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India Launches Monster Next-Generation Rocket

news.discovery.com — India successfully launched its biggest ever rocket on Thursday carrying an unmanned capsule which could one day send astronauts into space, as the country ramps up its ambitious space program. The rocket, designed to carry heavier communication and other satellites into higher orbit, blasted off from Sriharikota in the southeast state of Andhra Pradesh in a test mission costing nearly $25 million.

Creatures That Have Sex in Your Coffee: Photos

Dec 18, 2014

Creatures That Have Sex in Your Coffee: Photos: As you sip your morning cup of Joe just know that one or more ... bit.ly/1wl4aUB

Could the Higgs be Part of the Matter-Antimatter Problem?

news.discovery.com — As excitement grows for the the second 3-year run of the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), physicists are frantically planning the experiments that will be carried out when the particle accelerator starts slamming particles together at record energies in 2015.
Dec 17, 2014

Could the Higgs explain CP violation? If not, can it at least solve the riddle of odd socks? a-eng.in/1J5hEZL pic.twitter.com/J4QGOPUy5V

Fish Converts Oyster Shell Into Speaker, Blasts Noise

news.discovery.com — A clever fish has figured out that if it produces sounds in an oyster shell, the noises will carry over long distances, according to new research. The study, published in The Journal of Experimental Biology, is just the latest to show that fish are far from being silent.
Dec 17, 2014

Fish Converts Oyster Shell Into Speaker, Blasts Noise: In a pinch, oyster shells function as speakers for an i... bit.ly/1AqZtaY

Navy Deploys Robot Sharks. Yes, Really

news.discovery.com — Automatonophobia is the technical term for fear of robots. Fear of sharks is selachophobia. Psychiatrists will have to come up with a new term now that the U.S. Navy has deployed, yes, robot sharks. The Navy's GhostSwimmer unmanned underwater vehicle (UUV) -- a five-foot-long, 100 pound robotic shark -- has completed testing and will now join the fleet, according to naval researchers.

What Will Curiosity Come Up With Next?

news.discovery.com — NASA's Mars rover Curiosity's discovery of organic compounds in the ground and plumes of methane in the air opens two potentially related investigations into whether or not the planet most like Earth in the solar system also hosted life.

Top 10 Hubble Hotshots of 2014: Photos

news.discovery.com — Every year, the Hubble Space Telescope seems to revolutionize our understanding of our vast and beautiful universe. 2014 was no different.
Dec 17, 2014

RT @Discovery: Photo of the Day: The center of the galaxy NGC 1433! Check out other 2014 Hubble shots >> dsc.tv/G1hLV http://t.co…

Dec 17, 2014

RT @Discovery: Photo of the Day: The center of the galaxy NGC 1433! Check out other 2014 Hubble shots >> dsc.tv/G1hLV http://t.co…

Dec 17, 2014

RT @Discovery: Photo of the Day: The center of the galaxy NGC 1433! Check out other 2014 Hubble shots >> dsc.tv/G1hLV http://t.co…

Dec 16, 2014

My favorite, your favorite, everybody's favorite Hubble Hotshots of 2014! So much awesome. a-eng.in/1IZHRsK pic.twitter.com/oOnR6RJU4V

Disabled Dog Runs on 3D-Printed Braces

news.discovery.com — An adorable Husky named Derby was born with malformed front limbs. With short forelimbs and no paws, Derby maneuvered the world by scooching around on his front elbows. He was limited to crawling around on soft surfaces as rougher areas, such as sidewalks, caused abrasions.

Curiosity Detects Mysterious Methane Spikes on Mars

news.discovery.com — A gas strongly associated with life on Earth has been detected again in the Martian atmosphere, opening a new chapter in a decade-old mystery about the on-again, off-again appearance of methane on Mars. The latest discovery comes from NASA's Curiosity rover, which in addition to analyzing rocks and soil samples, is sniffing the air at its Gale Crater landing site.
Dec 16, 2014

RT @adamkolson: NASA probe Curiosity detects curious spike in methane in Martian atmosphere— suggesting presence of seasonal life: news.discovery.com/space/curiosit…

Dec 16, 2014

It's baaaaaack... Curiosity detects 'spikes' of methane in Gale Crater, reigniting hopes of methanogenic life a-eng.in/1zsXyD9

Wait, There's More: Curiosity Confirms Organics on Mars

news.discovery.com — NASA's rover Curiosity has found organic compounds on Mars, the first definitive proof of materials, which on Earth are building blocks for life, also exist on the Red Planet. "We have had a major discovery.
Dec 17, 2014

RT @Discovery: ICYMI: NASA’s rover Curiosity has found organic compounds on Mars! Read more >> dsc.tv/G4cam pic.twitter.com/cmyprQFzX4

Venus Express to Flame Out in Blaze of Glory

news.discovery.com — After more than eight and a half years in orbit around our cloud-shrouded neighboring world, ESA's Venus Express is about to go gentle into that good night (that is, if by "gentle" you mean death-diving into the corrosive, sulfuric acid-laden atmosphere of an intensely overheated planet.)

Sixth-Remaining Northern White Rhino Dies

news.discovery.com — Angalifu, a northern white rhino housed at the San Diego Zoo's Safari Park, has died of old age at 44. With his death the subspecies draws closer to extinction, as only five remain. Angalifu was housed at San Diego Zoo with another elderly northern white rhino named Nola.
Dec 16, 2014

Only five remain: "The northern white rhino has been brought to the brink of extinction by poachers..." ow.ly/FYqSg

Denmark Makes Land Grab for North Pole

news.discovery.com — Denmark will lay claim to energy-rich but contested territory around the North Pole on Monday by submitting data to the UN which it says demonstrates the area is an extension of its continental shelf.

Sparks Literally Fly When Sperm Connects With Egg

news.discovery.com — Sparks literally fly when a sperm and an egg hit it off, finds new research published in the journal Nature Chemistry. The natural fireworks result when fertilized eggs from mammals, including humans, release billions of zinc atoms that create "zinc sparks," according to the study, which presents the first ever images of this dynamic event.
Dec 15, 2014

Sparks Literally Fly When Sperm Connects With Egg: Sparks are said to fly when people are in love, and now sci... bit.ly/1BKu3xj

Tidally Squished Exoplanets Could Soon be Detected

news.discovery.com — Extra-solar planets come in all sizes - from dinky rocky worlds that measure up to Mercury to massive gas giants that would dwarf Jupiter. Exoplanet hunters have developed a sophisticated array of telescopes and techniques to detect this multitude of exoplanetary girths, but we are now on the verge of potentially detecting exoplanets of different shapes.
Dec 15, 2014

RT @FailedProtostar: Unless the signals get scrambled RT @astroengine We may soon get to observe egg-shaped exoplanets. Or "eggsoplanets." a-eng.in/1zpudcN

Dec 15, 2014

We may soon get to observe egg-shaped exoplanets. Or "eggsoplanets." a-eng.in/1zpudcN

Photos : Discovery News

news.discovery.com — We pooled our favorite images from NOAA this year, showing off 12 shots of raging seas, marine life and other surprising underwater finds.