Russian Satellite Secret Weapon

Is this mystery satellite Putin’s secret space weapon?

By on November 25, 2014 at 5:55 PM.

Is this mystery satellite Putin’s secret space weapon?

An oddball Russian satellite that launched to orbit last May is now raising suspicions. The so-called Object 2014-28E was put into orbit at the same time with several communications satellites, but Russia has not elaborated on its purpose. The object has been maneuvering in a precise way and it’s possible its purpose is to clear out space junk or refuel other satellites. More →

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Antares Rocket Explosion Video

Watch the jaw-dropping, unseen video of the Antares rocket explosion

By on November 24, 2014 at 4:55 PM.

Watch the jaw-dropping, unseen video of the Antares rocket explosion

Late last month, NASA’s unmanned Antares rocket, filled with 5,000 pounds of cargo intended for the International Space Station, exploded seconds after liftoff. At the time, news sources only had access to amateur footage, but now that the proverbial smoke has cleared, professional photojournalists have finally had a chance to collect their equipment from the launch site. More →

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Best Inventions 2014

These are the 25 best inventions of 2014

By on November 24, 2014 at 3:15 PM.

These are the 25 best inventions of 2014

2014 might have seemed a bit boring if you weren’t paying attention, but it was actually a pretty busy year for scientists and inventors. Think about it… skating legend Tony Hawk actually rode a real-life hoverboard. If that were the only crazy invention of 2014 it would still have been a pretty awesome year, but there are plenty of other fantastic inventions that were introduced over the past 11 months as well. More →

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What Is Jupiter's Red Spot

Mystery solved? Scientists think they know why Juptier’s giant spot is so red

By on November 14, 2014 at 10:30 PM.

Mystery solved? Scientists think they know why Juptier’s giant spot is so red

One of the more enduring questions that kids ask when they learn about astronomy for the first time is why Jupiter has such a gigantic red spot on its surface. Now ScienceDaily brings us word that researchers may have discovered exactly why Jupiter’s big red spot is so red: For lack of a better term, it seems that our solar system’s largest planet has a sunburn. More →

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Rosetta Philae Comet Pictures

Scientists landed a probe on a comet this week – here are the first amazing pictures

By on November 14, 2014 at 4:10 PM.

Scientists landed a probe on a comet this week – here are the first amazing pictures

In case you missed it, the European Space Agency’s Rosetta spacecraft successfully landed a probe onto the comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko earlier this week, marking the first time we’ve ever successfully put a manmade device onto a comet. Wired has snagged several images taken by both the Rosetta and the probe of the comet’s surface and they give us an amazing first-hand look at the what it’s like to be on a giant rock that’s hurtling through space. More →

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Virgin Galactic Crash Pilot

This is what it’s like to be ejected from a spaceship 50,000 feet in the air

By on November 13, 2014 at 4:32 PM.

This is what it’s like to be ejected from a spaceship 50,000 feet in the air

Two weeks ago, something went wrong with Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo mid-flight, resulting in the disintegration of the spacecraft and the tragic death of one of its pilots. The other pilot miraculously survived, but was immediately taken to the hospital to be treated for his injuries. Now that he’s out, he is finally able to tell the story of what happened that day, 50,000 feet about the ground. More →

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NASA Sun Timelapse Video

This gorgeous 4K timelapse video of the sun will take your breath away

By on November 12, 2014 at 9:30 PM.

This gorgeous 4K timelapse video of the sun will take your breath away

It’s been an exciting year for incredible videos shot from outer space, as just this week we’re being treated to a live video of scientists’ first attempt at landing a probe on a comet. YouTube user James Tyrwhitt-Drake has put together a beautiful 4K timelapse video of the sun that uses over 72,000 images take from NASA’s solar dynamics observatory to show us what the sun looks like as it makes its rotation. More →

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Google Robot Karate Kid Video

Video: Watch one of Google’s amazing robots reenact a classic scene from The Karate Kid

By on November 11, 2014 at 9:30 PM.

Video: Watch one of Google’s amazing robots reenact a classic scene from The Karate Kid

It’s been a little less than a year since Google embarked on a major spending spree of robotics firms and since then we haven’t heard too much about the company’s growing android army. Per 9to5Google, there’s a new video showing off a robot built by the Google-owned Boston Dynamics in which it reenacts the classic scene in The Karate Kid where Daniel stands atop a small barrel on a beach and tries to maintain balance while performing assorted moves. More →

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Incredible NASA Supercut Video

The most incredible supercut of NASA footage you’ll ever see

By on November 11, 2014 at 2:58 PM.

The most incredible supercut of NASA footage you’ll ever see

It’s been a very troubling few weeks for space travel, but in light of the recent tragedies, it’s worth remembering how the bravery of the men and women willing to take these risks has affected our society for the better. Timelapse filmmaker Guillaume Juin used more than 80GB of photographs taken by astronauts aboard the International Space Station to create an astounding three-minute video which showcases the beauty of our planet and the incredible technology that orbits it every day. More →

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Philae Comet Landing

‘7 hours of terror': Watch live as scientists land a probe on a comet for the first time ever

By on November 11, 2014 at 2:13 PM.

‘7 hours of terror': Watch live as scientists land a probe on a comet for the first time ever

For the first time in the history of mankind, scientists are attempting to make physical contact with a comet. A 10-year project by the European Space Agency’s Rosetta spacecraft will culminate on Wednesday when scientists attempt to land a probe on a comet for the first time ever. The final stage of the mission — actually landing the probe on the comet — has been described as “seven hours of terror” by a scientist involved with the project, and that terror is about to begin.

The actual touchdown of the probe “Philae” on the comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko is scheduled to take place just before 11:oo a.m. EST / 8:00 a.m. PST on Wednesday, and the attempt is being streamed live, as are the events leading up to tomorrow’s landing. More →

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Why Is The iPhone A Good Invention

Insanely detailed graphic shows every technological breakthrough that made the iPhone possible

By on November 6, 2014 at 10:35 AM.

Insanely detailed graphic shows every technological breakthrough that made the iPhone possible

Apple may have revolutionized the mobile computing world with the launch of the first iPhone but it couldn’t have done it all by itself — in fact, as one incredible graphic shows, the iPhone was the culmination of thousands of years of human innovation that started with the first tally sticks and abacuses. More →

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Virgin Galactic Ship Crash

One pilot reported dead in tragic Virgin Galactic spaceship crash

By on October 31, 2014 at 3:40 PM.

One pilot reported dead in tragic Virgin Galactic spaceship crash

A Virgin Galactic spaceship that was on a test flight has crashed in California’s Mojave Desert, leaving at least one pilot dead, Bloomberg reports. The ship, which was part of Virgin’s exploratory space tourism program, was being flown by two pilots, one of whom escaped the crash with nonlethal injuries, local police sources said. The Mojave Air & Space Port, which is where the Virgin Galactic ship flew out from, is set to have a news conference to address the tragedy at 5 p.m. ET on Friday. Space tourism has become a growing industry in the tech world, as both Virgin Galactic and Elon Musk’s SpaceX have been working on technology to make commercial space flights economically feasible.

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