SpaceX Falcon rockets get payload capacity boost

Elon Musk isn't usually one to understate his products' capabilities, but it seems the SpaceX team was a bit conservative with its payload predictions for the Falcon spacecraft. Updates ...

2 hours ago from Gizmag

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Unique fragment from Earth's formation returns after billions of years in cold storage

In a paper to be published today in the journal Science Advances, lead author Karen Meech of the University of Hawai`i's Institute for Astronomy and her colleagues conclude that C/2014 S3 (PANSTARRS) ...

Fri 29 Apr 16 from Phys.org

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British astronaut pilots earthbound rover from aboard ISS

Deep space exploration has taken one small step (or roll) forward with the successful test of space-based control of a robot rover from aboard the International Space Station. The experiment ...

8 hours ago from Gizmag

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Kenya demands total ivory ban to stop elephant slaughter

Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta on Friday demanded a total ban on trade in ivory to end trafficking and prevent the extinction of elephants in the wild.

Fri 29 Apr 16 from Phys.org

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Why You Should Take Elon Musk's 2018 Mars Shot Seriously

The hardware is shaping up for a trip to the Red Planet—and soon

Thu 28 Apr 16 from TIME

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Japan to abandon space satellite forever

Japan's space agency says it will abandon efforts to restore a multimillion dollar satellite sent to explore black holes, after it spun out of control.

Fri 29 Apr 16 from BBC News

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SpaceX Wins $83 Million Air Force Contract to Launch GPS Satellite in 2018

SpaceX has won an $82.7 million contract from the U.S. Air Force to launch a next-generation GPS satellite aboard its Falcon 9 rocket in May 2018, the first of nine launch contracts the Defense ...

Fri 29 Apr 16 from SPACE.com

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Insulating layer of air above the Greenland ice sheet reduces precipitation

The Earth's climate has been warming, but even though the Greenland ice sheet is melting rapidly in the coastal regions, there are large parts of the ice sheet (40 percent) where there has hardly ...

Fri 29 Apr 16 from Phys.org

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Nanoparticles present sustainable way to grow food crops

Scientists are working diligently to prepare for the expected increase in global population—and therefore an increased need for food production— in the coming decades. A team of engineers at ...

Fri 29 Apr 16 from Phys.org

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Are we alone? Setting some limits to our uniqueness

Are humans unique and alone in the vast universe? This question—summed up in the famous Drake equation—has for a half-century been one of the most intractable and uncertain in science.

Thu 28 Apr 16 from Phys.org

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