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NASA’s Goddard Director Explains What Really Matters In 2016’s Extraordinary Temperature Data

For the third consecutive year, NASA and NOAA have announced record high temperatures. It’s upsetting yet unsurprising, given the dearth of fucks we seem to give about the state of our planet. As Gizmodo previously reported, temperatures were 0.07 degrees F (0.04 degrees C) higher last year than they were in 2015—but…

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Rae Paoletta

January 20th

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NASA’s Goddard Director Explains What Really Matters In 2016’s Extraordinary Temperature Data

For the third consecutive year, NASA and NOAA have announced record high temperatures. It’s upsetting yet unsurprising, given the dearth of fucks we seem to give about the state of our planet. As Gizmodo previously reported, temperatures were 0.07 degrees F (0.04 degrees C) higher last year than they were in 2015—but…

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Rae Paoletta

January 20th

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Something in space is killing off entire galaxies

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When we think about the survival of the human race we often focus on making sure our planet stays alive and habitable, but out there in the depths of space there are entire galaxies being killed off in a manner that is utterly perplexing scientists. A new paper (PDF) from researchers working at the International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research addresses the odd and extremely troubling trend and attempts to propose an answer for what exactly is leading literally thousands of galaxies to die premature deaths.

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Mike Wehner

January 18th

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There’s something weird happening on Venus

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Mars may be the focus of many current space exploration efforts, but scientists studying Venus have just discovered something very strange: a massive structure that seems to extend almost the entire length of planet. The long, curved shape is rotating along with the planet, suggesting that it's fixed to the planet, while the planet's extremely thick clouds are speeding around it at over 200 miles per hour. 

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Mike Wehner

January 17th

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Japanese rocket suffers catastrophic failure

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Japan's ambitious plan to launch a pint-sized rocket equipped with a satellite has come to an abrupt end after the rocket suffered a communication failure and ended up plummeting back to Earth. The tiny rocket was launched from the Uchinoura Space Center at approximately 8:30 on Sunday morning with its microsatellite payload which it hoped to send into orbit. 

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Mike Wehner

January 17th

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Our solar system might have a ninth planet, and researchers have an idea of where it came from

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We all grew up learning that our sun has eight friends: Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune. Now, researchers who believe that a ninth planet is actually hanging around our galactic neighborhood have a theory as to how it got there. The scientists think that the yet unseen ninth planet may be a "rogue," which entered out solar system not at its inception, but long after the fact. 

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Mike Wehner

January 12th

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There will soon be a new bright spot in our night sky

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A college professor and his students might be at the cusp of accurately predicting a change in our night sky. Larry Molnar of Calvin College, with the help of colleagues Karen Kinemuchi and Henry Kobulnicky, say that a gigantic explosion in space is just a few years away, and that it's going to be visible to the naked eye. 

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Mike Wehner

January 11th

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Scientists think they might finally know where the Moon came from

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Humanity has existed for a couple hundred thousand years, or so scientists believe, with civilization thought to be somewhere in the neighborhood of 5,000 to 6,000 years old. For the entire time, we've looked up at the Moon and wondered where exactly it came from and why it's been hanging around for so darn long. Theories have come and gone, but there hasn't been any definitive proof to ultimately quiet the debate. That proof might come when China and other nations head back to the moon to perform various tests, but in the meantime there's a new potential explanation for the Moon's existence, and it's based on an idea that was once largely dismissed. 

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Mike Wehner

January 10th

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There’s strange radio waves hitting Earth from space, and scientists just found the source

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A strange burst of radio waves that has puzzled researchers for years has finally been traced to its source, answering one question but generating many, many more. The discovery was made my scientists at Cornell University along with astronomers from around the world. Now it's up to science to help explain why the radio bursts exist in the first place, and what it could mean. 

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Mike Wehner

January 8th

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Black Holes and Galactic Cluster Combine Into a Giant Cosmic Particle Accelerator

Two billion light years away, two clusters of galaxies are colliding in an intergalactic pileup. As black holes interact with the gas inside the collision, the mass has turned into an enormous particle launcher, spewing some of the universe’s highest-energy stuff.

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Ryan F. Mandelbaum

January 6th

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