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ITAR-TASS claims Russian cosmonauts have found sea plankton on outside of International Space Station

The Russian news agency ITAR-TASS is claiming that Russian officials have confirmed that Russian cosmonauts have found sea plankton on the outside of the International Space Station. The news ...

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Mars, Saturn and the claws of Scorpius

Look up at the night sky this week and you'll find Mars and Saturn together in the west. Mars stands out with its reddish colouring and you might just be able to detect a faint yellow tinge ...

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How many motors can NASA cram on its fryer-oil flier?

NASA's grease-fuelled hybrid aircraft seems to have been inspired by a magical movie car

Wed 20 Aug 14 from Newscientist

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Electric sparks may alter evolution of lunar soil

The moon appears to be a tranquil place, but modeling done by University of New Hampshire and NASA scientists suggests that, over the eons, periodic storms of solar energetic particles may have ...

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GPIM spacecraft to validate use of "green" propellant

( —Milestone progress is being made in readying NASA's Green Propellant Infusion Mission (GPIM) for launch in 2016, a smallsat designed to test the unique attributes of a high-performance, ...

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Curiosity drill test cut short

Nasa's Curiosity rover looks to examine another sample of Martian rock, but its drill test in a slab dubbed "Bonanza King" fails to complete properly.

3 hours ago from BBC News

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Life on Mars? Implications of a newly discovered mineral-rich structure

A new ovoid structure discovered in the Nakhla Martian meteorite is made of nanocrystalline iron-rich clay, contains a variety of minerals, and shows evidence of undergoing a past shock event ...

Tue 19 Aug 14 from

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Navy tests drone landings on aircraft carrier along with manned plane

The Navy has successfully tested the ability of a drone (the The X-47B) to execute takeoff and landings on an aircraft carrier (USS Theodore Roosevelt) along with a manned aircraft (an F/A-18 ...

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3D-printed house concept offers blueprint for living on Mars

If humans successfully colonize Mars in the future, what kind of homes will they inhabit? NASA and MakerBot recently hosted a competition which tasked people with making a 3D-printed model home ...

Tue 19 Aug 14 from Gizmag

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SpaceX Taking 3D Printing to the Final Frontier

As SpaceX gets ready to launch astronauts into space in the coming years, the California-based company is also pushing the frontier in another field: 3D printing.

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