Ten big science stories of 2018 – BBC News
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Ten big science stories of 2018 – BBC News

The year 2018 provided plenty to chew on if you’re interested in science and the environment. From the stark warning from climate scientists about the dangers of letting temperatures rise beyond 1.5C to the discovery of a 20km-wide liquid water lake on Mars, it was a memorable year.Here’s a rundown of some of 2018’s most…

The fascinating story behind the most famous picture of Earth ever taken – Business Insider South Africa
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The fascinating story behind the most famous picture of Earth ever taken – Business Insider South Africa

The famous “Earthrise” photo taken by Apollo 8 astronauts during their trip around the moon on December 24, 1968. “Earthrise” is the first image of Earth captured by humans from space. The photo of Earth was taken aboard Apollo 8 on December 24, 1968, by lunar module pilot Bill Anders. The image made people aware…

Beyond Earthrise: Other Views from Apollo 8 – Vintage Space : Vintage Space – Discover Magazine
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Beyond Earthrise: Other Views from Apollo 8 – Vintage Space : Vintage Space – Discover Magazine

Apollo 8’s iconic Earthrise. NASA “Earthrise” was taken 50 years ago this Christmas, and it’s one of the most — if not the most — iconic images of the 20th century. It’s the image that gave us the idea that we went to the Moon and discovered the Earth. But there are so many other…

These Are The Top 10 Hubble Images Of 2018 – Forbes
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These Are The Top 10 Hubble Images Of 2018 – Forbes

Science The Universe is out there, waiting for you to discover it. Hubble’s advanced camera for surveys identified a number of ultra-distant galaxy clusters, allowing us to probe whether dark energy is a cosmological constant or not. These ultra-distant clusters display star-formation rates far greater than the clusters we observe today. Despite how wondrous this…

With first-ever landing on moon’s farside, China enters “Luna Incognita” – PBS NewsHour
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With first-ever landing on moon’s farside, China enters “Luna Incognita” – PBS NewsHour

China is once again on the threshold of a historic first in its fast-paced exploration of Earth’s moon. Having sent three previous missions moonward since 2007, including one that hosted the nation’s first-ever robotic lander and rover, China’s latest lunar foray began in the early hours of December 8, 2018, when a Long March-3B carrier…

Curious Kids: why does the world store nuclear waste and not just shoot it into the Sun or deep space? – The Conversation AU
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Curious Kids: why does the world store nuclear waste and not just shoot it into the Sun or deep space? – The Conversation AU

This is an article from Curious Kids, a series for children. You can send your question to [email protected] You might also like the podcast Imagine This, a co-production between ABC KIDS listen and The Conversation, based on Curious Kids. Why does the world store nuclear waste and just not shoot it into the Sun or…

NASA lab confirms DNA sugar can be made in space, adding evidence that ‘life’ could be all over the universe – Teslarati
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NASA lab confirms DNA sugar can be made in space, adding evidence that ‘life’ could be all over the universe – Teslarati

NASA researchers at the Ames’ Astrophysics and Astrochemistry Lab in Mountain View, California have provided the first experimental evidence demonstrating that the sugar in DNA – 2-deoxyribose – can be formed in interstellar space. In their study published on December 18, 2018 in the journal Nature Communications, Michel Nuevo, George Cooper, and Scott Sandford combined…

A porch pirate glitter bomb video brought Christmas schadenfreude to millions. Some of it was staged. – New Zealand Herald
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A porch pirate glitter bomb video brought Christmas schadenfreude to millions. Some of it was staged. – New Zealand Herald

In a Christmas-joy-killing admission, the NASA engineer who constructed a glitter shooting, fart-smell-spraying device to get back at porch pirates told the world his video of package thieves getting their smelly, sparkly just deserts was at least partially staged. Mark Rober, in a statement on Twitter Thursday, said he’d removed more than a minute of…

A big space crash likely made Uranus lopsided – Phys.org
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A big space crash likely made Uranus lopsided – Phys.org

Home Astronomy & Space Astronomy / Space Exploration December 21, 2018 December 21, 2018 by Seth Borenstein This image made from video provided by Durham University astronomy researcher Jacob Kegerreis shows a computer simulation generated by the open-source code SWIFT that depicts an object crashing into the planet Uranus. Kegerreis says the detailed simulations show…

News | Holiday Asteroid Imaged with NASA Radar – Jet Propulsion Laboratory
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News | Holiday Asteroid Imaged with NASA Radar – Jet Propulsion Laboratory

The December 2018 close approach by the large, near-Earth asteroid 2003 SD220 has provided astronomers an outstanding opportunity to obtain detailed radar images of the surface and shape of the object and to improve the understanding of its orbit. The asteroid will fly safely past Earth on Saturday, Dec. 22, at a distance of about…