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NASA Taps Young People To Help Develop Virtual Reality Technology

Fri, 24 Nov 2017 05:08:00 -0500

Scientists at NASA's Goddard Spaceflight Center are hoping to use virtual reality technology to study space, and Earth, without leaving their offices. Talented high school students are helping.

The Largest Digital Camera In The World Takes Shape

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 04:51:00 -0500

A two-story tall, digital camera is taking shape in California. It will ultimately go on a telescope in Chile where it will survey the sky, looking for things that appear suddenly or change over time.

On The Alien Question: Where Are They?

Tue, 14 Nov 2017 11:25:00 -0500

The great physicist Enrico Fermi asked this question in the 1950s. There are more than 50 possible "solutions" to Fermi's Paradox: Here, astrophysicist Marcelo Gleiser explores a few.

3-Plus Tons Of Supplies Headed To International Space Station After Virginia Liftoff

Sun, 12 Nov 2017 10:18:49 -0500

The Sunday launch of an Antares rocket from Wallop Islands has some 7,400 pounds aboard. The rocket was developed by private firm Orbital ATK, which conducts supply missions for NASA.

The Answer To Life, The Universe — And Everything? It's 63

Sun, 12 Nov 2017 08:57:00 -0500

Over time, the expansion of the cosmos and the passage of light has unlocked 63 orders of magnitude to us, each one a new opportunity for novelty and complexity, says guest blogger Caleb Scharf.

iPTF14hls: The Star That Won't Die

Sun, 12 Nov 2017 07:52:33 -0500

NPR's Lulu Garcia-Navarro talks with Iair Arcavi, postdoctoral fellow in astrophysics at UC Santa Barbara, about the strange behavior of supernova iPTF14hls. This star doesn't seem to want to die.

In New Novel, 'Martian' Author Andy Weir Builds A Colony On The Moon

Sat, 11 Nov 2017 07:51:30 -0500

Artemis imagines the first moon settlement as a mining town and tourist trap. "I had a lot of fun doing the world building," Weir says.

Terra Incognita: 'The Planet Factory' And 'The Undiscovered Islands'

Sat, 11 Nov 2017 07:00:20 -0500

Two new books about unreal islands and yet-to-be-real planets have much to tell us about what human beings want to know when we look around at the world — life is uncertain, and our fears need maps.

The Interdependence Of Humanity And Earth

Wed, 08 Nov 2017 08:27:00 -0500

We owe our existence to little photosynthetic bacteria — but there is much more to this story, as life can only mutate and adapt when the planet offers the right conditions, says Marcelo Gleiser.

How Do Gravitational Waves Really Work?

Tue, 07 Nov 2017 15:54:00 -0500

Gravitational waves — ripples in the fabric of space-time — are a big deal in the world of science. Here's a video that helps explain how they work.

NASA Astronaut Dick Gordon Has Died At Age 88

Tue, 07 Nov 2017 15:18:00 -0500

As a child in the Great Depression, he never dreamed of being a pilot — let alone an astronaut who would be one of just 24 people to fly to the moon. He had two of the early spacewalks.

Why Riding An Elevator Is Like Changing Gravity

Fri, 03 Nov 2017 10:13:00 -0400

If you time it just right, tossing a ball in the air as an elevator starts to move, the ball seems to hang in the air for a moment, like gravity had been canceled, says astrophysicist Adam Frank.

Writing On The Terrifying Beauty Of The Human Future

Thu, 02 Nov 2017 12:13:00 -0400

Author Kim Stanley Robinson deserves a place as a true visionary: He has done more than just write good science-fiction — he's mapped out new territory in what it means to be human, says Adam Frank.

Trump's Nominee To Be The Next Head Of NASA Prepares For Senate Hearing

Tue, 31 Oct 2017 18:31:00 -0400

President Trump's pick for the next head of NASA, Rep. Jim Bridenstine, R-Okla., will have his Senate nomination hearing on Wednesday. He's been controversial because of his views on climate change.

Scientists Spot First Alien Space Rock In Our Solar System

Thu, 26 Oct 2017 17:22:57 -0400

Astronomers are eager to learn more about the visitor as it zooms through, like how far-off planets form: "You'd love to see if it looks like stuff in our solar system."