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What it would be like to live on Earth's "cousin"

3 days agoTechnology : Tech Talk

"If we were there, we'd get stronger; it would be like a workout every day," one NASA official says about life on Kepler-452b

Is science drawing closer to an alien world?

3 days agoNews : The Raw Story

NASA’s discovery of Earth-like exoplanet Kepler-452b, nicknamed “Earth 2.0?, has social media buzzing about the chances of finding a faraway world, possibly with alien life or key resources such as water. Science or fiction? The experts respond. – Is ‘Earth 2.0?...

5 Stories You Need to Know Today

In today's links, NASA finds Earth's cousin, the NFL funds concussion research, and Google replays your memories

Another unknown climate feedback – plankton blooms create brighter clouds

Marine plankton brighten clouds over Southern Ocean From the NASA/GODDARD SPACE FLIGHT CENTER New research using NASA satellite data and ocean biology models suggests tiny organisms in vast stretches of the Southern Ocean play a significant role in generating brighter clouds overhead. Brighter clouds reflect more sunlight back into space affecting the amount of solar…

Why It Is Misleading To Compare Exoplanet Kepler-452b To Earth

NASA’s announcement of the discovery of a new extrasolar planet has been met with a lot of excitement. But the truth is that it is impossible to judge whether it is similar to Earth with the few parameters we have – it might just as well resemble Venus, or something entirely different. More »      

Last Week's 10 Biggest Posts

You wanted news on the death of Project Free TV, NASA’s top picks for air-improving houseplants and tips for avoiding narcissists. Kick off your Monday by checking out the ten most popular posts from Lifehacker Australia last week: More »      

The Celebration of Alive & Free

Against the cacophony of domestic and international news about the recent Iran Nuclear weapons agreement; the financial "bailout" of Greece; NASA's unprecedented photos of the planet Pluto; the travels and speeches of Pope Francis; the...Show More Summary

NASA considering using wind-powered robots to explore surface of Jupiter

4 days agoNews : The Raw Story

NASA might use wind-powered robots to explore Jupiter Engineers at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California are reportedly in the process of developing “windbots” – robotic probes that could stay aloft in the clouds of a distant world, and these probes may eventually...

Ice flows, hazy hydrocarbons among latest Pluto reveals

4 days agoTechnology / Gadgets : Gizmag

NASA has detailed fresh discoveries and released the latest batch of images from New Horizons. Sent as the unmanned probe hurtles away from Pluto and out of the Solar System, the new images and readings show a haze that may be the source of Pluto's reddish color and exotic ice that flows like glaciers. Show More Summary

I Went Storm Chasing With NASA

It’s a dark and stormy night, 8.5km over the Midwest. Just after 10:30 PM, I’m standing aft of the cockpit of a NASA DC-8, while lightning flashes outside the cabin windows. A team of scientists recently took to the skies over Kansas and Nebraska to study how nighttime thunderstorms form over the Great Plains. Show More Summary

Kepler-452b is sure to be hyped as Earth's bigger cousin

An international team of astronomers from NASA's Kepler mission have announced the discovery of a near-Earth-sized planet in the habitable zone of a Sun-like star. Dr. Daniel Huber from the University of Sydney's School of Physics is...Show More Summary

NASA Discovers Earthlike Planet For Donald Trump To Be President Of: Your Saturday Nerdout

It’s Saturday, and time to be ridin’ Nerdy. We really wanted to show you an allegedly cool video of Neil deGrasse Tyson explaining the history of the universe in under eight minutes, but it got “removed as a violation of YouTube’s policy...Show More Summary

On Sunday, Claudia Alexander, who helped lead the Galileo and Rosetta spacecraft missions, died at t

5 days agoGenres / Sci Fi : io9

On Sunday, Claudia Alexander, who helped lead the Galileo and Rosetta spacecraft missions, died at the age of 56. In addition to her work with NASA, she was a prolific writer, authoring scientific papers, children’s books and science fiction. Read her obituary over on the New York Times. Read more...

This week in science: the deafening silence

New Horizons continues to beam back images of Pluto and its moons, reviving US fascination with space exploration. And just how economical was this deep space adventure? Just to put NASA's cost efficiency into context: $700 million is less than a tenth of the amount Microsoft wrote off after its takeover of Nokia. Show More Summary

Pluto's Thick Hydrocarbon Atmosphere Hides Flowing Earth-like Glaciers

As the New Horizons spacecraft sped away from Pluto last week, it captured a stunning sight: an atmospheric haze surrounding the dwarf planet some 80 miles thick. Now, 10 days later, NASA scientists have had some time to properly analyze...Show More Summary

Sickening Shipwreck Find: 5 Most Incredible Discoveries

A new Earth relative and new insights into Alzheimer's make the list: NASA Finds Earth's 'Cousin' : NASA has discovered a planet it calls an "older, bigger cousin to Earth." Kepler-452b is about one and a half times the size of Earth and orbits a star at a distance similar to...

Image of the Week: A Global Mosaic of Pluto in True Color

Image Credit: NASA/JHUAPL/SwRI The colors in this image of Pluto from the New Horizons spacecraft are the real deal. They were captured by Ball Aerospace's Ralph instrument, named after Ralph Kramden in "The Honeymooners." Yes, really. Four images from New Horizons' Long Range Reconnaissance Imager (LORRI) were combined with color data...

Most powerful rocket ever edges closer to lift-off

5 days agoTechnology / Gadgets : Gizmag

NASA's Space Launch System (SLS) has completed its critical design review – a major stepping stone on the way to becoming certified for manned spaceflight. Once complete, the SLS will be the most powerful launch vehicle ever constructed,...Show More Summary

Holy halo! New Horizons gets a good look at Pluto's dark side

5 days agoHealth : Booster Shots

Get ready to see Pluto like you've never seen it before. Scientists with NASA's New Horizons mission have released fresh images taken by the spacecraft, and these unprecedented views of the dwarf planet's surface are nothing short of spectacular.

I Went Storm Chasing with NASA

6 days agoTechnology / Gadgets : Gizmodo

It’s a dark and stormy night, 28,000 feet over the Midwest. Just after 10:30 PM, I’m standing aft of the cockpit of a NASA DC-8, while lightning flashes outside the cabin windows. Read more...

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