Science

October 21st, 2014 Solar Flare

X-Class Solar Flare, 4th Major Eruption On The Sun This Week Detected

Someone sure upset the sun, because it’s throwing amazing amounts of radiation out in four solar flares this week, with an X3-class solar flare Friday.

10/24/2014

(image courtesy NASA.gov)

StarDate 10/17/2014: Close Call For Comet That Will Shoot Past Mars

Mars is about to dodge a big snowball — a comet that will swing just 82,000 miles above the planet’s surface on Sunday. That’s just a third of the distance between Earth and the Moon, so it’s quite a close call.

10/17/2014

A laboratory mouse. Yoshikazu Tsuno/AFP/Getty Images)

UC Davis Researchers Erase Specific Memories In Mice Using Pulses Of Light

Researchers at UC Davis are learning how to use lasers to erase specific memories in mice.

10/13/2014

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SETI: Is Life an Illusion?

Could we all be living in a massive computer simulation? SETI astronomer Seth Shostak explores how we know if we’re really alive.

10/10/2014

Habitable Planet

$50 Million For Research On Extraterrestrials, Origin Of Life Through NASA Ames’ Astrobiology Institute Announced

Seven research teams will get $50 million dollars over five years to study extraterrestrial life in the universe, the origins of life on earth, and the evolution of future life forms, as part of the Astrobiology Isntitute’s work at NASA Ames Research Center in Silicon Valley.

10/06/2014

Habitable Planet

Search For Extraterrestrial Intelligence: What Really Happens If We Find Aliens?

If we trip across life that’s not of this world, do we blast it or befriend it?
What impact would it have on our society?
SETI senior astronomer Seth Shostak debunks Roswell, humanoid visions from Hollywood, and the idea that somehow discovering alien life could ever be kept secret.

09/30/2014

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For The Love Of Science

The school year has begun, and Debra Palmer’s fifth-grade class is learning the usual subjects. There’s some math, some English – and of course, the kids will also design their own underwater robots.

09/22/2014

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Researchers Explore ‘Graveyard Of Ships’ In Treacherous Waters Near San Francisco

Federal researchers are exploring several underwater sites where ships sank while navigating in the treacherous waters west of San Francisco in the decades following the Gold Rush.

09/16/2014

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At The Frontiers Of Science

Working with the smallest building blocks of the universe, Raytheon’s scientists are creating new substances and computing technology straight from the pages of science fiction.

09/15/2014

(Photo by Mike Hettwer/National Geographic
A model of the Cretaceous predator Spinosaurus gets rock star treatment at a photo shoot.

New Bones Discovery Unearths Spinosaurus; Bigger Than T. Rex, Known To Swim

Archaeologists believe some lost dinosaur bones unearthed nearly a century ago of a creature bigger than a T-Rex may have belonged to one of the weirdest creatures to ever roam the Earth.

09/12/2014

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