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We Discovered That Life May Be Billions of Times More Common in the Multiverse

We Discovered That Life May Be Billions of Times More Common in the Multiverse Why is there life in our universe? The existence of galaxies, stars, planets, and ultimately life seem to depend on a small number of finely tuned fundamental physical constants. Had the laws of physics been different, we would not have been…
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How We Discovered 840 Minor Planets Beyond Neptune—and What They Can Tell Us

How We Discovered 840 Minor Planets Beyond Neptune—and What They Can Tell Us Our solar system is a tiny but wonderfully familiar corner of the vast, dark universe—we have even been able to land spacecraft on our celestial neighbors. Yet its outer reaches are still remarkably unmapped. Now we have discovered 840 small worlds in…
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Microbes in Space: Bioengineered Bugs Could Help Colonize New Planets

Microbes in Space: Bioengineered Bugs Could Help Colonize New Planets As humans spread out into the cosmos in search of life, the most alien organisms we encounter may be those we bring with us. Researchers at NASA and elsewhere are engineering microbes so they can carry out many of the functions needed to support human…
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5 Space Companies Zeroing in on First Launch of Tourists Into Orbit and Beyond

5 Space Companies Zeroing in on First Launch of Tourists Into Orbit and Beyond It won’t be cheap, but your holiday plans could include a trip to the edge of Earth’s atmosphere or beyond—before the end of this year. Several space tourism companies are zeroing in on their first launch. Bob Smith, CEO of Jeff…
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Astronomers May Have Just Discovered a Dozen Black Holes in the Center of Our Galaxy

Astronomers May Have Just Discovered a Dozen Black Holes in the Center of Our Galaxy Astronomers first noticed an enigmatic object, dubbed “Sagittarius A*”, at the very heart of our Milky Way galaxy in the 1960s—the earliest days of radio and infrared astronomy. But just how extraordinary this source was only became clear three decades…
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The Alt Rocket Tech That May One Day Take Humans to Mars

The Alt Rocket Tech That May One Day Take Humans to Mars On Feb. 6, SpaceX made history when it launched its Falcon Heavy rocket from Cape Canaveral in Florida. It now reigns as the biggest and most powerful rocket in the world. Elon Musk, the messianic CEO of the billion-dollar space startup, plans to…
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SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy Launch Was a Smashing Success—What’s Next for Space Travel?

SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy Launch Was a Smashing Success—What’s Next for Space Travel? Last Tuesday, Elon Musk and the rest of the SpaceX team launched their most powerful rocket yet, leaving the entire world stupefied. The Falcon Heavy carried cargo consisting of Elon Musk’s Tesla Roadster with a dummy, the Starman, in the passenger seat. The…
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This ‘Cosmic GPS’ Tech Will Help Us Explore the Furthest Reaches of Space

This ‘Cosmic GPS’ Tech Will Help Us Explore the Furthest Reaches of Space Anyone who has tried their hand at sailing, or even read about the exploits of maritime explorers, understands the importance of the lighthouse. Indeed, the solitary beam of light emanating from a lighthouse’s crest is a valuable navigational aid, especially when seafaring…
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Want Faster Data and a Cleaner Planet? Start Mining Asteroids

Want Faster Data and a Cleaner Planet? Start Mining Asteroids Mining asteroids might seem like the stuff of science fiction, but there are companies and a few governments already working hard to make it real. This should not be surprising: compared with the breathtaking bridges that engineers build on Earth, asteroid-mining is a simple, small-scale…
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This Unbelievable Research on Human Hibernation Could Get Us to Mars

This Unbelievable Research on Human Hibernation Could Get Us to Mars Journeying to Mars is seldom out of the news these days. From Elon Musk releasing plans for his new rocket to allow SpaceX to colonize Mars, to NASA announcing another rover as part of the Mars 2020 mission, both private and public organizations are…
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