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To Mars...someday: NASA successfully tests megarocket booster for deep-space system (VIDEO)
NASA has conducted a landmark test of a booster for its Space Launch System, the first heavy-lift rocket since the Apollo program ended in the 1970s. Working with Orbital ATK, NASA believes the booster will eventually help land a manned aircraft on Mars.

11.03.2015 16:59

Twin objectives: NASA astronaut takes 1yr mission as Earth-bound brother monitored
NASA is set to send an astronaut on a first-of-its-kind mission: Scott Kelly will spend an entire year on the ISS. But it’s also part of the Twins Study program. Mark Kelly, Scott’s identical twin and also an astronaut, is to stay on Earth.

11.03.2015 06:05

‘Distressing & disturbing’: 2mn animals experimented on at UK universities
Nearly two million animals were subjected to “distressing and disturbing” scientific procedures at British universities during a single year, animal rights campaigners have said.

09.03.2015 15:15

Fireball flying over Perth caught on dashcams, scientists suspect meteorite
A fireball flashing through the sky has been reported by multiple witnesses and also recorded on dashcams in Perth, Western Australia. Scientists believe the bright shiny object could turn out to be a meteorite.

09.03.2015 07:38

Run, star, run! Fastest star known breaks free from our galaxy’s bonds
A hypervelocity star traveling at a speed of 1,200 kilometers per second is heading away from the Milky Way galaxy, boosted by its sibling star’s death as a massive supernova.

08.03.2015 14:55

Twin study says genetics 'to blame for nearly all autism cases'
Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is caused by genetics in as many as 98 percent of cases, a major British study has revealed. It undermines many modern theories blaming environmental factors, such as air pollution.

08.03.2015 13:12

Dry ice on Mars may help colonize red planet, research says
A new way of generating energy could potentially power human colonies on Mars, a new study claims. This is thanks to nothing more than dry ice, which is abundant on the red planet, according to recent research.

08.03.2015 13:29

Not stellar noise: Potentially habitable super-Earth Gliese 581d exists, new study claims
Astronomy has had to go back on its word twice in a year now, as a super-Earth previously dismissed as stellar ‘noise’ did after all turn out to be a planet. A new study shows Gliese 581d had been the victim of bad analysis.

07.03.2015 08:07

Study shows each hour sitting increases heart disease risk by 14%
Excessive sitting causes coronary artery calcification, associated with heart problems, a new study concludes. Each hour spent sitting, regardless of the time spent exercising, boosts the chance of a heart disease by 14 percent.

06.03.2015 14:23

Road ready? Driverless cars within 10 years, UK must prepare, say MPs
Britain needs to prepare for a world in which driverless cars interact with manually-driven vehicles, a group of MPs have said.

06.03.2015 12:23

Exploding star observed 4 times over, thanks to unique gravitational lensing
The Hubble telescope captured a star’s explosion four times over. In a nod to Einstein, it used the natural lensing effect created by the gravitational pull of galaxies to probe the edges of the observable universe, where no normal telescope can reach.

06.03.2015 06:51

Mars once had an ocean with more water than the Arctic – NASA
Analysis of water residue in Martian ice caps indicates that the Red Planet was once – at least partly – blue. Billions of years ago, Mars had a body of water that held more water than Earth’s Arctic Ocean, according to a NASA study published Thursday.

06.03.2015 00:50