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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.

Saturn's Moon Crashes Rings

NASA's Cassini orbiter captured the moment Saturn's moon Prometheus impacted the planet's outermost ring.

NASA Funds Exotic New Projects

While still years away from possibly ever being completed or executed, NASA's Innovative Advanced Concepts department recently granted $100,000 in funding to a dozen exotic new projects.

'Pepper' Knows How You Feel

Equipped with an array of visual, audio, and touch sensors, a robot recently exhibited in Japan is being touted as a breakthrough development in the quest to create an automaton which can understand human emotions.

Three-Parent Babies?

If a new fertility technique is approved, babies could be created from three parents.

Air Force Plans to Close HAARP

The US Air Force has given notice to Congress that it plans to shutdown the HAARP facility in Alaska after a final experiment in June.

Knapp's News 5/24/14

George Knapp shares some news items that have recently caught his attention, including an article on Facebook detecting what users are listening to or watching, John Steinbeck's plea for deep-sea exploration, and new research on an anti-love drug.

Knapp's News 5/18/14

George Knapp shares a number of items of recent interest, including his I-Team reports on Bob Lazar, 25 years later.

Earthrise from the Moon

Our world appears as a tiny blue marble as it rises above the moon in a new NASA photo captured by the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter.

NASA's New Z-2 Spacesuit

NASA has released images of a new prototype spacesuit called Z-2, elements of which may be incorporated on an eventual trip to Mars.

Dark Matter Could Sling Asteroids

The mysterious substance known as dark matter may cause lethal meteors and asteroids to be flung at Earth, according to a new theory by Harvard scientists.

Knapp's News 4/20/14

George Knapp shares a number of items and articles including a photo at the Area 51 Exhibit at the Atomic Testing Museum, with Bob Lazar on the right, George in the middle, and Gene Huff on the left.

"Earth Cousin" Discovered

A newfound planet known as Kepler-186f, which orbits a dwarf star about 490 light-years away, is the closest to Earth in size yet found.

Saturn's 'Baby' Moon

A mysterious object in the outer edge of Saturn's ring may be a new moon that is in the process of forming.

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