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Knapp's News 10/19/14

George Knapp shares a number of recent items have caught his attention including an article about the feasibility of the Mars One project.

Drone Tracks Killer Whales

Aimed at studying the health and habits of threatened killer whales off the coast of British Columbia, the study utilizes a specially-designed hexacopter drone which hovers, unnoticed, a mere 100 feet above the majestic mammals and allows for unprecedented insights into their behavior.

Secret Space Mission Ends

After a record-breaking 22 months in space, the Air Force's clandestine craft known as 'X-37B' will be returning to Earth this week. The purpose behind the vehicle's marathon stay in space remains highly classified, spawning suspicions that it was being used for nefarious missions such as testing advanced weaponry or spying on unfriendly nations. More on the story at Space.com.

Saturn's Strange Vortex

A recently released NASA photograph shows the strange hexagon vortex on Saturn which has continued to puzzle scientists.

The Second Blood Moon

The second blood moon (a lunar eclipse when the moon turns red) occurred on Wednesday morning, and was visible across many parts of the world.

Mysterious 'Island' on Titan

A mysterious structure on Saturn's moon Titan has been detected. An odd island-like feature off Ligeia Mare-- one of the moon's large hydrocarbon seas, appears to have doubled in size over the last year.

The 'Rochester Cloak'

A new invisibility cloak developed at the University of Rochester uses a simplified four-lens system that bends light around objects.

Knapp's News 9/28/14

George Knapp shares a number of items that have recently caught his attention including an article about whether Ebola could be turned into a biowarfare agent.

MAVEN Reaches Mars

Sunday evening saw NASA's Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution spacecraft, known as MAVEN, successfully enter into orbit around the Red Planet.

Rosetta Landing Site Announced

Ten years after it departed Earth, ESA's Rosetta mission, which aims to land a probe on a moving comet, may soon reach its crescendo as the space agency revealed the proposed landing site for the project.

Yellowstone Supereruption

A Yellowstone "supereruption" would distribute ash over almost all of the United States, and into Canada, according to 9/9/14 guest Larry Mastin, a geologist at the USGS Cascades Volcano Observatory.

Knapp's News 8/31/14

George Knapp shares a number of items that have recently caught his attention, including an article about an experiment that will attempt to determine whether our perception of a three-dimensional universe is just an illusion.

Knapp's News 8/17/14

George Knapp shares a number of items that have recently caught his interest, including an article about a British scientist who claims the deadly Ebola virus came from space

Perseid Meteor Shower 2014

If your skies are clear, check out the annual Perseid meteor shower which reaches its peak activity on Tuesday night.

August's Supermoon

On Sunday night, photographers around the world captured images of the "supermoon"-- a full moon that occurred as the moon was closest to Earth in its orbit.

Retro NASA Craft Revived

Dormant for over 25 years, NASA's International Sun-Earth Explorer 3 spacecraft, known simply as ISEE-3, will soon begin a new series of scientific missions under the guidance of civilian engineers who purchased control of the craft from the space agency this past May.

A Future Moon Base?

According to a new proposal based on NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter data, lunar pits (like the one seen here) may be the ideal location for future human colonies on the moon.

DARPA's XS-1 Begins Development

With an eye on the future of American spaceflight, US Defense agency DARPA has awarded contracts to three aerospace companies for the design of their Experimental Spaceplane Project (seen here in an artist's conceptual drawing).

Name That Exoplanet!

The International Astronomical Union (IAU) has announced a process to name the growing number of exoplanets or worlds beyond our solar system, with a public vote planned in 2015.

Solar Maximum Cycle

2 powerful solar X-flares were seen about an hour apart back in June (check out video). Yet, overall the recent peak of the 11-year sunspot cycle has turned out to be one of the quieter ones.

New Time Travel Experiment

In a time travel experiment on the quantum level, researchers have simulated the interaction between two photons (particles of light) moving through time.

Knapp's News 6/22/14

George Knapp shares a number of items that have recently caught his attention.

'Whirlpool Galaxy' Photo

A stunning view of the "Whirlpool Galaxy" (Messier 51) has been captured by NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory.

Knapp's News 6/15/14

George Knapp shares a number of items that have recently caught his attention including an article about how Canadian scientists have reportedly proven that Ouija boards have mysterious properties.

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