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25 Oct 2020

Scientists Discover Design Secrets of Nearly Indestructible Insect That Can Survive Being Run Over by a Car

University of California, Irvine materials scientists discover design secrets of nearly indestructible insect. Southern California's diabolical ironclad beetle has an exoskeleton so tough, it can even survive being run over by a car. With one of the more awe-…

Source: SciTechDaily

24 Oct 2020

Snowy and Icy Peaks with Very Different Origins

Researchers find that ice caps on the mountains of Pluto are made of methane, but develop through an opposite process from that on Earth.

Source: NASA

24 Oct 2020

New Receiver Will Boost Interplanetary Communication

As we explore the solar system, we'll need an interplanetary communication network that can keep up. A new receiver might be up for the job.

Source: Universe Today

24 Oct 2020

125-Year Study of Chess Matches Suggests We Don't Peak at The Game Until Our 30s

There comes a time in everyone's life when the brain and the body reach their peak before age begins to take its toll.

Source: ScienceAlert

24 Oct 2020

The BepiColombo Probe Just Took a Ridiculously Close Video of Venus as It Flew By

Two years after it left Earth, Mercury probe BepiColombo has completed the first of its first flybys of Venus. The manoeuvre is designed to give the spacecraft a boost on its journey - but it's also too good an opportunity to pass up for a little sci

Source: ScienceAlert

24 Oct 2020

SpaceX reaches 100 successful launches with Starlink mission

SpaceX launched another set of Starlink satellites Oct. 24, marking the 100th time the company has placed payloads into orbit.

Source: SpaceNews

24 Oct 2020

China's lunar rover travels 565.9 meters on moon's far side

Source: Cgtn.com

24 Oct 2020

Scientists rediscover tectonic plate lost for 60 million years

Tectonic plates are massive, and it’s hard to imagine one being lost for 60 million years, but that is the case. Researchers from the University of Houston have discovered a lost tectonic pla…

Source: SlashGear

24 Oct 2020

Critics laugh at GOP’s boastful tweets about Trump’s ‘accomplishments’

With less than two weeks until the upcoming presidential election, the Republican Party is going to great lengths to justify their support of President Donald Trump being elected for a second term. But their latest attempt to boast about Trump’s “accomplishme…

Source: Raw Story

24 Oct 2020

Critics laugh at GOP's boastful tweets about Trump's 'accomplishments'

With less than two weeks until the upcoming presidential election, the Republican Party is going to great lengths to justify their support of President Donald Trump being elected for a second term. But their latest attempt to boast about Trump's "accomplishme…

Source: AlterNet

24 Oct 2020

Uh-Oh. Russia's Laptev Sea Should Have Started to Freeze by Now

Normally, the 'birthplace of ice' freezes by late October. For the first time in recorded history, it hasn't. That could have knock-on effects across the Arctic.

Source: Wired

24 Oct 2020

This New Super-White Paint Can Cool Down Buildings and Cars

A novel super-white paint may be the creative solution needed to fight global warming. Read the article to learn how that might be.

Source: Interesting Engineering

24 Oct 2020

'Lost' tectonic plate called Resurrection hidden under the Pacific

Source: Space.com

24 Oct 2020

People Can't Believe This RNC Tweet About Donald Trump's Priorities Isn't A Parody

Twitter users did a double-take at the Republican National Committee's post.

Source: HuffPost

24 Oct 2020

Here’s why scientists think women are better suited to space travel

Are women better astronauts than men? This question will become central to the selection of crews to the Moon, Mars, and beyond as we undertake the colonization of space. In ...

Source: The Next Web

24 Oct 2020

Why 2020 is the year of black holes

The Nobel Prize in Physics for 2020 has been shared by Roger Penrose, a mathematical physicist, for his work on the theoretical basis of black holes, and astronomers Reinhard Genzel …

Source: Asia Times

24 Oct 2020

Oreo Stores Cookies in Almost 'Indestructible' Vault Just In Case Asteroid Hits Earth Next Month

Oreo has recently decided to store a bunch of its cookie goodness in an "indestructible" vault just incase the Asteroid 2018 VP1 really does hit Earth before elections on November 2.

Source: Tech Times

24 Oct 2020

NASA robotic arm overflowing with spoils of asteroid Bennu theft

NASA bumped into a space rock this week and collected so much of it that larger rocks seemed to fail to make it all the way inside its spacecraft's sampling arm.

Source: CNET

23 Oct 2020

Video Shows NASA Probe’s Quick Landing on Asteroid Bennu

The spacecraft succeeded in pogo-sticking off the space rock, hinting that it may have been able to capture a large sample to bring back to Earth.

Source: New York Times

23 Oct 2020

How to enable dark mode on all of your essential apps

Welcome to TNW Basics, a collection of tips, guides, and advice on how to easily get the most out of your gadgets, apps, and other stuff. Ah, dark mode -- the charcoal gray color ...

Source: The Next Web

23 Oct 2020

Geologists Have Found the Earth’s Missing Tectonic Plate

A pair of geologists have developed a technique for finding subducted tectonic plates. They've found one that nobody was sure existed.

Source: Universe Today

23 Oct 2020

Exploring the source of stars and planets in a laboratory

A new method for verifying a widely held but unproven theoretical explanation of the formation of stars and planets has been proposed by researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL). The method grows from sim…

Source: Phys.Org

23 Oct 2020

Oreo Built a Doomsday Vault to Protect Its Cookies From a Harmless Asteroid

Don't let things like asteroid probabilities get in the way of a publicity stunt!

Source: Futurism

23 Oct 2020

If the Readings Are Right, There's Something Very Strange About This Exoplanet

"This planet is so intensely irradiated by its star that its temperature is over 3,000 degrees Fahrenheit and its atmosphere could have evaporated entirely."

Source: Futurism

23 Oct 2020

Super cool white paint basically creates 'free air conditioning'

The radiative cooling paint could help chill out houses, cars and even the planet.

Source: CNET

23 Oct 2020

‘Opposite’ of Vantablack? Scientists create WHITEST paint ever, which reflects 95.5% of light & keeps buildings cool

Engineers have created a paint capable of reflecting 95.5 percent of sunlight back into space, while keeping a building cooler than the ambient temperature, which might one day dramatically reduce the need for air conditioning.

Source: RT

23 Oct 2020

Phosphine might not exist on Venus after all

The detection of phosphine gas in the clouds of Venus—a possible sign of life—might be due to a fluke in data processing, new analyses suggest.

Source: National Geographic

23 Oct 2020

Scientists Challenge Recent Discovery of a Biosignature on Venus

A bombshell study from last month made the extraordinary claim of finding a type of molecule on Venus associated with life. An independent re-evaluation of the methods used in the paper has reached an entirely different conclusion.

Source: Gizmodo.com

23 Oct 2020

Scientists Discover Surprising Similarity Between Neural Networks and Human Brain

"Artificial networks are the most promising current models for understanding the brain. Conversely, the brain is the best source of strategies for bringing artificial intelligence closer to natural intelligence."

Source: Futurism

23 Oct 2020

African crocodiles lived in Mediterranean 6 million years ago

Ancient crocodiles swam from Africa to live in the Spanish waters of Catalonia, Andalusia and the Balearic Islands, scientists say.

Source: Daily Mail

23 Oct 2020

NASA Invites Media to Next SpaceX Space Station Cargo Launch

Media accreditation is open for the launch of the next SpaceX delivery of NASA science investigations, supplies, and equipment to the International Space Station.

Source: NASA

23 Oct 2020

A New Way to Search for Dark Matter Particles Reveals Hidden Materials Properties

New research from Chalmers, together with ETH Zürich, Switzerland, suggests a promising way to detect elusive dark matter particles through previously unexplored atomic responses occurring in the detector material. The new calculations enable theorists to mak…

Source: SciTechDaily

23 Oct 2020

Tools made by some of North America's earliest inhabitants were made only during a 300-year period

There is much debate surrounding the age of the Clovis—a prehistoric culture named for stone tools found near Clovis, New Mexico in the early 1930s—who once occupied North America during the end of the last Ice Age. New testing of bones and artifacts show tha…

Source: Phys.Org

23 Oct 2020

Scientist Create Ultra-White Paint So Reflective It Can Cool Buildings Even In Bright Sunlight

Scientists have created a new ultra-white paint that can reflect 95.5 percent of the sunlight that reaches its surface. This incredible property allows som

Source: IFLScience

23 Oct 2020

Trump Sets Up Pharma Billionaires for Coronavirus Payday

Regeneron’s federally funded Covid-19 treatment, which was used to treat Donald Trump, will likely be unavailable to most patients.

Source: The Intercept

23 Oct 2020

SLS Core Stage nearing home stretch for Green Run tanking test

Final preparations are in work to ready the first Space Launch System (SLS) Core Stage…

Source: NASASpaceflight.com

23 Oct 2020

The race to make COVID antibody therapies cheaper and more potent

Injections of antibodies might prevent mild COVID-19 from becoming severe, but the treatments are expensive and difficult to make.

Source: Nature.com

23 Oct 2020

If the apocalypse happens this year, Oreo is prepared

As if there’s not enough to worry about these days, NASA has reported that an asteroid is headed toward Earth on November 2. Although scientists have...

Source: Yahoo Entertainment

23 Oct 2020

If the apocalypse happens this year, Oreo is prepared

As if there’s not enough to worry about these days, NASA has reported that an asteroid is headed toward Earth on November 2. Although scientists have predicted that, at its closest, it will still be 419,130 kilometers from the Earth’s atmosphere and that the …

Source: The Takeout

23 Oct 2020

NASA announcing ’exciting new discovery’ about the Moon on Monday

NASA is expected to make an announcement about new science results about the Moon on Monday.

Source: KSAT San Antonio

23 Oct 2020

Time crystals lead researchers to future computational work

Time crystals sound like something out of science fiction, but they may be the next major leap in quantum network research. A team based in Japan has proposed a method to use time crystals to simulate massive networks with very little computing power. They pu…

Source: EurekAlert

23 Oct 2020

Time crystals lead researchers to future computational work

Time crystals sound like something out of science fiction, but they may be the next major leap in quantum network research. A team based in Japan has proposed a method to use time crystals to simulate massive networks with very little computing power. They pu…

Source: EurekAlert

23 Oct 2020

Turning a common plastic into high-value molecules

If you thought those flimsy disposable plastic grocery bags represented most of our plastic waste problem, think again. The volume of plastic the world throws away every year could rebuild the Ming Dynasty's Great Wall of China—about 3,700 miles long.

Source: Phys.Org

23 Oct 2020

Uncrushable beetle reveals its strengths to scientists – Physics World

Sutures inspired by the diabolical ironclad beetle used to make aircraft parts

Source: physicsworld.com

23 Oct 2020

Astronomers Identify Closest Stars that Could See Earth as Transiting Exoplanet | Astrobiology, Astronomy - Sci

Using data gathered by NASA’s Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) and ESA’s Gaia satellite, a team of U.S. astronomers has identified 1,004 main-sequence stars that might host potentially habitable Earth-like planets -- all within 100 parsecs (about …

Source: Sci-News.com

23 Oct 2020

A tectonic plate 'lost' for 60M years is found hiding under the Pacific Ocean

A tectonic plate "lost" for 60 million years hiding under the Pacific Ocean has been reconstructed by scientists.

Source: Fox News

23 Oct 2020

Stunning image of a red palm weevil wins top prize at this year's Luminar Bug Photography Awards

With bulging eyes and quizzical looks on their faces, the bugs and insects captured by photographers from around the world have never looked more human.

Source: Daily Mail

23 Oct 2020

Scientists Found an Ancient Tectonic Plate Buried Deep Inside the Earth's Mantle

Geologists have found the remains of a previous continental plate that had only been theorized to exist. Meet Resurrection -- the latest lump of molten rock we now know used to be up here.

Source: ExtremeTech

23 Oct 2020

Antarctica bombshell: Satellite snapped 400ft ‘manmade’ formation in 'untouched' region

ANTARCTICA scientists were left puzzled after a satellite snapped a bizarre oval shape in the ice, leading one to comment 'that is definitely manmade'.

Source: Express

23 Oct 2020

Astronomers catalogue 1,000 worlds that can ‘see’ Earth – and are candidates for possible COLONIZATION

Two astronomers have rethought the search for extraterrestrial intelligence by producing a ‘star map’ of exoplanets that have a direct line of sight of our planet as it crosses in front of our sun.

Source: RT

23 Oct 2020

Most plastic recycling produces low-value materials – but we've found a way to turn a common plastic into high-value molecules

If you thought those flimsy disposable plastic grocery bags represented most of our plastic waste problem, think again. The volume of plastic the world...

Source: Yahoo Entertainment

23 Oct 2020

Betelgeuse is smaller, closer, and won’t explode any time soon

According to new research, the red supergiant star Betelgeuse - which began to dim dramatically in brightness in late 2019 - might not explode for another 100,000 years. The star is also smaller and closer to us than first thought.

Source: EarthSky

23 Oct 2020

Shark attack: South African sharks are being found with their hearts and livers ripped out

UNUSUALLY mangled shark carcasses along the coast of South Africa have exposed a small predator with an appetite for lungs, hearts and sex organs.

Source: Express

23 Oct 2020

Images reveal new insights about Jupiter's volcanic moon Io

Jupiter's third-largest moon Io is the most volcanically active world in our solar system. New radio images by the ALMA telescope array show the direct effect of this volcanic activity on the moon's thin atmosphere for the first time.

Source: CNN

23 Oct 2020

New Time Dilation Phenomenon Revealed: Timekeeping Theory Combines Quantum Clocks and Einstein's Relativity

A phenomenon of quantum mechanics known as superposition can impact timekeeping in high-precision clocks, according to a theoretical study from Dartmouth College, Saint Anselm College and Santa Clara University. Research describing the effect shows that super…

Source: SciTechDaily

23 Oct 2020

Timekeeping theory combines quantum clocks and Einstein's relativity

A phenomenon of quantum mechanics known as superposition can impact timekeeping in high-precision clocks, according to a theoretical study from Dartmouth College, Saint Anselm College and Santa Clara University.

Source: Phys.Org

23 Oct 2020

Japan to recruit astronauts in 2021, first intake in 13 years

Tokyo is aiming to have a Japanese national on the moon for the first time in the latter half of the 2020s.

Source: The Japan Times

23 Oct 2020

For The First Time, Astronomers See Plumes of Sulfur Dioxide From The Volcanoes of Io

For the first time, astronomers have seen clear evidence of plumes of toxic volcanic gas erupting forth from the volcanoes of Io.

Source: ScienceAlert

23 Oct 2020

Mars losing its atmosphere to outer space at faster rate: Isro’s MOM study

India News: A study of data and images sent by Isro’s Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM) and Nasa’s Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (Maven) has found that “Mars is

Source: The Times of India

23 Oct 2020

Yogesh Surendranath wants to decarbonize our energy systems

Yogesh “Yogi” Surendranath, associate professor of chemistry at MIT, harnesses electricity to rearrange chemical bonds. The electrochemical reactions he’s developing hold potential for process such as splitting water into hydrogen fuel, creating more efficien…

Source: Mit.edu

23 Oct 2020

Astrobotic Debuts Massive New 'Moon Base' in Pittsburgh

The space robotics manufacturer Astrobotic Technology unveiled its new 47,000-square-foot headquarters in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania this week. The massive facility will serve as mission control for its lunar payload delivery services and upcoming NASA contract…

Source: Gizmodo.com

23 Oct 2020

You've Heard of Vantablack. Scientists Just Created 'Super White', And It's Very Cool

Scientists have created a super white paint that is the yin to Vantablack's yang.

Source: ScienceAlert

22 Oct 2020

NASA Releases Osiris-Rex Footage and Images from Asteroid Bennu Mission - IGN

Source: Google News

22 Oct 2020

NASA Releases Osiris-Rex Footage and Images from Asteroid Bennu Mission - IGN

NASA has released footage from the OSIRIS-REx probe's contact with the asteroid Bennu on Tuesday. It marks NASA's first-ever collection of samples from an asteroid in space.

Source: IGN

22 Oct 2020

Scientists Think They Know What Caused the Deadliest Mass Extinction in the History of the Earth

Scientists have finally pieced together the cascading chain of events that led to the Great Dying, the largest extinction in Earth's history.

Source: Universe Today

22 Oct 2020

Watch a NASA spacecraft collect pebbles from the ancient asteroid Bennu

The asteroid, Bennu, may have had water on it at some point and could offer clues about the origins of life

Source: Salon

22 Oct 2020

Any aliens in 1,004 nearby star systems could detect life on Earth - Business Insider

Aliens could see Earth passing in front of the sun and notice the chemical footprints of life in our atmosphere.

Source: Business Insider

22 Oct 2020

Supercomputers dig into first star fossils

No one has yet found the first stars.

Source: Phys.Org

22 Oct 2020

DNA in fringe-lipped bat poop reveals unexpected eating habits

Poop is full of secrets. For scientists, digging into feces provides insights into animal diets and is particularly useful for understanding nocturnal or rare species. When animals eat, prey DNA travels all the way through animal digestive tracts and comes ou…

Source: Phys.Org

22 Oct 2020

Sacrificed llama mummies unearthed in Peru

The llamas were adorned with earrings and necklaces.

Source: Live Science

22 Oct 2020

Why bird brains are more brilliant than anyone suspected

The secret may lie in a newly discovered brain structure

Source: Science Magazine

22 Oct 2020

NASA Says They Have A 'Major Announcement' About The Moon—And Twitter Has Some Hilarious Theories

NASA's cryptic announcement about having a "major announcement" about the moon is being dragged all across Twitter.

Source: Comic Sands

22 Oct 2020

Dazzling Orionid meteor shower is still active: How to watch the show

This week brought prime meteor spotting, and the shooting star extravaganza continues a bit longer.

Source: CNET

22 Oct 2020

Witch-repellent graffiti discovered in ruins of medieval UK church

The marks are meant to keep bad spirits away, but they won't stop a high-speed train route from moving into the area.

Source: Live Science

22 Oct 2020

Researchers develop an efficient, low-energy method for upcycling polyethylene plastic waste into valuable molecules

When we started using plastics about 70 years ago, not much thought—if any—was given to the implications of their lifespan and the fact that they can take centuries to decompose. Consequently, as plastics have diversified and become easier to manufacture, the…

Source: Phys.Org

22 Oct 2020

Do the twist: Making two-dimensional quantum materials using curved surfaces

Scientists at the University of Wisconsin-Madison have discovered a way to control the growth of twisting, microscopic spirals of materials just one atom thick.

Source: Phys.Org

22 Oct 2020

Scientists Found A New Way To Break Down the Most Common Plastic

The plastics industry produces over 88 million tons of polyethylene, the most common plastic in the world. Scientists have found a new way to upcycle it, according to a study published in Science. It could help deal with the growing plastic pollution crisis.

Source: Gizmodo.com

22 Oct 2020

A New Technique Turns Waste Plastic into Valuable Chemicals

(Inside Science) -- A novel technique can simultaneously break down the most commonly used form of plastic and synthesize valuable, widely used molecules, potentially making some plastic waste recycling more attractive and practical, a new study finds.

Source: Inside Science News Service

22 Oct 2020

Galactic “Mystery Source” of Gamma Rays Identified: Record-Setting “Black Widow” Pulsar

Super Heavyweight and Flyweight in a Cosmic Dance Volunteer distributed computing project Einstein@Home discovers neutron star in unusual binary system. After more than two decades, an international research team led by the Max Planck Institute for Gravitatio…

Source: SciTechDaily

22 Oct 2020

Creating value from plastic waste

Plastic waste presents a number of environmental problems ([ 1 ][1]–[ 3 ][2]). Although only a small fraction of it enters rivers, lakes, and oceans, it can be transformed there into micro- and nanoplastics that are harmful to aquatic organisms. When plastic …

Source: Science Magazine

22 Oct 2020

Mystery of unusual neutron star system revealed after 20 years, thanks to thousands of volunteers

After more than two decades, an international research team has identified a galactic mystery source of gamma rays: a heavy neutron star with a very low mass companion orbiting it.

Source: Phys.Org

22 Oct 2020

Microscopy breakthrough reveals how proteins behave in 3-D

Six years ago, the Nobel Prize in chemistry was awarded to three scientists for finding ways to visualize the pathways of individual molecules inside living cells.

Source: Phys.Org

22 Oct 2020

Artificial intelligence reveals hundreds of millions of trees in the Sahara

If you think that the Sahara is covered only by golden dunes and scorched rocks, you aren't alone.

Source: Newswise

22 Oct 2020

NASA teases ‘exciting new discovery’ about moon as it plans for 2024 return to lunar surface as first step to

The space agency says the “discovery contributes to NASA’s efforts to learn about the moon in support of deep-space exploration.”

Source: OregonLive

22 Oct 2020

Sensors on Mars 2020 Spacecraft Answer Long Distance Call from Earth

Sensors on Mars 2020 Spacecraft Answer Long Distance Call from Earth

Source: NASA

22 Oct 2020

Sensors on Mars 2020 Spacecraft Answer Long-Distance Call From Earth

Instruments tailored to collect data during the descent of NASA's next rover through the Red Planet's atmosphere have been checked in flight.

Source: NASA

22 Oct 2020

Einstein's theory of relativity, critical for GPS, seen in distant stars

What do Albert Einstein, the Global Positioning System (GPS), and a pair of stars 200,000 trillion miles from Earth have in common?

Source: Phys.Org

22 Oct 2020

Radiative cooling paint could reduce the need for air conditioning

Purdue researchers Xiulin Ruan (left) and Joseph Peoples use an infrared camera to compare the cooling performance of white paint samples on a rooftop (Purdue University photo/Jared Pike) USA: Enginee

Source: Cooling Post

22 Oct 2020

BYU nanofiber technology making more effective face masks

New technology from the BYU engineering department can help protect against COVID-19 through the traditional face masks.

Source: KSL.com

22 Oct 2020

These Two Bird-Sized Dinosaurs Evolved Bat-Like Wings, but Struggled to Fly

Despite having bat-like wings, two small dinosaurs, Yi and Ambopteryx, struggled to fly, only managing to glide clumsily between the trees where they lived, researchers report today (October 22, 2020) in the journal iScience. Unable to compete with other tree…

Source: SciTechDaily

22 Oct 2020

These two bird-sized dinosaurs evolved the ability to glide, but weren't great at it

Despite having bat-like wings, two small dinosaurs, Yi and Ambopteryx, struggled to fly, only managing to glide clumsily between the trees where they lived, researchers report October 22 in the journal iScience. Unable to compete with other tree-dwelling dino…

Source: Phys.Org

22 Oct 2020

These Winged Dinosaurs Hurtled Through the Trees like Haywire Hang Gliders

To call it flying would be generous.

Source: New York Times

22 Oct 2020

The diabolical ironclad beetle can survive getting run over by a car. Scientists now know how.

The diabolical ironclad beetle, a desert bug native to California, can withstand nearly 40,000 times its body weight. Researchers now know why.

Source: USA Today

22 Oct 2020

The implications of signs of life on Venus?

The planet Venus has arguably remained less captivating than, say, the legendary tennis star or, for that matter, the women's razor blade company—both of those Venuses have at least enjoyed ample airtime on cable TV.

Source: Phys.Org

22 Oct 2020

The ozone hole over Antarctica has grown much deeper and wider in 2020

Source: Live Science

22 Oct 2020

Dark matter: our method for catching ghostly haloes could help unveil what it's made of

A new method suggests we should aim to detect dark matter haloes by tracing galactic gas.

Source: The Conversation Africa

22 Oct 2020

COVID-19: Battery-powered face mask uses copper mesh heated to 194°C to KILL coronavirus

The concept - from the Massachussets Institute of Technology in the US - would see the hot metal filter surrounded by insulating neoprene to allow it to be worn safely.

Source: Daily Mail

22 Oct 2020

Researchers Surprised After They Graft Tomato Plants With Epigenetically-Modified Rootstock

Progeny of novel combination is more vigorous and productive than parental plants. Novel grafted plants — consisting of rootstock epigenetically modified to "believe" it has been under stress — joined to an unmodified scion, or above-ground shoot, give rise t…

Source: SciTechDaily

22 Oct 2020

NASA's Refueling Mission Completes Second Set of Robotic Operations

NASA’s Robotic Refueling Mission 3 (RRM3) has successfully completed its second set of robotic tool operations on the International Space Station, demonstrating key techniques for transferring cryogenic fluids, used as coolants, propellants, or for life suppo…

Source: NASA

22 Oct 2020

The First Star in Our Galaxy Caught Sending Out Fast Radio Bursts Is Doing It Again

A little dead star that dazzled us earlier this year is not done with its shenanigans.

Source: ScienceAlert

22 Oct 2020

Venus Is Dead! New Analysis Shows Phosphine, A Possible Biosignature, Is Absent

If there's no phosphine, there's no indirect evidence for biological activity there.

Source: Forbes

22 Oct 2020

Manned Soyuz MS-16 crew successfully touches down in Kazakhstan after 196 days in space

A NASA astronaut and two Russian cosmonauts aboard a Soyuz MS-16 spacecraft have landed without a hitch in the Kazakhstan steppes after spending more than six months in orbit on the International Space Station.

Source: RT

22 Oct 2020

Soyuz brings three space station fliers back to Earth – Spaceflight Now

Source: Spaceflight Now

22 Oct 2020

Volcanic Impact on Jupiter's Moon Io Shown Directly for the First Time

New radio images from the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) show for the first time the direct effect of volcanic activity on the atmosphere of Jupiter’s moon Io. Io is the most volcanically active moon in our solar system. It hosts more tha…

Source: SciTechDaily

22 Oct 2020

Defining Moment in Human Evolution: Turbulent Era Sparked Leap in Human Behavior, Technology 320,000 Years Ago

New drill core shows a boom-bust landscape in the east African rift valley at a defining moment in human evolution, technology and culture. For hundreds of thousands of years, early humans in the East African Rift Valley could expect certain things of their e…

Source: SciTechDaily

22 Oct 2020

NASA's first attempt to sample an asteroid in space made a mess. It's the best mess ever, scientists say.

The OSIRIS-REx probe's encounter with asteroid Bennu appeared flawless.

Source: Space.com

22 Oct 2020

NASA Will Announce an 'Exciting New Discovery About The Moon' on Monday

According to the latest dispatch from NASA, the space agency has an "exciting new discovery about the Moon" coming on Monday 26 October.

Source: ScienceAlert

22 Oct 2020

Rocket Lab scrubs launch of 10 Earth-observation satellites due to sensor readings

The launch window for the "In Focus" mission runs through Nov. 3.

Source: Space.com

22 Oct 2020

NASA spacecraft sent asteroid rubble flying

Source: Google News

22 Oct 2020

Ice loss likely to continue in Antarctica

A new international study led by Monash University climate scientists has revealed that ice loss in Antarctica persisted for many centuries after it was initiated and is expected to continue.

Source: Phys.Org

21 Oct 2020

A Controversial Lost Tectonic Plate May Have Been Discovered by Geologists

Geologists agree that some 60 million years ago, the Farallon and Kula tectonic plates covered a vast area of Earth's surface across the Pacific Ocean, off the coast of North America. However, there's debate about whether a third plate existed, call

Source: ScienceAlert

21 Oct 2020

Our primate ancestors developed capacity for language, scientists say

Our ancient primate ancestors developed the capacity for language 30 to 40million years ago, scientists believe.

Source: Daily Mail

21 Oct 2020

Cognitive Elements of Language Have Existed for 40 Million Years

Humans are not the only beings that can identify rules in complex language-like constructions - monkeys and great apes can do so, too, a study at the University of Zurich has shown. - HeritageDaily - Archaeology News

Source: HeritageDaily

21 Oct 2020

NASA's moon announcement: Start time, how to listen and what it could be

On Monday, the space agency will unveil a find that contributes to its moon and deep-space aspirations.

Source: CNET

21 Oct 2020

NASA's moon announcement: Start time, how to listen and what it could be

The space agency will unveil a find that contributes to its moon and deep-space aspirations.

Source: CNET

21 Oct 2020

Orionid meteor shower season lines up great shows for Arizona

During the period from Oct. 17 to the end of the month, we in Arizona will be able to experience the beauty of the annual Orionid meteor shower.

Source: KTAR.com

21 Oct 2020

Genome sequencing shows climate barrier to spread of Africanized bees

Since the 1950s, "Africanized" honeybees have spread north and south across the Americas until apparently coming to a halt in California and northern Argentina. Now genome sequencing of hundreds of bees from the northern and southern limits shows a gradual de…

Source: Phys.Org

21 Oct 2020

Severe burn damage from California wildfires seen from space

Source: Space.com

21 Oct 2020

Scientists identify 'dumbbell-like' structures of protein-encoding DNA

How life works may come down to dumbbell-like bits of DNA.

Source: Phys.Org

21 Oct 2020

'Starman' crosses Mars on its rapidly declining Tesla Roadster

Source: Google News

21 Oct 2020

Turbulent environment set the stage for leaps in human evolution and technology 320,000 years ago

A new environmental record for a prehistoric site in Kenya helped researchers figure out how external conditions influenced which of our ancient ancestors lived there, with what way of life.

Source: The Conversation Africa

21 Oct 2020

Building blocks of language evolved 30-40 million years ago

The capacity for language is built upon our ability to understand combinations of words and the relationships between them, but the evolutionary history of this ability is little understood. Now, researchers from the University of Warwick have managed to date…

Source: Phys.Org

21 Oct 2020

Rocket Lab scrubs launch of "In Focus" mission for Planet, Canon imaging satellites

Rocket Lab was preparing to launch their fifth Electron mission of 2020 — a rideshare…

Source: NASASpaceflight.com

21 Oct 2020

Touching the Asteroid | NOVA

Spacecraft OSIRIS-REx attempts to grab a piece of an asteroid to bring it back to Earth.

Source: PBS

21 Oct 2020

CO2 Emissions Caused Earth’s Largest Mass Extinction, Study Confirms

Source: EcoWatch

21 Oct 2020

'Starman' just zipped past Mars in his rapidly-decaying Tesla Roadster

He probably doesn't look so pretty anymore.

Source: Live Science

21 Oct 2020

“No Place to Hide” –A ‘Perfect Storm’ 14 Times Earth’s Greatest Biological Catastrophe - The Daily Galaxy -

“So they’re kind of like dark matter,” said paleontologist David Jablonski of the University of Chicago about the sanctuaries, the “refugia” that have never been found in the fossil record, but sheltered the shell-shocked and decimated species of Earth’s past…

Source: The Daily Galaxy --Great Discoveries Channel

21 Oct 2020

Watch a rocket launch, spaceship landing, asteroid update and more live today

Buckle your seatbelts, it's a busy day in space

Source: Space.com

21 Oct 2020

AI and photonics join forces to make it easier to find 'new Earths'

Australian scientists have developed a new type of sensor to measure and correct the distortion of starlight caused by viewing through the Earth's atmosphere, which should make it easier to study the possibility of life on distant planets.

Source: Phys.Org

21 Oct 2020

DNA-binding proteins meet their mismatch

Mismatches can bend DNA into favourable shapes for protein binding.

Source: Nature.com

21 Oct 2020

Cryo-electron microscopy reaches atomic resolution

Structural-biology method crosses a key resolution threshold.

Source: Nature.com

21 Oct 2020

NASA's Perseverance rover bringing 3-D-printed metal parts to Mars

If you want to see science fiction at work, visit a modern machine shop, where 3-D printers create materials in just about any shape you can imagine. NASA is exploring the technique—known as additive manufacturing when used by specialized engineers—to build r…

Source: Phys.Org

21 Oct 2020

A new way of looking at the Earth's interior

Current understanding is that the chemical composition of the Earth's mantle is relatively homogeneous. But experiments conducted by ETH researchers now show that this view is too simplistic. Their results solve a key problem facing the geosciences—and raise …

Source: Phys.Org

21 Oct 2020

Kitchen-temperature supercurrents from stacked 2-D materials

Could a stack of 2-D materials allow for supercurrents at ground-breaking warm temperatures, easily achievable in the household kitchen?

Source: Phys.Org

21 Oct 2020

Lockheed Martin, partners celebrate NASA’s first-ever in-orbit collection of material from an asteroid

Scientists, engineers and other employees of Lockheed Martin Space, NASA and the University of Arizona cheered and did the coronavirus-era elbow bumps Tuesday when a spacecraft collecting the first…

Source: The Denver Post

21 Oct 2020

The strange story of 2020 SO: How an asteroid turned into rocket junk and the NASA scientist who figured it out

Source: Live Science

21 Oct 2020

Human consciousness is actually the brain's 'energy field', claims scientist

Johnjoe McFadden, a professor of neuroscience at the University of Surrey, believes he has 'solved' the mystery of consciousness.

Source: Daily Mail

21 Oct 2020

SpaceX Starship go for nosecone installation forward after historic static fire

SpaceX CEO Elon Musk has confirmed that Starship and Raptor’s first triple-engine static fire was a success, opening the door for nosecone installation. Around 3:13 am CDT, October 20th, Starship serial number 8 (SN8) successfully fired up three Raptor engine…

Source: Teslarati

21 Oct 2020

WATCH: NASA’s OSIRIS-REx probe successfully touches down on asteroid Bennu 320 million km away

NASA’s OSIRIS-REx probe successfully touched down on the ancient asteroid Bennu to collect a sample which will hopefully shed some light on the early universe and, possibly, the origins of life itself.

Source: RT

21 Oct 2020

Innovation spins spider web architecture into 3-D imaging technology

Purdue University innovators are taking cues from nature to develop 3-D photodetectors for biomedical imaging.

Source: Phys.Org

21 Oct 2020

Touchdown! Nasa's Osiris-Rex spacecraft makes historic landing on asteroid to collect rock samples

Subscribe to the Evening Standard on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC7RQon_YwCnp_LbPtEwW65w?sub_confirmation=1 A Nasa spacecraft has made an histo...

Source: YouTube

21 Oct 2020

The Ozone Hole Over Antarctica Has Grown Much Deeper And Wider in 2020

The hole in the ozone layer over Antarctica has expanded to one of its greatest recorded sizes in recent years.

Source: ScienceAlert

21 Oct 2020

How to watch 2020 Orionid meteor shower

One of the most beautiful meteor showers of the year peaks tonight! The Orionids meteor shower is the result of Earth passing through debris from Halley’s Comet.

Source: KRON4

20 Oct 2020

Fastest Event Ever Recorded Took 247 'Zeptoseconds'

Scientists clocked a photon moving across a molecule

Source: Newser

20 Oct 2020

NASA Spacecraft Osiris-Rex Extracts Samples From Asteroid Bennu, a First for US

The spacecraft traveled more than 200 million miles and orbited the asteroid for nearly two years.

Source: Daily Beast

20 Oct 2020

Lily the barn owl reveals how birds fly in gusty winds

Scientists from the University of Bristol and the Royal Veterinary College have discovered how birds are able to fly in gusty conditions—findings that could inform the development of bio-inspired small-scale aircraft.

Source: Phys.Org

20 Oct 2020

New Research Claims That Consciousness Itself Is an Energy Field

"How brain matter becomes aware and manages to think is a mystery that has been pondered by philosophers, theologians, mystics and ordinary people for millennia."

Source: Futurism

20 Oct 2020

Artificial Intelligence Reveals Hundreds of Millions of Trees in the Sahara

If you think that the Sahara is covered only by golden dunes and scorched rocks, you aren't alone. Perhaps it's time to shelve that notion. - HeritageDaily - Archaeology News

Source: HeritageDaily

20 Oct 2020

Astronomers Find Shell Structures in Milky Way Galaxy for First Time | Astronomy - Sci

A team of astronomers from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, the University of Pennsylvania, Flatiron Institute, and Queen’s University has spotted two shells in the Virgo Overdensity region and two shells in the Hercules Aquila Cloud region of the Milky Way.

Source: Sci-News.com

20 Oct 2020

The dazzling Orionid meteor shower peaks tonight: How to watch the show

This week brings prime prime meteor spotting, as the shooting star extravaganza peaks.

Source: CNET

20 Oct 2020

The dazzling Orionid meteor shower peaks tonight: How to watch the show

This week brings prime prime meteor spotting, as the shooting star extravaganza continues.

Source: CNET

20 Oct 2020

The dazzling Orionid meteor shower peaks tonight: How to watch the show

This week brings prime prime meteor spotting, as the shooting star extravaganza continues.

Source: CNET

20 Oct 2020

SpaceX fires up 3-engine Starship SN8 prototype ahead of epic test flight

An 11-mile-high test flight could be coming soon.

Source: Space.com

20 Oct 2020

Chemists develop new material for the separation of carbon dioxide from industrial waste gases

Chemists at the University of Bayreuth have developed a material that could well make an important contribution to climate protection and sustainable industrial production. With this material, the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide (CO₂) can be specifically separa…

Source: Phys.Org

20 Oct 2020

Back corner of the classroom may be SAFEST spot in the room, study claims

US study found open windows, air conditioning and perspex screens on each desk help reduce the circulation of aerosols. In a typical classroom, the far corners were the least saturated regions.

Source: Daily Mail

20 Oct 2020

Neil deGrasse Tyson on approaching asteroid: 'If the world ends in 2020, it won’t be the fault of the Universe'

Yes, an asteroid is heading toward earth and is expected to get close on November 2. But you should still plan on voting November 3, the asteroid is “not big enough to cause harm,” said astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson.

Source: The Denver Channel

20 Oct 2020

This red light means 'go' for medical discoveries

With a little tweak of the color palette, University of Virginia School of Medicine researchers have made it easier for scientists to understand biological processes, track happenings inside individual cells, unravel the mysteries of disease and develop new t…

Source: Phys.Org

20 Oct 2020

New Research Provides Comprehensive Reconstruction of End-Permian Mass Extinction | Paleontology - Sci

A research team led by Dr. Hana Jurikova from the GEOMAR Helmholtz-Zentrum für Ozeanforschung Kiel and the Helmholtz Zentrum Potsdam has assembled a consistent biogeochemical reconstruction of the mechanisms that resulted in the end-Permian extinction.

Source: Sci-News.com

20 Oct 2020

'Shell structures' found in the Milky Way could be a clue to the history of our galaxy

Source: Independent

20 Oct 2020

Dust Bowl 2.0? Rising Great Plains dust levels stir concerns

Researchers find that drought and expanded croplands are driving more frequent dust storms

Source: Science Magazine

20 Oct 2020

They Found the Space Station Leak... Using Tea Leaves

"We have distributed a tea bag [in the Zvezda module] before closing the transfer chamber."

Source: Futurism

20 Oct 2020

Ultraviolet shines light on origins of the solar system

In the search to discover the origins of our solar system, an international team of researchers, including planetary scientist and cosmochemist James Lyons of Arizona State University, has compared the composition of the Sun to the composition of the most anc…

Source: Phys.Org

20 Oct 2020

SpaceX Starship: Watch triple-engine spaceship fire for first time

The SpaceX Starship has completed its next major test, with a static test fire that shakes to the core.

Source: Inverse

20 Oct 2020

Seagulls, penguins and pigeons all found carrying drug resistant superbug

New research has revealed more bird populations—including penguins and pigeons—that live in close proximity to the urban environment are carrying drug resistant bacteria that can cause serious infections in humans.

Source: Phys.Org

20 Oct 2020

No, an asteroid is not likely to hit Earth the day before the election

I can always tell when astronomer Neil Tyson tweets something about the sky. Within minutes, the emails and tweets to me start pouring in. In this case, a few days ago, seemingly out of the blue people were asking me if it's true that an asteroid might hit Ea…

Source: SYFY WIRE

20 Oct 2020

Study of chess player performance over many years suggests brain peaks at age 35

A trio of researchers from Institut Polytechnique Paris, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universitat München, and Erasmus University has found evidence suggesting that cognitive abilities in humans peak at age 35 and begin to decline after age 45. In their paper published…

Source: Medical Xpress

20 Oct 2020

Halloween 2020 will have a full moon for the first time in 19 years

Halloween 2020 will have a full moon -- that's actually a blue moon -- for the first time in nearly two decades.

Source: The Denver Post

20 Oct 2020

New cases of COVID-19 in Colorado reach record high as hospitalizations continue to climb

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment reported 6,722 cases of COVID-19 in the week ending Sunday, more than triple the most recent low of 2,016 in the last week of August.

Source: The Denver Post

20 Oct 2020

Closest to Earth ‘black hole’ turns out to be rare kind of star, after all

A growing body of research posits that the star system HR 6819 does not contain a black hole, contrary to earlier findings. It may instead boast a unique pair of stars.

Source: RT

20 Oct 2020

Orionid meteor shower 2020: When, where & how to see it

Source: Space.com

20 Oct 2020

The very first forms of life may have been more animal-like than we ever realized

Source: Live Science

20 Oct 2020

Artemis Accords: Why many countries are refusing to sign moon exploration agreement

Source: Live Science

20 Oct 2020

NASA's Voyager 2 Spacecraft Detects Increase in Density Levels of the Interstellar Space

The data shared by Voyager 2 shows that a higher density level is considered by scientists to be more of a general feature of the very local interstellar medium (VLIM).

Source: News18

20 Oct 2020

Alaska's Melting Ice Could Trigger Mega-Tsunami, Scientists Warn

An open letter from a group of scientists to the Alaska Department of Natural Resources contains a warning that a landslide may be about to occur in Prince

Source: IFLScience

20 Oct 2020

Favorite photos of October’s young moon

In the past few days, several EarthSky Community members around the world shared their photos of the young moon, a thin crescent in the west after sunset. Beautiful! Thanks to all who contributed.

Source: EarthSky

20 Oct 2020

For the first time, a Starship prototype roars to life with three engines

SpaceX now likely to fully assemble spaceship for a 15km test flight.

Source: Ars Technica

20 Oct 2020

Iconic Food Web Threatened by Climate Change

Declines in shellfish species on rocky seashores match climate-driven changes. Two decades of data from a study of Maine's Swan's Island document a slow and steady dwindling of mussels, barnacles, and snails. The waters of the Gulf of Maine are warming faster…

Source: SciTechDaily

20 Oct 2020

‘No one’s taking it seriously!’ First signs of Yellowstone ‘titanic eruption’ identified

YELLOWSTONE volcano 'could end human life as we know it,' but a science author claimed 'no one is taking it seriously' after identifying the first signs of a 'titanic eruption'.

Source: Express

20 Oct 2020

Eight mind-blowing facts about cats, according to science

Curiosity won't kill these cats.

Source: BBC Focus Magazine

20 Oct 2020

Nature family of journals inks first open-access deal with an institution

Four-year deal with Max Planck institutes is a first for a highly selective journal

Source: Science Magazine

20 Oct 2020

Smile, wave: Some exoplanets may be able to see us, too

Three decades after Cornell astronomer Carl Sagan suggested that Voyager 1 snap Earth's picture from billions of miles away—resulting in the iconic Pale Blue Dot photograph—two astronomers now offer another unique cosmic perspective:

Source: Phys.Org

20 Oct 2020

SpaceX test-fires Starship prototype with three engines – Spaceflight Now

Source: Spaceflight Now

20 Oct 2020

Orionid will bring 20 shooting stars per hour — here’s how you can see it

The Orionid meteor shower takes place every October, and the peak of the display comes on October 20 and 21 this year. On Tuesday and Wednesday this week, observers could see ...

Source: The Next Web

20 Oct 2020

Artificial intelligence reveals hundreds of millions of trees in Sahara

Source: Google News

20 Oct 2020

Artificial intelligence reveals hundreds of millions of trees in Sahara

Source: Google News

20 Oct 2020

The Closest Black Hole to Earth May Not Actually Be a Black Hole After All

An object identified earlier this year as the closest black hole we've ever discovered may have just been demoted. After reanalysing the data, separate teams of scientists have concluded that the system in question, named HR 6819, does not include a

Source: ScienceAlert

20 Oct 2020

Driver Identified of the Largest Mass Extinction in the History of the Earth

New study provides a comprehensive reconstruction of the Permian-Triassic boundary event. Life on Earth has a long, but also an extremely turbulent history. On more than one occasion, the majority of all species became extinct and an already highly developed …

Source: SciTechDaily

20 Oct 2020

Milky Way's Halo Is Clumpy And Into Recycling

Researchers found evidence that the Milky Way has been supplying its halo with recycled materials.

Source: International Business Times

20 Oct 2020

CRISPR meets Pac-Man: New DNA cut-and-paste tool enables bigger gene edits

Gene editing for the development of new treatments, and for studying disease as well as normal function in humans and other organisms, may advance more quickly with a new tool for cutting larger pieces of DNA out of a cell's genome, according to a new study b…

Source: Phys.Org

19 Oct 2020

Breathtaking Hubble Image Captures a Star That's Still Being Born

Zooming in on a small corner of cloud 7,500 light-years away, the Hubble Space Telescope has caught a fascinating stage in the development of baby stars.

Source: ScienceAlert

19 Oct 2020

NASA astronaut Christina Koch reflects on 1-year anniversary of first all-woman spacewalk

"It was such a momentous moment," Christina Koch said.

Source: Space.com

19 Oct 2020

2 small asteroids zip by Earth closer than the moon today

Asteroids 2020 UX and 2020 TF6 will be closer than the moon, but pose no risk of impact.

Source: Space.com

19 Oct 2020

What’s Happening with Betelgeuse? Astronomers Propose a Specialized Telescope to Watch the Star Every Night

An international team of astronomers recommends creating "Betelgeuse Scope" to monitor this mysterious star find out why it has been acting so strangely of late!

Source: Universe Today

19 Oct 2020

How a Greenhouse Catastrophe Killed Almost All Life

Earth's history knows catastrophes which are unimaginable for humans. For example, around 66 million years ago an asteroid impact marked the end of the dinosaur era. - HeritageDaily - Archaeology News

Source: HeritageDaily

19 Oct 2020

Melting Alaska glacier could soon unleash ‘mega-tsunami’

An unprecedented ‘mega-tsunami’ could be caused by a melting Alaska glacier, scientists have warned. The concerned experts claim the catastrophic event could even happen within the next 12 months i…

Source: New York Post

19 Oct 2020

Glimpse deep into Earth's crust finds heat source that may stabilize continents

Rocks from the Rio Grande continental rift have provided a rare snapshot of active geology deep inside Earth's crust, revealing new evidence for how continents remain stable over billions of years, according to a team of scientists.

Source: Phys.Org

19 Oct 2020

Cheaters don't always win: Species that work together do better

The sign of a healthy personal relationship is one that is equally mutual—where you get out just as much as you put in. Nature has its own version of a healthy relationship. Known as mutualisms, they are interactions between species that are mutually benefici…

Source: Phys.Org

19 Oct 2020

Moving microscopy beyond the resolution limit

The Polish-Israeli team from the Faculty of Physics of the University of Warsaw and the Weizmann Institute of Science has made another significant achievement in fluorescent microscopy. In the pages of the Optica journal the team presented a new method of mic…

Source: Phys.Org

19 Oct 2020

Scientists clock the fastest interval of time in 'zeptoseconds'

Scientists have measured the shortest interval of time ever recorded, clocking how long it takes a particle of light to cross a single molecule of hydrogen.

Source: NBC News

19 Oct 2020

Scientists have measured time in zeptoseconds more than a century after Einstein's theory

A theory from Albert Einstein has been put into practice to observe extremely shortest time intervals between two events.

Source: Yahoo Entertainment

19 Oct 2020

Hubble Telescope Sees a Cosmic "Waterspout" in This Dazzling New Image

A galactic merger is an extremely slow process and can take billions of years. You get to see the result.

Source: Futurism

19 Oct 2020

SpaceX’s second rocket recovery drone ship leaves port during Starlink launch

On October 18th, SpaceX’s second booster recovery ‘drone ship’ left Port Canaveral at the exact same time as a Falcon 9 rocket was launching 60 Starlink satellites a dozen miles to the north. A remote point-tilt-zoom (PTZ) camera recently installed by NASASpa…

Source: Teslarati

19 Oct 2020

Fusion-Drive Spacecraft: Express Solar System Travel, If We Figure It Out

Step One: Harness nuclear fusion. Step Two: Go fast. Very, very fast.

Source: Futurism

19 Oct 2020

24 million-year-old nursery for baby megasharks discovered in South Carolina

These sharks belong to the same lineage as megalodon.

Source: Live Science

19 Oct 2020

Mystery of Milky Way’s Halo –“Hiding Missing Matter from Birth of the Universe” - The Daily Galaxy -

Our home galaxy, the Milky Way, is only one of a 150 billion galaxies visible to our telescopes, and, like all galaxies, is cloaked in a huge halo, that itself enshrouds a mystery. In 2018, HaloSat, a minisatellite designed to probe at the X-rays emitted by t…

Source: The Daily Galaxy --Great Discoveries Channel

19 Oct 2020

How to watch SpaceX launch its next batch of Starlink satellites Wednesday

Elon Musk is looking to keep growing his nascent mega-constellation after several weeks marked by delays.

Source: CNET

19 Oct 2020

Driver of the largest mass extinction in the history of the Earth identified

Life on Earth has a long, but also an extremely turbulent history. On more than one occasion, the majority of all species became extinct and an already highly developed biodiversity shrank to a minimum again, changing the course of evolution each time. The mo…

Source: Phys.Org

19 Oct 2020

Hell Yes, InSight’s Heat Probe Is Now Completely Buried on Mars

There’s some happy news to report from the Red Planet, as the stubborn InSight heat probe, known as “the mole,” is now completely buried. It’s an encouraging development, as the surrounding dirt could coax the device into drilling through the Martian crust.

Source: Gizmodo.com

19 Oct 2020

Brain Mechanisms Underlying Irrational Decision-Making: “Happy Endings” Can Bias Future Decisions

Our brains can't always reliably evaluate experiences that unfold over time We tend to give disproportionate weight to the later part of an experience This can lead to bad decisions when choosing whether to repeat an experience Humans are hard-wired to prefer…

Source: SciTechDaily

19 Oct 2020

Betelgeuse, the unusually dimming star, is smaller and closer than scientists thought

The red giant star Betelgeuse, which was thought to be on the brink of a supernova explosion when it suddenly dimmed, is actually smaller and closer than scientists previously believed, according to new research.

Source: CNN

19 Oct 2020

How to see the 2020 Orionid meteor shower reach its dazzling peak this week

This week brings prime prime meteor spotting, as the shooting star extravaganza peaks.

Source: CNET

19 Oct 2020

Clumpy, Recycled Gas From Stars Surrounds Milky Way

Our galaxy is surrounded by a clumpy halo of hot gases that is continually being supplied with material ejected by birthing or dying stars, according to a NASA-funded study in the journal Nature Astronomy.

Source: NASA

19 Oct 2020

Two planets, including 'Super Earth,' discovered 120 light-years away

Scientists have discovered two planets orbiting a red dwarf, including a "Super-Earth," just 120 light-years from Earth.

Source: Fox News

19 Oct 2020

Great white shark devours seal, turns water bloody off Massachusetts beach

This was a bloody reminder just because summer is over that sharks are still lurking in the waters off Massachusetts.

Source: Fox News

19 Oct 2020

NASA's Perseverance Rover Bringing 3D-Printed Metal Parts to Mars

For hobbyists and makers, 3D printing expands creative possibilities; for specialized engineers, it's also key to next-generation spacecraft design.

Source: NASA

19 Oct 2020

Research shows lullabies in any language relax babies

Researchers at Harvard’s Music Lab have determined that American infants relaxed when played lullabies that were unfamiliar and in a foreign language.

Source: Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences

19 Oct 2020

The Milky Way galaxy has a clumpy halo

The Milky Way galaxy is in the recycling business.

Source: Phys.Org

19 Oct 2020

Fisherman's priceless reaction while being stalked by huge great white shark off coast of Australia

Matthew Smith had a terrifying encounter with a four-metre shark about 1.5 kilometres off of Black Head Beach, north of Tuncurry, last Saturday.

Source: Daily Mail

19 Oct 2020

New theory on the origin of dark matter

A recent study from the University of Melbourne proposes a new theory for the origin of dark matter, helping experimentalists in Australia and abroad in the search for the mysterious new matter.

Source: Phys.Org

19 Oct 2020

Astronomers see the Milky Way eating one of its own

The globular cluster M92 is a gorgeous example of its kind. A roughly spherical ball of hundreds of thousands of stars held together by their mutual gravity, it's one of about 160 such that orbit the Milky Way. Well, for now. It turns out our galaxy is eating…

Source: SYFY WIRE

19 Oct 2020

Researchers Sequence Genome of Extinct Scimitar-Toothed Cat | Genetics, Paleontology - Sci

An international team of scientists has sequenced and analyzed the entire nuclear genome of the scimitar-toothed cat Homotherium latidens.

Source: Sci-News.com

19 Oct 2020

Humans and climate drove giants of Madagascar to extinction

Nearly all Madagascan megafauna—including the famous dodo bird, gorilla-sized lemurs, giant tortoises, and the Elephant Bird, which stood 3 meters tall and weighted close to a half ton—vanished between 1,500 and 500 years ago. Were these animals overhunted to…

Source: Phys.Org

19 Oct 2020

Creating perfect edges in 2-D-materials

Ultrathin materials such as graphene promise a revolution in nanoscience and technology. Researchers at Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden, have published a study in Nature Communications in which they present a method for controlling the edges of two-…

Source: Phys.Org

19 Oct 2020

Elon Musk's SpaceX: 60 more Starlink internet satellites launch ahead of public beta

SpaceX's Starlink constellation nears 800-satellite target for providing moderate internet coverage for North America.

Source: ZDNet

19 Oct 2020

Melting Alaska glacier could unleash ‘mega-tsunami’ hundreds of feet tall THIS year

Source: The Sun

19 Oct 2020

Artemis Accords: why many countries are refusing to sign Moon exploration agreement

Some nations are concerned the Artemis Accords represent a US power grab.

Source: The Conversation Africa

19 Oct 2020

The strange story of 2020 SO: How an asteroid turned into rocket junk and the NASA scientist who figured it out

Source: Space.com

19 Oct 2020

Metallodrugs: Novel Antiviral Strategy for Treatment of COVID-19

HKU scientists and microbiologists jointly discover a novel antiviral strategy for treatment of COVID-19 using existing metallodrugs. A research team led by Professor Hongzhe SUN, Norman & Cecilia Yip Professor in Bioinorganic Chemistry, Department of Chemist…

Source: SciTechDaily

19 Oct 2020

Supergiant Star Betelgeuse Might Be Much Closer Than We Thought

Astronomers expect Betelgeuse will go supernova in the next 100,000 years, and it turns out this star might be much closer to Earth than we thought.

Source: ExtremeTech

19 Oct 2020

Accretion, not colliding spaghetti, flares-up as star is devoured by black hole

Outflow at 10,000 km/s created extremely bright flare

Source: physicsworld.com

19 Oct 2020

Two Planets Around a Red Dwarf: A “Sub-Neptune” and a “Super-Earth”

The “SAINT-EX” Observatory, led by scientists from the National Centre of Competence in Research NCCR PlanetS of the University of Bern and the University of Geneva, has detected two exoplanets orbiting the star TOI-1266. The Mexico-based telescope thus demon…

Source: SciTechDaily

19 Oct 2020

New NIH Research Aims To Identify Promising COVID-19 Treatments for Larger Clinical Trials

The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), part of the National Institutes of Health, launched a study on October 13, 2020, designed to determine whether certain approved therapies or investigational drugs in late-stage clinical develo…

Source: SciTechDaily

19 Oct 2020

Hubble Space Telescope Spots Colliding Galaxy Pair | Astronomy - Sci

Astronomers using the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope have captured a spectacular image of two interacting spiral galaxies: NGC 2798 and NGC 2799.

Source: Sci-News.com

19 Oct 2020

Tapping Secrets of Aussie Spider's Unique Silk: Strong New Genetic Material Touted

An international collaboration has provided the first insights into a new type of silk produced by the very unusual Australian basket-web spider, which uses it to build a lobster pot web that protects its eggs and trap prey. The basket-web spider weaves a sil…

Source: SciTechDaily

19 Oct 2020

Tapping secrets of Aussie spider's unique silk

An international collaboration has provided the first insights into a new type of silk produced by the very unusual Australian basket-web spider, which uses it to build a lobster pot web that protects its eggs and trap prey.

Source: Phys.Org

19 Oct 2020

Spectacular! Hubble Captures a Galactic Waterspout

In this spectacular image captured by the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope, the galaxy NGC 2799 (on the left) is seemingly being pulled into the center of the galaxy NGC 2798 (on the right). Interacting galaxies, such as these, are so named because of the infl…

Source: SciTechDaily

19 Oct 2020

Study Says an Adorable Species May Be Doing Okay in Climate Change - The American Pika!

The American pika (Ochotona princeps) is traditionally thought of as a canary in the coal mine when it comes to America's rising temperatures.

Source: ScienceAlert

19 Oct 2020

Voyager Spacecraft Detect an Increase in The Density of Space Outside The Solar System

In November 2018, after an epic, 41-year voyage, Voyager 2 finally crossed the boundary that marked the limit of the Sun's influence and entered interstellar space. But the little probe's mission isn't done yet - it's now sending home information abo

Source: ScienceAlert

19 Oct 2020

Ice Melt in Alaska Threatens to Unleash Unprecedented 'Mega-Tsunami', Scientists Warn

A giant, catastrophic tsunami in Alaska triggered by a landslide of rock left unstable after glacier melting is likely to occur in the next two decades, scientists fear - and it could happen within the next 12 months.

Source: ScienceAlert

19 Oct 2020

Astronaut Kate Rubins drew from photo to design new space station patch

An astronaut's photograph of the Earth is set to represent her and her crewmates' new mission, almost four years to the day after the image was first shared with the public. "The 64 patch is actually a photograph that I took," said NASA astronaut Kate Rubins.

Source: collectSPACE.com

19 Oct 2020

Switch to Warm-Bloodedness Triggered by World's Greatest Mass Extinction

Mammals and birds today are warm-blooded, and this is often taken as the reason for their great success. University of Bristol paleontologist Professor Mike Benton identifies in the journal Gondwana Research that the ancestors of both mammals and birds became…

Source: SciTechDaily

19 Oct 2020

Asteroid could strike Earth day prior to election: Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson

Source: Www.https

19 Oct 2020

A physics Nobelist has an odd theory about black holes and the universe. Here's the evidence for it

University of Oxford mathematical physicist Sir Roger Penrose won a Nobel Prize earlier this month for a lifetime of work studying black holes, singularities from which not even light can escape. Yet he is also behind a provocative and controversial theory ab…

Source: AlterNet

18 Oct 2020

Why physics Nobelist Roger Penrose believes there are black holes left over from previous universes

Physics Nobelist Sir Roger Penrose has an odd theory about the universe — and there's even evidence for it

Source: Salon

18 Oct 2020

Elon Musk sets 4-year timeline for SpaceX Mars mission, says there's a 'fighting chance'

Musk made the comments during the International Mars Society Convention, speaking via Zoom.

Source: Fox News

18 Oct 2020

Nokia Gets 4G Lunar Contract

NASA wants a cellular network up there

Source: Newser

18 Oct 2020

Risky business: Cellphone satellite networks endanger asteroid early warning, threaten catastrophic space junk

During the coming decade companies that include Amazon, SpaceX and OneWeb are seeking to launch well over 100,000 satellites to service wireless networks on Earth. Many more satellites may follow after that. The wonders of wireless communications blinded us t…

Source: Resilience

18 Oct 2020

Elon Musk 'guesses' SpaceX could send a ship to Mars as soon as 2024

The rocket man wants to see development of his next-generation Starship move faster.

Source: CNET

18 Oct 2020

Neil deGrasse Tyson warns asteroid could hit Earth day before election

That’s one way to rock the vote. An asteroid with a diameter the size of a refrigerator could strike the Earth the day before the November election, according to celebrity scientist Neil deGr…

Source: New York Post

18 Oct 2020

NASA and Nokia are putting a 4G network on the moon

If you're unable to get a cell phone signal when you walk your dog around the block, this will really make your blood boil: NASA is putting a 4G network on the moon.

Source: CNN

18 Oct 2020

This desi scientist is decoding existence on Mars

Meet Dr. Ram Karan, an enzymology research scientist in Saudi Arabia. Karan has been looking for the answer to life’s existence in extreme conditions. The 37-year-old scientist’s quest has now taken his focus to Mars. On September 28, a study in ‘Nature’ conf…

Source: The Times of India

18 Oct 2020

NASA picks partner to land water-measuring technology on the moon

NASA has picked Houston-based Intuitive Machines to land a water-measuring technology on the moon.

Source: Fox Business

18 Oct 2020

Elon Musk says SpaceX's 1st Starship trip to Mars could fly in 4 years

Source: Live Science

18 Oct 2020

The Orionid meteor shower peaks this week! Here's what to expect.

It's an excellent year to view the Orionids, which peak before dawn on Wednesday (Oct. 21).

Source: Space.com

18 Oct 2020

Metal-poor globular cluster forces astronomers to rethink theories

The discovery of the most metal-poor globular cluster recorded to date has forced scientists to rethink how both galaxies and globular clusters form.

Source: EarthSky

18 Oct 2020

Space Science Picking Up Before Trio Departs ISS for Earth

Science is doubling up on the International Space Station with the addition of three new space residents. However, they will split up on October 21 before four more astronauts launch to join the Expedition 64 crew in November. NASA astronaut Kate Rubins, on h…

Source: SciTechDaily

18 Oct 2020

When Did We Become Fully Human? What Fossils and DNA Tell Us About the Evolution of Modern Intelligence

When did something like us first appear on the planet? It turns out there’s remarkably little agreement on this question.

Source: Singularity Hub

18 Oct 2020

Since 1995, We've Lost More Than 50% of Great Barrier Reef Corals

Since the mid-1990s, coral in the Great Barrier Reef has declined by more than 50 percent, and that goes for virtually every species, at every depth, and in every size, according to a new study.

Source: ScienceAlert

17 Oct 2020

At Last! NASA InSight's “Mole” Is Out of Sight, Below the Surface of Mars

Now that the heat probe is just below the Martian surface, InSight's arm will scoop some additional soil on top to help it keep digging so it can take Mars' temperature. NASA's InSight lander continues working to get its "mole" — a 16-inch-long (40-centimeter…

Source: SciTechDaily

17 Oct 2020

Nokia wins NASA contract to put a 4G network on the moon

Can you hear me now, Major Tom?

Source: Mashable

17 Oct 2020

We actually don’t know how fast the Milky Way’s supermassive black hole is spinning but there might be a way to find out

The stars at the center of our galaxy could tell us just how fast our closest supermassive black hole is spinning.

Source: Universe Today

17 Oct 2020

Why the moon’s early magnetic field might be responsible for life on earth

The habitability of a planet depends on many factors. One is the existence of a strong and long-lived magnetic field. These fields are generated thousands of kilometers below the planet’s ...

Source: The Next Web

17 Oct 2020

Graphene Reveals a Super-Rare Form of Magnetism When 3 Layers Combine Together

For something that largely exists in just two dimensions, graphene seems to be everywhere. The super-thin 'wonder material' is famous not only for its incredible strength, but also its unique, often surprising mix of thermal and electromagnetic prope

Source: ScienceAlert

17 Oct 2020

Asteroid the Size of Big Ben Approaching Earth, Says NASA

At the end of the 20th century NASA launched the Near-Earth Object Programme, aimed at finding and tracking the movement of celestial objects whose orbits could bring...

Source: Sputnik International

17 Oct 2020

A defunct Soviet satellite and Chinese rocket booster nearly collided in space

For a while this week, it looks like there could be an impact in orbit around the earth between two pieces of space junk that might cause harm to other satellites. Two pieces of space junk included…

Source: SlashGear

17 Oct 2020

Elon Musk Reveals Failed C5-C6 Neck Spinal Surgery! Was This Reason for Neuralink's Creation?

Elon Musk revealed that he's had 2 failed C5-C6 spinal surgeries in the past where the first one failed. Could this be the reason behind Neuralink?

Source: Tech Times

17 Oct 2020

Two huge chunks of space junk almost collided over Earth

A discarded Chinese rocket stage and a Soviet-era satellite nearly collided over Earth overnight. The collision would have created a huge amount of new space debris and made our current space junk problem even worse. As we continue to launch more and more sat…

Source: BGR

17 Oct 2020

World Record of Smallest Time Measurement Broken | IE

The shortest timespan that has ever been measured amounts to about 247 zeptoseconds (1 zs = 10^-21 seconds)

Source: Interesting Engineering

17 Oct 2020

NASA’s Next Moonsuit Is Going to Be Damned Impressive

Here’s what you need to know about the Artemis spacesuit and how it will take lunar exploration to the next level.

Source: Gizmodo.com

17 Oct 2020

Scientists Warn That What Killed Past Human Species Could End Us Too

One of the greatest mysteries in science is why there is only one species of humans in the world today. In the past, there were several and they often co-existed for considerable periods. These past human species are modern humans’ older ancestors.

Source: Ancient Origins

17 Oct 2020

Watch Venus glide by in this serene video from the BepiColombo spacecraft's flyby

Source: Space.com

17 Oct 2020

Why there is hope that the world's coral reefs can be saved

Scientists are using novel methods to save a vital part of our ecosystem

Source: Theguardian.comenvironment

17 Oct 2020

“Ten One-Billionths of Cosmic History” –Past Homo Species Could Not Survive Intense Climate Change (Weekend Fe - The Daily Galaxy -

The human experience on our pale blue dot has lasted for less than 10 one-billionths of cosmic history surrounded by a vast lifeless space, yet we Humans are congratulating ourselves,” says Peter Brannen author of Ends of the World about the current reign of …

Source: The Daily Galaxy --Great Discoveries Channel

17 Oct 2020

'Classified knots': Researchers create optical framed knots to encode information

In a world first, researchers from the University of Ottawa in collaboration with Israeli scientists have been able to create optical framed knots in the laboratory that could potentially be applied in modern technologies. Their work opens the door to new met…

Source: Phys.Org

17 Oct 2020

CDC: How Indoor Sports Like Ice Hockey Can Become Covid-19 Coronavirus Outbreaks

A recreational ice hockey game in the Tampa Bay, Florida, metropolitan area was a SARS-CoV2 super spreader event.

Source: Forbes

17 Oct 2020

Punjab-born Irish man eyes Guinness record for ‘walking the earth’

Vinod Bajaj began his journey in August 2016 with a humble goal of losing some weight and getting fitter

Source: The Tribune India

17 Oct 2020

Indian-Origin Vinod Bajaj Eyes Guinness Record For Walk Equaling Earth's Circumference

A 70-year-old man, born in Punjab and based in Ireland for over 40 years, has applied for a Guinness World Record after completing what he calls his Earth Walk covering over 40,075 kilometres or the equivalent of the circumference of the Earth in under 1,500 …

Source: NDTV News

17 Oct 2020

Live coverage: SpaceX rolls out Falcon 9 rocket for another Starlink launch

Source: Spaceflight Now

17 Oct 2020

We’re All About To Smash Through Trash From 1986’s Halley’s Comet. Here’s What To See And When

Dust and debris left in the Solar System by Halley's Comet is about to caused the Orionid meteor shower.

Source: Forbes

17 Oct 2020

Elon Musk says SpaceX's 1st Starship trip to Mars could fly in 4 years

Can a Starship reach Mars by 2024?

Source: Space.com

16 Oct 2020

Elon Musk 'guesses' SpaceX could send a ship to Mars as soon as 2024

The rocket man wants to see development of his next-generation Starship move faster.

Source: CNET

16 Oct 2020

InSight’s ‘Mole’ is Now Completely buried!

Progress is very slow for the InSight Lander's Mole. But it's still progress. The mole is now finally buried, but hammering won't resume until January 2021.

Source: Universe Today

16 Oct 2020

Footprints from 10,000 years ago reveal treacherous trek of traveler, toddler

Human prints found in a dried-up New Mexico lakebed tell a dramatic story of perseverance.

Source: CNET

16 Oct 2020

Why we don't know exactly what happened during a near-collision in space

Space traffic experts tracked two pieces of orbital garbage that appeared to be careening toward each other on Thursday night: a defunct Soviet satellite and a discarded Chinese rocket booster. Ultimately, the two objects narrowly missed each other, according…

Source: CNN

16 Oct 2020

Yale men's hockey team battling 18-player COVID-19 outbreak

The Ivy League has been the most proactive in the country in prioritizing the health and safety of their student-athletes above sports. Still, less than one month after Yale allowed its teams to be…

Source: New York Post

16 Oct 2020

NASA taps Nokia to bring LTE to the Moon

LTE service could be coming to the Moon.

Source: Engadget

16 Oct 2020

Photos: Soyuz launches new station crew with spectacular autumn blastoff

Source: Spaceflight Now

16 Oct 2020

Fall's best meteor shower to peak on Tuesday night

The annual Orionid meteor shower will reach its climax Tuesday night into the early hours of Wednesday morning.

Source: WUSA9.com

16 Oct 2020

Order up! AI finds the right material

Engineers are always looking for materials with very specific properties for their projects. Unfortunately, there are way too many options for researchers to simply guess-and-check until they find what they're looking for. Even if they were to simulate materi…

Source: Phys.Org

16 Oct 2020

End-Permian Extinction Triggered Switch to Warm-Bloodedness | Paleontology - Sci

The ancestors of both mammals and birds became warm-blooded at the same time, some 250 million years ago, in the time of the end-Permian mass extinction, according to new research from the University of Bristol.

Source: Sci-News.com

16 Oct 2020

Celebrity star Betelgeuse is smaller and closer to us than we knew

If you were hoping to see it go supernova, then you're going to be bummed by this latest news.

Source: CNET

16 Oct 2020

Astonishing New Images Show Venus Like You've Never Seen It Before

This isn't how you pictured the planet.

Source: Popular Mechanics

16 Oct 2020

SpaceX Indicates More Beta Testers Are Receiving Access to Starlink

SpaceX’s presentation to the FCC also shows the company has introduced a software upgrade that can boost the satellite network’s speeds by 2.5 times from the previous speed tests

Source: PCMag.com

16 Oct 2020

Betelgeuse is Smaller and Closer to Earth than Previously Thought | Astronomy - Sci

Using new observational data from the space-based Solar Mass Ejection Imager and three different modeling techniques, astronomers have found that Betelgeuse, a red supergiant in the constellation of Orion, has a radius of about 764 solar radii, a mass between…

Source: Sci-News.com

16 Oct 2020

Climate controls on erosion in tectonically active landscapes

The ongoing debate about the nature of coupling between climate and tectonics in mountain ranges derives, in part, from an imperfect understanding of how topography, climate, erosion, and rock uplift are interrelated. Here, we demonstrate that erosion rate is…

Source: Science Magazine

16 Oct 2020

Elon Musk to share latest moon and Mars plans with Earthlings today

The SpaceX founder will update his grand vision at the Mars Society virtual convention.

Source: CNET

16 Oct 2020

Why scooping an asteroid sample is harder than it looks

When NASA's OSIRIS-REx spacecraft descends toward the surface of Bennu on Oct. 20, it will be the first time that a U.S.-led mission attempts to pick up a sample of pristine material from an asteroid. Bennu is likely an extraterrestrial accumulation of the or…

Source: Phys.Org

16 Oct 2020

In specially coated tubes, the more viscous a liquid is, the faster it flows

It's widely known that thick, viscous liquids—like honey—flow more slowly than low-viscosity liquids, like water. Researchers were surprised to find this behavior flipped on its head when the liquids flow through chemically coated capillaries. In fact, throug…

Source: Phys.Org

16 Oct 2020

Dodos killed by deadly combination of humans and MEGADROUGHT

Researchers from the University of Innsbruck studied climate data and mineral deposits in Madagascar and the Mascarene Islands dating back 8,000 years.

Source: Daily Mail

16 Oct 2020

Long-Standing Scientific Enigma Solved: Ground-Breaking Discovery Finally Proves Rain Really Can Move Mountains

A pioneering technique that captures precisely how mountains bend to the will of raindrops has helped to solve a long-standing scientific enigma. The dramatic effect rainfall has on the evolution of mountainous landscapes is widely debated among geologists, b…

Source: SciTechDaily