"Unlike flames on Earth, which have a tear-drop shape caused by buoyant air rising in a gravitational field, flames in space curl themselves into tiny balls. Untethered by gravity, they flit around as if they have minds of their own. More than one astronaut conducting experiments for researchers on Earth below has been struck by the way flameballs roam their test chambers in a lifelike search for oxygen and fuel." [video]

"Assembled in Italy, the Intermediate eXperimental Vehicle (IXV) is undergoing final ground tests at the ESA’s headquarters in Noordwijk, north of The Hague, before being shipped to Kourou in French Guiana later this month."

"Scientists think clumps of dark matter – or halos – that emerged from the early Universe, trapped the intergalactic gas needed to form stars and galaxies."

"When it gets there, some time in 2018, it will release a powerful cannon which will fire a metal bullet at the asteroid’s barren crust, once the probe itself has scuttled to safety on the far side of the rock."

"…there may be giant plates of ice shuffling around on Europa — much as plates of rock do on Earth (S. A. Kattenhorn and L. M. Prockter Nature Geosci. http://ift.tt/1w4ClQv; 2014). Such active geology suggests that Europa’s icy surface is connected to its buried ocean — creating a possible pathway for salts, minerals and maybe even microbes to get from the ocean to the surface and back again.”

Five geckos sent into orbit to test the effect of weightlessness on the small lizards’ sex lives have all died, the Russian space agency said on Monday.

"The Fermi Paradox is a big extrapolation from a very local observation. We don’t see any obvious evidence of galactic colonisation around here. So they couldn’t be out there. Really? I don’t see any evidence of mega fauna in my back yard, so maybe there aren’t any …"

Interview that removes much of my last hope that SETI will prove to be of any use to anyone. Extant megafauna includes cows, probably not far from your own back yard, and evidencing themselves in your diet. Pleistocene megafauna are extinct, which, in your metaphor, DOES speak to Fermi — you can’t see them in your fucking back yard because they all died before you started looking.

"It may seem like magic, but astronomers have worked out a scheme that will allow them to detect and measure particles ten times smaller than the width of a human hair, even at many light-years distance.  They can do this by observing a blue tint in the light from far-off objects caused by the way in which small particles, no more than a micron in size (one-thousandth of a millimeter) scatter light."