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The U.K. finally gets its own space agency

The U.K. finally gets its own space agency

The United Kingdom has firmed up its position within the ranks of the space-faring, announcing on March 23 the creation of a new space center and an impending consolidated national space agency.

March 25, 2010 — John Matson
A star buzzing through the outer solar system? Bring it on

A star buzzing through the outer solar system? Bring it on

A Russian astronomer turned a few heads earlier this month when he published a paper noting that a dwarf star, currently 63 light-years away, will very likely dip into the outer edge of our solar system in fewer than two million years.

March 25, 2010 — John Matson
Astronaut Scott Altman and director Toni Myers talk <i>Hubble 3D</i>

Astronaut Scott Altman and director Toni Myers talk Hubble 3D

Back in May 2009, the Hubble Space Telescope got its final tune-up. The seven astronauts of the STS-125 mission flew to Hubble on space shuttle Atlantis, grabbed the observatory with a robotic arm and pulled Hubble into the shuttle's open payload bay for repair.

March 24, 2010 — John Matson
A good year for wine collectors: Carbon dating can accurately determine the vintage

A good year for wine collectors: Carbon dating can accurately determine the vintage

The most expensive wine ever sold in the U.S. was a Montrachet 1978 from Domaine de la Romanee-Cont, according to a report by Forbes.com. Following a bidding war between two avid collectors, the seven-bottle lot sold for a whopping $167,500 (almost $24,000 per bottle) in a 2001 auction at New York City's Sotheby's.

March 23, 2010 — Katie Moisse
Volcanoes killed with global warming, 200 million years ago

Volcanoes killed with global warming, 200 million years ago

When Pangaea finally broke up, some 200 million years ago, the result was a lot of heat. Specifically, volcanism, as enormous flows of basalt burst to the surface, ultimately covering more than nine million square kilometers.

March 23, 2010 — David Biello

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Beyond XX and XY

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