Marine animals inspire more accurate underwater navigation system

Marine animals inspire more accurate underwater navigation system

In a way, our options are pretty limited when it comes to finding our way around the ocean. While GPS is fine if you’re skipping over the surface of the water, it becomes useless at depths of just a foot (30 cm). Scientists are claiming a new breakthrough in the world of underwater navigation, taking […]

'Luxury Space Hotel' to Launch in 2021

'Luxury Space Hotel' to Launch in 2021

Well-heeled space tourists will have a new orbital destination four years from now, if one company’s plans come to fruition. That startup, called Orion Span, aims to loft its “Aurora Station” in late 2021 and begin accommodating guests in 2022.  “We are launching the first-ever affordable luxury space hotel,” said Orion Span […]

New Zealand's Rocket Lab readies its first commercial launch

New Zealand's Rocket Lab readies its first commercial launch

Following a successful January test launch that saw its Electron booster reach orbit for the first time, Rocket Lab is now getting down to business. The New Zealand-based private space firm has announced plans to go ahead with its first fully commercial mission, with the launch window to open later this month. Rocket Lab’s rise […]

72 Mysterious Cosmic Flashes Puzzle Astronomers

72 Mysterious Cosmic Flashes Puzzle Astronomers

Images of one of the transient events, from eight days before the maximum brightness to 18 days afterward: This outburst took place 4 billion light-years from Earth. Credit: M. Pursiainen/University of Southampton Seventy-two unusual cosmic events have astronomers scratching their heads.  Scientists conducting a survey for supernovas — the dramatic explosions that end […]

Scientists Identify Protein That Could Let Birds See Magnetic Fields

Scientists Identify Protein That Could Let Birds See Magnetic Fields

A rock dove studying quantum mecahnics, sort of. Photo: Alan D. Wilson (Wikimedia Commons) Birds probably know quantum physics better than many humans—it just comes to them innately. To help them navigate long distances across the globe, birds are thought to have proteins in their eyes that could perhaps let them literally see the Earth’s […]

REVEALED: How X-rays could strip away alien life from habitable planets

REVEALED: How X-rays could strip away alien life from habitable planets

Intense X-ray radiation could eliminate the possibility of alien life on many Earth-like planets, by stripping away the ozone layer and rendering them uninhabitable, a study has found. Astronomers now know of around 4,000 planets in orbit around other stars. A handful of these are both Earth-sized and in the habitable zones of the stars they […]

How Was China's Tiangong-1 Space Station Crash Tracked So Accurately?

How Was China's Tiangong-1 Space Station Crash Tracked So Accurately?

China’s Tiangong-1 space lab burned up in the atmosphere over the southern Pacific Ocean late last night (April 1), falling right in the middle of the window predicted by a number of organizations, including the U.S. Strategic Command’s Joint Force Space Component Command (JFSCC), the U.S.-based analysis group Aerospace Corp., the China National Space […]

China's defunct space lab hurtles toward Earth

China's defunct space lab hurtles toward Earth

BEIJING — China’s defunct and reportedly out-of-control Tiangong 1 space station is expected to re-enter Earth’s atmosphere sometime this weekend. It poses only a slight risk to people and property on the ground, since most of the bus-size, 8.5-ton vehicle is expected to burn up on re-entry, although space agencies don’t know exactly when or […]

Family, friends bid farewell to Stephen Hawking

Family, friends bid farewell to Stephen Hawking

Stephen Hawking, the world-renowned physicist, died on March 14 at the age of 76 Friends, family and colleagues of British scientist Stephen Hawking will gather Saturday to pay their respects at his private funeral in Cambridge, where he spent most of his extraordinary life. Hawking, who died on March 14 at the age of 76, […]

Iridium messaging network gets another boost from SpaceX

Iridium messaging network gets another boost from SpaceX

A Falcon 9 rocket climbs away from Space Launch Complex 4-East at Vandenberg Air Force Base, California, on Friday. Credit: SpaceX Ten more satellites for Iridium’s commercial communications network flew into orbit Friday aboard a Falcon 9 rocket from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, raising the total number of upgraded Iridium spacecraft launched to […]

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