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Texas, Scotland, Ecuador Students Hear from Space Station Crew

Students from the Rice Space Institute will have an opportunity this week to hear from NASA astronauts aboard the International Space Station.

Raindrops also keep fallin’ on exoplanets

One day, humankind may step foot on another habitable planet. That planet may look very different from Earth, but one thing will feel familiar -- the rain. In a recent paper, Harvard researchers found that raindrops are remarkably similar across different planetary environments, even planets as drastically different as Earth and Jupiter. Understanding the behavior of raindrops on other planets is key to not only…

Distant, spiralling stars give clues to the forces that bind sub-atomic...

IMAGE: The physics of massive nuclei can be studied by measuring the 'note' at which tidal resonance between merging neutron stars causes the solid crust of the neutron stars to shatter view more  Credit: University of Bath Space scientists at the University of Bath in the UK have found a new way to probe the internal structure of neutron stars, giving nuclear physicists a novel tool…

Rice Students to Hear from NASA Astronauts on Space Station

Students from the Rice Space Institute will have an opportunity this week to hear from NASA astronauts aboard the International Space Station.

Watch Next Space Station Crew Launch Live on NASA TV, NASA...

Three space travelers, including NASA astronaut Mark Vande Hei, are poised to launch Friday, April 9, from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan to the International Space Station.

Venus plots a comeback

In terms of space exploration, Mars is all the rage these days. This has left our closest neighbor, Venus -- previously the most attractive planet to study because of its proximity and similar atmosphere to Earth -- in the lurch. A new article in Chemical & Engineering News, the weekly newsmagazine of the American Chemical Society, highlights how scientists and space agencies are turning their…

Decades of hunting detects footprint of cosmic ray superaccelerators in our...

IMAGE: Ultrahigh-energy diffuse gamma rays (yellow points) are distributed along the Milky Way galaxy. The background color contour shows the atomic hydrogen distribution in the galactic coordinates. The gray shaded area... view more  Credit: HEASARC / LAMBDA / NASA / GFSC An enormous telescope complex in Tibet has captured the first evidence of ultrahigh-energy gamma rays spread across the Milky Way. The findings offer proof that…

NTU Singapore scientists design ‘smart’ device to harvest daylight

A team of Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU Singapore) researchers has designed a 'smart' device to harvest daylight and relay it to underground spaces, reducing the need to draw on traditional energy sources for lighting. In Singapore, authorities are looking at the feasibility of digging deeper underground to create new space for infrastructure, storage, and utilities. Demand for round-the-clock underground lighting is therefore expected to…

New study sews doubt about the composition of 70 percent of...

Until now, researchers have believed that dark energy accounted for nearly 70 percent of the ever-accelerating, expanding universe. For many years, this mechanism has been associated with the so-called cosmological constant, developed by Einstein in 1917, that refers to an unknown repellant cosmic power. But because the cosmological constant--known as dark energy--cannot be measured directly, numerous researchers, including Einstein, have doubted its existence--without being able…

Lakes on Greenland Ice Sheet can drain huge amounts of water,...

IMAGE: Lakes form on the surface of the Greenland ice sheet each summer as the weather warms. They exist for weeks or months but can drain in a matter of hours... view more  Credit: Ian Willis Using satellite data to 'see in the dark', researchers have shown for the first time that lakes on the Greenland Ice Sheet drain during winter, a finding with implications for…
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