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Exoplanet Measured with Remarkable Precision

Exoplanet Measured with Remarkable Precision | Youniverse1 | Scoop.it

Barely 30 years ago, the only planets astronomers had found were located right here in our own solar system.  The Milky Way is chock-full of stars, millions of them similar to our own sun.  Yet the tally of known worlds in other star systems was exactly zero.


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Solar Mini-Max

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Years ago, in 2008 and 2009 an eerie quiet descended on the sun.  Sunspot counts dropped to historically-low levels and solar flares ceased altogether.  As the longest and deepest solar minimum in a century unfolded, bored solar physicists wondered when "Solar Max" would ever return.


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Morpheus Uses Hazard Detection System To Land Safely in Dark - RedOrbit

Morpheus Uses Hazard Detection System To Land Safely in Dark - RedOrbit | Youniverse1 | Scoop.it
RedOrbit Morpheus Uses Hazard Detection System To Land Safely in Dark RedOrbit Image Caption: The first night free-flight test of NASA's Morpheus prototype lander was conducted at the Shuttle Landing Facility at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in...

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Allen Taylor's curator insight, May 31, 2014 7:10 PM

NASA planetary lander Morpheus lands on a rock-strewn landscape in the dark using a lidar-based landing system.

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A Star Cluster in the Wake of Carina

A Star Cluster in the Wake of Carina | Youniverse1 | Scoop.it

This colourful new image from the MPG/ESO 2.2-metre telescope at ESO's La Silla Observatory in Chile shows the star cluster NGC 3590. These stars shine brightly in front of a dramatic landscape of dark patches of dust and richly hued clouds of glowing gas. This small stellar gathering gives astronomers clues about how these stars form and evolve — as well as giving hints about the structure of our galaxy's pinwheeling arms.


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New study provides “smoking gun” evidence that Saturn’s collapsing magnetic tail causes auroras

New study provides “smoking gun” evidence that Saturn’s collapsing magnetic tail causes auroras | Youniverse1 | Scoop.it

Researchers have captured stunning images of Saturn’s auroras as the planet’s magnetic field is battered by charged particles from the Sun. The team’s findings provide a “smoking gun” for the theory that Saturn’s auroral displays are often caused by the dramatic collapse of its “magnetic tail”.


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China aims for 70GW of solar in race to ditch coal

China aims for 70GW of solar in race to ditch coal | Youniverse1 | Scoop.it
New target aims to more than triple current installed capacity as China continues clean energy investment drive

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Darwin meets Newton: evolution and the mass of the galaxy

Darwin meets Newton: evolution and the mass of the galaxy | Youniverse1 | Scoop.it

If the solution to a problem does not reveal itself straight away then why not let your initial guesswork evolve? That’s the approach we’ve taken in trying to determine the mass of our galaxy by mapping the historic movement of two nearby galaxies.


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Why NASA Needs to Build Its Giant New Space Launch System - Motherboard

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Why NASA Needs to Build Its Giant New Space Launch System
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A scale model of the SLS in a NASA wind tunnel. Image: NASA/ARC/Dominic Hart.

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Allen Taylor's curator insight, May 16, 2014 6:03 PM

This article says that the US needs a super heavy lift capability to do missions beyond Earth orbit and that the SLS is the only US vehicle that will be able to perform such missions within the next decade. Is this really true?

 

"That boy is our only hope."

 

"No, there is another."

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Space station astronauts connect with Indianapolis students

During a NASA Destination Station event on April 29, astronauts aboard the International Space Station talked with students at the Children's Museum in Indianapolis about life in space and...
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Metabolism may have started in our early oceans before the origin of life

Metabolism may have started in our early oceans before the origin of life | Youniverse1 | Scoop.it

Chemical reactions crucial to the formation of metabolites in modern organisms may have started spontaneously in the Earth's early oceans. This new finding casts doubt on the accepted sequence of events thought to have led to the origin of life.


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SpaceX Conducts Falcon 9R Static Fire Test - SpaceRef Business

SpaceX Conducts Falcon 9R Static Fire Test - SpaceRef Business | Youniverse1 | Scoop.it

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Allen Taylor's curator insight, March 28, 2014 11:54 PM

The Falcon 9R reusable rocket engine has been successfully fired in a static test. This is one more step forward toward a fully reusable rocket.

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Could Future Astronauts 3D Print Habitats Using Mars and Moon Soil? - Gizmodo

Could Future Astronauts 3D Print Habitats Using Mars and Moon Soil? - Gizmodo | Youniverse1 | Scoop.it
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Right now, there are dozens of theoretical proposals for how humans could eventually populate Mars (or the Moon), each as crazy as the next: Space elevator.

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Allen Taylor's curator insight, September 11, 2013 3:15 PM

Mars One is looking to 3-D print durable habitats out of local soil on Mars. This makes a lot more sense than linking up a chain of Dragon capsules.

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This article describes the idea of sending 3D printing robots to either the moon or mars. The robots are then able to dig and use a soil from Mars called "Basalt". The material is lighter and stronger then steel, easier to operate, fireproof, and does not corrode; So once it is melted and cooled, it form would be permanent.

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nature is GOOD...
Vandana Shiva: Everything I Need to Know
I Learned in the Forest | http://bit.ly/YrfYTU - via @HansLak

nature is GOOD...<br/>Vandana Shiva: Everything I Need to Know<br/>I Learned in the Forest | http://bit.ly/YrfYTU - via @HansLak | Youniverse1 | Scoop.it

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School. Lessons in physical space from the library

School. Lessons in physical space from the library | Youniverse1 | Scoop.it
The GVSU library is intuitively designed. A perfect place for accommodating collaborative and focused study formations in close proximity. How could the ideas behind this design translate to other physical learning spaces?

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Solving Sunspot Mysteries

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Sunspots, first seen by Galileo more than 400 years ago as dark blemishes on the Sun, are still one of the greatest mysteries of astronomy. It has been known for more than a century that sunspots are compact, concentrated magnetic fields and appear dark because the magnetism prevents heat from rising to the surface from the superhot interior.


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XCOR Raises $14 Million in Equity Deal with Dutch Partner | SpaceNews.com

XCOR Raises $14 Million in Equity Deal with Dutch Partner | SpaceNews.com | Youniverse1 | Scoop.it
RT @Space_News_Intl: XCOR Raises $14 Million in Equity Deal with Dutch Partner http://t.co/jKLqZorj0I

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Allen Taylor's curator insight, May 29, 2014 6:24 PM

This funding infusion puts XCOR on track to become the first provider of suborbital tourist flights.

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Seth Shostak: Using Radio in the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence - Astrobiology News (press release)

Seth Shostak: Using Radio in the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence - Astrobiology News (press release) | Youniverse1 | Scoop.it
Seth Shostak: Using Radio in the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence Astrobiology News (press release) Estimates are that at least 70 percent of all stars are accompanied by planets, and since the latter can occur in systems rather than as...

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Allen Taylor's curator insight, May 21, 2014 4:16 PM

Seth Shostak explains why it makes sense to search for signals from beings on planets orbiting other stars. Reasons are both short term and concrete, and long term and philosophical.

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These Are The Surprising Jobs You'll Be Doing By The 2030s

These Are The Surprising Jobs You'll Be Doing By The 2030s | Youniverse1 | Scoop.it
As our technological and sociological realities change, so too do our jobs. But just what, exactly, will we be doing 15 years from now? Here are some completely unexpected jobs you've almost certainly never heard of—but likely will soon.

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Giant telescope tackles orbit and size of exoplanet

Giant telescope tackles orbit and size of exoplanet | Youniverse1 | Scoop.it

The scientists were able to identify the orbit of the exoplanet, Beta Pictoris b, which sits 63 light years from our solar system, by using the Gemini Planet Imager's (GPI) next-generation, high-contrast adaptive optics (AO) system. This approach is sometimes referred to as extreme AO.


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A light-speed voyage to the distant future

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An enthusiastic group of schoolchildren sent a greeting to the future today, beaming a radio signal into space via an ESA tracking station in Spain.


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Length of Alien Planet's 'Day' Clocked for 1st Time, an 8-Hour World

Length of Alien Planet's 'Day' Clocked for 1st Time, an 8-Hour World | Youniverse1 | Scoop.it

Astronomers have measured the rotation rate of an alien planet for the first time ever, finding that a huge Jupiter-like world called Beta Pictoris b has a day lasting just eight hours.


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A New Lifeform Takes Root on the ISS

A New Lifeform Takes Root on the ISS | Youniverse1 | Scoop.it

It's spring, and all around the northern hemisphere gardeners are planting seeds, tilling soil, and watering crops. Imagine a gardener's surprise, however, if water from the hose, instead of hitting the soil and sinking in, floated up to the sky. Or if the soil itself rose up from the ground and fled the garden. That's exactly the kind of dilemma astronauts onboard the ISS have faced for years.  Without gravity, how do you make your garden grow?


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Cosmic illusion revealed: Gravitational lens magnifies supernova

Cosmic illusion revealed: Gravitational lens magnifies supernova | Youniverse1 | Scoop.it

A team of researchers led by Robert Quimby at the Kavli Institute for the Physics and Mathematics of the Universe (Kavli IPMU) has announced the discovery of a galaxy that magnified a background, Type Ia supernova thirtyfold through gravitational lensing. This is the first example of strong gravitational lensing of a supernova confirms the team's previous explanation for the unusual properties of this supernova.


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Falcon 9 Launch Up in the Air Following Static Fire Test - Space News

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WASHINGTON -- The planned Sept.

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Allen Taylor's curator insight, September 14, 2013 8:41 PM

Falcon 9 v. 1.1 launch scheduled for tomorrow, may be delayed pending results of yesterday's static fire test.

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DARPA to Launch New Reusable Launch Vehicle Program

DARPA to Launch New Reusable Launch Vehicle Program | Youniverse1 | Scoop.it
Jeff Foust reports on a new DARPA program aimed at developing a reusable first stage booster capable of launching medium-sized satellites to low Earth orbit for $5 million apiece:
Speaking at the AIAA Space 2013 conference here Sept.

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Allen Taylor's curator insight, September 14, 2013 8:57 PM

DARPA program looks to reduce satellite launch cost under $1,200 per pound.