Satellite telecoms can be hacked: researchers

Apr 18, 2014

Satellite telecoms can be hacked: researchers

Security flaws in many satellite telecommunications systems leave them open to hackers, raising potential risks for aviation, shipping, military and other sectors, security researchers said Thursday. A paper released by the security firm IOActive found “multiple high-risk vulnerabilities” in all the satellite systems studied. ...

Astronomers spot planet most like Earth

Apr 18, 2014

Astronomers spot planet most like Earth

Astronomers have discovered what they say is the planet most like Earth yet detected — a distant, rocky world that is similar in size to ours and exists in the Goldilocks zone, where it is not too hot and not too cold for life. ...

Mars never sustained warm , wet conditions: study

Apr 14, 2014

Mars never sustained warm , wet conditions: study

Cold and dry today, Mars was previously warm and wet, but possibly only at intervals, a study published Sunday suggests. Scientists have long puzzled over what happened to the water, the precious stuff of life, on the red planet. Unmanned spacecraft have sent home ...

Twin rings found around asteroid

Mar 30, 2014

Twin rings found around asteroid

Astonished astronomers have found rings around an asteroid, the smallest object known to have this feature and only the fifth after Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune. The twin rings around a rock called Chariklo were spotted in last June as it passed in front ...

Mar 28, 2014

Distant hunter of comets to awaken

A fridge-size robot lab hurtling through the solar system aboard a European probe is about to wake from hibernation and prepare for the first landing by a spacecraft on a comet. The delicate operation, starting Friday, marks the next phase in the European Space ...

Gravitational waves carry clues on big bang

Mar 23, 2014

Gravitational waves carry clues on big bang

by Ian Sample

The sighting came from a small telescope on the roof of a laboratory sitting on the ice sheet three-quarters of a mile (1.3 kilometers) from the geographic South Pole. First came the rumors. But then researchers at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics went public. ...

Mar 21, 2014

Massive solar blasts missed Earth by days

Fierce solar blasts that could have badly damaged electrical grids and disabled satellites in space narrowly missed Earth in 2012, U.S. researchers said. The bursts would have wreaked havoc on the Earth’s magnetic field, matching the severity of the 1859 Carrington Event, the largest ...

Mar 19, 2014

Syria launches 'space agency' amid raging war

Syria’s government on Tuesday decided to establish a “space agency” to conduct scientific research despite the civil war that has torn the country apart and devastated its economy. State news agency SANA said the Cabinet had approved a project to create the so-called Syrian ...