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Antarctic ozone hole gets smaller reveals satellite data

Antarctic ozone hole gets smaller reveals satellite data

We've been hearing about the hole in the ozone layer over Antarctica since the 80s. This thinning out of Earth's important ozone layer is what resulted in many aerosols being reformulated to help reduce the rate that ozone is being depleted. Scientists report that satellite data has now revealed a slight shrinking of the ozone hole this year.

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Solar flares hit Earth, SWPC predicts more grid fluctuations Monday

Solar flares hit Earth, SWPC predicts more grid fluctuations Monday

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Space Weather Prediction Center predicts more solar storms Monday, disrupting the power grid and satellite communications. The predictions come during the peak of the current solar cycle, an eleven-year period of sun spot activity, solar storms, solar flares, and coronal mass ejections (CMEs). The effects on Earth are expected to be relatively mild.

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NASA space laser gets 622 Mbps

NASA space laser gets 622 Mbps

Google may be floating the internet in balloons, but NASA is firing lasers between the moon and Earth, setting a new record in communications as it hunts an alternative to traditional radio. The Lunar Laser Communication Demonstration (LLCD) uses a pulsed laser beam to achieve 622 Mbps between a spacecraft orbiting the the moon and an Earth station at New Mexico, and could open the door to more data-rich communications supporting 3D video and higher-resolution images.

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Comet ISON is still intact suggests new Hubble photograph

Comet ISON is still intact suggests new Hubble photograph

Astronomers, scientists, and amateur skywatchers around the world are all hoping that Comet ISON remains intact as it makes its trip towards the Earth. If the comet remains intact, it will put on one of the brightest light shows in the nighttime sky seen in recent times. However, some fear that the comet will break apart and might not survive its brush with the sun.

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Google using $10m quantum computer to understand Glass future

Google using $10m quantum computer to understand Glass future

Google has used some of the most advanced computing technology, quantum chips in the D-Wave computer it has bought with NASA, to address one of the most basic issues in its Glass wearable: figuring out if users are blinking on purpose or involuntarily. The perhaps humdrum implementation, revealed for the first time this week in a film about the technology, has seen the quantum computer - which is based at Google's Quantum Artificial Intelligence Lab - bring its ability to examine complex multiples of possibilities effectively simultaneously to bear on refining the algorithms involved in Glass and its non-traditional control systems.

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NASA Juno spacecraft to streak past Earth on October 9

NASA Juno spacecraft to streak past Earth on October 9

Back in August of 2011, NASA launched a spacecraft called Juno on a mission to study Jupiter. With the vast distance between the Earth and Jupiter, NASA scientists had to devise a way to get the spacecraft up to an incredible rate of speed. To achieve the high velocity required scientists used the gravity of the Earth and the sun to slingshot Juno into space at speed ultimately at around 165,000 mph.

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Comet ISON passes Mercury on its trip towards the sun

Comet ISON passes Mercury on its trip towards the sun

It's been a bit over a year since we first got word that a new comet had been discovered that might be the brightest comet seen from the Earth in decades. The reason comet ISON was so exciting for scientists is because it will pass incredibly close to the sun and could put on one of the brightest light shows ever seen from the surface of the Earth. That is assuming the sun doesn't destroy the comet during its close pass.

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