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January 30, 2015
Habitable Evaporated Cores
Seattle WA (SPX) Jan 29, 2015
I recently published a paper in Astrobiology that shows that it is possible to form Earth-mass potentially habitable planets from mini-Neptunes that migrate into the habitable zones of mid- to late M dwarf stars. Click here to see the poster I presented at the March 2014 EBI (Exoplanets, Biosignatures and Instruments) conference in Tucson, AZ. Also, check out the abstract from a talk I gave at AAS. Low mass M dwarf stars make up nearly three-quarters of the stars in our galaxy. Because they are sm ... read more
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Cassini Catches Titan Naked in the Solar Wind
Researchers studying data from NASA's Cassini mission have observed that Saturn's largest moon, Titan, behaves much like Venus, Mars or a comet when exposed to the raw power of the solar wind. The o ... more

Several Drives This Week Put Opportunity Near Marathon Distance
Opportunity is on the west rim of Endeavour Crater heading towards "Marathon Valley," a putative location for abundant clay minerals now about 984 feet (300 meters) away. The project is operat ... more

Smaller Gas Giants Could Support Life
Two phenomena known to inhibit the potential habitability of planets - tidal forces and vigorous stellar activity - might instead help chances for life on certain planets orbiting low-mass stars, ... more
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Gully patterns document Martian climate cycles
Geologists from Brown University have found new evidence that glacier-like ice deposits advanced and retreated multiple times in the midlatitude regions of Mars in the relatively recent past. ... more


Will NASA's TESS Spacecraft Revolutionize Exoplanet Hunting?
NASA's Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS), planned to be launched in August 2017 on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida, is designed to discover tho ... more
Military Radar Summit 2015
Small Modular Reactors - USA - 2015
Nuclear Decommissioning Conference Europe May 2015

Tempur-Pedic Mattress Comparison & Memory Foam Mattress Review

The two faces of Mars
The two hemispheres of Mars are more different from any other planet in our solar system. Non-volcanic, flat lowlands characterise the northern hemisphere, while highlands punctuated by countless vo ... more

Vanguard Delivers Advanced EHF Bus Structure Assembly
Vanguard Space Technologies has successfully delivered two primary structural bus assemblies for the Advanced Extremely High Frequency (AEHF) Program to its customer, Lockheed Martin. Vanguard ... more
Military Space News, Nuclear Weapons, Missile Defense
China 2015 military drills to focus on 'winning local wars'

India to Test Nuclear-Capable Agni-5 Missile on January 31

Signs N. Korea restarting nuclear reactor: US think-tank

US Senate panel advances Iran sanctions bill

Survivors accuse Shiite militia of Iraq village massacre

US Nuclear Scientist Jailed for Five Years Over Bomb-Making Plot

Iraqi artist aims kick at IS jihadists


Dawn ahead!
NASA's Dawn spacecraft has returned the sharpest images ever seen of the dwarf planet Ceres. The images were taken 147,000 miles (237,000 kilometers) from Ceres on Jan. 25, and represent a new miles ... more

Kepler astronomers discover ancient star with 5 Earth-size planets
Astronomers poring over four years of data from NASA's Kepler spacecraft have discovered a star that's 11.2 billion years old and has at least five Earth-size planets. "We thus show that Earth ... more

Surface composition of BL86 studies during Earth flyby
Planetary Science Institute researchers Vishnu Reddy and Driss Takir studied the surface composition of near-Earth asteroid 2004 BL86 during its close flyby of Earth early this morning. Remote ... more
Training Space Professionals Since 1970


Soyuz Installed at Baikonur, Expected to Launch Wednesday
The Soyuz-2.1A carrier rocket has been successfully installed at the launch site at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan and is scheduled for launch on October 29, the press service of the Russian ... more

Ancient star system has Earth-sized planets forming near start of universe
A Sun-like star with orbiting planets, dating back to the dawn of the Galaxy, has been discovered by an international team of astronomers. At 11.2 billion years old it is the oldest star with earth- ... more
24/7 News Coverage
China defends aid role in Africa

Global warming won't mean more stormy weather

Picking up on the smell of evolution

Ancient 'genomic parasites' spurred evolution of mammalian pregnancy

Tracking fish easier, quicker, safer with new injectable device

Baleen whales hear through their bones

H5N1 bird flu spreads to 11 states in Nigeria: govt


Something Special in the Air
The earliest stages of our Pluto encounter have begun, and New Horizons remains healthy and on course. Already, the SWAP, PEPSSI and SDC instruments are taking daily science data - measuring the cha ... more

Canadian students design robotic sailboat for Atlantic challenge
Crossing the Atlantic Ocean by an unmanned sailing boat? Yes, this is a dream of a group of students from the University of British Columbia (UBC) in Vancouver in west Canada. They've designed a rob ... more

Integral manoeuvres for the future
Since 2002, ESA's Integral spacecraft has been observing some of the most violent events in the Universe, including gamma-ray bursts and black holes. While it still has years of life ahead, its fuel ... more

More Astronauts for China
The next Chinese crewed space mission won't fly until 2016. China is expected to send a crew of three astronauts to the Tiangong 2 space laboratory, which is expected to launch in the same year. ... more

New research re-creates planet formation in the lab
New laser-driven compression experiments reproduce the conditions deep inside exotic super-Earths and giant planet cores, and the conditions during the violent birth of Earth-like planets, documenti ... more

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Planetary Society announces test flight for LightSail
The Planetary Society today announced the first of its LightSail spacecraft will embark on a May 2015 test flight. Funded entirely by private citizens, the solar sail satellite will hitch a ride to ... more

Asteroid That Flew Past Earth Has Moon
Scientists working with NASA's 230-foot-wide (70-meter) Deep Space Network antenna at Goldstone, California, have released the first radar images of asteroid 2004 BL86. The images show the asteroid, ... more
24/7 Energy News Coverage
New light-converting materials over cheap, efficient solar power

Westinghouse Accompanies Historic US Delegation To India

Generating Mobius strips of light

Scientists 'bend' acoustic and elastic waves with new metamaterials

Russia to create water decontamination station for Fukushima-1

Uber steers anti-taxi idea to become global phenomenon

Apple roars back to close smartphone gap with Samsung


Gigantic ring system around J1407b much larger, heavier than Saturn's


NASA craft set to beam home close-ups of Pluto


Scientists slow down light particles


Scientists befuddled by mysterious white spot on Ceres


NEOWISE: A Yearlong Look at the Sky


Helicopter Could be 'Scout' for Mars Rovers


NASA, Microsoft Collaboration Will Allow Scientists to 'Work on Mars'


Hilltop Panorama Marks Mars Rover's 11th Anniversary


New Horizons ready for planet's beyond beyond


Updated Charts for Asteroid 2004 BL86 Earth Flyby on Jan 26, 2015

Gullies on Vesta Suggest Past Water-Mobilized Flows

Maneuver Delays Messenger's Impact, Extends Orbital Operations

Mysteries in Nili Fossae

Planets outside our solar system more hospitable to life than thought

Inside the big wormhole

Death of a dynamo -- A hard drive from space

Planetary building blocks evolved from porous to hard objects

Telescope To Seek Dust Where Other Earths May Lie

Students to Send Life to Mars Onboard Mars One Lander in 2018

Upgraded Atlas ready to go wireless at next DARPA Robotics Challenge

Artificial intelligence future wows Davos elite

This robot has the mind of a worm

Satellite telemetry tracks bearded vultures

Three nearly Earth-size planets found orbiting nearby star

Maybe two more planets in our Solar System: astronomers

Dawn Delivers New Image of Ceres

Musk donates $10M to keep Artificial Intelligence friendly

Team Working on Strategy to Fix Flash Memory Issue

Three-Planet System Holds Clues to Atmospheres of Earth-size Worlds

Two Earth-sized planets hidden at the edge of our Solar System

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