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2010-08-11 08:22:51

The chemical breakdown of minerals that may be lurking in space dust soon will be available to scientists around the world. Because space dust contains the basic ingredients that form planets, the University of Central Florida physicists' analysis could provide important clues about how the solar system formed and how life emerged. For decades, astrophysicists have been studying these clouds of dust, which contain ices, silicate minerals and iron compounds. But until the UCF team started...

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2010-07-21 12:38:40

"ËœBenford beacons' concept could refocus search for signs of intelligent extraterrestrial life For 50 years, humans have scanned the skies with radio telescopes for distant electronic signals indicating the existence of intelligent alien life. The search "” centered at the SETI Institute in Mountain View, Calif. "” has tapped into our collective fascination with the concept that we may not be alone in the universe. But the effort has so far proved fruitless, and the...

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2010-07-16 09:30:00

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has discovered approximately 25,000 new asteroids over the past six months using their new Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) space telescope, according to the Associated Press (AP). According to AP Science Writer Alicia Chang, 95 of those asteroids are considered "near Earth," meaning that they are less than 30 million miles from the planet. However, Chang notes that none of the recently discovered asteroids pose any threat to...

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2010-07-06 07:50:00

As of July 2nd, movie theaters across the nation are offering something new in their lobbies. It's not a new popcorn topping or a bigger box of candy. Instead, theaters are serving up a little Earth science knowledge from NASA. NASA has released two short videos that will play on television screens in almost 300 movie theater lobbies across 41 states. The videos, which will play throughout the month of July, emphasize that while NASA's well known for space exploration, it also studies our...

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2010-05-31 07:40:00

"Future Science: The Frontiers of 21st Century Astronomy" will address grand challenge topics Eyes on the Sky tells the story of NSF's role in supporting ground-based astronomy and together with NSF's science communicators' conference, "Future Science: The Frontiers of 21st Century Astronomy," will help prime reporters on grand challenge topics in astronomy today. The National Science Foundation (NSF) invites science communicators to visit www.nsf.gov/eyesonthesky and to attend Future...

2010-05-11 13:36:00

SILVER SPRING, Md., May 11 /PRNewswire/ -- Majestic and mystifying, the universe holds mankind's imagination like nothing else. For thousands of years humans have struggled with and sought answers to its biggest mysteries. Now, exclusively with Academy Award®-winning actor Morgan Freeman, Science Channel is introducing exciting, mind-blowing new ideas about who we are, where we come from and what lies beyond Earth in the provocative, all-new series THROUGH THE WORMHOLE...

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2010-04-15 15:10:00

As Prepared for Delivery - Space Exploration in the 21st Century I want to thank Senator Bill Nelson and NASA Administrator Charlie Bolden for their leadership. And I want to recognize Doctor Buzz Aldrin as well. Four decades ago, Buzz became a legend. But in the four decades since he has also been one of America's leading visionaries and authorities on human space flight. Few people "“ present company excluded "“ can claim the expertise of Buzz, Bill, and Charlie when it comes to...

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2010-04-14 08:35:00

Astronomers investigating why the cosmic background radiation is much brighter at radio wavelengths than expected have identified a potential culprit: fast spinning black holes early in the galaxy formation process. The results will be presented by Professor Andy Lawrence at the RAS National Astronomy Meeting in Glasgow on Wednesday April 14th. Last July, US astronomers announced surprising results from a high-altitude balloon experiment called ARCADE-2, which had made careful measurements of...

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2010-04-02 08:20:08

Discovery may be in front of your home computer. As technology increases the amount of new information available in various fields of science such as oceanography, astronomy and ecology, researchers are turning to citizen scientists to unlock the data. In a study funded by the National Science Foundation's (NSF) Directorate for Education & Human Resources, researchers are studying an online suite of citizen-science projects called Zooniverse to determine the implications of public...

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2010-03-22 07:40:00

About 23% of the Universe is made up of mysterious "Ëœdark matter', invisible material only detected through its gravitational influence on its surroundings. Now two astronomers based at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) have found a hint of the way it behaves near black holes. Their results appear in a letter in the journal Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society. In the early Universe clumps of dark matter are thought to have attracted gas, which then...


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Stellar Astrophysics
2014-01-12 00:00:00

The prominent feature that allows for the existence of life on Earth is the Sun. Radiation from our closest star provides heat and energy to our planet, driving biological processes and providing the necessary conditions for liquid water to naturally exist. But our Sun is only but one star in this vast Universe. And as it turns out, most stars are quite different than the one that illuminates our day. For this reason, scientists have, for hundreds of years, attempted to study the other...

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2004-10-19 04:45:44

Xenobiology -- Xenobiology (or exobiology, or astrobiology) is the term for a speculative field within biology which considers the possibility of, and possible nature of, extraterrestrial life. It also necessarily includes the concept of artificial life, since any life form might naturally evolve elsewhere, could conceivably come out of a laboratory using a future technology. It might be difficult to tell whether a truly strange life form had in fact arisen in space, or was designed much...

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grass-comber
  • A landsman who is making his first voyage at sea; a novice who enters naval service from rural life.
According to the OED, a grass-comber is also 'a sailor's term for one who has been a farm-labourer.'