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Cosmic Rays

Going To Mars Could Fry Your Brain

The Huffington Post | Ed Mazza | Posted 05.06.2015 | Science

Thousands of people have volunteered for a potential mission to Mars, but if any of them end up making the trip, they might lose a few brain cells alo...

How To Turn Your Phone Into A Cosmic Ray Detector

The Huffington Post | Macrina Cooper-White | Posted 10.11.2014 | Science

You don't need a degree in astrophysics and lots of fancy equipment to detect cosmic rays, those invisible subatomic particles that zoom through space...

Shifting Winds May Spark Dramatic Changes In Solar System

| Ron Cowen | Posted 09.07.2013 | Science

As Earth and the other planets orbit the sun, the solar system itself travels through space. Its slow journey is taking it through a wispy expanse of ...

Mysterious Particles Detected At Icy Observatory

| Posted 05.19.2013 | Science

By John Matson Hot on the heels of detecting the two highest-energy neutrinos ever observed, scientists working with a mammoth particle detector bur...

Cosmic Rays' Mysterious Origins Revealed

| Posted 02.16.2013 | Science

By Daniel Clery For the past century, physicists have puzzled over cosmic rays, particles (mostly protons) that hurtle through space at high spe...

Mouse Study Suggests Serious Health Risk For Astronauts

Posted 01.23.2014 | Science

By: Charles Q. Choi Published: 12/31/2012 06:41 PM EST on Radiation in space might harm the brains of astronauts in deep space by accele...

Ancient Tree Mystery Had Cosmic Cause, Researchers Say

Posted 11.28.2012 | Science

By: Clara Moskowitz Published: 11/28/2012 01:14 PM EST on Something big happened in the year A.D. 774. Scientists studying tree rings fo...

'Particle Mystery' Remains Unsolved Even After 100 Years

Posted 08.02.2012 | Science

By: Staff Published: 08/01/2012 02:23 PM EDT on Cosmic rays continue to puzzle scientists a century after the fast-moving par...

The Fire of Adventure

Zoe P. Strassfield | Posted 09.30.2012 | Home
Zoe P. Strassfield

There are several paintings in the museum of people who donated money or collections, but this one wasn't a typical portrait. The man and woman in the painting were dressed in climbing gear and kneeling on a mountain summit, holding an American flag and the flag of the National Geographic Society.

Tree Rings Suggest Long-Ago Cosmic Bombardment

Posted 06.04.2012 | Science

In 775 C.E., while Charlemagne was ruling his Frankish kingdom, something mysterious struck Earth. An analysis of the rings of two Japanese cedar ...

'Shocking' Study Challenges Long-Held Belief About Sun

Posted 05.11.2012 | Science

By: Charles Q. Choi Published: 05/10/2012 02:36 PM EDT on The sun is zipping through interstellar space more slowly than once thought,...

A NASA Camera Captures A Huge Alien Ship Near The Sun (Unless It's A Camera Glitch)

Posted 04.27.2012 | Weird News

Anything getting close to the sun -- with temperatures estimated at 9,900 Fahrenheit -- would surely burn up. However, if that object were an alie...

Cosmic Ray Finding Has Physicists Scrambling To Solve Mystery

Posted 04.19.2012 | Science

By: Charles Q. Choi Published: 04/18/2012 01:08 PM EDT on The mystery of the origin of the strongest cosmic rays has deepened as new c...

Tips for NASA: Houston, You Have a Problem

John Bobey | Posted 07.26.2011 | Comedy
John Bobey

You shot yourself in the foot by calling them Space Shuttles. "Shuttles" don't boldly go where no man has gone before, they go to Chicago, and occasionally bring you from Parking Lot T to the front entrance of the State Fair.

Cosmic Pattern to UK Tree Growth

BBC | Matt Walker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

The growth of British trees appears to follow a cosmic pattern, with trees growing faster when high levels of cosmic radiation arrive from space....