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What do Netflix, Google and planetary systems have in common?
Machine learning is a powerful tool used for a variety of tasks in modern life, from fraud detection and sorting spam in Google, to making movie recommendations on Netflix. Now a team of researchers has developed a novel approach in using it to determine whether planetary systems are stable or not.
Space & Time News -- ScienceDaily, Fri, 02 Dec 2016 18:52:36 GMT

Embryonic cluster galaxy immersed in giant cloud of cold gas
Astronomers studying a cluster of still-forming protogalaxies seen as they were more than 10 billion years ago have found that a giant galaxy in the center of the cluster is forming from a surprisingly-dense soup of molecular gas.
Space & Time News -- ScienceDaily, Fri, 02 Dec 2016 18:52:36 GMT

Climate cycles may explain how running water carved Mars' surface features
Dramatic climate cycles on early Mars, triggered by buildup of greenhouse gases, may be the key to understanding how liquid water left its mark on the planet's surface, according to a team of planetary scientists.
Space & Time News -- ScienceDaily, Fri, 02 Dec 2016 18:52:36 GMT

NASA Examines Key Role of 'Hidden Figures' Amid Langley Center Celebration
NASA launched a celebration of the Langley Research Center's 100th anniversary yesterday (Dec. 1) with an educational panel on the upcoming movie "Hidden Figures" and the real-life Langley employees it depicts, answering student questions about their life, Fri, 02 Dec 2016 18:52:36 GMT

Congress Questions Report on Benefits of Asteroid Redirect Mission
Two leading members of the House Science Committee called on NASA Nov. 29 to provide more details about a recent report from a science group that appeared to endorse the agency's controversial Asteroid Redirect Mission (ARM)., Fri, 02 Dec 2016 18:52:36 GMT

Trump Names Insider to Lead NASA Transition
The transition team for President-elect Donald Trump has named a congressional staffer and former NASA official to the "landing team" overseeing transition planning for the space agency., Fri, 02 Dec 2016 18:52:36 GMT

NASA's AIM observes early noctilucent ice clouds over Antarctica
Data from NASA's Aeronomy of Ice in the Mesosphere, or AIM, spacecraft shows the sky over Antarctica is glowing electric blue due to the start of noctilucent, or night-shining, cloud season in the Southern Hemisphere - and an early one at that. Noctilucent clouds are Earth's highest clouds, sandwiched between Earth and space 50 miles above the ground in a layer of the atmosphere called the mesosphere. Seeded by fine debris from disintegrating meteors, these clouds of ice crystals glow a bright, shocking blue when they reflect sunlight.
Space News - Space, Astronomy, Space Exploration, Fri, 02 Dec 2016 18:52:36 GMT

Europe okays 1.4 bn euros for Mars rover, ISS (Update)
European ministers approved a 1.4-billion-euro ($1.5-billion) lifeline Friday for plans to place a life-seeking rover on Mars and maintain a presence on the International Space Station.
Space News - Space, Astronomy, Space Exploration, Fri, 02 Dec 2016 18:52:36 GMT

Bethlehem star may not be a star after all
It is the nature of astronomers and astrophysicists to look up at the stars with wonder, searching for answers to the still-unsolved mysteries of the universe. The Star of Bethlehem, and its origin, has been one of those mysteries, pondered by scientists for centuries – and something Grant Mathews, professor of theoretical astrophysics and cosmology in the Department of Physics in the University of Notre Dame's College of Science, has studied for more than a decade.
Space News - Space, Astronomy, Space Exploration, Fri, 02 Dec 2016 18:52:36 GMT

Russia seeks answers on ISS cargo ship crash
Russian investigators on Friday were probing the crash shortly after launch of an unmanned spaceship taking cargo to the International Space Station, focusing on the Soyuz carrier rocket.
Space News - Space, Astronomy, Space Exploration, Fri, 02 Dec 2016 18:52:36 GMT

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