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The most complete brain map ever is here: A fly’s “connectome“

The most complete brain map ever is here: A fly’s “connectome“

When asked what’s so special about Drosophila melanogaster, or the common fruit fly, Gerry Rubin quickly gets on a roll. Rubin has poked and prodded flies for decades, including as a leader of the effort to sequence their genome. So permit him to count their merits. They’re expert navigators, for one, zipping around without crashing…
Mysterious Footprints Indicate Neanderthals Climbed a Volcano Right After It Erupted

Mysterious Footprints Indicate Neanderthals Climbed a Volcano Right After It Erupted

Footprints on the Ciampate del Diavolo. (edmondo gnerre/Wikimedia, CC BY 2.0) According to legend, the devil once took a walk down the side of a volcano in southern Italy, each step preserved forever in solid rock.The tracks are known as the "Ciampate del Diavolo"' or "Devil's Trail" - but new details reveal a less diabolical…
Astronomers worry think SpaceX’s darkened Starlink satellites will work

Astronomers worry think SpaceX’s darkened Starlink satellites will work

Elon Musk's space exploration company, SpaceX, plans to launch up to 42,000 satellites into orbit to beam internet down to remote parts of the Earth.SpaceX has already put close to 200 Starlink satellites into orbit, and astronomers say their observations of space are being affected by bright streaks of light caused by the reflective spacecraft.SpaceX…
Has physicist’s gravity theory solved ‘impossible’ dark energy riddle?

Has physicist’s gravity theory solved ‘impossible’ dark energy riddle?

Cosmologists don’t enter their profession to tackle the easy questions, but there is one paradox that has reached staggering proportions. Since the big bang, the universe has been expanding, but the known laws of physics suggest that the inward tug of gravity should be slowing down this expansion. In reality, though, the universe is ballooning…
What do Chinese opera masks and spiders have in common? A lot, as it turns out.

What do Chinese opera masks and spiders have in common? A lot, as it...

Chinese opera masks or Jing masks feature unique colors and patterns that give the audience clues about a character's motives, character or virtue. Credit: Photo/Wikimedia Commons To better understand how animals like spiders communicate with pattern and color, a University of Cincinnati biology student is turning to ancient dramatic art. Biology doctoral student Jenny Yi-Ti…
Four new US spaceships may start launching people into space this year

Four new US spaceships may start launching people into space this year

Home News Spaceflight SpaceX's Crew Dragon capsule launches on a crucial in-flight abort test on Jan. 19, 2020. (Image: © Tony Gray/NASA) It looks like the United States' long human spaceflight drought is about to end, in a big way.No astronauts have launched to orbit from American soil since July 2011, when NASA's space shuttle…
Why can’t I remember? Model may show how recall can fail

Why can’t I remember? Model may show how recall can fail

do you remember when — Model may predict why you can’t recall what you know you remember. Chris Lee - Jan 24, 2020 4:55 pm UTC Serdar Acar / EyeEmPhysicists can create serious mathematical models of stuff that is very far from physics—stuff like biology or the human brain. These models are hilarious, but I'm…
Vampire star system shows one star gorging on another

Vampire star system shows one star gorging on another

(CNN)Although NASA's planet-hunting Kepler mission ended in 2018, astronomers are still finding surprises in the data provided by the space telescope. One of those surprises included the unexpected finding of a white dwarf star that's draining the life from i…
Earth Climate Models Bring Exoplanet To Life

Earth Climate Models Bring Exoplanet To Life

Published on Jan 24, 2020In a generic brick building on the northwestern edge of NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center campus in Greenbelt, Maryland, thousands of computers packed in racks the size of vending machines hum in a deafening chorus of data crunching. Day and night, they spit out five quadrillion calculations per second. Known collectively…
Why physicists are determined to prove Galileo and Einstein wrong

Why physicists are determined to prove Galileo and Einstein wrong

Home News Scientists tested Galileo and Einstein's theories by dropping two objects inside this satellite named MICROSCOPE (artist's impression). (Image: © CNES) In the 17th century, famed astronomer and physicist Galileo Galilei is said to have climbed to the top of the Tower of Pisa and dropped two different-sized cannonballs. He was trying to demonstrate…
Engraved with fangs, ornate swirls, Peruvian monument lay hidden for 2,000 years

Engraved with fangs, ornate swirls, Peruvian monument lay hidden for 2,000 years

Home News Here, a close-up of one of the engravings (in green contrast) in Peru that was scanned reveals a circular design with a hole in the center and lines radiating outward. (Image: © Daniel Fernandez-Davila) A sprawling, stone monument decorated with swirls, circular patterns and godly fangs has been hiding in a remote jungle…
Scanning system in sperm may control rate of human evolution

Scanning system in sperm may control rate of human evolution

The cover image of the current edition of Cell, which relates to the NYU Langone study. Credit: Cell Press Maturing sperm cells turn on most of their genes, not to follow their genetic instructions like normal, but instead to repair DNA before passing it to the next generation, a new study finds. Led by NYU…
Jewel beetle’s bright colored shell serves as camouflage from predators

Jewel beetle’s bright colored shell serves as camouflage from predators

Shiny things — University of Bristol scientists offer first real evidence for a 100-year-old theory. Jennifer Ouellette - Jan 23, 2020 4:00 pm UTC Enlarge / The brightly colored shell of this jewel beetle is a surprisingly effective form of camouflage, according to a new study by scientists at the University of Bristol.Bristol Museums, Galleries,…
15,000 year-old viruses locked in a Tibetan glacier could be released

15,000 year-old viruses locked in a Tibetan glacier could be released

A massive glacier on the northwestern Tibetan Plateau in China has been the home to never-before-seen viruses, trapped for 15,000 years.The research, published in the bioRxiv database, details how the researchers uncovered the 28 never-before-seen virus groups and what they can learn from them, including how viruses survived in various climates.However, the researchers also warned…
NASA reveals the payloads for the first commercial Moon cargo deliveries

NASA reveals the payloads for the first commercial Moon cargo deliveries

NASA has finalized the payloads for its first cargo deliveries scheduled to be carried by commercial lunar landers, vehicles created by companies the agency selected to take part in its Commercial Lunar Payload Services (CLPS) program. In total, there are 16 payloads, which consist of a number of different science experiments and technology experiments, that…
First cookies baked in space take 2 hours in experimental oven

First cookies baked in space take 2 hours in experimental oven

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — The results are finally in for the first chocolate chip cookie bake-off in space.While looking more or less normal, the best cookies required two hours of baking time last month up at the International Space Station. It takes far less time on Earth, under 20 minutes.And how do they taste?…
Skeletons of four prehistoric boys in Cameroon reveals Africa’s complex history

Skeletons of four prehistoric boys in Cameroon reveals Africa’s complex history

DNA recovered from four ancient skeletons unearthed in Cameroon points to the existence of a long-lost 'ghost' branch of the human family tree.The skeletons all belonged to children who were buried at a rock shelter at an archaeological site called Shum Laka.  Two of the skeletons - one a teenager and the other his four-year-old male…
Asteroid EXPLODES over Earth after travelling from beyond Mars (VIDEO)

Asteroid EXPLODES over Earth after travelling from beyond Mars (VIDEO)

The shattered remains of an asteroid now lie on the floor of one of North America’s Great Lakes after travelling from beyond Mars to rain down on Earth in a blaze of fire. Numerous eyewitnesses reported seeing the raging fireball streak across the sky on Tuesday night and experts calculate that it travelled nearly half…
Ghostly particles detected in condensates of light and matter

Ghostly particles detected in condensates of light and matter

Bosons: fundamental particles that can occupy the same quantum state, so that a condensate of bosons behaves as a single quantum particle. Credit: FLEET Bose-condensed quantum fluids are not forever. Such states include superfluids and Bose-Einstein condensates (BECs). There is a beautiful purity in such exotic states, in which every particle is in the same…
China releases stunning images of the far side of the moon from its pioneering Chang’e-4 mission to mark one year anniversary of its launch

China releases stunning images of the far side of the moon from its pioneering...

China's space agency has released a huge batch of stunning images from the far side of the moon, revealing the beauty of the mysterious terrain. The high-resolution images were released on the agency's dedicated website and were enhanced by a NASA expert.  Doug Ellison, who heads up the engineering camera team for the Curiosity Mars Rover at…
Mars’ stunning polar ice caps spotted in new image captures from orbiter

Mars’ stunning polar ice caps spotted in new image captures from orbiter

Mars: beautiful, desolate, and the planet in the solar system whose seasons most closely match ours. The European Space Agency (ESA) recently released an image of the red planet’s north polar region and its stunning ice caps. The image coincided with the Seventh International Conference on Mars Polar Science and Exploration which took place last…
A burst of gravitational waves hit our planet. Astronomers have no clue where it’s from.

A burst of gravitational waves hit our planet. Astronomers have no clue where it’s...

Home News Science & Astronomy (Image: © Shutterstock) A mysterious cosmic event might have ever-so-slightly stretched and squeezed our planet last week. On Jan. 14, astronomers detected a split-second burst of gravitational waves, distortions in space-time … but researchers don't know where this burst came from. The gravitational wave signal, picked up by the Laser Interferometer…
SpaceX surprises after recovering spacecraft ‘trunk’ in one piece

SpaceX surprises after recovering spacecraft ‘trunk’ in one piece

In a surprise twist, SpaceX has recovered an expendable ‘trunk’ that launched with Crew Dragon on its January 19th In-Flight Abort (IFA) test, in which the spacecraft successfully escaped from an exploding Falcon 9 rocket. While recovering pieces of Dragon’s disposable trunk would not have been shocking, SpaceX has returned this particular Crew Dragon trunk…
Geologists Confirm a Staggering 2.2 Billion-Year-Old Impact Crater in Australia

Geologists Confirm a Staggering 2.2 Billion-Year-Old Impact Crater in Australia

CARLY CASSELLA 22 JAN 2020 Throughout its life, our planet has been pummelled by countless asteroids and comets - even more so than the crater-ridden Moon. Today, thanks to Earth's continually changing surface, there are remarkably few scars left to tell the tale. Australia's relatively stable and ancient landscape not only harbours potentially the largest…
Some sharks have learned to walk — but don’t panic just yet

Some sharks have learned to walk — but don’t panic just yet

Art has a curious way of predicting real life lately. Case in point: sharks that can walk, a concept famously parodied on Saturday Night Live, who poked fun at the movie "Jaws" in the 1975 Chevy Chase skit "Landshark." Likewise, pop star Katy Perry's 2015 Super Bowl halftime performance included dancers dressed as walking sharks.  Now, it appears that Perry…
Ancient Stone Age Ring Made From Deer Antler Discovered in Village Swallowed by the Sea Thousands of Years Ago

Ancient Stone Age Ring Made From Deer Antler Discovered in Village Swallowed by the...

A Stone Age ring made of deer antler was discovered at a Neolithic site in Denmark that has been hidden for millennia, having been swallowed by the sea thousands of years ago.The find, described as "unique," was discovered at an archaeological site in Lolland, Denmark's fourth-largest island, amid several other objects forged from organic material…
Scientists have found a way to make oxygen out of Moon Dust

Scientists have found a way to make oxygen out of Moon Dust

Scientists from the European Space Agency have found a way to make oxygen out of moon dust in hopes to one day help astronauts use resources on the moon to make breathable air and even rocket fuel. The Moon has a massive supply of oxygen — a valuable resource needed for future human missions. However,…
SpaceX’s first ever Block 5 booster gives one last hurrah, in photos

SpaceX’s first ever Block 5 booster gives one last hurrah, in photos

After helping SpaceX enter a new era of routine rocket reusability, the very first Falcon 9 Block 5 booster is officially nothing more than bits, pieces, and a few artificial reefs at the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean — intentionally destroyed to give SpaceX the confidence it needs to soon launch astronauts. Captured on camera…
An all-woman Mars analog crew just ‘returned to Earth’ in Hawaii

An all-woman Mars analog crew just ‘returned to Earth’ in Hawaii

Home News Spaceflight KONA, Hawaii — An all-female crew of analog astronauts have "returned to Earth," completing a two-week mission in a mock Mars habitat on the big island of Hawaii.Six scientists entered the HI-SEAS habitat (the name is short for Hawaii Space Exploration Analog and Simulation) — an analog Mars base for human researchers…
Alone on a Mountaintop, Awaiting a Very Hard Rain

Alone on a Mountaintop, Awaiting a Very Hard Rain

On the windy flanks of Mount Aragats, a biblical-sounding massif in Armenia, an old man — a cook — shuffles through a sprawling array of oddly shaped, empty buildings.The place is a symbol of what Yulia Grigoryants, an Armenian photographer, calls Cosmic Solitude. Once upon a time, it was one of the bustling centers of…
Astronauts honor Martin Luther King, Jr. and replace ISS batteries on 3rd all-woman spacewalk

Astronauts honor Martin Luther King, Jr. and replace ISS batteries on 3rd all-woman spacewalk

Home News Spaceflight NASA astronauts Jessica Meir (foreground, in spacesuit with red stripes) and Christina Koch (with back turned to camera) work to upgrade batteries during a spacewalk outside of the International Space Station on Monday, Jan. 20, 2020. (Image: © NASA TV) HOUSTON — Two astronauts completed battery replacements and honored the legacy of the…
Self-healing bacteria bricks could help us build on the moon or Mars

Self-healing bacteria bricks could help us build on the moon or Mars

Scientists from the University of Colorado Boulder shaped their material made of sand, bacteria and gel into various shapes to show its versatility. CU Boulder College of Engineering and Applied Science Future buildings may be teeming with bacteria, with scientists developing a hybrid construction material, made of microbes, that may be capable of repairing itself…
Extreme Arctic melting has a new suspect: The same powerful gases screwing over the ozone

Extreme Arctic melting has a new suspect: The same powerful gases screwing over the...

Half of Arctic climate change between 1955 and 2005 may be attributed to ozone-depleting substances banned in 1987 by the Montreal Protocol. Image: Mario Tama / Getty Images By Brittany Levine Beckman2020-01-20 23:51:51 UTC They were once abundant, in our hairsprays, bug sprays, and refrigerators. And then scientists figured out these substances ripped a hole…
NASA Astronauts Spacewalk Outside the International Space Station on Jan. 20, 2020

NASA Astronauts Spacewalk Outside the International Space Station on Jan. 20, 2020

5.05M Want to watch this again later? Sign in to add this video to a playlist. Sign in Like this video? Sign in to make your opinion count. Sign in Don't like this video? Sign in to make your opinion count. Sign in Started streaming 3 hours agoOn Monday, Jan. 20 starting at 6:50 a.m.…
Elon Musk: SpaceX will send NASA astronauts to space in Q2

Elon Musk: SpaceX will send NASA astronauts to space in Q2

Elon Musk said last night that SpaceX plans to send NASA astronauts to space between April and June. The mission, dubbed as Demo-2, will see the crew rocket up to the International Space Station for several days. SpaceX just completed a successful uncrewed test of its Crew Dragon capsule’s in-flight launch escape capabilities last night.…
ESA opens plant that turns moondust into oxygen

ESA opens plant that turns moondust into oxygen

If humans are going to have a long-term presence on the Moon, they're going to need breathable air and rocket fuel -- and the ESA might just have a way to create both using the Moon itself. The agency is running a prototype plant that converts moondust (currently simulated, of course) into oxygen that could…
Physicists Finally Observe a Link Between Quantum Criticality And Entanglement

Physicists Finally Observe a Link Between Quantum Criticality And Entanglement

We know that the realm of quantum physics is science operating at a mind-bogglingly small scale, thus watching quantum interactions happen is always exciting. Now, physicists have managed to observe billions upon billions of entangled electrons passing through a metal film. The film is a mix of ytterbium, rhodium and silicon, and is what's known…
Asteroid Capable Of Causing Impact Event Headed For Earth, NASA Warns

Asteroid Capable Of Causing Impact Event Headed For Earth, NASA Warns

KEY POINTSNASA detected a massive asteroid approaching EarthThe asteroid is big enough to wipe out an entire cityThe incoming asteroid will intersect Earth's orbit tonightAn asteroid larger than the Golden Gate Bridge tower is currently heading for Earth. Based on the data collected by NASA’s monitoring system, the asteroid is big enough to destroy an…
‘The Blob’ blamed for largest Pacific NW seabird die-off in history

‘The Blob’ blamed for largest Pacific NW seabird die-off in history

'The Blob' blamed for largest Pacific NW seabird die-off in history - KOMO News
One-of-a-Kind Dinosaur Specimen Discovered in China Offers View Into Dinosaur-Bird Evolution

One-of-a-Kind Dinosaur Specimen Discovered in China Offers View Into Dinosaur-Bird Evolution

Wulong bohaiensis. The skeleton described in the new paper is remarkably complete. The name means “Dancing Dragon” in Chinese and was named in part to reference its active pose. Credit: Ashley Poust San Diego Natural History Museum paleontologist describes a dinosaur that is new to science, shows dinosaurs grew up differently from birds. A new…
SpaceX launches, destroys rocket in astronaut escape test

SpaceX launches, destroys rocket in astronaut escape test

SpaceX launches, destroys rocket in astronaut escape test Hide Transcript Show Transcript IS CALLING IT A BIG SUCCESS THAT WILL HELP BRING BACK ASTRONAUT LAUNCHES TO CENTRAL FLORIDA. DAN: THOUSANDS OF GALLONS OF ROCKET FUEL IGNITED IN THE KIND OF FIREBALL THAT NORMALLY SPELLS DOOM OVER THE SPACE COAST, BUT THIS ONE BROUGHT NOTHING BUT…
The Spitzer Space Telescope will shut down Jan. 30. NASA celebrates its legacy this week.

The Spitzer Space Telescope will shut down Jan. 30. NASA celebrates its legacy this...

Home News Science & Astronomy A 16-year NASA mission that painted the universe in infrared light will come to an end this month, as the Spitzer Space Telescope takes its final observations on Jan. 29.Spitzer launched in August 2003 as one of NASA's four Great Observatories, following in the footsteps of the Hubble Space Telescope…
ESA finally solves its Huygens probe’s Titan landing mystery

ESA finally solves its Huygens probe’s Titan landing mystery

The European Space Agency has finally discovered what went wrong during the descent of the Huygens probe it sent to Saturn’s moon Titan as part of the Cassini-Huygens mission launched in 1997. Both the Cassini and the Huygens missions were successful, but the latter didn’t perform without issue: the ESA says its probe started spinning…
Warm Water Patch Called ‘The Blob’ Fueled Biggest Known Seabird Die-Off In History

Warm Water Patch Called ‘The Blob’ Fueled Biggest Known Seabird Die-Off In History

An estimated 1 million seabirds died along North America’s west coast during a marine heat wave, and scientists have now analyzed how their deaths were likely linked to a large mass of warm water known as “the Blob.” From summer 2015 to spring 2016, about 62,000 dead or dying common murres were found washed up…
Future Mars inhabitants could live in houses made of fungi

Future Mars inhabitants could live in houses made of fungi

It’s no secret that Elon Musk wants to make humanity a multi-planetary species. But when humans take up residence on the red planet, what sort of abode will they call home?  Instead of habitats made of building materials you see Earth, like metal and glass, NASA is exploring ways to grow structures out of fungi.…
Oceans’ Rise In Heat Over Last 25 Years Equals “3.6 Billion Hiroshima Bombs”

Oceans’ Rise In Heat Over Last 25 Years Equals “3.6 Billion Hiroshima Bombs”

A new study shows oceans are continuing to warm at record rates. In a new study titled "Record-Setting Ocean Warmth Continued in 2019," scientists have determined that the temperature of the ocean's surface to 2,000 meters deep has shown warming of 228,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 Joules of heat over the last 25 years, as reported by Complex.The study's lead author, Lijing…
Battery Upgrades Resume Aboard the Space Station on This Week @NASA – January 18, 2020

Battery Upgrades Resume Aboard the Space Station on This Week @NASA – January 18,...

5.04M Want to watch this again later? Sign in to add this video to a playlist. Sign in Like this video? Sign in to make your opinion count. Sign in Don't like this video? Sign in to make your opinion count. Sign in Published on Jan 18, 2020Spacewalkers resume battery upgrades aboard the space station,…
Astronomers discover bizarre stretchy objects unlike anything else in our galaxy

Astronomers discover bizarre stretchy objects unlike anything else in our galaxy

Astronomers have discovered a mysterious new class of objects at the heart of the Milky Way, unlike anything else found previously in our galaxy. The objects “look like gas but behave like stars,” according to senior researcher Andrea Ghez, as they start off small and compact but are stretched to a larger size when they…
Laser diode emits deep UV light

Laser diode emits deep UV light

Nagoya University scientists, in cooperation with Asahi Kasei Corporation, have succeeded in designing a laser diode that emits deep-ultraviolet light, according to research published in the journal Applied Physics Express. "Our laser diode emits the world's shortest lasing wavelength, at 271.8 nanometers (nm), under pulsed [electric] current injection at room temperature," says Professor Chiaki Sasaoka…
‘Dancing dragon’ shows feathers grew differently on dinosaurs and birds

‘Dancing dragon’ shows feathers grew differently on dinosaurs and birds

By Will DunhamWASHINGTON, Jan 17 (Reuters) - An exquisite fossil of a fierce little Chinese dinosaur dubbed the "dancing dragon" that lived 120 million years ago - an older cousin of the Velociraptor - is showing scientists that feathers grew differently on dinosaurs than on birds.The two-legged Cretaceous Period dinosaur, called Wulong bohaiensis, was a…
SpaceX delays dramatic in-flight abort test of Falcon 9 rocket to prove Crew Dragon is safe for astronauts

SpaceX delays dramatic in-flight abort test of Falcon 9 rocket to prove Crew Dragon...

The launch of a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket on a dramatic in-flight test of the emergency escape system built into the company's Crew Dragon astronaut ferry ship was delayed 24 hours on Saturday because of high winds and rough seas in the capsule's off-shore recovery zone. The Falcon 9, featuring a thrice-flown first stage and…
The Truth About Betelgeuse, The Red Supergiant Star That Will Explode As A Spectacular Supernova

The Truth About Betelgeuse, The Red Supergiant Star That Will Explode As A Spectacular...

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Scientists say hot ocean blob killed one million seabirds

Scientists say hot ocean blob killed one million seabirds

On the heels of new research showing that the world's oceans are rapidly warming, scientists revealed Wednesday that a huge patch of hot water in the northeast Pacific Ocean dubbed "the blob" was to blame for killing about one million seabirds. The peer-reviewed study, published in the journal PLOS ONE, was conducted by a team of researchers at federal and…
Pocket-size raptor sheds new light on the links between dino and bird life

Pocket-size raptor sheds new light on the links between dino and bird life

An artist's rendering of what Wulong bohaiensis might have looked like Erick Toussaint A new tiny, winged dinosaur discovered in China is giving the world a glimpse into what feathered fauna looked like 120 million years ago. And it's thanks to what scientists are calling a one-of-a-kind fossil specimen, according to the San Diego Natural…
436-Million-Year-Old Scorpion Was Among the Planet’s First Air Breathers

436-Million-Year-Old Scorpion Was Among the Planet’s First Air Breathers

One of two Parioscorpio venator fossils found in Wisconsin back in the 1980s. Image: A. J. Wendruff et al., 2020.A newly described scorpion dating back to the early Silurian period is answering important questions about the first arachnids and the adaptations that enabled some of the earliest animals on Earth to migrate from aquatic to…
Astronauts on the moon and Mars may grow their homes there out of mushrooms, says NASA

Astronauts on the moon and Mars may grow their homes there out of mushrooms,...

Astronauts on the moon and Mars may grow their homes there out of mushrooms, says NASA - CNN
Scientists Say They’ve Found a Way to Make Oxygen From Moon Dust

Scientists Say They’ve Found a Way to Make Oxygen From Moon Dust

January 17th 20__Victor Tangermann__Filed Under: Hard ScienceMaking AirEuropean Space Agency (ESA) scientists say they’ve found a way to produce oxygen from lunar dust. Samples of real lunar dust have been found to be 40 to 45 percent oxygen by weight, according to the ESA.The team just opened a “prototype oxygen plant” inside a European Space Research…
Walking with atoms –

Walking with atoms –

Ever since it was proposed that atoms are building blocks of the world, scientists have been trying to understand how and why they bond to each other. Be it a molecule (which is a group of atoms joined together in a particular fashion), or a block of material or a whole living organism, ultimately, everything…
Violent solar storms are happening closer to Earth than anyone thought was possible

Violent solar storms are happening closer to Earth than anyone thought was possible

Home News Science & Astronomy This aurora was captured on camera from the International Space Station on June of 2017. (Image: © NASA) The spectacular solar storms that paint the polar skies in beautiful greens and pinks have a darker side: They have the power to wreak havoc on our electrical grid, communication systems and…
What will NASA’s Mars 2020 rover be called? There’s 155 names on the shortlist.

What will NASA’s Mars 2020 rover be called? There’s 155 names on the shortlist.

Home News Science & Astronomy Artist's illustration on NASA's 2020 Mars rover on the Red Planet. (Image: © NASA) And then there were 155.The competition to name NASA's next Mars rover has entered the home stretch, with the space agency culling the field from 28,000 student entries to 155 semifinalists.The 2,300-lb. (1,040 kilograms) robot, which…
SpaceX faces its final test before it can fly astronauts to orbit

SpaceX faces its final test before it can fly astronauts to orbit

From our ObsessionSpace BusinessThe private sector is heading out of the atmosphere.Before a car arrives on US highways, it undergoes a series of punishing crash tests to ensure it is safe enough to carry passengers.Picture that, but with a spacecraft.Early on Jan. 18, SpaceX will launch an uncrewed Dragon spacecraft, designed to carry astronauts to…
Mighty Mice In Space May Help Disabled People On Earth : Shots

Mighty Mice In Space May Help Disabled People On Earth : Shots

The SpaceX Dragon cargo spacecraft that ferried musclebound mice to the International Space Station and back can be seen at the top of this picture taken from the station on Dec. 20, 2019. NASA hide caption toggle caption NASA The SpaceX Dragon cargo spacecraft that ferried musclebound mice to the International Space Station and back…
Jumping genes threaten egg cell quality

Jumping genes threaten egg cell quality

This image displays the dramatic increase in the endowment of immature egg cells in newborn mice when the Fetal Oocyte Attrition is prevented from occurring. Shown in white is an ovary exposed to normal physiological activity of the jumping gene LINE-1. Shown in purple is an ovary that's been treated with AZT to inhibit LINE-1…
Mile-long asteroid could be dangerous to life on Earth in millions of years if it breaks up: scientists

Mile-long asteroid could be dangerous to life on Earth in millions of years if...

A massive mile-long double asteroid linked to a one-inch meteor that streaked a fireball over Japan three years ago could threaten humanity in millions of years if it eventually breaks up, scientists wrote in a report published Monday."The potential breakup of the rock could be dangerous to life on Earth," Toshihiro Kasuga, a visiting scientist at…
A blob of hot water in the Pacific Ocean killed a million seabirds, scientists say

A blob of hot water in the Pacific Ocean killed a million seabirds, scientists...

A blob of hot water in the Pacific Ocean killed a million seabirds, scientists say - CNN
The mysterious, legendary giant squid’s genome is revealed

The mysterious, legendary giant squid’s genome is revealed

The giant squid has long been a subject of horror lore. In this original illustration from Jules Verne's '20,000 Leagues Under the Sea,' a giant squid grasps a helpless sailor. Credit: Alphonse de Neuville How did the monstrous giant squid—reaching school-bus size, with eyes as big as dinner plates and tentacles that can snatch prey…
Strange, unknown objects found orbiting Milky Way’s black hole

Strange, unknown objects found orbiting Milky Way’s black hole

The unusual orbits of six unknown objects zooming around Sgr A*, the supermassive black hole at the center of the Milky Way. Anna Ciurlo/Tuan Do/UCLA Galactic Center Group At the heart of the Milky Way, there's a monster black hole with a mass 4 million times that of the sun, Sagittarius A* (Sgr A*). In the…
Competing crabs don’t fight over ‘homes’

Competing crabs don’t fight over ‘homes’

Credit: CC0 Public Domain Two hermit crab species which live on the same beach have adapted to coexist by selecting differently shaped shells as their homes, according to a study in the open access journal BMC Ecology. When closely-related species occupy the same habitat, competition for essential resources such as food and shelter can occur.…
What Is a Gamma-Ray Burst?

What Is a Gamma-Ray Burst?

Home References Science & Astronomy This artist’s impression shows two galaxies in the early universe. The brilliant explosion on the left is a gamma-ray burst. The light from the burst travels through both galaxies on its way to Earth (outside the frame to the right). (Image: © ESO/L. Calçada) Gamma-ray bursts are the strongest and…
Scientists: 2019 Ocean Water Temperatures Were Hottest Ever

Scientists: 2019 Ocean Water Temperatures Were Hottest Ever

Scientists reported this week that the world’s oceans were warmer in 2019 than they had ever been before. The report comes at a time when studies have linked rising ocean water temperatures to manmade pollution. Researchers say the rate of warming is speeding up and may cause a planet-wide disaster. The oceans take in more…
Bricks Alive! Scientists Create Living Concrete

Bricks Alive! Scientists Create Living Concrete

‘A Frankenstein material’ teeming with — and ultimately made by — photosynthetic microbes. And it can reproduce. Wil Srubar, left, a structural engineer at the University of Colorado, Boulder, holding a brick of building matter made from cyanobacteria and other materials.Credit...CU Boulder College of Engineering & Applied ScienceJan. 15, 2020Updated 11:50 a.m. ETFor centuries, builders…
NASA Contest to Name Mars Rover Narrows to 155 Student Entries

NASA Contest to Name Mars Rover Narrows to 155 Student Entries

Image: NASA/JPL-CaltechJudges working for NASA have narrowed the list of possible names for the space agency’s new Mars rover to 155 student entries—different names that include everything from Dusty and Dreamer to Tenacity and Little Tinker. Whichever student wins the grand prize will get an invitation to see the new Mars rover launch into space…
Artifacts Shipped from Sri Lanka to Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Raise Eyebrows

Artifacts Shipped from Sri Lanka to Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Raise Eyebrows

Home News Ripley's Believe It Or Not Odditorium is known for its unusual objects, such as the display shown at Ripley's Times Square in New York City during its grand opening in 2007. (Image: © Jason Kempin/FilmMagic via Getty Images) A massive trove of potentially stolen "artifacts" has been shipped from Sri Lanka, a country…
Comets may have delivered ‘essential element’ for life on Earth, researchers say

Comets may have delivered ‘essential element’ for life on Earth, researchers say

A new study suggests that comets had a huge hand in helping life form on Earth, bringing integral elements such as phosphorus, "an essential element for life," to the planet.The research utilized the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) telescopes in Chile, as well as the European Space Agency's Rosetta spacecraft, to look at the AFGL 1542…
Forgotten trove of fossil feathers belonged to tiny polar dinosaurs

Forgotten trove of fossil feathers belonged to tiny polar dinosaurs

Antarctic Gondwana — A new study provides our first glimpse of fossil feathers near the South Pole. Rachel Fritts - Jan 15, 2020 1:36 pm UTC Enlarge / One of the spectacular feather fossils that has been sitting in a museum's sample collection for decades.Researchers have described ten fossil feathers from the polar regions of…
This year may finally fulfill the promise of private human spaceflight

This year may finally fulfill the promise of private human spaceflight

LFG — Big and small rockets. The Moon and Mars. Lots of asteroid stuff, too. Eric Berger - Jan 15, 2020 12:30 pm UTC Enlarge / Is this the year paying customers fly into space on VSS Unity and White Knight Two?This year could see the fulfillment of a number of long-promised achievements in human…
First spacewalk of 2020 has all-female crew

First spacewalk of 2020 has all-female crew

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Meet 2020 AV2, the 1st asteroid entirely within the orbit of Venus

Meet 2020 AV2, the 1st asteroid entirely within the orbit of Venus

It’s difficult to see objects whose orbits are within that of Venus, because those objects always stay near the sun in our sky. Now, though, astronomers have spotted one! Asteroid 2020 AV2 on January 8, 2020. The image is a composite, consisting of 14 60-second exposures, remotely collected with the Elena robotic unit available at…
Astronomers Can’t Rule Out Sensors May Have Spotted Attack Ships on Fire in Distant Solar System

Astronomers Can’t Rule Out Sensors May Have Spotted Attack Ships on Fire in Distant...

Tech14:59 15.01.2020(updated 15:00 15.01.2020) Get short URLThe Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO) network of sensors designed specifically to detect gravitational waves has already detected at least two collisions of ultra-dense neutron stars, but has never picked up a phenomenon known as burst gravitational waves, until now.The LIGO and Virgo gravitational wave detectors reported an unanticipated…
Xenobots are living robots made from frog cells that can heal themselves

Xenobots are living robots made from frog cells that can heal themselves

A team of scientists at Tufts University in the US have created xenobots, tiny robots made from frog skin and heart cells that can walk, work together and heal themselves.Algorithms define the configurations of frog cells, which are then constructed by humans to create a living robot that the scientists have called a xenobot, after…
Final images from Cassini spacecraft

Final images from Cassini spacecraft

Composite of a true colour image of Saturn, observed by Cassini in 2016, overlaid with a false colour representation of the ultraviolet aurora in the northern hemisphere as observed on 20 August 2017. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute/A. Bader (Lancaster University). Researchers are busy analysing some of the final data sent back from the Cassini spacecraft…
Has Hubble Detected Rogue Clumps of Dark Matter?

Has Hubble Detected Rogue Clumps of Dark Matter?

“Quads” imaged by the Hubble Space Telescope.Image: NASA, ESA, A. Nierenberg (JPL) and T. Treu (UCLAScientists using the Hubble Space Telescope have discovered evidence of small clumps of dark matter warping the light from distant quasars. Regular matter seems to form only a small part of the universe—much more of the matter seems to be…
SpaceX’s Crew Dragon set for final key test before astronaut launch

SpaceX’s Crew Dragon set for final key test before astronaut launch

New York (CNN Business)After months of anticipation, SpaceX's new crew-worthy spacecraft, the Crew Dragon, is finally prepped for its last major test before astronauts can begin using it for rides to the International Space Station. NASA announced this week …
Scientists Build “First Living Robots” From Frog Stem Cells

Scientists Build “First Living Robots” From Frog Stem Cells

A team of researchers have built what they claim to be the first living robots. The “xenobots,” they say, can move, pick up objects, and even heal themselves after being cut.The team is hoping the biological machines could one day be used to clean up microplastics in the ocean or even deliver drugs inside the human body,…
Ocean temperatures hit record high as rate of heating accelerates

Ocean temperatures hit record high as rate of heating accelerates

The heat in the world’s oceans reached a new record level in 2019, showing “irrefutable and accelerating” heating of the planet. The world’s oceans are the clearest measure of the climate emergency because they absorb more than 90% of the heat trapped by the greenhouse gases emitted by fossil fuel burning, forest destruction and other…
TESS dates an ancient collision with our galaxy

TESS dates an ancient collision with our galaxy

Credit: CC0 Public Domain A single bright star in the constellation of Indus, visible from the southern hemisphere, has revealed new insights on an ancient collision that our galaxy the Milky Way underwent with another smaller galaxy called Gaia-Enceladus early in its history. An international team of scientists led by the University of Birmingham adopted…
A Cosmic Gatekeeper Divides Our Solar System in Two

A Cosmic Gatekeeper Divides Our Solar System in Two

Home News The Atacama Large Millimeter/Submillimeter Array (ALMA) in Chile captured this picture of disks that formed around a young star about 450 light years away from our planet. Now, scientists are proposing that similar disks could have formed around our sun in the early solar system, creating the seeds for our planets. (Image: ©…
Virtual Telescope Project confirms 2020 AV2— the first asteroid found to move entirely inside the orbit of Venus

Virtual Telescope Project confirms 2020 AV2— the first asteroid found to move entirely inside...

Asteroid 2020 AV2: 8 Jan. 2020. Credit: Virtual Telescope Project Gianluca Masi, an astrophysicist working on the Virtual Telescope Project,which he founded, has announced the confirmation of 2020 AV2—the first asteroid orbiting entirely within the orbit of Venus. Masi describes on the Virtual Telescope Project web page the discovery by a team at the Zwicky…
‘Green methane’ from artificial photosynthesis could recycle CO2

‘Green methane’ from artificial photosynthesis could recycle CO2

An electron microscope image shows the semiconductor nanowires. These deliver electrons to metal nanoparticles, which turn carbon dioxide and water into methane. Credit: Baowen Zhou A new artificial photosynthesis approach uses sunlight to turn carbon dioxide into methane, which could help make natural-gas-powered devices carbon neutral. Methane is the main component of natural gas. Photosynthesis…
Scientists Are Racing to Figure Out Why This Giant Glacier in Antarctica Is Melting So Fast

Scientists Are Racing to Figure Out Why This Giant Glacier in Antarctica Is Melting...

Home News The giant Thwaites Glacier is one of the fastest-melting glaciers on the coast of Antarctica, and scientists are trying to find out why. (Image: © NASA/OIB/Jeremy Harbeck) A robotic submarine is about to descend into a dark, water-filled cavern in Antarctica, to try to find out why one of the continent's largest glaciers…
Eleven tips for working with large data sets

Eleven tips for working with large data sets

Big data are everywhere in research, and the data sets are only getting bigger — and more challenging to work with. Unfortunately, says Tracy Teal, it’s a kind of labour that’s too often left out of scientific training.“It’s a mindset,” says Teal, “treating data as a first-class citizen.” She should know: Teal was until last…
New Hubble view of gigantic galaxy

New Hubble view of gigantic galaxy

The Hubble Telescope released this glorious image of the spiral galaxy UGC 2885 on January 6. This image was made in part as a tribute to dark matter pioneer Vera Rubin. The year 2020 marks the 30th anniversary of the launch of the Hubble Space Telescope, and both NASA and the European Space Agency (ESA)…
A protein called Sestrin might be responsible for many of the benefits of a good workout

A protein called Sestrin might be responsible for many of the benefits of a...

Credit: CC0 Public Domain Whether it be a brisk walk around the park or high intensity training at the gym, exercise does a body good. But what if you could harness the benefits of a good workout without ever moving a muscle? Michigan Medicine researchers studying a class of naturally occurring protein called Sestrin have…
Elon Musk says a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket is about to be “destroyed in Dragon fire”

Elon Musk says a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket is about to be “destroyed in...

SpaceX CEO Elon Musk has officially confirmed that the company’s next Falcon 9 launch will destroy the flight-proven booster and upper stage “in Dragon fire”, a cryptic reference to the ultimate purpose of the sacrifice. Known as SpaceX’s In-Flight Abort (IFA) test, the mission is designed not to place any particular payload in orbit but…
Gravitational Waves Surge Through the Fabric of Space and Time After Neutron Stars Violently Collide

Gravitational Waves Surge Through the Fabric of Space and Time After Neutron Stars Violently...

Artist’s rendition of a binary neutron star merger. Credit: National Science Foundation/LIGO/Sonoma State University/A. Simonnet On April 25, 2019, the LIGO Livingston Observatory picked up what appeared to be gravitational ripples from a collision of two neutron stars. LIGO Livingston is part of a gravitational-wave network that includes LIGO (the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory), funded…
New theory of quantum mechanics shows matter is not in the eye of the observer

New theory of quantum mechanics shows matter is not in the eye of the...

The mystery of why quantum matter jumps from a wave-like state to a well-defined particle when it is observed has puzzled scientists for nearly a 100 years. Known as ‘the measurement problem’ it is widely seen as the major complication in quantum theory and has led even well-respected scientists to suggest that the human mind…
Dead alligators dropped deep into the sea lead to a surprising find

Dead alligators dropped deep into the sea lead to a surprising find

Scientists discovered how hungry deep-sea creatures can be when offered a free alligator meal.  Lumcon Alligators don't typically swim, or die, in the ocean. But researchers dropped three of them, dead ones, underwater to see how deep-sea creatures would react to finding a new and unusual food source. The dead-alligator experiment was aimed at better understanding…
NASA graduates new class of astronauts for missions to the moon and Mars

NASA graduates new class of astronauts for missions to the moon and Mars

HOUSTON — NASA's newest astronauts are ready to come out of their shells and walk on the moon.Nicknamed the "Turtles," the space agency's 22nd class of astronauts graduated from basic training and became eligible for spaceflight assignments on Friday. A ceremony held at the Johnson Space Center in Houston honored the 11 Americans, together with…
Galaxy group 13 billion light-years away could be ending the cosmic ‘Dark Ages’ before our eyes

Galaxy group 13 billion light-years away could be ending the cosmic ‘Dark Ages’ before...

Home News Science & Astronomy This illustrated map of the universe shows galaxy group EGS77 clearing away the cosmic fog of the early universe, some 13 billion years ago. (Image: © NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center) For hundreds of millions of years after the Big Bang, the entire universe was a thick soup of hydrogen…
Stargazers enjoy amazing scenes of ‘Wolf Moon’ across the UK

Stargazers enjoy amazing scenes of ‘Wolf Moon’ across the UK

The wolf moon, rising here above Menwith Hill near Harrogate, North Yorkshire, wowed stargazers on Friday night (Picture: PA)Stargazers were treated to a ‘wolf moon’ on Friday night as the first full moon of 2020 coincided with a lunar eclipse.The ‘penumbral lunar eclipse’, where the moon passes through the earth’s shadow, sparked a flurry of…

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