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Space Scientists Develop Harpoon System to Capture Rogue Satellites and Clean up Space Junk

Space Scientists Develop Harpoon System to Capture Rogue Satellites and Clean up Space Junk

Space junk has rapidly become a major problem for the world's space agencies. Decades of satellite launches and missions have left the Earth’s orbit filled with pieces of junk such as fuel tanks, lost

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NASA Records Earth’s “Dawn Chorus” Produced By The Planet’s Magnetosphere

NASA Records Earth’s “Dawn Chorus” Produced By The Planet’s Magnetosphere

Previously we reported on the work of two researchers who recorded the 'sounds of smog' in and around California, but now NASA has successfully recorded the sound of the entire planet! Using twin

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Climate Change: What the Presidential Candidates Don’t Want to Talk About This Election

Climate Change: What the Presidential Candidates Don’t Want to Talk About This Election

When it comes to climate change, everyone knows that the US is a deeply divided country -- particularly with respect to the science behind the theory. Despite evidence from multiple independent,

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NASA is Working on a Real-Life Star Trek Warp Drive

NASA is Working on a Real-Life Star Trek Warp Drive

Warp drive – or travel at speeds faster than light – has long been one of the cornerstones of science fiction, however top NASA scientist Dr. Harold “Sonny” White recently stated

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6 Out of This World Space-Based Solar Power Designs

6 Out of This World Space-Based Solar Power Designs

SPS-ALPHA This margarita glass-shaped space setup is nicknamed, SPS-ALPHA - which is short for Solar Power Satellite via Arbitrarily Large PHased Array. It consists of a large array of thin-film

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Study Shows Bacteria Gobbled 200,000 Tons Of BP Oil in the Gulf of Mexico

Study Shows Bacteria Gobbled 200,000 Tons Of BP Oil in the Gulf of Mexico

Have you seen those BP commercials that talk about how the Gulf Coast is “open for business”? These ads are little more than BP-sponsored propaganda to assuage people’s fears about

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British 19-Year-Old Takes Incredible Satellite Pictures Using a £30 Camera and a Helium Balloon.

British 19-Year-Old Takes Incredible Satellite Pictures Using a £30 Camera and a Helium Balloon.

It seems that taking amazing pictures of Earth from space is no longer a task solely for NASA and astronauts on board the International Space Station. A 19-year old teenager in the UK has managed to take

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Astronauts Fix the International Space Station With a Modified Common Toothbrush

Astronauts Fix the International Space Station With a Modified Common Toothbrush

Toothbrush photo from Shutterstock When it comes to sheer ingenuity, you can't beat the geniuses at NASA. After all, these are the people that put the Curiosity Rover on Mars, men on the moon and

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NASA and Mongabay Create Global Forest Disturbance Alert System to Track Deforestation

NASA and Mongabay Create Global Forest Disturbance Alert System to Track Deforestation

Deforestation Image via Shutterstock A collaboration between NASA researchers at Ames laboratory in California and the environmental news and watchdog site, Mongabay has created a tool that tracks

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Former NASA Engineer Develops mWater App to Test Water Quality

Former NASA Engineer Develops mWater App to Test Water Quality

Environmental engineer John Feighery always wanted to be an astronaut, but instead he ended up designing the bathroom for the International Space Station. That project gave him a unique perspective on

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NASA Provides $100,000 Funding For Supersonic, Fuel-Efficient Ninja Star Jet

NASA Provides $100,000 Funding For Supersonic, Fuel-Efficient Ninja Star Jet

An engineer from the University of Miami has received $100,000 from NASA to develop a fuel-efficient supersonic aircraft shaped like a ninja star. Working with a team from Florida State University,

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LiftPort Group Launches Kickstarter to Build a Space Elevator on the Moon

LiftPort Group Launches Kickstarter to Build a Space Elevator on the Moon

At Inhabitat we've seen several stories about planned space elevators, but this is the first time we've heard about one that could actually come to fruition using the technology we have available today.

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NASA To Power New Fleet of Satellites With Android Smartphones

NASA To Power New Fleet of Satellites With Android Smartphones

Just how smart are smartphones becoming? A team of scientists at NASA’s Ames Research center in California are currently working on a fleet of miniature satellites that are powered by Android devices.

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NASA’s Attempt at Developing a Greener Planetary Lander Crashes During Test Flight

NASA’s Attempt at Developing a Greener Planetary Lander Crashes During Test Flight

Last week, NASA pulled off one of its greatest feats ever by safely landing a one-ton robotic rover named Curiosity over 150 million miles away on Mars. Meanwhile, back on Earth, the space

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NASA Engineer Makes Mini Mars Curiosity Rover Out Of LEGO Bricks!

NASA Engineer Makes Mini Mars Curiosity Rover Out Of LEGO Bricks!

The successful landing of the Mars Curiosity rover last week has inspired people around the world. A few enterprising geeks at BattleBricks decided to immortalize it in LEGO form, and now a NASA designer

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NASA’s New Z-1 Spacesuit Cools Astronauts Using the Same Principle as Sweating

NASA’s New Z-1 Spacesuit Cools Astronauts Using the Same Principle as Sweating

NASA has developed a brand-new spacesuit to replace their current version, which has been in use since 1992. The Z-1 spacesuit is currently a prototype, but it is hoped that it will play a key role in the

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Rooftop Green Sky Growers Produce Thousands of Pounds of Fish and Veg in Florida

Rooftop Green Sky Growers Produce Thousands of Pounds of Fish and Veg in Florida

Growing fish in a contained environment produces water that is contaminated with ammonia, but when combined with hydroponics, plants filter out the polluted water, converting the ammonia into nitrates.

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Mini Mars Curiosity Rover Made Entirely of LEGOs by BattleBricks

Mini Mars Curiosity Rover Made Entirely of LEGOs by BattleBricks

On Sunday, America watched with bated breath as the Curiosity Rover successfully touched down on the surface of Mars. For two years, the highly advanced, nuclear-powered rover will explore the surface of

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NASA’s James Hansen: Data Proves Global Warming is Causing Crazy Weather

NASA’s James Hansen: Data Proves Global Warming is Causing Crazy Weather

James E. Hansen, head of the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies, declared Aug. 3 that a new study by him and colleagues Makiko Sato and Reto Ruedy proves global warming is causing the extreme

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Google and Landsat Create Time-Lapse Videos Showing 40 Years of Environmental Destruction in the Amazon

Google and Landsat Create Time-Lapse Videos Showing 40 Years of Environmental Destruction in the Amazon

Landsat and Google Earth Engine may have created the closest thing we have ever seen to a virtual time machine. Forty years of satellite images of the Earth's surface have been organized, compiled, and

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NASA Testing Space-Based 3D Printers to Create Tools on Trips to Mars

NASA Testing Space-Based 3D Printers to Create Tools on Trips to Mars

When something breaks in space, ordering a replacement part can be an astronomical inconvenience.  Yet, what if astronauts could simply produce the components they needed on demand? NASA is

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NASA Astronauts On Mars Mission Will Eat 100% Vegan Menu

NASA Astronauts On Mars Mission Will Eat 100% Vegan Menu

As NASA gears up for its proposed manned missions to Mars in 2030, the space administration's Advanced Food Technology (AFT) project is ensuring that the crew will have a completely vegan diet of fresh

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Boeing’s Hydrogen-Powered ‘Phantom Eye’ Successfully Completes Its First Flight

Boeing’s Hydrogen-Powered ‘Phantom Eye’ Successfully Completes Its First Flight

Boeing's drone aircraft, the Phantom Eye UAV, just completed its debut autonomous flight on June 1 at NASA’s Dryden Flight Research Center at Edwards Air Force Base in California. The aircraft intially

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NASA To Turn Former Spy Satellites Into Galactic Observers

NASA To Turn Former Spy Satellites Into Galactic Observers

Two satellites, formerly owned by the National Reconnaissance Office (who operate all of the US spy satellites), have been given to NASA for use. The satellites, which are approximately the same size as

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The Green Wheel is a NASA-Inspired Rotary Hydroponic Garden

The Green Wheel is a NASA-Inspired Rotary Hydroponic Garden

The Green Wheel by DesignLibero is a NASA-inspired rotary hydroponic garden. NASA has come up with many ideas over the years, but due to budget and time constraints a lot have been discarded. Among them

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Tom Sachs and Nike Transform Astronaut Gear into Space-Themed Apparel

Tom Sachs and Nike Transform Astronaut Gear into Space-Themed Apparel

New York-based artist Tom Sachs has teamed up with Nike on a capsule collection that combines Sach's DIY ethos and his preoccupation with space exploration with the sportswear giant's yen for

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NASA’s New LEED Platinum Sustainability Base is the Greenest Federal Building in the US – PHOTOS

NASA’s New LEED Platinum Sustainability Base is the Greenest Federal Building in the US – PHOTOS

Situated at Moffet Field in Mountain View, California, the $25 million NASA Sustainability Base features a front facade that takes design cues from the International Space Station. At a media unveiling

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New Solar Satellite Could Harvest the Sun’s Rays 24/7 From Outer Space

New Solar Satellite Could Harvest the Sun’s Rays 24/7 From Outer Space

Since the early 1970s, scientists have been toying with the idea of collecting solar power in space, where solar collection rates are stronger than on the surface of the Earth. But because of the costs

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NASA Climate Scientist Compares Climate Change to Slavery

NASA Climate Scientist Compares Climate Change to Slavery

This week, NASA climate scientist James Hansen described climate change as a “great moral issue” similar to the movement to end slavery. He linked the climate change debate with the 19th century

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NASA-Funded Scientists Find That The World’s Clouds are Getting Lower

NASA-Funded Scientists Find That The World’s Clouds are Getting Lower

Chicken Little might have been onto something. Scientists at a NASA-funded university study in Auckland have found that the billowy clouds that cover our Earth are getting lower. Over the past decade,

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