NASA finds 10 new potentially habitable ‘Earth-like’ worlds – Washington Post

NASA’s Kepler space telescope team has identified 219 new planet candidates. (NASA/JPL-Caltech) Astronomers using the Kepler space telescope have detected 219 possible new exoplanets in our galaxy, including 10 relatively small, rocky and possibly habitable planets similar to our own, NASA announced Monday. These are the last additions to the catalog of exoplanets compiled during the first phase [...]

A Solar Eclipse Can Blind You (Read This Before Looking at the Sun) – Space.com

During the Great American Total Solar Eclipse on Aug. 21, millions of people will gaze at the sun to see the moon slowly pass in front of it, blocking out the light. But those who aren’t careful risk doing some nasty damage to their eyes. You’ve probably been told that it isn’t [...]

Australian scientists went looking for deep sea creatures and pulled up your nightmares instead – Washington Post

Two-and-a-half miles below the ocean near Australia, there is crushing pressure, total darkness and a collection of some of the strangest creatures on the planet — if you’re willing to go find them. Scientists haven’t heavily explored these areas, in part because they’re places on Earth that are among the most inhospitable to humans. But [...]

3-year global coral bleaching event easing, but still bad – Washington Post

Post Contributor Badge This commenter is a Washington Post contributor. Post contributors aren’t staff, but may write articles or columns. In some cases, contributors are sources or experts quoted in a story. More about badges | Request a badge 3-year global coral bleaching event easing, but still bad – Washington Post

SpaceX Delays Rocket Launch, Eyes Potential Spaceflight ‘Doubleheader’ – Space.com

SpaceX has delayed the launch of its next Falcon 9 rocket to at least Friday (June 23), setting the stage for a possible “weekend doubleheader,” company representatives said this weekend. On Sunday (June 18), SpaceX announced it had pushed back the Monday afternoon launch of a Bulgarian communications satellite to no earlier [...]

Trove of new horror species discovered in Australian abyss – CNET

A peanut worm, of the phylum Sipuncula, shrinks when threatened. Ironically, it can reproduce asexually. Rob Zugaro What lurks in the ocean’s abyssal depths? That was the question the crew of research vessel RV Investigator sought to answer in a month-long expedition exploring Australia’s eastern abyss for the first time. The Marine National Facility boat [...]

Quantum entanglement, science’s ‘spookiest’ phenomenon, achieved in space – Chicago Tribune

Imagine you are a photon, a packet of light. You are a tiny blip of energy, hurtling through the universe on your own. But you have a twin, another photon to whom you have been intimately connected since the day you were born. No matter what distance separates you, be it the width of a [...]

Strange creatures discovered off Australian coast – WSOC Charlotte

by: Natalie Dreier, Cox Media Group National Content Desk Updated: Jun 19, 2017 – 7:24 AM Australian coastline. (Photo by Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images) “; var imageDivId = “#”+”firstImageDisplayModal_535643402″; if ($(“.reveal-modal-bg”).length == 0) { $(“#wrapper”).after(“”); } if ($(imageDivId).length == 0) { $(“#wrapper”).after(contentText); } Researchers working off the coast of Australia are cataloging rarely seen, and even [...]

Elon Musk claims Mars colony dreams critical to avoid ‘Doomsday’ event – ZDNet

Elon Musk SpaceX CEO Elon Musk has claimed that building a self-sustaining colony on Mars is necessary to our future survival as a species. Musk’s blueprint, titled “Making Humans a Multi-Planetary Species,” outlines the executive’s vision for making the human race a multi-planetary, space-faring society. The paper, a summary of Musk’s presentation at the 67th [...]

China’s quantum satellite in big leap – BBC News

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Micius went up from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Centre in China’s north west The term “spy satellite” has taken on a new meaning with the successful test of a novel Chinese spacecraft. The mission can provide unbreakable secret communications channels, in principle, using the laws of quantum science. Called [...]

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