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Private spacecraft will sail on streams of photons from the sun

Bill Nye and The Planetary Society want to propel a spacecraft by bouncing the sun's photons off it. The first test of such a craft will take place this May.

By January 26, 2015


Physicists win Nobel for finding neutrinos, burdened with mass, aren't so fleeting after all

For decades, physicists thought the hard-to-detect fundamental particles were massless. Not so, Takaaki Kajita and Arthur McDonald discovered, opening new research into the universe's past and present.

By October 6, 2015


There are blue skies on Pluto, NASA says

The first images of Pluto's atmospheric hazes sent back by the New Horizons spacecraft show that mornings there might not be so different from Earth's -- in at least one way.

By October 8, 2015


Universe's missing photon sources baffle scientists

There's 400 percent more light in intergalactic space than sources could produce, say researchers. Could dark matter be the cause?

By July 9, 2014


Gorgeous photo shows space station lit up from below and beyond

An astronaut aboard the International Space Station captures the craft reflecting an Earthly lightning strike in front of a cosmic backdrop.

By September 4, 2015


Universes could be created during Tuesday's leap second

What's in a single second? An awful lot, depending on when and where you are in the universe. CNET's Eric Mack ponders the value of Tuesday's extra leap second.

By June 30, 2015


Uh-oh! Bill Nye's solar spacecraft needs a reboot

The experimental LightSail spacecraft has lost communication with Earth due to a software glitch. So far, attempts to initiate a reboot have been unsuccessful.

By May 29, 2015


Bill Nye, Neil deGrasse Tyson explain why you should support solar sailing

The Planetary Society gets ready to launch its LightSail -- which travels via photon bombardment -- with the help of a Kickstarter campaign.

By May 12, 2015


As April Fools' arrives, Google flips out and T-Mobile goes to the dogs

The search giant pulls an about-face and the wireless carrier puts on a dog-and-pony show for April Fools' Day. Also: Microsoft's MS-DOS Mobile, Motorola's premium selfie stick and Samsung's smart knife.

By March 31, 2015


Light vs heat: Fujitsu rebuilds server with silicon photonics

Using Intel's silicon photonics chips, Fujitsu demonstrates how fiber-optic links can replace copper wires to handle PCI Express data transfer. The result: a machine that's easier to keep cool.

By November 6, 2013