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November 28th, 2014 at 9:28 am

Google to launch 180 low-orbit satellites that provide Internet access

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The billion-dollar project will complement Google’s balloons and drones.

Google wants to deploy a fleet of satellites to extend internet access to areas around the world that do not have internet access. The fleet of satellites will cost Google $1 billion. Google “will start with 180 small, high-capacity satellites orbiting the earth at lower altitudes than traditional satellites, and then could expand.”


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September 12th, 2014 at 11:04 am

Top 10 myths about space we need to stop believing

rock ring around Vega

An asteroid belt around the bright star Vega.

Should you be getting your facts about space from Hollywood? Probably not. Here are ten myths about space you should stop believing.



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March 16th, 2014 at 8:46 am

Discovery of water-containing gem points to vast oceans beneath the Earth


Diamond sample containing the hydrous ringwoodite.

The Earth’s transition zone is the part of the Earth that exists between the upper and lower mantle. Scientists often theorize what lies in the transition zone. Many believe that the transition zone contains a lot of water, but there was no proof to support that idea. A group of geologists from the University of Alberta uncovered a water-containing gem that finally confirms this theory: there is water, possibly massive oceans of it, deep beneath the Earth’s surface.



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February 17th, 2014 at 12:42 pm

NASA looking to private companies to mine the moon


Below the surface there exist deposits of water, rare minerals, and other substances not so common here on Earth.

Instead of NASA resupplying the International Space Station, private corporations have taken on that job. Mars One has just as good a chance as NASA does at establishing a permanent colony on Mars. Even the Moon, which has for so long been NASA’s claim to fame, is now being offered up on a silver NASA-backed platter.



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February 5th, 2014 at 12:13 pm

Amazing new video of Felix Baumgartner’s space jump

Felix Baumgartner

Felix Baumgartner

Felix Baumgartner’s made a harrowing jump from 128,1000 feet above Earth’s surface, but you probably haven’t seen it like this. This new exhilarating video shows you what it was like from Felix’s point of view with perfect clarity. (Video)


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December 2nd, 2013 at 9:24 am

Japan wants to supply the world’s energy from a giant solar power plant on the moon

The Japanese architectural and engineering firm, Shimizu, has a solution for the climate crisis: Simply build a band of solar panels 400 kilometers (249 miles) wide running all the way around the Moon’s 11,000-kilometer (6,835 mile) equator and beam the carbon-free energy back to Earth in the form of microwaves, which are converted into electricity at ground stations.



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December 14th, 2012 at 9:22 am

The world is running out of helium

Helium is a very low-density gas.

Jimi Hendrix once said, “I have this one little saying, when things get too heavy just call me helium, the lightest known gas to man.” He was almost right. We know of helium, conventionally, as the lighter-than-air gas that we fill balloons, blimps and zeppelins with in order to quickly and easily “defy gravity” here on Earth. (Video)


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December 7th, 2012 at 10:56 am

Could there be planets better suited for supporting life than Earth?

A new study may have found exoplanets that are warmer and waterier than Earth.

One thing we know for sure in the world is that our planet is the world – for creating life, for supporting life, for letting us humans and our fellow species become what we are.  And so, as we take our first tentative steps from our world and look out into the universe as we set our sights toward the worlds that look like the one we know — toward planets that are, in their way, “Earth-like.”


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April 30th, 2012 at 11:27 am

Wind farms might be warming the planet

wind farm

New research indicates that large wind farms can cause local temperature increases.

New research finds that wind farms actually warm up the surface of the land underneath them during the night, according to new research.  It’s a phenomena that could put a damper on efforts to expand wind energy as a green energy solution.

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February 24th, 2012 at 10:43 am

Hey Chicken Little, the sky is falling!


Cloud-top height fell one percent on average between March 2000 and February 2010.

Call Chicken Little, the sky really is falling. NASA satellite data has shown that the Earth’s cloud tops have been lowering over the last 10 years.

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