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Human Apocalypse Predicted? Killer Robots and Asteroids Could Wipe Out Humanity

Australia Network News - ‎2 hours ago‎
Films like Deep Impact and Armageddon have already dramatized human extinction through the fantasy of an asteroid hit. But in 2013, a real-life asteroid hit Chelyabinsk, Russia, which was 20 meters wide and hurtled towards the Earth's atmosphere at ...
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Be prepared: asteroids, robots and deadly viruses could kill millions - ‎Apr 28, 2016‎
Governments are failing to properly prepare for a wave of catastrophic threats to humanity such as the rise of robots and 'off-the-shelf' deadly viruses, scientists argue.

Space Explained: Asteroids - ‎Apr 26, 2016‎
We are all familiar with the big budget Hollywood films where an asteroid threatens to destroy life as we know it here on Earth - but how close has our planet really come to asteroid impact in recent memory, and what else do we know about these pieces ...

Spot Big Asteroid Juno in the Night Sky - ‎Apr 27, 2016‎
Most of us have played the computer game "Asteroids" at some point in our lives, but how many have actually observed a real asteroid in the sky? Video games and sci-fi movies give the impression that the asteroid belt is a celestial rock pile crammed ...
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How to cook up asteroids on Earth for space mining gear tests

Cosmos - ‎Apr 24, 2016‎
In February, the tiny European nation Luxembourg announced it will pioneer mining of gold, platinum and tungsten on asteroids. And in September, NASA plans to send its OSIRIS-REx spacecraft to asteroid 101955 Bennu and return with samples in 2023.

Asteroids, Mining and Policy - ‎18 hours ago‎
The Secure World Foundation (SWF) will hold a panel discussion on May 5, 2016 from 12:00-2:00 pm ET at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, 1779 Massachusetts Ave, NW, Washington, DC on the topic of "Asteroids, Mining and Policy: ...
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Scientists unravel the mystery of earth's oldest crystals, thanks to violent asteroids bombarding a young earth

International Business Times AU - ‎Apr 30, 2016‎
The flow of material inside and outside a crater called Aelia on the surface of the giant asteroid Vesta is seen in this composite handout image from NASA's Dawn mission provided by NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory on December 16, 2013.

Dark Matter Could Send Asteroids Crashing into Earth

Seeker (registration) (blog) - ‎May 1, 2016‎
This could lead to catastrophic asteroid impacts on Earth, of the kind that likely ended the Age of Dinosaurs, said theoretical physicists Lisa Randall and Matthew Reece at Harvard University.
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Did Asteroid Impacts Incubate Mars' Ancient Oceans?

Discovery News - ‎Apr 25, 2016‎
Last year, NASA researchers looked at water in the Red Planet's atmosphere and compared it to water trapped in ancient meteorites from Mars.
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New 'gym' for AI developers packed with Asteroids, Pong and Space Invaders - ‎Apr 29, 2016‎
Elon Musk's $1bn OpenAI non-profit has just opened up its AI learning 'gym' to the public, with Atari games the perfect foil for a developing piece of software, it seems.

Why NASA plans to crash a spacecraft into an asteroid

Cosmos - ‎Apr 27, 2016‎
The asteroid pair will come as close as 16 million kilometres from Earth in 2022 - a perfect opportunity for such an experimental mission, because the asteroids will still be far enough away so there will be no chance of accidentally sending one ...
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Queen Guitarist Brian May on Earth Being Hit by Asteroid: "We Need to Know"

Inverse - ‎Apr 20, 2016‎
The European Space Agency hasn't been shy about its overwhelming interest in asteroids - particularly when it comes to the safety of Earth and its inhabitants.

NASA is building a super-efficient ion thruster to haul an asteroid to the moon

Tech Insider - ‎Apr 27, 2016‎
NASA is working on the next generation of space propulsion, and it's looking very wimpy - but incredibly efficient. The space agency is developing a brand-new ion thruster engine to slowly propel an Asteroid Redirect Mission (ARM) spaceship to a ...

Here's the destruction different asteroids would cause if they hit Earth

Tech Insider - ‎Apr 22, 2016‎
NASA tracks more than 10,000 Near Earth Objects (NEOs) in space. Millions of years ago, one of these NEOs hit Earth, wiping out the dinosaurs.

Why Do We Need Astrogeologists? Asteroids and Comets are Natural Resources Too

Inverse - ‎Apr 23, 2016‎
With images collected from spacecrafts and rovers, astrogeologists study the terrain and composition of planets, asteroids, and comets.

The Asteroid Miner's Guide to the Galaxy

Foreign Policy (blog) - ‎Apr 28, 2016‎
First, a fleet of satellites will be dispatched to outer space, fitted with probes that can measure the quality and quantity of water and minerals in nearby asteroids and comets. Later, armed with that information, mining companies like DSI will send ...
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NASA's Dawn probe may visit third asteroid after Ceres and Vesta

New Scientist - ‎Apr 20, 2016‎
It is the first ever spacecraft to visit two different asteroids, a hop-on, hop-off tour made possible thanks to Dawn's low-thrust ion drive, which uses electricity to spit out xenon ions rather than conventional rocket fuel.
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NASA Finds New Use For Old Asteroid Spacecraft [VIDEO]

Daily Caller - ‎Apr 25, 2016‎
Dwarf planet Ceres is seen in the main asteroid belt, between the orbits of Mars and Jupiter, as illustrated in this undated artist's conception released by NASA January 22, 2014.

Near-Earth asteroid population smaller than thought

ROOM, Space Journal - ‎Apr 25, 2016‎
Two decades ago, the population of near-Earth asteroids (NEAs) that would brush close to our planet as they made their way around the Sun, was estimated to be around a few hundred objects.