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Thursday, July 24, 2014


Hubble Finds Three Surprisingly Dry Exoplanets

Less than a minute ago - NASA
Astronomers using NASA's Hubble Space Telescope have gone looking for water vapor in the atmospheres of three planets orbiting stars similar to the sun -- and have come up nearly dry

NASA Seeks Proposals for Commercial Mars Data Relay Satellites

Yesterday - NASA
NASA has issued a Request for Information (RFI) to investigate the possibility of using commercial Mars-orbiting satellites to provide telecommunications capabilities for future robotic missions to the Red Planet

NASA TV Coverage Set For European Cargo Ship Launch to Space Station

Yesterday - NASA
NASA Television will broadcast live the launch and docking of the European Space Agency’s (ESA’s) fifth and final Automated Transfer Vehicle (ATV-5) cargo spacecraft to the International Space Station

Introducing Our First Sci-Fi Special Issue For The iPad

Yesterday - Pop Sci
Dispatches from the Future Download a copy from iTunes. Popular Science We love science fiction here at Popular Science. Many of the real-life innovations and advances that fill our pages every month, in fact, started as pie-in-the-sky ideas born by people thinking creatively about a better future. These visions only get more vivid, the s... by Popular Science Staff

Could This Old Warplane Really Shoot Down MH17?

Yesterday - Pop Sci
An Su-25 In Flight Wikimedia Commons Following the downing of Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 over separatist-held eastern Ukraine, Russian state-owned media started focusing a lot on a strange little plane. The Sukhoi Su-25 "Frogfoot" is a jet fighter from the late Cold War, designed to support ground troops from closer overhead, and in the MH... by Kelsey D. Atherton

101-Year-Old Citizen Scientist Has Called In Weather Observations Every Day For 84 Years

Yesterday - Pop Sci
Richard Hendrickson Takes a Weather Measurement, 2008 NOAA Generations before anyone came up with the idea of "citizen science," an 18-year-old Richard Hendrickson called in his first weather report to what was then the U.S. Weather Bureau. That was in 1929. Hendrickson is now 101 years old and has provided the National Weather Service with twi... by Francie Diep

World's Largest Aquatic Insect Reportedly Found In China

Yesterday - Pop Sci
Sweet dreams This is reportedly a giant Dobsonfly, the world's largest, with a wingspan of 21 centimeters (8.3 inches), large enough to cover your face. China News Service/ Zhong Xin Gadzooks! The world's largest aquatic insect has reportedly been found in China. This cute/terrifying little creature, which is definitely worth writing home abo... by Douglas Main

Here's Our Original Coverage of Apollo 11

2 days ago - Pop Sci
Forty-five years ago, on July 20, 1969, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin made the first footprints on the Moon, and it was epic. Popular Science covered this enormous achievement with an article by Wernher von Braun– a German-born engineer, now known as "The Father of Rocket Science,"  who built the Saturn V launch vehicle that brought Apollo to... by Sarah Fecht

Uncontacted Amazonian Tribe Voluntarily Contacts Scientists, Catches Flu

2 days ago - Pop Sci
Amazon Rainforest This photo was taken near the city of Manaus, Brazil, which is northeast of the Acre region discussed below. Phil P. Harris on Wikimedia Commons, CC BY-SA 2.5 Late last month, something extraordinary happened at the edge of the rainforest in Acre, Brazil. Members of an uncontacted Amazonian tribe voluntarily approached scien... by Francie Diep

How Climate Science Gets Done In The Icy Fjords of Greenland

2 days ago - Pop Sci
View from an Iceberg Magnus Petersen and Dave Porter prepare to lower a temperature-depth-salinity sensor into a fjord near the village of Kullorsuaq, as part of a study into changing conditions where Greenland's melting glaciers meet the ocean. Margie Turrin/LDEO Do you wonder what doing climate science in remote locations might be like? Rea...

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