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Category: Space

Katana Forged from Meteorite: The Sword of Heaven

Katana Forged from Meteorite: The Sword of Heaven
Back in 2010 we heard about how the late Sir Terry Pratchett made his own sword using a bit of iron from a meteorite. The blade of this katana on the other hand was made entirely…
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Could Robotic Lawn Care Cripple Deep Space Exploration?

Could Robotic Lawn Care Cripple Deep Space Exploration?
Mowing the lawn is one of the more odious tasks homeowners have to deal with, especially during the hot summer months. But iRobot, the maker of the popular Roomba robot vacuum cleaner, wants to do away…
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Ground Control Space Beer: Way Better than Protein Pills

Ground Control Space Beer: Way Better than Protein Pills
Ground control to Major Tom. Your beer looks very different today. Ground Control is an imperial stout brewed by the Ninkasi Brewing Company in Oregon. The space part is because it is made with yeast they…
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NASA ADAPT Aims to Land on a Dime, Passes Latest Flight Test

NASA ADAPT Aims to Land on a Dime, Passes Latest Flight Test
You might not know it, but landing a spacecraft on another planet is an imprecise proposition for NASA right now. Take the Curiosity for instance; the landing area that NASA was targeting to hit with the…
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NASA Thinks One of Saturn’s Moons Could Support Life

NASA Thinks One of Saturn’s Moons Could Support Life
NASA launched the Cassini spacecraft way back in 2004 on a mission to orbit Saturn and study the planet and its moons. One of the most interesting things to study in Saturn’s orbit turned out to…
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NASA Thinks Mars Used to Have More Water than is in the Arctic Ocean

NASA Thinks Mars Used to Have More Water than is in the Arctic Ocean
One of the main reasons NASA sent rovers to Mars was to see if they could find evidence of water remaining on its surface and determine if the ancient waters of Mars allowed life to develop.…
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Rocket Salt and Pepper Mills: 3… 2… 1… Fresha Peppa!

Rocket Salt and Pepper Mills: 3… 2… 1… Fresha Peppa!
These rocket-shaped salt and pepper mills perfect kitchen accessories for astronauts. After all, I’ve heard that the food they serve on the International Space Station isn’t very tasty, and could probably use a bit of seasoning.…
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This Inflatable Night Sky Looks Awesome

This Inflatable Night Sky Looks Awesome
A London event called “Light Night” is all about bringing together dreamers, artists and engineers to build installations based which involve light. That’s always a recipe for awesomeness, but this year one team kicked things up…
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2K Games Announces “Sid Meyer’s Starships”

2K Games Announces “Sid Meyer’s Starships”
Beyond Earth has been met with much critical fanfare, because it’s Civilization in spaaaaaaaace, and that’s cool. It also took advantage of the fantasy setting and introduced things like the non-linear tech tree and other tangents…
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SpaceX Rocket Experiences Rapid Unscheduled Disassembly During Landing

SpaceX Rocket Experiences Rapid Unscheduled Disassembly During Landing
Elon Musk and SpaceX have some very ambitious plans that involve reusing the lower stages of its rockets to save money and make putting cargo and people into space cheaper. The plan involves having the first…
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NASA Travel Posters for Exoplanets it Discovered: Vacation in Space

NASA Travel Posters for Exoplanets it Discovered: Vacation in Space
NASA certainly has a lot of scientists and space geeks working for it that do very serious work, but most of these guys and gals always seem to keep a sense of humor about the work…
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Replace Star Dust with Cheeto Dust in This Apollo 11 Sweat Suit

Replace Star Dust with Cheeto Dust in This Apollo 11 Sweat Suit
You want to be an astronaut. If you don’t still admit that to yourself, you should realize that you did when you were a kid, until the stupid, adult ideas of practicality and “being reasonable” infiltrated…
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NASA Wants to Send People to Venus on Space Zeppelins

NASA Wants to Send People to Venus on Space Zeppelins
NASA is getting really metal, as of late. Mars is boring, so we should actually be going to Venus which is full of ultra-high pressures, searing temperatures, and a thick layer of clouds that are made…
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Blown Glass Solar System Ornaments Make an out of This World Tree

Blown Glass Solar System Ornaments Make an out of This World Tree
Growing up, we always saw this a glass blower at a booth in the mall on the weekends. It was awesome to see the guy make glass bowls and little figures. I always though it look…
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Pictures of a Comet: Can a Robot Win a Photojournalism Pulitzer?

Pictures of a Comet: Can a Robot Win a Photojournalism Pulitzer?
By now you’ve no doubt heard of the Philae lander’s mostly successful landing on the comet known as Comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko. This is the first time this has ever been done, and it’s both very cool and…
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rHEALTH Diagnostic Device Identifies Diseases from a Drop of Blood: Handheld House

rHEALTH Diagnostic Device Identifies Diseases from a Drop of Blood: Handheld House
We’ve seen a rise in consumer health devices in recent years, but I’ve never been impressed with any of them. Until now. DNA Medical Institute Inc. (DMI) is in the advanced stages of developing a device…
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