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John Glenn Believes in Science, God, Evolution

May 21, 2015 7:00 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

John Glenn, who declared as a 77-year-old in a news conference from space that "to look out at this kind of creation out here and not believe in God is to me impossible," says facts about scientific discovery should be taught in schools— and that includes evolution.

ISS Could Get Laser to Shoot Down Space Junk

May 19, 2015 9:54 am | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Dead satellites adrift, rocket fragments and shards of tools orbit the planet. The International...

Oxygen on Mars? NASA Plans to Start Bacteria and Algae Gardens

May 18, 2015 3:33 pm | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

In an Indiana lab, a chamber that mimics the temperature fluctuations, solar radiation and...

ICYMI: A Storm from Space, a New State of Matter and a Disturbing Biology Class

May 15, 2015 7:00 am | by Michelle Taylor, Editor-in-Chief | News | Comments

Welcome to Laboratory Equipment's new Friday series, In Case You Missed It (ICYMI),...

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Bill Nye, Neil deGrasse Tyson Launch Kickstarter for Sun-powered Spacecraft

May 14, 2015 3:51 pm | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

The Planetary Society is reaching out to the public through a new Kickstarter campaign to launch its two LightSail projects – sending spacecraft out the farthest reaches of the galaxy on the power of sunbeams. Leading the charge are the Society’s CEO, Bill Nye, known as the Science Guy, and celebrity scientist Neil deGrasse Tyson.

Galaxies Can Be Strangled to Death

May 14, 2015 3:00 pm | by Univ. of Cambridge | News | Comments

As murder mysteries go, it’s a big one: how do galaxies die and what kills them? A new study, has found that the primary cause of galactic death is strangulation, which occurs after galaxies are cut off from the raw materials needed to make new stars.  

Alien Life Would Have to Rely on Ethers, Not DNA

May 13, 2015 2:04 pm | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Life as we know it would not work chemically in environments like that found on Saturn’s moon Titan. But a kind of life that would be completely different– completely alien, based not on DNA but on entirely different chemistry– is very possible.

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Laboratory Equipment: May 2015

May 13, 2015 12:45 pm | by Laboratory Equipment | Digital Editions | Comments

The May issue of Laboratory Equipment has a cover story on the International Space Station, and how it has been able to stay state-of-the-art 15 years into its mission. Other articles detail different research approaches to HIV, collaboration in health care, calibration standards and rubber flooring. Special sections include life science and biomedical and lab design and furnishings. 

Google Doodle Honors Woman Who Changed Understanding of Earth

May 13, 2015 9:36 am | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

A Danish seismologist changed our understanding of the planet Earth, by deducing what lay at the absolute heart of our home planet. Inge Lehmann also helped changed the way women were perceived in science, as she strived for the success— which wasn’t always easy for a woman in a man’s world.

Astrophysicists are Working to Forecast Exoplanets' Weather

May 13, 2015 7:00 am | by Univ. of Toronto | News | Comments

Using sensitive observations from the Kepler space telescope, researchers have uncovered evidence of daily weather cycles on six extra-solar planets seen to exhibit different phases. Such phase variations occur as different portions of these planets reflect light from their stars, similar to the way our own moon cycles though different phases.

Blue Martian Sunset is Visual Poetry

May 11, 2015 10:51 am | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

The sun sets behind the Martian horizon, awash in cool blues from the suspended dust in the calm between the planet’s tempestuous windstorms. It’s a sight captured by NASA’s Curiosity Rover– and never before seen by humans.

ICYMI: Star Trek Nerds, What Thunder Looks Like and Creepy Edison Dolls

May 8, 2015 7:00 am | by Michelle Taylor, Editor-in-Chief | News | Comments

Welcome to Laboratory Equipment's new Friday series, In Case You Missed It (ICYMI), where we bring you three trending news stories from the week. Astronauts, thunder and dolls are on the menu this week!

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Water Hitched a Lift to Earth, Other Planets on Asteroids

May 7, 2015 3:00 pm | by Univ. of Warwick | News | Comments

Water delivery via asteroids or comets is likely taking place in many other planetary systems, just as it happened on Earth, new research strongly suggests. The study found evidence for numerous planetary bodies, including asteroids and comets, containing large amounts of water. This adds support to the possibility water can be delivered to Earth-like planets via such bodies to create a suitable environment for the formation of life.

Scientists Spot Changing Conditions on Super Earth

May 6, 2015 7:00 am | by Univ. of Cambridge | News | Comments

Astronomers have detected wildly changing temperatures on a super Earth– the first time any atmospheric variability has been observed on a rocky planet outside the solar system– and believe it could be because of huge amounts of volcanic activity, further adding to the mystery of what had been nicknamed the “diamond planet.”

Modularity in Microgravity: How the ISS is State-of-the-art 15 Years Later

May 4, 2015 7:00 am | by Michelle Taylor, Editor-in-Chief | Articles | Comments

The single requirement all new construction laboratories have in common is modularity. When spending millions of dollars on a single structure, it makes sense for developers to demand the most bang for their buck. The modular design of the International Space Station allows it to keep up with evolving technology.

Space Madness: Long Trips May Impair Astronaut Brains

May 1, 2015 2:52 pm | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

When NASA first began sending astronauts out into space, they worried about “space madness”– a malady they thought weightlessness and claustrophobia would trigger out beyond the atmosphere of the earth. It never materialized. But they may have been on to something.

Warp Speed? NASA May Have Advanced Galactic Travel

May 1, 2015 11:52 am | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

A group of NASA scientists developing technology to make interstellar spaceflight possible by the end of the century may have reached a watershed moment. The “EM drive,” which works by bouncing microwaves around in a chamber, has shown that it can produce thrust without expelling propellant.

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MESSENGER Probe to Crash into Mercury Today

April 30, 2015 7:00 am | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

A historic journey will end today, as the MESSENGER probe runs out to propulsion, and crashes into the surface of Mercury, according to NASA. The probe is expected to crash into the surface of the planet, because of the push of the sun’s gravity, sometime between 3:25 and 3:30 p.m. Eastern local time.

Hawaii Telescope Plan for Volcano Still Simmering Controversy

April 29, 2015 9:41 am | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

The battle over a plan to build one of the world’s largest telescopes atop a dormant volcano in Hawaii is still simmering. A hacker brought down the website for the Thirty-Meter Telescope on Sunday for two hours– just days before a key state agency is to hear arguments for and against the construction.

In the Beginning, Water May Have Been Abundant

April 29, 2015 7:00 am | by Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics | News | Comments

How soon after the Big Bang could water have existed? Not right away, because water molecules contain oxygen and oxygen had to be formed in the first stars. But, new theoretical work finds that, despite the complications, water vapor could have been just as abundant in pockets of space a billion years after the Big Bang as it is today.

Russian Cargo Ship Can’t Dock with ISS

April 28, 2015 3:00 pm | by Associated Press, Lynn Berry | News | Comments

Russia's space agency postponed the docking of a cargo ship with the ISS on Tuesday because of problems with the unmanned spacecraft. Russia's Mission Control was having trouble getting data from the craft and decided to postpone the docking at least until Thursday. Americans believe Thursday will be too soon to attempt to dock for safety reasons.

The Universe May Be a Hologram

April 27, 2015 3:00 pm | by Technische Universität Wien | News | Comments

Describing the universe requires fewer dimensions than we might think. New calculations show that this may not just be a mathematical trick, but a fundamental feature of space itself.

Hubble Has Had 25 Exciting Years

April 24, 2015 9:35 am | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

The Hubble Space Telescope, launched 25 years ago today, has had its fair share of dramatic turns. Now, a series of events are planned across the country to commemorate what eventually, after several false starts and problems, turned out to be one of NASA’s signature achievements.  

Espresso and Cells in Space: Designing Experiments for the ISS

April 23, 2015 8:10 am | by Michelle Taylor, Editor-in-Chief | News | Comments

Odds are, Italian astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti had her espresso this morning aboard the International Space Station, thanks to a recent resupply mission. More than just an espresso machine was delivered though, including complex experiments and apparatus that boast a whole different set of design considerations when working in microgravity.

Don’t Miss the Lyrid Meteor Shower Tonight

April 22, 2015 7:00 am | by Michelle Taylor, Editor-in-Chief | News | Comments

We’re currently in the middle of the annual April Lyrids shower, the oldest known meteor shower. This year, it peaks between today and tomorrow— April 22 and 23— with a specific emphasis between midnight and dawn tomorrow morning.  

Glassy Beads Play Huge Role in Creation of Planets

April 20, 2015 8:16 am | by American Museum of Natural History | Videos | Comments

New research proposes that chondrules, small glassy beads that make up the bulk of the most primitive meteorites, played a crucial role in the formation of planets. Simulations show how asteroid-sized planetesimals— the building blocks of planets— can grow to observed sizes by sweeping up chondrules, each only about the size of a grain of sand.

Astronomers Solve Cold Cosmic Mystery

April 20, 2015 7:00 am | by Univ. of Hawaii at Manoa | News | Comments

In 2004, astronomers examining a map of the radiation leftover from the Big Bang discovered the Cold Spot, a larger-than-expected unusually cold area of the sky. The physics surrounding the Big Bang theory predicts warmer and cooler spots of various sizes in the infant universe, but a spot this large and this cold was unexpected. Now, a team may have found an explanation for its existence.

Dark Matter Might Not Be

April 15, 2015 7:00 am | by Durham Univ. | News | Comments

Astronomers believe they might have observed the first potential signs of dark matter interacting with a force other than gravity. They saw a dark matter clump that appeared to be lagging behind the galaxy it surrounds. Such an offset is predicted during collisions if dark matter interacts, even very slightly, with forces other than gravity.

Meteorites Shed Light on Earth's Layers

April 14, 2015 7:00 am | by The Australian National Univ. | News | Comments

A new analysis of the chemical make-up of meteorites has helped scientists work out when the Earth formed its layers. The research by an international team of scientists confirmed the Earth's first crust had formed around 4.5 billion years ago.

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