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International Space Station tweets ‘hello’ to Phoenix, Tucson

International Space Station tweets ‘hello’ to Phoenix, Tucson

PHOENIX — Keep your eyes to the skies for the next few days! The International Space Station is making an appearance over Arizona. The ISS tweeted to the Phoenix and Tucson area Sunday morning that "the space station will make an appearance in your skies around 7:50 pm MT tonight!" Looking bright down there, Phoenix…
Antarctica’s Denman Glacier is sinking into the world’s deepest canyon Space

Antarctica’s Denman Glacier is sinking into the world’s deepest canyon Space

Home News Science & Astronomy Denman trough (dark blue strip) sinks some 11,000 feet (3,500 meters) below sea level, and could soon become the burial plot of a massive, dying glacier. (Image: © NASA’s Scientific Visualization Studio) The glaciers of Antarctica are melting at unprecedented rates, and a giant canyon in the continent's rocky underbelly…
Coronavirus tips: 13 ways to help stay safe when you leave the house

Coronavirus tips: 13 ways to help stay safe when you leave the house

Social distancing is important in the grocery store, but so is how you shop. Sarah Tew/CNET For the most up-to-date news and information about the coronavirus pandemic, visit the WHO website. Even though you spend most of your day indoors while quarantined at home, chances are you still leave the house to run errands and get…
The largest astronomical project on the planet shut down due to coronavirus

The largest astronomical project on the planet shut down due to coronavirus

Facilities hosting telescopes in the Chilean desert, including the world’s largest ground-based astronomical project, the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA), have been shut down due to the outbreak of coronavirus, officially called COVID-19. The facilities located in the Atacama Desert include the Llano de Chajnantor Observatory, where ALMA is located, as well as the Paranal…
Hubble Finds “Missing Link” Black Hole Tearing Apart a Star That Passed Too Close [Video]

Hubble Finds “Missing Link” Black Hole Tearing Apart a Star That Passed Too Close...

This artist’s concept depicts a cosmic homicide in action. A wayward star is being shredded by the intense gravitational pull of a black hole that contains tens of thousands of solar masses. The stellar remains are forming an accretion disk around the black hole. Flares of X-ray light from the super-heated gas disk alerted astronomers…
I studied what happens to reef fish after coral bleaching. What I saw still makes me nauseous.

I studied what happens to reef fish after coral bleaching. What I saw still...

The Great Barrier Reef is suffering its third mass bleaching event in five years. It follows the record-breaking mass bleaching event in 2016 that killed a third of Great Barrier Reef corals, immediately followed by another in 2017.While we don’t know if fish populations declined from the 2016 bleaching disaster, one 2018 study did show…
Astronomers spot never-before-seen gravitational wave source from binary white dwarf stars

Astronomers spot never-before-seen gravitational wave source from binary white dwarf stars

Home News Science & Astronomy An artist's visualizatoin of the first confirmed double helium-core white dwarf gravitational source. (Image credit: M. Weiss)Astronomers have detected two stellar corpses whirling around each other, and they might be producing gravitational waves. White dwarf stars are what become of stars like our sun after they run out of fuel and…
Mars pits: Gaze into the abyss with these wild NASA images

Mars pits: Gaze into the abyss with these wild NASA images

Cavern below? Mars has hidden depths hinted at by intriguing pits scattered around the planet. Some of these tantalizing windows may be entrances to underground caverns. If humans ever make it to Mars, they may want to consider hunkering down underground to protect themselves from space radiation.This image from NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) in…
Want to Leave This Planet? NASA Is Offering Some Seriously Cool Virtual Space Tours Right Now

Want to Leave This Planet? NASA Is Offering Some Seriously Cool Virtual Space Tours...

NASA is ready to entertain and educate you all weekend long. The aerospace experts are pulling out all the stops to help everyone pass the time home socially distancing. That includes releasing some seriously cool virtual tours and highlighting a few of its coolest places. Check out a selection of seven tours available from NASA…
Third SpaceX prototype spacecraft blows up during pressure test

Third SpaceX prototype spacecraft blows up during pressure test

Visualization of the effectiveness of face masks amid coronavirus The third prototype of Elon Musk-run SpaceXs next-generation rocket Starship 'SN3' broke apart during a pressure test at the company's test site in Boca Chica, Texas. "We will see what data review says, but this may have been a test configuration mistake," Musk tweeted late Friday…
Scientists write musical notation on coronavirus protein

Scientists write musical notation on coronavirus protein

In times of social isolation, many are turning to the soothing notes of classical music, but for scientists, it might provide a new method to study the virus that has brought the world to its knees.Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have translated the spike protein of Sars-Cov-2, the coronavirus that causes Covid-19,…
Huge asteroid 1998 OR2 will zip harmlessly by Earth April 29. See the latest telescope photos.

Huge asteroid 1998 OR2 will zip harmlessly by Earth April 29. See the latest...

Home News Skywatching The huge "potentially hazardous" asteroid 1998 OR2 is just a few weeks away from its close encounter with Earth, and you can watch the giant space rock's approach online or with a small telescope.While asteroid 1998 OR2 is large enough to wreak havoc on Earth if it were to strike our planet,…
Scientists Discover Two Mating Flies Trapped in Amber 40 Million Years Ago

Scientists Discover Two Mating Flies Trapped in Amber 40 Million Years Ago

CARLY CASSELLA 4 APRIL 2020 Forty or so million years ago, on the southern end of the Gondwana supercontinent, two mating insects unexpectedly found themselves in a sticky situation - and not in a good way. Somehow, this pair of busy long-legged flies (Dolichopodidae) had gotten themselves trapped in the gooey sap of a tree,…
Take a Virtual Tour of the Great Barrier Reef With David Attenborough As Your Guide (Video)

Take a Virtual Tour of the Great Barrier Reef With David Attenborough As Your...

While travel may currently be limited to the scope of our laptops right now, that doesn’t mean we can’t explore some of the most magnificent places on earth. And this time, we have the legendary Sir David Attenborough to help walk us through it. Danny Martindale / Getty Images The British historian — who narrated…
Meteorites give new insights into Martian water

Meteorites give new insights into Martian water

Mars is a dry, desert world devoid of any life (that we know of). But once upon a time, that wasn’t the case. Data collected by the robotic emissaries we’ve sent to explore the planet on our behalf indicate that the red planet was once a lush and wet world. However, scientists are still trying…
Rescuing the Great Barrier Reef: how much can be saved, and how can we do it?

Rescuing the Great Barrier Reef: how much can be saved, and how can we...

When coral scientist Dr Zoe Richards left the Great Barrier Reef’s Lizard Island in late January, she was feeling optimistic. Richards is a taxonomist. Since 2011 she has recorded and monitored 245 coral species at 14 locations around the island’s research station, about 270km north of Cairns. In 2017 she saw “mass destruction of the…
NASA lays out its plans for building a long-term moon base

NASA lays out its plans for building a long-term moon base

NASA has released a report detailing how it intends to set up a base on the moon — and from there send astronauts to explore Mars as part of its Artemis program. Having a long-term lunar presence would allow more efficient travel to distant parts of the solar system as well as the potential for…
The coronavirus pandemic is making Earth vibrate less

The coronavirus pandemic is making Earth vibrate less

Once-crowded city streets are now empty. Highway traffic has slowed to a minimum. And fewer and fewer people can be found milling about outside. Global containment measures to combat the spread of the coronavirus have seemingly made the world much quieter. Scientists are noticing it, too. Around the world, seismologists are observing a lot less…
NASA’s new Jupiter image is stunning

NASA’s new Jupiter image is stunning

Jupiter on Feb. 17, 2020 Image: NASA /J PL / SwRI / MSSS /Image processing by Gerald Eichstädt By Mark Kaufman2020-04-04 14:28:19 UTC Some 484 million miles from coronavirus-beleaguered Earth lies the gas giant Jupiter, and its stormy, magnificent atmosphere. One of the latest images NASA's Juno spacecraft sent back to Earth shows a view…
Space Photos of the Week: Awesome Planets and Ancient Gods

Space Photos of the Week: Awesome Planets and Ancient Gods

In 1781, astronomer William Herschel discovered a new planet. He wanted to name it Georgian Sidus (George’s Star) after King George III, but all of the other planets in the solar system were named after Roman gods. Fellow astronomer Johanne Bode suggested the name Uranus (a Greek god) would be a better fit, though it…
Life on Mars breakthrough: ‘GAME-CHANGER’ after major study

Life on Mars breakthrough: ‘GAME-CHANGER’ after major study

The findings of the research, undertaken by Yohey Suzuki and colleagues from the University of Tokyo and published in Communication Biology, boost the chances of life on the Red Planet significantly, the paper argues. Now plans are being drawn up for a collaboration with NASA's Johnson Space Centre which would see rocks on Mars examined…
Coronavirus tips: 12 ways to help stay safe when you leave the house

Coronavirus tips: 12 ways to help stay safe when you leave the house

Social distancing is important in the grocery store, but so is how you shop. Sarah Tew/CNET For the most up-to-date news and information about the coronavirus pandemic, visit the WHO website. Even though you spend most of your day indoors while quarantined at home, chances are you still leave the house to run errands and get…
Discovery of Living Microbes Deep Beneath the Seafloor Offers Hope for Life on Mars

Discovery of Living Microbes Deep Beneath the Seafloor Offers Hope for Life on Mars

MarsImage: NASA/JPL-CaltechSurprising quantities of bacteria have been found living in clay-rich rocks under the Pacific seafloor. The discovery raises the possibility of equally resilient microbes living deep beneath the surface of Mars.Ancient volcanic rocks beneath the Pacific seafloor provide a habitat for dense clusters of microbial communities, according to a new paper published this week…
When to see the ‘Full Pink Moon,’ the biggest and brightest supermoon of the year

When to see the ‘Full Pink Moon,’ the biggest and brightest supermoon of the...

Anne Ryman, Arizona Republic Published 3:57 p.m. MT April 3, 2020 | Updated 4:11 p.m. MT April 3, 2020CLOSEWe're all feeling a bit stir-crazy and isolated, and there's perhaps no better time to step outside and take in the night sky. The biggest and brightest moon of 2020, the so-called Full Pink Moon, will make an appearance over three…
NASA’s Mars helicopter is ready for launch

NASA’s Mars helicopter is ready for launch

NASA’s next Mars rover, recently dubbed Perseverance, is currently undergoing launch preparations at its launch site, the agency’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. To that end, a key piece of hardware — the Mars helicopter — was just tested for the last time on Earth. Weighing in at just under 4 pounds (1.8 kilograms), the…
Remains of a 90-million-year-old rainforest discovered beneath Antarctic ice, study says

Remains of a 90-million-year-old rainforest discovered beneath Antarctic ice, study says

Antarctica’s ecosystem hit by climate change The South Pole is surrounded by a harsh, frozen landscape of year-round ice and snow — but it hasn't always been this way, according to new research published Wednesday in the journal Nature. A group of researchers found evidence that approximately 90 million years ago, Antarctica was home to an…
Upgrade your seating with a Respawn-120 racing-style gaming chair for 52% off

Upgrade your seating with a Respawn-120 racing-style gaming chair for 52% off

Newegg All desk chairs are not alike. That's why some people are willing to spend over $1,000 for a chair like the Humanscale Freedom or SteelCase Gesture. Those high-end office chairs are supremely comfortable and ergonomic, but lack a certain pizzazz that gamers are fond of. If you're looking to jazz up the home office,…
Interstellar Comet Borisov Just Lost a Chunk

Interstellar Comet Borisov Just Lost a Chunk

A Hubble Space Telescope image showing a fragment coming off of the comet 2I/BorisovImage: David JewittRecent images of the second interstellar comet known to have visited the solar system appear to reveal a fragment or fragments falling off of its core.Comet 2I/Borisov arrived with much fanfare late last summer when scientists realized that had a…
‘Going back to a different planet’: Astronauts will return to Earth soon amid the coronavirus pandemic

‘Going back to a different planet’: Astronauts will return to Earth soon amid the...

Home News Spaceflight Three spaceflyers will soon come home to a changed world.NASA astronauts Jessica Meir and Drew Morgan and Russian cosmonaut Oleg Skripochka have been living aboard the International Space Station (ISS) since September of last year. They have therefore experienced the coronavirus outbreak, which began in China in December, only from afar.But the…
Billions of people are under coronavirus lockdowns – and now the upper crust of the Earth is shaking less

Billions of people are under coronavirus lockdowns – and now the upper crust of...

About four billion people — roughly half the world's population — have reportedly been told to isolate themselves in their homes to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. And the major decrease in the hum of normal human activity has led to a surprising shift in Earth's vibrations.   Researchers who study the Earth's movement…
Astrophysics Signal Does What The LHC Cannot: Constrain Quantum Gravity And String Theory

Astrophysics Signal Does What The LHC Cannot: Constrain Quantum Gravity And String Theory

Photons always propagate at the speed of light and obey the same rules of nature, regardless of... [+] their energy. If certain models of quantum gravity or string theory are correct, photons above a certain energy threshold should decay as they propagate through the Universe. The HAWC collaboration just tested this, and found that no…
Avoid coronavirus when you leave the house: 12 things you can do to help stay safe

Avoid coronavirus when you leave the house: 12 things you can do to help...

Social distancing is important in the grocery store, but so is how you shop. Shara Tibken/CNET For the most up-to-date news and information about the coronavirus pandemic, visit the WHO website. Even though you spend most of your day indoors while quarantined at home, chances are you still leave the house to run errands and get…
Upcoming ‘Pink Moon’ is the biggest supermoon of 2020

Upcoming ‘Pink Moon’ is the biggest supermoon of 2020

The spring moon rising over Utah's Wasatch Mountains. NASA/Bill Dunford The evening of April 7 and early morning hours of April 8 will be dominated by what should be the biggest and brightest supermoon of the year. And because it's the first full moon of the northern spring, it's also traditionally known as the "pink…
Interstellar Comet 2I/Borisov Really Is Breaking Apart, According to New Data

Interstellar Comet 2I/Borisov Really Is Breaking Apart, According to New Data

MICHELLE STARR 3 APRIL 2020 Welp, that's clinched it. It seems like it really is the end of the road for 2I/Borisov, a comet that travelled light-years across space before winding up in the Solar System. New data show that the comet is coming apart. The most recent Hubble observations of the comet suggest that…
NASA goes back to the future and revives its formerly forbidden ‘worm’ logo

NASA goes back to the future and revives its formerly forbidden ‘worm’ logo

The NASA “worm” logo appears on the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket that’s due to launch a Crew Dragon spacecraft as early as next month. (SpaceX Photo)NASA is restoring a squiggly graphic representation of its acronym, known as “the Worm,” to a place of prominence, 28 years after it was consigned to the dustbin of space history.NASA…
A Genome Study Has Caught Humans And Neanderthals Having Lots of Sex All Over Eurasia

A Genome Study Has Caught Humans And Neanderthals Having Lots of Sex All Over...

CARLY CASSELLA 3 APRIL 2020 The more we learn about our evolutionary history, the more it seems like early humans and Neanderthals just couldn't keep their hands off one another.A new study has once again found evidence that a long, long time ago, our ancestors made a habit of intermingling with Neanderthals - not once,…
Japanese government predicts Mount Fuji eruption could smother Tokyo 17.3BILLION cubic feet of ash

Japanese government predicts Mount Fuji eruption could smother Tokyo 17.3BILLION cubic feet of ash

Japanese government simulates what would happen if Mount Fuji erupted again, predicting Tokyo would be covered beneath 17.3BILLION cubic feet of volcanic ashThe Japanese government simulated the potential effects of a Mt. Fuji eruptionThey ran models for possible eruptions at 92 locations on the mountainIn the worst case scenarios, Tokyo could be shut down in…
The coronavirus pandemic is making Earth shake less

The coronavirus pandemic is making Earth shake less

The coronavirus pandemic is making Earth shake less - CNN
These Flies Have Been Trapped in the Bone Zone for 41 Million Years

These Flies Have Been Trapped in the Bone Zone for 41 Million Years

Mating flies found in 41-million-year-old amber. Image: Jeffrey StilwellA pair of long-legged flies met a Romeo-and-Juliet ending some 41 million years ago, when a falling drop of tree resin ruined their tender moment. On the bright side, their disrupted act of fornication was preserved for all eternity in this pornographic piece of amber.Prehistoric spiders, ants,…
Mapping Out the Water on the Moon

Mapping Out the Water on the Moon

In 2009, NASA launched the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO), the first mission to be sent by the US to the Moon in over a decade. Once there, the LRO conducted observations that led to some profound discoveries. For instance, in a series of permanently-shaded craters around the Moon’s South Pole-Aitken Basin, the probe confirmed the…
NASA asks its employees for new ideas to combat coronavirus

NASA asks its employees for new ideas to combat coronavirus

Home News Science & Astronomy The crew of Expedition 62 to the International Space Station is pictured inside a SpaceX Dragon resupply craft, on March 9, 2020. They are wearing portable breathing gear while entering the spacecraft just in case there are any particles or irritants in the air that could have come loose while…
Jewish astronaut in space gives Israelis advice on isolation

Jewish astronaut in space gives Israelis advice on isolation

Speaking from on board the International Space Station via the US Embassy in Israel’s twitter feed, Jewish astronaut Jessica Meir gave Israelis and all earthlings advice Thursday on how to stay both physically and mentally healthy while cooped up indoors. “It is very strange and a bit surreal for us to see it all unfold…
When three species of human ancestor walked the Earth

When three species of human ancestor walked the Earth

- Advertisement -    An international team, including Arizona State University researcher Gary Schwartz, have unearthed the earliest known skull of Homo erectus, the first of our ancestors to be nearly human-like in their anatomy and aspects of their behavior. Years of painstaking excavation at the fossil-rich site of Drimolen, nestled within the Cradle of Humankind (a…
Carbon-14 Spiked Worldwide Over 1200 Years Ago, And The Sun Is To Blame

Carbon-14 Spiked Worldwide Over 1200 Years Ago, And The Sun Is To Blame

Despite violent events like flares, coronal mass ejections, sunspots, and other complex physics... [+] occurring in the outer layers, the Sun's interior is relatively steady: producing fusion at a rate defined by its interior temperatures and densities at every internal layer. However, these surface dynamics can have enormous effects on a star's planets, including here…
A ‘pink’ supermoon is set to appear in early April, the biggest and brightest lunar event of 2020

A ‘pink’ supermoon is set to appear in early April, the biggest and brightest...

A 'pink' supermoon is set to appear in early April, marking the arrival of spring with the biggest and brightest lunar event of 2020The first full moon after the spring equinox will be a pink supermoonThe pink supermoon will be visible on the evening of Friday, April 7thIt's named 'pink' in honor of a wildflower,…
More than 12,000 apply to become an astronaut for NASA’s ‘Artemis Generation’

More than 12,000 apply to become an astronaut for NASA’s ‘Artemis Generation’

Home News Spaceflight A NASA astronaut works outside the International Space Station. NASA received more than 12,000 applications in March 2020 from people wanting to become astronauts. (Image: © NASA) The results are in and, no surprise, a lot of people want to be a NASA astronaut. More than 12,000 people have applied to join what…
NASA and ESA to fund coronavirus projects

NASA and ESA to fund coronavirus projects

by Jeff Foust — April 1, 2020 NASA and ESA used satellite data to measure the drop in pollution in China earlier this year because of the coronavirus outbreak there. The agencies are seeking proposals to either study the pandemic's effects or support response efforts. Credit: NASA WASHINGTON — NASA and the European Space Agency…
NASA’s Perseverance rover is bringing an inspiring hidden message to Mars

NASA’s Perseverance rover is bringing an inspiring hidden message to Mars

NASA's Mars rover to launch this summer NASA's Perseverance rover, which is set to deploy to Mars this July, is traveling to the red planet with a hidden message on board — in addition to the names of millions of people. After nearly 11 million people participated in NASA's "Send Your Name to Mars" campaign,…
Modern humans, Neanderthals share a tangled genetic history, study affirms

Modern humans, Neanderthals share a tangled genetic history, study affirms

Comparison of Modern Human and Neanderthal skulls from the Cleveland Museum of Natural History. Credit: DrMikeBaxter/Wikipedia In recent years, scientists have uncovered evidence that modern humans and Neanderthals share a tangled past. In the course of human history, these two species of hominins interbred not just once, but at multiple times, the thinking goes. A…
The coronavirus shutdown is causing the Earth to move a little less

The coronavirus shutdown is causing the Earth to move a little less

The effects of the coronavirus shutdown are being felt everywhere, even in the Earth's crust.The decrease in activity and transportation have led to a noticeable drop in seismic noise — the usual "hum of vibrations in the planet's crust." This quietude could help seismologists detect smaller earthquakes and more closely monitor volcanic activity, Nature reports.Moving…
Evolutionary adaptation helped cave bears hibernate, but may have caused extinction

Evolutionary adaptation helped cave bears hibernate, but may have caused extinction

The well-developed sinus system in the now extinct cave bear (top left) is associated with uneven mechanical stress distributions in biting simulations (bottom left) conducted at UB. The much less developed sinus system in living bears, for example the sun or honey bear, (top right) allows mechanical stress to distribute evenly over the forehead region,…
Hungry black hole may be cosmic ‘missing link’

Hungry black hole may be cosmic ‘missing link’

Artwork: The presumed black hole revealed itself by tearing apart a star that ventured too closeA team of astronomers has found what it says is the best evidence yet for an elusive class of black hole.They say the presumed "intermediate-mass" black hole betrayed its existence by tearing apart a wayward star that ventured too close.These…
NASA Conducts Final Test on Mars Helicopter Before Launch

NASA Conducts Final Test on Mars Helicopter Before Launch

This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use. NASA’s Mars 2020 mission is finally taking shape. The rover finally has a name — Perseverance, and engineers have wrapped up testing on the rover’s flying companion. The Mars Helicopter just spun its blades on Earth for the last time.…
NASA selects astronauts for Crew Dragon mission

NASA selects astronauts for Crew Dragon mission

by Jeff Foust — March 31, 2020 The first operational Crew Dragon mission to the ISS will carry three NASA astronauts and one JAXA astronaut, but no Russians despite a desire for "mixed crews" of Americans and Russians on both Soyuz and commercial crew vehicles. Credit: NASA WASHINGTON — NASA has completed the crew for…
Santa Cruz hires homeless response manager

Santa Cruz hires homeless response manager

Newman takes over her new position with the city next week Santa Cruz hires homeless response manager Newman takes over her new position with the city next week Hide Transcript Show Transcript HOMELESS RESPONSE MANAGER. BROOKE NEWMAN ... IS A FORMER ADMINISTRATOR FOR THE DOWNTOWN STREETS TEAM. PART OF HER JOB WILL INCLUDE WORKING WITH…
New species of Peacock spider is discovered that resembles Vincent van Gogh’s ‘Starry Night’

New species of Peacock spider is discovered that resembles Vincent van Gogh’s ‘Starry Night’

A spider that resembles Vincent van Gogh's famous 'Starry Night' painting has been discovered in Australia.This male, named Maratus constellatus, is no more than four millimeters in length and was spotted in the Little Desert National Park.The colorful arachnid is one of seven new species of Peacock spiders, which are tiny, harmless creatures that are…
10 major news events you may have missed because of the pandemic

10 major news events you may have missed because of the pandemic

A school of fish hoover over coral on the Great Barrier Reef in Australia, which is experiencing its third mass bleaching event in five years. Rick Loomis/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images The coronavirus pandemic has dominated headlines over the past two months, as countries scramble to contain their outbreaks and the death toll climbs…
NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope full mirror deployment a success

NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope full mirror deployment a success

The primary mirror of NASA's James Webb Space Telescope is planned to be deployed only once more on Earth, before being packaged for delivery to South America. Credit: NASA/Chris Gunn In a recent test, NASA's James Webb Space Telescope fully deployed its primary mirror into the same configuration it will have when in space. As…
New Mission From NASA Will Help Understand How the Sun’s Radiation Affects Space

New Mission From NASA Will Help Understand How the Sun’s Radiation Affects Space

NASA announced a new mission dedicated to studying massive space weather storms with tiny satellites under the SunRISE mission.The SunRISE mission stands for, Sun Radio Interferometer Space Experiment, where NASA will use six CubeSat nanosatellites to create a large radio telescope. Each satellite is around the size of a toaster oven and will be solar…
Study: Future astronauts could use their own urine to help build moon bases

Study: Future astronauts could use their own urine to help build moon bases

U is for urea — Urea could serve as plasticizer for making concrete-like material out of lunar soil. Jennifer Ouellette - Mar 31, 2020 7:30 pm UTC Enlarge / Future moon bases could be built with 3D printers that mix materials such as Moon regolith, water, and astronauts’ urine.Early last year, NASA announced an ambitious…
Hubble finds best evidence for elusive mid-sized black hole

Hubble finds best evidence for elusive mid-sized black hole

This illustration depicts a cosmic homicide in action. A wayward star is being shredded by the intense gravitational pull of a black hole that contains tens of thousands of solar masses. The stellar remains are forming an accretion disk around the black hole. Flares of X-ray light from the super-heated gas disk alerted astronomers to…
Super pink moon: NASA’s top tips for April skywatchers

Super pink moon: NASA’s top tips for April skywatchers

Skywatchers are in for a treat in April when the super pink moon, the biggest supermoon of 2020, lights up the night sky.The April full moon is the closest supermoon of the year, which means that it is the largest, according to EarthSky.“That’s because this full moon more closely coincides with lunar perigee – the…
New research suggests parents should limit screen media for preschoolers

New research suggests parents should limit screen media for preschoolers

Credit: CC0 Public Domain New research from University of California, Davis, suggests that parents should delay introducing their children to any screen media, as well as limit preschool-age children's use of mobile devices, including smartphones and tablets. The research was published in the Journal of the American Medical Association Pediatrics this week. Over a two-and-a-half-year…
This Galaxy is the Very Definition of “Flocculent”

This Galaxy is the Very Definition of “Flocculent”

I know you’re Googling “flocculent” right now, unless you happen to be a chemist, or maybe a home brewer. You could spend each day of your life staring at a different galaxy, and you’d never even come remotely close to seeing even a tiny percentage of all the galaxies in the Universe. Of course, nobody…
How the coronavirus pandemic is affecting the world’s biggest physics experiments

How the coronavirus pandemic is affecting the world’s biggest physics experiments

Italy's Virgo gravitational-wave detector has been forced to shut down.Credit: Claudio Giovannini/AFP/Getty The vast, sparsely populated Argentinian Pampas would seem ideal for social distancing. In the Mendoza region, the Pierre Auger Observatory near Malargue consists of more than 1,600 car-sized plastic tanks filled with water, scattered across some 3,000 square kilometres of land that is…
How Neon Can Make a Star Destroy Itself

How Neon Can Make a Star Destroy Itself

The heart of the Crab nebula, which might have met its end via the processes outlined in the story below.Image: NASA and ESA; Acknowledgment: J. Hester (ASU) and M. Weisskopf (NASA/MSFCSome stars have the element neon to thank for their ultimate, explosive demise, according to astrophysical research.Astronomers love studying the life cycles of stars, including…
Satellite photos show Northern Lights flowing across U.S.

Satellite photos show Northern Lights flowing across U.S.

Images captured by two satellites show the Aurora Borealis flowing across North America early Tuesday, March 31.The black-and-white photos show the bright dancing lights captured by the polar-orbiting tag-team NOAA-20 and Suomi-NPP, the Cooperative Institute for Meteorological Satellite Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison said in a Facebook post.“Look how light from the Aurora Borealis…
Astronomers believe they have found the edge of the Milky Way galaxy

Astronomers believe they have found the edge of the Milky Way galaxy

Astronomers believe they have discovered the edge of the Milky Way galaxy, according to a new study.The research, which can be read on the arXiv repository, notes there is a measurement that was discovered that could give us the exact dimensions of the galaxy, as well as how many galaxies surround ours."Using the current dwarf…
On Mars or Earth, biohybrid can turn CO2 into new products

On Mars or Earth, biohybrid can turn CO2 into new products

A device to capture carbon dioxide from the air and convert it to useful organic products. On left is the chamber containing the nanowire/bacteria hybrid that reduces CO2 to form acetate. On the right is the chamber where oxygen is produced. (UC Berkeley photo by Peidong Yang) If humans ever hope to colonize Mars, the…
Comet Y4 Could Be Bright Spot for Washington, Oregon Coasts

Comet Y4 Could Be Bright Spot for Washington, Oregon Coasts

Comet Y4 Could Be Bright Spot for Washington, Oregon Coasts - Portland to Seattle Published 03/31/2020 at 6:44 AM PDT By Oregon Coast Beach Connection staff (Portland, Oregon) – Those on the Washington coast and Oregon coast as well as inland places like Seattle, Portland, Eugene and Tacoma may get to see plenty in the…
‘I know my science’ How MoD insider exposed truth of NASA’s Apollo 11 Moon landing

‘I know my science’ How MoD insider exposed truth of NASA’s Apollo 11 Moon...

On July 21, 1969, astronaut Neil Armstrong made history by becoming the first man to step foot on the lunar surface. He was joined shortly after by his colleague Buzz Aldrin, before the pair buried the US flag into the surface and brought an end to the Space Race. For years conspiracy theorists have claimed…
High Altitude Water Cherenkov observatory tests speed of light

High Altitude Water Cherenkov observatory tests speed of light

This compound graphic shows a view of the sky in ultra-high energy gamma rays. The arrows indicate the four sources of gamma rays with energies over 100 TeV from within our galaxy (courtesy of the HAWC collaboration) imposed over a photo of the HAWC Observatory’s 300 large water tanks. The tanks contain sensitive light detectors…
Study determines burst properties of the most recurring transient magnetar

Study determines burst properties of the most recurring transient magnetar

Locations of SGR J1935+2154 bursts detected with GBM. The magnetar position is marked with an orange circle with a cross. Open circles and triangles represent triggered and un-triggered bursts, respectively. Credit: Lin et al., 2020. Using NASA's Fermi and Swift spacecraft, astronomers have investigated SGR J1935+2154, the most recurring transient magnetar known to date. The…
Phillipe Nover reveals ‘horrific’ battle being fought against coronavirus in New York: ‘It’s spreading like w…

Phillipe Nover reveals ‘horrific’ battle being fought against coronavirus in New York: ‘It’s spreading...

Ex-UFC fighter Phillipe Nover fought plenty of battles during his mixed martial arts career, but no opponent was as terrifying as the virus he’s currently watch tear through the population in New York City on a daily basis. The 36-year-old former Ultimate Fighter contestant has been a registered nurse in New York for several years…
Mesoamerican copper smelting technology aided colonial weaponry

Mesoamerican copper smelting technology aided colonial weaponry

This hearth from one of the Mesoamerican smelting furnaces, seen as it was being excavated by Dorothy Hosler and her team in Mexico, was among the sites that revealed that indigenous people were producing copper for the Spanish colonists. Credit: Dorothy Hosler When Spanish invaders arrived in the Americas, they were generally able to subjugate…
Mystery solved: The origin of the colors in the first color photographs

Mystery solved: The origin of the colors in the first color photographs

Edmond Becquerel, Solar spectra, 1848, photochromatic images, Musée Nicéphore Niépce, Chalon-sur-Saône. A palette of colors on a silver plate: That is what the world's first color photograph looks like. It was taken by French physicist Edmond Becquerel in 1848. His process was empirical, never explained, and quickly abandoned. Now, a team at the Centre de…
On Mars, deep-water diversity has stood the test of time, meteorites show

On Mars, deep-water diversity has stood the test of time, meteorites show

Home News Science & Astronomy Mars as seen from orbit by NASA’s Viking mission. (Image: © NASA/JPL) The water buried deep within Mars likely came from at least two very different sources long ago, a new study suggests."These two different sources of water in Mars' interior might be telling us something about the kinds of…
Stuck inside? Tips for indoor gardening to bring green to your space while quarantined

Stuck inside? Tips for indoor gardening to bring green to your space while quarantined

CLOSESpring is here – time to get out your gardening gear and... ooops. If you are among the millions confined to home due to coronavirus, you may not have a spacious outdoor garden to putter around in while you wait for the danger to pass.Maybe you have a small deck or a patio or a rooftop plot, but…
16 years and counting: How ESA squeezed oodles of bonus science out of plucky Mars Express probe

16 years and counting: How ESA squeezed oodles of bonus science out of plucky...

Space extenders As the European Space Agency flicked the standby switch on some of its long-lived spacecraft in response to the COVID-19 outbreak, The Register figured it was time for a look at how the agency has kept its fleet flying far beyond expectations. Today, the veteran Mars Express orbiter. ESA's Mars Express (MEX) spacecraft…
SpaceX CEO Elon Musk’s latest Starship photos reveal surprise landing legs

SpaceX CEO Elon Musk’s latest Starship photos reveal surprise landing legs

CEO Elon Musk published new photos of a Starship prototype shortly after it was moved to SpaceX’s South Texas launch pad, revealing the surprise inclusion of already-installed landing legs and hinting at the growing maturity of the rocket’s design. Published on March 30th and likely taken late on March 29th, Musk’s latest Starship photos offer…
Physicists weigh in on the origin of heavy elements

Physicists weigh in on the origin of heavy elements

A look inside the ISOLDE Solenoid Spectrometer at CERN. Credit: Argonne National Laboratory A long-held mystery in the field of nuclear physics is why the universe is composed of the specific materials we see around us. In other words, why is it made of "this" stuff and not other stuff? Specifically of interest are the physical…
Ocean Creatures Have Been Protecting Us From Millions of Viruses This Entire Time

Ocean Creatures Have Been Protecting Us From Millions of Viruses This Entire Time

PETER DOCKRILL 31 MARCH 2020 It's fair to say that the world has had more than enough of viruses right now. Unfortunately, the converse is not necessarily true.The incredible vastness of the virosphere is hard to overstate. While several thousand kinds of virus have been studied in detail, scientists say we haven't even scratched the…
NASA Asteroid Tracker: 2 NEOs Currently Headed For Earth

NASA Asteroid Tracker: 2 NEOs Currently Headed For Earth

KEY POINTSNASA detected two asteroids that are currently headed for EarthOne of the asteroids follows an Earth-crossing natural orbitBoth asteroids are big enough to cause powerful airburstsNASA is currently monitoring two asteroids that are currently headed for Earth. According to the data collected by the agency, the approaching asteroids are big enough to cause violent…
Tree rings could pin down Thera volcano eruption date

Tree rings could pin down Thera volcano eruption date

- Advertisement -    Research led by the University of Arizona Laboratory of Tree-Ring Research has anchored a long sequence of tree rings, providing context for the civilizations that existed throughout the Bronze and Iron Ages. Charlotte Pearson’s eyes scanned a palm-sized chunk of ancient tree. They settled on a ring that looked “unusually light,” and…
Astronomers observe jet-firing SUPERMASSIVE BLACK HOLE from the early universe

Astronomers observe jet-firing SUPERMASSIVE BLACK HOLE from the early universe

Astronomers have managed to capture a supermassive black hole firing out streaking jets of plasma after hungrily devouring matter in its vicinity, in a development that promises to cast light on early galaxies. The observation is made even more impressive by the fact that the supermassive black hole sits in the heart of a galaxy…
Researchers create a device to capture terahertz waves to power electronics

Researchers create a device to capture terahertz waves to power electronics

MIT scientists say that any device that sends out Wi-Fi signals also emits terahertz waves. A terahertz wave, or T-Ray, is an electromagnetic wave with a frequency between microwaves and infrared light. T-Rays are produced by almost anything that registers a temperature, including the human body and objects around us, making them pervasive in daily…
Machine learning puts a new spin on spin models

Machine learning puts a new spin on spin models

The low and high temperature phases are found in the right proportions at different temperatures relative to the transition point for different sizes of lattice. (inset) The size of the lattice may be accounted for to give a single master curve. Credit: Tokyo Metropolitan University Researchers from Tokyo Metropolitan University have used machine learning to…
The Nemi Ships were elaborate floating palaces built by Caligula in the 1st Century AD.

The Nemi Ships were elaborate floating palaces built by Caligula in the 1st Century...

- Advertisement -    The Nemi Ships were large Roman vessels, essentially floating palaces built in the 1st century at Lake Nemi by the Roman Emperor Caligula. Nothing before on this scale in maritime shipbuilding had been constructed by the Romans, enigmatic and confounding was their discovery, that their purpose to this day is still a subject…
Avoid coronavirus: 11 ways to help stay safe when you leave your house

Avoid coronavirus: 11 ways to help stay safe when you leave your house

Social distancing is important in the grocery store, but so is how you shop. Shara Tibken/CNET For the most up-to-date news and information about the coronavirus pandemic, visit the WHO website. Keeping your distance at the grocery store. Pushing the button at a traffic light when you're going on a walk. Touching a keypad to…
Covid-19: how do we test for it?

Covid-19: how do we test for it?

Science Weekly Coronavirus outbreak Hannah Devlin speaks with Prof David Smith about the various ways in which clinicians can test whether or not someone is infected with Sars-CoV-2. And, following the recent announcement that the UK government has bought millions of antibody tests, explores what these might be able to tell us How to listen…
Coronavirus update: Here’s an estimate of when the worst will hit your state

Coronavirus update: Here’s an estimate of when the worst will hit your state

The COVID-19 coronavirus is continuing to infect a growing number of Americans, with the total number of infections as of Monday night standing at more than 164,000, according to the latest numbers from Johns Hopkins University. Also, more than 3,000 Americans have died so far from the virus — more than the number of Americans…
NASA selects space science cubesat mission

NASA selects space science cubesat mission

by Jeff Foust — March 30, 2020 The SunRISE mission will fly six cubesats that will form a virtual radio antenna in Earth orbit to monitor solar activity at wavelengths that can't be studied from the Earth. Credit: Univ. of Michigan WASHINGTON — NASA announced March 30 it will fund the development of a cluster…
ESA Will Break COVID-19 Restrictions To Nudge BepiColombo Towards Mercury

ESA Will Break COVID-19 Restrictions To Nudge BepiColombo Towards Mercury

Artist's concept of BepiColombo as it approaches Mercury ESA Even in the midst of a global pandemic, gravity and velocity wait for no man. Spacecraft en route to far-flung destinations within our solar system demand course corrections. That’s why the European Space Agency (ESA) is temporarily disregarding COVID-19 protocol to provide the European-Japanese BepiColombo spacecraft with one…
NASA reveals Uranus’s twisted magnetic field is releasing bits of its atmosphere into space

NASA reveals Uranus’s twisted magnetic field is releasing bits of its atmosphere into space

Is Uranus leaking into space? Data hidden in the Voyager 2 spacecraft since 1986 reveals the planet's twisted magnetic field is releasing bits of its atmosphereNASA reanalyzed data from the Voyger 2's visit to Uranus in 1986The team found the planet's atmosphere is leaking through a massive plasmoidThe planet's twisted magnetic field causes the magnetosphere…
Philip Anderson, legendary theorist whose ideas shaped modern physics, dies

Philip Anderson, legendary theorist whose ideas shaped modern physics, dies

Philip Anderson in 1977, the year he shared the Nobel Prize in Physics for his study of the effects of disorder in solids EMILIO SEGRE VISUAL ARCHIVES/AMERICAN INSTITUTE OF PHYSICS/Science Source By Adrian ChoMar. 30, 2020 , 6:25 PM Philip Anderson, the theoretical physicist whose ideas reshaped condensed matter physics and stretched to the forefront…
Ancient Mars had 2 reservoirs of water deep underground, study claims

Ancient Mars had 2 reservoirs of water deep underground, study claims

Scientists have discovered that two unique reservoirs of ancient water once flowed deep beneath the surface of Mars.It's hard to believe, but at one time the dry and dusty Red Planet was wet and lush."A lot of people have been trying to figure out Mars' water history," University of Arizona planetary scientist Jessica Barnes said…
This Fireball Ignored the Solar System’s One-Way Signs

This Fireball Ignored the Solar System’s One-Way Signs

Science|This Fireball Ignored the Solar System’s One-Way SignsTrilobitesA meteoroid that grazed the night sky over Australia in 2017 took a very unusual path away from Earth.A Desert Fireball Network image of a grazing fireball taken by the William Creek Observatory in Australia in 2017.Credit...Patrick Shober/Desert Fireball NetworkIt’s not unusual for meteors to illuminate night skies…
This Guy Took a Photo of the ISS from His Backyard

This Guy Took a Photo of the ISS from His Backyard

20 hours ago__Foster Kamer__Filed Under: Off WorldSharp ShooterA sharpshooter on Reddit posted a pretty incredible snapshot to the Space subreddit over the weekend: The International Space Station, as seen from his backyard on Saturday night.Eye in the SkyThe user, who goes by 120decibel, explained that he nabbed the shot using what sounds like a relatively…
NASA is wielding a superpowered ion engine to redirect asteroids next year

NASA is wielding a superpowered ion engine to redirect asteroids next year

Maybe Deep Impact isn’t happening yet (though the enemy there was a comet), but the threat of an asteroid head-butting Earth and making humans as extinct as the dinosaurs doesn't only exist in science fiction. NASA is taking no chances. Because we don’t want our species to go the way of the brontosaurus, the space…
Astronauts could use their own urine to build moon bases one day

Astronauts could use their own urine to build moon bases one day

Home News Tech Will future lunar homes be made with the help of human urine? (Image: © ESA, Foster and Partners) When humans return to the moon to stay, where will they live? Well, it turns out they might live in lunar bases made of astronaut pee. In a new study, researchers have found that urea,…

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