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Take a virtual tour of Mars on your iPhone or iPad

Take a virtual tour of Mars on your iPhone or iPad | Good news from the Stars | Scoop.it
Those dazzling images captured by Curiosity and stitched together by a panographer look even more amazing when paired with your iDevice's gyroscope. Read this blog post by Rick Broida on iPhone Atlas.


I first felt it was going to be awkward and I have to admit it's easy, fluid and the result is awesome. Try it! 


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A Few Things I Learned While Attempting To “Skate” In Zero Gravity

A Few Things I Learned While Attempting To “Skate” In Zero Gravity | Good news from the Stars | Scoop.it

Simulated Moon and Martian gravity is way more fun for skating than no gravity at all. But you only get to experience those three times for 30 seconds each on the “Vomit Comet.” The rest of the flight is 12 zer0-gravity parabolas — each 30 seconds in duration. I did my first boneless backflip on our last martian gravity experience, and I was just starting to get the hang of doing ollies in slow motion.


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A 3' Video To Understand The Discovery Of Gravitational Waves

A landmark day for Einstein and our understanding of the universe: the detection of gravitational waves. Brian Greene explains the discovery. Subscribe to ou...
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Very nice and simple video by Brian Greene who explains why the discovery of gravitational waves last week is such a big deal.
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Very nice and simple video by Brian Greene who explains why the discovery of gravitational waves last week is such a big deal.
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Caltech researchers' answers about Planet 9

Caltech researchers' answers about Planet 9 | Good news from the Stars | Scoop.it
Here are some questions skeptics have about the theory of the new planet along with answers from the researchers.
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Is here a 9th planet far away in the solar system that's 10x the mass of earth and hat orbits in 10,000 to 20,000 years? The Caltech team who had discovered the bodies beyond Pluto that ended disqualifying it as a planet are saying yes. Here's why and what critics' questions it would address. 

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Kepler Telescope Spotted Something Very Strange Surrounding A Distant Star

Kepler Telescope Spotted Something Very Strange Surrounding A Distant Star | Good news from the Stars | Scoop.it
Since its first light in 2009, the Kepler Space Telescope has been scanning the cosmos in search of habitable worlds beyond our Solar System. During its routine observations, the telescope observed something very unusual.
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Could be debris of comets or... signs of an alien technology. Seriously.
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'The Martian' vs Reality: How NASA Will Get Astronauts to Mars

'The Martian' vs Reality: How NASA Will Get Astronauts to Mars | Good news from the Stars | Scoop.it
NASA wants the world to know that putting boots on Mars is not just a sci-fi dream. Here's how the space agency plans to do it.
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Mars is the dream of all astronauts and space fans. As the realistic sci-fi book is released as a movie, here's an interesting recap of all the technologies that have yet to be mastered before this mythical journey can be attempted.
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Meet Earth's Older Cousin

Meet Earth's Older Cousin | Good news from the Stars | Scoop.it
NASA's Kepler mission has confirmed the first near-Earth-size planet in the “habitable zone” around a sun-like star.
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The search for an earth-like planet is making fast progress as our capacity to observe planets increases.
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Signs of Alien Life Will Be Found by 2025, NASA's Chief Scientist Predicts

Signs of Alien Life Will Be Found by 2025, NASA's Chief Scientist Predicts | Good news from the Stars | Scoop.it

Solid signs of alien life will be spotted within 10 years, and definitive evidence will roll in within 20 to 30 years, NASA chief scientist Ellen Stofan said Tuesday (April 7).

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Bold statement but NASA Chief says we know where to look and we know how to look.

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Why Europe's Experimental Spaceship Is Shaped So Weirdly

Why Europe's Experimental Spaceship Is Shaped So Weirdly | Good news from the Stars | Scoop.it
Yesterday, an unmanned experimental spacecraft from the European Space Agency took off from French Guiana and, 100 minutes later, splashed down into the Pacific Ocean just west of the Galapagos Islands.
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The quest for the ultimate reusable spaceship is far from over when you see how different this concept is from SpaceX's reusable rockets.
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The Fastest Stars in the Universe May Approach Light Speed

The Fastest Stars in the Universe May Approach Light Speed | Good news from the Stars | Scoop.it
Merging black holes can fling stars out of galaxies at near the speed of light.
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But don't count on it yet as a means of locomotion.
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We All Might Be Living in an Infinite Pixelized Hologram

We All Might Be Living in an Infinite Pixelized Hologram | Good news from the Stars | Scoop.it
Quarks and leptons, the building blocks of matter, are staggeringly small—less than an attometer (a billionth of a billionth of a meter) in diameter. But zoom in closer—a billion times more—past zeptometers and yoctometers, to where the units run out of names. Then keep going, a hundred million times smaller still, and you finally hit bottom: This is the Planck length, the smallest possible unit in the universe. Beyond this point, physicists say, the very notion of distance becomes meaningless.
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Are quanta and the planck constant signs that our universe is pixelized?

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Europe makes space history as Philae probe lands on comet

Europe makes space history as Philae probe lands on comet | Good news from the Stars | Scoop.it
BERLIN/FRANKFURT (Reuters) - The European Space Agency (ESA) landed a probe on a comet on Wednesday, a first in space exploration and the climax of a decade-long mission to examine up close the remnants
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It's not everyday that Europe makes space history. Happy and proud. 

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Theoretical physics: The origins of space and time

Theoretical physics: The origins of space and time | Good news from the Stars | Scoop.it

Many researchers believe that physics will not be complete until it can explain not just the behavior of space and time, but where these entities come from.



Via Dr. Stefan Gruenwald
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A recap on the unifying theories that could explain the fabric of our universe.

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Gravity as thermodynamics reinforces the idea of gravity as an emergent property of space-time...

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NASA Reveals Latest Warp-Drive Ship Designs

NASA Reveals Latest Warp-Drive Ship Designs | Good news from the Stars | Scoop.it
Look at the picture above. Nope, it’s not a snapshot of a Star Wars scene, or any other sci-fi movie. It’s what you get if you combine a NASA physicist working on achieving faster-than-light travel with a 3D artist, and the result is freaking AWESOME. And yes, you heard correctly, there are scientists working on faster-than-light travel, and this is what the ship could look like in the future.
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Beyond the click bait graphic, I recommend to watch the video: it's awesome and explains in very simple terms the concept and challenges of FTL travel based on the warp drive theory. Plus some othee more accessible discoveries that could change space exploration sooner. 

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Searching for aliens who already know we are here

Searching for aliens who already know we are here | Good news from the Stars | Scoop.it

Are we alone in the universe? To answer this question, astronomers have been using a variety of methods in the past decades to search for habitable planets and for the signals from extraterrestrial observers.

The first part of this venture has been highly successful: More than 2,000 planets around distant stars — so called exoplanets — have been found so far. The second part, the search for extraterrestrial intelligence (SETI), has not yet been successful.


Via Dr. Stefan Gruenwald
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Learning the lessons from exoplanet search to transform the SETI program could lead to a much more focused search. And therefore more successful. Looking at the limited area of the sky where aliens are the most likely to be listening to us already... as they might track us the way we track exoplanets. 

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A la recherche d'extra terrestres qui savent déjà que nous sommes là...

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Gravitational waves do exist, and astronomy will never be the same

Gravitational waves do exist, and astronomy will never be the same | Good news from the Stars | Scoop.it
The discovery marks not just the first time that gravitational waves have been confirmed, but the first time researchers have observed binary black holes.
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A whole new field of exploration is opening up as we observe the invisible.
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Jeff Bezos' Blue Origin lands a rocket back down on earth

Jeff Bezos' Blue Origin lands a rocket back down on earth | Good news from the Stars | Scoop.it
Blue Origin got their BE-3 rocket to a height of 5,000 feet, then landed it without breaking anything.
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Take that, Elon Musk
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NASA's Journey to Mars

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NASA’s Journey to Mars: Pioneering Next Steps in Space Exploration. This report provides an update on NASA's strategy for human deep space exploration that will enable our journey to Mars

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Looks like NASA now has a detailed plan to not just explore Mars but settle humans over there.

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Mars One colonization project? Not gonna happen according to MIT

Mars One colonization project? Not gonna happen according to MIT | Good news from the Stars | Scoop.it
Whatever your views on Mars One, at the very least they have put the topic of Mars colonization in the public eye. Their plan, although ambitious, has received coverage from media across the world. For that, they can be applauded.
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Interesting debate between MIT scientists and the Mars One team. While I'm always cautious of naysayers, you have to admit that the project seems foolish from the arguments they're making.
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What would happen to someone falling into a black hole?

What would happen to someone falling into a black hole? | Good news from the Stars | Scoop.it
If you fell into a black hole, you might expect to die instantly. But in fact your fate would be far stranger than that
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Very interesting and clear description. The fact that the time to compute and decode information can have an impact on information itself, and physics laws, is fascinating. 

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The Moon Was A First Step, Mars Will Test Our Capabilities, But Europa Is The Prize

The Moon Was A First Step, Mars Will Test Our Capabilities, But Europa Is The Prize | Good news from the Stars | Scoop.it
The icy moon Europa is perhaps the most tantalising destination in our solar system.
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Life in the solar system?
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Eight Exoplanets That Could Support Life Discovered

Eight Exoplanets That Could Support Life Discovered | Good news from the Stars | Scoop.it
Eight planets have been found existing in the “Goldilocks” zone around their stars, which is neither too hot nor too cold for liquid water. Two of these, on the characteristics we can measure, resemble Earth more closely than any other known planet.
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Getting closer to finding Earth II.
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They almost broke the Hubble: how the telescope that we discovered dark energy with was rescued.

They almost broke the Hubble: how the telescope that we discovered dark energy with was rescued. | Good news from the Stars | Scoop.it
Together in public for the first time since their 2009 mission, the crew of the final Hubble servicing mission tells tales of their journey.
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The Hubble space telescope is invaluable. But we nearly had to live without one for a long time.
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An Astronaut Reveals What Life in Space Is Really Like

An Astronaut Reveals What Life in Space Is Really Like | Good news from the Stars | Scoop.it
Dan Winters There’s no way to anticipate the emotional impact of leaving your home planet. You look down at Earth and realize: You’re not on it. It’s breathtaking. It’s surreal. It’s a “we’re not in Kansas anymore, Toto” kind of feeling.
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Great details on what life in space feels like.
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The Physics of a Spinning Spacecraft

The Physics of a Spinning Spacecraft | Good news from the Stars | Scoop.it
Adding a circular motion to a spacecraft creates a gravity-like effect.
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And the formula that correlates them.
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Milky Way may bear 100 million life-giving planets

Milky Way may bear 100 million life-giving planets | Good news from the Stars | Scoop.it
“ (Phys.org) —There are some 100 million other places in the Milky Way galaxy that could support complex life, report a group of university astronomers in the journal Challenges.”
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Despite skepticism, statistics are clear: the odds of earth being unique are small.
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