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  • Feature

    Rosetta readies for its close rendezvous with a comet

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    Very soon, on November 12, a spacecraft called Rosetta will sidle up to a comet, steady itself and drop a 100-kilogram robotic lander toward the hunk of rock, dust and ice. The lander, named Philae, will drift through space, tugged only slightly by the gravity of the comet, commonly called 67P. Mission scientists will be holding their breath...

    10/17/2014 - 15:02 Astronomy
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    Searching for distant signals

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    Duncan Lorimer wasn’t looking for an eruption of radio waves from another galaxy. He and his student David Narkevic were mining old data from Australia’s Parkes Radio Telescope for oddly behaving pulsars, the rapidly spinning cores of dead massive stars. Instead, they found a strange burst of radio noise recorded in 2001 that appeared to originate well beyond one of...

    07/25/2014 - 15:55 Astronomy
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    At Home in the Universe

    When Lewis and Clark started exploring the West, they didn’t know much about what lay beyond St. Louis. Neither, at first, did astronomers know much about cosmic realms beyond Uranus.

    But just as 19th century explorers filled in huge blanks on the American map, so did 20th century skywatchers flesh out a much greater map — of frontiers far beyond the solar...

    06/01/2012 - 10:36 Atom & Cosmos
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    In the dark

    In ancient times, listing the ingredients of the universe was simple: earth, air, fire and water. Today, scientists know that naming all of that, plus everything else familiar in everyday life, leaves out 95 percent of the cosmos’s contents.

    From the atoms that make up an astronomer, to the glass and steel of a telescope, to the hot plasma of the stars above — all...

    04/08/2011 - 12:09
  • On the Scene

    Science for science writers

    Database analysis of plagiarism shows copycat science is not uncommonSkip Garner began his accidental journey into scientific misconduct investigation after he developed a computer program that could, as he put it, “help a physicist understand medicine.” Typical searches of Medline, a database of medical and other scientific research papers, rely on typed-in keywords, but his program...

    10/18/2009 - 18:41
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    Stars ablaze in other skies

    Fred Adams sees stars in the most unlikely places.

    His calculations suggest that, contrary to some previous claims, stars are not only common in our cosmos but are also ablaze in myriad other universes, where the laws of physics may be drastically different. Even in a cosmos where balls of gas and dust never collapse and ignite to make conventional stars, radiation produced by black...

    08/15/2008 - 16:12 Physics, Atom & Cosmos
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    Calculating Swarms

    The frenetic scurrying of ants around a nest may seem like much ado about nothing. There's method in their madness, however.

    All this activity adds up to ingenious strategies for collectively working out the shortest path to a food source, combining forces to move a large, unwieldy object, and performing other functions crucial to an ant colony's well-being.


    06/18/2004 - 17:11 Computing
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    Science News of the Year

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    Assault on Fogs

    08/30/1969 - 00:00
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    1957 Science Review

    12/21/1957 - 00:00