The U.S.’s newest military drone could someday transport troops or wounded soldiers. —> Read More Here
Silicon-chip logic is remorseless, but it can think laterally enough to flummox human minds. Up for the challenge? There’s a prize to be won if you are (full text available to subscribers)
From a mysterious Greek tomb to revelations about King Richard, 2014 was a big year for big finds. —> Read More Here
According to a new study led by Dr Kevin Baines of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, the reddish color of the Great Red Spot on Jupiter is likely a product of chemicals being broken apart by solar ultraviolet (UV) light in the planet’s upper atmosphere. “Our models suggest most of the Great Red Spot [...] —> Read More Here
From Ebola to the Rosetta mission, this year has seen more than its fair share of conspiracy theories. The first notable conspiracy of the year arose … —> Read More Here
Hasta la vista, baby! Panel of negative images showing the outer tail of Comet Lovejoy disconnecting and drifting away from the comet on and around December 23-24th. Credit: Hisayoshi Kato
Maybe you’ve seen Comet Q2 Lovejoy. It’s a big fuzzy ball in binoculars low in the southern sky in the little constellation Lepus the Hare. That’s the comet’s coma or temporary atmosphere of dust and gas that forms when ice vaporizes in sunlight from the nucleus. Until recently a faint 3° ion or gas tail trailed in the coma’s wake, but on and around December 23rd it snapped off and was ferried away by the solar wind. Just as quickly, Lovejoy re-grew a new ion tail but can’t seem to hold onto that one either. Like a feather in the wind, it’s in the process of being whisked away today.(…)
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Archaeologists have long pondered over the strange disappearance of the ancient Sanxingdu civilization. Initial traces of this long lost culture were … —> Read More Here
US Astronaut Barry (Butch) Wilmore captured this ominous but interesting cloud formation aboard the International Space Station on 9 December 2014.
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It is no mystery how Uummannaq Island got its name. In Greenlandic, the word means “heart-shaped,” an apt description for the multi-peaked mountain that towers over the 12 square kilometer (5 square mile) island.
But 2014 was also a great year for space photography, as you can see from these remarkable 29 images (scroll down) picked for your viewing pleasure by your friends at HuffPost Science.
Join us for a trip through the cosmos–and be prepared to pick your jaw up off the floor.
Photos curated by Damon Scheluer and Macrina Cooper-White. —> Read More Here