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Why That $100m Alien Listening Project May Be a Waste of Time

The launch of the $100M Breakthrough Initiative project to Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI) has been supported by many leading scientists including Stephen Hawking and astronomer royal Martin Rees. But there is no evidence – and few convincing theories – to suggest that intelligent, communicative aliens… » 7/24/15 3:45am Friday 3:45am

Tonight's Mission To the ISS Successfully Limped Home With Only One Wing

A Soyuz capsule carrying three astronauts to the International Space Station blasted off at 5:02 EST EDT today. Despite only deploying one of two solar panels, the capsule has docked safely, and it’s welcome party (and fresh food!) time on the ISS.http://gizmodo.com/watch-a-3-pers... » 7/22/15 11:32pm Wednesday 11:32pm

This Spacecraft Will Hunt the Solar System for Asteroids to Mine

Many components in your phones and batteries are made with “rare Earth metals.” You know why they call them that? Because they are actually rare on Earth, and we’re going to run out. But they’re not rare in space. Which is why today a company launched the prototype for a vehicle that will search for asteroids to mine… » 7/22/15 6:50pm Wednesday 6:50pm

Another Way of Looking at Pluto

Data from the New Horizons mission have revised Pluto’s diameter to just 2370 kilometers across. That’s smaller than the moons Triton, Ganymede, Callisto, Io, Europa, and Titan, not to mention Earth’s own satellite. In more immediately relatable terms: Here’s what it would look like if someone plopped Pluto onto… » 7/22/15 2:26pm Wednesday 2:26pm

The SpaceX Launch Explosion Explained in Geeky Detail With MS Paint

To non-rocket-scientists (and those who don’t play Kerbal Space Program), discussions of rocket science can sometimes get a little overly technical. To fully explain what we know about the SpaceX explosion in a non-PhD way, here’s some Paint-quality graphics. http://gizmodo.com/a-single-weak-... » 7/21/15 10:06pm 7/21/15 10:06pm