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Planetary Resources: the new asteroids mining project backed by James Cameron (VIDEO)

Planetary Resources: the new asteroids mining project backed by James Cameron

Planetary Resources, a company founded by several space entrepreneurs and backed by such high-profile names as James Cameron, Larry Page, and Eric Schmidt, plans to begin prospecting for natural resources like water or precious metals in near-Earth asteroids (NEAs) by 2022. Co-founder Peter Diamandis claims that “everything we hold of value on Earth — metals, minerals, energy, real estate, water ... Read More »

One first-class ticket flights to outer space : $200000 on richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic

One first-class ticket flights to outer space : $200000 on richard Branson's Virgin Galactic

Virgin Group founder Richard Branson announced on Friday that the NBC television network will be tracking preparations and will broadcast the inaugural flight of his Virgin Galactic SpaceShip Two rocket plane into space. If tests and plans go according to schedule, Branson and his two children, Holly, 31 and Sam, 28, could blast off into space from New Mexico next ... Read More »

Clouds On Super-Earth Discovered : Neptune-sized planets

Clouds On Super-Earth Discovered

Weather forecasters on exoplanet GJ 1214b would have an easy job. Today’s forecast: cloudy. Tomorrow: overcast. Extended outlook: more clouds. A team of scientists led by researchers in the Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics at the University of Chicago report they have definitively characterized the atmosphere of a super-Earth class planet orbiting another star for the first time. Read More »

Carolina Reaper is world’s hottest pepper (VIDEO)

Carolina Reaper is world's hottest pepper

The hottest peppers in the world are grown in South Carolina, the Guinness Book of World Records says. Ed Currie took a sweet hot pepper from the Caribbean and worked to make it hotter, spending more than four years working with students at Winthrop University who test food as part of their undergraduate classes to certify the amount of heat. Read More »

Climate Change Denial Groups Funded by ‘Dark Money’, research

Climate Change Denial Groups Funded by 'Dark Money', research

Organizations that actively block efforts to address climate change are funded by a large network of conservative donors to the tune of nearly $1 billion a year, according to the first in-depth study into the dark money that fuels the denial effort. The new research confirms the role of some famous ultra-free market conservative foundations such as the Searle Freedom ... Read More »

Neanderthals capable of complex speech : Says Study

Neanderthals capable of complex speech

An analysis of a fossil bone suggests Neanderthals may have had the ability to speak, an Australian researcher says. Stephen Wroe of the University of New South Wales, working with an international team, says the researchers were able to determine how the Hyoid bone — a horseshoe shaped structure in the neck — worked in Neanderthals. Wroe said the findings ... Read More »

Astronomers Discover Noble Gas Compound in Crab Nebula, NASA says

Astronomers Discover Noble Gas Compound in Crab Nebula

Astronomers have discovered a molecule in space that contains a noble gas. Until now, scientists thought such compounds only existed on Earth. The find was made using an instrument aboard Europe’s Herschel Space Observatory. The molecule, argon hydride, was seen in the crab nebula, the remains of a star that exploded 1,000 years ago The noble gases, which include helium, ... Read More »