Space

Mercury shrinking NASA confirms: 4.3 miles in 4bn years

Mercury shrinking NASA confirms: 4.3 miles in 4bn years

Mercury is shrinking, its radius reduced as much as 4.3 miles over the past four billion years, scientists have confirmed, with the planet contracting as its iron core cools. The gradual reduction had been expected but unconfirmed until NASA's Messenger spacecraft beamed back photos of Mercury's surface, with previous - incomplete - footage of the closest planet to our sun showing far less shrinkage than the models predicted.

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Big Bang breakthrough as Cosmic contractions spotted

Big Bang breakthrough as Cosmic contractions spotted

A "spectacular" discovery that could explain the Big Bang that created the universe and potentially lead to Nobel prizes for the researchers behind it is prompting excitement in the scientific community, concerning the sudden "inflation" rush in growth in the very first moments of cosmic expansion. Inflation as a theory concerns the initial growth of the universe - measured as a trillionth of a trillionth of a trillionth of a second - fourteen billion years ago, and an American team now says it has identified the lingering remnants of it.

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Age of Ascent aims at world record for largest video game battle

Age of Ascent aims at world record for largest video game battle

As attempts at getting people to pay attention to your crowd-funding venture go, aiming for a world record with the Guinness book of world records isn’t the worst idea you could have. The team at Illyriao Games are attempting to break the world record for "World’s Largest Videogame PvP Battle" today starting at 7pm GMT / 3pm Eastern / noon Pacific - at the time of this article’s writing, they’ve got 376 players online with a peak of 993.

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Crowdsourced Moon maps get accuracy approval

Crowdsourced Moon maps get accuracy approval

Crowdsourcing already gets products off the ground and figures out where traffic congestion is, but CosmoQuest is turning the power of group-work to map the moon. Using high-resolution images beamed back from NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO), the public science project allows anybody to register and then sift through, flagging up craters, boulders, and other features of the rocky surface. Now, new research indicates the crowdsourced mapping can be just as accurate as when trained experts do it.

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Real-life “Death Stars” deadlier than Darth Vader astronomers find

Real-life “Death Stars” deadlier than Darth Vader astronomers find

Alderaan isn't the only planet to fall victim to the "Death Star", astronomers claim, though the vast O-type stars actually across the galaxy destroying young planets before they've had time to form don't have convenient exhaust ports to stop them. Using the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA), a team of US and Canadian researchers discovered that huge quantities of ultraviolet radiation from stars at least 16-times the mass of our own sun can blast away the raw materials for new planetary systems.

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NASA WISE survey finds no Planet X beyond Pluto

NASA WISE survey finds no Planet X beyond Pluto

In 2011, a pair of physicists from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette announced that they had completed research that suggested another planet orbiting in a solar system beyond Pluto. The two professors called the theoretical planet Planet X or Tyche. The duo hoped that when NASA completed its WISE or Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer observations the planet would be confirmed.

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Scientists determine exactly where Mars rocks found on Earth originated

Scientists determine exactly where Mars rocks found on Earth originated

Scientist have been studying rocks from Mars for a number of years that mankind didn't pick up from the Martian surface and bring back to Earth on any of the many scientific missions to the red planet. The Mars rocks that have been studied intently originated on Mars, but were blowing off the surface of the planet by a massive asteroid or comet impact millions of years ago.

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