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New theories provide a clues to the origin of the moon

New theories provide a clues to the origin of the moon

The Moon is mysterious. We can gaze upon it every night, yet still be so far from uncovering its secrets. This week, new studies were published detailing new theories about the Moon's origin and evolution. The Earth and Moon may have more in common than scientists originally thought. Moon rocks have a composition which is similar to that of our own planet. Scientists have developed two theories, the "great impact hypothesis" and the "late veneer" hypothesis which describe how the Earth and Moon were formed.

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A distant sea of proto-life molecules could mean we’re not alone

A distant sea of proto-life molecules could mean we’re not alone

The building blocks of life have been observed for the first time in a fledgling planetary system light-years away from Earth, a thriving sea of complex organic molecules equal to our own oceans. The discovery, which lends further weight to the idea that our solar system is not the only place where life could have arisen in the universe, was made by astronomers at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics in Cambridge, Mass., using the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA). Perhaps even more impressive than their very existence is the fact that the proportions of molecules are similar to those discovered in comets in our own region of space.

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NASA anticipates finding evidence of alien life in 10 to 20 years

NASA anticipates finding evidence of alien life in 10 to 20 years

If you're hoping humans will discover other living beings in the universe during your lifetime, you might be in luck. Speaking yesterday at a panel in DC, NASA researchers touched on the topic of alien life and finding evidence of such, and what they had to say was largely inspiring: it'll eventually happen, and the first stages of that likely within the span of the next 20 years. The prospect is exciting, not the least of which is due to the leaps in space travel humans are likely to make in that same time span.

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Intelligent aliens are (probably) huge, says researcher

Intelligent aliens are (probably) huge, says researcher

It is doubtful humans are alone in the universe, at least when it comes to intelligent beings, and one researcher claims the intelligent aliens that might be out there are probably very, very big...at least in relation to the typical human. Huge, in this case, means somewhere in the realm of 650lbs, and could even be higher. This would place humans on the smaller end of the intelligent beings scale, and probably also means we'd lose in an intergalactic battle.

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NASA says wispy green objects in space are tens of thousands of light years long

NASA says wispy green objects in space are tens of thousands of light years long

NASA seems to always be taking images of some spectacular sights in the universe around us. A series of objects were photographed in deep space that look like wisps of green smoke. NASA thinks that these green wisps are incredibly long gas tails that stretch tens of thousands of light-years long. The tails of gas are being stretched by gravitational forces that are remains of galaxies that merged a very long time ago.

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Blood Moon rising: watch it here LIVE

Blood Moon rising: watch it here LIVE

Be it from your basement on a computer screen or out on your roof at the crack of dawn, you WILL be able to see the blood moon in less than 24 hours from the time this article goes live. The Slooh observatory in Australia is just one of several locations where the event will be captured - and here you'll be able to watch the event unfold as it happens. We'll be watching starting at 3AM Pacific Time, 6AM Eastern. Get your butt out of bed and see some galactic magnificence unfold before your very eyes.

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New black hole theory: Matter doesn’t disappear after entering

New black hole theory: Matter doesn’t disappear after entering

Black holes hold unfathomable mysteries, the most mysterious among them is the question of what happens to matter once it is sucked into the black hole. Scientists no longer think that it is lost and irretrievable forever. The latest theory provides a mathematical solution to the "loss paradox" that has plagued black hole physicists. This theory maintains that matter which enters a black hole still exists, in some form, actually disproving Stephen Hawking's theory of material destruction by black holes.

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NASA launches web tool for exploring asteroid Vesta

NASA launches web tool for exploring asteroid Vesta

NASA has launched a new web tool that is akin to Google Earth, only it allows Internet goers to explore the asteroid Vesta. Vesta is said to be one of the largest asteroids in our solar system, and it was studied by the spacecraft Dawn from summer 2011 to late summer 2012. The web tool includes a lot of data that was gathered by the spacecraft during its mission, which the user can select as desired in the course of things. Included with the tool are "standard keyboard gaming controls", 3D topography that can be exported, and more.

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Opportunity rover shows its age with double amnesia event

Opportunity rover shows its age with double amnesia event

In Mars news today, NASA has reported their Opportunity rover to be having a second bit of amnesia in so many weeks. This event is affecting the machine's flash memory banks, and scientists had, after the first incident, attempted to bypass the faulty bank. The first event happened back on March 20th, and another event happened on the 25th. NASA scientists suggest that they're disappointed at the second occurrence, but not surprised. Another memory reformat may be just the ticket to get this machine back in order.

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Mercury’s dark surface may be alien in origin

Mercury’s dark surface may be alien in origin

A paper has been published this week which suggests that the surface of the planet Mercury may be comprised of cometary carbon. This means that carbon has littered the surface of Mercury, all of it from comets hurtling through space. In comparing Mercury to our own Earth-circling moon, the group responsible for this study suggest that 50 times as many carbon-rich micrometeorites impact the dark planet as do our own nearby space body. This has resulted, says the study, in approximately 3–6 wt% carbon at Mercury’s surface.

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