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Hubble Snaps Spiral Galaxy’s Profile – From Hydra Constellation, 80 Million Light-Years Away - SciTechDaily
The NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope sees galaxies of all shapes, sizes, luminosities and orientations in the cosmos. Sometimes, the telescope gazes at a galaxy oriented sideways — as shown here. The spiral galaxy featured in this Hubble image is called NGC 37…

NASA uses a plane to launch a craft to the very edge of space - Digital Trends
NASA has launched a new spacecraft, the Ionospheric Connection Explorer (ICON), for exploring the border between our planet's atmosphere and space. The ICON spacecraft was carried aboard a Stargazer L-1011 aircraft, which took it to an altitude of 39,000 feet…

Three Cheers For Our Nobel Universities - Forbes
The Nobel Prizes were announced this week, highlighting the amazing work being done at our oft-criticized universities.

Space Photos of the Week: The Curiosity Rover is One Salty Dog - WIRED
Rolling across a Martian crater, the rover finds evidence of the red planet's wet past.

NASA issues plea of action on asteroid threat that could take Earth 'entirely by surprise' -
NASA needs “more hands on deck” due to one asteroid threat in particular, claimed scientist Professor Greg Leonard, who works for the US space agency.

How PG&E’s power shutdown threatened a NASA mission - The Mercury News
“Sometimes you only get a box of band aids and rubberbands. That was the case here.”

Black Holes Stunt Growth of Dwarf Galaxies – Astronomers Surprised by 2,000,000 MPH Winds - SciTechDaily
UC Riverside astronomers find large-scale winds associated with active black holes in small galaxies suppress star formation. Astronomers at the University of California, Riverside, have discovered that powerful winds driven by supermassive black holes in the…

What's The Biggest Animal That a Snake Can Swallow? -
Snakes can gape their jaws wide to gulp down even very large animals.

New evidence shows how asteroid dust cloud may have sparked new life on Earth 470m years ago - The Guardian
Isotope found in seabed sediment points to clash of solar bodies near Mars, study suggests

Why lightning strikes twice as often over shipping lanes - Ars Technica
It might sound crazy, but it’s true: The heavens cast their wrath and fury on the ships more than on the fishes.

Upside-Down “Rivers” of Warm Ocean Water Attacking Antarctic Ice Shelves [Video] - SciTechDaily
Newly understood factors make ice shelves more vulnerable to breakup according to College of Wooster, University of Colorado at Boulder study. Upside-down “rivers” of warm ocean water are eroding the fractured edges of thick, floating Antarctic ice shelves fr…

Majority of Lunar Ice Deposits Are Likely Billions of Years Old – But Some May Be Much More Recent - SciTechDaily
New research sheds light on the ages of ice deposits reported in the area of the Moon’s south pole — information that could help identify the sources of the deposits and help in planning future human exploration. The discovery of ice deposits in craters scatt…

Former NASA scientist makes a shocking confession about life on Mars after Viking missions -
ALIEN life may have been discovered on Mars in the 1970s according to a former NASA scientist.

Moon landing: Why Neil Armstrong was 'restless' – deGrasse Tyson makes Apollo 11 claim -
NEIL DEGRASSE revealed on his podcast why he thought Apollo 11 astronaut Neil Armstrong had a “restless brain”.

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