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December 02, 2016
Could There Be Life in Pluto's Ocean?
St. Louis, MO (SPX) Dec 02, 2016
Pluto is thought to possess a subsurface ocean, which is not so much a sign of water as it is a tremendous clue that other dwarf planets in deep space also may contain similarly exotic oceans, naturally leading to the question of life, said one co-investigator with NASA's New Horizon mission to Pluto and the Kuiper Belt. William McKinnon, professor of Earth and planetary sciences in Arts and Sciences at Washington University in St. Louis and a co-author on two of four new Pluto studies published D ... read more

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Space freighter burns up after launch to to ISS: Russia
An unmanned cargo ship travelling to the International Space Station burned up in the atmosphere shortly after launch on Thursday, Russia's space agency said. ... more

Moonwalker Buzz Aldrin stable after South Pole health scare
Retired astronaut Buzz Aldrin, the second man to walk on the Moon, was recovering in a New Zealand hospital Friday after being medically evacuated from the South Pole while on a tourist trip, his management said. ... more

First Signs of Weird Quantum Property of Empty Space
By studying the light emitted from an extraordinarily dense and strongly magnetised neutron star using ESO's Very Large Telescope, astronomers may have found the first observational indications of a ... more
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New Perspective on How Pluto's "Icy Heart" Came to Be
Pluto's "icy heart" is a bright, two-lobed feature on its surface that has attracted researchers ever since its discovery by the NASA New Horizons team in 2015. Of particular interest is the heart's ... more


XCOR Partners With Immortal Data To Enhance And Commercialize Shipslog Data Acquisition System
XCOR Aerospace and Immortal Data Incorporated have entered into a licensing agreement having Immortal Data further developing and commercializing the ShipsLog software, the data acquisition system f ... more

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The Vega launcher is complete for next week's Arianespace mission with Gokturk-1
The eighth Vega lightweight launcher to be operated from the Spaceport in French Guiana has been fully assembled and "topped off" with the Gokturk-1 optical satellite payload, readying it for Ariane ... more

From Monterey Bay to Europa
If you think operating a robot in space is hard, try doing it in the ocean. Saltwater can corrode your robot and block its radio signals. Kelp forests can tangle it up, and you might not get it back ... more
Military Space News, Nuclear Weapons, Missile Defense
China to 'seriously' implement N. Korea UN sanctions

DARPA Creating Industry Government Group for Safe Operation of Space Robotics

New standard helps optical trackers follow moving objects precisely

United Launch Alliance Launches Innovative "RocketBuilder" Website

NTU and Stratasys 3iD print operational ULTEM drone with embedded electronics

Ukraine launches missile drills near Russia-annexed Crimea

N.Korea hits out at new UN sanctions


Cool Theory on Galaxy Formation
Giant galaxies may grow from cold gas that condenses as stars rather than forming in hot, violent mergers. The surprise finding was made with CSIRO and US radio telescopes by an international ... more

Squeezed states of light can improve feedback cooling significantly
How does the tightrope walker manage to maintain her balance and avoid that fatal drop from the sky? She carefully senses the motion of her body and vibrations of the rope and accordingly compensate ... more

LIGO Resumes Search for Gravitational Waves
After a series of upgrades, the twin detectors of LIGO, the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory, have turned back on and resumed their search for ripples in the fabric of space and t ... more
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6th Annual Modular Construction Summit for Oil and Gas Agenda - December 7-9 - Houston Develop commercial strategies for the global deployment of SMRs and Advanced Reactors

'Dronejacking' may be the next big cyber threat
A big rise in drone use is likely to lead to a new wave of "dronejackings" by cybercriminals, security experts warned Tuesday. ... more

US, France to Sign Military Space Cooperation Agreement
US Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter said that the United States and France will finalize arrangements to deepen bilateral military space cooperation and defense cooperation more broadly. The ... more
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NASA's ISS-RapidScat Earth Science Mission Ends

Study shows many lakes getting murkier, but gives hope for improvement

Increasing tornado outbreaks - is climate change responsible?

Loss of soil carbon due to climate change will be 'huge'

How the cold 1430s led to famine and disease

Going against the grain - nitrogen turns out to be hypersociable!

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Scientists unveil first 'water-wave laser'
Scientists in Israel have developed the world's first "water-wave laser," proof light and water waves can combine to generate laser radiation. ... more

Biologists watch speciation in a laboratory flask
Biologists have discovered that the evolution of a new species can occur rapidly enough for them to observe the process in a simple laboratory flask. In a month-long experiment using a virus h ... more

New tool enables viewing spectrum from specific structures within samples
Fluorescence is an incredibly useful tool for experimental biology and it just got easier to tap into, thanks to the work of a group of University of Chicago researchers. The group created a new too ... more

Metamaterials open up entirely new possibilities in optics
Researchers at Chalmers University of Technology have developed a method that enables them to manipulate light to follow any predetermined path along a surface. The innovation has now been described ... more

Researchers explore 2-D materials to devices faster, smaller and efficient
A new study by an international team of researchers led by the University of Minnesota highlights how manipulation of 2D materials could make our modern day devices faster, smaller, and better. The ... more


Bumpy surfaces, graphene beat the heat in devices
Bumpy surfaces with graphene between would help dissipate heat in next-generation microelectronic devices, according to Rice University scientists. Their theoretical studies show that enhancing the ... more

10 million ions cooled for the first time to 7K
Previously it was only possible to cool down about one thousand ions to 7.5 K using buffer gas. However, a thousand ions are not nearly enough for spectroscopic analyses. The ion trap with this new ... more
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Airbus Safran Launchers Becomes a 74% Shareholder in Arianespace


Arizona Astronomers Characterize Smallest Known Asteroid


NASA Radio on Europe's New Mars Orbiter Aces Relay Test


It's a Bird... It's a Plane... It's the Tiniest Asteroid


Ultrafast imaging reveals existence of 'polarons'


Creating new physical properties in materials


Life before oxygen


LeoSat and Globalsat Group Sign Strategic Worldwide Agreement


Space exploration plans unveiled


Eyes in the sky

NASA Research Helps Take Silver-Zinc Batteries from Idea to the Shelf

What do Netflix, Google and planetary systems have in common?

Chinese missile giant seeks 20% of a satellite market

Indian Space Agency to Launch 83 Satellites in One Go

Climate cycles may explain how running water carved Mars' surface features

India's Space Program Makes Steady Gains

Tangled threads weave through cosmic oddity

Cold plasma freshens up French fries

NASA's Sun-Observing IRIS Mission

GREGOR first results published in special issue of Astronomy and Astrophysics

UCLA astronomers watch star clusters spewing out dust

Embryonic Galaxy Immersed in Giant Cloud of Cold Gas

China-made satellites in high demand

'Thank the aliens': Thousands displaced for China's huge telescope

Mystery of Ultra-Diffuse Faint Galaxies Solved

Soyuz-U Carrier Rocket Installed to Baikonur Launching Pad

Russia to Deploy New Space Surveillance System Elements in Four Regions

Uncovering the secrets of friction on graphene

Orbital ATK Ends 2016 with Three Successful Cargo Resupply Missions to ISS

Scientists shrink electron gun to matchbox size

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