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Engineer who warned of 1986 Challenger disaster still racked with guilt, three decades on

Engineer still feels guilty over unheeded Challenger warningThe entire nation was stunned into silence watching the Space Shuttle Challenger abruptly blow apart 73 seconds after launch, but one man wasn't. In fact, he blew the whistle as loud as he could in the days leading up to the worst disaster in the history of the American space program exactly 30 years ago Thursday.

The problem was, no one with any authority listened to Bob Eberling.

An engineer at Morton Thiokol, the rocket propulsion firm that supplied the space shuttle's two solid rocket boosters, Eberling repeatedly warned NASA that the launch conditions that day could be catastrophic.

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The end is nearer: 'Doomsday Clock' to change to show destruction is at hand

Doomsday ClockScientists will announce how close humanity is to extinction Tuesday by updating the minute hand on the "Doomsday Clock."

According to the Chicago-based Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, the Doomsday Clock is "an internationally recognized design that conveys how close we are to destroying our civilization with dangerous technologies of our own making."

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Stephen Hawking: Human race is in danger, and it's our fault

Steven HawkingScience superstar Stephen Hawking says humanity is inching closer to demise, and we are to blame.

The physicist made the comments during the annual BBC Reith lecture, and said it’s inevitable that in the next “thousand or ten thousand years,” a disaster will strike the planet.

"By that time we should have spread out into space, and to other stars, so a disaster on Earth would not mean the end of the human race,” he said during the BBC lecture.

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Scientists: Solid evidence for 9th planet in solar system

Planet XScientists say they finally have "solid evidence" for Planet X, a true ninth planet on the fringes of our solar system.

The gas giant is thought to be almost as big as Neptune and orbiting billions of miles beyond Neptune's path — distant enough to take 10,000 to 20,000 years to circle the sun. This Planet 9, as the two Caltech researchers call it, hasn't been spotted yet.

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Largest Milky Way age map shows how galaxy grew up

Milky WayAn international team of researchers have created the first comprehensive age map of the Milky Way Galaxy.

The map encodes age data from 70,000 stars and encompasses roughly half the galaxy, extending 50,000 light-years across from our solar system. The first map of such magnitude offers a visualization of the galaxy's growth over time.

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Visible light from black holes detected for first time

Light from black holeAstronomers have discovered that black holes can be observed through a simple optical telescope when material from surrounding space falls into them and releases violent bursts of light.

The apparent contradiction emerges when a black hole’s gravity pulls in matter from nearby stars, producing light that can be viewed from a modest 20cm telescope.

Japanese researchers detected light waves from V404 Cygni - an active black hole in the constellation of Cygnus, the Swan - when it awoke from a 26-year-long slumber in June 2015.

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Periodic table's seventh row is finally complete

Periodic TableChemists around the world have celebrated the New Year with the addition of four newly discovered chemical elements to the periodic table.

The new elements, which were verified by international bodies on 30 December and have been given temporary names, are the missing jigsaw pieces needed to complete the seventh row of the iconic table.

Teams of scientists from Japan, Russia and the US that uncovered the missing elements have now been invited to give permanent names to their new discoveries.

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