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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…
NASA animation slowly drains the oceans, reveals ancient land bridges

NASA animation slowly drains the oceans, reveals ancient land bridges

A NASA animation drains the oceans to reveal the majority of Earth's surface that lies beneath.A planetary scientist remade the video to highlight its most fascinating features: the world's longest mountain range and the Ice Age land bridges that ancient humans crossed.Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories.Oceans cover most of the Earth, including its…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
NASA gives four projects $3 million to develop potential space missions

NASA gives four projects $3 million to develop potential space missions

The first of the potential missions is called Deep Atmosphere Venus Investigation of Noble gases, Chemistry, and Imaging Plus or DAVINCI+. It would analyze the atmosphere of Venus and attempt to determine if the planet had an ocean in the past. It would also help scientists better understand how the planet's atmosphere formed. Another Venus-focused…
Scientists Identify Genes from ‘Ghost Population’ of Ancient Humans

Scientists Identify Genes from ‘Ghost Population’ of Ancient Humans

This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use. The history of the human family is not as straightforward as you might think. While there’s just one species of human alive today, that was not the case at various points in the past. Studying the genetic markers floating around…
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…
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…
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…
“Clowns Supervised by Monkeys” Boeing Puts Space Industry in Danger

“Clowns Supervised by Monkeys” Boeing Puts Space Industry in Danger

Boeing’s unmanned CST-100 Starliner space taxi narrowly avoided a “catastrophic failure” during a December test flight. The problem was due to a software bug that led to erroneous thruster firings, according to NASA. This comes at a time when Boeing is still reeling from two fatal crashes due to faulty MCAS software in the 737…
Image: ‘Pale Blue Dot’ revisited

Image: ‘Pale Blue Dot’ revisited

Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech For the 30th anniversary of one of the most iconic views from the Voyager mission, NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, is publishing a new version of the image known as the "Pale Blue Dot." The updated image uses modern image-processing software and techniques while respecting the intent of those who planned…
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…
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…
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…
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…
‘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…
Lockheed Martin delivers new GPS satellite scheduled for April launch aboard Falcon 9

Lockheed Martin delivers new GPS satellite scheduled for April launch aboard Falcon 9

by Sandra Erwin — February 9, 2020 The GPS 3 SV03 satellite "Columbus" arrived Feb. 5, 2020, at Space Coast Regional Airport in Titusville, Florida. Credit: Lt. Col. Maggie Sullivan, U.S. Air Force The April launch will be SpaceX’s second GPS 3 mission WASHINGTON — The third satellite of the GPS 3 constellation arrived Feb.…
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,…
Breakthrough Listen releases 2 petabytes of data from SETI survey of Milky Way

Breakthrough Listen releases 2 petabytes of data from SETI survey of Milky Way

Credit: CC0 Public Domain The Breakthrough Listen Initiative today released data from the most comprehensive survey yet of radio emissions from the plane of the Milky Way Galaxy and the region around its central black hole, and it is inviting the public to search the data for signals from intelligent civilizations. At a media briefing…
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…
Temperatures at a Florida-Size Glacier in Antarctica Alarm Scientists

Temperatures at a Florida-Size Glacier in Antarctica Alarm Scientists

Climate|Temperatures at a Florida-Size Glacier in Antarctica Alarm ScientistsThe Thwaites glacier, above, helps to keep the much larger West Antarctic Ice Shelf stable.Credit...NASA/OIB/Jeremy HarbeckScientists in Antarctica have recorded, for the first time, unusually warm water beneath a glacier the size of Florida that is already melting and contributing to a rise in sea levels.The researchers,…
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…
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…
High-definition solar telescope produces its first stunning images of the Sun

High-definition solar telescope produces its first stunning images of the Sun

Why it matters: Most of us have seen the Sun thousands upon thousands of times throughout our lives, but only from a distance. True, high-definition images of our life-giving star are in short supply, but that makes today's news all the more exciting. Astrologers from the National Science Foundation (NSF) have obtained the first images…
Adapting to climate change: We’re doing it wrong

Adapting to climate change: We’re doing it wrong

Credit: CC0 Public Domain When it comes to adapting to the effects of climate change, scientists and policymakers are thinking too small, according to a new research review. The authors argue that society should focus less on how individuals respond to such climate issues as flooding and wildfires and instead figure out what it takes…
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…
Pics: The Highest Resolution Photos Of The Sun Ever Taken

Pics: The Highest Resolution Photos Of The Sun Ever Taken

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Revisiting Animal Crossing: New Leaf Was A Mistake

Revisiting Animal Crossing: New Leaf Was A Mistake

There’s a reason why I don’t return to Animal Crossing games long after I stop playing them. But stupidly, I decided to break that rule last week. I have some regrets.When Animal Crossing: New Leaf released on the Nintendo 3DS in 2013, I sank hundreds of hours into building up my virtual town, Tennant. It…
‘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…
Mysterious radio signal from space is repeating every 16 days

Mysterious radio signal from space is repeating every 16 days

(CNN)Mysterious radio signals from space have been known to repeat, but for the first time, researchers have noticed a pattern in a series of bursts coming from a single source half a billion light-years from Earth. Fast radio bursts, or FRBs, are milliseco…
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 …
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…
Water on Mars? Boulder shadows may spawn short-lived pools of brine.

Water on Mars? Boulder shadows may spawn short-lived pools of brine.

Home News Science & Astronomy Mars as seen from orbit by NASA’s Viking mission. (Image: © NASA/JPL) Many tiny patches of the ground on modern Mars may be capable of supporting life as we know it, if only very briefly, a new study suggests.Water ice is abundant on and near the Martian surface, but conditions…
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.…
Asteroid warning: NASA detects a 1KM rock that could kill millions on rapid approach

Asteroid warning: NASA detects a 1KM rock that could kill millions on rapid approach

NASA’s tracking systems are watching a potentially catastrophic asteroid dubbed 2002 PZ39, which is believed to measure nearly 3,280ft (one kilometre) across. The asteroid is currently flyying through space at speeds of more than 35,500mph (57,240km/h). At this rate, NASA said the asteroid will make a "close approach" to Earth before noon on Saturday, February…
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…
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…
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…
A rare disease among children is discovered in a 66-million-year-old dinosaur tumor

A rare disease among children is discovered in a 66-million-year-old dinosaur tumor

A rare disease among children is discovered in a 66-million-year-old dinosaur tumor - CNN
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…
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…
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…
A proposed House bill is threatening to rework NASA’s Moon plans

A proposed House bill is threatening to rework NASA’s Moon plans

A proposed piece of legislation from the House threatens to change NASA’s efforts to return humans to the Moon, worrying NASA officials and space advocates. The bill — a new authorization act for NASA — could significantly rework the space agency’s lunar plans by changing what kinds of vehicles and resources are used. And it…
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…
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…
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,…
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…
NASA seeks new Artemis astronauts: Here are the requirements

NASA seeks new Artemis astronauts: Here are the requirements

NASA is seeking applications for a new generation of astronauts, but you’ll need extensive education and credentials in order to meet the minimum requirements for applying. The space agency issued the alert for more astronauts on Tuesday, explaining that it will accept submissions during the month of March. The astronauts will be heading for the…
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…
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…
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…
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,…
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…
UFO sighting? Could this be a ‘UFO fleet’ over an Arizona desert?

UFO sighting? Could this be a ‘UFO fleet’ over an Arizona desert?

Footage of unusual activity in US airspace has emerged online. And prominent alien life advocate Scott Waring believes the strange lights are likely to be a small fleet of alien UFOs.Waring, who shared the bizarre footage on his etdatabase.com site, said: “I’m calling it a UFO fleet.” I'm calling it a UFO fleetScott WaringHe said:…
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…
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…
Meteorites reveal high carbon dioxide levels on early Earth

Meteorites reveal high carbon dioxide levels on early Earth

Iron micrometeorites, like seen here under a microscope, can provide new clues about the composition of the Earth's upper atmosphere 2.7 billion years ago. Credit: Andrew Tomkins Tiny meteorites no larger than grains of sand hold new clues about the atmosphere on ancient Earth, according to scientists. Iron micrometeorites found in ancient soils suggest carbon…
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…
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 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…
Theoretical Physicists Find Deep Link Between Quantum Entanglement and Thermalization

Theoretical Physicists Find Deep Link Between Quantum Entanglement and Thermalization

Theoretical physicists from Trinity have found a deep link between one of the most striking features of quantum mechanics – quantum entanglement – and thermalization, which is the process in which something comes into thermal equilibrium with its surroundings. Their results were published on January 31, 2020, in the prestigious journal Physical Review Letters. We…
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…
NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope is no more. Here’s what’s next for infrared astronomy.

NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope is no more. Here’s what’s next for infrared astronomy.

Home News Spaceflight The best infrared eye in the universe has closed, and scientists will need to wait at least a year before any similar instrument is at work again.NASA turned off its Spitzer Space Telescope yesterday (Jan. 30), ending a 16-year mission. The agency at first stretched the observatory's tenure to overlap with that…
This may be the biggest turtle that ever lived

This may be the biggest turtle that ever lived

Home News An illustration of a giant male (front) and female (left) Stupendemys geographicus out swimming for a snack. (Image: © Jaime Chirinos) An 8-million-year-old turtle shell unearthed in Venezuela measures nearly 8 feet (2.4 meters) long, making it the largest complete turtle shell known to science, a new study reported. This shell belonged to an…
Further problems with Boeing’s Starliner Capsule Revealed

Further problems with Boeing’s Starliner Capsule Revealed

Boeing’s space division seems to have made yet another blunder in relation to its Starliner capsule. Even though the capsule’s first mission (the Orbital Flight Test, or OFT) was already a failure due to a timer failure, another error has been found in the capsule’s software which could have destroyed the Starliner vehicle altogether. This…
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…
Largest Planet-Killer Asteroid To Approach Earth This Month Arriving On Saturday

Largest Planet-Killer Asteroid To Approach Earth This Month Arriving On Saturday

KEY POINTSNASA spots a planet-killer asteroid approaching EarthThe approaching space rock is a potentially hazardous asteroidThe asteroid is big enough to cause a major impact eventA potentially hazardous asteroid that’s big enough to trigger a nuclear winter and mass extinction events on Earth following a collision will intersect the planet’s path this weekend. According to…
Astronomers want public funds for intelligent life search

Astronomers want public funds for intelligent life search

Image copyright Allen Observatory Image caption Is there anybody out there? It's a question that governments are not paying to answer The head of one of the US's national observatories says the search for intelligent life elsewhere in the universe needs to be taken more seriously.Dr Anthony Beasley told the BBC that there should be…
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…
SpaceX delivers the Crew Dragon capsule to its launch site

SpaceX delivers the Crew Dragon capsule to its launch site

Crew Dragon in Florida ahead of its flight to and from the @space_station with @NASA astronauts @AstroBehnken and @Astro_Doug onboard! pic.twitter.com/nerz0Qujso— SpaceX (@SpaceX) February 14, 2020The Crew Dragon successfully completed a test flight to the ISS without astronauts onboard in early 2019, spending a few days docked to an adapter before coming back home. However,…
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…
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…
Boeing takes $410 million charge to cover potential additional commercial crew test flight

Boeing takes $410 million charge to cover potential additional commercial crew test flight

by Jeff Foust — January 30, 2020 Boeing said the $410 million charge it took to its fourth quarter earnings will cover an additional uncrewed test flight of its CST-100 Starliner commercial crew spacecraft, if NASA decides it is needed. Credit: Boeing WASHINGTON — Boeing is taking a $410 million charge to its earnings to…
An Asteroid Totally Just Mooned Earth

An Asteroid Totally Just Mooned Earth

(Arecibo Observatory/Planetary Radar Science Group) MICHELLE STARR 11 FEB 2020 A large asteroid whooshed past Earth last week, and mooned all of humanity in the process.As it approached Earth space, asteroid 2020 BX12 was under close observation. Clocking in at 200 to 450 metres across (656 to 1,476 feet), and moving at around 90,000 kilometres…
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…
Pale Blue Dot at 30: Voyager 1’s iconic photo of Earth from space reveals our place in the universe

Pale Blue Dot at 30: Voyager 1’s iconic photo of Earth from space reveals...

Home News Science & Astronomy NASA released this updated version of Voyager 1's famous "Pale Blue Dot" image of Earth on Feb. 13, 2020. The original was taken 30 years earlier, on Feb. 14, 1990. (Image: © NASA/JPL-Caltech) Thirty years ago today, humanity got a chance to see itself in a whole new light. On Feb.…
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…
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…
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…
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.…
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…
Why do people confess to crimes they didn’t commit?

Why do people confess to crimes they didn’t commit?

Home News (Image: © Shutterstock) The confession has been called the king of evidence, as good as a conviction. And so it seems incredulous that innocent people would incriminate themselves by confessing to something they didn't actually do. But more than 300 men and women, after spending months, years, even decades in U.S. prisons, have been…
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…
WATCH: NASA astronaut reunites with dog after 328 days in space -Salem

WATCH: NASA astronaut reunites with dog after 328 days in space -Salem

KENNY: AN ASTRONAUT WHO GRADUATED FROM N.C. STATE SPENT NEARLY A YEAR WATCHING EARLY FROM THE INTERNATIONAL SPA STATION. BRIANA: CHRISTINA KOCH RECENTLY CAME HOME AND REUNITED WITH HER DOG. AND NO MATTER HOW MANY TIMES YOU SEE THIS VIDEO IT WILL NEVER GET OLD. KENNY: ’LITTLE BROWN DOG’ OR LBD FOR SHORT GETS SO…
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…
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…
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…
These Soft Robots ‘Sweat’ to Keep Cool

These Soft Robots ‘Sweat’ to Keep Cool

Video of the soft robots sweating. Gif: Mishra et al., Sci Robot. 5, eaaz3918 (2020)/GizmodoAn international team of scientists has developed a soft robotic hand that literally perspires in response to excess heat. This innovative concept could improve the durability and endurance of robots, while also allowing them to work in extreme environments. A soft…
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…
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,…
Asteroid EXPLODES above the UK producing bright fireball

Asteroid EXPLODES above the UK producing bright fireball

On January 21, a small asteroid lit up the night sky above the seaside resort town of Bude, northeast Cornwall, England, producing a mesmeric display. An image of the meteor was captured by one lucky photographer, which shows just how bright the explosion was.The explosion produced a bright light which was strong enough to cast…
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…
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…
NASA expects thousands to apply for astronaut jobs ahead of moon missions

NASA expects thousands to apply for astronaut jobs ahead of moon missions

Latest Headlines World News // 2 hours ago Barclays CEO under British investigation for ties to Jeffrey Epstein Feb. 13 (UPI) -- Barclays announced Thursday that CEO Jes Staley is being investigated by British financial authorities over ties to financier and accused U.S. sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein. U.S. News // 15 hours ago Iowa Democratic…
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…
Saturn’s weird, Earth-like moon just failed a key test for alien life

Saturn’s weird, Earth-like moon just failed a key test for alien life

Home News An image from NASA's Cassini probe, taken Sept. 23, 2006, shows a pair of hydrocarbon lakes on Titan. (Image: © NASA/JPL) Saturn's most Earth-like moon looks a bit less likely to host life, thanks to quantum mechanics, the weird rules that govern subatomic particles.Titan, the second largest moon in our solar system after…

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