Monthly Archives: October 2015

Pluto’s dog-bone moon poses a puzzle

NASA’s New Horizons probe has finally filled out its family portrait of Pluto and its moons – and Kerberos, the last moon to get its closeup, turns out to be nothing like what scientists expected. Before the piano-sized spacecraft’s July flyby, … Continue reading

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Carve a scientist into your Halloween pumpkin

Albert Frank-Einstein? Scary Curie? You’ve got to hand it to the folks at Symmetry magazine: Those science geeks really know how to throw a Halloween party. Or a Christmas party. Or a Valentine’s Day soiree. Their latest holiday tribute to scientific greats … Continue reading

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Find the people in the ‘Pluto Time’ picture

During the buildup to the big Pluto flyby in July, the team behind NASA’s New Horizons mission launched a campaign to show regular folks what time of day during earthly twilight was as bright as high noon on the dwarf … Continue reading

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Egypt plans cosmic-ray pyramid scans

Indiana Jones, eat your heart out: The international project to scan Egypt’s pyramids for hidden chambers, using cosmic rays, is gearing up for its launch this weekend. The scientists behind the Scan Pyramids effort will install sensitive detectors to map … Continue reading

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‘Back to the Future’ sets off a tech time warp

One of the running gags in the Back to the Future movies is the Hollywood equivalent of a closed timelike curve – in which a time traveler brings an innovation back from the future and invents it in the past, so … Continue reading

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Is it aliens? SETI telescope targets mystery star

One of the premier telescope arrays in the search for extraterrestrial intelligence, or SETI, is focusing its antennas on an anomalously blinking star, thanks in part to speculation that the star called KIC 8462852 could harbor a network of alien megastructures. … Continue reading

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Drone for the holidays? You’ll have to register it

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s fast-track plan to register recreational drones may not directly affect Amazon’s ambitions of using robo-fliers to deliver purchases, but it could have a big impact on how you buy a drone from Amazon for the … Continue reading

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