NASA: Is Approaching Space Object Artificial?

Comet_1342249c NASA authorities report that an unknown object approaching the Earth from deep space is almost certainly artificial in origin rather than being an asteroid. Object 2010 KQ was detected by the Catalina Sky Survey in Arizona earlier this month, and subsequently tracked by NASA's asteroid-watching service, the Near-Earth Object Program headquartered at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in California.


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Mutating Matter: New Technology Creates “Soft” Robots That Flow Like Mercury (A Weekend Feature)

Terminator2.morphLike something out of Terminator 2, researchers are developing techniques for warfare of the future to create materials that self-assemble or alter their shape, perform a function and then disassemble themselves. These capabilities offer the possibility for morphing aircraft and ground vehicles, uniforms that can alter themselves in any climate, and “soft” robots that flow like mercury through small openings to enter caves and bunker complexes.


Could the Clouds of Venus Harbor Life? Experts Say “Yes”


Scientists suspect that Venus's atmosphere might hide extraterrestrial lifeforms, and in the most extraordinary safari ever, they want to go there and capture them with a flying balloon.  Interplanetary travel, extraterrestrial life, and Venusian airships – anyone doing anything other than science is missing out.


Ancient Dwarf Galaxies Orbiting the Milky Way -Clues to Dark Matter?


Dwarf galaxies are faint, inconspicuous systems with only a few million stars, but they may ultimately play a key role in understanding dark matter. Measurements of the random motions of stars in nearby dwarf galaxies show that these galaxies may require a much larger fraction of dark matter than normal galaxies. They may be the best places to search for X-rays or gamma-rays which could result from the decay or annihilation of dark matter particles.



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