NASA Fact-Checks Goop Over Wearable Body Stickers – Vanity Fair

Goop! Gwyneth Paltrow’s magical health-and-lifestyle Web site promises that if you just excavate your colon with rainbow beams weekly, you’ll live the same life as a beautifully toned, charmed, Oscar-winning actress with a staff of at least 20 churning out content. It would be your best life, really. You’d sleep in a yurt that costs [...]

This weekend will test SpaceX’s ability to step up its launch pace – Los Angeles Times

SpaceX has a busy weekend ahead. And its outcome could signal whether the company is closing in on a crucial milestone. Starting Friday morning, the Hawthorne space company is planning two satellite launches from opposite coasts with only about 48 hours in between. If the launches come off as planned, they will mark SpaceX’s fastest [...]

Total solar eclipse casts spotlight on rural Oregon town – Washington Post

MADRAS, Ore. — Just before sunrise, there’s typically nothing atop Round Butte but the whistle of the wind and a panoramic view of Oregon’s second-highest peak glowing pink in the faint light. But on Aug. 21, local officials expect this lookout point just outside the small town of Madras to be crammed with people from [...]

Planet 10? Another Earth-size world may lurk in the outer solar system – Fox News

A planet-size object may be orbiting the sun in the icy reaches of the solar system beyond Pluto. Scientists at the University of Arizona’s Lunar and Planetary Laboratory (LPL) have determined that an unseen object with a mass somewhere between that of Earth and Mars could be lurking in the Kuiper Belt , a [...]

How Do Eggs Get Their Shapes? Scientists Think They’ve Cracked It – NPR

An international team of scientists believes it has solved the mystery of how eggs got their shapes. Frans Lanting/Mint Images RM/Getty Images hide caption toggle caption Frans Lanting/Mint Images RM/Getty Images An international team of scientists believes it has solved the mystery of how eggs got their shapes. Frans Lanting/Mint Images RM/Getty Images One of [...]

Stephen Hawking, Kris Jenner and other famous people with plans to send humans to Mars – Washington Post

Stephen Hawking, Kris Jenner and other famous people with plans to send humans to Mars – Washington Post

A spacecraft takes off from India for Mars in 2013. Let’s join some celebrities in imagining there’s a person on the planet. (Jagadeesh Nv/European Pressphoto Agency) Stephen Hawking says let’s go back to the moon, then build a base there — and then do the same thing on Mars. The world-famous astrophysicist made it sound more eloquent and profound than that. [...]

Could asteroids bombard the Earth to cause a mass extinction in 10 million years? – Phys.Org

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Credit: Elenarts/Shutterstock Scientists have spent decades debating whether asteroids and comets hit the Earth at regular intervals. At the same time, a few studies have found evidence that the large extinction events on Earth – such as the one that wiped out the dinosaurs 66m years ago – repeat themselves every 26m to 30m years. [...]

Where to see the 2017 ‘Great American Eclipse’ – WBAL Baltimore

(CNN) — Two months from today, on August 21, the sun will disappear across America. For a swath of the country from Portland, Oregon, to Charleston, South Carolina, it will look like someone just turned off the sun in the middle of the day. 14 states across the US will experience about two minutes of [...]

Software on Mars rover allows it to pick research targets autonomously – Phys.Org

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Taking only 21,000 of the Curiosity mission’s total 3.8 million lines of code, AEGIS accurately selected desired targets over 2.5 kilometers of unexplored Martian terrain 93% of the time, compared to the 24% expected without the software. In this case, the desired target was outcrop, a type of Martian rock that’s ideal for analyzing the [...]

Updated Kepler catalog contains 219 new exoplanet candidates – Spaceflight Now

NASA’s Kepler space telescope team has identified 219 new planet candidates, 10 of which are near-Earth size and in the habitable zone of their star. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech Scientists have published a catalog of exoplanet discoveries made by NASA’s Kepler space telescope, identifying 219 previously-unknown planet candidates circling stars elsewhere in the galaxy, including 10 would-be [...]

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