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How To Watch That 'Once-In-A-Lifetime' Comet Swing By Mars

Comet fly byA comet will be swinging by Mars this Sunday, and eager astronomers say they're ready for the "once-in a lifetime event."

Comet C/2013 A1, or 'Siding Spring' will make its closest approach to Mars at 2:27 p.m. EDT, coming within 87,000 miles of the red planet's surface . That's 16 times closer than any comet has ever come near Earth and less than half the distance from Earth to the moon.

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NASA Stumbles Upon A Dead Star That's 10 Million Times Brighter Than The Sun

dead star found brighter than our sunThink our sun is bright? NASA says its NuSTAR space-based X-ray telescope has detected a dead star that pumps out as much energy as 10 million suns.

"You might think of this pulsar as the 'Mighty Mouse' of stellar remnants," Dr. Fiona A. Harrison, professor of physics and astronomy at the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena and the principal investigator of the NuSTAR mission, said in a written statement.

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Trio wins Nobel Prize in chemistry for advancing microscope technology

Nobel prize in chemistry 2014Scientists Eric Betzig and William Moerner of the United States and Stefan Hell of Germany won the Nobel Prize in chemistry on Wednesday for developing new methods that let microscopes see finer details than they could before.

The trio was cited for "the development of super-resolved fluorescence microscopy," which the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences said had bypassed the maximum resolution of traditional optical microscopes.

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Nobel Prize for Physics awarded to inventors of blue LEDs

Shuji NakamuraOver 20 years after their invention, the team of Japanese scientists behind blue colored light-emitting diodes, or LEDs, has been recognized with the Nobel Prize for Physics.

Found in everything from light bulbs to televisions to cellphones, LEDs are typically clustered in trios of red, blue and green. While the invention of red and green LEDs came easy by comparison, blue LEDs, the fundamentally necessary final ingredient to white-emitting energy efficient lights.

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3 win medicine Nobel for discovering brain's GPS

Nobel winnersA U.S.-British scientist and a Norwegian husband-and-wife research team won the Nobel Prize in medicine Monday for discovering the brain's navigation system — the inner GPS that helps us find our way in the world — a revelation that could lead to advances in diagnosing Alzheimer's.

The research by John O'Keefe, May-Britt Moser and Edvard Moser represents a "paradigm shift" in neuroscience that could help researchers understand the sometimes severe spatial memory loss associated with Alzheimer's disease, the Nobel Assembly said.

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Stephen Hawking admits he is an atheist

Stephen HawkingAstrophysicist Stephen Hawking doesn't believe in God, but does believe aliens and space travel are the key to the survival of the species.

In an interview with Spanish paper El Mundo, Hawking spoke on his theories behind the origin of the universe and admitted he was an atheist as his theories do not support the world being created by a deity. Hawking was attending the Starmus festival in the Canary Islands where he and his colleagues gathered for lectures and tours.

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NASA's Maven explorer arrives at Mars after year

Maven reaches MarsNASA's Maven spacecraft arrived at Mars late Sunday after a 442 million-mile journey that began nearly a year ago.

The robotic explorer fired its brakes and successfully slipped into orbit around the red planet, officials confirmed.

"This is such an incredible night," said John Grunsfeld, NASA's chief for science missions.

Now the real work begins for the $671 million mission, the first dedicated to studying Mars' upper atmosphere.

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