Brushing your teeth with the remains of dead stars

Brushing your teeth with the remains of dead stars

While it may not have an out-of-this-world taste, the toothpaste that helps keep our molars and bicuspids healthy does contain a substance that was likely originally formed billions of years in...

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Scientists map water vapor on Mars

Using data collected over a 10-year period by instruments on the Mars Express orbiter, Russian scientists have created a map of water vapor distribution in the atmosphere of the Red Planet, the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology (MIPT) have announced.

New isolated dwarf galaxy discovered in the Local Group

Don’t look now, Milky Way, but it appears that there’s a new dwarf galaxy in the neighborhood.

NASAs Antarctic scientific balloons take to the skies

These scientists are guaranteed to have a white Christmas.

How to stargaze on the Winter Solstice

RedOrbit sits down with Pat McCarthy, director of the Giant Magellan Telescope Organization, to discuss stargazing on the shortest day of the year (in the Northern Hemisphere).

NASA emails wrench to space astronaut prints it out

We have just entered a whole new realm of the future.

Ahhh Christmas lights from space

It must be tough flying a sleigh through the cold December air every Christmas, but at least we can sleep easy knowing Santa is getting a great light show.

How to build your own satellite

With the help of PocketQube Shop, you can put your own orbiting craft into space.

Origin of high-latitude auroras discovered

Spectacular to look at, but poorly understood, auroras have been somewhat of a conundrum for scientists. But new data from NASA and ESA satellites has finally shed, ehem, light on one particular type of very high-latitude aurora.

NASA discovers meteoritic evidence of Mars water reservoir

NASA and an international team of planetary scientists have found evidence in meteorites on Earth that indicates Mars has a distinct and global reservoir of water or ice near its surface.

NASAs Kepler finds new exoplanet

The discovery was made when astronomers and engineers devised an ingenious way to repurpose Kepler for the K2 mission and continue its search of the cosmos for other worlds.

Lunar Mission One smashes Kickstarter funding goal

What kind of lunar "footprint" would you leave?

Rosetta scientists confident that Philae lander will

It's getting more sunlight than they originally thought it would. Rejoice!

NASAs Fruit Fly Lab making debut aboard International Space

Brings a whole new meaning to an ISS "fly-over."

ESAs Venus Express goes quiet after eight years of studying

Since its arrival at Venus in 2006, Venus Express had been on an elliptical 24‑hour orbit, travelling 66 000 km above the south pole at its furthest point and to within 200 km over the north pole on its closest approach, conducting a detailed study of the planet and its atmosphere.

11 trillion gallons of water needed to end California

That's about 1.5 times the maximum volume of the largest reservoir in America.

Tilted exoplanet could be habitable if covered in ocean

Even a shallow ocean, about 50 meters deep, would be enough to keep such a planet at relatively comfortable temperatures, averaging around 60 degrees Fahrenheit year-round.

Atmospheric calcium spikes indicate potential meteor showers

If we lived on Mercury, we'd probably be telling you to get our your lawn chairs and enjoy the show.

NASA rover finds active ancient organic chemistry on Mars

NASA's Mars Curiosity rover has measured a tenfold spike in methane, an organic chemical, in the atmosphere around it and detected other organic molecules in a rock-powder sample collected by the robotic laboratory’s drill.

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