In an era when NASA's vast photographic archive is a click away and even the Curiosity Rover is on Instagram, it's easy to lose sight of the fact that photographing the cosmos is an amazing achievement and a complex process.
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Friday, Apr 8th 2016 (2:44am)
A detailed poster of every space exploration mission to leave the Earth's orbit. The poster features hand-drawn illustrations of each spacecraft and shows their path around the solar system.
Mouse-over to zoom in on the sample image. $38 for the print only.
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Monday, Mar 14th 2016 (12:01am)
Superman could see through anything but lead or kryptonite. As it turns out, you can probably see much more than you think you can. Welcome to a primer on polarized light and how humans perceive it.
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Sunday, Mar 13th 2016 (12:23am)
The model includes the Earth, Moon and Sun, all of which move at about the right speeds - and it was built using only a famous children's toy
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Sunday, Mar 6th 2016 (12:00am)
Hidden under your feet is an information superhighway that allows plants to communicate and help each other out. It's made of fungi
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Tuesday, Feb 23rd 2016 (12:00am)
We've seen plenty of photos from the surface of the moon from the days of Apollo, but now China is providing us with new images from its lunar rover.
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Thursday, Feb 4th 2016 (12:00am) | Thanks: rabbiwanna
If you fell into a black hole, you might expect to die instantly. But in fact your fate would be far stranger than that.
This was the most-read story on BBC Earth in 2015. Here is another chance to read it.
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Wednesday, Feb 3rd 2016 (12:00am)
Ceres is the largest object in the asteroid belt that lies between the orbits of Mars and Jupiter. Take a flight over dwarf planet Ceres in this video made with images from NASA's Dawn spacecraft.
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Monday, Feb 1st 2016 (12:00am) | Thanks: Presurfer
Dr. Phil Plait explains how a mind numbing star death like a supernova can become a hypernova.
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Tuesday, Jan 19th 2016 (1:27pm)
Enjoy these 72 videos of virtual models of mechanical devices that draw circles, ellipses, and hyperbolae, as well as more exotic shapes, like nephroids, deltoids, astroids, and lemniscates of Bernoulli.
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Monday, Jan 18th 2016 (11:47am)
Using a paper clip and a single match to defuse a bomb and escape through a two foot square hole? Not exactly, but here are ten real-life situations where people were very resourceful.
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Friday, Jan 15th 2016 (8:29am) | Thanks: Presurfer
Dr. Phil Plait finds even more instances of people who ignore fact and reality.
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Tuesday, Jan 12th 2016 (2:16am)
Researchers from North Carolina State University have discovered a new phase of solid carbon, called Q-carbon, which is distinct from the known phases of graphite and diamond. They have also developed a technique for using Q-carbon to make diamond-related structures at room temperature and at ambient atmospheric pressure in air.
By: dave
Tuesday, Dec 1st 2015 (4:27am)
Scientific American takes a look at alien worlds from several different perspectives.
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Monday, Nov 23rd 2015 (12:00am)
Business Insider has done a pretty incredible job of it in this 3-minute animation, by displaying the timeline of Earth if time was the distance from Los Angeles to New York. And, oh boy, our world-view will never be the same.
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Saturday, Nov 21st 2015 (4:26am)
Plop yourself down with a delightful beverage and enjoy this 48 minute journey into theoretical physics. It should be there but we just can't see it or prove it.
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Monday, Nov 9th 2015 (12:00am)
Here is a reference as a follow-up to yesterday's discussion on evolution.
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Sunday, Nov 8th 2015 (12:00am)
So you think you know Darwin and his theory well? Try again please.
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Saturday, Nov 7th 2015 (10:58pm)
Astronomers say they have detected ethyl alcohol among 21 kinds of organic molecules in gas from Comet Lovejoy, meaning the comet has the ingredients both to create life and to get it incredibly drunk.
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Monday, Oct 26th 2015 (12:00am)
NASA wants to put people on Mars by the 2030s. Last week, they detailed how that might become a reality.

In a report titled "NASA's Journey to Mars: Pioneering Next Steps in Space Exploration," the agency laid out a three-part plan on how it might reach the Red Planet.
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Monday, Oct 12th 2015 (12:35pm)
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A mystery announcement from NASA is coming Monday, which will (we think) publicize the confirmation of flowing water on the surface of Mars. Itís kind of a big deal that a massive ocean could be sitting there flowing under the red surface, mostly because where thereís water, thereís the potential for life. Hereís how we got to this point.
By: dave
Monday, Sep 28th 2015 (12:00am) | Thanks: digg
Astronomy fans, you don't even need a telescope for this one. On September 27, sky gazers will see the Moon at its perigee (closest point of orbit) plus a full moon, plus a total lunar eclipse. It will appear 14% larger than usual and also have a reddish tinge to it.
If you miss this one, there won't be another until 2033.
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Wednesday, Sep 23rd 2015 (12:01am)
ABC7 in Los Angeles has a live webcam on a seismograph and gives you the ability to watch in realtime as the oddly soothing baseline rolls on into occasional activity.
By: dave
Monday, Sep 14th 2015 (12:00am) | Thanks: Rich Cream

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