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Oh, great: NASA says an asteroid is headed our way right before Election Day

Oh, great: NASA says an asteroid is headed our way right before Election Day

Oh, great: NASA says an asteroid is headed our way right before Election Day - CNN
Scientists Just Discovered Another Trick Bacteria Use to Avoid The Immune System

Scientists Just Discovered Another Trick Bacteria Use to Avoid The Immune System

(4X-image / E+ / Getty Images) For their own self-preservation, infectious bacteria often try their best to stay out of the way of the immune system in our bodies – and scientists have found a surreptitious and previously undiscovered way that they do this. What happens is that the bacteria release toxins to disarm the…
Student Rover Explores The Backyard In Tribute

Student Rover Explores The Backyard In Tribute

Three students were a little sad when NASA’s Opportunity rover went silent after 15 years on the Martian surface. So they decided to build their own rover inspired by Opportunity to roam their backyards using an off-the-shelf robot chassis, a Raspberry Pi, and the usual list of parts like motors, H-bridges, and batteries. Like the…
NASA’s new tool lets anyone watch Perseverance rover’s journey in real-time

NASA’s new tool lets anyone watch Perseverance rover’s journey in real-time

Following its recent successful launch of the spacecraft, NASA’s Perseverance rover is on its way to Mars, a journey that will take several months. All will be quiet during this time, but that doesn’t mean you have to wait for more information. NASA has launched a free online tool that enables anyone to monitor the…
Astronaut spots California wildfires from space, sends ‘thoughts and prayers’ to victims

Astronaut spots California wildfires from space, sends ‘thoughts and prayers’ to victims

Home News In an image NASA astronaut Chris Cassidy shared on Aug. 21, 2020, smoke billows above California, which is fighting more than 360 fires. (Image: © NASA) California is on fire, with more than 360 individual blazes scorching across the state.Unsurprisingly, the effects are visible from space, as NASA astronaut Chris Cassidy shared images…
An asteroid is on possible collision course with Earth this November: Should we be worried?

An asteroid is on possible collision course with Earth this November: Should we be...

2018 VP1 object has created some buzzAs if there weren’t enough to think about these days, now there is talk of an asteroid supposedly heading directly for Earth.The truth of the matter is, there is an asteroid, and it is headed in our general direction, but maybe not right at us. Still, that’s not stopping…
Rainbow meteorite discovered in Costa Rica may hold building blocks of life

Rainbow meteorite discovered in Costa Rica may hold building blocks of life

Home News A cross section of a small Aguas Zarcas fragment shows colorful clays that might include complex organic compounds. (Image: © Laurence Garvie/Center for Meteorite Studies/Arizona State University) A small, soft space rock smacked into Costa Rica on April 23, 2019. And it may have carried building blocks for life.The washing machine-sized clay fireball…
Multiple star explosions may have contributed to a mass extinction on Earth

Multiple star explosions may have contributed to a mass extinction on Earth

(CNN)Simultaneous explosions of stars, called supernovae, may have led to one of Earth's mass extinctions 359 million years ago, according to new research. Several global extinction events occurred…
Sahara turned desert 4000 years ago triggering a megadrought in Asia

Sahara turned desert 4000 years ago triggering a megadrought in Asia

Sahara turned from lush green grassland to a barren wasteland just 4,000 years ago and triggered a megadrought that crippled Southeast Asia for 1,000 yearsResearchers reconstructed the past climate using evidence from caves in LaosThey combined this with models to simulate the effects of the Sahara drying up    The rise in airborne dust cooled the Indian…
A new lens on the world: Improving the metalens with liquid crystal

A new lens on the world: Improving the metalens with liquid crystal

An illustration of how a metalens refracts light. Credit: Giuseppe Strangi & Federico Capasso For more than 500 years, humans have mastered the art of refracting light by shaping glass into lenses, then bending or combining those lenses to amplify and clarify images either close-up and far-off. But in the last decade or so, a…
‘Mummified’ plants give glimpse of Earth’s future

‘Mummified’ plants give glimpse of Earth’s future

Image copyright Jennifer Bannister / Uni Otago Image caption A 23-million-year-old leaf: still visible are veins, holes gnawed by insects and scar tissue Fossil leaves from the remains of a 23 million-year-old forest suggest some plants may adapt to grow more quickly as CO2 levels rise, a study says.Scientists recovered the very well-preserved leaves from…
Watch SpaceX boat catch falling payload fairing in giant net (video)

Watch SpaceX boat catch falling payload fairing in giant net (video)

Home News SpaceX just plucked another payload fairing out of the sky, and you can see video of the dramatic cosmic catch.The net-equipped SpaceX boat GO Ms. Tree snagged half of a falling payload fairing Tuesday (Aug. 18), shortly after a two-stage Falcon 9 rocket launched 58 Starlink internet satellites and three Earth-observation spacecraft into…
Japanese HTV cargo ship, the last ‘White Stork’ in space, burns up in Earth’s atmosphere

Japanese HTV cargo ship, the last ‘White Stork’ in space, burns up in Earth’s...

Home News Spaceflight Japan's HTV-9 freighter departs the International Space Station on Aug. 18, 2020. (Image: © NASA/Chris Cassidy via Twitter) The last of Japan's first-generation space cargo ships has gone out in a blaze of glory.The ninth and last-ever H-II Transfer Vehicle (HTV), a robotic International Space Station resupply ship also known as Kounotori…
Asteroid flyby: How Earth’s gravity changed record-breaking space rock’s path forever

Asteroid flyby: How Earth’s gravity changed record-breaking space rock’s path forever

Home News Science & Astronomy The circled streak in the center of this image is asteroid 2020 QG, which came closer to Earth than any other non-impacting asteroid on record. It was detected by the Zwicky Transient Facility on Sunday (Aug. 16), six hours after its closest approach, which took place that day at 12:08…
Amazing photos in Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter celebration

Amazing photos in Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter celebration

View larger. | Sand dunes and ripples in Proctor Crater on Mars, as seen by the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter on February 9, 2009. Image via NASA/ JPL-Caltech/ Univ. of Arizona. Mars is a dry desert world, covered in reddish sand. In our lifetimes, spacecraft have revealed its amazing scenery and sweeping landscapes. It’s a world…
Low-Cost Second-Generation Ethanol Production Powered by Genetically Engineered Enzyme Cocktail

Low-Cost Second-Generation Ethanol Production Powered by Genetically Engineered Enzyme Cocktail

Trichoderma reesei fungus RUT-C30 strain, which was engineered to produce high-yield enzymes. Credit: LNBR-CNPEM Brazilian researchers used genetic engineering to develop a low-cost platform for the production of enzymes that break down sugarcane trash and bagasse for conversion into biofuel. The novel molecules have many potential industrial applications. Researchers at the Brazilian Center for Research…
Coronavirus live updates: Notre Dame pauses in-person classes; Hawaii delays tourism reopening; Ohio to allow prep sports; 171K US deaths

Coronavirus live updates: Notre Dame pauses in-person classes; Hawaii delays tourism reopening; Ohio to...

CLOSE You can work from home without feeling so isolated. Here are some great ways to stay connected with your team. USA TODAYA second major university is suspending classes right after the start of the new academic year due to a COVID-19 outbreak.The University of Notre Dame paused in-person instruction Tuesday, a day after a similar…
Small asteroid becomes closest ever seen passing Earth: NASA

Small asteroid becomes closest ever seen passing Earth: NASA

An asteroid the size of an SUV passed 1,830 miles (2,950 kilometers) above Earth, the closest asteroid ever observed passing by our planet, NASA said Tuesday.If it had been on a collision course with Earth, the asteroid -- named 2020 QG -- would likely not have caused any damage, instead disintegrating in the atmosphere, creating…
Latest SpaceX Starlink satellite launch sets another flight record

Latest SpaceX Starlink satellite launch sets another flight record

The booster flown Tuesday had been used five times before. SpaceX SpaceX sent another batch of Starlink broadband satellites on their way to orbit from Florida on Tuesday, along with a few Earth-observing metal birds, and made history once again in the process.The Falcon 9 booster that Elon Musk's space company used for the ride share…
Math Riddle From Decades Ago Finally Solved After Being Lost And Found by Researchers

Math Riddle From Decades Ago Finally Solved After Being Lost And Found by Researchers

A pair of Danish computer scientists have solved a longstanding mathematics puzzle that lay dormant for decades, after researchers failed to make substantial progress on it since the 1990s. The abstract problem in question is part of what's called graph theory, and specifically concerns the challenge of finding an algorithm to resolve the planarity of…
‘Galactus Is Coming!’ Mysterious ‘Heartbeat’ Detected in Cosmic Cloud

‘Galactus Is Coming!’ Mysterious ‘Heartbeat’ Detected in Cosmic Cloud

If you thought the Internet freaked out over Annabelle escaping from its occult museum (it didn't) wait until you learn about its reaction to Galactus being on his way. Social media exploded in cries of "Galactus!" -- the planet-consuming Marvel Comics villain -- on Monday when news spread of a heartbeat being detected in a…
NASA researchers track slowly splitting ‘dent’ in Earth’s magnetic field

NASA researchers track slowly splitting ‘dent’ in Earth’s magnetic field

This stereoscopic visualization shows a simple model of the Earth's magnetic field. The magnetic field partially shields the Earth from harmful charged particles emanating from the Sun. Credit: NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center A small but evolving dent in Earth's magnetic field can cause big headaches for satellites. Earth's magnetic field acts like a protective…
Mars rover Perseverance refines course toward Red Planet

Mars rover Perseverance refines course toward Red Planet

Home News Spaceflight An artist's illustration of NASA's Mars rover Perseverance en route to Mars. (Image: © NASA/JPL-Caltech) NASA's Perseverance Mars rover just fired up its deep-space thrusters for the first time.Perseverance, the centerpiece of NASA's $2.7 billion Mars 2020 mission, refined its course toward the Red Planet with a trajectory-correction maneuver on Friday (Aug.…
Transparent solar panels for windows hit record 8% efficiency

Transparent solar panels for windows hit record 8% efficiency

Credit: Unsplash/CC0 Public Domain In a step closer to skyscrapers that serve as power sources, a team led by University of Michigan researchers has set a new efficiency record for color-neutral, transparent solar cells. The team achieved 8.1% efficiency and 43.3% transparency with an organic, or carbon-based, design rather than conventional silicon. While the cells…
Ariane 5 Rocket Launches 3 Spacecraft Into Orbit From Europe’s Spaceport in French Guiana

Ariane 5 Rocket Launches 3 Spacecraft Into Orbit From Europe’s Spaceport in French Guiana

On August 15, 2020, Ariane 5 flight VA253 lifted off from Europe’s Spaceport in French Guiana and delivered two telecom satellites Galaxy-30 and BSAT-4B, and the Mission Extension Vehicle (MEV-2), into their planned transfer orbits. Europe’s Ariane 5 has delivered two telecom satellites Galaxy-30 and BSAT-4B, and the Mission Extension Vehicle (MEV-2), into their planned…
SpaceX Starlink launch mission is a go for Tuesday morning

SpaceX Starlink launch mission is a go for Tuesday morning

SpaceX is scheduled to launch its 11th group of Starlink satellites on Tuesday morning. As of today, the weather has been ruled a go for launch with the weather cooperating. Currently, the launch is forecast at 70% for go according to the US Air Force. The weather could change that as there are some fears…
NASA powers up first Mars helicopter, Ingenuity, as it travels through space

NASA powers up first Mars helicopter, Ingenuity, as it travels through space

This photo from late 2019 shows the Perseverance rover with the Ingenuity helicopter sitting underneath it.  NASA/JPL-Caltech NASA already has some good news to share about its Mars Ingenuity helicopter, the high-risk, high-reward experiment that's destined for a date with the red planet. Ingenuity launched as part of the Mars 2020 mission in July.The small helicopter,…
Aurora, Meet Airglow: Two of Earth’s Most Colorful Atmospheric Phenomena Meet in Stunning Photo From Space Station

Aurora, Meet Airglow: Two of Earth’s Most Colorful Atmospheric Phenomena Meet in Stunning Photo...

March 16, 2020 Two of Earth’s most colorful upper atmospheric phenomena, aurora and airglow, met just before dawn in this photo shot by an astronaut on the International Space Station (ISS). Wavy green, red-topped wisps of aurora borealis appear to intersect the muted red-yellow band of airglow as the ISS passed just south of the…
Could a Dragon spacecraft fly humans to the Moon? It’s complicated

Could a Dragon spacecraft fly humans to the Moon? It’s complicated

Gray Dragon — "Do you really want to get to the Moon by 2024 or not?" Eric Berger - Aug 16, 2020 3:00 pm UTC Enlarge / Crew Dragon splashes down into the ocean on August 2.Bill Inglalls/NASAOn a recent Sunday afternoon, a black-and-white spacecraft raced through the atmosphere, ionizing molecules, and creating a plasma…
Ariane 5 rocket launches robotic space tug into orbit alongside 2 communications satellites

Ariane 5 rocket launches robotic space tug into orbit alongside 2 communications satellites

Home News Spaceflight A new space tug, only the second-ever to extend the life of older satellites, launched into orbit Saturday on a European rocket after weeks of delays due to weather and rocket checks. An Arianespace Ariane 5 rocket hefted the Mission Extension Vehicle-2 (MEV-2) into space Sunday (July 31), putting the vehicle en route…
The Moon’s Lava Tubes Can Fit Entire Cities

The Moon’s Lava Tubes Can Fit Entire Cities

(Newser) – Looks like Mars and the moon contains huge lava tubes that offer protection from solar radiation and meteors—which makes them possible homes for future explorers, LiveScience reports. A new paper says Martian tunnels appear to range from 130 to 1,300 feet in diameter, while the moon's are 1,600 to 3,000 feet and reach…
Fabulous fossil preserves eyes of 429-million-year-old trilobite

Fabulous fossil preserves eyes of 429-million-year-old trilobite

Silurian vision — Cellular structure of compound eye preserved in beautiful detail. Scott K. Johnson - Aug 15, 2020 4:49 pm UTC Enlarge / Don't think you can pull one over on this trilobite—he's still got one good eye, ya know.Brigitte SchoenemannAmong fossils, trilobites are rock stars. They are adorable (as stony arthropods go), with…
Low-wage workers in SoCal face retaliation for demanding COVID-19 safety measures at work

Low-wage workers in SoCal face retaliation for demanding COVID-19 safety measures at work

by: Los Angeles Times Posted: Aug 15, 2020 / 09:25 AM PDT / Updated: Aug 15, 2020 / 09:27 AM PDT Lizzet Aguilar said that after she participated in a strike in June 2020 at a McDonald’s location in Boyle Heights over unsafe working conditions, a supervisor retaliated against her by making her job more…
NASA is almost ready to touch down on asteroid Bennu and grab a sample

NASA is almost ready to touch down on asteroid Bennu and grab a sample

NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft has been investigating asteroid Bennu since it arrived there in 2018, sharing pictures of the distant body. But the craft didn’t just travel there to snap photos — it will also touch down onto the surface of the asteroid and take a sample to be returned to Earth. This week, OSIRIS-REx performed…
U.S. Probes Former NASA Official’s Contacts With Boeing Executive on Lunar Contracts

U.S. Probes Former NASA Official’s Contacts With Boeing Executive on Lunar Contracts

Federal prosecutors have opened a criminal probe into whether a senior NASA official improperly told a high-ranking Boeing Co. executive about the status of a lunar-lander contract, spurring the company to revise its bid, according to people familiar with the investigation. The grand-jury investigation, which hasn’t been previously reported, is being led by the U.S.…
Greenland’s ice sheet has melted to a point of no return, according to new study

Greenland’s ice sheet has melted to a point of no return, according to new...

Greenland's ice sheet has melted to a point of no return, according to new study - CNN
Exploding Black Dwarfs Could Be the ‘Last Interesting Thing to Happen in the Universe’

Exploding Black Dwarfs Could Be the ‘Last Interesting Thing to Happen in the Universe’

Artistic conception of a dark brown dwarf, which could resemble hypothetical black dwarfs, which are predicted to exist in the far future. Image: NASA / JPL-Caltech“This is the way the world ends,” said T. S. Elliot in his famous poem, “Not with a bang but a whimper.” These days, scientists consider the heat-death of the…
SpaceX and NASA plan to launch first full length astronaut mission in late October

SpaceX and NASA plan to launch first full length astronaut mission in late October

NASA's SpaceX Crew-1 crew members seated in the company's Crew Dragon spacecraft during training. From left to right: NASA astronauts Shannon Walker, Victor Oliver and Mike Hopkins, and JAXA astronaut Soichi Noguchi.SpaceXNASA and SpaceX plan to launch the company's first full mission with astronauts no earlier than Oct. 23, the agency announced on Friday.Known as…
Investigation begins into damage at one of the world’s most iconic observatories

Investigation begins into damage at one of the world’s most iconic observatories

This week, the Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico — an iconic facility made famous by movies like Contact and Goldeneye — had to halt observations of the Universe after a structural cable failed, punching a hole in the facility’s giant reflector dish. Operators of the observatory say the overall facility is mostly fine, but they’re…
Scientists discover way to make quantum states last 10,000 times longer

Scientists discover way to make quantum states last 10,000 times longer

A team of scientists at the University of Chicago's Pritzker School of Molecular Engineering announced the discovery of a simple modification that allows quantum systems to stay operational—or "coherent"—10,000 times longer than before. Credit: University of Chicago If we can harness it, quantum technology promises fantastic new possibilities. But first, scientists need to coax quantum…
The bizarre dimming of bright star Betelgeuse caused by giant stellar eruption

The bizarre dimming of bright star Betelgeuse caused by giant stellar eruption

Home News Science & Astronomy Betelgeuse's odd recent dimming was caused by a huge cloud of material that the supergiant star blasted into space, a new study suggests.The bright star Betelgeuse, which forms the shoulder of the constellation Orion (The Hunter), is about 11 times more massive than the sun but 900 times more voluminous.…
The reason we’re shooting laser beams between Earth and the moon

The reason we’re shooting laser beams between Earth and the moon

The reason we're shooting laser beams between Earth and the moon - CNN
NASA shows off Mars spacecraft’s wildest images from across 15 years

NASA shows off Mars spacecraft’s wildest images from across 15 years

This false-color image shows rippling wind-blown dunes on Mars in 2009. NASA/JPL-Caltech/University of Arizona This story is part of Welcome to Mars, our series exploring the red planet. NASA's Mars rovers might be glamorous attention-getters, but they have a quieter sibling in the martian skies. The Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) left Earth 15 years ago on…
Perseids meteor shower captured in stunning photos from around the world

Perseids meteor shower captured in stunning photos from around the world

What to know about the Orionid meteor shower What to know about the Orionid meteor shower 00:59 The best meteor shower of the year brought with it stunning fireballs and bright trails of dust that illuminated the night sky this week. Millions of people around the world marveled as the Perseids meteor shower peaked Tuesday…
SpaceX building almost 1500 Starlink satellites per year

SpaceX building almost 1500 Starlink satellites per year

SpaceX has revealed a few key details about its burgeoning Starlink satellite internet constellation in a recent regulatory presentation, touching on overall investment, user terminal development, and its spacecraft manufacturing capabilities. Already the single largest satellite constellation in the world by a factor of three or more, Starlink is more than 500 operational satellites strong…
Quantum researchers create an error-correcting cat

Quantum researchers create an error-correcting cat

Credit: Pixabay/CC0 Public Domain Yale physicists have developed an error-correcting cat—a new device that combines the Schrödinger's cat concept of superposition (a physical system existing in two states at once) with the ability to fix some of the trickiest errors in a quantum computation. It is Yale's latest breakthrough in the effort to master and…
Second Rehearsal Puts OSIRIS-REx on a Path to Sample Collection

Second Rehearsal Puts OSIRIS-REx on a Path to Sample Collection

Second Rehearsal Puts OSIRIS-REx on a Path to Sample Collection - NASA
Adding a dash of alcohol suppresses coffee ring effect in 2D printing inks

Adding a dash of alcohol suppresses coffee ring effect in 2D printing inks

Ring cycle — Advance could pave way for industrial-scale inkjet printing of electronic components. Jennifer Ouellette - Aug 12, 2020 6:00 pm UTC Enlarge / The coffee ring effect happens because evaporation occurs faster at the edge than at the center. Inkjet printing of two-dimensional crystals will be crucial for ushering in the next generation…
New species of dinosaur related to Tyrannosaurus rex discovered

New species of dinosaur related to Tyrannosaurus rex discovered

A new species of dinosaur related to Tyrannosaurus rex has been discovered in the U.K.Paleontologists at the University of Southampton identified the new species after studying four bones that were recently uncovered on the Isle of Wight. The bones belong to a new species of theropod dinosaur, the group that includes Tyrannosaurus rex, the experts said.“The dinosaur…
Dwarf planet Ceres is an ocean world with salty water under the surface, NASA mission finds

Dwarf planet Ceres is an ocean world with salty water under the surface, NASA...

Dwarf planet Ceres is an ocean world with salty water under the surface, NASA mission finds - CNN
SLS Green Run test-firing to verify Core Stage design, analysis before first launch

SLS Green Run test-firing to verify Core Stage design, analysis before first launch

The Green Run test campaign for NASA’s first Space Launch System (SLS) Core Stage will culminate in two critical tests that will demonstrate the real-world performance of the large, complicated vehicle. The last two of the eight test cases of the campaign at the Stennis Space Center in Mississippi will finally load the stage with…
Primate voice boxes are evolving at rapid pace

Primate voice boxes are evolving at rapid pace

3D image of a gorilla larynx. Credit: Copyright Dr Jacob Dunn, Anglia Ruskin University (ARU) Scientists have discovered that the larynx, or voice box, of primates is significantly larger relative to body size, has greater variation, and is under faster rates of evolution than in other mammals. Published in the journal PLOS Biology and led…
Rare “boomerang” earthquake detected under the Atlantic Ocean for the first time

Rare “boomerang” earthquake detected under the Atlantic Ocean for the first time

For years, scientists have been attempting to track an extremely rare "boomerang" earthquake. Now, they've recorded one in the ocean for the first time — and it's even more bizarre than they expected.  Earthquakes are the result of rocks breaking on a fault, which is a boundary between two plates. A "boomerang" earthquake, also known…
If you’ve never gazed upon the bald butt of a baby tarantula, now’s your chance

If you’ve never gazed upon the bald butt of a baby tarantula, now’s your...

Home News The bald bum of LIl' Kim, an adopted Brazilian whiteknee tarantula (Image: © courtesy Gwen Pearson) Tarantulas, like all things hairy, sometimes go bald. And for the Brazilian whiteknee tarantula (Acanthoscurria geniculata), baldness starts with the butt.On Thursday (Aug. 6), entomologist Gwen Pearson tweeted a photo of what that looks like. Pearson and…
NASA Perseveres Through Pandemic, Looks Ahead in 2020, 2021

NASA Perseveres Through Pandemic, Looks Ahead in 2020, 2021

NASA Perseveres Through Pandemic, Looks Ahead in 2020, 2021 - NASA
‘Terror crocodiles’ from 82m years ago had banana-sized teeth

‘Terror crocodiles’ from 82m years ago had banana-sized teeth

Ancient 'terror crocodiles' lived 82 million years ago and had teeth the size of bananas capable of taking down the largest dinosaursDeinoschus lived at least 75 million years ago in North AmericaExperts have studied the creatures, but have to understand the animalFossils show teeth the size of bananas, allowing it to prey on large dinosaurs Scientists have…
Sunlight could solve drinking water’s biggest problem in 30 minutes

Sunlight could solve drinking water’s biggest problem in 30 minutes

Clean drinking water is one of life's essentials. However, safe drinking water isn't a reality for over 2 billion people across the world. These individuals are at risk of contracting potentially fatal waterborne illnesses like typhoid and polio. This at-risk population is expected to grow over the next five-years as the climate crisis creates more…
Dwarf planet Ceres is an ocean world: study

Dwarf planet Ceres is an ocean world: study

Ceres is the largest object in the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter and has its own gravity The dwarf planet Ceres—long believed to be a barren space rock—is an ocean world with reservoirs of sea water beneath its surface, the results of a major exploration mission showed Monday. Ceres is the largest object in…
Scientists are about to explore a mysterious ‘blue hole’ in the ocean

Scientists are about to explore a mysterious ‘blue hole’ in the ocean

Researchers are setting out to explore one of the ocean’s greatest mysteries: A type of sinkhole in the ocean floor known as a “blue hole.” Blue holes are huge caverns beneath the seafloor that are carved out by some unknown force, though scientists believe there may be freshwater springs within them. The expedition is being…
NASA drops “insensitive” nicknames for cosmic objects

NASA drops “insensitive” nicknames for cosmic objects

NASA is joining the ever-growing list of organizations and companies reexamining its naming system, removing names that are "insensitive" and "harmful" from its vocabulary. Aunt Jemima, The Chicks, Lady A, Mrs. Butterworth's, the Washington Football Team — and now, celestial objects — are all undergoing a rebrand.  "Eskimo Nebula" and "Siamese Twins Galaxy" are just…
Katie Mack: ‘I didn’t anticipate being in a pop song when I went off to study physics’

Katie Mack: ‘I didn’t anticipate being in a pop song when I went off...

Katie Mack achieves two improbable feats with her new book, The End of Everything (Astrophysically Speaking). First, she writes about the end of the universe with a jauntiness that makes it not actua…
Perseid meteor shower 2020: When and where to see the best fireballs in the sky this summer

Perseid meteor shower 2020: When and where to see the best fireballs in the...

Don't forget to look up. The best meteor shower of the year is coming soon as the Perseids zip across the sky.Photo illustration by Yuri B. | PixabayReady to see some fireballs in the sky? It’s almost time for the Perseid meteor shower to reach its peak, putting on what is typically the best meteor…
The 2020 Perseid meteor shower peaks soon: How to watch the show

The 2020 Perseid meteor shower peaks soon: How to watch the show

Some 2019 Perseids, as seen from Macedonia. Spaceweather.com/Stojan Stojanovski It's early August, and that means the annual Perseid meteor shower is active and about ready to peak. The Perseids are one of the best, brightest batches of shooting stars, and it feels like we could use them now more than ever to add a little wonder…
Scientists solve puzzle surrounding reptile with neck half of its entire length which lived about 242…

Scientists solve puzzle surrounding reptile with neck half of its entire length which lived...

Home / It's Viral / Scientists solve puzzle surrounding reptile with neck half of its entire length which lived about 242 million years ago A reptile species, which lived during the Middle Triassic period about 242 million years ago, named Tanystropheus with a really long neck has been puzzling scientists ever since a fossil was…
NASA drops racially charged nicknames of celestial bodies

NASA drops racially charged nicknames of celestial bodies

(CNN)Grocery store items, pro sports teams, and country music bands have all removed racially insensitive names. Now, NASA is adding celestial bodies to the list that includes Aunt Jemima, the Washi…
Jeff Bezos and Elon Musk’s plans to colonize space are even crazier than we thought

Jeff Bezos and Elon Musk’s plans to colonize space are even crazier than we...

As a child, Elon Musk would read comic books and sci-fi novels and dream of fantastical worlds. Now the tech entrepreneur is on the verge of visiting one. Musk’s focus narrowed some 20 years ago while poking around NASA’s website. He noticed that there was no timetable for a manned mission to Mars. He later…
NASA offers startling view of Beirut blast damage using satellite data

NASA offers startling view of Beirut blast damage using satellite data

On August 4, the city of Beirut experienced an enormous, incredibly tragic explosion that claimed numerous lives and caused widespread damage. Many videos of this event show the explosion from different angles, as well as the resulting impact, but it can be hard to comprehend the scope of the damage. Here to help with that…
Freaky ‘hell ant’ found frozen in 99-million-year-old amber with bug in its maw

Freaky ‘hell ant’ found frozen in 99-million-year-old amber with bug in its maw

This worker "hell ant" was captured in amber 99 million years ago. It's holding a Caputoraptor elegans nymph. NJIT, Chinese Academy of Sciences and University of Rennes, France Murder hornets. Deadpool "assassin" flies. Zombie cicadas. This year has been weird when it comes to insects, but I have some good news. At least "hell ants"…
DNA Study Reveals We Have a Mystery Human Ancestor

DNA Study Reveals We Have a Mystery Human Ancestor

A new method for analyzing modern and archaic human DNA has thrown up some fascinating results. It appears that modern humans ( Homo Sapiens ) mated earlier and more frequently with an archaic human ancestor, a species of extinct hominins. Moreover, they have found evidence the DNA of this mysterious archaic human ancestor is still…
Is our solar system shaped like a deflated croissant?

Is our solar system shaped like a deflated croissant?

Home News Science & Astronomy An updated model suggests the shape of the sun’s bubble of influence, the heliosphere (seen in yellow), may be a deflated croissant shape, rather than the long-tailed comet shape suggested by other research. (Image: © Opher, et al.) Our solar system's protective bubble may not be comet-shaped after all.Scientists have…
Perseids meteor shower: Best days to view weather-wise, and what to expect

Perseids meteor shower: Best days to view weather-wise, and what to expect

The sky show of the summer is about to dart and hopefully flash across Michigan’s sky. Here’s what to expect this coming week.The peak of the Perseids meteor shower is expected on the night of August 11 and the early morning of August 12, according Todd Slisher at Flint’s Longway Planetarium. But you can see…
The eerie green ‘nightglow’ of Mars pulses in ultraviolet light in new NASA views

The eerie green ‘nightglow’ of Mars pulses in ultraviolet light in new NASA views

Home News Science & Astronomy New images of green, pulsing ultraviolet flashes of Mars' "nightglow" are illuminating circulation patterns in the Martian atmosphere.NASA's Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution mission (MAVEN for short), has been studying Mars since it launched to orbit and study the Red Planet in 2013. Now, new images from MAVEN have revealed…
Heavy atom spills its guts in decade-long experiment

Heavy atom spills its guts in decade-long experiment

Home News Equipment at the ISOLDE proton-blasting laboratory where astatine was isolated and studied. ISOLDE is part of CERN, the European particle physics research collaboration. (Image: © ISOLDE/CERN) Wielding proton beams and lasers, physicists have for the first time unlocked one of the key secrets of the rarest naturally occurring element on Earth: astatine.Astatine is…
A ‘Devonian’ aquarium: Modern mutant fishes replicate creatures of ancient oceans

A ‘Devonian’ aquarium: Modern mutant fishes replicate creatures of ancient oceans

Skeleton of a mutant (top) and normal zebrafish, showing the structural differences with the jaw. Credit: Tetsuto Miyashita Zebrafish are a common aquarium species, of value to hobbyists and scientists alike. Researchers have now engineered an unusual change in them that has echoes of Jurassic Park—but looks alone are deceiving. A research team studying jaw…
8 Thrilling Martian Postcards to Celebrate NASA Curiosity Mars Rover’s Anniversary

8 Thrilling Martian Postcards to Celebrate NASA Curiosity Mars Rover’s Anniversary

The Mast Camera, or Mastcam, on NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover used its telephoto lens to capture Mount Sharp in the morning illumination on Oct. 13, 2019, the 2,555th Martian day, or sol, of the mission. The panorama is composed of 44 individual images stitched together. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS The NASA rover touched down eight years ago,…
Saturn-Sized Exoplanet Discovered by the Gravitational “Wobble” in the Small, Cool Star It Orbits

Saturn-Sized Exoplanet Discovered by the Gravitational “Wobble” in the Small, Cool Star It Orbits

Illustration shows how the star’s motion around the center of mass between it and the planet causes a “wobble” in its motion through space. The VLBA’s ability to detect this minuscule effect revealed the presence of the planet. Credit: Bill Saxton, NRAO/AUI/NSF Using the supersharp radio “vision” of the National Science Foundation’s continent-wide Very Long…
SpaceX Breakthrough as Mars ‘Starship’ Prototype Rocket Aces Successful Test Flight

SpaceX Breakthrough as Mars ‘Starship’ Prototype Rocket Aces Successful Test Flight

SpaceX on Tuesday successfully completed a flight of less than a minute of the largest prototype ever tested of the future rocket Starship, which the company hopes to use one day to colonize Mars. "Mars is looking real," SpaceX founder Elon Musk tweeted in response to a fan.The current Starship prototype is fairly crude: it's…
SpaceX launches and lands prototype of its Mars rocket Starship in key short flight test

SpaceX launches and lands prototype of its Mars rocket Starship in key short flight...

SpaceX's prototype Starship launches in a short first flight test at the company's facility in Boca Chica, Texas.SpaceXThe fifth prototype of SpaceX's next-generation Starship rocket passed its most critical test yet, taking off and landing in a short flight on Tuesday at the company's facility in Texas.Starship prototype Serial Number 5, standing at about 100…
World’s smallest dinosaur is no more: 2-inch creature likely a lizard instead

World’s smallest dinosaur is no more: 2-inch creature likely a lizard instead

Just a few months after a group of researchers trumpeted their discovery of the world's tiniest dinosaur, the same researchers have retracted their findings, noting it was likely a lizard instead.The reclassification of the reptile, known as Oculudentavis khaungraae, comes after a separate group of researchers questioned the findings and study methodology that had been published on the bioRxiv server."We, the authors,…
SpaceX Crew Dragon astronauts describe thrilling return to Earth

SpaceX Crew Dragon astronauts describe thrilling return to Earth

Plunging back to Earth in a SpaceX Crew Dragon capsule Sunday amounted to a high-speed thrill ride, astronauts Douglas Hurley and Robert Behnken reported Tuesday. The fiery, flawlessly-controlled descent to splashdown went off without a hitch — a major step toward certifying the vehicle for operational flights. "What a ride!" Behnken tweeted, sharing long-range tracking…
Dinosaur Diagnosed With Malignant Cancer for the First Time – Cancerous Bone From 77 Million Years Ago

Dinosaur Diagnosed With Malignant Cancer for the First Time – Cancerous Bone From 77...

The main tumor mass is at the top of the bone, and can be seen on the 3D reconstruction in yellow; red gray is the normal bone and red denotes the medullary cavity. Credit: Centrosaurus diagram by Danielle Dufault. Courtesy of Royal Ontario Museum. © Royal Ontario Museum/McMaster University Royal Ontario Museum and McMaster University…
Happy anniversary, Curiosity! NASA rover marks 8 years on Mars

Happy anniversary, Curiosity! NASA rover marks 8 years on Mars

Home News Science & Astronomy A self-portrait of NASA's Curiosity Mars rover taken on June 15, 2018. A Martian dust storm had reduced sunlight and visibility at the rover's location in Gale Crater at the time. (Image: © NASA/JPL-Caltech) NASA would be thrilled if its newly launched Mars rover ended up matching its predecessor's longevity.The…
Ancient Mars May Have Been Less Wet Than We Thought

Ancient Mars May Have Been Less Wet Than We Thought

A collage image showing Martian valleys (in grey,) superimposed with channels on Devon Island (in tan), revealing striking similarities. Image: Anna Grau Galofre/Arizona State UniversityIce sheets, and not rushing rivers, sculpted many Martian valleys, according to scientists. The new research suggests ancient Mars wasn’t as warm and wet as we thought, but an expert we…
The correct way to make tea? Science weighs in on microwaving vs. kettle

The correct way to make tea? Science weighs in on microwaving vs. kettle

(CNN)An American woman's TikTok guide to making hot tea that went viral in June had Brits tut-tutting in horror over their morning cuppa -- largely because of the controversial use of a microwave rat…
Lasers in daylight can better detect space debris orbiting Earth, new study suggests

Lasers in daylight can better detect space debris orbiting Earth, new study suggests

(CNN)In director Alfonso Cuaron's 2013 space thriller "Gravity," Sandra Bullock's astronaut character dons a suit for a spacewalk in orbit around Earth, upgrading hardware on the Hubble Space Telesco…
Droplet Spread From Humans Doesn’t Always Follow Airflow – Important Implications for Spread of COVID-19

Droplet Spread From Humans Doesn’t Always Follow Airflow – Important Implications for Spread of...

A mathematical model of droplet migration may have important implications for understanding the spread of airborne diseases, such as COVID-19. The World Health Organization has warned that aerosol transmission of COVID-19 is being underestimated. If aerosol spread is confirmed to be significant, as suspected, we will need to reconsider guidelines on social distancing, ventilation systems,…
Planetary Perfection: Scientists Find Best Place On Earth To See Stars

Planetary Perfection: Scientists Find Best Place On Earth To See Stars

SYDNEY, Australia — When you look up at the night sky, which constellations can you make out? Can you spot the Big Dipper? Do you see Orion’s Belt? Counting stars is pretty difficult in areas with lots of light, like major cities. A study says even in the clearest skies, you’re still seeing turbulence in the…
Frog Eats Beetle. Beetle Crawls Through Guts to Escape

Frog Eats Beetle. Beetle Crawls Through Guts to Escape

The nice thing about being a frog is that you don’t have to chew your food—just gulp, and down the hatch. The problematic thing about being a frog is that you don’t have to chew your food, which means that if you’ve happened to nab the aquatic beetle Regimbartia attenuata, your food might come out…
‘I prayed for this one

‘I prayed for this one

Home News Spaceflight A relieved SpaceX CEO Elon Musk welcomed home the first NASA astronauts to fly to space on his company's Crew Dragon vehicle.Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken returned to Earth after two months in orbit and safely splashed down in the Gulf Coast waters off Florida on Sunday (Aug. 2). The astronauts, finally…
What is UV light and can it kill the coronavirus? Here’s everything you need to know

What is UV light and can it kill the coronavirus? Here’s everything you need...

CLOSE Walk-through portals of Far-UVC light can help sanitize clothing, skin and even air in traffic-heavy areas of cruise ships. USA TODAYUltraviolet light technology is becoming more popular among companies who are implementing a multi-tactic approach to combat the coronavirus.On July 29, JetBlue Airways revealed the Honeywell UV Cabin System, a robot the size of…
‘Sturgeon Moon’ Shines Above the Skies of Tehran

‘Sturgeon Moon’ Shines Above the Skies of Tehran

https://cdn1.img.sputniknews.com/img/07e4/08/03/1080044802_0:167:3072:1895_1200x675_80_0_0_b883b7e3eb1300d2c940f2c0cf653038.jpgSputnik Internationalhttps://cdn2.img.sputniknews.com/i/logo.pngSputnikhttps://cdn2.img.sputniknews.com/i/logo.pnghttps://sputniknews.com/middleeast/202008031080044756-sturgeon-moon-shines-above-the-skies-of-tehran/The August Full Moon is often called the Sturgeon Moon due to the great number of huge freshwater fish that could once be found in rivers and lakes in Northern America and Europe.A live broadcast video shows a bird's-eye view of the Iranian capital city with an extraordinary look at an eclipsed "Sturgeon Moon".…
SpaceX splashdown: Watch live as NASA astronauts return to Earth Sunday

SpaceX splashdown: Watch live as NASA astronauts return to Earth Sunday

Astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley strapped into Crew Dragon prior to the launch scrub May 27. SpaceX Update, Aug. 2, 11:54 a.m. PT: Crew Dragon has successfully splashed down. Read about it here.The SpaceX Crew Dragon Demo-2 mission has been smooth sailing so far for NASA's Commercial Crew Program. Astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug…
Caught on camera: Astronomers snap ‘space butterfly’ pic from thousands of light-years away

Caught on camera: Astronomers snap ‘space butterfly’ pic from thousands of light-years away

by: CNNwire Posted: Aug 2, 2020 / 09:30 AM EDT / Updated: Aug 2, 2020 / 09:30 AM EDT This highly detailed image of the fantastic NGC 2899 planetary nebula was captured using the FORS instrument on ESO’s Very Large Telescope in northern Chile. This object has never before been imaged in such striking detail,…
Nasa SpaceX mission: How we got to this point

Nasa SpaceX mission: How we got to this point

Image copyright SpaceX Elon Musk's SpaceX is flying people to the International Space Station (ISS) using the Crew Dragon vehicle. But why is a private company carrying astronauts to space and back for Nasa?To understand the background to the historic first mission to the ISS with the Crew Dragon, we need to go back almost…
Researchers Discover Unexpected Magma Systems Lurking Beneath ‘Boring’ Volcanoes

Researchers Discover Unexpected Magma Systems Lurking Beneath ‘Boring’ Volcanoes

Not all volcanoes are suddenly explosive. Some spew steady rivers of gloppy, slow-moving lava for millennia on end, like those in the Hawaiian or Galápagos islands.These are what volcanologist Michael Stock from Trinity College Dublin in Ireland calls the 'boring' volcanoes – yet underneath their monotonous exterior, lurks a bombshell that Stock and his colleagues have…
The final launch to Mars for the next two years looked pretty epic

The final launch to Mars for the next two years looked pretty epic

See Percy fly — An Atlas V brought the Florida skies alive. Eric Berger - Aug 1, 2020 1:30 pm UTC Mars 2020 Perseverance rover is on its way. The mighty "Dominator" Atlas V 541 goes supersonic with our newest Mars rover. The stunning backdrop is courtesy of the launch taking place just a couple…
How SpaceX won the race against Boeing to send NASA astronauts to space

How SpaceX won the race against Boeing to send NASA astronauts to space

When NASA started the Commercial Crew Program in 2010, the goal was to get private-sector companies to produce the most cost-effective, innovative and safe way to get astronauts to the International Space Station. The program was structured as a multi-tiered competition, with companies bidding for NASA contracts to build the space transportation systems under specific parameters…
Mind-controlling fungus makes zombie cicadas lure other cicadas to a zombie fate

Mind-controlling fungus makes zombie cicadas lure other cicadas to a zombie fate

Home News Male cicadas infected by a particularly gruesome parasitic fungus become zombies with an undercover mission: They broadcast a female's sexy come-hither message to other male cicadas, luring their unsuspecting victims to join the zombie cicada horde.Researchers recently discovered this unusual twist to the cicada's already horrific zombification story. As the parasitic fungus called…
NASA’s Perseverance rover launch kicks off audacious Mars sample-return project

NASA’s Perseverance rover launch kicks off audacious Mars sample-return project

Home News Science & Astronomy Artist's illustration of a rocket launching samples off the Martian surface, for delivery to Earth. (Image: © NASA/JPL-Caltech) Humanity's first interplanetary sample-return campaign is now underway.NASA's car-sized Perseverance Mars rover launched yesterday (July 30), kicking off a nearly seven-month cruise to the Red Planet. Perseverance will hunt for signs of ancient…
Astronomers capture close-up images of breathtaking SPACE BUTTERFLY

Astronomers capture close-up images of breathtaking SPACE BUTTERFLY

Newly taken pictures show an interstellar phenomenon fluttering its ethereal wings in stunning detail. The spectacular display comes from a highly symmetrical gas nebula known as NGC 2899. The image was captured as part of the European Southern Observatory's (ESO) Cosmic Gems program, for the purposes of education and public outreach.Peering into deep space through…

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