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Life and Universe

Kepler discovers 2 planets in star cluster 3,000 light-yrs from Earth

Astronomers have found two planets smaller than Neptune orbiting Sun-like stars 3,000 light-years from Earth, in the star cluster NGC 6811.

China's Shenzhou-10 spacecraft returns to Earth

China completed its longest manned space mission Wednesday as its Shenzhou-10 spacecraft and three crew members safely returned to Earth, in a major step towards Beijing's goal of building a permanent space station by 2020.

NASA calls amateur astronomers to locate destructive asteroids

NASA has asked amateur astronomers to help them identify the smaller asteroids that are capable of wiping out a city or worse when they impact with Earth.

Supermoon misconceptions busted

The largest full moon, also known as Supermoon, which was seen this Sunday, continues to fascinate and mystify humans

Curiosity blasts Martian rocks to help discover ancient past

Mars rover Curiosity is using its high-resolution cameras, sensors, drill and laser to search for habitability in the Red Planet

New app allows iPad users to click personal photos of space objects

A new iPad app has been developed, which allows people to click telescope images of celestial objects from the comfort of their couch. The app created by the online Slooh Space Camera allows people to command and control their robotic network of space cameras.

New pulsar distance record may help detect elusive gravitational waves

An international team of scientists (ASTRON) have used the Very Long Baseline Array (VLBA) to set a new distance accuracy record, pegging a pulsar called PSR J2222-0137 at 871.4 light-years from Earth.

First woman in space wants to go to Mars

Russian cosmonaut Valentina Tereshkova, the first woman to go to space, said that she willing to make a one-way trip to Mars. The 76-year old called it her "favourite planet", reports

Probable life on Mars may be hydrogen powered

A new study led by the University of Colorado Boulder has suggested that a chemical reaction between iron-containing minerals and water may produce enough hydrogen “food” to sustain microbial communities living in pores and cracks within the enormous volume of rock below the ocean floor and parts of the continents.

New technique may help detect hidden Earth-like planets

An international team of exoplanet hunters is developing a new technology that would dramatically improve the odds of discovering planets with conditions suitable for life

Earth’s most powerful telescope strengthens Big Bang theory

Scientists using the most powerful telescope on Earth has discovered that the moments just after the Big Bang happened more like the theory predicts

Trip to Mars would likely exceed radiation limits for astronauts

Radiation levels measured by Nasa's Mars Curiosity rover show astronauts likely would exceed current US exposure limits during a roundtrip mission to Mars, scientists said.

NASA`s Curiosity rover finds `rat on Mars`

The Mast Camera on NASA's Mars Curiosity rover has captured a dusty orange rodent among the stones on the rock-strewn surface of the Red Planet, starry-eyed enthusiasts have claimed.

Giant asteroid to fly by Earth on its closest approach on Friday!

On Friday, May 31st, at one minute to five in the afternoon (Eastern time), an impressive asteroid named 1998 QE2 will whiz past Earth at its closest approach for the next two centuries. The asteroid will be traveling at a speed 15 times faster than a rifle bullet.

Lethal gamma-ray may soon hit earth

A lethal gamma-ray burst from a star about 8000 light years away could hit earth and possibly wipe out a quarter of our atmospheric ozone, astronomers have revealed. University of Kansas physicist Adrian Melott told Forbes such a gamma-ray burst would cause a 50 per cent increase in UVB radiation.

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