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  • Maryam Mirzakhani, groundbreaking mathematician and Fields Medal winner, dies at 40

    July 15, 2017 4:27 PM 11

    Professor Maryam Mirzakhani, the recipient of the 2014 Fields Medal, the top honor in mathematics. She was the first woman in the prize’s 80-year history to earn the distinction. Photo courtesy of Stanford News Service. Maryam Mirzakhani, who in 2014 became the first woman awarded the prestigious Fields Medal for mathematics, has died at the age of 40. The world-renowned

  • NASA finds massive sunspot facing towards Earth

    July 15, 2017 12:00 PM 129

    NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) has spotted a large dark patch on the sun’s surface which is currently facing Earth. NASA reports that the massive sunspot rotated into view and was captured on video by SDO between July 5-11. The newly imaged sunspot is the first to appear after two days of spotlessness. Sunspots are cooler than their surroundings

  • 'Indestructible' eight-legged tardigrade will easily outlive humans

    July 14, 2017 11:52 AM 11

    The researchers say the discovery makes a strong case for the exploration of life on Mars and other areas of space. The tardigrade can live up to 30 years without food or water, can endure temperatures from close to absolute zero to 150C, and even survive in space. The bug-like organism, also known as a water bear, only measures around half a millimetre

  • Moon dust collected by Neil Armstrong during the first lunar landing in 1969 could fetch $4 million at auction

    July 13, 2017 1:09 PM 9

    Moon dust collected by Neil Armstrong during the first lunar landing is being sold at a New York auction. The lunar dust, along with some tiny rocks that Armstrong also collected, are zipped up in a small bag and are worth an estimated $2 million to $4 million (£1.5 million to £3 million). They're just some of the items linked to space travel that Sotheby's

  • Gigantic 75,000 mile HOLE opens up on the sun as experts warn it could bring ARMAGEDDON

    July 12, 2017 7:28 PM 21

    THE Earth is at risk of being blasted by dangerous solar flares after a giant spot appeared on the sun. The massive sunspot – called AR2665 – is already 19 times bigger than Earth and growing at an alarming rate. And experts have warned that the spot is large enough to produce highly dangerous “M-class” solar flares. They are capable of creating radiation

  • NASA's Juno spacecraft buzzing Jupiter's Great Red Spot

    July 11, 2017 12:59 PM 13

    NASA's Juno spacecraft is about to give us our best look yet of Jupiter's swirling Great Red Spot. The spacecraft flew directly above the monster storm Monday night, passing 5,600 miles (9,000 kilometers) above the cloud tops. That's close by space standards. Juno's instruments peered through the clouds to help scientists determine how deep the storm

  • The self driving carriage pulled by HORSES: Bizarre concept combines electric motors and horsepower

    July 11, 2017 12:04 AM 8

    While self driving cars, vans, helicopters and even tank are al under devopment, one concept has revealed a very different type of vehicle. Italian design company CAMAL has shown off a three-wheeled pod carriage - drawn by horses. The seven-meter (23-foot) long, 2.5 meter (8.2-foot) wide carriage is shaped like a pod and is held up by a chassis with side runner

  • NASA's Juno craft ready for Jupiter encounter

    July 8, 2017 11:01 PM 38

    NASA is preparing to fly its Juno spacecraft over a huge storm which has been raging on Jupiter for up to 350 years. The planet's Great Red Spot is a 10,000-mile wide storm that has been monitored since 1830, but which scientists think actually formed centuries earlier. Juno will pass 5,600 miles above the storm on Monday, with all eight of the craft's

  • 'Hidden Galaxy' lurking just outside the Milky Way revealed in stunning new Hubble image

    July 7, 2017 11:16 PM 13

    A spiral galaxy that sits ‘very close’ to the Milky Way could very well be one of the brightest galaxies in the sky – but, with thick layers of cosmic gas, stars, and dust, it largely remains hidden from view. The stunning photo shows the galaxy’s bright core peeking through a swirling cloud of colorful cosmic material. The ‘Hidden Galaxy’ sits 10 million

  • Space mission aims to unlock Mercury's mysteries

    July 6, 2017 5:57 PM 51

    The vessel is made of two probes that will split when it arrives at Mercury. The European section will study the planet's surface and its composition, while a Japanese orbiter will fly higher up to examine its unusual magnetic field. The spacecraft has been in development for decades in a challenging mission. It must travel 48 million miles to its destination