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Seeds may have helped birds survive extinction of the dinosaurs

While there's plenty of evidence to suggest that dinosaurs were already in decline millions of years before the asteroid impact that spelled their doom, we know that those small, feathered theropod dinosaurs, otherwise known as birds, did survive.

NASA smacks down trolling climate change deniers on Facebook

Climate change deniers take note: If you hop on social media to deny that human-caused climate change is happening, don't cite NASA incorrectly. Because if you do, the U.S. space agency may embarrass you with a public smackdown.

Which off-the-wall NASA idea might become reality?

Houston - NASA engages in serious science but it needs to engage in outside-the-box thinking in order to generate new ideas and overcome problems. New Scientist recently looked at some of these, and the best are presented here.

NASA scientists: Climate change is moving the North Pole

Beginning around the year 2000, the North Pole abruptly changed its direction and started drifting east, and its all thanks to us, scientists have discovered. The geographic North Pole is located smack in the middle of the Arctic Ocean.

Grandpa astronaut to break Scott Kelly's space record

Miami - A grandfather of three is poised to blast into space and the record books on Friday, becoming the American astronaut who has spent the longest time in space, NASA said.

Sore, but no taller, astronaut Scott Kelly adjusts to Earth

Miami - US astronaut Scott Kelly said Friday he is battling fatigue and super-sensitive skin, but is back to his normal height after nearly a year in space.

Water table dropping all over globe — 4 billion people at risk

Water is a precious resource the world cannot do without, yet water scarcity is growing faster than previously thought. A new study shows that today, over four billion people are at risk from water shortages.

NASA's Orion spacecraft being prepared for its first big mission

NASA's Orion crew module pressure vessel has arrived and is now ensconced in an upgraded version of a test stand called the "birdcage" inside the Neil Armstrong Operations and Checkout (O and C) Building high bay at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

Meteorite not responsible for killing man in India: NASA

New Delhi - NASA on Wednesday said it was unlikely a meteorite was responsible for killing a man at a college campus in India last week, as local scientists continued to examine the mysterious object recovered from the scene.

Astrophysisist Rashied Amini can help people find love Special

The former NASA employee has lent his expertise to Nanaya, an app that can determine whether or not a person will find true love based on science and probability. Digital Journal found out more.

100-foot diameter asteroid to pass close to Earth on March 5

A small asteroid that passed by Earth at a distance of 1.3 million miles away two years ago is set to make a return appearance on March 5. This time, it could come much closer to Earth, perhaps as close as 11,000 miles, says NASA.

U.S. remembers astronauts killed, pledges to reach Mars

Washington - The US space agency marks the 30th anniversary Thursday of the explosion of the space shuttle Challenger with a pledge to remember lost astronauts as it presses on toward Mars.

Astronaut’s photo of space flower a global milestone

Scott Kelly isn’t the first astronaut to tweet while in space, and he probably won’t be the last. However, on Monday morning he became the first astronaut to ever tweet a photo of a flower in full bloom grown in space.

A supernova just discovered is the brightest in recorded history

Astronomers have been calling the ASASSN-15lh supernova the brightest in history. The supernova is the largest explosion ever recorded in Space.

NASA forced to scrub plan to land unmanned ship on Mars

Lompoc - NASA has called off a planned mission to Mars early next year after scientists were unable to repair a leak in a key piece of science equipment.

NASA suspends March launch of InSight mission to Mars

Chicago - NASA announced on Tuesday it has suspended the March 2016 launch of its InSight mission to Mars because of problems with a key scientific component.

How NASA uses Earth Systems Science to analyse climate change Special

Greenbelt - Climate change doesn't mean temperatures are high just because we're using too much fossil fuels. Climate change involves a number of interactions of the Earth's systems. Digital Journal asked a NASA scientist to explain how these systems are measured.

Spacewalk repair needs only two whacks

Miami - Two solid whacks to a stuck brake handle was all it took for a spacewalking American astronaut to fix a stalled rail car outside the International Space Station, NASA said Monday.

NASA releases 'best close-ups' of Pluto

Washington - The US space agency has released a series of sharp Pluto snapshots, billing them as the best close-ups of the dwarf planet we may see for decades.

NASA resumes space-station missions on Thursday

Cape Canaveral - Commercial resupply missions to the International Space Station are expected to resume Thursday with the launch of a Orbital ATK Cygnus capsule from Cape Canaveral, Fla.

SpaceX gets new NASA contract to supply space station

Hawthorne - NASA agreed Friday that a private California aerospace company could continue to build an experimental launch vehicle expected eventually to ferry astronauts to the International Space Station.

US astronauts dodge ammonia on risky spacewalk

Miami - Two US astronauts successfully dodged hazardous ammonia flakes during a risky spacewalk Friday to complete the repair of a cooling system at the International Space Station.

Near-Earth asteroid to adorn the night sky on Halloween

Amateur space explorers are yet to get the best surprise they could have this Halloween as one “spooky” asteroid is expected to dash across Northern American skies on the evening of October 31.

NASA's K2 discovers dead star vaporizing a mini 'planet'

Mountain View - On its second mission, NASA's Kepler space telescope has found something that sounds dire, but is completely amazing: A dead star, known as a white dwarf, cannibalizing a small planet that exists within its solar system.

NASA's New Horizons Probe captures Pluto's blue hazes

“Who would have expected a blue sky in the Kuiper Belt? It’s gorgeous,” said Alan Stern, New Horizons principal investigator from Southwest Research Institute (SwRI), Boulder, Colorado.

NASA is going to light up the night sky with vapor tracers

NASA will be putting on a light show Wednesday night using a barium and strontium lasers to test the viability of some new rocket tech, and to get a glimpse at naturally occurring ion flows.

Review: ‘The Martian’ is not just realistic from NASA’s perspective Special

Even though the possibility of events in ‘The Martian’ occurring remains science fiction, the story that unfolds is wholly comprehensible and human.

Layman help sought in solving dwarf planet mysteries

Paris - Throwing open the doors to the hallowed halls of science, stumped researchers welcomed help from the public Wednesday in solving a number of nagging mysteries about dwarf planet Ceres.

NASA says it has proof of flowing water on Mars

Washington - Water appears to be flowing, at least intermittently, on the surface of Mars, NASA said Monday, a finding that could impact human understanding of the solar system.

Speculation grows about NASA's big Mars announcement today

Washington - Wild speculation continues online over what NASA plans to announce today concerning what has been discovered about Mars, the fourth planet from the sun.
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Oil Slick Spreads off Gulf Coast. NASA's Aqua satellite captured this image of the Gulf of Mexico on April 25, 2010.
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How long will this winter holiday season continue to be mostly snow-free?
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Auroras form when a "solar wind" of charged particles from the Sun enters Earth's magnetic field, accelerating electrically charged particles trapped within. The high-speed particles then crash into Earth's upper atmosphere over the polar regions, causing the atmosphere to emit a ghostly, multicolored glow.
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Mars rovers.
Mars rovers.
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Kathleen cooks some noodles for dinner.
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his full-resolution version of one of the first images taken by a rear-left Hazard-Avoidance camera on NASA's Curiosity rover, was released on Aug. 6, 2012.
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Railway workers removing snow from tracks in Poland  2010.
Railway workers removing snow from tracks in Poland, 2010.
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Comparing the size of the James Webb Space Telescope due for launch in 2018 with the Hubble Space Telescope
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Evergreen life is alive and well in Dane County, Wisconsin on New Year's Day 2012.
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Inflated BEAM module (balloon structure at top center) berthed to the Tranquility node of ISS.
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This squirrel rested only a moment amid a light snowstorm in mid-January 2012 in Madison, Wisconsin.
Artist s impression of Comet Siding Spring passing before Mars
Artist's impression of Comet Siding Spring passing before Mars
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Spectacular winter sunset near Radnor Lake in Nashville, TN
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Europa, a moon of Jupiter, appears as a thick crescent in this enhanced-color image from NASA's Galileo spacecraft, which orbited Jupiter from 1995 to 2003.
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Visual modelling of a warp bubble
Visual modelling of a warp bubble
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From more than 40 countries and 30 U.S. states, people around the world shared more than 1,400 images of themselves as part of the Wave at Saturn event organized by NASA's Cassini mission.
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From left to right  Wallops Flight Facility director Bill Wrobel; Chris Scolese  director of the God...
From left to right, Wallops Flight Facility director Bill Wrobel; Chris Scolese, director of the Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md.; NASA Administrator Charles Bolden; and former astronaut Frank Culbertson, now of Orbital Sciences Corp., pose in front of Orbital's Cygnus space capsule at Wallops near Chincoteague, Va., in 2012.
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Toronto Christmas Market at the Distillery