Interstellar Space Arks – Humanity’s Exodus From Earth

Curious Droid examines the idea of humanity leaving Earth to start a new life elsewhere in the galaxy. First described in science fiction by Robert H Goddard described as “interstellar ark” in 1918, and ten years later his Russian counterpart Konstantin Tsiolkovsky, known as the father of astronautic theory, who wrote about a Noah’s Ark …

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Earth from Space: Syracuse

  Founded by Greeks in the 8th century BC, the city was described by Cicero as ‘the greatest Greek city and the most beautiful of all’. Today the ancient town is a UNESCO World Heritage Site with notable structures including the Temple of Athena, a Greek theatre, a Roman amphitheater and more. With vestiges providing …

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NASA Mission Control Live: Cassini’s Finale at Saturn

Friday, Sept. 15, 7-8:30 a.m. EDT: Cassini mission’s “Grand Finale.” Live commentary. See inside mission control as we awaited the FINAL signal and science data from our Cassini spacecraft. After two decades in space, NASA’s Cassini mission to Saturn is at the end of its remarkable journey of exploration.  

Cassini’s Last Looks at Saturn

In its final hours, NASA’s Cassini spacecraft returned these last looks at Saturn, its rings and moons, as it prepared to end its nearly 20-year voyage in space. This video includes the final image Cassini took, which shows the cloud tops where it would later plunge into the atmosphere.  

SpaceX: How Not to Land an Orbital Rocket Booster

Elon Musk has been sitting on a trove of spectacular fail videos from the SpaceX archives. For a couple of years now, SpaceX has been trying to land its rockets on both land and barges on the water. These landings have not always gone as planned and set to the theme-music from Monty Python, SpaceX …

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What are gravitational waves? – Amber L. Stuver

In September 2015, scientists witnessed something never seen before: two black holes colliding. Both about 30 times as big as our Sun, they had been orbiting each other for millions of years. A fraction of a second before the crash, they sent a vibration across the universe at the speed of light that was picked …

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Watch the Sun Blast Out the Biggest Solar Flare in a Decade

According to NASA, the sun let loose two massive flares this week. Both of them were classified as X-class emissions, the most intense category of flares, and the second was rated X9.3, making it the most powerful solar flare in a decade. While the sun should now be heading toward the minimum level of activity …

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September 2017 Starts With Flare

NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory, which watches the sun constantly, captured images of the events. Solar flares are powerful bursts of radiation. Harmful radiation from a flare cannot pass through Earth’s atmosphere to physically affect humans on the ground, however — when intense enough — they can disturb the atmosphere in the layer where GPS and …

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What the sugar coating on your cells is trying to tell you | Carolyn Bertozzi

Carolyn Bertozzi is a professor at Stanford University, her team studies cell surface interactions that contribute to human health and disease with specific projects in the areas of cancer, inflammation and bacterial infection. In this fascinating TED talk, Bertozzi explains how our cells are coated with sugars that store information and speak a secret language. …

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Meet the microscopic life in your home — and on your face | Anne Madden

Behold the microscopic jungle in and around you: tiny organisms living on your cheeks, under your sofa and in the soil in your backyard. We have an adversarial relationship with these microbes — we sanitize, exterminate and disinfect them — but according to microbiologist Anne Madden, they’re sources of new technologies and medicines waiting to …

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Most hurricanes that hit the US come from the same exact spot in the world

Tech Insider put together this excellent educational clip – as Hurricane Irma bears down on the East coast – explaining how and where hurricanes (aka tropical cyclones) form, and why they often follow a similar course. In fact, Irma, Harvey, and Jose were all born on the other side of the Atlantic, off the coast …

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Driving An $8,000,000 Gigantic Mech Robot Suit

Autoblog visits Korean robotics company Hankook Mirae Technology and test drive their giant mecha robot (Hankook Mirae Technology’s ‘Method-2’ Robot is a Giant Mecha).  

We Found the Largest Void in the Universe, And We’re Smack in the Middle

Voids, vast expanses of nearly empty space, account for about 80 percent of the observable universe, and according to researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, our very own Milky Way galaxy may float near the center of one of these voids. Youtube channel ‘Seeker’ explores this, what it means and how it may change the …

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NASA’s Cassini Spacecraft: A Journey’s End

The Cassini mission’s epic 13-year exploration of Saturn is coming to a close. On Sept. 15, the spacecraft will make a planned plunge into the atmosphere of Saturn in order to protect pristine icy moons that warrant future exploration. As the mission nears its end, team members reflect on this historic, international collaboration.  

Asteroid Sample Return Mission – One Year After Launch

On September 8, 2016, NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft began its journey to near-Earth asteroid Bennu. As the sun began to set over Cape Canaveral, OSIRIS-REx made a picture-perfect liftoff from pad 41 aboard an Atlas V rocket, cheered on by crowds of mission personnel and space enthusiasts. This video revisits the launch with interviews and highlights …

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Twins in Space: The Effects of Space Travel on Humans – Research on Aging

What effect does space travel have on our bodies and minds? As NASA looks to explore Mars and beyond, it is critical to understand the impacts of spending extended time in space. This is a seminar held at the University of California, with Brinda K. Rana, Phd, who shares the results of NASA’s Twins Study …

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40th Anniversary of Voyager

Join NASA in celebration of the 40th Anniversary of Voyager. With prominent engineers, scientists, and a guest appearance of Captain Kirk himself, William Shatner. “It could hold a crew of… tens of thousands.” “Or a crew of a thousand, ten miles tall.” – Nyota Uhura observing V’ger with Leonard McCoy, 2270s (Star Trek: The Motion …

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What Happens If We Bring the Sun to Earth?

What if we could take a small piece of the sun and bring it to Earth? What would happen? Youtube channel Kurzgesagt set out to answer that question, examining the consequences of moving a few hundred cubic feet of the sun into our living room.  

Where is the Edge of the Solar System?

Where does the solar system end? According to NASA Goddard, it all depends on the criteria you are using. Based on where the planets end, you could say it’s Neptune and the Kuiper Belt. If you measure by the edge of the sun’s magnetic fields, the end is the heliosphere. If you judge by the …

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Rare Triceratops Fossil Discovered by Construction Crew

National Geographic shows us the remarkable finding by construction workers in Colorado, when their heavy machinery hit an ‘immovable’ object—a rare Triceratops fossil.  

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