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2012-06-02 11:30:29

Students from across Europe have been selected as the winners of the ESA´s ℠Explore the high-energy Universe´ competition. Secondary school students were invited to choose from four projects relating to ESA´s Integral gamma-ray observatory in which they were challenged to Observe, Research, Design, or Build. To participate, students took on the roles of engineers, scientists, and astronomers to explore the extreme and ever-changing high-energy Universe, including...

Some Sun-like Stars Put Off Superflares
2012-05-17 13:32:04

New research shows that other sun-like stars in the universe can send off flares much larger than those seen on our sun. Solar flares are the result of broken magnetic-field loops as they pass through sunspots. As these loops become twisted and contorted, the flares occur, sending enormous amounts of charged particles, energy and radiation outward. So far, the largest solar flare ever measured on our sun happened on September 1, 1859, by British astronomer Richard Carrington. He simply...

Galaxy Evolution Explorer Goes On Loan To Caltech
2012-05-17 04:10:07

NASA is lending the Galaxy Evolution Explorer (GALEX) to the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) in Pasadena, where the spacecraft will continue its exploration of the cosmos. In a first-of-a-kind move for NASA, a Space Act Agreement was signed May 14 so the university soon can resume spacecraft operations and data management for the mission using private funds. "NASA sees this as an opportunity to allow the public to continue reaping the benefits from this space asset that NASA...

Missing Mass: Lone Wolf Planets Outnumber Milky Way Stars
2012-05-11 03:16:53

Researchers say life-bearing planets may exist in vast numbers in the space between stars in the Milky Way A few hundred thousand billion free-floating life-bearing Earth-sized planets may exist in the space between stars in the Milky Way. So argues an international team of scientists led by Professor Chandra Wickramasinghe, Director of the Buckingham Centre for Astrobiology at the University of Buckingham, UK. Their findings are published online in the Springer journal Astrophysics and...

Is The Possibly Of New Life Forms Really So Alien?
2012-05-09 07:44:18

The idea of discovering a new form of life has not only excited astronomers and astrobiologists for decades, but also the wider public. The notion that we are the only example of a successful life form in the galaxy has, for many, seemed like an unlikely statistic, as we discover more and more habitable planetary bodies and hear yet more evidence of life's ability to survive in extreme conditions. A new essay, published May 8 in the online, open-access journal PLoS Biology, examines what...

Image 1 - Milky Way’s Companions May Spell Trouble For Dark Matter
2012-04-25 07:46:27

Astronomers from the University of Bonn in Germany have discovered a vast structure of satellite galaxies and clusters of stars surrounding our Galaxy, stretching out across a million light years. The work challenges the existence of dark matter, part of the standard model for the evolution of the universe. PhD student and lead author Marcel Pawlowski reports the team´s findings in a paper in the journal Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society. The Milky Way, the galaxy we...

Earth Day 2012 – How Will You Show The Love?
2012-04-20 14:02:44

Lee Rannals for RedOrbit.com Whether you're of a religious background and support the idea of creation, or prefer more scientific theology and put your faith in the theory of evolution, one thing remains certain amongst all: Our Earth has been beautifully made. Other planets in our Solar System are bleak and subdued compared to our planet, lacking an ample supply of brilliant colors, and the right conditions to support life. We have a range of geology here on Earth, such as mountain...

Robots Required In Hunt For ET, Engineer Suggests
2012-04-19 06:09:00

A Penn State engineer suggests that finding and identifying extraterrestrial life may require a big leap in robotics. John D. Mathews, professor of electrical engineering, wrote in the current issue of the Journal of the British Interplanetary Society that if there are aliens out there, they may not be eager to meet humans. He said that only by developing self-replicating robotic spacecraft would the human race be capable of efficiently exploring the vastness of the universe. "If...


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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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Word of the Day
abrosia
  • Wasting away as a result of abstinence from food.
The word 'abrosia' comes from a Greek roots meaning 'not' and 'eating'.