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  • Russia plans to build the 'world's largest aircraft carrier' the size of three football fields to take on the US

    April 24, 2017 5:25 PM 6

    Russia has announced plans to build 'the world's biggest aircraft carrier' to take on America's Nimitz class ships. The new Shtorm craft, known as Project 23E000E, could cost up to $17.5billion each and enter service by 2030, state media reports. Shtorm class carries would be powered by nuclear reactors and carry up to 90 aircraft, including the newly

  • March for Science draws thousands to State House on Earth Day

    April 23, 2017 3:32 AM 7

    About 2,000 people gathered at the State House steps on Saturday to march for science in concert with hundreds of similar rallies across the world. Environmental groups and scientists who organized the global Earth Day demonstrations have said the event is non-partisan. Still, the election of President Donald Trump, who has called climate change a hoax, proposed

  • March for Science goes to Silicon Valley

    April 23, 2017 3:13 AM 5

    "What do we want? Science! When do we want it? After peer review!"​ Protesters marching in tech central Saturday call for political choices based on facts, not opinions. "This sign is flat -- the Earth is not!" said one sign at the Silicon Valley March for Science, urging people not to regress to an obsolete world view science helped overturn. Tens of thousands

  • Supply Ship Named for John Glenn Arrives at Space Station

    April 22, 2017 9:45 PM 2

    A supply ship bearing John Glenn's name arrived at the International Space Station on Saturday. Astronauts used the station's big robot arm to grab the capsule, as the craft flew 250 miles (400 kilometers) above Germany. NASA's commercial shipper, Orbital ATK, named the spacecraft the S.S. John Glenn in honor of the first American to orbit Earth. It rocketed

  • Unmanned Chinese cargo ship Tianzhou-1 docks with Tiangong-2 space lab

    April 22, 2017 1:59 PM 5

    China hopes to have its own crewed space station in orbit by 2022. An unmanned Chinese cargo ship has successfully docked with an orbiting space lab, which it is hoped will become the Communist nation's first manned space station by 2022. Tianzhou-1 blasted off from a launchpad in the country's Hainan province last Thursday (20 April) and made contact

  • China's first unmanned cargo spacecraft launched

    April 20, 2017 12:16 PM 8

    The Tianzhou 1 blasted off at 7.41pm local time on Thursday on the top of a latest-generation Long March 7 rocket from China's newest spacecraft launch site, Wenchang on the island province of Hainan. It is programmed to conduct scientific experiments after reaching the now-crewless Tiangong 2, China's second space station. Two Chinese astronauts spent

  • Watch a pilot dive his plane to test the strange effect zero gravity has on sweets

    April 20, 2017 8:59 AM 6

    The force of the dive caused a sense of weightlessness. A passenger captured the moment a pilot pushed his plane into a dive to test how zero gravity effects Skittles. While flying over Florida, pilot Geoffrey Graf put his plane into a dive. The force of the dive caused a sense of weightlessness and the passenger released the sweets to show the result

  • It sure does look like a flying saucer zinging around Saturn

    April 17, 2017 10:44 PM 7

    But in reality, it is a flying saucer moon named Atlas Who knew? I certainly didn’t… Saturn has a moon shaped eerily like a flying saucer. Check it out in the image above, acquired by NASA’s Cassini spacecraft on April 12, 2017 during a flyby that came as close as 7,000 miles from the moon. This is the closest image ever taken of the moon, named Atlas

  • Space Station Crew Running Low on Chocolate Ahead of Easter

    April 15, 2017 11:59 AM 22

    This Sunday (April 16) is Easter, but the current occupants of the International Space Station are running low on one crucial supply item for the holiday. "I think we're actually a little short on chocolate right now," NASA astronaut and current space station commander Peggy Whitson said during a media interview Thursday (April 13). Chocolate is considered

  • Saturn moon 'able to support life'

    April 13, 2017 6:15 PM 25

    Saturn's ice-crusted moon Enceladus may now be the single best place to go to look for life beyond Earth. The assessment comes on the heels of new observations at the 500km-wide world made by the Cassini probe. It has flown through and sampled the waters from a subsurface ocean that is being jetted into space. Cassini’s chemistry analysis strongly suggests