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Cosmic mappers win share of glitzy spotlight

This year’s Breakthrough Prizes, cast as the “Oscars of Science,” are going to genetic engineers, disease fighters, math whizzes — and the scientists on the cosmos-mapping team behind the Wilkinson Microwave Anisotropy Probe, or WMAP. Today’s award of $22 million in prizes is … Continue reading

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Billionaire wants to look for life on Enceladus

Russian billionaire Yuri Milner today laid out his vision to send the first privately funded interplanetary space mission to look for life at the Saturnian moon Enceladus — but first he had to address less lofty matters. Milner has been in … Continue reading

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Alien hunters track strange radio bursts

Breakthrough Listen, a $100 million initiative aimed at stepping up the search for alien signals, says it’s picked up an intriguing series of 15 fast radio bursts emanating from a dwarf galaxy 3 billion light-years away. It’s way too early … Continue reading

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Here’s how to stop a speeding starship

Millions of dollars are being spent on a scheme to speed up swarms of tiny sail-equipped probes to 20 percent of the speed of light and send them past Alpha Centauri – but how do you slow them down again? … Continue reading

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VLT joins search for Alpha Centauri’s planets

One of the most powerful observing instruments on Earth, the Very Large Telescope, will join the search for potentially habitable planets around the Alpha Centauri star system. The survey will take place in 2019 under the terms of an agreement … Continue reading

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Breakthrough Prize program awards $25 million

A program that’s richer than the Nobels rewarded more than a dozen researchers tonight with Breakthrough Prize awards amounting to $25.4 million in all. The Breakthrough Prize program was founded in 2012 with support from such tech luminaries as Google co-founder … Continue reading

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How to shield a probe for trip to Alpha Centauri

The scientists behind the Breakthrough Starshot mission are already fine-tuning the design for their nano-probes to increase the odds they’ll survive the trip to Proxima Centauri b. In a paper posted to the arXiv pre-print server last week, researchers lay … Continue reading

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