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NASA's Prolific Planet Hunting Kepler spaceship has run out of fuel

A look at Kepler, whose extended mission could come to an end when it runs out of fuel Credit: NASA The Kepler space The fertile Planet Hunt Days of the telescope will soon end. After discovering more than 2,300 confirmed planets in its two missions, Kepler is low on fuel and, according to NASA engineers, will be phased out within …

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Astronaut Scott Kelly and his twin brother are still identical, NASA says

Astronauts Scott and Mark Kelly pose at the Johnson Space Center in Houston on January 19, 2015, before Scott Kelly spent nearly a year on the International Space Station [19659003] Credit: Robert Markowitz After a series of erroneous media reports on the effects of space travel on astronaut genes, NASA yesterday (March 15) issued an updated opinion on their "twin …

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NASA could reroute killer asteroids with Nudge-or-Nuke "Hammer"

This NASA illustration shows what asteroid Bennu might look like. NASA / GSFC / Concept image lab Asteroids are ripping through the earth harmlessly all the time, but we have some good reasons to think about the asteroid Bennu, which in 2135 has a 1 in 2,700 chance of smacking our planet. It does not yet have to be disengaged, …

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Stunning new Mars images by Curiosity | room

<! – -> Enlarge. | The scenic foothills of Mount Sharp on Mars, as seen from the NASA rover Curiosity on Sol 1981, the 1.981. Day of the rover on Mars, were recorded. Picture about NASA / JPL-Caltech / MSSS / Planetaria. You will find a fantastic collection of pictures of Mars by Thomas Appéré on Flickr. This story originally …

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Environmental changes to innovate forced early humans in East Africa

The early humans also seem to have produced black (manganese), brown, green and white pigments and perforated a piece of ocher on opposite sides to possibly carry or carry the colorful rock. 77,000-80,000 years ago, there was evidence that people wore beads of ocher. Neanderthals also seem to have used red ocher pigments at least 250,000 years ago. Early humans …

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NASA turns on a new instrument that stares at the sun

Follow NASA's TSIS-1 from its introduction to installation aboard the International Space Station's collection of scientific data. Credit: NASA Goddard NASA has turned on its latest space payload to continue the long-term measurements of the sun's incoming energy. The Total and Spectral Solar Irradiation Sensor (TSIS-1) installed on the International Space Station has been fully operational since March with all …

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Space travel for people, robots more dangerous thanks to radiation

Space has many ways to kill you. An outstanding feature of the options: the radiation, the constant stream of charged particles that bounces around the room at incredible speed. There is radiation that is trapped directly around the Earth, and the particles are also produced by our own sun and by starbursts. And the scientists have bad news: The radiation …

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The latest use for graphene – non-toxic hair dye

Graphene, the "wonder material" of monatomic layers of linked carbon atoms, now has another possible application. Under the direction of Prof. Jiaxing Huang at Northwestern University in Illinois, scientists have produced a hair dye that is far less harmful than ordinary dyes. Hair colorants usually contain harsh chemicals such as ammonia and bleach. These are used to break up the …

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This strange venomous mammal survived the asteroid that killed the dinosaurs

Sixty-six million years ago, a 9-mile-wide asteroid crashed into the earth, destroying the dinosaurs along with three-quarters of all life on Earth – an event known as Cretaceous Paleogene extinction. With the dinosaurs out of the picture, a small gang of tough mammals that had survived the impact began to thrive. This group included a bizarre spitzmaus-like creature called Solenodon. …

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