Atlas V Rocket Launches New US Spy Satellite on Secret Mission – Space.com

The United States has launched its second secret spy satellite in less than three weeks. The NROL-52 satellite soared into orbit this morning (Oct. 15) atop a United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V rocket, which lifted off at 3:28 a.m. EDT (0728 GMT) from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.The launch came […]

Here Is a Pretty Excellent Video of a Fidget Spinner Spinning in Space – Gizmodo

Look: If we’re being honest, fidget spinners are pretty played out at this point. Or at least they are … on Earth. It turns out that fidget spinners remain extremely cool if you have access to a massive spacecraft and a low-gravity environment. NASA astronaut Randy Bresnik, who is stationed on the International Space Station, […]

Yellowstone Supervolcano Could Erupt Sooner Than Expected – ExtremeTech

Yellowstone Supervolcano Could Erupt Sooner Than Expected – ExtremeTech

Yellowstone National Park is currently a placid and majestic landscape, but lurking beneath the surface is a supervolcano that wreaks widespread havoc whenever it awakens. Scientists have long expected it would take centuries for Yellowstone to transition to an active volcano again, but now they’re cutting that timeline down to as little as a few […]

The Man Who Might Have Won a Nobel Prize – Inside Science News Service

(Inside Science) — Isaac Asimov once said that “the most exciting phrase to hear in science, the one that heralds new discoveries, is not ‘Eureka!’ but ‘That’s funny …’” Joseph Weber, a well-respected physicist at the University of Maryland, may have overlooked that. He also found out that science can sometimes be a blood sport. […]

Yellowstone Supervolcano Isn’t About to Erupt: But Here’s What Happens When It Does – Newsweek

The supervolcano beneath Yellowstone is not about to erupt. That’s right. Take a deep breath: in, out. Good. Hyperbolic headlines of a supereruption, which scientists have dismissed as sensationalized, have stoked something of a panic this week. Contrary to their sense of alarm, the odds of a supereruption beneath Yellowstone park in the next few thousand years […]

Asteroid that just buzzed Earth may not miss on future visit – CBS News

The house-sized asteroid that just passed by Earth, almost as close as many satellites in orbit, will be back — and a future visit might lead to it taking up permanent residency here. On Tuesday night/Wednesday morning, Asteroid 2012 TC4 safely passed by our planet at an altitude of 27,300 miles (44,000 kilometers), just a few thousand […]

Jeremy, The Lonely, Left-Twisting Snail, Dies — But Knows Love Before The End – NPR

A sinistral snail at the University of Nottingham has brought 56 baby snails into the world. They all have right-curling shells. And about a third are believed to be “fathered” by Jeremy the snail. Stephanie Hayworth/University of Nottingham hide caption toggle caption Stephanie Hayworth/University of Nottingham A sinistral snail at the University of Nottingham has […]

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