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“We know that life started on Earth about four billion years ago, but the fundamental question is … why four billion years ago?,” said study co-author Vladimir Airapetian in an interview with Mashable. Could life have started one billion years ago, two billion years ago, (or) three billion years ago? Is there anything special about […]

The importance of New Horizons’ Kuiper Belt explorations cannot be understated. Pluto is, after all, technically located in the area, where a number of KBOs (Kuiper Belt Objects) are located. And since we know precious little about the region, any explorations New Horizons make going forward are potentially groundbreaking. And, according to the mission’s principal […]

Although SpaceX was able to successfully stick the landing earlier this month, when its Falcon 9 rocket was able to make it back and land on a drone ship, the company’s CEO Elon Musk suggests that the rocket had sustained a great deal of damage in the tricky, delicate process. As such, the rocket won’t […]

Scientists have finally come up with a way to create synthetic spider silk without having to deal with any trade-offs. And while it is definitely not the real thing, the new form of silk does accurately mimic the material’s properties, after numerous efforts in the past to successfully recreate the silk and ensure it remains […]

For the first time in the space agency’s history, part of the NASA patent database is now available to third-party companies and other interested parties, with a small percentage of its patents recently launched for public use. Only a few of NASA’s many patents were release, as the agency hand-picked 56 patents to be considered […]

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Life-giving glycine found around comet 67P

Scientists believe that the evidence of the amino acid glycine found around 67P/Chryumov-Gerasimenko may suggest comets emit life-giving agents, backing up previous studies that had made this assertion. The European Space Agency’s Rosetta spacecraft was able to detect several protein ingredients around 67P, including glycine, marking the first time that the amino acid was found […]

Ancient solar flares could have helped bring life to Earth

“We know that life started on Earth about four billion years ago, but the fundamental question is … why four billion years ago?,” said study co-author Vladimir Airapetian in an interview with Mashable. Could life have started one billion years ago, two billion years ago, (or) three billion years ago? Is there anything special about […]

New Horizons has enough fuel for 20 more years

The importance of New Horizons’ Kuiper Belt explorations cannot be understated. Pluto is, after all, technically located in the area, where a number of KBOs (Kuiper Belt Objects) are located. And since we know precious little about the region, any explorations New Horizons make going forward are potentially groundbreaking. And, according to the mission’s principal […]

Musk details “max” damage taken by last SpaceX rocket

Although SpaceX was able to successfully stick the landing earlier this month, when its Falcon 9 rocket was able to make it back and land on a drone ship, the company’s CEO Elon Musk suggests that the rocket had sustained a great deal of damage in the tricky, delicate process. As such, the rocket won’t […]

Scientists figure out ersatz spider silk mystery with new tech

Scientists have finally come up with a way to create synthetic spider silk without having to deal with any trade-offs. And while it is definitely not the real thing, the new form of silk does accurately mimic the material’s properties, after numerous efforts in the past to successfully recreate the silk and ensure it remains […]

NASA makes 56 patents available as public domain

For the first time in the space agency’s history, part of the NASA patent database is now available to third-party companies and other interested parties, with a small percentage of its patents recently launched for public use. Only a few of NASA’s many patents were release, as the agency hand-picked 56 patents to be considered […]

Boiling water caused strange dark streaks on Martian slopes

A new study suggests that boiling Martian water may be behind some of Mars’ more distinctive geological features, namely the strange-looking dark streaks found on the planet’s slopes. This may lend credence to theories that Mars may still have some form of liquid water on its surface, but the downside is that it may also […]

Weasel forces Large Hadron Collider power outage

Life seemed to imitate art, as an old children’s song rang true when the Large Hadron Collider shut down in a rather curious way — a weasel making its way to an electrical facility connected to the accelerator. According to European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) representatives, the curious little weasel chewed its way through […]

Tailless comet is first of its kind to get spotted

In what has been described as a first in astronomy, researchers discovered a tailless comet, or, as scientist call it, a “Manx” comet. This is one celestial being that may provide the answer to many pressing questions about how the solar system had come about and evolved to what it is today. The tailless comet, […]

The truth about Thursday’s Pink Moon event

The so-called Pink Moon rose on Thursday evening, but it may also be closer to being a “Mini-Moon.” Astronomers have, in fact, referred to Thursday’s event as the Mini Pink Moon, as that marked the smallest full moon of the year, or when Earth and the Moon are farthest apart from each other. As for […]

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This move isn’t exactly unusual in Europe, as French officials are planning to ban all diesels from Paris by the year 2020. But this is a far more overarching reform, should it push forward, as it covers all cars that aren’t electrified, hybridized, or anywhere close to being “green.” Intel from behind the scenes suggests […]

Scientists believe that the evidence of the amino acid glycine found around 67P/Chryumov-Gerasimenko may suggest comets emit life-giving agents, backing up previous studies that had made this assertion. The European Space Agency’s Rosetta spacecraft was able to detect several protein ingredients around 67P, including glycine, marking the first time that the amino acid was found […]

“We know that life started on Earth about four billion years ago, but the fundamental question is … why four billion years ago?,” said study co-author Vladimir Airapetian in an interview with Mashable. Could life have started one billion years ago, two billion years ago, (or) three billion years ago? Is there anything special about […]

The importance of New Horizons’ Kuiper Belt explorations cannot be understated. Pluto is, after all, technically located in the area, where a number of KBOs (Kuiper Belt Objects) are located. And since we know precious little about the region, any explorations New Horizons make going forward are potentially groundbreaking. And, according to the mission’s principal […]

Although SpaceX was able to successfully stick the landing earlier this month, when its Falcon 9 rocket was able to make it back and land on a drone ship, the company’s CEO Elon Musk suggests that the rocket had sustained a great deal of damage in the tricky, delicate process. As such, the rocket won’t […]