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Time for a Federal Robotics Agency

As drones, driverless cars, robotic surgeons and algorithms that can buy and trade in the stock market become part of the daily conversation, there needs to be an understanding of how the law and the public will deal with these imminent realities.

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NASA Will Now Study Climate Change From Space

The OCO-2 will monitor fluctuations of CO2 in the atmosphere, making note of where the greenhouse gases are rising and falling the most.

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Climate Change Endangers Historic U.S. Landmarks

Climate change and sea level rise are threatening historic U.S. landmarks, from the Statue of Liberty to NASA’s coastal rocket launch sites, and the nation needs to prepare, scientists said Tuesday.

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Experts: Antarctic Ice Collapse Means Rising Oceans Inevitable

“The collapse of large parts of the ice sheet in West Antarctica appears to have begun and is almost certainly unstoppable, with global warming accelerating the pace of the disintegration,” The New York Times reports two groups of scientists stated Monday.

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Obama’s TPP Trade Deal Will Give Brunei Special Privileges, Despite Having Imposed Shariah Law

Brunei’s sultan, who’s responsible for implementing the inhumane Shariah law, will benefit in a number of ways from the Trans-Pacific Partnership; NASA plans to put a greenhouse on Mars in just a few years; meanwhile, Peruvians have created billboards that clean the air and produce potable water. These discoveries and more after the jump.

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NASA-Funded Study Sounds Alarm for Civilization

A new study sponsored by NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center confirmed the prospect that worldwide industrial civilization could collapse in the coming decades under “unsustainable resource exploitation and increasingly unequal wealth distribution,” Dr. Nafeez Ahmed reports at The Guardian.

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It Turns Out the Sky IS Falling

Asteroids and satellites, oh, my! Two reports warn us to cast a wary eye above as space debris—natural and man made—drops from the sky. But don’t over-fret: Odds of getting hit are very small, though experts warn that the right-size asteroid would cause major damage.

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Shutdown: NASA Says Ta Ta for Now on Instagram

The space agency waved a cheeky goodbye from the social image site Tuesday, saying “we won’t be posting or replying to comments during the U.S. government shutdown.”

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NASA Finds Water on Mars

The Curiosity rover found H2O particles bound to other minerals in Martian dirt. According to scientists, it’s enough water to hydrate astronauts who wish to explore the planet in the future.

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NASA Made an ‘It Gets Better’ Video

Sex columnist Dan Savage was moved by the suicides of gay teenagers to launch the It Gets Better Project, and since then everyone from President Obama to Perez Hilton has made a video. Add NASA and its LGBT brainiacs to that list.

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An Interview With Pioneering Climate Scientist James Hansen

Having directed NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies for most of the past four decades, Dr. James E. Hansen retired this month to devote himself to the scientific activism that has brought both awards and catcalls during his long and distinguished career.

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Telescope Spies ‘Most Earth-Like’ Worlds to Date

Scientists say they may have found a pair of distant planets that bear a closer resemblance to Earth than any yet discovered, with a chance the worlds contain liquid water on the surface.

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Two Rats, One Mind

Scientists connected the brains of a pair of rodents—one in Brazil, the other in North Carolina—via computers; an Italian jeans maker has trademarked the word “Jesus” thus holding exclusive rights to clothes bearing Christ’s name; meanwhile, a police officer is on trial in New York on suspicion of planning to rape, torture and cannibalize women. These discoveries and more after the jump.

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Warp Speed Ahead?

In case you missed it, in November, io9 reported that physicist Harold White was working on the concept for an engine that could transport a ship through space at warp speeds without violating Einstein’s law of relativity.

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NASA Announces World Won’t End Dec. 21, 2012

The space agency is so confident in its prediction that it has already released a video explaining why the world didn’t end Dec. 21.

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NASA Turnaround

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Neil Armstrong’s Footprint

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Neil Armstrong

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NASA Photos of Neil Armstrong

Neil Armstrong has died at the age of 82. Here are some photos of the great explorer collected over the years.

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Neil Armstrong Heads Back Into the Unknown

Neil Armstrong entered this universe on his family’s farm and would leave it having stepped foot on the moon. He is dead after spending 82 extraordinary years on this Earth, and a few days off of it.

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NASA Curiosity

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Rover and NASA Are Beaming

After voyaging through space for more than eight months, NASA’s Curiosity finally reached its destination: Mars. The rover made a harrowing descent onto the Red Planet on Sunday night as it began its two-year mission to determine if the key ingredients for life ever existed there.

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Sally Ride, First U.S. Woman in Space, Dies at 61

She was aboard the shuttle Challenger in June 1983, when she was 32, the first American woman to fly into space. On Monday, Sally Ride succumbed to pancreatic cancer after a 17-month battle. She was 61.

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Early Astronauts Were Lucky to Survive the Unknown

Fifty years ago, John Glenn sat in a little metal capsule rocketing around the Earth, while down on the ground NASA scientists thought his eyes might change shape. (more)

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The Great Carbon Bubble

If we could see the world with a particularly illuminating set of spectacles, one of its most prominent features at the moment would be a giant carbon bubble, whose bursting someday will make the housing bubble of 2007 look like a lark.

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NASA: The World Won’t End in 2012

Sorry, all you Mayan-influenced doomsday enthusiasts, but it’s looking to some of the great minds over at NASA as though 2012 isn’t going to be particularly apocalypse-friendly as such. Ancient augury versus contemporary astronomy: Who will prevail?

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Astronomers Scope Out ‘Earth 2.0’

Did you know that astronomers have found a bunch of potential “Earth 2.0” candidate planets scattered around the universe? More than 2,000 in fact, and one in particular, which NASA dubbed Kepler 22-b after the supercharged telescope that spotted it, spins around its own sun just 600 light-years away.

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Why an Unusually Melty Arctic Means Trouble

Dr. Tom Wagner of NASA is remarkably cheerful as he explains how the historic melting of sea ice in the Arctic threatens to exacerbate climate change across the globe.

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Tsunami Did a Number on Antarctic Ice Shelves

The earthquake that hit Japan last March not only triggered a tsunami that devastated the island nation, but created waves that traveled all the way to the ice shelves of Antarctica ... (more)

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A New Space Race

More than 40 years after man first stepped foot on the moon, a new race to that pie in the sky has begun, this time by groups of entrepreneurs looking to cash in on private ventures and $30 million in prizes offered by Google.

Posted on Jul 21, 2011 READ MORE


USA Hits the Debt Ceiling

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Into the Sunset

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This Is What It Looks Like When a Black Hole Destroys a Galaxy

And you think you’ve got problems. Take a look at nearby galaxy Centaurus A, which is in a losing battle with a black hole nearly 55 million times bigger (in terms of mass) than our sun. As it dies, its guts are being sprayed out in a trail of carnage 2 million light-years long, and NASA has the intergalactic snuff film to prove it.

Posted on May 22, 2011 READ MORE



Journal of Cosmology

Evidence of Life on a Meteorite?

A NASA scientist claims to have found tiny alien fossils encased in meteorites that landed in Spain, sparking new interest in the possibility of life outside our planet.

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New Life-Form Discovery

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A New Twist in the Quest for Extraterrestrials

A young biochemist has caused a ruckus in the scientific community with her claim that one of the basic elements in the formula that has long been considered to define the building blocks of life may be swapped out—and for arsenic, no less.

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Still Searching for Water on the Backup Planet

Our ability to evacuate to Mars once we’re done wrecking the Earth depends on a lot, but the whole idea is a nonstarter if the fourth rock from the sun is dry. Ten years ago scientists discovered evidence of flowing water on Mars and we have reason to believe there’s plenty of the frozen variety, but we still haven’t caught Mars with its gullies wet.

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Budget Space Motel or Just Hot Air?

Out in the Nevada desert, in a complex encircled by barbed wire and guards, a millionaire motelier who believes in UFOs and prayer—but not the Big Bang—is building the world’s first private space station. And it’s inflatable. (continued)

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Bon Voyage and Farewell, Atlantis

The space shuttle Atlantis is prepped and ready to launch into space one last time, the first of three final flights for each of NASA’s soon-to-be-retired shuttles. She will carry with her six veteran astronauts, a Russian module bound for the International Space Station and a heap of unanswered questions about the future of the manned space program.

Posted on May 13, 2010 READ MORE


First Stunning Images From NASA’s Solar Observatory

Nobody told NASA scientists they weren’t supposed to look at the sun, so they launched a spacecraft at our nearest star to capture images with 10 times the resolution of HD television.

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Red Alert: NASA Launches Toyota Probe

It seems like everyone is investigating Toyota these days. There’s the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the National Academy of Sciences and even the automaker itself. Why not NASA? Apparently Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood was thinking the same thing. (continued)

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Scientists Find Huge Quantities of Water Ice on the Moon

There may be more than 600 million metric tons of water ice sitting in craters at the moon’s north pole. The discovery, made by an Indian spacecraft, could mean big things for human colonization of our nearest neighbor.

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NASA Needs More Moonage Daydreamers

A lot of people have said in recent weeks that the space agency simply lacks the chutzpah that put a man on a moon. Figure out global warming? Boring, they say. The Onion has come up with a satirical solution that just might blow your minds: Project Spaceman, the David Bowie-inspired Glam Space Program. (continued)

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There’s Water In Them Craters

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One Step Closer to Mars

George W. Bush’s dream of Americans on Mars got a little bit closer to reality Wednesday as NASA successfully launched its prototype Ares I-X rocket. A version of the new rocket is planned to launch Orion, NASA’s replacement craft for the aging space shuttle, as America’s preferred method of getting off-planet.

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American Scientist Charged With Espionage

American scientist Stewart David Nozette, who has worked for NASA, the Pentagon and the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and even did a stint at the White House, could spend the rest of his life in jail after being charged with passing secrets to an undercover FBI agent posing as an Israeli intelligence officer.

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Moon Landing [A Cartoon From United Arab Emirates]

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