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Taking Sid Meier’s ‘Civilization’ Beyond Earth (Op-Ed)

Taking Sid Meier's 'Civilization' Beyond Earth (Op-Ed)Will Miller and David McDonough are the lead designers for "Sid Meier's Civilization: Beyond Earth." They contributed this article to Space.com's Expert Voices: Op-Ed & Insights. When we were asked to design a new science-fiction entry in the "Sid Meier’s Civilization" series, it was one of those amazing moments when we realized we were going to have the chance to combine a love of game design with a love of science and space exploration. For us, "Civilization: Beyond Earth" has been an opportunity to explore ideas about the future — technology, progress and culture — and think about how settling on a new planet could be the next stage for humanity's progress. In "Sid Meier's Civilization" (Civ), players choose one of the world's great civilizations and then lead their people from the Stone Age to the Space Age, researching technology and building wonders and declaring war, creating an alternate history of Earth along the way.

Posted on 30 July 2014 | 5:37 pm

How the Moon Got Its Lemon Shape

How the Moon Got Its Lemon Shape"What is the origin of that asymmetry?" study lead author Ian Garrick-Bethell, of the University of California, Santa Cruz, said. The newborn moon was thus primed to be sculpted by Earth's gravity, and that's exactly what happened, researchers say. Indeed, scientists have posited for more than a century that tidal forces helped shape the molten moon, causing bulges that froze into place when Earth's natural satellite cooled down and solidified. For example, tidal forces pulled on the lunar crust, stretching it out and heating it up in places.

Posted on 30 July 2014 | 5:08 pm

Early Earth: A Battered, Hellish World with Water Oasis for Life

Early Earth: A Battered, Hellish World with Water Oases for LifeAsteroids and comets that repeatedly smashed into the early Earth covered the planet's surface with molten rock during its earliest days, but still may have left oases of water that could have supported the evolution of life, scientists say. Although this time amounts to more than 10 percent of Earth's history, little is known about it, since few rocks are known that are older than 3.8 billion years old. "It was thought that because of these asteroids and comets flying around colliding with Earth, conditions on early Earth may have been hellish," said lead study author Simone Marchi, a planetary scientist at the Southwest Research Institute in Boulder, Colorado. Analysis of minerals trapped within microscopic zircon crystals dating from this eon "suggested there was liquid water on the surface of the Earth back then, clashing with the previous picture that the Hadean was hellish," Marchi said.

Posted on 30 July 2014 | 5:08 pm

Early Earth: A Battered, Hellish World with Water Oases for Life

Early Earth: A Battered, Hellish World with Water Oases for LifeAsteroids and comets that repeatedly smashed into the early Earth covered the planet's surface with molten rock during its earliest days, but still may have left oases of water that could have supported the evolution of life, scientists say. Although this time amounts to more than 10 percent of Earth's history, little is known about it, since few rocks are known that are older than 3.8 billion years old. "It was thought that because of these asteroids and comets flying around colliding with Earth, conditions on early Earth may have been hellish," said lead study author Simone Marchi, a planetary scientist at the Southwest Research Institute in Boulder, Colorado. Analysis of minerals trapped within microscopic zircon crystals dating from this eon "suggested there was liquid water on the surface of the Earth back then, clashing with the previous picture that the Hadean was hellish," Marchi said.

Posted on 30 July 2014 | 5:08 pm

Weird Orbits of Alien Planets May Be Due to Twin Stars

Weird Orbits of Alien Planets May Be Due to Twin StarsIn our solar system, the orbits of most planets are nearly circular, orbiting the sun's equator. This revealed the two disks are tilted with each other by at least 60 degrees.

Posted on 30 July 2014 | 5:08 pm

Rough Road Ahead: Rocky Mars Terrain Challenges Curiosity Rover

Rough Road Ahead: Rocky Mars Terrain Challenges Curiosity RoverThe Curiosity rover's wheels have taken a beating thus far on Mars, and the road ahead may be even rockier. The 1-ton robot has just crossed out of its landing ellipse — the 12- by 4-mile (19 by 7 kilometers) zone that was targeted for its dramatic August 2012 touchdown — and is now moving toward an increasingly challenging landscape called the Zabriskie Plateau, mission team members said. "We are heading out into very rough terrain," Curiosity project scientist John Grotzinger, a geologist at the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, said during a presentation at the 8th International Conference on Mars, which took place at Caltech last week. Curiosity embarked last July on a roughly 5-mile (8 km) drive to the base of Mount Sharp, which has long been its ultimate science destination.

Posted on 30 July 2014 | 1:45 pm

Want to Colonize an Alien Planet? Send 40,000 People

Want to Colonize an Alien Planet? Send 40,000 PeopleThe founding population of an interstellar colony should consist of 20,000 to 40,000 people, said Cameron Smith, an anthropologist at Portland State University in Oregon. "To do that, to carry that on, you have to have all of that extreme specialization" in skill sets and job descriptions, Smith said.

Posted on 30 July 2014 | 11:35 am

Huge Solar Storm of 2012 Would Have Sparked Calamity on Earth

Huge Solar Storm of 2012 Would Have Sparked Calamity on EarthA huge coronal mass ejection — a large cloud of hot plasma sent into space — erupted from the sun on July 23, 2012. The CME went through Earth's orbit, and had it happened only one week earlier, our planet would have been in the way and faced severe technological consequences. There would have been three waves of damage associated with the extreme solar storm. First, X-rays and ultraviolet radiation from the solar flare would have produced radio blackouts and GPS navigation errors.

Posted on 30 July 2014 | 11:34 am

Huge European Cargo Ship Launches Its Last Delivery Flight to Space Station

Huge European Cargo Ship Launches Its Last Delivery Flight to Space StationA European space cargo ship as large as a double-decker bus blasted off for the International Space Station on Tuesday, marking the final space voyage for the huge robotic spacecraft.

Posted on 30 July 2014 | 12:35 am

Saturn’s Moon Titan Sheds Light on Hazy Alien Planets

Saturn's Moon Titan Sheds Light on Hazy Alien PlanetsBy peering into the haze of Saturn's huge moon Titan, scientists could learn more about how the atmospheres of alien worlds behave. The scientists used data collected from 2006 to 2011 by the Cassini spacecraft in the Saturn system to examine Titan's hazy atmosphere and learn more about how it works. Just as scientists try to understand the properties of stars by analyzing the light they emit, scientists study alien worlds by observing what happens to light as it passes through those planets' atmospheres. Scientists wait until the exoplanet passes, or transits, in front of its star, then gather the light with a telescope and use a prism to separate the light into its individual wavelengths, in the process gathering information about the planet's atmosphere, including its temperature, structure and overall composition.

Posted on 29 July 2014 | 9:21 pm

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As Pharma Jobs Leave NJ, Office Space Ghost Towns Remain – NPR


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As Pharma Jobs Leave NJ, Office Space Ghost Towns Remain
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New Jersey used to be known as "the nation's medicine chest," but over the past two decades, many of the state's pharmaceutical industry jobs have dried up or moved elsewhere, and left millions of square feet of office space, warehouses and

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Posted on 30 July 2014 | 8:00 pm

Mysterious fast radio bursts from outer space: Astronomers baffled, admit they … – ExtremeTech


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Mysterious fast radio bursts from outer space: Astronomers baffled, admit they
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Since 2001, the Parkes radio telescope in Australia has been picking up mysterious, unidentified bursts of energy that astronomers have since dubbed “fast radio bursts.” At first, because no other telescope in the world had ever seen these bursts, it
Mysterious Radio Bursts From Space: Could it be Aliens?Nature World News
No One Knows What's Causing These Mysterious Radio Bursts From SpaceGizmodo

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Posted on 30 July 2014 | 7:29 pm

Silk Leaf Could Make Oxygen for Long Space Trips – Discovery News


Silk Leaf Could Make Oxygen for Long Space Trips
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Think of the Silk Leaf as a lightweight, low-power oxygen factory for space. Like a real plant, all this one needs is light and little bit of water to function. It was designed by Royal College of Art Julian Melchiorri, who was looking for a way to

Posted on 30 July 2014 | 7:21 pm

In Fight for Curbside Space, Can Pricing Create Peace? – Roll Call (blog)


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In Fight for Curbside Space, Can Pricing Create Peace?
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“Our biggest challenge would certainly be use of right of way or space,” said Larry Marcus, the Transportation and Engineering Bureau Chief for Arlington County, Va., at a transportation data panel this week sponsored by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce …

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Posted on 30 July 2014 | 6:26 pm

Mysterious Molecules in Space Named? – Universe Today


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Mysterious Molecules in Space Named?
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It's a well-kept secret that the vacuum of space is not — technically speaking — a vacuum. Strong winds generated from supernova explosions push material into the interstellar medium, tainting space with the heavier elements generated by nuclear fusion.
New Study Sheds Light on Source of Mysterious Molecules in SpaceHeadlines & Global News
Mysterious molecules in spacePhys.Org
Mysterious Molecules In Space Could Be Silicon-Capped HydrocarbonsValueWalk
Laboratory Equipment -The Space Reporter
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Posted on 30 July 2014 | 6:24 pm

Space Aliens closes in Waite Park – St. Cloud Times


Space Aliens closes in Waite Park
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A person who answered the phone Wednesday and identified himself as an employee said there are no plans to reopen the restaurant. Brad Bender, who owns the Waite Park restaurant and another Space Aliens in Albertville, did not immediately return …

Posted on 30 July 2014 | 6:18 pm

Tips For Open Space Movies at the Traverse City Film Festival – MyNorth.com


Tips For Open Space Movies at the Traverse City Film Festival
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Free, outdoor movies at the Traverse City Film Festival happen every night of the festival at dusk at Traverse City's Open Space. The screenings, which happen with the help of a giant inflatable screen, are a one-of-a-kind cinematic experience: a

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Posted on 30 July 2014 | 1:14 pm

NASA Urged to Accelerate 3D Printing on Space Station – Space.com


NASA Urged to Accelerate 3D Printing on Space Station
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NASA must move quickly to research 3D printing aboard the International Space Station, which likely has just six to 10 years of operational life left, a new report urges. While praising NASA's efforts and focus on in-space manufacturing — a 3D

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Posted on 30 July 2014 | 11:20 am

European Cargo Ship Launches on Last Space Station Delivery Tonight: Watch … – Space.com


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European Cargo Ship Launches on Last Space Station Delivery Tonight: Watch
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A rocket launch from South America Tuesday evening (July 29) will mark the beginning of the end for a venerable line of European cargo spacecraft. The European Space Agency's fifth Automated Transfer Vehicle (ATV-5) is scheduled to blast off toward the …
International Space Station to offer great viewing in Portland skies Aug. 1-4The Oregonian
Cappuccino coming up: European cargo ship on its way to space stationCBS News
Rocket Replay: Watch Europe's Last Space Station Automated Transfer Vehicle Universe Today
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Posted on 29 July 2014 | 4:36 pm

What happens to the unprotected human body in space? – CNET


What happens to the unprotected human body in space?
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The truth is both less dramatic and far more fascinating — as we have discovered through accidents in space and in test chambers, and animal experimentation in the 1960s. The first thing you would notice is the lack of air. You wouldn't lose

Posted on 29 July 2014 | 4:20 pm

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NASA, Small Business Administrators and U.S. Sen. Cardin to Announce Results of 2013 Small Business Federal Procurement Scorecard

NASA Administrator Charles Bolden will join Small Business Administrator (SBA) Maria Contreras-Sweet and U.S. Sen. Ben Cardin, a member of the Senate Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee, Friday, Aug. 1 at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, to announce the results of the 2013 Small Business Federal Procurement Scorecard.

Posted on 30 July 2014 | 4:00 pm

NASA to Announce Mars 2020 Rover Instruments

NASA will announce on Thursday, July 31, the instruments that will be carried aboard the agency’s Mars 2020 mission, a roving laboratory based on the highly successful Curiosity rover. The announcement will air live at noon EDT on NASA Television and on the agency’s website.

Posted on 30 July 2014 | 4:00 pm

NASA Selects Instruments to Track Climate Impact on Vegetation

NASA has selected proposals for two new instruments that will observe changes in global vegetation from the International Space Station. The sensors will give scientists new ways to see how forests and ecosystems are affected by changes in climate or land use change.

Posted on 30 July 2014 | 4:00 pm

NASA Holds Space Tech Mission Directorate Update Media Call Aug. 5

NASA will host a media teleconference at 2 p.m. EDT on Tuesday, Aug. 5, to discuss the activities of the agency’s Space Technology Mission Directorate and how technology drives exploration.

Posted on 30 July 2014 | 4:00 pm

Astronaut Mike Massimino Departs NASA for University Position

After almost two decades with NASA, including two space shuttle missions, astronaut Mike Massimino left the space agency Monday for a full-time position with Columbia University in New York.

Posted on 29 July 2014 | 4:00 pm

Reporters Invited to NASA Hurricane Airborne Mission Media Day at Wallops

Media are invited to learn about NASA’s Hurricane and Severe Storm Sentinel (HS3) airborne mission from scientists and pilots and see the remotely-piloted aircraft used in the study from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. EDT, Thursday, Sept. 11, at NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia.

Posted on 28 July 2014 | 4:00 pm

NASA’s Long-Lived Mars Opportunity Rover Sets Off-World Driving Record

NASA’s Opportunity Mars rover, which landed on the Red Planet in 2004, now holds the off-Earth roving distance record after accruing 25 miles (40 kilometers) of driving. The previous record was held by the Soviet Union’s Lunokhod 2 rover.

Posted on 28 July 2014 | 4:00 pm

Cassini Spacecraft Reveals 101 Geysers and more on Icy Saturn Moon

Scientists using mission data from NASA’s Cassini spacecraft have identified 101 distinct geysers erupting on Saturn’s icy moon Enceladus. Their analysis suggests it is possible for liquid water to reach from the moon’s underground sea all the way to its surface.

Posted on 28 July 2014 | 4:00 pm

NASA Selects Environmental Test and Integration Services II Contract

NASA has awarded the Environmental Test and Integration Services II (ETIS II) contract to Sierra Lobo, Inc of Fremont, Ohio. The contract will support the Applied Engineering and Technology Directorate at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland.

Posted on 28 July 2014 | 4:00 pm

NASA’s Mars Spacecraft Maneuvers to Prepare for Close Comet Flyby

Posted on 25 July 2014 | 4:00 pm