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    3 December 2013 12:28 AM 51

    NASA will host a Google+ Hangout at 12:30 p.m. PST (3:30 p.m. EST) on Wednesday, Dec. 4, to discuss images of Saturn taken by the agency's Cassini spacecraft. The Hangout also will look ahead to the next few years of the Cassini mission. The event will also be broadcast live on NASA Television and streamed on the agency's website. The panelists are: -- Kunio

  • Haunting NASA photo of Titan shows mysterious south polar ‘hood’

    2 December 2013 6:29 PM 67

    This view looks toward the trailing hemisphere of Titan. North on Titan is up and rotated 32 degrees to the left. The image was taken with the Cassini spacecraft narrow-angle camera on July 14, 2013 using a spectral filter sensitive to wavelengths of near-infrared light centered at 938 nanometers. The view was obtained at a distance of approximately

  • Who said cats and dogs can't be friends? Cheetah and Labrador who grew up together as brother and sister show off their adorable bond

    1 December 2013 2:04 AM 39

    They were raised together as an unlikely brother and sister, and for the past two years Kasi the cheetah and Mtani the labrador have spent their days rollicking around without a care in the world. Brought together in April 2011, when they were both no more than three-months old, Kasi and Mtani grew up at the Cheetah habitat of Busch Gardens, Tampa, Florida

  • Supercomputers could help solve health problems

    30 November 2013 11:32 PM 56

    A leading computer science expert is travelling to Christchurch this month, to show how supercomputers can be used to help solve health problems, and science and engineering issues. Professor Martin Berzins from the University of Utah says supercomputers are capable of more than a quadrillion calculations a second. That's 10 to the power of 15 - or roughly

  • Protective measures are a 'death sentence' for rare dolphin say campaigners

    30 November 2013 3:33 AM 49

    Measures to protect one of the world's rarest dolphins have been denounced as a "death sentence" by campaigners. Only 55 adult Maui's dolphins are known to survive off the coast of New Zealand but their numbers are being threatened by fishing and disease. The NZ government has proposed extending a protection zone to save the tiny, black and white cetaceans

  • Comet survives brush with the sun

    30 November 2013 3:29 AM 45

    Astronomers say core parts of a comet which has been on course for a close encounter with the Sun have survived, and come out the other side. Dr Tom Kerrs is watching the rare event at the Greenwich Observatory in London. "So it's growing another coma - another cometary atmosphere, and it's gradually brightening again. "So I think a substantial, maybe

  • NASA enhances "Space Station Live" and launches new weekly web series

    29 November 2013 8:43 PM 143

    Starting in December, NASA will show the public the International Space Station in new ways that will highlight all the scientific research, cutting-edge technology testing, and even the wonder of living and working in space. NASA is enhancing its daily NASA Television "Space Station Live" program and beginning a new weekly web series called "Space to Ground

  • Kiwi researchers to work on mega telescope

    26 November 2013 4:07 AM 50

    WELLINGTON - Researchers from the Auckland University of Technology (AUT) and Victoria University of Wellington have scored work on the world's largest ever telescope project. They will help build processors for the Square Kilometre Array radio telescopes being built in Australia and South Africa. The telescopes will enable astronomers to monitor the sky faster

  • China's moon landing next month is trouble for NASA

    25 November 2013 4:38 PM 66

    China's mission to robotically land on the moon next month is sure to stir up lunar dust, but it may also cause a political dustup, too. China is in the final stages of preparing its robotic Chang'e 3 moon lander to launch atop a Long March 3B rocket, slated for liftoff in early December. The ambitious mission is built to first orbit the moon, then propel

  • Deadly New Zealand Earthquakes Weakened Earth's Crust

    25 November 2013 12:06 PM 60

    A series of deadly earthquakes that shook New Zealand in 2010 and 2011 may have weakened a portion of Earth's crust, researchers say. New Zealand lies along the dangerous Ring of Fire — a narrow zone around the Pacific Ocean where about 90 percent of all the world's earthquakes, and 80 percent of the largest ones, strike. A devastating magnitude- 6.3 quake