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Arctic still heating up twice as fast as rest of planet

Arctic still heating up twice as fast as rest of planet

Annual average temperatures have continued to rise for Arctic as a whole throughout the recent slowdown in the pace of global warming, according to a new analysis. If global warming has paused, someone forgot to tell the Arctic. Annual average temperatures have continued to rise for the region as a whole throughout the recent slowdown in the pace of warming globally, according to a new analysis of conditions above 60 degrees north latitude, reports The Christian Science Monitor.

Methane 'belches' detected on Mars

Methane 'belches' detected on Mars

Nasa's Curiosity rover has detected methane on Mars - a gas that could hint at past or present life on the planet. The robot sees very low-level amounts constantly in the background, but it also has monitored a number of short-lived spikes that are 10 times higher. Methane on the Red Planet is intriguing because...

Tons of ice running off in Amundsen sea alarms

Tons of ice running off in Amundsen sea alarms

Glaciers in west Antarctica are melting so quickly they are losing the equivalent of a Mount Everest of ice every two years, a peer reviewed study has found. The increasing pace of melting means the glaciers have haemorrhaged an average 83 billion tonnes into the Amundsen Sea annually over the past 21 years, the...

Nasa's Orion 'Mars ship' set for test flight

Nasa's Orion 'Mars ship' set for test flight

A US space capsule that could help get humans to Mars is due to make its maiden flight later. Orion will be launched on a Delta rocket out of Cape Canaveral in Florida on a short journey above the Earth to test key technologies. The conical vessel is reminiscent of the Apollo command ships that...

Comet probe Philae now stable: Scientists

Comet probe Philae now stable: Scientists

Scientists are facing a tense wait to learn the fate of a robot probe that made a historic landing on a comet - but did not stay in place as planned. Data from the Philae craft indicates it landed at least three times on the comet, after harpoons failed to attach it to the surface on the first attempt.

  

Nasa spies star 10m times brighter than sun

Nasa spies star 10m times brighter than sun

Think our sun is bright? NASA says its NuSTAR space-based X-ray telescope has detected a dead star that pumps out as much energy as 10 million suns, reports The Huffington Post. "You might think of this pulsar as the 'Mighty Mouse' of stellar remnants," Dr. Fiona A. Harrison, professor of physics and astronomy at...

Mars Maven mission arrives in orbit

Mars Maven mission arrives in orbit

The US space agency's (Nasa) latest Mars satellite has arrived successfully in orbit above the planet. Hurtling through space for the past 10 months, the Maven craft slammed on the brakes by firing its thrusters. The 33-minute burn removed sufficient speed to allow the satellite to be captured by Mars' gravity. We made it to Mars...

'Alien thigh bone' on Mars? NASA says ‘highly unlikely’

'Alien thigh bone' on Mars? NASA says ‘highly unlikely’

Is this photo an alien or dinosaur thigh bone on Mars, as some conspiracy theorists have suggested? Highly unlikely, NASA scientists have concluded. The photo, taken by the Curiosity rover on August 14, had conspiracy theorists in a fit online over the past week because they believed it showed a bone-like object lying on...

Did NASA capture an alien and its shadow on the moon?

Did NASA capture an alien and its shadow on the moon?

A shadowy figure was spotted on the moon's surface last month, and since then it has grabbed the attention -- and the extremely wild imagination -- of the Internet. The Internet is pointing to aliens and an ancient statue from Greece as the true subjects of the photos, reports The Huffington Post. YouTube user...

Supermoon Sunday will be biggest moon of 2014

Supermoon Sunday will be biggest moon of 2014

On Sunday, Aug. 10, we’ll be treated to a special cosmological treat. The year’s biggest and brightest full moon will rise, reports The Washington Post. Technically there’s only one supermoon a year, and this is it. The term refers to the time when the moon, which orbits Earth in a slightly elliptical trajectory, is...

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