The Curiosity rover's ultimate self-portrait

OK, we thought the low-resolution self-portrait from yesterday was great… but here's the real goods: a monster, high-resolution awesome mosaic of 55 images taken by the Mars Hand Lens Imager (MAHLI), showing the rover at ...

Could plasma jet thrusters 'kickstart' interplanetary travel?

A great offshoot from commercial space companies getting a foothold in real missions to orbit is that the old entrepreneurial space spirit seems to have been revived. People are attempting to develop and build what could ...

NASA maps how soil nutrients affect plant productivity

(Phys.org)—A new analysis led by NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif., has estimated how much the growth of plants worldwide is limited by the amount of nutrients available in their soil. The maps produced ...

Spitzer sees light of lonesome stars

(Phys.org)—A new study using data from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope suggests a cause for the mysterious glow of infrared light seen across the entire sky. It comes from isolated stars beyond the edges of galaxies. These ...

China nuclear firm plans IPO as projects resume

A Chinese nuclear power plant builder said it plans to raise 1.8 billion yuan ($288 million) from a stock offer, as Beijing moves to restart projects frozen after Japan's atomic disaster last year.

Israelis aim to 'fix world' with custom cannabis

At the end of an unpaved road, in a quiet suburb of a sleepy town in northern Israel, horticultural revolutionaries are growing a strain of cannabis they say relieves symptoms of some chronic illnesses but without the psychotic ...

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