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

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

Home News Science & Astronomy 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…
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…
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,…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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,…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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 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…
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…
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…
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,…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
Pics: The Highest Resolution Photos Of The Sun Ever Taken

Pics: The Highest Resolution Photos Of The Sun Ever Taken

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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…
‘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…
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…
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,…
‘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…
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 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…
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…
Sharks in Kentucky? Scientists make significant discovery in Mammoth Cave

Sharks in Kentucky? Scientists make significant discovery in Mammoth Cave

CAVE CITY, Ky. (WDRB) -- Among the dangling bats, vibrant orange salamanders and plentiful cave crickets that call Mammoth Cave home, the profile of a new type of animal is starting to emerge after a recent discovery.Around dusk Thursday, with a spotlight strapped to his helmet, Rick Toomey pried open the heavy iron door to…
Astronomers Have Caught a Star Literally Dragging Space-Time Around With It

Astronomers Have Caught a Star Literally Dragging Space-Time Around With It

MATTHEW BAILES & VIVEK VENKATRAMAN KRISHNAN, THE CONVERSATION 31 JAN 2020 One of the predictions of Einstein's general theory of relativity is that any spinning body drags the very fabric of space-time in its vicinity around with it. This is known as "frame-dragging". In everyday life, frame-dragging is both undetectable and inconsequential, as the effect…
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…
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…
Farewell, Spitzer Space Telescope! NASA shuts down prolific observatory.

Farewell, Spitzer Space Telescope! NASA shuts down prolific observatory.

Home News Science & Astronomy An artist's illustration of NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope in space against a cosmic background shown in infrared light. (Image: © NASA/JPL-Caltech) One of NASA's great telescopes will go offline today (Jan. 30) after 16.5 years of observations that helped to paint a more complete picture of the universe.The Spitzer Space…
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…
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…
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…
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,…
Speeding Satellites On Collision Course Above Pittsburgh Do Not Hit

Speeding Satellites On Collision Course Above Pittsburgh Do Not Hit

January 29, 2020 at 9:06 pm PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Crisis averted. On Wednesday night, the two satellites on a possible collision course over Pittsburgh did not collide, according to LeoLabs. “Thankfully our latest data following the event shows no evidence of new debris. To be sure, we will perform a further assessment upon the next…
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…
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…
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…

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