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June 25 2015

Solar storm brings spectacular aurora to parts of United States


A solar storm hit the earth Monday afternoon, pushing shimmering solar auroras to places where they might be visible to more people.

A blast of magnetic plasma shot out of the sun at a speed far faster than usual, The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said, causing the biggest solar storm the earth has seen definitely since March, but potentially since September 2005.

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June 25 2015

Small thunderstorms may add up to massive cyclones on Saturn


For the last decade, astronomers have observed curious "hotspots" on Saturn's poles. In 2008, NASA's Cassini spacecraft beamed back close-up images of these hotspots, revealing them to be immense cyclones, each as wide as the Earth. Scientists estimate that Saturn's cyclones may whip up 300 mph winds, and likely have been churning for years.

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June 25 2015

NASA May Use Nukes To Defend Earth From Asteroids


In 2013, a 60-foot-wide meteor exploded over Russia, and no one saw it coming. The Chelyabinsk impactor was relatively small by interplanetary standards, but the blast injured about 1,500 people and damaged 7,000 buildings. If a larger rock were headed for Earth, how would we defend ourselves? The short answer is, scientists aren’t really sure, but one solution sounds a lot like the plot from a 1998 Michael Bay movie: just nuke ‘em.

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June 25 2015

Diving on Europa? Here's How We Could Penetrate That Ice


Europa is an ice-covered moon orbiting Jupiter that likely an ocean underneath. Perhaps that ocean contains life. Perhaps it doesn’t. But we’re not going to know for sure until we send a probe there to check things out.

NASA announced last week that it’s one step closer to flying by Europa dozens of times after launching in the 2020s. The mission concept was approved and funding is ongoing. To get under that ice (virtually) NASA could include a radar instrument called REASON (Radar for Europa Assessment and Sounding: Ocean to Near-surfaces) to peer underneath. But what if we were to eventually send a robotic landing mission?

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June 25 2015

Jupiter's movements made way for Earth


There's something about our solar system that appears to be unusual. For some reason, most of our bigger planets are far away from our host star, while closer in are smaller, rocky worlds, including Earth itself.

This is not the case for many extrasolar systems that have been discovered. So-called "hot Jupiters"—huge gas giant planets that nestle close to their star—have been found in a few examples. In other instances, planets slightly bigger than Earth are so close to their stars as to be uninhabitable. Did our solar system once look like this, or did it start out somewhat differently?

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June 25 2015

Rosetta's MIRO Instrument Maps Comet Water


Since last September, scientists using NASA's Microwave Instrument for Rosetta Orbiter (MIRO) on the European Space Agency's Rosetta spacecraft have generated maps of the distribution of water in the coma of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, as the comet's orbit brings it closer to the sun.


Related: Philae probe still talking to Earth from surface of comet, say Rosetta scientists

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June 25 2015

There's a Dark "Anti-Polar Cap" on Pluto's Moon Charon


The latest batch of pics from the New Horizons spacecraft has revealed a previously unseen surface feature on Charon, a prominent dark splotch located at one of its poles.

The new image of Charon was captured on June 18 at a distance of 31,500,000 miles (50,700,000 km). It shows significant surface details, including the mysterious dark spot.


Related: Pluto just 4 weeks, 20 million miles away for spacecraft

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June 25 2015

DARPA: We Are Engineering the Organisms That Will Terraform Mars


It’s no secret that the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency is investing heavily in genetic engineering and synthetic biology. Whether that excites or terrifies you depends on how you feel about the military engineering totally new life forms. If you’re in the excitement camp, however, here’s a nugget for you: DARPA believes that it's on the way to creating organisms capable of terraforming Mars into a planet that looks more like Earth.

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June 24 2015

Young crater on Mars hints at Earth-like climate


Mars is a planet of paradoxes, red in color but icy cold. Did its climate ever resemble that of our warm, blue planet? Maybe so, suggests a new study of Istok crater – and not billions of years ago, but in the recent geologic past.


Alt: Water flowed on Mars just 500,000 years ago: Tilt of red planet caused ice to melt much more recently than thought

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June 24 2015

NASA Observes 3-Mile-High 'Pyramid' On Ceres, But Bright Spots Remain A Mystery


The mysteries of Ceres, the largest object in our solar system's asteroid belt, continue to deepen. For over a decade, scientists have been puzzled by a cluster of inexplicable bright white spots on the dwarf planet's surface. The clearest photo yet taken of the spots does little to shed light, so to speak, on the matter.


Alt: Ceres Gets Weirder With More Bright Spots and Unexplained ‘Pyramid’
Alt: NASA Flummoxed By Dwarf Planet's Bright Spots, 'Pyramid-Shaped Peak'

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June 24 2015

New Pyramid Found on Mars Joins a Growing List


A photo taken by the Mars Curiosity Rover in May 2015 shows what appears to be a small pyramid on the planet’s surface. This isn’t the first pyramid found on Mars and it joins a growing list of pyramids found on other astral bodies besides Earth. Are they somehow connected to our own pyramids?


Alt: Alien hunters discover a 'PYRAMID' on Mars and claim the 'near-perfect' structure was built by an ancient civilisation

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June 24 2015

Mars Astronauts Could See Blue Auroras on Red Planet


Astronauts visiting Mars in the future will be awed by dazzling auroral displays in the planet's southern hemisphere, a new study suggests.

While previous research had confirmed the presence of beautiful "southern lights" on Mars, the new study predicts for the first time that the auroras of the Red Planet may be visible to the human eye.

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June 24 2015

Facebook can recognise you in photos even if you're not looking


Thanks to the latest advances in computer vision, we now have machines that can pick you out of a line-up. But what if your face is hidden from view?

An experimental algorithm out of Facebook's artificial intelligence lab can recognise people in photographs even when it can't see their faces.


Related: Facial recognition technology: Is Orwell’s fiction our reality?

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June 24 2015

Artificial brain turns clouds into psychedelic pig-snails


Welcome to a psychedelic universe where aqueducts surrounded by glaciers fold in on themselves. This kaleidoscopic image, created by a quirk of brain-mimicking software, started out as something much less spectacular: random noise.

The software is an artificial neural network developed by Google, called the Inception module.

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June 24 2015

Pepper robot to go on sale to public in Japan


Pepper, the humanoid robot that its makers say can recognise and respond to human emotions, goes on sale in Japan this weekend.

SoftBank, the company behind the robot, is planning to release 1,000 robots every month.


Related: Pepper, the emotional robot, sells out in one minute

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June 24 2015

Powering desalination with the sun


When graduate student Natasha Wright began her PhD program in mechanical engineering, she had no idea how to remove salt from groundwater to make it more palatable, nor had she ever been to India, where this is an ongoing need.

Now, three years and six trips to India later, this is the sole focus of her work.

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June 24 2015

Silent flights: How owls could help make wind turbines and planes quieter


An investigation into how owls fly and hunt in silence has enabled researchers to develop a prototype coating for wind turbine blades that could significantly reduce the amount of noise they make.

Early tests of the material, which mimics the intricate structure of an owl's wing, have demonstrated that it could significantly reduce the amount of noise produced by wind turbines and other types of fan blades, such as those in computers or planes. Since wind turbines are heavily braked in order to minimise noise, the addition of this new surface would mean that they could be run at much higher speeds - producing more energy while making less noise.

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