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Rosetta's biggest hits: The comet chaser's top seven discoveries | New Scientist

newscientist.com — Earlier today, the Rosetta spacecraft plunged into oblivion, skidding to a stop on the comet it has accompanied through the solar system for a little more than two years - 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. We now take a look back through Rosetta's journey over the past two years, from its approach close to 67P to its last-minute reunion with its companion Philae lander.

Our home spiral arm in the Milky Way is less wimpy than thought | New Scientist

newscientist.com — It's tricky to map an entire galaxy when you live in one of its arms. But astronomers have made the clearest map yet of the Milky Way - and it turns out that the arm that hosts our solar system is even bigger than previously thought.

Elon Musk’s Boldest Announcement Yet

Rewriting Earth's Creation Story

theatlantic.com — Humanity's trips to the moon revolutionized our view of this planet. As seen from another celestial body, Earth seemed more fragile and more precious; the iconic Apollo 8 image of Earth rising above the lunar surface helped launch the modern environmental movement. The moon landings made people want to take charge of Earth's future.

China launches a space station and wants an even bigger one | New Scientist

newscientist.com — China launched its second space station today, with a two-member crew to follow next month, according to China space agency officials. The launch of Tiangong-2 is another step towards China's goal of a self-sustaining space station by 2022, and a reminder of the nation's space prowess.

Mystery text's language-like patterns may be an elaborate hoax | New Scientist

newscientist.com — A simple cryptography method can produce the unusual language-like features of a mysterious manuscript from the Middle Ages. The finding suggests that the famous Voynich manuscript may be an elaborate hoax, not a secret language to be decoded. The manuscript has baffled cryptographers since book dealer Wilfrid Voynich found it in an Italian monastery in 1912.

We can’t thrive in a world without darkness

aeon.co — Sound dominated my senses as we left the village of San Pedro de Atacama and walked into the desert night. The crunch of shoes on gravel underlay our voices, which were hushed to avoid waking any households or street dogs.

New NASA budget could put asteroid grabbing mission in jeopardy | New Scientist

newscientist.com — A NASA plan to lasso a piece of an asteroid and haul it closer to Earth could face a threat from the US Congress. A bipartisan spending bill introduced in the Senate this week has harsh words about the proposed Asteroid Redirect Mission, which is meant to be a sort of dry run for a future human mission to Mars.

Supernova extraordinaire might actually be a black hole's lunch | New Scientist

newscientist.com — What we thought was the largest supernova ever observed might in fact be the death gasp of a star being swallowed by a black hole. The flash, called ASASSN-15lh, was spotted in June 2015 in the All Sky Automated Survey for SuperNovae (ASAS-SN).

China is launching a space station and wants an even bigger one | New Scientist

newscientist.com — China plans to launch its second space station later today, with a two-member crew to follow next month, according to China space agency officials. The launch of Tiangong-2 is another step towards China's goal of a self-sustaining space station by 2022, and a reminder of the nation's space prowess.
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Sep 30, 2016

Increased risk of a San Andreas earthquake following temblors in the Salton Sea. And it's new moon! That matters:  http://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2016/09/moon-tide-earthquakes/499637/ 

Sep 30, 2016

RT @DexBarton: Since Tuesday the @SpaceX comms team has been receiving hundreds of emails from people volunteering to go to Mars. So awesome.

Sep 30, 2016

Sad about #RosettaLanding news? Let's talk about the good times, the simple joys of #LivingWithAComet (Elvis reference, check it) By me: https://t.co/GMHx8fJHEo

Sep 30, 2016

This pitch-perfect @michikokakutani review of a new Hitler biography is the most important Trump article of the week https://t.co/ztahtwFfpx https://t.co/kf6UelfvHS

Sep 30, 2016

@cbquist Oh yeah clearly this person is onto something big - I mean, sign me up

Sep 30, 2016

@cbquist @scifri I loved "why is it important to clear it out?" Not simply "is it," but "WHY is it?"

Sep 30, 2016

RT @cragcrest: As the crush of pink ribbons begins, a reminder: science won't solve the mammogram debate  http://53eig.ht/1ZYTzv2 https://t.co/xP6CzctjM8


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