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  • Science Ticker

    New Horizons recovers from overload, is on track for Pluto flyby

    The New Horizons spacecraft sent back three of the most detailed images of Pluto to date shortly before the probe entered a safe mode on July 4. The pictures, taken when New Horizons was about 13 million kilometers from the dwarf planet, show three different swaths of the icy surface as Pluto slowly rotated on...

    07/06/2015 - 17:49 Planetary Science
  • News in Brief

    Beta Pictoris planet makes waves

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    A giant planet is making a splash in the belt of debris orbiting the young star Beta Pictoris. Spiral waves driven by the planet whip around the dusty disk, researchers report online June 24 at arXiv.org.

    Like a pebble dropped into water, the planet sends out ripples through the dust and rock...

    07/06/2015 - 12:00 Astronomy, Exoplanets
  • Science Ticker

    Pluto may have spots the size of Missouri

    A chain of enigmatic dark spots mark the surface of Pluto in recent New Horizons images, taken when the spacecraft was about 22 million kilometers from the dwarf planet. Each splotch is about 500 kilometers across and covers roughly the same area as the state of Missouri.

    The...

    07/02/2015 - 12:10 Planetary Science
  • Letters to the Editor

    Puzzling cosmic signals, processed food defined and more reader feedback

    To edit or not

    A controversial paper about modifying genes in fertilized human eggs raised some serious ethical concerns. Tina Hesman Saey covered researchers’ arguments for and against this type of...

    07/01/2015 - 09:14 Cells, Nutrition, Astronomy
  • Science Visualized

    A loopy look at sunspots

    Tangled nests of magnetic fields burst from sunspots on the solar surface. The spots appear blue and yellow in this false color composite photograph, which was taken in October by NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory and released in May. The pale streaks trace magnetic field lines, which stretch up to 200,000 kilometers above the surface (black).

    In visible light, sunspots look like dark...

    07/01/2015 - 06:00 Astronomy
  • The Science Life

    In retirement, Nobelist takes up moon bouncing

    If the moon is up, there’s a good chance Joseph Taylor is on his ham radio, using a homemade antenna in his backyard to bounce signals off the moon’s pockmarked face. It’s a skill Taylor began cultivating in 2003, shortly before he retired from Princeton University, where he used radio waves to probe the secrets of pulsars, the spinning, magnetized neutron stars that emit bursts of radiation...

    06/30/2015 - 07:00 Physics, Planetary Science
  • News

    Super-Earths are not a good place for plate tectonics

    Plate tectonics doesn’t rumple the surfaces of Earth’s supersized cousins, new research suggests.

    Simulating the extreme pressures inside giant exoplanets called super-Earths, researchers discovered that these planets probably have thick, stagnant outer shells and sluggish internal circulation. Those properties make the existence of fragmented jigsaw puzzles of sliding and shifting...

    06/26/2015 - 14:12 Exoplanets, Planetary Science, Earth
  • Science Ticker

    Advice to a baby planet: Avoid black holes

    If you’re having a bad day, it could be worse: A black hole could be eating your planet. A dusty blob that loops around the heart of the Milky Way might be all that’s left of an infant world, researchers suggest June 18 in the Astrophysical Journal. The embryonic planet could have been kidnapped by the region’s...

    06/26/2015 - 11:00 Astronomy
  • News in Brief

    X-ray rings reveal neutron star’s distance

    A cosmic bull’s-eye is helping astronomers pinpoint the distance to a neutron star. Concentric rings of X-rays bouncing off interstellar dust indicate that the stellar remnant is about 31,000 light-years away in the constellation Circinus, researchers report in the June 20 Astrophysical Journal.

    The X-rays, seen...

    06/26/2015 - 08:30 Astronomy
  • 50 Years Ago

    50 years ago, Mariner 4 sent back first pictures from Mars

    Earth to Mars in 229 days — The longest recorded journey in the history of man will reach its goal on Wednesday, July 14 — and keep on going. The Mariner 4 spacecraft ... will have covered more than 325 million miles in order to take a few television...

    06/25/2015 - 10:30 Planetary Science, Technology