A Hubble Space Telescope picture of the Crab Nebula, a cloud of dust and gas left over from a supernova. For the first time, a NASA spacecraft has directly observed particles that came from beyond our solar system, astronomers announced. Crabnebula, Hubble Spaces Telescope, Crabs Nebulas, Stars, Outer Space, Universe, Photo, Science, Coral Reefs
On July 19th, @CassiniSaturn took a picture of Earth -- that pale blue dot. Read Carl Sagan's words on a similar photo: www.goodreads.com...
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Shot of Earth from Saturn ...pale blue dot (lower right) Taken by Cassini
Earth from Saturn The blue dot on the center-right of this photograph is us. This picture was taken by NASA’s Cassini probe on 19 July, while the spacecraft’s orbit took it into the shadow of Saturn — meaning that the Sun was eclipsed by the gas giant.
Cassini Probe Captures View of Earth from Saturn
NASA - Rock Outcrops on Mars and Earth: the image highlights a piece of gravel that is about 0.4 inches (1 centimeter) across. It was selected as an example of coarse size and rounded shape. Rounded grains (of any size) occur by abrasion in sediment transport, by wind or water, when the grains bounce against each other. Gravel fragments are too large to be transported by wind. At this size, scientists know the rounding occurred in water transport in a stream. NASA 9-27-2012
Smooth river rocks on planet Mars. Nice work, Curiosity rover!
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Rock Outcrops on Mars and Earth Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS and PSI This set of images compares the Link outcrop of rocks on Mars (left) with similar rocks seen on Earth (right). The image of Link, obtained by NASA's Curiosity rover, shows rounded gravel fragments, or clasts, up to a couple inches (few centimeters), within the rock outcrop. The Link outcrop was imaged with the 100-millimeter Mast Camera on Sept. 2, 2012, which was the 27th sol, or Martian day of operations.
NASA says it has found proof that water shaped the rocks on the left, in a photograph taken by the Mars rover Curiosity (left). For comparison, the agency released an image of rocks from Earth (right).
This border collie can understand some basic grammar.
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COMMAND PERFORMANCE A border collie named Chaser participates in an experiment testing her ability to understand commands given before she ...
New study: Not all viruses make you sick -- some actually help fight disease!
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bacteriophages - viruses that infect bacteria to reproduce, they may account for the second highest biomassive group on earth. I love microbiology. <3 There's no denying a devine creator with microbiology. No denying.
"Ancient Mars could have supported living microbes" - news from NASA and Curiosity Rover today
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Two Different Aqueous Environments This set of images compares rocks seen by NASA's Opportunity rover and Curiosity rover at two different parts of Mars. On the left is " Wopmay" rock, in Endurance Crater, Meridiani Planum, as studied by the Opportunity rover.
NASA Rover Finds Conditions Once Suited for Ancient Life on Mars: Two Different Aqueous Environments
Curiosity rover finds conditions once suited for ancient life on Mars
Dig through rocks to build a road... and you just might find a fossilized whale (or two, or three, or 30...) Credit: Dr. John D. Cooper Archaeological and Paleontological Center, USA
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New Whale Species Unearthed in California Highway Dig
Ancient Monster Whale Fossils Unearthed: May Have Eaten Sharks
Highway-widening project unearths a species of early baleen whale (genus Morawanocetus) which is one of several new species that suggests toothed baleen whales didn’t go extinct as long ago as thought.Credit: Dr. John D. Cooper Archaeological and Paleontological Center, USA
Ancient Whale Fossils Unearthed by Road Construction | Fossils uncovered reveal four new species of ancient whales. Pictured: Teeth from one of the whale fossils. | Article date: 2-19-13
Smoke-Black Space Cloud Hides Baby Stars in Amazing Photo | LiveScience
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Dark Nebula Lupus 3. A dark cloud like this absorbs the light behind it, so it may look like a hole in space. But it's likely to be protecting a stellar nursery, and the bright star cluster here is made of hot young stars that have already emerged from the dust. Lupus 3 is located about 600 light years away in the constellation Scorpius. (Credit: ESO/F. Comeron) ©Mona Evans, “Nebulae” http://www.bellaonline.com/articles/art43407.asp
Wow! A jaw-dropping new photo from a telescope in South America has revealed a smoke-black cloud in deep space hiding a bustling nursery of baby stars. Learn more about the dark space cloud, Lupus 3, and check out the wide-field view here:
Herschel space observatory detects some of the youngest stars ever seen By Chris Wood March 20, 2013 Protostars emerge from clouds of dust and gas such as the distant Lupus 3 (pictured) (imag...
Stars emerge from darkness in nearby stellar nursery-- Scientists believe most new suns form in modest star formation regions, which makes the dark cloud Lupus 3 a fascinating target. An evocative new image from the European Southern Observatory shows a dark cloud where new stars are forming, along with a cluster of brilliant stars that have already emerged from their dusty stellar nursery.
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When coral gets choked by seaweed, it calls out for help - and goby fish come to the rescue...
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Newly Discovered Earth-like Planet Could be Habitable | Surprising Science
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Scientists discover a "water rich - SuperEarth" planet "only" 40 light years away from Earth Japanese scientists have determined that a planet outside our solar system that most likely has a water-rich atmosphere. The planet, Gilese 1214b, is only 40 light years from Earth. Discovered in 2009, Gilese 1214b is what’s known as a “super-Earth” – bigger than Earth but smaller than a gas giant. In this case, it’s about 2.7 times bigger than Earth.
Astronomers have detected a planet that may be capable of supporting life as we know it — and it's just a stone's throw from Earth (in the cosmic scheme of things).
Super-Earth in 6-Planet System May Have Oceans, Life ~ This super-Earth receives about two-thirds the amount of sunlight that our planet gets. It’s a bit on the cold side, but still warm enough to have oceans and wet weather like on Earth. While scientists can’t confirm that water exists on the planet, follow-up observations may give them more information.
Habitable zone "super Earth" planet detected. Artist's depiction: HD40307g with its host star HD40307 and two other planets in the system.
"Innovative solution to modern art found: Shoot it into space," via The Register
New dinosaur discovery - a cross between a bird, a vampire, and a porcupine!
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A bizarre dinosaur described as a cross between "a bird, a vampire and a porcupine" has been identified from fossils in South Africa. (via BBC News New horned dinos found in Utah Dinosaurs' cold blood in doubt.The species, which was about the size of a domestic cat, lived between 100 and 200 million years ago.
Boy Discovers Frozen Mammoth in Russia | LiveScience (hmmm - this sounds like a picture book, doesn't it?)
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I'll name my woolly mammoth Frank.
Hubble eXtreme Deep Field view - 13.2 billion years into the universe's past...
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Dark Ages of the universe The Hubble Space Telescope's eXtreme Deep Space
the Hubble Space Telescope has just finished taking the eXtreme Deep Field (XDF), the deepest image of the universe ever taken in visible light. Pictured above, the XDF shows a sampling of some of the oldest galaxies ever seen, galaxies that formed just after the dark ages, 13 billion years ago, when the universe was only a few percent of its present age.
The Hubble Space Telescope has captured the farthest-ever view into the universe, a photo that reveals thousands of galaxies up to 13.2 billion light-years away. The picture, called eXtreme Deep Field, or XDF, combines 10 years of Hubble telescope views of one patch of sky.
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Life beyond Earth? Maybe on Gliese 163c... an exoplanet in its star's habitable zone!
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Gliese 163c: Newfound Alien Planet In Habitable Zone Might Be Able To Support Life
ScienceShot: Whirlpool Galaxy is Astronomy Photography Star - ScienceNOW (the trails of light show a neighboring galaxy bring slowly torn apart)
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Into the Whirlpool This picture of the Whirlpool Galaxy, also known as M51, has been judged the top winner in the 2012 Astronomy Photographer of the Year competition. The picture was entered by British-Australian photographer Martin Pugh. Hundreds of photos were entered in the competition, which is sponsored by Britain's Royal Observatory. The winners were announced Sept. 19.
Fractals in Nature- M 51 aka The Whirlpool Galaxy, via Flickr. via Santiago Ortiz
On Sol 32 (Sept. 7, 2012) the Curiosity rover used a camera located on its arm to obtain this self portrait.
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Mars Rover Takes Self Portrait, photo from NASA Goddard Space Flight Center on Flickr
On Sol 32 (Sept. 7, 2012) the Curiosity rover used a camera located on its arm to obtain this self portrait. The image of the top of Curiosity's Remote Sensing Mast, showing the Mastcam and Chemcam cameras, was acquired by the Mars Hand Lens Imager (MAHLI). The angle of the frame reflects the position of the MAHLI camera on the arm when the image was taken. The image was acquired while MAHLI's clear dust cover was closed.
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Harvard stores data on DNA! 700 terabytes on a single gram of DNA...
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Harvard cracks DNA storage, crams 700 terabytes of data into a single gram of DNA.
Genetic Data Storage: 700TB In One Gram Of DNA | FuturisticNews.com | Two Harvard Wyss Institute scientists George Church and Sri Kosuri have demonstrated how to store 700TB of data in one gram of DNA. Presently, the binary data should be translated into the sequence of DNA base pairs and then turned into DNA itself. Doing so involves standard laboratory techniques which take several days. Disregarding the speed, one more obvious advantage besides the virtually unlimited size is the stability...
In this image from NASA TV, shot off a video screen, one of the first images from the Curiosity rover is pictured of its wheel after it successfully landed on Mars. REUTERS-Courtesy NASA TV-Handout
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First images from Curiosity the Mars rover.
In this image from NASA TV, shot off a video screen, one of the first images from the Curiosity rover is pictured of its wheel after it successfully landed on Mars. The video screen was inside the Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) team inside the Spaceflight Operations Facility for NASA's Mars Science Laboratory Curiosity rover at Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California August 5, 2012. (Reuters, Courtesy of NASA TV/Handout)
How to keep heat energy from being wasted. This image captured by a powerful microscope reveals zinc oxide nanowires in another electricity-generating device built by Wang and his Georgia Tech colleagues. Credit: Z.L. Wang and X.D. Wang, Georgia Institute of Technology
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“Textile fibers covered with zinc oxide nanowires are used to generate electrical current.”
I bet you always wanted to know how mosquitoes fly in the rain... Credit: Courtesy Tim Nowack, Andrew Dickerson and David Hu/Georgia Tech
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¿Cómo puede volar un mosquito en una tormenta?
You may barely notice when a raindrop lands on your head. But if you were a mosquito, you’d definitely notice: It would be like a bus falling onto you in midair.
A raindrop hitting a mosquito is like a human being hit by a bus!
Even though a single raindrop can weigh 50 times more than a mosquito, the insect is still able to fly through a downpour. http://www.sci-news.com/biology/article00368.html
A mosquito survives being walloped by a raindrop by riding along on its descent to the ground, scientists have found. Credit: Courtesy Tim Nowack, Andrew Dickerson and David Hu/Georgia Tech
Pluto may not be a planet any more... but at least it's got a bunch of moons to keep it company. A 5th Plutonian moon was just discovered.
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This image, taken by NASA's Hubble Space Telescope, shows five moons orbiting the distant, icy dwarf planet Pluto. The green circle marks the newly discovered moon, designated P5.
Pluto System This image shows off Hubble’s resolution. This is the Pluto system — Pluto, Charon, and the four moons around them (Nix, Hydra, Kerberos, and Styx). Hubble is the only telescope that has such fine resolution to be able to see these tiny little dots around Pluto, way at the outer edge of our solar system. We have known about Pluto and Charon since 1986, but all four of those moons were discovered by Hubble within the last decade
New Moon for Pluto: Hubble Telescope Spots a 5th Plutonian Satellite
Pluto's Newest Moons. - Hubble image of the newly-expanded Pluto family (NASA, ESA and M. Showalter/SETI)
Hubble Telescope Finds Two Star Clusters Starting To Collide - Forbes
The Spitzer Space Telescope may have discovered an exoplanet smaller than Earth.
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Spitzer Finds Possible Exoplanet Smaller than Earth | Astronomers using NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope have detected what they believe is a planet two-thirds the size of Earth. The exoplanet candidate, called UCF-1.01, is located a mere 33 light-years away, making it possibly the nearest world to our solar system that is smaller than our home planet. Exoplanets circle stars beyond our sun. Only a handful smaller than Earth have been found so far. Spitzer has performed transit studies on k
Astronomers working with the Spitzer Space Telescope have discovered a new planet about 33 light years away from Earth. Unlike most planets discovered outside of the solar system, this one, dubbed UCF-1.01, is actually smaller than the Earth – it’s about 2/3 the size of our planet.
Video: In Breakthrough Study, Paralyzed Patients Move a Robotic Arm With Their Own Thoughts | Popular Science
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"In an ongoing clinical trial, a paralyzed woman was able to reach for and sip from a drink on her own – for the first time in nearly 15 years – by using her thoughts to direct a robotic arm. The trial, funded in part by the National Institutes of Health, is evaluating the safety and feasibility of an investigational device called the BrainGate neural interface system."
Paralyzed woman moves robotic arm with her mind.
Amazing! Cathy Hutchinson has been unable to move her own arms or legs for 15 years. But using the most advanced brain-machine interface ever developed, she can steer a robotic arm towards a bottle, pick it up, and drink her morning coffee. The interface includes a sensor implanted in Cathy's brain, which 'reads' her thoughts, and a decoder, which turns her thoughts into instructions for the robotic arm. In this video, watch Cathy control the arm and hear from the team behind the pioneering study.
Where did humans first ride horses? West Kazakhstan.
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Scientists have published a paper of wholistic DNA studies to trace the site of original domestication of the horse. The verdict: the horse was first domesticated around 6000 years ago in western Asia, in what is now the Ukraine and Kazakhstan. To study the ancestor of domesticated horses, scientists gathered genetic data from horses around Europe that had been shaped the least by human breeding, such as this animal in Kyrgyzstan. Credit: Vera Warmuth
A scientist has made violin strings out of spider silk.
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Scientist fiddles with spider silk Bundled and processed, the sturdy filaments yield a soft, rich sound on the violin.
How do you get a horse across the ocean to the Olympics? By FedEx...