions, such as: What did Plato have to say about Heisenberg's uncertainty principle? What do poorly implemented clinical drug trials have to do with "spooky action at a distance"? And, most importantly, what did the successful decip...

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2018-02-12 14:09:46



NASA --"Newly Discovered Crystals Provide Evidence of Mars Water & Habitable Environment"  

    "These crystals are a new type of evidence that builds the story of persistent water and a long-lived habitable environment on Mars," said Curiosity Project Scientist Ashwin Vasavada of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Star-shaped and swallowtail-shaped tiny, dark bumps in fine-layered bright bedrock of a Martian ridge are drawing close inspection by NASA's Curiosity Mars rover.   This set of shapes looks familiar to geologists who have studied gypsum crystals forme

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2018-02-12 12:44:31



From the Farside --Ridley Scott: “Aliens are Out There --And AI is Much Further Advanced Than We Know" (WATCH Video)  

    In Sir Ridley Scott's Prometheus, a quasi-prequel to his 1979 blockbuster film, "Alien," an Earth-based crew is sent on a journey to a near-by star system to explore a planet believed to host an advanced civilization. The great question film asks is "Did aliens create the human race? If so, does that negate the existence of God? Or, did God create the aliens?" Prometheus centers on scientific exploration on board a spacefaring vessel named for the Titan in Greek mytholog...

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2018-02-12 09:34:28



Last Week's Top 5 Space & Science Headlines  

  Why There Were No Neanderthal Picasso's (Or Were There?) --"A New Theory of Evolution" (WATCH Video) "Message-in-a-Bottle" --SpaceX Starman Roadster's 'Black Box' Habitable Worlds Beyond Our Milky Way-- "This Ancient Quasar Galaxy Harbors More Than a Trillion Planets" From the Farside: South Atlantic Anomaly, A Portal to Another Universe? --"The 'Bermuda Triangle' of Space" (WATCH Video)  "Planet Earth Report" --"First Images of Creatures from Unexplored Antarctic Dep

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2018-02-12 07:32:26



Today's "Planet Earth Report" --World Leaders Hold a Secret Meeting On Fate of AI --"We Will Cease Being the Only Sentient Species on the Planet"  

      Top individuals from around the world convened this week at the World Government Summit organized by the AI Initiative from the Future Society at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government and H.E. Omar bin Sultan Al Olama, the UAE's Minister of State for Artificial Intelligence, to discuss the agenda that should govern the next generation of governments. Yesterday, a select few of these leaders gathered in a secretive meeting to discuss the guidelines that nations...

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2018-02-12 06:45:49



“Numbskulls!” --NASA: The Trump Administration Wants to Privatize the International Space Station  

    "The ISS is built for science and human exploration, it's not built for profit seeking," said Andrew Rush, the chief executive of Made In Space, a company that uses 3-D printing to manufacture objects on the space station. The plan to privatize the station is likely to run into a wall of opposition, especially since the United States has spent nearly $100 billion to build and operate it. Last week, reports the Washington Post, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) said he hoped recen...

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2018-02-11 09:37:13



Today's Top Space Headline: NASA's 'Guardian of the Galaxy' --"We are On the Verge of Becoming a Spacefaring Species"  

  "The importance of planning for the protection of Earth's biosphere, and for responsible exploration of Mars and other locations in our solar system, cannot be overemphasized," said Lisa Pratt, NASA's new planetary protection officer responsible for protecting the planet from microscopic threats originating on other planets. "With only a few decades left until there are boot prints on Mars, it is imperative for the international scientific community to plan for the unknown conseque

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2018-02-11 08:53:21



New Horizon's Spacecraft Snaps Farthest Images Yet as It Speeds Into the Unknown to the Most Primitive, Distant Object Ever Explored  

    New Horizons was even farther from home than NASA's Voyager 1 when it captured the famous "Pale Blue Dot" image of Earth. That picture was part of a composite of 60 images looking back at the solar system, on Feb. 14, 1990, when Voyager was 3.75 billion miles (6.06 billion kilometers, or about 40.5 astronomical units [AU]) from Earth. Voyager 1's cameras were turned off shortly after that portrait, leaving its distance record unchallenged for more than 27 years. New ...

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2018-02-10 09:03:19



New Horizon's Spacecraft Snaps Farthest Images Yet as It Speeds Towards the Most Primitive, Distant Object Ever Explored  

    New Horizons was even farther from home than NASA's Voyager 1 when it captured the famous "Pale Blue Dot" image of Earth. That picture was part of a composite of 60 images looking back at the solar system, on Feb. 14, 1990, when Voyager was 3.75 billion miles (6.06 billion kilometers, or about 40.5 astronomical units [AU]) from Earth. Voyager 1's cameras were turned off shortly after that portrait, leaving its distance record unchallenged for more than 27 years. New ...

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2018-02-10 09:03:19



Today's "Planet Earth Report" --"First Images of Creatures from Unexplored Antarctic Depths"  

Photographs of rare species from unexplored area of Antarctic seabed highlight need to protect life in one of the most remote places on the planet. The images below are the first of creatures found in a previously unexplored region of the Antarctic seabed offering a fascinating glimpse of life in one of the most remote and pristine places on the planet. The rare species, reports The Guardian, were found by Dr Susanne Lockhart, an Antarctic biologist who visited the seafloor in a submari

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2018-02-10 07:38:58



Why There Were No Neanderthal Picasso's (Or Were There?) --"A New Theory of Evolution" (WATCH Video)  

      A new theory has been proposed for the evolution of the human brain: Homo sapiens developed rounder skulls and grew bigger parietal cortexes than Neanderthals -- the region of the brain that integrates visual imagery and motor coordination -- because of an evolutionary arms race with increasingly wary prey.   Neanderthals had large brains and made complex tools but never demonstrated the ability to draw recognizable images, unlike early modern humans who creat

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2018-02-10 06:58:27



From the Farside --Theories of the Black Knight Satellite --"A 13,000 Year-Old Alien Artifact in Orbit Around the Earth"  

     Sometime in the 20th century a theory arose, claiming that the famous inventor Nikola Tesla was actually contacted by a 13,000 year old alien artifact in orbit around Earth, an object which has since become known as the Black Knight Satellite. The history of the Black Knight is actually a conglomerate of several independent stories, all of which involve an unidentified object in orbit around Earth, but outside of a common moniker, share little else in common, report

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2018-02-09 13:17:03



Today's Top Space Headline --"First Glimpse of Alien Planets That May Hold 250 Times More Water than Earth's Oceans"  

    The ESO has released a new study that found that the seven planets orbiting the nearby ultra-cool dwarf star TRAPPIST-1 are all made mostly of rock, and some could potentially hold more water than Earth. The planets' densities, now known much more precisely than before, suggest that some of them could have up to 5 percent of their mass in the form of water — about 250 times more than Earth's oceans. The hotter planets closest to their parent star are likely to have dense...

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2018-02-09 10:11:08



Today's "Planet Earth Report" --Climate Change Red Flag: "America's Ski Trails are Vanishing"  

    Winter is shrinking in places like Hayward, Wis., reports the New York Times, a town of 2,300 that swells to more than 12,000 people in late February during the American Birkebeiner, North America's largest cross-country ski race. Last year, organizers canceled the event for lack of snow. A new analysis by the Climate Impact Lab reports that popular ski resort towns in the United States will lose huge portions of their ski seasons by century's end. If global greenhouse g...

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2018-02-09 09:23:43



Today's Top Science Headline --The Day the Earth Stood Still: "There's a Missing Chapter in Earth's History"  

    "It's almost like there was a speed limit for 100 million years," says Ross Mitchell, a geologist at Curtin University in Australia. The planet's plates slowed to a snail's pace, its mountains were cut short and its volcanoes fell dormant. The world became quiet and still. Continents and volcanoes nearly came to a halt billions of years ago, reports today's Scientific American, creating a huge planetary pressure cooker. Our planet is always on the move. Earth's s...

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2018-02-09 08:01:06



Our Magnetic Universe --"Everything From Stars to Galaxies are Powered By a Turbulent Dynamo"  

    "We now know for sure that turbulent dynamo exists, and that it's one of the mechanisms that can actually explain magnetization of the universe," said Petros Tzeferacos, research assistant professor of astronomy and astrophysics and associate director of the Flash Center. "This is something that we hoped we knew, but now we do." The universe is highly magnetic, with everything from stars to planets to galaxies producing their own magnetic fields. Astrophysicists have long pu

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2018-02-09 07:19:01



From the Farside: South Atlantic Anomaly, A Portal to Another Universe? --"The 'Bermuda Triangle' of Space" (WATCH Video)  

    "Before I became an astronaut, I had seen stories of astronauts who had seen white flashes from radiation while they flew in space," says Terry Virts, a former Nasa astronaut. On the fifth night of his first flight - a 2010 mission with the Space Shuttle Endeavour - he had just got into bed. "I… closed my eyes and boom! This gigantic white, blinding flash happened in my eyes - and I didn't hear anything." As more entrepreneurs dabble in space flight ...

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2018-02-08 10:01:56



Today's Top Space Headline: There's a Shiny Red Car Floating Around in Our Solar System --"Where Is Elon Musk's Space Tesla Really Going?"  

      Jonathan McDowell, an astronomer at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics who has been live-tweeting his attempts to discern the correct orbit, tweeted Wednesday, "Elon is still talking about the Starman going to the asteroid belt," referring to the nickname Musk gave the dummy driver in a nod to David Bowie. "But I'm not convinced yet." There is, at this very moment, a shiny red car floating around in our solar system. The car, a 2008 Tesla Roadste...

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2018-02-08 08:42:46



"Mutual Annihilation?" --To Actually Identify Dark Matter Particles is Increasingly Puzzling  

    The NASA X-ray image above shows the Perseus galaxy cluster, approximately 240 million light-years away from Earth. The x-ray radiation emitted by galaxies and galaxy clusters still poses numerous puzzles to astrophysicists. It may provide clues to the nature of the mysterious dark matter. Dark matter is increasingly puzzling. Around the world, physicists have been trying for decades to determine the nature of these matter particles, which do not emit light and are therefore

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2018-02-08 08:03:09



"Navigating Alien Oceans" -- Creating NASA Submarines to Operate in Titan's -300 F Ocean of Methane and Ethane  

  Building a submarine gets tricky when the temperature drops to -300 Fahrenheit and the ocean is made of methane and ethane. Washington State University researchers are working with NASA to determine how a submarine might work on Titan, the largest of Saturn's many moons and the second largest in the solar system. The space agency plans to launch a real submarine into Titan seas in the next 20 years. Titan is of particular interest to researchers because it is similar to earth

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2018-02-08 07:24:17



Today's Top Science Headline --The Science of Human Herd Behavior: "How to Bear a Bull Market"  

  After the downs and ups of the markets in recent days, journalist Simon Makin spoke to neuroeconomist and psychiatrist Richard Peterson, managing director of MarketPsych research, whose most recent book, Trading on Sentiment: The Power of Minds over Markets, explores the role of crowd psychology in securities pricing, using an analysis of social media data about what underlies violent downs and ups of trading. What does yesterday's market downturn say about the fickleness of market...

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2018-02-08 06:49:13



Today's "Planet Earth Report" --Instagram Feed of the 6th Mass Extinction in Photos  

    The 6th extinction of global biodiversity is underway. Photographers around the world document its causes, effects and solutions. Photographer Sean Gallagher has set up a new Instagram feed called Everyday Extinction. Featuring work from 25 wildlife photographers, photojournalists and scientists, the project aims to highlight species extinction and celebrate biodiversity. Image by @sebastiandido. 'The skull of a brown capuchin monkey from the Boyaca region of Colombia. His...

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2018-02-07 13:22:28



Today's "Planet Earth Report" --Instagram Feed of the 6th Mass Extinction Shows Everyday Examples in Photos  

    The 6th extinction of global biodiversity is underway. Photographers around the world document its causes, effects and solutions. Photographer Sean Gallagher has set up a new Instagram feed called Everyday Extinction. Featuring work from 25 wildlife photographers, photojournalists and scientists, the project aims to highlight species extinction and celebrate biodiversity. Image by @sebastiandido. 'The skull of a brown capuchin monkey from the Boyaca region of Colombia. His...

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2018-02-07 13:22:28



Habitable Worlds Beyond Our Milky Way-- "This Ancient Quasar Galaxy Harbors More Than a Trillion Planets"  

  A new study, published February 2 in The Astrophysical Journal Letters, gives the first evidence that more than a trillion exoplanets could exist beyond the Milky Way. Using information from NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory and a planet detection technique called microlensing to study a distant quasar galaxy, scientists at the University of Oklahoma found evidence that there are approximately 2,000 extragalactic planets for every one star beyond the Milky Way. Quasar galaxies are dist

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2018-02-07 11:21:51



StarTalk Radio --The Trappist Star System --"Life in the Terminator Zone" (LISTEN)  

  This week on StarTalk All-Stars, astrophysicist Emily Rice, comic co-host Chuck Nice, and special guest David Kipping, Assistant Professor of Astronomy at Columbia University, are heading off to TRAPPIST-1, the recently discovered red dwarf star 40 light years away that contains seven Earth-sized exoplanets, with three in the habitable Goldilocks zone. This discovery created massive excitement in the science community. You'll hear how the research team needed to view the system f...

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2018-02-07 09:51:51



"Message-in-a-Bottle" --SpaceX Starman Roadster's 'Black Box'   

    If future interplanetary human colonists, living beyond Earth, need some reading material, Elon Musk's Tesla Roadster could turn out to be a message-in-a-bottle style library. In addition to dummy driver "Starman," SpaceX revealed the Roadster includes a copy of three of Isaac Asimov's "Foundation Trilogy." What was the significance of putting these specific science fiction novels into space? And did SpaceX really choose the best Asimov books, asks Inverse.com? �...

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2018-02-07 09:21:35



Elon Musk's Twitter Feed: "StarMan Roadster's Billion-Year Journey Exceeded Mars Orbit On Way to Asteroid Belt" (WATCH Video)  

    SpaceX founder Elon Musk announced via his Twitter Feed that his cherry-red Tesla Roadster has exceeded Mars and on its way to the Asteroid Belt. This new, iconic satellite of the Sun is hurtling into outer space on an interplanetary trajectory at 12 kilometers per second with David Bowie's "Space Oddity" pulsing from the radio with the spacesuit-clad "Star Man" dummy in the driver's seat. The comforting dashboard display reads "Don't Panic," the tagline fro...

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2018-02-07 08:01:29



"Star Man!" --Elon Musk Changes Space Commerce & Exploration Forever -Again (WATCH Live Video)  

    Earlier today, our sun gained a new satellite, courtesy of SpaceX's first test launch of its Falcon Heavy rocket: A cherry-red Tesla Roadster once driven by SpaceX and Tesla CEO Elon Musk, blasting tunes from David Bowie's "Space Oddity" with a spacesuit-clad "Star Man" dummy strapped in the driver's seat. On the dashboard display as it hurtled into the void? "Don't Panic," the tagline from Douglas Adams' Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. Launched with...

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2018-02-06 19:23:34



"StarTrek" Navigation at Speed of Light --NASA Perfects the Deep Space Atomic Clock (WATCH Video)  

  "Navigating in deep space requires measuring vast distances using our knowledge of how radio signals propagate in space," said Todd Ely of JPL,  Deep Space Atomic Clock (DSAC) principal investigator. "Navigating routinely requires distance measurements accurate to a meter or better. Since radio signals travel at the speed of light, that means we need to measure their time-of-flight to a precision of a few nanoseconds. Atomic clocks have done this routinely on the ground for deca

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2018-02-06 18:26:01



"Pangaea's Progeny" --The 300-Million-Year-Old Species   

    La Cucaracha --Cockroaches are so hardy, a popular joke goes, that they've occupied the Earth long before humans first appeared —-and will probably even outlast us long after we have annihilated each other by nuclear war. But now, researchers have used the latest in genomic data to gain the most detailed information yet of their evolutionary history, tracing They have traced them all the way back almost 300 million years ago when the Earth's mass was organized into the...

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2018-02-06 18:24:03



From the Farside --"The Dinosaurs Never Existed" --Podcasting Superstar Joe Rogan Says WTF! (WATCH Video)  

    This wild clip is taken from podcasting superstar Joe Rogan with paleontologist, Trevor Valle.     Image credit: With thanks to Getty Images Recommended Space & Science Headlines "Alien Minds" --'Artificial Intelligence Is Already Out There, and It's Billions of Years Old' (VIDEO) Stephen Hawking: Wake Up, Science Deniers! --"Earth is Morphing into Venus" (WATCH Today's 'Galaxy' Stream) "Evolutionary Leap?" AI is Mimicing the Human Brain --"But Severa

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2018-02-06 11:12:21



Today's Top Space Headline --NASA'S 'Holy Grail' Solar System "Is Best Place to Find Alien Life"  

    New observations of the planets orbiting around the Trappist-1 star, described it as a "holy grail" discovery - which caused a stir when scientists found a whole set of Earth-like worlds circling it last year - show more detailed information than ever about what life could be like on those planets.  The seven planets are made mostly of rock, like the Earth. About 5 per cent of their mass is made up of water - far more wet than Earth, which is only 0.02 per c...

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2018-02-06 10:53:59



"The Ultimate Migration" --Will the Human Species Be Able to Adapt to Life Beyond Earth? (WATCH Today's "Galaxy" Stream)  

    Stephen Hawking predicts that the world's mounting population will consume enough energy to render the world a "ball of fire" within 600 years. Speaking via video Sunday at Beijing's Tencent WE Summit, Hawking declared that humans must "boldly go where no one has gone before" if they wish to survive another million years. For years, Hawking has warned that humankind faces extinction from threats ranging from climate change to destruction from nuclear war and genetically engin

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2018-02-06 09:04:13



Today's "Planet Earth Report" --"Keeping Warm!" The Hot Technology Behind the 2018 Winter Olympics  

    "We knew about the cold," says David Lauren, chief innovation officer at Ralph Lauren, "and hit on the idea of using wearable technology to keep our athletes warm." The result: bonded to the interior of the red, white and blue opening ceremony parkas are printed strips of electronic, heat-conducting metallic ink, made of silver and carbon (in the shape of an American flag, of course)—sort of like a stylish electric blanket, but with ink instead of wires. As athlete...

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2018-02-06 08:19:57



When Life First Emerged on Earth --"We are Very Close to Being Able to Detect Evidence of Ancient Life on Mars"  

  For the last 2.5 billion years, surface life on Earth has thrived largely due to the evolution of photosynthesis. Surface life is abundant and very successful because of the availability of sunlight, surface water, generally moderate climate conditions, and the protection of our magnetic field. But the planet Mars would have never experienced such habitable conditions at the surface. The false color image above from the HiRISE instrument aboard NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter sh

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2018-02-06 07:52:52



The Virus Planet --"The Oldest Form of Life: More Than the Number of Stars in the Cosmos" (WATCH Today's 'Galaxy' Stream)  

    Viruses are the most abundant and one of the least understood biological entities on Earth. In their invisible, parallel world on Earth they kill half the bacteria in the ocean every day, and invade a microbe host 10 trillion times a second around the world.  There are 10 billion trillion, trillion viruses inhabiting Planet Earth, which is more than there are stars in the Universe -- stacked end to end, they would reach out 100 million light years. An astonishing numbe

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2018-02-06 07:11:08



"From the Farside" --Long-Lost NASA Spacecraft Rises From the Dead After 13 years of silence  

    Rick Burley couldn't believe what he was reading. The email on his computer screen, forwarded by his former colleague Jim Burch, was from someone named Scott Tilley. Tilley, an amateur astronomer in British Columbia, recently had been searching the skies for a signal from the Zuma satellite, a top-secret government mission that many believe failed after Zuma was launched into orbit last month.   His radio equipment detected a new signal, but it wasn't from Zuma, r...

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2018-02-05 11:12:42



"Earth-Like Alien Atmospheres?" --Hubble Delivers First Insights Into TRAPPIST-1 Planets  

  "The lack of hydrogen in their atmospheres further supports theories about the planets being terrestrial in nature," said Julien de Wit, with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology."This discovery is an important step towards determining if the planets might harbor liquid water on their surfaces, which could enable them to support living organisms." An international team of astronomers has used the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope to look for atmospheres around four Earth-sized pla

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2018-02-05 10:34:27



Today's Top Science Headline: Mutant Creature Bringing Devastation to Earth's Ecosystems --"All-Female Species Cloning Itself"  

  It sounds like a bad monster movie plot: A 10-legged mutant creature that reproduces asexually, escapes from confinement in Germany, and quietly begins a global invasion. Within 2 decades, clones of the voracious animal spread through Europe and Africa, bringing devastation to ecosystems and threatening native species. Its unusual evolution could also suggest a strategy to tackle a more infamous clonal monster: cancer. "In many ways, the invasive expansion of [the marbled cray...

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2018-02-05 09:32:08



Last Week's Top 5 Space & Science Headlines  

    60,000 Hidden Mayan Ruins Discovered in Guatemala --"Technology Used is Equivalent to the Hubble Space Telescope" (WATCH Video) "Alien Vinyl Lifeforms?" Saturn's Titan --"May Prove That Life Can Flourish Without Water" "Are You a Boltzmann Brain?" New Study Links Human Consciousness to a Law That Governs the Universe" (WATCH Video) Milky Way's First Star Unveiled --"Born from First Supernovae of Massive Stars After the Big Bang" "Einstein's Toolkit" --Reveals

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2018-02-05 07:35:45



Today's "Planet Earth Report" --China's Terrifying, Emerging Surveillance State  

  China is perfecting a vast network of digital espionage as a means of social control—with implications for democracies worldwide. Imagine a society in which you are rated by the government on your trustworthiness. Your "citizen score" follows you wherever you go. A high score allows you access to faster internet service or a fast-tracked visa to Europe. If you make political posts online without a permit, or question or contradict the government's official narrative on...

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2018-02-05 06:41:25



Today's Top Space Headline --"Life in the Cosmos is an Expression of Deep Physics"  

      "Finding other life, and learning about where and how it starts looks like an even bigger challenge than figuring out planets. Except it's really where we want to go, it's the aim point for all this research in my opinion. And we're increasingly recognizing that life on Earth is no more separate from the planet than a car is from its engine. "Life is an expression of the deep physics and history of a world; a piece of energy dissipation, a participant in the great pl

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2018-02-05 03:00:00



Today's Top Space & Science Headline --"Life in the Cosmos is an Expression of Deep Physics"  

      "Finding other life, and learning about where and how it starts looks like an even bigger challenge than figuring out planets. Except it's really where we want to go, it's the aim point for all this research in my opinion. And we're increasingly recognizing that life on Earth is no more separate from the planet than a car is from its engine. "Life is an expression of the deep physics and history of a world; a piece of energy dissipation, a participant in the great pl

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2018-02-05 03:00:00



Today's "Planet Earth Report" --U.S. Report on Status-6: "A Mysterious Russian Doomsday Weapon"  

    Status-6 looks like a giant torpedo about a third the length of a big Russian submarine. According to a slide in a report on the state of America's nuclear weaponry released on Friday, it is nuclear-powered, meaning it can roam for months and possibly even years beneath the ocean without surfacing. Its payload is a nuclear warhead "many tens of megatons in yield." That is thousands of times more powerful than the bombs dropped at the end of World War II and more powerful than

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2018-02-04 07:55:11



Today's "Planet Earth Report" --U.S. Report on Status-6: "Mysterious Russian Doomsday Weapon"  

    Status-6 looks like a giant torpedo about a third the length of a big Russian submarine. According to a slide in a report on the state of America's nuclear weaponry released on Friday, it is nuclear-powered, meaning it can roam for months and possibly even years beneath the ocean without surfacing. Its payload is a nuclear warhead "many tens of megatons in yield." That is thousands of times more powerful than the bombs dropped at the end of World War II and more powerful than

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2018-02-04 07:55:11



News Update: 60,000 Hidden Mayan Ruins Discovered in Guatemala --"Technology Used is Equivalent to the Hubble Space Telescope" (WATCH Video)  

    "Lidar is revolutionising archaeology the way the Hubble Space Telescope revolutionised astronomy," Francisco Estrada-Belli, a Tulane University archaeologist, told National Geographic. "We'll need 100 years to go through all [the data] and really understand what we're seeing." Laser technology was used to survey digitally beneath the forest canopy, revealing houses, palaces, elevated highways, and defensive fortifications. The landscape, near already-known Maya cities, is t

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2018-02-04 07:12:53



"How Frequently Does Life Exist Elsewhere?" --Cambridge Exoplanet Research Center  

      In the effort to answer the question 'Is there life elsewhere?' the focus on Earth twins is perceived as a safe path, since we can expect that similar conditions will lead to similar results (at least part of the time). However, we argue that this is far too conservative a goal, considering the huge number and diversity of available planets. That is part of the message of the discovery of the TRAPPIST-1 star system. Research should be about finding what we don't...

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2018-02-03 16:07:29



Today's "Planet Earth Report" --"Astounding!" New Discovery Reveals Mayan Civilization Much Vaster Than Known (WATCH Video)  

    "This world, which was lost to this jungle, is all of a sudden revealed in the data," said Albert Yu-Min Lin, an engineer and National Geographic explorer who worked on a television special about the new find, told the New York Times. "And what you thought was this massively understood, studied civilization is all of a sudden brand new again." "Most people had been comfortable with population estimates of around 5 million," said Estrada-Belli, who directs a multi...

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2018-02-03 13:30:57



"Hawking's Warning to China's Mind-Boggling Spacetime Laser" --Top Space & Science Headlines (Weekend Feature)  

    "Alien Minds" --'Artificial Intelligence Is Already Out There, and It's Billions of Years Old' (VIDEO) Stephen Hawking: Wake Up, Science Deniers! --"Earth is Morphing into Venus" (WATCH Today's 'Galaxy' Stream) "Evolutionary Leap?" AI is Mimicing the Human Brain --"But Several Orders of Magnitude Faster and More Efficiently China Creates a Laser of Mind-Boggling Power --"Could Rip Space Asunder, Breaking the Vacuum" "Stop Saying That Dinosaurs Went Extinct. They Didn't"

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2018-02-03 09:43:01



"Life Beyond the Milky Way?" --1st Planets Detected Outside Our Galaxy  

  "We are very excited about this discovery. This is the first time anyone has discovered planets outside our galaxy," said Xinyu Dai, professor of physics and astronomy at University of Oklahoma. "These small planets are the best candidate for the signature we observed in this study using the microlensing technique. We analyzed the high frequency of the signature by modeling the data to determine the mass." Until this study, there has been no evidence of planets in other galaxies. A

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2018-02-03 07:50:06



Today's Top Science Headline: "Rewriting Life" --Scientists are Using Killer Viruses to Fight Superbugs  

  Alternatives are desperately needed as more and more bacteria evolve resistance to the drugs we use today, reports MIT Technology Review. Each year in the US, about two million people become infected with resistant bacteria, and at least 23,000 of those die from their infections. Patients in danger of dying from uncontrollable bacterial infections could find new allies: killer viruses known as phages. Armed with advances in DNA sequencing and artificial intelligence, a few startups

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2018-02-03 03:00:00



"Incomprehensible, Terrifying!" --Take a Journey Through the Known Universe (WATCH Today's 'Galaxy' Stream)  

    As the universe is unimaginably vast and constantly expanding, someday, billions of years hence, our Milky Way Galaxy will be the only galaxy future human's will know and see. Will they experience the ultimate terror of the awesome void?     "The Known Universe" takes you from the Himalayas through our atmosphere and the inky black of space to the afterglow of the Big Bang. Every star, planet, and quasar seen in the film is possible because of the world's mos

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2018-02-02 09:42:34



Today's "Planet Earth Report" --Warp-Speed Evolution is Transforming the Planet  

    Darwin thought evolution was too slow to change the environment on observable timescales. Ecologists are discovering that he was wrong. Rapid evolution can sometimes offset some of the detrimental effects of a warming climate and other known drivers of change; in other cases, it can worsen those effects. Even for the most common processes, such as changes in population size or food chains, ecologists must take evolution into consideration, researchers say. "Everybody realiz...

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2018-02-02 09:20:12



"Dark Matter Mystery Deepens" --Dwarf Galaxies Strange Structure Baffles Astronomers  

    "So this means that we are missing something," said Marcel Pawlowski, a Hubble Fellow in the Department of Physics & Astronomy at the University of California, Irvine. "Either the simulations lack some important ingredient, or the underlying model is wrong. This research may be seen as support for looking into alternative models." "The significance of this finding is that it calls into question the validity of certain cosmological models and simulations as explanations for t

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2018-02-02 07:46:18



12,000 Years Ago --Global Fires Triggered By a Comet Signaled End of the Ice Age  

  "The hypothesis is that a large comet fragmented and the chunks impacted the Earth, causing this disaster," said University of Kansas Emeritus Professor of Physics & Astronomy Adrian Melott. "A number of different chemical signatures -- carbon dioxide, nitrate, ammonia and others -- all seem to indicate that an astonishing 10 percent of the Earth's land surface, or about 10 million square kilometers, was consumed by fires." On a ho-hum day some 12,800 years ago, the Earth had eme

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2018-02-02 07:14:29



Today's "Planet Earth Report" --NASA Readies Plan for a 'SuperVolcano' Event  

  The relative power of an eruption is ranked on an "explosivity index," a scale from 0 to 8 depending largely on the volume of ejected ash and gas and how high it goes — 100,000 feet or more in some cases. Agung's 1963 eruption (above) was rated 5 on the scale, as was Pinatubo's in 1991. But the index does not necessarily correlate to impact on climate: The eruption of Mount St. Helens in Washington in 1980 was of similar explosiveness but had little cooling effect becau...

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2018-02-01 12:09:17



From the Farside -- "Detecting Alien Asteroid Mining" (WATCH Video)  

    An exploration of alien asteroid mining and how that might be detectable from Earth. In 2012, we posted  an article about the incredible potential of miniing asteroids. The first encounter of a spacecraft with an asteroid was in 1991, as the Galileo spacecraft flew by the 951 Gaspra asteroid on its way to Jupiter. Our knowledge of these celestial neighbors has been revolutionized by a small set of US and international missions carried out since that time. With each visi

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2018-02-01 09:35:06



Today's Top Space Headline: "The Eternal Universe" --Physicists Take Aim at the Big Bang (WATCH Video)  

Cosmologists have shown that it's theoretically possible for a contracting universe to bounce and expand. New work resuscitates an old idea that directly challenges the Big Bang theory of cosmic origins. Physicist Richard Feynman pointed out that "you can look at the positron as an electron going backwards in time. They're two particles, but they're really the same; at a certain moment in time they merge and annihilate. The idea is a very, very deep one, and most likely the Big Bang will...

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2018-02-01 08:00:14



"Alien Vinyl Lifeforms?" Saturn's Titan --"May Prove That Life Can Flourish Without Water"  

NASA researchers have confirmed the existence in Titan's atmosphere of vinyl cyanide, which is an organic compound that could potentially provide the cellular membranes for microbial life to form in Titan's vast methane oceans. If true, it could prove to us that life can flourish without the ubiquitous H2O. Earth-based cell membranes are made of phospholipids: molecular chains with phosphorus-oxygen heads and carbon-chain tails that bind to each other to form a flexible membrane in water. M

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2018-02-01 07:26:09



Today's Top Science Headline: "The Microbial Eve" --Paleo-Biologists Track Our Origins Back to Single-Celled Organisms  

      We now know that all extant living creatures derive from a single common ancestor, called LUCA, the Last Universal Common Ancestor. It's hard to think of a more unifying view of life. All living creatures are linked to a single-celled creature, the root to the complex-branching tree of life. If we could play the movie of life backwards, we would find this little fellow at the starting point, the sole actor in what would become a very dramatic story, lasting some 4 bil

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2018-01-31 11:30:03



"Are You a Boltzmann Brain?" New Study Links Human Consciousness to a Law That Governs the Universe" (WATCH Video)  

    Our species has long agonized over the concept of human consciousness. What exactly causes it, and why did we evolve to experience consciousness? Now, a new study has uncovered a clue in the hunt for answers, and it reveals that the human brain might have more in common with the universe than we could have imagined. According to a team of researchers from France and Canada, our brains might produce consciousness as something of a side effect of increasing entropy, a process

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2018-01-31 08:48:33



Milky Way's First Star Unveiled --"Born from First Supernovae of Massive Stars After the Big Bang"  

    "Theory predicts that these stars could form just after, and using material from, the first supernovae, whose progenitors were the first massive stars in the Galaxy, around 300 million years after the Big Bang" says Jonay Gonzalez Hernandez, a Ramon y Cajal researcher at the IAC and one of the authors of the article. "In spite of its age, and of its distance away from us, we can still observe it" he adds. IAC astronomers find one of the first stars formed in the Milky Way,...

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2018-01-31 07:14:13



From the Farside --"Emergence of Alien Superintelligence" (WATCH Video)  

    Don't miss this! This short film, narrated by professor Andrea Diem-Lane, author of Darwin's DNA, describes varying viewpoints on the emergence of superintelligence and how it relates to earlier fears of invasion from outer space aliens. From War of the Worlds to Forbidden Planet this short film zeros in on the great worry of the 21st Century --future superintellgent AI and its expressions in the movie Transcendence to futurist Ray Kurzweil. Nick Bostrom Bill Gates and Stephe

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2018-01-31 03:00:00



Today's Top Space Headline --"China's Arthur C. Clarke" (WATCH Video)  

    "In the distant future, if human civilization survives and spreads through the cosmos, humanity must create technological marvels at ultra-grand scales." In Liu Cixin's novels, a black hole with the mass of twelve billion suns is the sort of thing that Chinese engineers might build. Last week, a team of astronomers at Peking University announced the discovery of a gigantic black hole with a mass equivalent to twelve billion suns. The black hole formed near the beginning ...

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2018-01-30 10:38:19



From the Farside --"Alien Messages the Human Species May Not Want to Receive" (WATCH Video)  

    Futurist John Michael Godier explores possible  alternative SETI messages that may not just say hello. Is there a fundamental flaw in why we have not received a signal from an advanced alien civilization? How do we decode an alien message --alien is alien so it might be impossible. What if they communicate chemically? Will they use the language of math and science signaling at 1420 megahertz. What if we are too primitive to comprehend a message or the technology of its

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2018-01-30 10:12:20



Today's "Planet Earth Report" --50 Years Ago, a US Military Jet Crashed in Greenland – With 4 H-Bombs On Board (WATCH Video)  

    Fifty years ago, on Jan. 21, 1968, the Cold War grew significantly colder. It was on this day that an American B-52G Stratofortress bomber, carrying four nuclear bombs, crashed onto the sea ice of Wolstenholme Fjord in the northwest corner of Greenland, one of the coldest places on Earth. Greenland is part of the Kingdom of Denmark, and the Danes were not pleased. The island of Greenland, situated about halfway between Washington D.C. and Moscow, has strategic importance to

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2018-01-30 08:23:55



"The Water Paradox!" --Water-Based Life May Have Originated Without Water  

    Scientist are probing the possibility that water-based life may have originated without water. Life on early Earth seems to have begun with a paradox: while life needs water as a solvent, the essential chemical backbones of early life-forming molecules fall apart in water. Our universal solvent, it turns out, can be extremely corrosive. Some have pointed to this paradox as a sign that life, or the precursor of life, originated elsewhere and was delivered here via comets or me

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2018-01-30 07:49:06



EcoAlert --China Urges World's Scientists to Build a Digital Silk Road to Protect Fragile Ecosystems of Asia, Europe and Africa  

    Chinese scientist Guo Huadong on Tuesday published an article on the website of the academic journal, Nature, calling on global scientists to build a digital Silk Road using big data. The ancient Silk Road trade routes connecting Asia, Europe and Africa lay behind the development of many great civilizations. Today, solar panels and smartphones have replaced silk, and trains and aeroplanes have superseded camels. But the Silk Road spirit of peace, mutual benefit and learning h

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2018-01-30 07:11:42



Today's Top Science Headline --"Brain Waves Control Our Memory"  

       "Working memory is the sketchpad of consciousness, and it is under our control. We choose what to think about," MIT neuroscientist Earl Miller. "You choose when to clear out working memory and choose when to forget about things. You can hold things in mind and wait to make a decision until you have more information." MIT neuroscientists have found evidence that the brain's ability to control what it's thinking about relies on low-frequency brain wa...

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2018-01-29 10:24:45



"From the Farside" --Is the Milky Way Being Explored by Spacefaring Alien Species? --'Ten Unsettling Possibilities' (WATCH Video)  

    An fascinating exploration by futurist John Michael Godier of ten of the most disturbing solutions to the Fermi Paradox, or the question of are we alone and if not, where are they.     Image credit: With thanks to artist Andy McLatchie Recent Most Viewed Space & Science Headline... "Alien Minds" --'Artificial Intelligence Is Already Out There, and It's Billions of Years Old' (VIDEO) "Evolutionary Leap?" AI is Mimicing the Human Brain --"But Several

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2018-01-29 09:57:38



Today's Top Space Headline: The Supermassive Black Hole At the Dawn of the Cosmos --"Its Light the Most Distant Ever Detected"  

    Since their discovery in 1963, astronomical objects called quasars have been among our most powerful probes of the early Universe. Initially seen as mysterious sources of extreme luminosity, quasars are now known to be supermassive black holes that are voraciously consuming gas from their immediate surroundings, emitting large amounts of radiation in the process. In a paper in Nature, physicist Maximo Bañados and colleagues report observations of the most distant quasar fou...

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2018-01-29 08:33:23



"Einstein's Toolkit" --Reveals as Yet Undetected Spacetime Events  

    Scientists at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA), located at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, have pioneered the use of GPU-accelerated deep learning for rapid detection and characterization of gravitational waves --primordial ripples in spacetime. This new approach will enable astronomers to study gravitational waves using minimal computational resources, reducing time to discovery and increasing the scientific reach of gravitational wa

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2018-01-29 07:37:06



Last Week's Top 5 Space & Science Headlines  

  "Evolutionary Leap?" AI is Mimicing the Human Brain --"But Several Orders of Magnitude Faster and More Efficiently" China Creates a Laser of Mind-Boggling Power --"Could Rip Space Asunder, Breaking the Vacuum" "Signs of Alien Technology" --Worlds' SETI Search Shifts to Technosignatures (WATCH Today's 'Galaxy' Stream) Meet "Dawn" --Face of a 9,000 Year-Old Mesolithic Teenager Reconstructed (WATCH Video) "Black Hole in the Origin of Life" --One Freakish Event May Mea

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2018-01-29 07:06:25



"Astonishing!" Mammalian Species Found to Defy Aging Process --"Goes Against Everything We Know"  

    "To me this is the most exciting data I've ever gotten," says Comparative biologist Rochelle Buffenstein. "It goes against everything we know in terms of mammalian biology." In the world of animal models, naked mole rats are the supermodels. They rarely get cancer, are resistant to some types of pain, and can survive up to 18 minutes without oxygen. But perhaps their greatest feat, a new paper suggests, is that they don't age, flouting Gompertz law, a mathematical e...

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2018-01-29 03:00:00



"From the Farside" --Joe Rogan on Existence of Alien Life (WATCH Weekend 'Galaxy' Stream)  

    Podcasting superstar Joe Rogan talks to Caltech superstar physicist Sean Carroll about the existence of aliens. Carroll believes we're more likely to find a monolith on the moon or a dark satellite in parked orbit around Jupiter, than a UFO. Don't miss this!   Recent Most Viewed Space & Science Headline... "Alien Minds" --'Artificial Intelligence Is Already Out There, and It's Billions of Years Old' (VIDEO)        

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2018-01-28 08:56:05



"Will Science Ever Solve the Deepest Mysteries of Our Existence?" (Today's Top Science Headline)  

     "What are we, really? For most of our history, religion has given us the answer. We are immortal souls, children of a loving god, striving to reach heaven or nirvana. Most modern scientists reject these religious explanations, but they cannot agree on an alternative. They have proposed a bewildering variety of answers to the question of what we really are. We are clusters of neurons awash in chemicals, genes shaped by natural selection, egos keeping a lid on ids,

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2018-01-28 07:41:43



"From the Farside" --Joe Rogan on AI Conspiracy Theories (WATCH Today's 'Galaxy' Stream)  

"From the Farside" post,  new "Galaxy" feature. Today with podcasting superstar Joe Rogan's interview  with            

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2018-01-27 13:26:41



"From the Farside" --Joe Rogan on AI Conspiracy Theories (WATCH Weekend 'Galaxy' Stream)  

"Future AI will be able to create 10,000 years of tech development in two weeks." Don't miss our new "From the Farside" post. Today's is podcasting superstar Joe Rogan's interview  with Mick West, game programmer, writer, and major debunker.            

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2018-01-27 13:26:41



A China AI-Powered Robot Army --"Could Help Them Conquer the World" (WATCH Video)  

  Successive generations of AI powered robots will be ever smarter and will appear ever faster. Humans might think we're in control, until one fine day the rate of robot improvement ramps up so quickly that superintelligent robots will suddenly rule the Earth. Will China be the first national for create an AI powered robot army? The national artificial-intelligence ambitions of China have evolved into a detailed three-year action plan, building on a sweeping scheme announced in July th

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2018-01-27 09:57:23



Virus With Strange DNA Dominate Earth's Oceans --"Detected for First Time" (Today's Top Science Headline)  

  Scientists have discovered a previously unknown family of viruses --the main predators of bacteria --that dominate the ocean and can't be detected by standard lab tests. Researchers suspect this viral multitude may already exist beyond the world's oceans — perhaps even inside the human species. "We don't think it's ocean-specific at all," says environmental microbiologist Martin Polz from MIT. A type of virus that dominates water samples taken from the world's oceans ha...

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2018-01-27 08:31:36



"Evolutionary Leap?" AI is Mimicing the Human Brain --"But Several Orders of Magnitude Faster and More Efficiently"  

  "It seems plausible that with technology we can, in the fairly near future create (or become) creatures who surpass humans in every intellectual and creative dimension. Events beyond such an event -- such a singularity -- are as unimaginable to us as opera is to a flatworm,"wrote Vernor Vinge -one of science fiction's greats. "There must be a better way to do this, because nature has figured out a better way to do this," says Michael Schneider, a physicist at the US National ...

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2018-01-27 07:39:31



"We Live in a Strange Solar System" (LISTEN Today's Podcast)  

  "There are a few things that make the solar system kind of strange." Lauren Weiss, an astrophysicist at the University of Montreal. "One of which is we have a giant planet. Only about 10 percent of sunlike stars have a giant planet. And there are probably even fewer that have two giant planets." Listen Here  In addition to giant Jupiter and lesser giant Saturn, we have tiny Mercury—just a bit bigger than Earth's moon. So if we're weird, what does a typical solar sys...

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2018-01-26 07:07:03



"The Eleventh Archaeopteryx" --Planet's Oldest Bird Species Yet Discovered (Today's Top Science Headline)  

  Some 150 million years ago in what is now Northern Bavaria, Archaeopteryx - the oldest bird species yet discovered ¬- inhabited a subtropical environment characterized by reef islands and lagoons set in a shallow sea that was part of the primordial Mediterranean. All the specimens of Archaeopteryx so far recovered were found in the valley of the Altmühl River, in geological settings that represent this habitat ¬- the Jurassic Solnhofen Archipelago. Researchers from Ludwig-Maximi...

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2018-01-26 03:00:00



China Creates a Laser of Mind-Boggling Power --"Could Rip Space Asunder, Breaking the Vacuum"  

    Inside a cramped laboratory in Shanghai, China, physicist Ruxin Li and colleagues are breaking records with the most powerful pulses of light the world has ever seen. At the heart of their laser, called the Shanghai Superintense Ultrafast Laser Facility (SULF), is a single cylinder of titanium-doped sapphire about the width of a Frisbee. After kindling light in the crystal and shunting it through a system of lenses and mirrors, the SULF distills it into pulses of mind-bogglin

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2018-01-25 15:35:20



Today's "Planet Earth Report" --Biodiversity Is the Planet's Safety Net (VIDEO)  

    Earth's biodiversity is an assemblage that "has eaten the storms—folded them into its genes—and created the world that created us. It holds the world steady," says E. O. Wilson, the eminent American biologist. A small boy hauls enthusiastically on his fishing rod. The line flies up and a needle-spined fish strikes him in the eye. Desperate to stay outdoors, he ignores the pain, but his sight deteriorates over the following months. He continues to pursue his love of n...

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2018-01-25 09:29:47



Today's Top Science Headline --"Your Brain is a Recent Phenomena of Evolution"  

    The evolutionary history of our own species can be traced back to fossils from Jebel Irhoud (Morocco) dated to about 300,000 years ago. Last year's analysis of these fossils by researchers from the Department of Human Evolution at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig was highlighted as one of the top science stories of 2017. Together with crania from Florisbad (South Africa, 260,000 years old), and Omo Kibish (Ethiopia) dated to 195,000 years ago

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2018-01-25 08:24:26



"Signs of Alien Technology" --Worlds' SETI Search Shifts to Technosignatures (WATCH Today's 'Galaxy' Stream)  

  At the January 16 meeting of the National Academy of Sciences Committee on Astrobiology Science Strategy for the Search for Life in the Universe, held here at the University of California, Irvine, SETI astronomer Jill Tarter explained that the "search for extraterrestrial intelligence" generates an incorrect perception of what scientists in this field are actually doing. Tarter is one of the few researchers to have devoted her career to hunting for signs of sentient beings elsewhere.

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2018-01-25 07:26:23



Earth's Early Oceans --"Provided First Habitats for Life"  

    "This helps us theorize not only about early life on Earth but also about the signatures of life that we might find on other planets," said early-life evolution researchers. "When tiny bacteria in the ocean began producing oxygen, it was a major turning point and changed the chemistry of the earth," explained Sergei Katsev at University of Minnesota Duluth. "Our work pinpoints the time when the ocean began accumulating oxygen at levels that would substantially change the oce

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2018-01-25 03:00:00






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