Researchers detail how a distant black hole devoured a star
(PhysOrg.com) -- Two studies appearing in the Aug. 25 issue of the journal Nature provide new insights into a cosmic accident that has been streaming X-rays toward Earth since late March. NASA's Swift satell ...
MIT African teen guest fashions battery, plans windmill (w/ video)
OPALS project uses laser beams for Earth-space communications
(Phys.org) —You may know opals as fiery gemstones, but something special called OPALS is floating above us in space. On the International Space Station, the Optical Payload for Lasercomm Science (OPALS) ...
Russian spaceship may fail to dock to ISS
An unmanned Russian spaceship carrying 2.5 tonnes of cargo may be unable to properly dock with the International Space Station after its navigation antenna failed to properly deploy, Interfax said on Thursday. ...
GRAIL moon mission in final preparations for September launch
NASA's Gravity Recovery And Interior Laboratory (GRAIL) mission to study the moon is in final launch preparations for a scheduled Sept. 8 launch from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.
A new way to see space – even its junk
When a large radio telescope in the Australian outback was unveiled last week its improved sensitivity was immediately apparent. It transformed images of supernova remnants taken with last year's equipment ...
Tech review: The Livio Radio
Product: The Livio Radio, an Internet radio stereo featuring Pandora radio.
Seeing stars, finding nukes: Radio telescopes can spot clandestine nuclear tests
In the search for rogue nukes, researchers have discovered an unlikely tool: astronomical radio telescopes.
Space station OPALS points to ramped up returns for research
It is a good thing that nobody ever told the International Space Station that it is considered rude to point. Scientists plan to ignore this much touted rule of manners when using the orbiting research platform ...
Sending Australians into space
India's recent launch of a mission to Mars should cause us to contemplate Australia's potential role, or lack of one, in such ventures. ...
Samsung introduces free streaming radio service
Samsung on Friday unveiled a new free music service for its phones that it touts as a significant improvement from the apps already on the market.
How Google removed the muzzle on Twitter in Egypt
(AP) -- Even before his first day on the job at Google, Ujjwal Singh was trying to figure out how to use his passion for the spoken word and the company's technological prowess to help Egyptians bypass government ...
Researchers show how to use portable devices' built-in motion sensors to improve data rates on wireless networks
For most of the 20th century, the paradigm of wireless communication was a radio station with a single high-power transmitter. As long as you were within 20 miles or so of the transmitter, you could pick up ...
Spotify doesn't quite hit the spot
Subscription services have been touted as the future of music for the past decade. But at least in this country, they've never taken off.