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Chemists Find New Evidence That Life Might Have Started in Space
14th December 2017 | | Ancient, Animal Life, Earth, Humans, Space

There’s an increasingly confident group of researchers that think life emerged in space, and evidence published in the Journal of Chemical Physics on Tuesday provides support for their daring hypothesis.

Skye High Impact: Geologists in Scotland Discover a 60-Million-Year-Old Meteorite Strike
14th December 2017 | | Ancient, Earth, Space

Geologists exploring volcanic rocks on Scotland’s Isle of Skye found something out-of-this-world instead: ejecta from a previously unknown, 60 million-year-old meteorite impact.

Usain Bolt, Mo Farah and Sir David Attenborough picked out in new star constellations
13th December 2017 | | Humans, Space, Weird

Astronomy experts have picked out a new set of constellations representing stars of sport, literature and science to encourage more youngsters to look up at the night sky.

Watching this newborn island erode could tell us a lot about Mars
12th December 2017 | | Ancient, Space

Finding similar erosion patterns on Mars’ volcanoes could help researchers understand whether the eruptions occurred in an ocean that’s now vanished.

NASA Just Unveiled Its Plan to Retrieve The First-Ever Samples From Mars
11th December 2017 | | Humans, Space, Tech

NASA has unveiled its plan for its next Mars rover, “Mars 2020”, which will collect samples from the surface of the red planet.

11th December 2017 | | Earth, Space, Tech

The Kepler space telescope is operated by Nasa to discover other earths, some of which could support life. And it is has found its latest discovery, one significant enough to bring with it a huge press conference.

NASA’s OSIRIS-REx Zips Off To Collect Asteroid Sample
10th December 2017 | | Space, Tech

If all goes according to plan, the spacecraft will enter Bennu’s orbit in August 2018 and start surveying the asteroid as well as mapping out potential sampling sites.

Metal From Asteroid That Killed Dinosaurs Can Also Kill Cancer Cells
9th December 2017 | | Humans, Space, Tech

A dense metal found in asteroids called iridium can be used to kill cancer cells without causing any harm to the healthy tissue surrounding it, according to a recent study conducted by researchers.

That interstellar asteroid could be a shard of a shredded planet
9th December 2017 | | Space

Our solar system’s first interstellar visitor may be a shard of a larger planet that got shredded by its star.

Warm and Wet Ancient Mars? Maybe Not
7th December 2017 | | Ancient, Space

A new study suggests that the widespread deposit of clay minerals on Mars could have formed longer ago than previously thought, right after the planet’s formation — meaning the Noachian may well have been a mostly dry and chilly time,  as other scientists have posited.

“We’re Re-thinking the Evolution of the Universe” –13-Billion-Year Voyage of the Light from Oldest Most Massive Known Black Hole
7th December 2017 | | Ancient, Space, Tech

Astronomers have discovered the most distant known black hole: a so-called quasar whose light has taken 13 billion years to reach us. In consequence, the light shows that quasar as it was 13 billion years ago, a mere 690 million years after the Big Bang.

Bronze Age Elite Forged All Their Best Weapons and Jewelry From Meteorites
5th December 2017 | Ancient, Humans, Space, Tech

How could people living during the Bronze Age pull off the difficult process of making iron? They didn’t, concludes a new study, instead they got the iron for the rare, few iron artifacts discovered from the period in an easy-to-use form: meteorites hitting Earth.

UA Students Participate in First Global Planetary Defense Exercise
5th December 2017 | Humans, Space, Tech
Students are part of a drill that tests astronomers’ ability to respond to a highly unlikely — but not impossible — scenario: an asteroid on course to collide with Earth.
Stake Your Claim on Asteroids in Their ICO
5th December 2017 | | Earth, Space, Tech

Hong-Kong-based Asteroid Ltd. has launched one of the most-anticipated ICOs this year in their mission to establish a blockchain-based mechanism to oversee claiming rights to more than half a million asteroids already identified within Earth’s celestial orbit.

Gold, water and platinum: Australians lead the way towards asteroid mining boom
4th December 2017 | | Ancient, Humans, Space, Tech

Australia will have asteroid mining before we have people living on Mars, according to leading Australian scientists.

Sent from above — It’s exactly 100 years since the Strathmore meteorite brought fire to the sky
4th December 2017 | | Space

100 years ago this weekend, a meteorite ended its 4.5 billion-year journey through space when it blazed across the skies and crashed into the Strathmore countryside.

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