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February 26, 2013

Dying stars' planets can still host life

Life may well exist on planets orbiting dying stars – and, if it does, there’s a good chance we’ll find it within the next decade, say […]
February 25, 2013

Star Trek fans rejoice: Pluto's new moon may be named 'Vulcan'

With a major boost from the hit sci-fi series “Star Trek,” one of Pluto’s newly-discovered moons may be named “Vulcan” —that is, if it keeps its […]
February 24, 2013

Attack of the Martian Tree Spiders!

Years ago, in 1999, some odd pictures were returned from The Mars Global Surveyor space probe orbiting the red planet. They showed what looked for all the world(s) […]
February 24, 2013

Tiny 'lunch-box' satellites carry huge Canadian hopes into space

They are no bigger than a lunch box or a big suitcase, but the small high-tech satellites that will blast into space aboard an Indian rocket […]
February 24, 2013

'Star Trek' to 'Star Wars': J.J. Abrams across the universes

J.J. Abrams is a man of many enthusiasms, so speaking slowly is generally not his thing. But today the director arrives late for lunch at the […]
February 23, 2013

NASA's spacey Google+ Hangout shows off zero-G antics – and cats!

NASA followed one of the classic rules for Internet videos during its first space-to-Earth Google Hangout on Friday: If you want to bring in the viewers, don’t forget […]
February 22, 2013

What the Russian Meteorite’s Shockwave Really Felt Like on the Ground

As we get to know more and more about how powerful the meteorite that exploded over Russia really was, something still gets lost in translation. This […]
February 22, 2013

Why Don't We Have Flying Cars?

The image of George Jetson and family zipping about town is at once nostalgic and frustrating. Like George, most of us push buttons for a living. But […]
February 22, 2013

'Vulcan' leads Pluto moon name vote

Star Trek fans have something to rejoice in: “Vulcan” is the leading contender in a vote to name two of Pluto’s recently discovered moons. In the […]