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A FARAWAY SUPERNOVA explosion may have contributed to a minor mass extinction here on Earth 2.59 million years ago, a new study suggests. (ILLUSTRATION: Artist’s illustration of the supernova remnant known as 1993J, which came from a double-star system.) Fast-moving, charged particles…
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PRIVATE space travel company Blue Origin expects its first test flights with people in 2017, company founder Jeff Bezos said Tuesday during a tour of the venture’s research and development site outside Seattle. (ILLUSTRATION: Amazon.com founder Jeff Bezos stands next to a copper exhaust…
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Hundreds of galaxies lurking near the Milky Way could help explain an anomaly known as the Great Attractor IT’S PUZZLED SCIENTISTS for decades: a region of space so obscured by the dust and gas at the core of the Milky Way galaxy that it’s remained elusively impenetrable. This so-called…
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by Seth Shostak (pictured) OK, QUICK: Name a few important things that happened in the 11th century. If you’re not tenured in medieval studies, that may be tough, although several modestly notable events took place in those hundred years — for example, the Battle of Hastings and the launch…
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by David Sims AT SOME POINT in my past, I lost the romantic feeling toward living in uncomfortable places just because they were exotic. Once upon a time, I’d have been thrilled to accept a trip to Mars, even if I’d have to stay there for a long time. Now… no way. Mars needs to have a considerable…
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by David Sims A CHRISTIAN smartypants posted a YouTube video to challenge atheists with the question “Where did the universe come from, and why?” It is a good question. Until the 20th century, no atheist could have answered it, except with a characteristically honest “I don’t…
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SCIENTISTS have discovered water flowing on the surface of Mars. (ILLUSTRATION: Mosaic of the Valles Marineris hemisphere of Mars projected into point perspective, a view similar to that which one would see from a spacecraft.) The discovery announced Monday raises the tantalizing possibility…
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And where are our efforts and resources going today: To spread our race to new habitable worlds? — or feeding and protecting worthless parasites, and rushing heedless toward our doom? NASA’s KEPLER mission has confirmed the first near-Earth-size planet in the “habitable zone”…
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by David Sims I HATE to throw a wet blanket on people’s hopes for human colonization on other planets and in space, especially since this was always a hope of mine, too. I don’t think that humans will ever colonize the rest of the solar system, much less reach for the stars. It’s after…
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SPACEX has released the latest footage of the Pad Abort Test of its Crew Dragon Capsule on Friday, which was launched earlier in May. The unmanned space was designed to test the effectiveness of the company’s new capsule abort system. The abort system will allow astronauts to steer clear from a malfunctioning…
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