An Orbital Sciences Corporation Antares rocket is seen as it is rolled out to Launch Pad-0A at NASA's Wallops Flight Facility, January 5, 2014, in advance of a planned January 8 launch on Wallops Island, VA. The Antares launched a Cygnus spacecraft on a cargo resupply mission to the International Space Station.
This 5x image of peripheral nerves in an E11.5 mouse embryo won 14th place in the 2013 Nikon...
The Galápagos Islands are home to some of the most active volcanoes in the world, with more than...
Astronomers at the University of Washington have developed a new method of gauging the atmospheric pressure of exoplanets, or worlds beyond the solar system, by looking for a certain type of molecule. And if there is life out in space, scientists may one day use this same technique to detect its biosignature — the telltale chemical signs of its presence — in the atmosphere of an alien world.
This 40x image of a nerve and muscle thin section won 19th place in the 2013 Nikon Small World Photomicrophotography Competition. It was taken by Dr. David Ward of dgward.com in Oakdale, CA, using brightfield and image stacking techniques.
The 10-day tour of Europe was not your typical itinerary — Garching, Karlsruhe, Villigen, Hamburg and Oxford. In January. But David Brown and Craig Tull of the Computational Research Division and Alex Hexemer of the Advanced Light Source weren’t touring to see the sights — they more interested in seeing the lights — powerful scientific instruments known as light sources that use intense X-rays to study materials
On February 24, 2014, the sun emitted a significant solar flare, peaking at 7:49 p.m. EST. NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO), which keeps a constant watch on the sun, captured images of the event. These SDO images from 7:25 p.m. EST on February 24 show the first moments of this X-class flare in different wavelengths of light
This 5x image of a sheet weaver spider (Pityohyphantes phrygianus) with a parasitic wasp larva on its abdomen won 16th place in the 2013 Nikon Small World Photomicrophotography Competition and was taken by Mr. Geir Drange of Asker, Norway, using reflected light and focus stacking.
Our galaxy is looking far more crowded and hospitable. NASA on February 26, 2014, confirmed a bonanza of 715 newly discovered planets outside our solar system. Scientists using the planet-hunting Kepler telescope pushed the number of planets discovered in the galaxy to about 1,700. Twenty years ago, astronomers had not found any planets circling stars other than the ones revolving around our sun.
On February 19, 2014, the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) aboard NASA’s Aqua satellite flew over the Great Lakes and captured this striking false-colored image of the heavily frozen Great Lakes — one of the hardest freeze-ups in four decades.
NASA scientists have begun deploying satellites and other advanced technology to help California water officials assess the state's record drought and better manage it, officials said February 25, 2104. The California Department of Water Resources has partnered with NASA to use the space agency's satellite data and other airborne technology to better measure the snowpack, groundwater levels and predict storms.
The Leiden astrophysicist Alexey Boyarsky and his fellow researchers may have identified a trace of dark matter that could signify a new particle: the sterile neutrino. A research group in Harvard reported a very similar signal just a few days earlier.
This 200x image of a mouse vertebra section won 13th place in the 2013 Nikon Small World Photomicrophotography Competition. It was taken by Dr. Michael Paul Nelson and Samantha Smith of theDepartment of Pathology/Neuropathology, University of Alabama at Birmingham using focus stacking.
An active region of the sun just rotating into the view of NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory gives a profile view of coronal loops over about a two-day period, from February 8 to 10, 2014. Coronal loops are found around sunspots and in active regions.
This 200x image shows a polymethyl glutarimide (PMGI) polymer — silicon dioxide on polydimethylglutarimide-based resist — that grew wrinkled after exposure to solvents. It won 12th place in the 2013 Nikon Small World Photomicrophotography Competition
The upcoming world’s largest telescope has passed two critical milestones, according to founding partner The University of Texas at Austin. The Giant Magellan Telescope (GMT) has passed major reviews on its design and cost estimates and is ready to proceed to construction.
Migratory birds and military aircraft often fly in a V-shaped formation. The “V” formation greatly boosts the efficiency and range of flying birds, because all except the first fly in the upward motion of air — called upwash — from the wingtip vortices of the bird ahead. In this image of a dune field on Mars ...
This 140x image of a ghost shrimp eye won 11th place in the 2013 Nikon Small World Photomicrophotography Competition. It was taken by Miss Vitoria Tobias Santos of the Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, Rodrigo Evo Devo Group, using stereomicroscopy.
The Google Lunar XPRIZE announced the five international teams selected as finalists for Milestone Prizes, with a total purse of US$6 million to be awarded this year. The Milestone Prizes were added to recognize the technological achievements and the associated financial hurdles faced by the teams as they vie for the US$30 million Google Lunar XPRIZE, a global competition to land a robotic spacecraft on the moon by December 31, 2015.
Black holes may be dark, but the areas around them definitely are not. These dense, spinning behemoths twist up gas and matter just outside their event horizon, and generate heat and energy that gets radiated, in part, as light. And when black holes merge, they produce a bright intergalactic burst that may act as a beacon for their collision.
A full moon rises behind the United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket with NASA's Mars Atmosphere and Volatile EvolutioN (MAVEN) spacecraft onboard at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station Space Launch Complex 41, Cape Canaveral, FL, on November 17, 2013.
The scientists and inventors who make big-screen superheroes, spectacular explosions and other only-in-the-movies effects possible have their own Oscar ceremony. Kristen Bell and Michael B. Jordan hosted the film academy's Scientific and Technical Awards February 15, 2014, at the Beverly Hills Hotel, recognizing more than 50 of the most creative scientists and engineers in the movie business.
On February 11, 2013, the Landsat 8 satellite rocketed into a sunny California morning onboard a powerful Atlas V and began its life in orbit. In the year since launch, scientists have been working to understand the information the satellite has been sending back.
People who appreciate the beauty of mathematics activate the same part of their brain when they look at aesthetically pleasing formula as others do when appreciating art or music, suggesting that there is a neurobiological basis to beauty. There are many different sources of beauty — a beautiful face and a great symphony are examples of beauty derived from sensory experiences. But there are other, highly intellectual sources of beauty.
Earlier this month, NASA's Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE) observatory successfully downlinked images of the moon and stars taken by onboard camera systems, known as star trackers. This is the first time the LADEE team commanded the spacecraft to send these pictures back to Earth.
This 10x image of a thin section of a dinosaur bone preserved in clear agate won 10th place in the 2013 Nikon Small World Photomicrophotography Competition. It was taken by Mr. Ted Kinsman of Rochester Institute of Technology in Rochester, NY, using focus stacking.
As NASA's Dawn spacecraft travels to its next destination, this mosaic synthesizes some of the best views the spacecraft had of the giant asteroid Vesta. Dawn studied Vesta from July 2011 to September 2012. The towering mountain at the south pole — more than twice the height of Mount Everest — is visible at the bottom of the image. The set of three craters known as the "snowman" can be seen at the top left.
This 85x image of an insect wrapped in a spider web won ninth place in the 2013 Nikon Small World Photomicrophotography Competition. It was taken by Mr. Mark A. Sanders of the University of Minnesota using confocal, autofluorescence, and image stacking techniques.
- Page 1