A spacewalking astronaut accidentally let go of her tool bag after a grease gun inside it burst, and watched as the kit floated away.
Heidemarie Stefanyshyn-Piper and Stephen Bowen were taking part in the first of four spacewalks of the Space Shuttle Endeavour's current mission to the International Space Station.
The European Southern Observatory has released a photograph of deep space that shows clusters of stars so old that they're seen "as they were when the universe was only two billion years old".
The stars and galaxies are located in the U-band - the boundary between visible light and ultraviolet.
Due to the Earth's atmosphere, photos of objects of this distance are about the furthest that ground-based telescopes can take. [via]
Scientists have determined the mass of the largest things that could exist in our universe - 50 billion suns!
Nine years after its discovery in the badlands of southeastern Alberta, Canada, a 75-million-year-old fossil of a pregnant turtle has finally made its public debut.
View a video here.
Popular Mechanics has obtained some exclusive photos of the B-2 Stealth Bomber that crashed in Guam back in February. It's amazing to think that there's over a billion dollars worth of plane sat smouldering on a runway.
This is one of the first images captured by NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander which landed on the red planet yesterday. It touched down in an arctic region called Vastitas Borealis, at 68 degrees north latitude, 234 degrees east longitude.
The flat landscape is strewn with tiny pebbles and shows polygonal cracking, a pattern seen widely in Martian high latitudes and also observed in permafrost terrains on Earth. The polygonal cracking is believed to have resulted from seasonal freezing and thawing of surface ice.
A 19-year-old woman who was appointed as a full-time faculty Professor at Konkuk University in Seoul, South Korea has been recognised as the world's youngest professor.
Alia Sabur was enrolled at a university at age 10 and played clarinet with a symphony orchestra at 11.
Japanese scientists and origami masters are hoping to launch a paper airplane from space and learn from its trip back to Earth.
Shinji Suzuki, a professor at Tokyo University's Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics, believes that a successful flight from space by an origami plane could have far-reaching implications for the design of re-entry vehicles or space probes for upper atmospheric exploration.
Seven 100-million-year-old feathers have been found perfectly preserved in amber in western France.
The feathers have features of both feather-like fibers found with some two-legged dinosaurs known as theropods and of modern bird feathers and they could fill in a key gap in the puzzle of how dinosaurs gave rise to birds.
A 50ft reptilee that ruled the sea 150million years ago has been found on the Nowegian island of Spitsbergen. The pliosaur — whose giant teeth could have crunched a car in half — is the biggest marine reptile ever found. Pliosaurs had short necks, massive jaws and two sets of powerful 10ft flippers. Link
An illustration depicts the ancient frog species Beelzebufo, or "devil frog," staring down the largest frog species living in Madagascar today. A pencil is included for scale.
Astronomers have glimpsed what may be the farthest galaxy we've ever seen.
Images taken with the Hubble Space Telescope have revealed the galaxy at almost 13 billion light-years away, making it the strongest candidate for the most distant galaxy ever seen.
The young galaxy, called A1689-zD1, was born about 700 million years after the Big Bang that scientists think created the universe. For most of its early life, the universe languished in "dark ages" when matter in the expanding universe cooled and formed clouds of hydrogen. Eventually matter began to clump into stars and galaxies that radiated light, heating up the universe and clearing the fog.
Scientists think this newly discovered galaxy may have been one of the first to form and help end the dark ages. Link
According to a team of researchers from, appropriately enough, Copenhagen University, a single mutation which arose as recently as 6-10,000 years ago was responsible for all the blue eyed people alive on Earth today. Link
Launched on August 3rd 2004, NASA's MESSENGER (MErcury Surface, Space ENvironment, GEochemistry and Ranging probe) is the first probe to visit Mercury in over 30 years. It has just beamed back images of the planet that can be viewed here. The probe will have two more flybys of Mercury before going into permanent orbit in 2011. Read more at Wikipedia.
This building in Japan has been constructed by Sanyo and contains over 5,000 solar panels generating over 500,000 KWh of environmentally friendly energy. The 'Solar Ark' contains nearly 500 multi-colored lighting units placed between the various solar panels can be activated to create a variety of shapes and letters on the sides of this enormous structure. Inside the structure is a solar museum with interactive exhibits as well as a solar lab and various meeting rooms for global environmental programs. More pics here.
Mitsubishi Electric Corporation has opened what it says is the world's tallest elevator testing tower. The 173m-high (567ft) structure is called Solae and dominates the skyline of Inazawa City. The company says it will use the tower to conduct research into high-speed elevators to serve the next generation of super-tall buildings. Link
Israeli scientists have printed the entire Old Testament onto a silicon chip that is only 1/1000th of an inch square—tinier than a pinhead. Scientists wrote the Bible by utilizing a focused ion beam (FIB) generator shooting tiny Gallium ions that etched the manuscript onto a gold surface. View a closeup of the bible here.
A dinosaur 'mummy' that is one of the most complete ever has revealed invaluable information about muscle mass and the look of its scales.
It's unlikely that you'll be seeing one of these in a 'Jurassic Park' anytime soon as its extremely unlikely that the DNA will have been preserved. Link
Paleontologists have discovered a giant fossilised claw that once belonged to an 8 foot long sea scorpion. Discovered in Germany by University of Bristol scientists, the 390 mya scorpion is half a yard longer than previous estimates and the largest one ever to have evolved.
A Japanese moon probe has taken some stunning high-definition images of the Earth 'rising' and 'setting'.
From miniature black holes to distortions in the fabric of space-time, from galaxies that are eating each other to matter that can neither be seen nor detected directly...space is full of many strange things. And here are ten of the strangest. Link
Ten years ago today, NASA and the European Space Agency launched the Cassini-Huygens spacecraft from Cape Canaveral, Florida. It was the beginning of a 15-year mission to explore Saturn and its moons.
Seven years later in 2004, Cassini entered Saturn's orbit and began delivering stunning images of the planet and its moons.
In December 2004, Cassini jettisoned the Huygens probe, which arrived at Saturn's largest moon, Titan, 22 days later. After orbiting Titan, Huygens landed in January 2005, sending scientists the most-detailed images of Titan's surface.
Ever since, the probe has continued to deliver breathtaking images such as these.
Fossil hunter Dr Phil Manning poses next to what he believes is the first tyrannosaurus rex footprint ever discovered.
Dr Manning, from the University of Manchester, found the metre-square impression in Hells Creek, Montana — famed for relics of the seven-ton flesh-eater.
He said: “It could only have been made by a smaller relative or a T Rex.
“The size suggests that it’s more likely to have been the latter.” Link
The image above was taken on October 24th, 1946 by a US-built V2 missile and was the first time Earth had been photographed from space. The missile was launched from the White Sands Missile Range and snapped a new frame every second and a half as the rocket-borne camera climbed straight up. It then fell back to Earth minutes later, slamming into the ground at 500 feet per second. The camera itself was smashed, but the film, protected in a steel cassette, was unharmed.
An 8-million-year-old bacterium that was extracted from the oldest known ice on Earth is now growing in a laboratory, claim researchers. Taken from ice found between 3 and 5 metres beneath the surface of a glacier in the Beacon and Mullins valleys of Antarctica, the bacterium is not likely to cause human disease. Link