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February 11, 2016
The most accurate optical single-ion clock worldwide
Braunschweig, Germany (SPX) Feb 11, 2016
Atomic clock experts from the Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt (PTB) are the first research group in the world to have built an optical single-ion clock which attains an accuracy which had only been predicted theoretically so far. As early as 1981, Hans Dehmelt, who was to be awarded a Nobel prize later, had already developed the basic notions of how to use an ion kept in a high-frequency trap to build a clock which could attain the - then unbelievably low - relative measure-ment uncertainty ... read more
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Site of Martian lakes linked to ancient habitable environment
Groundwater circulation beneath a massive tectonic rift zone located along the flanks of some the solar system's largest volcanic plateaus resulted in the formation more than 3 billion years ago of ... more

Becoming a Martian
It's 2040, and the human base on Mars is bustling. Robots are moving about, carrying out exploratory missions operated from the base. At a safe distance from the human habitat, powered by a nuclear ... more

New Horizons Could Help Us Locate Possible Planets Beyond Neptune
The recent discovery of evidence of a giant planet lurking in the outskirts of the solar system made by Caltech astronomers, has re-ignited the discussion about the existence of planets beyond Neptu ... more
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Earth-like planets have Earth-like interiors
Every school kid learns the basic structure of the Earth: a thin outer crust, a thick mantle, and a Mars-sized core. But is this structure universal? Will rocky exoplanets orbiting other stars have ... more


Ices and shadows above Saturn
Saturn's moon Tethys appears to float between two sets of rings in this view from NASA's Cassini spacecraft, but it's just a trick of geometry. The rings, which are seen nearly edge-on, are the dark ... more

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Artistic space odyssey to broadcast people's messages to the stars
Messages from around the world are to be beamed into space at the speed of light as part of a cultural project to create a celestial time capsule. In autumn 2016, dispatches from the public wi ... more

China Conducts Final Tests on Most Powerful Homegrown Rocket
China's largest and most powerful rocket the Long March 5 underwent final tests at the Wen-chang Satellite Launch Center in Hainan province. The rocket's first flight will be conducted in Sept ... more
Military Space News, Nuclear Weapons, Missile Defense
Moscow warns US over missile system deployment to S. Korea

N. Korea's army chief of staff executed: report

S.Korea shutters joint industrial park after N.Korean rocket

Ukraine's Space Sector Lost 80% of Revenue

SES-9 Launch Targeting Late February

Syrians recount 'hell' of Aleppo life under air strikes

UN urges Turkey to open borders, end to bombing of Aleppo


Slime can see
After more than 300 years of looking, scientists have figured out how bacteria "see" their world. And they do it in a remarkably similar way to us. A team of British and German researchers rev ... more

Ghost imaging in the time domain could revolutionize disturbance-sensitive signal imaging
Research results recently presented in the distinguished Nature Photonics journal open up new outlooks on ghost imaging in the time domain. The conventional approach to decode information carr ... more

Cockroach inspires robot that squeezes through cracks
Our fear and disgust that cockroaches can quickly squeeze through the tiniest cracks are well justified, say University of California, Berkeley scientists. Not only can they squish themselves to get ... more
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Dawn now circling Ceres in its final orbit
A veteran interplanetary traveler is writing the closing chapter in its long and storied expedition. In its final orbit, where it will remain even beyond the end of its mission, at its lowest altitu ... more

Red or White? Healthy Humans Need Both
When it comes to wine, we can choose red or white depending on our tastes. With blood cells, however, we need both red and white in order to stay healthy and function well. Spending time in sp ... more
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Slime can see

Mysterious menominee crack is unusual geological pop-up feature

Man-made underwater sound may have wider ecosystem effects than previously thought

Behind the levees

Study accurately dates coral loss at Great Barrier Reef

Fossils turn out to be a rich source of information

Inland fisheries determined to surface as food powerhouse


The forgotten moon landing that paved the way for today's space adventures
Crashing into a planet is seldom a good idea. If you're trying to travel to another world, you're likely to land at tens of kilometres per second unless you do something serious to slow down. When N ... more

Edgar Mitchell, astronaut who walked on Moon, dead at 85
US astronaut Edgar Mitchell, one of just 12 people to have walked on the Moon, has died aged 85, his family and NASA said Friday, calling him a "pioneer." ... more

How Friendly Is Enceladus' Ocean To Life
How acidic is the ocean on Saturn's icy moon Enceladus? It's a fundamental question to understanding if this geyser-spouting moon could support life. Enceladus is part of a family of icy worlds, inc ... more

Pluto's Mysterious, Floating Hills
The nitrogen ice glaciers on Pluto appear to carry an intriguing cargo: numerous, isolated hills that may be fragments of water ice from Pluto's surrounding uplands. These hills individually measure ... more

Opportunity climbing steeper slopes to reach science targets
Opportunity is exploring 'Marathon Valley' on the rim of Endeavour crater. The rover is climbing up steep slopes to reach high-value science targets up on 'Knudsen Ridge.' Opportunity performe ... more

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Scripps-led team discovers 4 new deep-sea worm species
A pink flatworm-like animal known by a single species found in waters off Sweden has puzzled biologists for nearly six decades. New discoveries half a world away by a team of scientists from Scripps ... more

The frigid Flying Saucer
The international team, led by Stephane Guilloteau at the Laboratoire d'Astrophysique de Bordeaux, France, measured the temperature of large dust grains around the young star 2MASS J16281370-2431391 ... more
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Supreme Court deals blow to Obama climate plan

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Global Solar PV Pipeline Surpasses 200 GW

Kyocera Solar Selected to Power First Utility-Scale Rooftop Installation in Holyoke, MA


Luxembourg's ultimate offshore investment: Space mining


Small Asteroid to Pass Close to Earth March 5


ASU satellite selected for NASA Space Launch System's first flight


Chip could bring deep learning to mobile devices


Arlington Capital Partners buying iRobot business unit


Opportunity Reaches 12 Years on Mars!


New Animation Takes a Colorful Flight Over Ceres


Lunar Flashlight selected to fly as secondary payload on Exploration Mission-1


Saturn's rings: less than meets the eye


Scientists debate likelihood of finding life on other planets

Phase of the moon affects amount of rainfall

4 people to live in an HERA habitat for 30 days at JSC

Pluto's widespread water ice

Pluto's blue atmosphere in the infrared

Bringing time and space together for universal symmetry

Will Space Debris be Responsible for World War III?

Novel Calibration Tool Will Help Astronomers Look for Habitable Exoplanets

Sandy Selfie Sent from NASA Mars Rover

NASA Engineers Tapped to Build First Integrated-Photonics Modem

Antarctic fungi survive Martian conditions on the International Space Station

Astronomers discover largest solar system

Getting real - on Mars

Russia launches ambitious cosmic robotics project

Last Launch for Long March 2F/G

Ceres: Keeping Well-Guarded Secrets for 215 Years

NASA assigns early design contracts for Asteroid Redirect mission

Cassini Heads for 'Higher Ground' at Saturn

Advanced Civilizations Could Thrive in Chaotic Star Clusters

The aliens are silent because they're dead

Mars Rover Opportunity Busy Through Depth of Winter

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