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Stephen Hawking's Ph.D. Thesis Crashes Cambridge Site After It's Posted Online

Mon, 23 Oct 2017 15:43:57 -0400

By late Monday, the thesis had been viewed more than 60,000 times, a Cambridge official says. He adds, "Other popular theses might have 100 views per month."

Close Encounters With Congress?

Sat, 21 Oct 2017 08:20:28 -0400

A congressional candidate in Florida has said she was taken aboard a spaceship when she was 7 years old. She does not mean at Disney World.

Orionid Meteor Shower Will Peak Overnight, With Best Show Before Dawn

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 16:40:52 -0400

Last year, the Orionids were hampered by a bright moon. But this year, there's barely a sliver of moon in the sky, which should allow the remnants of Halley's Comet to shine.

A New Era For Astronomy Has Begun

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 15:02:00 -0400

Astronomy is forever changed by the viewing of the collision of neutron stars; we can now watch these processes in many different ways as they run their course, says astrophysicist Marcelo Gleiser.

Astronaut Scott Kelly's Latest Mission: A Book

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 04:58:00 -0400

After a year in space, Kelly says, writing a book was harder than he thought — but still, he adds, "If I write a bad sentence people are only going to get angry with me. They're not going to die."

Astronomers Strike Gravitational Gold In Colliding Neutron Stars

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 10:01:00 -0400

In an astonishing discovery, astronomers used gravitational waves to locate two neutron stars smashing together. The collision created 200 Earth masses of pure gold, along with other elements.

Would Aliens Look Like Us?

Wed, 04 Oct 2017 11:20:00 -0400

Though natural selection might have sculpted a well-adapted species on another planet, they wouldn't look like us, says guest blogger Jonathan Losos.

Elon Musk Lays Out His Mars Colony Plans

Sun, 01 Oct 2017 08:08:39 -0400

Billionaire inventor Elon Musk said his company SpaceX is developing a Mars rocket that will be ready to launch in 2022. We look at how realistic that plan is.

The Voyager Golden Record Finally Finds An Earthly Audience

Sat, 30 Sep 2017 18:40:13 -0400

For 40 years, the record's interstellar message to extraterrestrials remained mostly unheard by human audiences — until a Kickstarter campaign brought a new vinyl box set to the public.

What Would Aliens Make Of NASA's Voyager?

Sat, 30 Sep 2017 08:08:52 -0400

Forty years ago, NASA sent two spacecraft into space with images and recordings from Earth. To test whether aliens would be able to hear them, scientists ran the messages by animals, as proxies.

Gravitational Wave Detector In Italy Saw Wave Pass Through Earth In August

Wed, 27 Sep 2017 16:37:00 -0400

The wave was generated by the merging of two spinning black holes, and took nearly 2 billion years to reach Earth. It is the fourth gravitational wave detection announced so far.

When 2 Black Holes Dance, Space Quivers

Wed, 27 Sep 2017 10:10:00 -0400

Just as two kids jumping on a trampoline around each other send waves rippling outwards on the fabric, black holes distort space as they orbit around each other, says astrophysicist Marcelo Gleiser.

Australia Says It Is Launching Its Own Space Agency

Tue, 26 Sep 2017 13:43:00 -0400

Scientists and opposition politicians say Australia is lagging behind in the space industry. The country has been involved in the field for decades and was one of the first to launch a satellite.

Puerto Rico's Arecibo Radio Telescope Suffers Hurricane Damage

Mon, 25 Sep 2017 19:28:00 -0400

Early reports that a secondary dish at the observatory was destroyed by Maria turn out not to be correct, according to a group that helps run the facility.

Astronomers Search For Giant Planet On Outer Edges Of Solar System

Mon, 25 Sep 2017 16:31:00 -0400

Astronomers are continuing their search for a giant planet they believe is lurking at the outer reaches of the solar system.