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Shifting position of magnetic North requires Tampa Airport to rearrange runways

Shifting position of magnetic North requires Tampa Airport to rearrange runways

Scientists say the magnetic north pole is moving toward Russia and the fallout has reached — of all places — Tampa International Airport. The airport has closed its primary runway until Jan. 13 to repaint the numeric designators at each end and change taxiway signage to account for the shift in location of the Earth’s […]

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Earth’s ultimate destruction — and possible reincarnation

Earth’s ultimate destruction — and possible reincarnation

JACKSON LAKE, WYOMING—The world may not end on 21 December 2012, as predicted by some doomsayers, but one thing is certain: Earth won’t be around forever. Astronomers at the Extreme Solar Systems II conference here, who study the birth and evolution of planetary systems, are also coming to grips with the ultimate fate of planets like […]

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Japan’s richest man unveils scheme for $26 billion renewable energy supergrid

Japan’s richest man unveils scheme for $26 billion renewable energy supergrid

By Dan Nosowitz Masayoshi Son, entrepreneurial founder of Softbank, Japan’s third-largest mobile network, and according to Forbes, the nation’s richest man, unveiled a vague but undeniably ambitious plan to completely change Japan’s energy infrastructure. His plan, which relies heavily on wind and geothermal power and abandons nuclear, would, he says, shift the majority of Japan’s energy […]

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The search for alien life is on

The search for alien life is on

By Jennifer Abbasi: New missions and discoveries on Earth, within our solar system and beyond are bringing us closer than ever to finding alien life on other planets “The genesis of life is as inevitable as the formation of atoms,” is how Andrei Finkelstein, the director of the Russian Academy of Sciences’s Applied Astronomy Institute, explained his […]

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Russian Soyuz spacecraft lands safely in Kazakhstan, three astronauts in tow

Russian Soyuz spacecraft lands safely in Kazakhstan, three astronauts in tow

By Dan Nosowitz The Russian Soyuz TMA-21 spacecraft, carrying three astronauts (Commander Andrei Borisenko and Alexander Samokutyayev, both Russian, and American Ron Garan) safely landed this morning in Kazakhstan, bringing them home after five months on the International Space Station. The landing, about 94 miles southeast of the smallish Kazakh city Zhezkazgan, wasn’t entirely flawless–mission control […]

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Kepler spots a planet orbiting two suns, just like Star Wars’ Tatooine

Kepler spots a planet orbiting two suns, just like Star Wars’ Tatooine

A mournful French horn blows. An angsty Luke Skywalker stomps out of his aunt and uncle’s sand hut and peers up at Tatooine’s double sunset, his hair blowing in the breeze. It’s a memorable scene from Star Wars—but now, a precedent for such a sky with two suns has been found in our universe. Using […]

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Supernova erupts in Whirlpool Galaxy

Supernova erupts in Whirlpool Galaxy

French observer Stéphane Lamotte Bailey created this animation of the Whirlpool galaxy’s new supernova using images he took with his 8-inch telescope on May 30 and June 2, 2011. / Stéphane Lamotte Bailey For the second time in six years, a star has exploded in the iconic Whirlpool Galaxy (Messier 51), and — good news! […]

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Did Google geek discover ‘space station’ on Mars surface?

Did Google geek discover ‘space station’ on Mars surface?

An American ‘armchair astronaut’ claims to have discovered a mysterious structure on the surface of the red planet – by looking on Google earth. David Martines, whose YouTube video of the ‘station’ has racked up over 200,000 hits so far, claims to have randomly uncovered the picture while scanning the surface of the planet one […]

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Russia floating reactors concept spurs proliferation, terrorism fears

Russia floating reactors concept spurs proliferation, terrorism fears

Russian efforts to make electricity available to isolated areas with a planned class of floating nuclear reactors could represent the most potentially disastrous idea to sweep the atomic power industry in years, due in part to the threat such plants would face from extremists and entities interested in tapping their technology for military use, Reuters […]

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Evolution evangelist: ‘Scientific story of the Universe’ as a ‘sacred epic’

Evolution evangelist: ‘Scientific story of the Universe’ as a ‘sacred epic’

Who is Michael Dowd? He calls himself an evangelist. Not surprisingly, he can be found in churches preaching. But Dowd’s gospel is not one where sin is rebellion against God, but rejection of Darwin. Likewise, salvation doesn’t come from Jesus on a Roman crucifix, but merely embracing the emergent Universe. Thus, we should Thank God […]