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Toronto Students’ Space Tomatoes Out Of This World

Nov 28, 14 Toronto Students’ Space Tomatoes Out Of This World

Posted by in Science, Space

The tomato seeds spent almost two years in outer space before making their way to Nandita Bajaj’s Grade 9 science class. And after an experiment that began at the start of this school year — comparing the percentage of space seeds that germinated compared to those with earthly beginnings — Bajaj did the big reveal on Friday, giving the excited teens the results.

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We Must Defend Against Cyberattacks In Space

Nov 27, 14 We Must Defend Against Cyberattacks In Space

Posted by in Space, Technology

On November 12, The Washington Post reported that the U.S. satellite weather network had suffered an electronic attack, forcing cyber-security teams to “seal off data vital to disaster planning, aviation, shipping and scores of other crucial uses.” The attack resulted in an “unscheduled maintenance” of the UNOAA’s data feed for weather forecasts.

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Thanksgiving Dinner On The ISS: Now With Coffee!

Nov 25, 14 Thanksgiving Dinner On The ISS: Now With Coffee!

Posted by in Seasonal, Space

Life on board the International Space Station (ISS) is vastly different from life on Earth in countless ways, starting with the whole complete-lack-of-gravity thing. This Thanksgiving, however, the international six-person crew will get a little taste of home in the form of a traditional turkey dinner complete with all the fixings (kind of).

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How Love Allowed Stephen Hawking To Transcend ALS And Let His Genius Flourish

Nov 24, 14 How Love Allowed Stephen Hawking To Transcend ALS And Let His Genius Flourish

Posted by in Health, Space

In 1985, the English physicist Stephen Hawking was so gravely ill from the devastating effects of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis that doctors in Switzerland, where he contracted a chest infection and fell into a coma, offered to remove life support and let him die. It fell to his then wife, Jane, to decline.

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Let’s Talk Black Holes

Nov 22, 14 Let’s Talk Black Holes

Posted by in Miracles Of The Modern, Space

Have you ever wanted the chance to just sit down with a scientist so that you could pick their brain about some aspect of our Universe that you were curious about? Well, thanks to the National Science Foundation, a team sat down with astrophysicist Dan Evans of the Smithsonian Institute to ask him about one of the most fascinating aspects of his research: black holes.

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Forget Interstellar, Watch Milestones From NASA Swift’s 10 Years In Space

Nov 21, 14 Forget Interstellar, Watch Milestones From NASA Swift’s 10 Years In Space

Posted by in Space

Ten years ago Thursday, NASA launched the Swift spacecraft, a satellite designed to help scientists observe and study gamma ray bursts.

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Can Russia Really Launch An Independent Space Station?

Nov 19, 14 Can Russia Really Launch An Independent Space Station?

Posted by in Space

Russia is planning to launch an independent space station in 2017, thus cutting ties with the United States and NASA. While this would be a radical development, as well as a huge blow to international space cooperation, it seems likely the statements are dictated by politics rather than actual scientific need, and that they may be more boast than reality.

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Meteorite’s Magnetic Fields Could Explain How Planets Formed

Nov 16, 14 Meteorite’s Magnetic Fields Could Explain How Planets Formed

Posted by in Space

Magnetic fields trapped inside a primitive meteorite could help scientists better understand how the early solar system evolved, according to a study, which also said that shock waves traveling through the cloud of dusty gas around the early sun was a major factor in solar system’s formation.

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Comet Lander Shuts Down As Batteries Go Flat

Nov 16, 14 Comet Lander Shuts Down As Batteries Go Flat

Posted by in Space

A pioneering robotic spacecraft shut down on Saturday after radioing results of its first and probably last batch of scientific experiments from the surface of a comet, scientists said. Batteries aboard the European Space Agency’s Philae comet lander drained, shutting down the washing machine-sized probe after an adventurous and largely unscripted 57-hour mission.

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Rosetta Scientist + Ugly Shirt + Social Media = #ShirtStorm

Nov 15, 14 Rosetta Scientist + Ugly Shirt + Social Media = #ShirtStorm

Posted by in Space, Technology, WTF???

He helped was part of a scientific all-start team that was able to build the technology for a mission with the first successful landing on a comet, but Dr. Matt Taylor's fame may be tied more to his poor choices in attire than his scientific acumen. The space scientist broke down in tears today as he apologized for his unfortunate choice of clothing when he sat for an interview.

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