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Planet-eating stars could help search for other 'Earths'

Some suns gobble up the planets revolving around them, creating unique chemical signatures that could help astronomers in their planetary hunt.

By May 20, 2014

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Don't start up the warp drive yet, Earth's cousins might be hard to spot

Identifying distant planets that might be able to support life turns out not to be as straightforward as we might think, new research finds.

By April 28, 2014

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Visiting Mauna Kea, the world's best spot for stargazing

Crave's Eric Mack recently trekked to the top of Hawaii's Mauna Kea volcano to visit one of the most advanced observatories on Earth, the "eyes of humanity" in the middle of the Pacific.

By February 19, 2014

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Baby pictures! NASA offers first look at Milky Way in its infancy

Observations made with the Hubble Space Telescope show how our galaxy has grown over billions of years.

By November 14, 2013

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Scientists outsmart dangerous bacteria using infrared light

Researchers in Vienna have developed a technique to quickly distinguish between strains of staph infection bacteria that can cause chronic infections and those that cannot.

By July 12, 2013

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'Blue Waters' supercomputer helps crack HIV code

Researchers say they have determined the precise chemical structure of the HIV capsid, a protein shell that protects HIV's genetic material and enables it to debilitate the immune system.

By May 29, 2013

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Nanotech device could step in for dogs to sniff out explosives

Scientists say their tech is inspired by the canine olfactory mucus layer, which absorbs and then concentrates airborne molecules.

By November 20, 2012

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Curiosity fires ChemCam laser for first time on Mars

The mission's Chemistry and Camera instrument, or ChemCam, hit a fist-size rock with 30 pulses of its laser during a 10-second period. Each pulse delivers more than a million watts of power for about five one-billionths of a second.

By August 21, 2012

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In key test, Curiosity zaps Mars rock with powerful laser

In another milestone for NASA's Curiosity Mars rover, a powerful laser fires on a nearby rock, vaporizing its outer layers for spectroscopic examination.

By August 19, 2012

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Multitasking too much? Brain sensor could lighten the load

It doesn't quite read your mind, but the experimental Brainput device tracks brain activity to recognize when users are multitasking to offload work.

By May 15, 2012