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Rogue Planets Sometimes Captured By Stars
2012-04-18 03:28:47

New research suggests that billions of stars in our galaxy have captured rogue planets that once roamed interstellar space. The nomad worlds, which were kicked out of the star systems in which they formed, occasionally find a new home with a different sun. This finding could explain the existence of some planets that orbit surprisingly far from their stars, and even the existence of a double-planet system. "Stars trade planets just like baseball teams trade players," said Hagai Perets of...

2012-04-17 23:02:15

World renowned photographer Rodney Lough Jr. proudly releases collector´s posters series to celebrate the final mission of the Discovery Space Shuttle as it travels to the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum. Washington D.C. (PRWEB) April 17, 2012 Beloved photographer Rodney Lough Jr. is proud to commemorate the final mission of the Discovery Space Shuttle, releasing a series of collectors´ posters. Available online, the poster series includes nine of Lough´s most...

2012-04-17 02:20:13

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla., April 17, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- After decades of providing NASA's primary support in maintaining and launching the Space Shuttle fleet, the United Space Alliance (USA) workforce watched with pride today as Space Shuttle Discovery departed Kennedy Space Center on the back of a modified 747 jet, bound for its new home at the Smithsonian National Air & Space Museum annex in Virginia. USA, which has served as NASA's prime Shuttle contractor since 1996, is...

Discovery Flyover of DC Scheduled for April 17
2012-04-10 03:50:01

NASA's retired Space Shuttle Discovery will be flying over portions of Washington D.C. on the morning of April 17 as it travels en route to the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, where it will be displayed, the American space agency announced on Monday. The flight is scheduled to occur between 10am and 11am local time and will involve a modified Boeing 747 known as a Shuttle Carrier Aircraft (SCA) with the shuttle mounted on top of it, NASA and Space.com's Robert Z. Pearlman said....

Image 1 - Researchers Find Evidence That Pythons Are Eating Bird Eggs
2012-04-07 04:52:03

Burmese pythons, which have already been observed attacking birds in the Florida Everglades, have now been seen eating those birds' eggs directly from the nest, according to new research from the Smithsonian Institution. According to Jennifer Welsh of LiveScience, the study, which has been published in the March issue of the journal Reptiles & Amphibians: Conservation and Natural History, details three cases in which the Smithsonian researchers discovered eggs inside of the pythons,...

2012-04-02 10:00:35

As any comic book lover knows, when superheroes band together the bad guys fall harder. The strength that comes in numbers is greater than the sum of its parts. The same holds true, researchers have recently learned, when different species of crabs (genus Trapezia) and snapping shrimp (Alepheus lottini) in the central Pacific band together to defend their coral homes from hungry seastars. In these frequent conflicts "one-plus-one doesn't always equal two, sometime it is more," explains...

2012-03-28 06:24:27

Photo Opportunity WASHINGTON, March 28, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The following media advisory was issued today by Smithsonian's National Museum of American History: WHAT: Photo opportunity for the JAM Tap Festival with DC Tap at the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History WHEN: Friday, March 30 7 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. WHERE: First floor National Museum of American History 14th Street and Constitution...

Image 1 - Ancient Whales Tell The Story Of Their Modern Relatives
2012-03-23 11:09:33

Smithsonian scientists have recently described a new species of toothed whale that once lived in warm climates during the Pliocene era 3-4 million years ago. These whales may have possibly been a close relative to the modern day Beluga and Narwhal. Those happy looking whales, the Beluga and Narwhal, live exclusively in colder climates like the Arctic and sub-arctic. The challenge now for the scientists is to uncover the mystery of why the whales moved farther north when once they were...

2012-03-15 02:01:00

LONG BEACH, Calif., March 15, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Epson America has been named the official inkjet printer and paper partner of the 2012 Nature's Best Photography Windland Smith Rice International Awards Exhibition. Displayed on the second floor of the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C., this is an exhibition of award-winners from one of the world's most prestigious nature photography competitions. As an innovator in professional printing technologies,...

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2012-03-12 10:07:19

These days, only four species of Sirenian, more commonly known as the seacow, manatee or dugong exist in a given world region. Smithsonian scientists, however, have been studying fossil records of the ancient mammals and have discovered evidence that this hasn´t always been the case. According to these fossil records, which date back 50 million years ago, multiple species of seacow once existed together. The research also suggests the environment these seacows resided within, as well as...