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A very young galaxy, recently discovered by Japanese astronomers using the Subaru Telescope.
Science Wire | Nov 19, 2014

Subaru Telescope detects sudden appearance of 7 galaxies in early universe

Japanese astronomers probing deeply back into our universe’s early history have found 7 galaxies at a time when the universe was only 700 million years old.

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Science Wire | Nov 19, 2014

Video: Could humans actually live on planet Mars?

Could we survive on Mars? The AsapSCIENCE guys address the question.

View larger | This diagram shows key differences between men and women in cardiovascular, immunologic, sensorimotor, musculoskeletal, and behavioral adaptations to human spaceflight.
Image credit: NASA/NSBRI
Science Wire | Nov 19, 2014

Men and women adapt differently to spaceflight

A study looks at differences in the ways that men and women’s bodies react to time spent in space.

View larger. | This artist's impression shows schematically the mysterious alignments between the spin axes of quasars and the large-scale structures that they inhabit that observations with ESO’s Very Large Telescope have revealed. These alignments are over billions of light-years and are the largest known in the universe.  The large-scale structure is shown in blue and quasars are marked in white with the rotation axes of their black holes indicated with a line.  This picture is for illustration only and does not depict the real distribution of galaxies and quasars.  Image via ESO/M. Kornmesser
Science Wire | Nov 19, 2014

Bizarre black hole alignments over billions of light-years

The black holes are central to quasars in the early universe. Researchers say the probability that their aligned spin is the result of chance is less than 1%.

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Science Wire | Nov 18, 2014

Asteroid Vesta now has its own geologic maps

Vesta is revealed as a world in space – albeit a little world – in these new maps of its surface. Scientists say the maps of Vesta reveals its history.

Philae's bounce across the surface of its comet, as captured by the Rosetta mothership.  Image via ESA/Rosetta/MPS for OSIRIS Team MPS/UPD/LAM/IAA/SSO/INTA/UPM/DASP/IDA
Science Wire | Nov 17, 2014

Rosetta spots Philae’s bounce across the comet

Never-before-seen images of a bouncy comet landing! Shows Philae lander attempting to touch down in the weak gravity field of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko.

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Science Wire | Nov 17, 2014

Here’s how often small asteroids enter Earth’s atmosphere!

Data indicate that small asteroids struck Earth’s atmosphere – resulting in a bolide (a fireball, or bright meteor) – on 556 separate occasions in a 20-year period.

Image credit: NASA
Science Wire | Nov 17, 2014

Looking for meteors? Try to get away from city lights

City lights drown all but the brightest stars, planets, and fireballs. But there’s still some dark out there, as this satellite view of the U.S at night shows.

Aerial view of Arecibo Observatory via Wiki Commons
This Date in Science | Nov 16, 2014

This date in science: First radio signal beamed to space

Anniversary of the first radio message intentionally beamed outward. What do you think? Should we be advertising our presence in space?

Venus because it is so close to the Sun at 0.7 AU. At that distance, the solar storms are so strong that it may not matter if there's not planetary magnetic field, the charged particles would be deposited all over the planet, producing auroras at every latitude. Illustration by C. Carreau/ESA
Science Wire | Nov 15, 2014

New clues to possible Venus auroras

For 40 years, astronomers have puzzled over signs of a green aurora on Venus, despite the planet’s lack of a magnetic field.