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X-37B Space Plane To Reach 500-Day Milestone In Space

The US Air Force’s X-37B, an unmanned space plane, will reach a milestone on April 25 by being in space for 500 days. The X-37B was launched on December 11, 2012. It launched on OTV-3 in Cape Canaveral, Florida, and has broken its own record of spending 469 days in space. However, little is known about the mission of the …

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Full Lunar Eclipse Coming April 15

A full lunar eclipse is not nearly as rare as a solar eclipse, but the event still draws eyes to the heavens. This month people in the Earth’s western hemisphere will get to see the moon at its most impressive. Early on the morning of April 15 the moon, Earth, and the sun will be perfectly in alignment. From Earth’s …

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Mars, Earth, And Sun All Set To Form Cosmic Alignment Called An ‘Opposition’

A rare astronomical event that takes place about every 26 months is set to happen on Tuesday, April 8th. Dubbed an “Opposition of Mars”, this spacial phenomenon involves the alignment of Mars with the Earth every 778 days. On this day, Mars, Earth, and the sun form a straight line. Since the Earth is closer than Mars is to the …

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A Saturn Moon Has Water, And Possibly Life, Scientists Say

Saturn’s moon, Enceladus, contains water – which planetary scientists have long suspected lurked beneath its icy veneer and above its rocky core – and it has been confirmed scientists announced on Thursday. Planetary scientists suspected water existed since 2005, when photographs showing geysers of ice crystals shooting out of its south pole were captured. The findings, published in the journal …

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Lunar Mystery Revealed: The Moon’s Age Now Known

We now have a better idea of how and when the moon formed after an international team of planetary scientists revealed their findings in a recent study. This is the closest we’ve come to a birth date for the moon which occurred within 100 million years of the birth of the solar system. The scientists established a “geological clock” that …

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Chile Earthquake Triggers Tsunami Waves

An 8.0-magnitude earthquake struck off the coast of Chile Tuesday around 6:46 p.m. and triggered tsunami waves. “Sea level readings indicate a tsunami was generated. It may have been destructive along coasts near the epicenter and could also be a threat to more distant coasts,” said the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center. Warnings were immediately sent out to other South American regions like …

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Global Warming Report Warns the World is “Ill-Prepared”

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) this week issued its Fifth Assessment Report on the impacts of climate change around the world. The new report states that the effects of climate change are already occurring throughout the world. The panel also warns that humans may be “ill-prepared” for the risks brought on by climate change. Last fall the IPCC …

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Yellowstone Earthquake: Caldera Remains Calm

The Norris Geyser Basin felt the seismic bass drop today – all 4.8 worth of it. No injuries were sustained in the midst of this natural phenomenon common to Yellowstone – even though it was the strongest quake to hit the park since the 80’s. Yet, raised eyebrows about these more intense quakes have had more to do with whether …

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Soyuz Docking Successful After Technical Hitch

The Russian Soyuz spacecraft successfully docked at the International Space Station on Thursday, two days after it suffered technical lags that prevented a fast track linkup after launching on Tuesday from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. The spacecraft was carrying two cosmonauts and one NASA astronaut. Commander Alexander Skvortsov controlled the automated approach as the docking mechanism engaged its counterpart …

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Pink Dwarf Planet “Biden” Found Beyond Pluto, Hints At More Planets

Scientists discovered a pink dwarf planet at the edge of the solar system, long thought to be a celestial no-man’s land. The object, officially called 2012 VP-113, is nicknamed “Biden” in jest after incumbent US Vice President Joe Biden. The dwarf planet was found by Scott Sheppard of the Carnegie Institution for Science and Chad Trujillo of the Gemini Observatory …

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Adult ADHD Diagnosis on the Rise

Earlier this month, the pharmacy management company Express Scripts released an ADHD study with surprising numbers and implications for adults. According to the researchers at Express Scripts, ADHD medication prescriptions have increased 35.5 percent from 2008 to 2012 for those with private insurance, with the total number of privately-insured users of ADHD medication topping out at 4.8 million in 2012. …

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Autism Linked to Abnormal Neurons Formed in the Womb

Though it has been confirmed that autism is not caused by vaccines, health researchers are still unclear on exactly what does cause the condition. Research is continuing on the topic and this week a new study has shown that the origins of autism may actually start in the womb. The study, published today in the New England Journal of Medicine, …

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