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December 17, 2012

Are we living inside a computer simulation?

The popular film trilogy, The Matrix, presented a cyberuniverse where humans live in a simulated reality created by sentient machines. Now, a philosopher and team of physicists imagine […]
December 17, 2012

Twin NASA spacecraft headed for lunar crash landing

LOS ANGELES — Ebb and Flow chased each other around the moon for nearly a year, peering into the interior. With dwindling fuel supplies, the twin […]
December 16, 2012

The End of the World Is (not) Nigh

Have you heard the doomsday theory about how a rogue planet is going to crash into Earth on Friday and kill us all? Amateur astronomer Bill […]
December 15, 2012

NASA to Provide Dec. 17 Commentary as Twin Probes End Lunar Mission

PASADENA, Calif. — NASA will provide live commentary of the scheduled lunar surface impacts of its twin Gravity Recovery and Interior Laboratory (GRAIL) spacecraft beginning at […]
December 15, 2012

The magic, good and bad, of life in orbit

Chris Hadfield says he can’t wait for the “magic” of space, but he’ll also be exploring to the darker side of that magic as he circles […]
December 15, 2012

Chinese Probe buzzes Toutatis

The Chinese lunar orbiter Chang’e 2 has completed its flyby of asteroid Toutatis, a five-kilometer (three mile) long space rock that recently had a “close” encounter […]
December 14, 2012

Hubble captures most distant view of space

The Hubble space telescope has allowed astronomers to look deeper into the universe than ever before and identified seven of the most distant galaxies on record. […]
December 14, 2012

NASA spacecrafts prepare to crash into moon

    LOS ANGELES—After nearly a year circling the moon, NASA’s Ebb and Flow will meet their demise when they crash — on purpose — into […]
December 13, 2012

Brilliant Geminid Meteor Shower Peaks Tonight

Skywatchers around the world are in for a treat tonight, as the annual Geminid meteor shower is poised to put on a spectacular show. The Geminids will […]