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Should SETI Stop Looking?

Should SETI Stop Looking?

Of all the questions in science, few have haunted humans as persistently as this: Are we alone? For more than 50 years, scientists have listened for a signal from intelligent life on other planets… and come up empty. Now, they're running short of money. Is it time to give up?

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Earth to ET: I'm Not Listening!

Earth to ET: I'm Not Listening!

SETI's Allen Telescope Array is placed in hibernation due to funding cuts, putting the search for extraterrestrial intelligence on hold.

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Producer's Notes: Searching for Life on Mars

Producer's Notes: Searching for Life on Mars

Science to the side, Mars has meant many things to us earthlings.

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Serving Up Delicious Scoops of Sun Daily

Serving Up Delicious Scoops of Sun Daily

The Solar Dynamics Observatory was launched last year, and since then has been capturing high resolution, multi-wavelength visible and extreme-ultraviolet imagery at very frequent intervals.

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Celebrating 50 Years with Yuri

Celebrating 50 Years with Yuri

50 years ago the launch of a bell-shaped capsule called “Vostok 1” on April 12th, 1961 by Soviet Cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin made history as the first human to enter outer space. Yuri’s Night was created to connect and inspire the globe about human spaceflight.

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The Word From Mercury:  MESSENGER Has Been Delivered

The Word From Mercury: MESSENGER Has Been Delivered

History has been made yet again: NASA's MESSENGER spacecraft is now in orbit around the solar system's innermost planet!

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SuperMoon—or Paul Bunyan Moon?

SuperMoon—or Paul Bunyan Moon?

On March 19, the Full Moon coincided with the Moon's closest approach to Earth. Was this "Super Moon" really super, or did it grow largest in the telling?

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Mark your Calendar for the Golden State Star Party

Mark your Calendar for the Golden State Star Party

The Golden State Star Party is the only major stargazing "star party" that occurs in Northern California.

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Goodnight, Supermoon

Goodnight, Supermoon

Did you see the supermoon through this weekend’s cloudy skies? The supermoon is a full moon that appears to loom super large and super bright in the sky, because the earth and moon are as close together as they get.

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DIY Telescope Workshop at The Randall Museum

DIY Telescope Workshop at The Randall Museum

Learn to make your own telescope and take a whole new look at the night sky.

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Mastodons, Mummies, and Meteorites:  Evidence of Life Out There?

Mastodons, Mummies, and Meteorites: Evidence of Life Out There?

A recent publishing of the investigation of a rare class of meteorite (the CI1 Carbonaceous Chondrite) by Dr. Richard Hoover of NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center has caused another stir among scientists and the news media regarding possible origins of life on Earth and life in the Universe in general.

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NASA's Cosmic Two-For-One Deal:  A Return to Comet Tempel 1

NASA's Cosmic Two-For-One Deal: A Return to Comet Tempel 1

On February 14, 2011, NASA encountered the comet Tempel 1 using the recycled Stardust spacecraft. For the first time in history, they visited the same comet twice – affording them the opportunity to observe changes in the icy body.

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Behind-The-Scenes at NASA Ames Research Center

Behind-The-Scenes at NASA Ames Research Center

NASA invites social media fans on Twitter to get an inside look at its research centers and speak with scientists and astronauts.

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Kepler's Smokin' Performance: Zero to 68 in 4 Months!

Kepler's Smokin' Performance: Zero to 68 in 4 Months!

NASA's Kepler mission announces the results from its first four months of observations: 1235 possible planets around other stars!

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Famous African-American Astronauts

Famous African-American Astronauts

This April is the 50th Anniversary of Yuri Gagiran going into space, the 30th Anniversary of the first US Space Shuttle Columbia launching into space and the 10th Anniversary of Yuri’s Night.

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Volcano Slushies and Floating Robots: Titanic Possibilities

Volcano Slushies and Floating Robots: Titanic Possibilities

Saturn’s little moon, Titan, just keeps getting more and more interesting.

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It's a Long, Long Way to Alderaan, but Kepler 10B is a Sight Closer

It's a Long, Long Way to Alderaan, but Kepler 10B is a Sight Closer

Among the thousands of vivid and unique Earth-sized planets we have come to know through Science Fiction, NASA's Kepler mission has now given us our first real one: meet Kepler 10b.

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Goodbye to the Bevatron

Goodbye to the Bevatron

With the demolition of the Bevatron, a chapter of the Bay Area's high-level physics research comes to a close.

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To Boldly Go…Alone

To Boldly Go…Alone

The idea of a one-way, one-astronaut mission to Mars isn't brand new, even in the non-sci-fi world of real space exploration chatter, but it has recently resurfaced in the news.

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Midnight Delight: Total Lunar Eclipse

Midnight Delight: Total Lunar Eclipse

The Moon and the Earth have a very special relationship in the Cosmos, and one of the most striking and beautiful examples of the this takes place Monday evening: a total lunar eclipse.

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