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Astronomy Photo of the Day: 3/20/15 — WR 22

WR 22 in Carina (Image Credit: ESO) The Carina Nebula is inarguably in the top 10 most epic nebulae known to man, and as we move closer Hubble’s 25th anniversary, we’ll be revisiting many iconic regions of star formation.

Possibility of Alien Life is Greatest on Europa, Enceladus, & Ganymede

Image via NASA “Life is not a miracle. It is a natural phenomenon, and can be expected to appear whenever there is a planet whose conditions duplicate those of the Earth.” Such were the words of Harold Urey, physical chemist famed for his contributions to our understanding of organic matter.

Quantum Experiment Verifies”Spooky Action at a Distance”

Image via NYU An experiment devised in Griffith University’s Centre for Quantum Dynamics has for the first time demonstrated Albert Einstein’s original conception of “spooky action at a distance” using a single particle.

NASA and Russia May Unite to Build a New Space Station, Will Continue Work on ISS

The ISS & Earth (Credit: NASA) In case you didn’t know, things have been a little, well, tense in space.

First View of a Macroscopic Quantum State

This is an artist’s impression of a beam of entangled photons. (Image Credit: ICFO) In a recent study published in Physical Review Letters and highlighted by the magazine Science News, the research group led by ICREA Prof at ICFO Morgan Mitchell has detected, for the first time, entanglement among individual photon pairs in a beam of squeezed light.

Astronomy Photo of the Day: 3/29/15 — NGC 5253

Image Credit: Jean Turner This galaxy may not look like much, and by galactic standards, it totally isn’t—that’s not to say it doesn’t have interesting qualities.

Here’s What Happened in Science Today (video)

Welcome to “Todays science in 60 seconds.” In this series, we highlight some of the most interesting and important events of the day.

The Largest Galaxy In the Known Universe: IC 1011

Largest known galaxy compared with the Milky Way. Image via Discovery Galaxies. The Universe is littered with them.

15 Fun and Interesting Facts About Mars (Infographic)

Mars has been a target for our missions ever since the dawn of the space race. The planet, which is named after the Roman god of war because of its red blood-like appearance, has certainly claimed its fair share of rovers and probes.

What’s In Our Solar System? (Infographic)

Here’s a look at everything that we’ve found in our solar system that is over 200 miles (321 km) in diameter.

Astronomy Photo of the Day: 3/28/15 — Pacman Nebula

Image Credit: X-ray: NASA/CXC/CfA/S.Wolk; IR: NASA/JPL/CfA/S.Wolk Pacman—a figure from one of the most iconic games of all time—bears some resemblance to this star forming region when viewed at certain wavelengths.

A Halt in the Quest for Dark Matter: Problems With the Large Hadron Collider (LHC)

View of the CMS detector in the surface hall at Cessy. Image via CERN After a 2 year hiatus for updates, the LHC was set to resume work this month.

Making a Superhero: Team Creates Night Vision Eye Drops

Little kids dream of swinging like Spider-man, flying like Superman, and controlling the weather like Storm.

New Leads in How Bees Fight Infections

Bees on a hive. Credit: Bernardo Niño, Penn State Honey bees use different sets of genes, regulated by two distinct mechanisms, to fight off viruses, bacteria and gut parasites, according to researchers at Penn State and the Georgia Institute of Technology.

Timeline of Earth’s Future (Infographic)

Earth is the birthplace of the human race—the only planet in the cosmos known to harbor any form of life.

Astronomy Photo of the Day: 3/27/15 — NGC 2100 & The Tarantula Nebula

Image Credit: ESO (Acknowledgement: David Roma) Meet NGC 2100: a star cluster with an accompanying nebula in one of the Milky Way’s satellite galaxies, the Large Magellanic Cloud.

10 Things Most People Don’t Know About Albert Einstein

Einstein is probably one of the smartest human beings who ever lived, and he is certainly one of the smartest people (if not the smartest person) that the average individual can name.

Powering the Future: New Breakthrough in Solar Panels

Image via Mdvesia Researchers at MIT and Stanford University have developed a new kind of solar cell that combines two different layers of sunlight-absorbing material in order to harvest a broader range of the sun’s energy.

Mind-Bending View of a Solar Eclipse from the Stratosphere

The solar eclipse on Friday, March 20, 2015, photographed at 14,000 meters. Credit and copyright: Guillaume Cannat.

Patented Energy Force Field Might Defend Troops Against Explosions in the Future

The drawing that accompanies the patent application (via: Boeing) Once again, science fiction has become science fact with news that Boeing has submitted a patent that reportedly uses high energy force-fields to protect infrastructure from the shock waves propagated by explosions. Boeing, in their own words, calls the hypothetical gizmo a “method and system for shockwave attenuation via electromagnetic arc.” According to reports, the device—which was developed using Improvised Explosive Device (IED) research—probably won’t live up to all our sci-fi expectations: it works only to attenuate shockwaves.