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Huge red star might explode soon and next few weeks are critical

Huge red star might explode soon and next few weeks are critical

An artist's impression of Betelgeuse and the plume of gas around it. ESO/L. Calçada Supergiant star Betelgeuse has been getting dimmer at an unprecedented pace over the past few months, leading some astronomers to wonder if it might be in the process of the collapse that precedes a supernova explosion. But there are other possible…
Researchers Coax Levitating Glass Bead Into the Quantum World

Researchers Coax Levitating Glass Bead Into the Quantum World

This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use. Studying the quantum state of the universe is a challenging endeavor in part because objects only have detectable quantum properties on the smallest of scales. The larger something is, the harder it is to get it into a well-defined quantum…
Sand dunes can ‘communicate’ with each other

Sand dunes can ‘communicate’ with each other

Sand dune in experimental flume setup. Credit: University of Cambridge Even though they are inanimate objects, sand dunes can 'communicate' with each other. A team from the University of Cambridge has found that as they move, sand dunes interact with and repel their downstream neighbours. Using an experimental dune 'racetrack', the researchers observed that two…
Asteroid That Killed the Dinosaurs Was Great for Bacteria

Asteroid That Killed the Dinosaurs Was Great for Bacteria

Science|Asteroid That Killed the Dinosaurs Was Great for BacteriaTrilobitesThe smoldering crater left by the apocalyptic space rock became a nice home for blue-green algae within years of the impact.A blue-green algae bloom in Florida’s St. Lucie River, which was made by the kind of cyanobacteria that thrived in the crater created by the Chicxulub event.Credit...Rhona…
Feeding bluebirds helps fend off parasites

Feeding bluebirds helps fend off parasites

New research published in the Journal of Applied Ecology from UConn assistant professor of ecology and evolutionary biology Sarah Knutie shows that feeding bluebirds can have a significant impact on parasitic nest flies feeding on baby bluebirds. Credit: Becky Boyd If you feed the birds in your backyard, you may be doing more than just…
Trump will propose big boost for NASA to return astronauts to the moon

Trump will propose big boost for NASA to return astronauts to the moon

President Trump is seeking billions of dollars in new funding for NASA  aimed at returning astronauts to the moon within four years, according to administration officials.Trump will propose a 12 percent budget increase for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration when he releases his spending plan next week. The boost includes funding to develop human landers, Fox News has confirmed.No one has been…
Incredible NASA visualizations reveal universe as you have never seen it before

Incredible NASA visualizations reveal universe as you have never seen it before

Prepare to get a new perspective on the cosmos.For as long as humans have peered into space, we have been forced to observe the beauty of the universe via flat, two-dimensional imaging techniques. As a result, certain details — the sheer size, the dynamism, and the true nature — of interstellar objects and phenomena have been somewhat…
Yarn grown from human skin cells could be woven or knitted into ‘human textiles’

Yarn grown from human skin cells could be woven or knitted into ‘human textiles’

Yarn grown from human skin cells could be woven or knitted into 'human textiles' for tissue grafts or organ repair, study claimsCells called fibroblasts from an animal can be used to make sheets of skin in a labThe sheets are cut into ribbons and twisted to form various forms of yarn The threads can then be…
Scientists detect an unexplainable radio signal from outer space that repeats every 16 days

Scientists detect an unexplainable radio signal from outer space that repeats every 16 days

Doyle Rice, USA TODAY Published 6:00 a.m. ET Feb. 12, 2020 | Updated 10:10 a.m. ET Feb. 12, 2020CLOSE Fast radio bursts can emit as much power as hundreds of millions of suns but only last a few milliseconds, making them difficult to study, until now. Buzz60For the first time, scientists have detected a radio…
Bizarre neutrinos detected in Antarctica could open the door to new physics discoveries

Bizarre neutrinos detected in Antarctica could open the door to new physics discoveries

The IceCube Laboratory at the Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station, in Antarctica, hosts the computers collecting raw data. Due to satellite bandwidth allocations, the first level of reconstruction and event filtering happens in near real time in this lab. Only events selected as interesting for physics studies are sent to UW–Madison, where they are prepared for…
SpaceX’s first astronaut-ready spaceship wraps up final factory tests before heading to Florida

SpaceX’s first astronaut-ready spaceship wraps up final factory tests before heading to Florida

Set to become the first commercial spacecraft ever to launch NASA astronauts, SpaceX has revealed that its newest Crew Dragon spaceship is in the midst of its final major factory tests, meaning that it could be just a matter of days before it ships to Florida. Originally built to support SpaceX’s first operational NASA astronaut…
CryoSat Discovers Antarctica’s Biggest Glacier’s Ice Loss Pattern Is Evolving

CryoSat Discovers Antarctica’s Biggest Glacier’s Ice Loss Pattern Is Evolving

By ESA - European Space Agency February 2, 2020 Artist’s impression of the CryoSat satellite in orbit. Credit: ESA/AOES Medialab Ice loss from Pine Island Glacier has contributed more to sea-level rise over the past four decades than any other glacier in Antarctica. However, the way this huge glacier is thinning is complex, leading to…
Experts film grey seal clapping under the sea, making a booming sound as loud as a gunshot

Experts film grey seal clapping under the sea, making a booming sound as loud...

No fish required: Experts film grey seal clapping under the sea, making a booming sound as loud as a gunshotSeals didn't learn the trick for fish from humans – they knew how to do it alreadyConcluded they do it to warn off rivals and show off their strength to femalesDr Ben Burville caught the moment…
A new spacecraft is journeying to the Sun to get a never-before-seen look at the star’s poles

A new spacecraft is journeying to the Sun to get a never-before-seen look at...

This weekend, the European Space Agency and NASA are launching a new, hardened spacecraft bound for the center of our Solar System, where it will get a view of our Sun that no vehicle has seen before. The probe, dubbed the Solar Orbiter, will be tasked with observing the Sun’s poles, in hopes of better…
“Reaper of death” dinosaur discovered in Alberta

“Reaper of death” dinosaur discovered in Alberta

Researchers from the University of Calgary and the Royal Tyrrell Museum in Alberta have discovered a new species of dinosaur that once terrorized the province. As Heather Yourex-West explains, the creature dubbed the "reaper of death" was a smaller, but still vicious cousin of the tyrannosaurus rex.For more info, please go to http://www.globalnews.caSubscribe to Global…
NASA Prepares for Moon and Mars With New Addition to Its Deep Space Network

NASA Prepares for Moon and Mars With New Addition to Its Deep Space Network

Robotic spacecraft will be able to communicate with the dish using radio waves and lasers. Surrounded by California desert, NASA officials broke ground Tuesday, Feb. 11, on a new antenna for communicating with the agency's farthest-flung robotic spacecraft. Part of the Deep Space Network (DSN), the 112-foot-wide (34-meter-wide) antenna dish being built represents a future…
Record-breaking NASA astronaut Christina Koch is returning to Earth after nearly a year in space

Record-breaking NASA astronaut Christina Koch is returning to Earth after nearly a year in...

This evening, three astronauts will head home from the International Space Station, including one record-breaking crew member who just spent nearly a year in space. NASA astronaut Christina Koch is on her way back to Earth after setting the record for the longest continuous spaceflight by a woman and after completing the first all-female spacewalks…
A Snow Moon – the first supermoon of 2020 – will light up the sky this weekend

A Snow Moon – the first supermoon of 2020 – will light up the...

A Snow Moon will appear from Friday evening to Monday morning, but don’t worry: it won’t affect the weather. According to the Farmers’ Almanac, northeastern Native American tribes referred to the second full moon of winter as the Snow Moon because of February’s heavy snow. This year, it’s a supermoon, which means it will be…
GALLERY: Super Snow Moon shines over middle Tennessee

GALLERY: Super Snow Moon shines over middle Tennessee

GALLERY: Super Snow Moon shines over middle Tennessee - WZTV
Voyager 2 bounces back from glitch in interstellar space

Voyager 2 bounces back from glitch in interstellar space

Home News Science & Astronomy An artist's depiction of one of the twin Voyager spacecraft exploring interstellar space. (Image: © NASA/JPL-Caltech) Voyager 2 is taking the measure of its exotic surroundings once again.On Jan. 25, the venerable probe, which has been exploring interstellar space since November 2018, failed to execute a spin maneuver as intended.…
HIV vaccine failure, coronavirus papers and a unprecedented glimpse of the Sun

HIV vaccine failure, coronavirus papers and a unprecedented glimpse of the Sun

The surface of the Sun, imaged by the Daniel K. Inouye Solar Telescope.Credit: NSO/NSF/AURA The highest-resolution image of the Sun ever takenThe world’s most powerful solar telescope has opened its eyes. The US$344-million Daniel K. Inouye Solar Telescope, which has been two decades in the making, is scrutinizing the Sun in extraordinary detail from atop…
Pics: The Highest Resolution Photos Of The Sun Ever Taken

Pics: The Highest Resolution Photos Of The Sun Ever Taken

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Pluto’s beating ‘frozen heart’ is in charge of its weather – study

Pluto’s beating ‘frozen heart’ is in charge of its weather – study

New research shows that not only does Pluto’s unique “frozen heart” actually control the dwarf planet’s weather systems, it does so with a “beat.” When NASA’s New Horizons mission captured footage of the dwarf planet in 2015, scientists found that, contrary to popular opinion at the time, Pluto did in fact have some physical features…
How to die on Mars

How to die on Mars

Home News Spaceflight How will we die on Mars? Science fiction media has approached this question for decades. For those who die aboard spacecraft on the journey to Mars or some other cosmic destination (e.g., Spock's death in "Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan" and events in the recent film "Ad Astra"), the solution is…
Mars rover to Earth, this red planet has a methane problem

Mars rover to Earth, this red planet has a methane problem

NASA’s Curiosity rover has been exploring an area of Mars called Gale Crater, since landing on the red planet in 2012. It was tasked with assessing the habitability of Mars. What was Mars like in the past? Were the conditions right for life? Let’s be clear, Curiosity was not equipped with the instruments needed to…
When Is the Next Lunar Eclipse?

When Is the Next Lunar Eclipse?

Souhayl Ben Khaled, United Arab Emirates Astronomy Group There are lots of exciting lunar events to look forward to this year, including four lunar eclipses. First, a brief explanation of what we mean when we say "lunar eclipse." During a total lunar eclipse, when the moon passes through the innermost portion of the Earth's shadow,…
Weather warning: Earth could be hit by MINI ICE-AGE as Sun ‘hibernates’

Weather warning: Earth could be hit by MINI ICE-AGE as Sun ‘hibernates’

Sunspot activity on the surface of the Sun follows a well-known but little understood 11 year cycle. Activity rises and falls creating the so-called solar maximum and then solar minimum. During a solar maximum, the Sun is more powerful and is littered with sunspots.Conversely when the Sun enters a solar minimum – which it did…
In the US East? Look up for Sunday’s space launch

In the US East? Look up for Sunday’s space launch

A Cygnus resupply spacecraft headed for the International Space Station is scheduled to launch on Sunday, February 9, from Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia. How and when to watch live in the sky, or on NASA TV. View larger. | Are you in the U.S. mid-Atlantic region on Sunday? Look up! This map indicates when…
Betelgeuse Is Acting Really Weird Right Now. Could It Be Ready To Go Supernova?

Betelgeuse Is Acting Really Weird Right Now. Could It Be Ready To Go Supernova?

Astronomers are taking a closer look at some strange behavior by Betelgeuse, a nearby star that is dimming so much some believe there’s at least a chance it’s about to explode. The resulting supernova would light the skies on Earth and be visible with the naked eye, even in the daytime.    The star found in…
‘Really, Really Bad’: Scientists Raise Alarm Over Warm Ocean Water Beneath ‘Doomsday Glacier’ in Antarctica

‘Really, Really Bad’: Scientists Raise Alarm Over Warm Ocean Water Beneath ‘Doomsday Glacier’ in...

A study by British and American scientists revealed that a massive sheet of ice known as the "doomsday glacier" is melting faster than experts previously believed—edging the world closer to a possible sea level rise of more than 10 feet. Researchers at New York University and the British Antarctic Survey drilled through nearly 2,000 feet…
Pluto’s Icy Heart Heart Beats Daily, Pumping Nitrogen Winds Around the Dwarf Planet

Pluto’s Icy Heart Heart Beats Daily, Pumping Nitrogen Winds Around the Dwarf Planet

This high-resolution image captured by NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft shows the bright expanse of the western lobe of Pluto’s “heart,” or Sputnik Planitia, which is rich in nitrogen, carbon monoxide, and methane ices. Credit: NASA A “beating heart” of frozen nitrogen controls Pluto’s winds and may give rise to features on its surface, according to…
This weekend’s Snow Moon will be 2020’s first supermoon

This weekend’s Snow Moon will be 2020’s first supermoon

As we hit our mid-winter stride, our next full moon will be the Snow Moon and it will be officially full about 2:30 a.m. Sunday. This is the first of three supermoons to grace the skies in 2020 - moons that appear just a little larger than a regular full moon.Having a full moon that…
Siberia’s Pleistocene Park: Bringing back pieces of the Ice Age to combat climate change

Siberia’s Pleistocene Park: Bringing back pieces of the Ice Age to combat climate change

Temperatures in the Arctic continue to warm more than twice as fast as the rest of the world; that's according to the U.S. government's latest climate report. The past six years in the arctic have been the warmest there since records began in 1900. Decades ago, an eccentric Russian geophysicist warned that frozen soil, called…
SpaceX set to launch NASA astronauts first after Boeing narrowly avoids catastrophe in space

SpaceX set to launch NASA astronauts first after Boeing narrowly avoids catastrophe in space

SpaceX is set to become the first private company to launch NASA astronauts as few as three months from now, all but guaranteed after Boeing’s competing Starliner spacecraft narrowly avoided a catastrophe in space on its orbital launch debut. The ultimate purpose of NASA’s Commercial Crew Program (CCP) is to ensure that the US is…
Incredible Image Shows The Extraordinary Aftermath of One Star Engulfing Another

Incredible Image Shows The Extraordinary Aftermath of One Star Engulfing Another

MICHELLE STARR 5 FEB 2020 A dramatic encounter between two stars has strewn their remains out across their little corner of space in the most spectacular fashion - and we get to actually see it with our own eyes. Here's how it went down: As a dying star expanded into a red giant, it engulfed…
Dark Emulator: AI Predicts the Structure of the Universe to Help Solve Mysteries of Dark Matter and Dark Energy

Dark Emulator: AI Predicts the Structure of the Universe to Help Solve Mysteries of...

Image 1: The way in which galaxies cluster together in the Universe is made clear in this image of the Universe as observed by the Sloan Digital Sky Survey (SDSS). The yellow dots represent the position of individual galaxies, while the orange loop shows the area of the Universe spanning 1 billion light-years. At the…
SpaceX Is Making It Harder To Take Photos Of The Stars. This Is How To Do It While You Still Can

SpaceX Is Making It Harder To Take Photos Of The Stars. This Is How...

Circumpolar star trails and aurora over the boreal forest at the Churchill Northern Studies Centre, ... [+] Churchill, Manitoba, on Feb 9, 2016. (Photo by: Alan Dyer /VW PICS/Universal Images Group via Getty Images) Universal Images Group via Getty Images Will SpaceX and the other mega-constellations make life harder for astrophotographers? It’s already happening. Earlier…
‘Bizarre’ turtle managed to survive asteroid that wiped out dinosaurs

‘Bizarre’ turtle managed to survive asteroid that wiped out dinosaurs

The asteroid that wiped out the dinosaurs 65 million years ago also caused nearly 75 percent of all species on the planet to go extinct. However, a new study suggests one "bizarre" form of life managed to survive — a land turtle.Fossils of the turtle, known as Laurasichersis relicta, were recently discovered in northern France. The fossils date to around 56 million…
Voyager 2 spacecraft resumes its exploration of interstellar space

Voyager 2 spacecraft resumes its exploration of interstellar space

Voyager 2 spacecraft resumes its exploration of interstellar space after NASA engineers fix a potentially fatal glitch from 11.5 billion miles awayNASA says Voyager 2 officially entered 'interstellar space' in November 2018 At the end of January there was an energy spike due to a failed spin manoeuvreIt shut off its science instruments but NASA engineers…
World’s most powerful particle accelerator one big step closer

World’s most powerful particle accelerator one big step closer

Credit: Imperial College London Scientists have demonstrated a key technology in making next-generation high-energy particle accelerators possible. Particle accelerators are used to probe the make-up of matter in colliders like the Large Hadron Collider, and for measuring the chemical structure of drugs, treating cancers and manufacturing silicon microchips. So far, the particles accelerated have been…
Elon Musk reveals SpaceX Starship production well underway inside new Texas factory

Elon Musk reveals SpaceX Starship production well underway inside new Texas factory

SpaceX CEO Elon Musk has offered a new glimpse inside the company’s rapidly-expanding South Texas Starship factory, revealing the beginnings of the next-generation rocket’s first true assembly line — and a wealth of spacecraft hardware. Situated two or so miles from the Gulf of Mexico (and Mexico itself) in Boca Chica, Texas, SpaceX has been…
Oh wonderful, Russia is apparently stalking our satellites in space now

Oh wonderful, Russia is apparently stalking our satellites in space now

President Trump’s relationship with Russia has factored a good bit into the impeachment trial that’s captivated Washington DC and the national press in recent days. But for everyone loudly decrying the perception that the leader of the free world may be cozying up to Russia — and the effect that may or may not have…
How changing aircraft altitude could cut flight’s climate impact in half

How changing aircraft altitude could cut flight’s climate impact in half

(CNN) Greener fuels, electric engines and more efficient aircraft are all being touted as ways to reduce the environmental harm of flying, but a new study suggests one simple move could help existing flights drastically cut their impact. By changing the flyi…
Neanderthal Ancestry Detected in Africans For the First Time

Neanderthal Ancestry Detected in Africans For the First Time

When the first Neanderthal genome was sequenced, using DNA collected from ancient bones, it was accompanied by the discovery that modern humans in Asia, Europe and America inherited approximately 2% of their DNA from Neanderthals - proving humans and Neanderthals had interbred after humans left Africa. Since that study, new methods have continued to catalogue…
Fungi that EATS radiation found thriving inside the Chernobyl nuclear reactor could be used like a ‘sun block’ for humans to protect against deadly rays

Fungi that EATS radiation found thriving inside the Chernobyl nuclear reactor could be used...

Fungi that EATS radiation found thriving inside the Chernobyl nuclear reactor could be used like a 'sun block' for humans to protect against deadly raysFungi was found sprouting up the walls of abandoned gamma-flooded reactor Fungi absorbs harmful radiation and converts it into potentially useful energyScientists believe it could be used like radiation 'sun block' if…
Boeing’s 2nd Starliner software glitch could have led to an in-space collision

Boeing’s 2nd Starliner software glitch could have led to an in-space collision

Home News Spaceflight Boeing's CST-100 Starliner spacecraft is pictured back home at the company's Commercial Crew and Cargo Processing Facility, where it is undergoing inspection after its Orbital Flight Test mission in December 2019. (Image credit: Frank Michaux/NASA)Seven weeks after Boeing's CST-100 Starliner failed to reach the International Space Station as planned during its first…
Astronaut Christina Koch returns to Earth after a year in space

Astronaut Christina Koch returns to Earth after a year in space

Published on Feb 6, 2020Astronaut Christina Koch is back on Earth after setting a world record for the longest single spaceflight by a woman. Koch landed in Kazakhstan after spending 328 days on the International Space Station, where she also broke ground as part of the first all-female spacewalk with fellow astronaut Jessica Meir.Watch "CBS…
Solar Orbiter completes preparation for launch

Solar Orbiter completes preparation for launch

Image copyright ULA/@GDavisPhotos Image caption Packed inside its protective fairing, SolO heads off to be mated with the Atlas Europe's grand mission to understand the detailed workings of the Sun is all but ready for launch.Solar Obiter has been enclosed in its protective cover and mounted atop the rocket that will hurl the satellite towards…
Cygnus launch to ISS scrubbed as NASA considers schedule changes for future cargo missions

Cygnus launch to ISS scrubbed as NASA considers schedule changes for future cargo missions

by Jeff Foust — February 9, 2020 A Northrop Grumman Antares rocket on the pad at the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport moments before its Feb. 9 launch was scrubbed because of technical reasons. Credit: SpaceNews/Jeff Foust Updated 8:35 p.m. Eastern with new launch date. WALLOPS ISLAND, Va. — A technical issue scrubbed a scheduled Feb. 9…
Space Mining – the Quest for the World’s First Trillionaire Amid Earth’s Growing Resource Scarcity

Space Mining – the Quest for the World’s First Trillionaire Amid Earth’s Growing Resource...

Those of you who have watched Syfy’s Expanse season – resurrected by Amazon for its fourth iteration – would be well aware of the concept of space mining. Set in a future where humans have colonized the entire solar system, the series explores a realistic take on what may well become reality in the near-future.…
Three Years On, This Is The Spot ESA’s Schiaparelli Crashed Into Mars

Three Years On, This Is The Spot ESA’s Schiaparelli Crashed Into Mars

MATT WILLIAMS, UNIVERSE TODAY 1 FEB 2020 On 19 October 2016, the NASA/ESA ExoMars mission arrived at the Red Planet to begin its study of the surface and atmosphere.While the Trace Gas Orbiter (TGO) successfully established orbit around Mars, the Schiaparelli Lander crashed on its way to the surface. At the time, the Mars Reconnaissance…
Arctic ice melt is changing ocean currents

Arctic ice melt is changing ocean currents

Arctic sea ice was photographed in 2011 during NASA's ICESCAPE mission, or "Impacts of Climate on Ecosystems and Chemistry of the Arctic Pacific Environment," a shipborne investigation to study how changing conditions in the Arctic affect the ocean's chemistry and ecosystems. The bulk of the research took place in the Beaufort and Chukchi seas in…
Secret of what makes us appear 36 years younger

Secret of what makes us appear 36 years younger

Some older people are ageing so badly that their body is 48 years older than their actual age, scientists have found. In contrast, other so-called ‘super-agers’ are growing old surprisingly slowly, and may be biologically still in their 20s. Researchers at the University of Southern California looked at the rate of change occurring to the…
New Tyrannosaurus: The T. Rex is the King of Lizards, but it’s new cousin is the “Reaper of Death”

New Tyrannosaurus: The T. Rex is the King of Lizards, but it’s new cousin...

The Tyrannosaurus Rex has long been the creature of nightmares — but the "King of Tyrant Lizards" had a cousin who may have been just as terrifying. With the help of a paleontology enthusiast, scientists in Canada said they discovered the newest member of the Tyrannosaurus family and named it after the Greek God of…
Northrop Grumman ‘go’ to launch its 13th Cygnus cargo ship for NASA Sunday

Northrop Grumman ‘go’ to launch its 13th Cygnus cargo ship for NASA Sunday

Home News Spaceflight A Northrop Grumman Antares rocket carrying the Cygnus NG-13 spacecraft sits atop Pad 0A of the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport at NASA's Wallops Flight Facility on Wallops Island, Virginia on Feb. 5, 2020. (Image: © NASA/Aubrey Gemignani) WALLOPS ISLAND, Va. — The number 13 may have a bad wrap among the superstitious, but Northrop…
Ancient Antarctic ice melt increased sea levels by 3+ meters –

Ancient Antarctic ice melt increased sea levels by 3+ meters –

IMAGE: Fine layers of ancient volcanic ash in the ice helped the team pinpoint when the mass melting took place. view more  Credit: AntarcticScience.com Mass melting of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet was a major cause of high sea levels during a period known as the Last Interglacial (129,000-116,000 years ago), an international team of scientists…
Experts try to identify mysterious light that streaked over Southern California

Experts try to identify mysterious light that streaked over Southern California

Look up in the sky! It’s a bird, it’s a plane, what is it?A mysterious bright light that streaked across the sky over Southern California, lighting up social media Wednesday night, remains a mystery a day later.Mike Hankey, operations manager with the American Meteor Society, told the Los Angeles Times the object, which appeared to break…
Violent battle between two stars in space captured in stunning photo

Violent battle between two stars in space captured in stunning photo

Adrianna Rodriguez, USA TODAY Published 7:31 a.m. ET Feb. 6, 2020 | Updated 12:33 p.m. ET Feb. 6, 2020CLOSE The two brawling nebulas help researchers understand the “death process” of stars like our sun. Buzz60Not all stars get along.In fact, astronomers spotted the colorful remnants of what they concluded was a violent confrontation between two…
NASA unveils 16 payloads that private lunar landers will take to the moon

NASA unveils 16 payloads that private lunar landers will take to the moon

Home News Spaceflight Artist's illustration of Astrobotic's Peregrine lander on the surface of the moon. (Image: © Astrobotic) WASHINGTON — The commercial spaceflight industry is thriving, and regulators won't get in the way. That's the message that speakers at the 23rd Annual Commercial Space Transportation Conference in Washington this week want to get out."The innovation,…
Pluto’s famous heart powers icy winds on the dwarf planet

Pluto’s famous heart powers icy winds on the dwarf planet

Home News The left lobe of Pluto's heart-shaped feature is a 600-mile-wide (1,000 kilometers) ice plain known as Sputnik Planitia. (Image: © NASA/JHUAPL/SwRI) Pluto's icy heart is beating.The dwarf planet's famous heart-shaped feature, which NASA's New Horizons spacecraft discovered during its epic July 2015 flyby, drives atmospheric circulation patterns on Pluto, a new study suggests.Most…
Distant giant planets form differently than ‘failed stars’

Distant giant planets form differently than ‘failed stars’

This image of the low-mass brown dwarf GJ 504 B was taken by Bowler and his team using adaptive optics with the NIRC2 camera at Keck Observatory in Hawaii. The image has been processed to remove light from the host star (whose position is marked with an "x"). The companion is located at a separation…
Inbreeding among the last woolly mammoths may have led to extinction

Inbreeding among the last woolly mammoths may have led to extinction

(CNN)Some of the last mammoths on Earth suffered from mutated genes that reduced fertility, caused diabetes, affected their development and even kept them from being able to smell flowers, according to a new study. While woolly mammoths were once plentiful …
Rocket scheduled for 11:03 p.m. launch from Cape Canaveral

Rocket scheduled for 11:03 p.m. launch from Cape Canaveral

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (WFLA) — The ULA Atlas V rocket launch is scheduled for late Sunday night. The Solar Orbiter launch from Cape Canaveral is expected to take place at 11:03 p.m. The rocket is on a mission to reach the sun, which won’t happen for about three years. Read more here. LATEST STORIES: Top…
‘Grounding zone’ of Antarctica’s ‘doomsday’ Thwaites glacier is revealed in first ever footage

‘Grounding zone’ of Antarctica’s ‘doomsday’ Thwaites glacier is revealed in first ever footage

First ever footage of the underside of the 'doomsday' Thwaites glacier has been sent back by a robotic yellow submarine dubbed Icefin. Glaciologists have likened the groundbreaking images and video to the first steps on the moon taken by Neil Armstrong in 1969. Early analysis reveals that turbulent warm waters underneath the ice sheet, which is the…
Trump touts Space Force, moon and Mars plans in State of the Union address

Trump touts Space Force, moon and Mars plans in State of the Union address

Home News Spaceflight Space exploration got a couple of shout-outs in President Donald Trump's State of the Union address Tuesday night (Feb. 4).During the nearly 80-minute speech, Trump touted the recent establishment of the Space Force — the first new U.S. military branch to be stood up since the Air Force in 1947 — as one of…
Expedition 61 Crew Receives a Warm Welcome in Kazakhstan

Expedition 61 Crew Receives a Warm Welcome in Kazakhstan

Published on Feb 7, 2020Expedition 61 Commander Luca Parmitano of ESA (European Space Agency), Soyuz commander Alexander Skvortsov of Roscosmos and NASA Flight Engineer Christina Koch were greeted in a traditional ceremony at the airport in Karaganda, Kazakhstan February 6, a few hours after landing in their Soyuz MS-13 spacecraft in Kazakhstan near the town…
Chemists develop safer hydrogenation processes

Chemists develop safer hydrogenation processes

Unique hydrogenation research led by CCNY's Mahesh Lakshman is the inside cover feature in the journal “Advanced Synthesis and Catalysis.” Safe and environmentally-friendly hydrogen gas on demand could be on the horizon following a new "hydrogenation" chemical process in development at The City College of New York. Led by Mahesh K. Lakshman, the research uniquely…
Weekend Round-Up: Disposable Perspectives, Foreign Oscars, And The Lady Of Space Returns To Earth

Weekend Round-Up: Disposable Perspectives, Foreign Oscars, And The Lady Of Space Returns To Earth

Each week our editors gather their favorite finds from around the internet and recommend them to you right here. These are not articles about watches, but rather outstanding examples of journalism and storytelling covering topics from fashion and art to technology and travel. So go ahead, pour yourself a cup of coffee, put your feet…
SpaceX’s workhorse Falcon 9 rocket expected to reach major launch milestone in 2020

SpaceX’s workhorse Falcon 9 rocket expected to reach major launch milestone in 2020

Hours after SpaceX launched its 240th new Starlink satellite into orbit, Elon Musk took to Twitter to cryptically reveal that the company’s workhorse Falcon 9 rocket could “reach triple digits this year” if everything goes according to plan. Designed and built by SpaceX in the late 2000s, the Falcon 9 rocket launched for the first…
Two invisible stars are bending space-time deep in the Milky Way

Two invisible stars are bending space-time deep in the Milky Way

Home News A binary pair of red dwarf stars might be warping space-time and distorting our view of another star much, much farther away. (Image: © M. Rębisz) In summer 2016, astronomers watched a star 2,500 light-years away in the Cygnus constellation flash to life as if preparing to explode in a fiery supernova. The…
Sand Dunes Interact And ‘Communicate’ With One Another, Physicists Say

Sand Dunes Interact And ‘Communicate’ With One Another, Physicists Say

(shirophoto/Getty Images Plus) CARLY CASSELLA 6 FEB 2020 Whether on land or underwater, sand dunes usually appear in large groups. But even when these natural formations are in close touch with their neighbours, they still need their personal space from time to time. When two identical dunes migrate over long distances, physicists have found these…
Two satellites just avoided a head-on smash. How close did they come to disaster?

Two satellites just avoided a head-on smash. How close did they come to disaster?

Two satellites just avoided a head-on smash. How close did they come to disaster? by Gregory Cohen | Associate Professor, Western Sydney University Sydney, Australia (The Conservation) Jan 31, 2020 illustration only It appears we have missed another close call between two satellites - but how close did we really come to a catastrophic event…
ALMA catches beautiful outcome of stellar fight

ALMA catches beautiful outcome of stellar fight

This new ALMA image shows the outcome of a stellar fight: a complex and stunning gas environment surrounding the binary HD101584. The colours represent speed, going from blue -- gas moving the fastest towards us -- to red -- gas moving the fastest away from us. Jets, almost along the line of sight, propel the…
Sand dunes ‘communicate’ when they move, researchers say

Sand dunes ‘communicate’ when they move, researchers say

Sand dunes are rarely isolated. They form in large groups known as dune fields, whispering in the desert wind or flowing with the water on a seabed.Now researchers have discovered that dunes communicate with their neighbors as they move across these landscapes — they can even push their neighbor dunes farther away, according to a…
Why the Mars 2020 rover is armed with a high-powered laser

Why the Mars 2020 rover is armed with a high-powered laser

When it departs for its journey to Mars later this year, NASA’s Mars 2020 rover won’t only be armed with an array of scientific instruments — it will also be toting a high-powered laser. The laser is part of the rover’s SuperCam instrument for analyzing rocks and minerals found on the Martian surface. The laser…
Ancient Antarctic ice melt increased sea levels by 3+ meters—and it could happen again

Ancient Antarctic ice melt increased sea levels by 3+ meters—and it could happen again

Fine layers of ancient volcanic ash in the ice helped the team pinpoint when the mass melting took place. Credit: AntarcticScience.com Rising ocean temperatures drove the melting of Antarctic ice sheets and caused extreme sea level rise more than 100,000 years ago, a new international study led by UNSW Sydney shows. Mass melting of the…
Comet 67P Repeatedly Changed Color During the Historic Rosetta Mission

Comet 67P Repeatedly Changed Color During the Historic Rosetta Mission

Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko as it was seen by Rosetta on July 7, 2015. The comet’s bright coma is clearly visible. Image: ESA/Rosetta/NAVCAM – CC BY-SA IGO 3.0A review of data taken over the course of the two-year Rosetta mission shows that comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko was sometimes reddish in appearance, while at other times it assumed a bluish…
Telescope gives earthlings first close-up view of the sun

Telescope gives earthlings first close-up view of the sun

Astonishing images show turbulent, superheated golden grains, each about the size of Texas, which scientists hope can be studied to predict damaging solar activity NEW YORK — A telescope in Hawaii has produced its first images of the sun, revealing its turbulent gas surface in what scientists called unprecedented detail. The images show the surface…
What’s causing mysterious ‘ice rings’ to form in the world’s deepest lake?

What’s causing mysterious ‘ice rings’ to form in the world’s deepest lake?

Home News A satellite view of an ice ring on Lake Baikal. Is it the one true ring to rule them all? (Image: © MODIS/NASA) The humongous, mysterious "ice rings" that pockmark the world's deepest lake during Siberia's winter and spring months may look like icy crop circles, but they're not due to alien activity,…
10 deals you don’t want to miss on Saturday: $37 noise cancelling headphones, $6 smart plugs, GoPro HERO8, Roomba i7+, more

10 deals you don’t want to miss on Saturday: $37 noise cancelling headphones, $6...

The weekend has finally arrived, and with it come some of the best daily deals we’ve seen all week. Highlights from Saturday’s roundup include an exclusive deal that gets you shockingly good wireless noise cancelling headphones with 40-hour battery life for just $36.99 with the coupon code BGRTT085, Alexa and Google ready Wi-Fi smart plugs…
More of Antarctica’s ice sheet shatters, worrying scientists

More of Antarctica’s ice sheet shatters, worrying scientists

Yet another chunk of Antarctic glacier sheared off over the weekend, shattering into iceberg shards and causing continued consternation among scientists observing what they fear to be the disintegration of the most frozen place on Earth. “What is unsettling is that the daily data stream [from satellites] reveals the dramatic pace at which climate is…
Beaked Whales Use Coordinated Stealth Mode to Evade Killer Orcas

Beaked Whales Use Coordinated Stealth Mode to Evade Killer Orcas

A breaching Cuvier’s beaked whale of El Hierro, Canaries. Image: N. Aguilar ULLBeaked whales are elite when it comes to their deep diving, but their echolocating clicks expose them to a dangerous predator: orcas. New research shows that groups of beaked whales can reduce predation risk by coordinating deep dives and stealthy ascents.For beaked whales,…
Star Is Seen Dragging Space-Time With It

Star Is Seen Dragging Space-Time With It

(Newser) – Rack up another one for Albert Einstein. New research on a pair of stars confirms a prediction from Einstein's general theory of relativity—that a spinning object will drag space-time right along with it, Science Alert reports. Astrophysicists have spotted the effect, known as "frame dragging," in a white dwarf and a pulsar orbiting…
Experts baffled by ‘unusual’ monster galaxy that died suddenly

Experts baffled by ‘unusual’ monster galaxy that died suddenly

Researchers have discovered a new "monster" galaxy that grew at a high rate during the early part of the universe. However, it died mysteriously, baffling researchers.The newly-discovered galaxy is known as XMM-2599 and is approximately 12 billion light-years from Earth. The universe itself is 13.8 billion years old, so XMM-259 is being seen as it…
Stunning new images of red supergiant star Betelgeuse captured

Stunning new images of red supergiant star Betelgeuse captured

The surface of the star that could be set to explode in devastating supernova 700 light-years from Earth has been photographed and the images show Betelgeuse is dimming and changing shape.Astronomers behind the new observations say while the star will go supernova at some point, the dimming is more likely caused by either a cooling…
Researchers discover intricate process of DNA repair in genome stability

Researchers discover intricate process of DNA repair in genome stability

Postdoctoral fellow Roxanne Oshidari and Professor Karim Mekhail. Credit: University of Toronto An elaborate system of filaments, liquid droplet dynamics and protein connectors enables the repair of some damaged DNA in the nuclei of cells, researchers at the University of Toronto have found. The findings further challenge the belief that broken DNA floats aimlessly—and highlight…
Super Snow Moon 2020: Bright, full moon will light up the night sky tonight

Super Snow Moon 2020: Bright, full moon will light up the night sky tonight

The second full moon of winter has an appropriate name – the Snow Moon. And the Saturday/Sunday night lunar show will be particularly impressive.A Super Snow Moon will light up the sky this weekend. The first part of the name – Super – is given when a new or full moon happens at the time…
Incredibly Detailed Image Of The Sun’s Surface Is Here, And Frankly It Looks Delicious

Incredibly Detailed Image Of The Sun’s Surface Is Here, And Frankly It Looks Delicious

Gorgeous images and videos showing the sun’s surface in “unprecedented detail” were released by the National Science Foundation this week, showing a close-up view of the ultrahot plasma covering the celestial body. But some people just want to eat it, and honestly, it’s hard to blame them. The images, the NSF wrote in a statement,…
In photos: NASA astronaut Christina Koch returns to Earth after record-breaking spaceflight

In photos: NASA astronaut Christina Koch returns to Earth after record-breaking spaceflight

Home News Spaceflight (Image credit: NASA/Bill Ingalls) NASA astronaut Christina Koch wrapped up her first stay on the International Space Station Feb. 6, 2020, and it is one for the record books. Koch arrived in space in March 2019 and spent a total of 328 days living and working in the orbiting laboratory.Koch's stay set…
Yes, That Pink Manta Picture Is Real

Yes, That Pink Manta Picture Is Real

Australian Geographic published an article yesterday featuring a picture many believed to be photo shopped. After all, could manta rays with a pink belly (instead of the usual white) exist? Turns out, yes! The bright pink manta ray gliding past Kristian at Lady Elliot Island, Australia. Kristian Laine (instagram: @kristianlainephotography) The University of Queensland’s Project…
Voyager 2 Went Into Fault Protection Mode, But Engineers Brought it Back Online

Voyager 2 Went Into Fault Protection Mode, But Engineers Brought it Back Online

NASA’s Voyager 2 spacecraft went into fault protection mode on Tuesday January 28th. The fault protection routines automatically protect the spacecraft in harmful conditions. Both Voyagers have these routines programmed into their systems. After it happened, NASA engineers were still in communication with the spacecraft and receiving telemetry. The fault protection stems from a maneuver…
Powerful Radio Signal From Deep Space Appears to Be Repeating in a 16-Day Cycle

Powerful Radio Signal From Deep Space Appears to Be Repeating in a 16-Day Cycle

MICHELLE STARR 10 FEB 2020 One of the defining characteristics of the mysterious deep-space signals we call fast radio bursts is that they are unpredictable. They belch out across the cosmos without rhyme or reason, with no discernible pattern, making them incredibly hard to study. Now, for the first time, astronomers have found a fast…
International Space Station tweets photo of Miami prior to Super Bowl kick-off

International Space Station tweets photo of Miami prior to Super Bowl kick-off

Astronauts aboard the International Space Station shared a photo Sunday showing Miami Gardens from outer space ahead of Super Bowl LIV.The photo shared on Twitter shows Miami Gardens hours before kick-off between the San Francisco 49ers and the Kansas City Chief — its shoreline and the ocean clearly visible.“Magnificent Miami! This photo, taken from the International Space…
NASA gives JPL green light to bring a piece of Mars back to Earth

NASA gives JPL green light to bring a piece of Mars back to Earth

NASA’s proposed budget builds toward a future when earthlings will set foot on Mars. And in the meantime, it takes the next big step toward bringing a little bit of Mars back to Earth.NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine on Monday unveiled a $25.2-billion plan that would send astronauts back to the moon by 2024 as part…
Tipping Points In The Climate System: The Worst Kind Of Positive Feedback

Tipping Points In The Climate System: The Worst Kind Of Positive Feedback

With global temperatures continuing to break records in recent years, it’s important to cast an eye towards the future. While efforts to reduce emissions remain in a political quagmire, time is running out to arrest the slide into catastrophe. Further compounding the issue are a variety of positive feedback loops that promise to further compound…
Bacteria, bone and more: Here’s the science launching to the space station Sunday

Bacteria, bone and more: Here’s the science launching to the space station Sunday

Home News Spaceflight The Antares rocket and Cygnus capsule headed to the International Space Station on Feb. 9, 2020, was raised to vertical position on a launchpad at NASA's Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia. (Image: © NASA/Aubrey Gemignani) NASA is launching a bevy of crew supplies and scientific cargo to the International Space Station Sunday…
Mediterranean great white sharks found to have 3.2 million-year-old origins

Mediterranean great white sharks found to have 3.2 million-year-old origins

Historical Great White Shark jaws front. Credit: University of Bologna The great white shark has been in the Mediterranean for 3.2 million years, way longer than researchers have hypothesized until now. The white sharks currently living in the Mediterranean are genetically closer to those of the Pacific Ocean than to their neighbors inhabiting the Atlantic.…
Where’s Greta when you need her? NASA witnesses dramatic polar ice COLLAPSE on Mars

Where’s Greta when you need her? NASA witnesses dramatic polar ice COLLAPSE on Mars

Climactic footage of Arctic ice plummeting into the sea has routinely shocked viewers in recent years. However, the phenomenon appears not to be confined to Earth, as NASA has captured evidence of Mars’ polar ice cap collapsing. The US space agency’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter has been spinning around the Red Planet since 2006. Its vantage…
‘Bonecrushing’ crocodile that hunted dinosaurs 230M years ago discovered in Brazil

‘Bonecrushing’ crocodile that hunted dinosaurs 230M years ago discovered in Brazil

The fossils of a "bonecrushing" ancestor of the modern-day crocodile that hunted dinosaurs 230 million years ago have been discovered in Brazil, stunning researchers.Known as Dynamosuchus collisensis, the fossil was discovered in the dinosaur fossil hotbed of Agudo, in southern Brazil. It has been nicknamed the "T. Rex of its time," according to researchers. The…
Climate change: Scientists find another threat to Greenland’s glaciers lurking beneath the ice

Climate change: Scientists find another threat to Greenland’s glaciers lurking beneath the ice

(CNN)Scientists have long known that higher air temperatures are contributing to the surface melting on Greenland's ice sheet. But a new study has found another threat that has begun attacking the ice from below: Warm ocean water moving underneath the vast g…

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