Even 260 miles above Earth, it's Thanksgiving day. In a message taped earlier in the week, NASA astronaut Barry "Butch" Wilmore, commander of the Expedition 42 crew aboard the International Space Station, sent a special message to everyone back on the ground.
- CBS News
WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 26, 2014
Genetic blueprints attached to a rocket survived a short spaceflight and later passed on their biological instructions.
- Scientific American
Alien life might flourish on an exotic kind of carbon dioxide, researchers say. This "supercritical" carbon dioxide, which has features of both liquids and gases, could be key to extraterrestrial organisms much as water is to biology on Earth.
Even though black holes are vital to our understanding of the universe, no one has ever seen one-yet. To change this, a team of scientists in northern Chile, is using a network of telescopes around the globe to capture an image of a black hole for the first time to prove Einstein’s Theory of General Relativity.
- PBS Newshour
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 25, 2014
Somewhere dark and icy on a comet 320 million miles away, the history-making, comet-bouncing Philae spacecraft is sleeping. Its batteries are depleted and there isn’t enough sunlight to recharge. But while the lander finished its primary job, collecting invaluable data on the surface of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, the Rosetta mission is far from over. For many scientists, the excitement is just beginning.
Sci-fi fans who hope humanity can one day zoom to distant corners of the universe via wormholes, theoretical tunnels through the fabric of space-time that could potentially allow rapid travel between widely separated points, as astronauts do in the recent film "Interstellar," shouldn't hold their breath.
- Discovery News
A 1,700-year-old cemetery has been excavated along the route of the Silk Road in northwest China. Seven of the ten excavated tombs were large, brick structures, one of which contained carvings of mythical creatures.
MONDAY, NOVEMBER 24, 2014
A scientist in the US is offering an alternative to the celebrated 'Turing Test' to determine whether a machine or computer programme exhibits human-level intelligence.
- Business Standard
NASA will soon take an important step into the future with the first flight test of the Orion spacecraft -- the first vehicle in history capable of taking humans to multiple destinations in deep space.
- Huffington Post
Engineering needs to emphasise its creative side to encourage more young people to take it up as a career, says a leading member of the profession.
- BBC News