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THIS is What it's Like to Reenter the Earth's Atmosphere: Video — In a mesmerizing new video released by NASA, the full reentry of the Orion test space vehicle is chronicled - and it's a phenomenal 10-minute ride from fiery reentry to sudden splashdown into the Pacific Ocean. NEWS: Orion Spaceship Aces Debut Test Flight On Dec.

The Flame Nebula Smolders in New Space Telescope Photo : Discovery News — NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope, which views the cosmos in infrared light, has taken a fresh look at the beautiful Flame Nebula, revealing some fascinating features that would otherwise remain invisible at other wavelengths. But wait, what's that hiding in the delicate tendrils of gas and dust to the right of the observation?

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Search for Dark Matter's Calling Card Heats Up : Discovery News — We may have found evidence that elusive, mysterious dark matter -- something for which there is no direct proof -- is actually sterile neutrinos. And that's going to take some explaining, by way of a speed-tutorial on quantum mechanics from Julian.
Dec 18, 2014

Those filthy neutrinos. Can't they learn hygiene like their sterile siblings? by @jhug00

Kepler Makes First Exoplanet Discovery After Mission Reboot : Discovery News — NASA's Kepler space telescope has detected its first new extrasolar planet after mission engineers were able to save the mission from a premature death after two of the exoplanet hunter's four stabilizing reaction wheels failed last year. Called "K2″, the extended mission arose from an "innovative idea" that appears to have given the prolific telescope a new lease on life.
Dec 18, 2014

Kepler don't need no training wheels, it's orbiting like a big kid now.

India Launches Monster Next-Generation Rocket — 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 ...

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

Fish Converts Oyster Shell Into Speaker, Blasts Noise — 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...

Navy Deploys Robot Sharks. Yes, Really — 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? — 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.

Disabled Dog Runs on 3D-Printed Braces — 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.