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April 15, 2015

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7:31 AM | Una mappa per la materia oscura
Una collaborazione scientifica internazionale ha rilasciato i primi dati preliminari per la costruzione di una ‘mappa’ della materia oscura
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7:00 AM | Sol 957: Fine Views and Limited Downlink
  by Ken Herkenhoff MSL drove about 65 meters on Sol 956, then took some nice images of the path ahead.  As we continue to drive each sol, acquiring images of the terrain around us is important to the science team.  We don’t want to miss anything!  So the Sol 957 plan includes ChemCam RMI and Mastcam images of outcrops to the south and a Mastcam image of the windblown …
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4:00 AM | NIROSETI, una nuova strategia per la ricerca di ET
Gli astronomi hanno esteso la ricerca di civiltà intelligenti in un nuovo settore che utilizza dei particolari rivelatori a luce infrarossa. Questi strumenti hanno già iniziato ad esplorare il cielo per rivelare eventuali messaggi interstellari provenienti da altri mondi. Secondo gli studiosi, la luce infrarossa rappresenterebbe un mezzo eccellente ed efficace per comunicare nello spazio. … Continue reading NIROSETI, una nuova strategia per la ricerca di ET →

April 14, 2015

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11:01 PM | Wait Just a Minute, Dark Matter May Not be Dark After All
A new study carried out by the ESO's Very Large Telescope and the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope has revealed for the first time that dark matter may well interact with itself. Continue reading →
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10:00 PM | SpaceX ALMOST Lands Rocket Stage After Successful Launch
A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launched the company's Dragon cargo capsule toward the International Space Station today, then turned around and nearly pulled off a soft landing on a drone ship in the Atlantic Ocean.
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9:46 PM | Einstein, Schrödinger, and the story you never heard (Synopsis)
“I don’t like it, and I’m sorry I ever had anything to do with it.” -Schrödinger Ever think that if we just pitted enough intelligence at a particular problem, we’d be bound to solve it? That was certainly the approach that two of the greatest minds in history — Einstein and Schrödinger — took, when…
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9:45 PM | Einstein, Schrödinger, and the story you never heard
How “faith” in the Universe destroyed two brilliant men of genius.Continue reading on Medium »
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8:53 PM | Dragon Launches to Station, but Falcon Doesn't Survive Landing
SpaceX's ISS-bound Dragon spacecraft is in orbit, but the drone ship landing of the company's Falcon 9 rocket was unsuccessful.
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7:19 PM | Turning Points of Light into Planets
New Horizons Explores the “Third Zone” of the Solar System A tiny spacecraft with seven powerful instruments is hurrying to Pluto, on its way to return images of a planet that we have only ever seen as a dot in the distance orbiting the Sun in a previously unexplored zone of the solar system. New Horizons will fly [...]
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7:15 PM | Artist's Drive: A Sol 950 Colorized Postcard
Amateur image processor Damia Bouic shares the process behind creating stunning panoramas with Curiosity images.
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3:15 PM | A Most Unusual Solar Eclipse Photo
Last month, the Moon passed in front of the Sun … if you happened to be in just the right place on our planet. Not many were, but we still got some lovely photos of the event. My friend Tunç Tezel was eyewitness to it, and he took a lot of photos. I posted one in the link above, which is a beautiful if straightforward shot of the totally eclipsed Sun. But then a few days ago he sent me a note saying he had a far more unusual one, and I must say: He’s absolutely right. Check […]
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2:16 PM | Oggi il lancio della navetta Dragon, ecco cosa porterà sulla Iss
Il veicolo della SpaceX raggiungerà la Stazione spaziale internazionale con un carico di esperimenti di biologia umana e di fisica dei cristalli liquidi. Ecco quali
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1:27 PM | Where Would you Leave a Message From the Stars?
A recent article by Samuel Arbesman in the science magazine Nautilus discusses the extraordinary sounding possibility that – just perhaps – a search for extraterrestrial intelligence... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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12:56 PM | C’è acqua allo stato liquido su Marte?
Gli ultimi dati provenienti dal rover Curiosity svelano la possibile presenza di acqua allo stato liquido sul suolo del pianeta rosso
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12:56 PM | An exoplanet with an infernal atmosphere
(Phys.org) – As part of the PlanetS National Centre of Competence in Research (NCCR), astronomers from the Universities of Geneva (UNIGE) and Bern, Switzerland, have come to measure the temperature of the atmosphere of an exoplanet with unequalled precision, by crossing two approaches. The first approach is based on the HARPS spectrometer and the second […]
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11:15 AM | What Kind of Object Can Survive a Close Encounter With a Monster Black Hole?
In or around May 2014, a truly remarkable thing happened: An object, dubbed G2, survived a very close encounter with a very large black hole. The black hole in this case is the supermassive one in the center of our own galaxy, the Milky Way. Our best estimate of its mass is about 4.3 million times the mass of the Sun, so it’s a bruiser. Using the largest optical and infrared telescopes in the world, astronomers can actually see the movements of stars orbiting the black hole. Its fierce […]
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11:00 AM | Enigmatic Moon Mimas Bathes in 'Saturnshine'
NASA's Cassini mission has spotted a small Saturn moon illuminated by reflected sunlight off Saturn's atmosphere.
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9:36 AM | The Cosmic Microwave Oven Background
Over the past couple of decades the Parkes Radio Telescope in Australia has been picking up two types of mysterious signals, each lasting just a few milliseconds. One kind, the Fast Radio Bursts (FRBs), have come from seemingly random points in the sky at unpredictable times, and are thought to have a (thus far unknown) astronomical origin. The other signal, known as perytons, have been found by this paper to have an origin much close to home.
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8:00 AM | Redux: Not One More Winter in the Tipi, Honey
This post originally ran July 14, 2011.  NOMWITTH, however, hasn’t changed, not one bit. There are a lot of ways to shrink a carbon footprint. Bike instead of drive. Eat low on the food chain. You know the drill. Where I live, in the boondocks of Colorado, a lot of people — myself included, but […]
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7:37 AM | Parkinson, anche la tastiera può aiutare la diagnosi
Analizzando tempi e modalità di scrittura è possibile distinguere tra chi ha la malattia e chi no. I risultati su Scientific Report
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7:00 AM | Sol 956: Curiosity to Watch Mercury Transit
by Ryan Anderson With the last portion of the Telegraph Peak sample delivered to SAM and analyzed by APXS, we are ready to keep driving. In the sol 956 plan, there is a quick science block in the morning, to allow the rover to take a couple of Mastcam pictures of nearby boulders called “Waucoba” and Navcam pictures to complete the 360 degree panorama of the area. After that, we …
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4:00 AM | Alla ricerca di ET con WISE
Se le civiltà aliene esistono nell’Universo, molte di esse avranno avuto miliardi di anni per sviluppare una tecnologia adeguata, incrementare la loro popolazione, soddisfare alle richieste energetiche e magari viaggiare nella loro galassia. L’astronomo russo Nikolaj Kardashev ha introdotto una ipotetica scala di classificazione, detta scala di Kardashev, che suddivide in tre tipi le civiltà avanzate … Continue reading Alla ricerca di ET con WISE →
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12:00 AM | United Launch Alliance Pulls Back Curtain on New Rocket
ULA revealed its new Vulcan rocket system today, an Atlas and Delta mashup the company says will increase power, lower costs and broaden mission capabilities.

April 13, 2015

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11:00 PM | Astronomy Video of the Week: Chasing the Dragon- Watch the CRS-6 Launch Live!
The launch of CRS-5 in January 2015. (Credit: NASA/SpaceX). Watching space launches can be an addicting pastime. We’ve got just such a chance for a ‘fix’ today, when SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket lights up the sky over the Florida Space Coast this afternoon with the CRS-6 mission headed to the International Space Station. Not only will the [...]
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8:20 PM | Astronomy Video of the Week: Chasing the Dragon- Watch the CRS-6 Launch Live!
The launch of CRS-5 in January 2015. (Credit: NASA/SpaceX). Watching space launches can be an addicting pastime. We’ve got just such a chance for a ‘fix’ today, when SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket lights up the sky over the Florida Space Coast this afternoon with the CRS-6 mission headed to the International Space Station. Not only will the [...]
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6:08 PM | No More Instant! Espresso Machine Heading to Space Station
The International Space Station is about receive perhaps its most important upgrade to date: a microgravity espresso maker!
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5:18 PM | Discovering the mysterious companions of Cepheids
Cepheids are bright enough that we can use them to measure distances to other galaxies, but their luminosities also makes detecting their companions particularly difficult. So how do astronomers find their uncover their secret partners? Today's paper takes a look...
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5:15 PM | PROCYON update: Asteroid 2000 DP107 target selected, ion engine stopped
PROCYON (PRoximate Object Close flYby with Optical Navigation) is a microsatellite that launched on December 3 as a secondary payload with Hayabusa 2. The mission has now selected their asteroid flyby target -- a binary asteroid named 2000 DP107 -- but is reporting a problem with their ion engines.
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3:40 PM | LightSail Launch Delayed until at least May 20
The Planetary Society’s LightSail spacecraft will have to wait at least two more weeks before setting sail on its maiden voyage.
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3:30 PM | For Wyoming, Climate Change Is Now
In 2014, I wrote about the Wyoming state Legislature actively moving to suppress real science education when it came to global warming. As I said, Science itself has many laws, but it doesn’t give a damn about ours. Those words still echo loudly when it comes to Wyoming. A new research paper has come out showing that snow melt in the northwest region of that state is occurring earlier all the time, exactly as you’d expect with warmer winters and spring. The scientists used […]
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