The Plume of Gold Ejected by a Cosmic Collision – The Atlantic

Neutron stars are the collapsed cores of dead stars, the sole survivors of supernovae. They are the densest known objects in the universe; one neutron star measures about the size of a bustling city, but has about the same mass as our sun. A teaspoon of its contents would weigh about 10 million tons. “We […]

Weather finally cooperates for early morning Atlas V launch – Orlando Sentinel

After a series of weather and technical delays this month, United Launch Alliance was able to finally get a payload for the military into space. An Atlas V rocket took off from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station’s Space Launch Complex-41 at 3:28 a.m. on Sunday on the NROL-52 mission for the National Reconnaissance Office. The […]

Our Dolphin Overlords Have Rich, Humanlike Cultures Thanks to Their Giant Brains – Newsweek

Our Dolphin Overlords Have Rich, Humanlike Cultures Thanks to Their Giant Brains – Newsweek

Cetaceans, the group of animals including dolphins and whales, are intelligent, big-brained creatures with several social behaviors similar to those of humans. And, according to new research, the bigger the brain, the more social the cetacean. Dolphins engage in several behaviors that demonstrate their sociality and resemble human culture. They play, babysit one another’s offspring, hunt cooperatively and […]

Chinese space station to come crashing back down to Earth – RT

Launched in 2011, the 8.5 tonne (8,500kg) Chinese space station has been in a decaying orbit since it ceased functioning on March 16, 2016. Its current average altitude is roughly 349km (216 miles) above the Earth and it is dropping at a rate of approximately 160 meters per day. “Now that [its] perigee is below […]

NASA Satellite Reveals Biggest Greenhouse Gas Spike In 2000 Years – The Inquisitr

NASA’s Orbiting Carbon Observatory (OCO-2) has come back with some new and troubling findings on a carbon dioxide leak that resulted in a dramatic greenhouse gas spike during the 2015-16 El Niño period. According to a report from, the OCO-2 satellite emerged as an “important and unique” tool for analyzing upticks in greenhouse gas, […]

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

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 […]

Astronauts film a fidget spinner trick video on the ISS – The Verge

I could bore you with loads of pretense about viral internet trends, but I’ve already wasted enough time in this lede sentence without telling you that astronauts aboard the International Space Station just dropped a fidget spinner trick video filmed in zero gravity. The video, which you can watch above, features astronauts Mark T. Vande […]

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