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Cosmic Yarns Science fiction and the speed of light

Cosmic Yarns: Science fiction and the speed of light

One of the enduring themes of science fiction is the galactic empire: Thousands of star systems tied together by gleaming spaceships hurtling through the cosmos. And why not? Civilization on Earth...

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Happy 25th birthday Hubble Space Telescope

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NASA 3D prints first-ever full scale copper rocket engine

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New NASA coalition dedicated to search for alien life

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Is NASA looking to create permanent settlements on Venus

While the overwhelming majority of NASA’s recent R&D efforts are focused on getting humans to Mars, they aren’t ignoring other planets, as evidenced by an ongoing project that would send a piloted, helium-filled airship to explore the atmosphere of Venus.

Probing the inner regions of a young star and its planet

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Black hole hunters tackle cosmic conundrum

Dartmouth astrophysicists and their colleagues have not only proven that a supermassive black hole exists in a place where it isn't supposed to be, but in doing so have opened a new door to what things were like in the early universe.

NASA Nobodys getting to Mars without our help

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Lyrid meteor shower peaks this week

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Search of 100000 galaxies found no alien life

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Curiosity runs 10k on Mars

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The real Death Star This white dwarf may have destroyed a

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Blasting away space junk with freakin lasers

As space debris becomes an increasing issue, scientists think they have found away to laser it out of harm's way for the astronauts.

How glitter could help find extrasolar planets

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Dark matter may actually interact with itself

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