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- Discovering Neptuneon 24/09/2021 at 12:34
On the night 175 years ago on Sept. 23-24, 1846, astronomers discovered Neptune, the eighth planet orbiting our Sun.
- Seeing the Earth’s Glow From Spaceon 23/09/2021 at 13:10
The atmospheric glow blankets the Earth’s horizon beneath the stars as the International Space Station orbited 261 miles above the Pacific.
- Lucy Is Going to Space!on 22/09/2021 at 12:25
Lucy will be the first space mission to study the Trojan asteroids.
- Astronaut Akihiko Hoshide Conducts DNA Sequencing Aboard Stationon 21/09/2021 at 12:37
Space Station Commander Akihiko Hoshide of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency conducts research using DNA sequencing.
- Baffin Bay, Greenland: A Historical Perspectiveon 20/09/2021 at 12:12
Acquired by the Landsat 7 satellite more than 20 years ago on Sept. 3, 2000, this image is of Greenland’s western coast.
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- NASA Releases Interactive Graphic Novel “First Woman”on 25/09/2021 at 16:32
NASA released its first digital, interactive graphic novel on Saturday in celebration of National Comic Book Day. “First Woman: NASA’s Promise for Humanity” imagines the story of Callie Rodriguez, the first woman to explore the Moon.
- NASA TV to Air US Cargo Ship Departure from Space Stationon 24/09/2021 at 19:38
A SpaceX Dragon cargo resupply spacecraft filled with more than 4,600 pounds of supplies and valuable scientific experiments bound for NASA’s Space Station Processing Facility is set to leave the International Space Station Thursday, Sept. 30.
- Iowa Students to Hear from NASA Astronauts Aboard Space Stationon 23/09/2021 at 19:05
Students from Iowa will have an opportunity next week to hear from NASA astronauts aboard the International Space Station.
- NASA to Hold Lucy Launch Preview Briefingon 23/09/2021 at 17:01
NASA will hold a virtual media briefing at 2 p.m. EDT Tuesday, Sept. 28, to preview the launch of the agency’s first spacecraft to study Jupiter’s Trojan asteroids.
- NASA Announces Virtual Webb STEAM Day Event for Students, Educatorson 23/09/2021 at 14:20
NASA invites learners of all ages, including students and teachers who recently returned to the classroom environment, to register for a special event ahead of the upcoming launch of the James Webb Space Telescope.
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- Cyberpunk guru William Gibson’s rejected ‘Alien 3’ script scores a new novelization (exclusive excerpt)on 25/09/2021 at 12:18
Titan Books and award-winning sci-fi scribe Pat Cadigan bring Gibson’s discarded “Alien 3” draft to life
- On This Day in Space! Sept. 25, 2008: China launches its 3rd human spaceflight missionon 25/09/2021 at 12:17
On Sept. 25, 2008, China’s space program launched its third human spaceflight mission, Shenzhou 7. See how it happened in our “On This Day In Space” series!
- How many satellites are orbiting Earth?on 25/09/2021 at 11:40
It seems like every week, another rocket is launched into space carrying rovers to Mars, tourists or, most commonly, satellites.
- SpaceX’s Starlink broadband satellites could be used for GPS navigationon 25/09/2021 at 11:36
Starlink may have a new capability beyond broadband Internet.
- SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket will launch internet satellite to serve Alaska in 2022on 25/09/2021 at 11:27
Falcon Heavy is now scheduled to loft Astranis’ first commercial communications satellite to orbit next spring, the San Francisco-based company announced Thursday (Sept. 23).
- The sun has spots. Here’s what we’ve learned about them so far.on 25/09/2021 at 11:27
Of all of the features associated with our sun, sunspots are by far the most conspicuous.
- Space photos: The most amazing images this week!on 25/09/2021 at 11:18
See the best photos on Space.com this week.
- The top space stories of the week!on 25/09/2021 at 11:17
These are the top space stories this week from Space.com.
- A giant space rock demolished an ancient Middle Eastern city, possibly inspiring the Biblical story of Sodomon 25/09/2021 at 00:46
Flashing through the atmosphere, the rock exploded in a massive fireball about 2.5 miles (4 kilometers) above the ground.
- Watch live Saturday: NASA previews Landsat 9 launch @ 4 pm ETon 24/09/2021 at 23:43
Landsat is scheduled to launch Monday (Sept. 27) at 2:11 p.m. EDT (1811 GMT).
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- Zoo Miami: Orangutan dies following dental surgeryon 25/09/2021 at 09:08
An orangutan has died at Zoo Miami following a dental surgery, officials said.
- Flights scrapped as new volcanic eruptions hit Canarieson 25/09/2021 at 09:02
Fresh volcanic eruptions in Spain’s Canary Islands prompted the cancellation of flights, airport authorities said Friday, the first since the Cumbre Vieja volcano came to life again.
- Guatemala’s Fuego volcano quiets after eruptionon 25/09/2021 at 09:00
Guatemala’s Fuego volcano on Friday has quieted after a 32-hour long eruption, authorities said Friday.
- More than 3,000 shark fins confiscated in Colombiaon 25/09/2021 at 08:59
Thousands of shark fins were confiscated by Colombian authorities before they could be illegally shipped to Hong Kong, officials said.
- Researchers develop new method for detecting superfluid motionon 25/09/2021 at 06:02
Researchers at Rochester Institute of Technology are part of a new study that could help unlock the potential of superfluids—essentially frictionless special substances capable of unstopped motion once initiated. A team of scientists led by Mishkat Bhattacharya, an associate professor at RIT’s School of Physics and Astronomy and Future Photon Initiative, proposed a new method for detecting superfluid motion in an article published in Physical Review Letters.
- The origin and legacy of the Etruscanson 24/09/2021 at 18:00
The Etruscan civilization, which flourished during the Iron Age in central Italy, has intrigued scholars for millennia. With remarkable metallurgical skills and a now-extinct, non-Indo-European language, the Etruscans stood out from their contemporary neighbors, leading to intense debate from the likes of the ancient Greek historian Herodotus on their geographical origins.
- In a gene tied to growth, scientists see glimmers of human historyon 24/09/2021 at 18:00
A new study delves into the evolution and function of the human growth hormone receptor gene, and asks what forces in humanity’s past may have driven changes to this vital piece of DNA.
- Spanish volcano still packs a punch 5 days after eruptionon 24/09/2021 at 17:50
A volcano in Spain’s Canary Islands kept nerves on edge Friday for a fifth day since it erupted, producing loud explosions, a huge ash cloud and cracking open a new fissure that spewed out more fiery molten rock.
- Quasi-particles with tunable interactionson 24/09/2021 at 17:29
The laws of quantum mechanics allow for the existence of ‘quasi-particles’: excitations in materials that behave exactly like ordinary particles. A major advantage of quasi-particles over ordinary particles is that their properties can be engineered. In a Nature Materials News & Views article this week, IoP physicist Erik van Heumen describes recent experiments where even the interactions between quasi-particles can be tuned.
- World premiere for virtual laser lab “femtoPro”on 24/09/2021 at 15:36
In everyday life, we know lasers from numerous applications such as the laser printer or the supermarket scanner. Industrially, lasers are used in material processing for cutting, drilling and labeling, and in medicine for diagnostic and therapeutic procedures. Laser spectroscopy methods are also indispensable in scientific research.
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- In a First, Scientists Track 1 Million Neurons Near-Simultaneously in a Mouse Brainby David Nield on 25/09/2021 at 12:20
Unprecedented insight into brain activity.
- The Evidence Is in – One Mask Type Stands Out as The Best Protection Against COVID-19by Laura (Layla) H. Kwong, The Conversation on 25/09/2021 at 11:10
Simple and effective.
- Meta-Reviews Are Amplifying Bad And Even Fake Ivermectin Data, Researchers Warnby Carly Cassella on 25/09/2021 at 02:30
We need better standards.
- There’s a Reliable Method For Triggering Lucid Dreams, Scientists Have Foundby Peter Dockrill on 25/09/2021 at 00:30
Don’t try this at home.
- Breathtaking ‘Einstein Ring’ Reveals Views of a Galaxy 9.4 Billion Light-Years Awayby Michelle Starr on 24/09/2021 at 18:00
- A Common Pain Relief Med Used in Pregnancy Should Be Taken With Caution, Experts Warnby Clare Watson on 24/09/2021 at 07:07
Don’t overdo it.
- It’s Not ‘Weakness’ to Change Your Mind About Something Like Vaccines. Here’s Whyby Art Markman, The Conversation on 24/09/2021 at 06:20
It’s okay to be skeptical.
- Astronomers Have Made an Unprecedented Detection of Clouds on a Far-Off Exoplanetby Michelle Starr on 24/09/2021 at 06:07
How’s the weather on WASP-127b?
- Rare Medical Case Hints ‘Restless Arm Syndrome’ Could Actually Be a Thingby Mike McRae on 24/09/2021 at 05:20
Does this sound familiar?
- Parental Burnout in The US Is Among The Highest in The World, And We May Know Whyby Peter Dockrill on 24/09/2021 at 02:00
You don’t have to be perfect.
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- ‘Self-Driving’ Cars Begin to Emerge from a Cloud of Hypeby Steven E. Shladover on 25/09/2021 at 14:00
Developers try to overcome a multitude of technical challenges before vehicles drive on their own — Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
- A Plot Twist for Climate Change, the Power of Occam’s Razor, and Other New Booksby Amy Brady on 25/09/2021 at 13:00
Recommendations from the editors of Scientific American — Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
- Even Mild Cases of COVID May Leave a Mark on the Brainby Jessica Bernard, The Conversation US on 25/09/2021 at 12:00
The new findings, although preliminary, are raising concerns about the potential long-term effects of COVID-19. — Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
- Unvaccinated Workers Say They’d Rather Quit Than Get a Shot, but Data Suggest Otherwiseby Jack J. Barry, Ann Christiano, Annie Neimand, The Conversation US on 24/09/2021 at 19:30
The actual number who resign rather than get the vaccine is much smaller than the survey data suggest — Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
- New Digital Tool Tracks Impacts of Offshore Wind on Marine Lifeby John Fialka, E&E News on 24/09/2021 at 15:15
An environmental non-profit hopes to support development of wind power while protecting whales and fish — Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
- COVID, Quickly, Episode 15: Booster Shot Approvals–plus Vaccines for Kids?by Tanya Lewis, Josh Fischman, Jeffery DelViscio on 24/09/2021 at 15:00
Today we bring you a new episode in our podcast series COVID, Quickly. Every two weeks, Scientific American’s senior health editors Tanya Lewis and Josh Fischman catch you up on the… — Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
- The Blueprints of Healthby Andrea Gawrylewski on 24/09/2021 at 13:00
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- Fungi Might Have Helped Drag the Planet Out of its ‘Snowball Earth’ Phaseby Jennifer Frazer on 24/09/2021 at 13:00
Nearly a billion years ago, the planet was almost wholly encased in thousands of feet of ice—and then, somehow, it emerged — Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
- Social Security Numbers Aren’t Secure: What Should We Use Instead?by Sophie Bushwick on 24/09/2021 at 10:45
The answer is not as simple as replacing each nine-digit number with a longer one — Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
- Footprint Discovery Hints at Humans in the Americas More Than 20,000 Years Agoby Riley Black on 23/09/2021 at 18:00
Seeds found in fossilized tracks fuel new speculation about when—and how—people arrived — Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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- The Simple Math Behind the Mighty Roots of Unityby Patrick Honner on 23/09/2021 at 14:02
Solutions to the simplest polynomial equations — called “roots of unity” — have an elegant structure that mathematicians still use to study some of math’s greatest open questions. The post The Simple Math Behind the Mighty Roots of Unity first appeared on Quanta Magazine
- Single Cells Evolve Large Multicellular Forms in Just Two Yearsby Veronique Greenwood on 22/09/2021 at 16:11
Researchers have discovered that environments favoring clumpy growth are all that’s needed to quickly transform single-celled yeast into complex multicellular organisms. The post Single Cells Evolve Large Multicellular Forms in Just Two Years first appeared on Quanta Magazine
- Mathematician Answers Chess Problem About Attacking Queensby Leila Sloman on 21/09/2021 at 14:13
The n-queens problem is about finding how many different ways queens can be placed on a chessboard so that none attack each other. A mathematician has now all but solved it. The post Mathematician Answers Chess Problem About Attacking Queens first appeared on Quanta Magazine
- Mathematical Analysis of Fruit Fly Wings Hints at Evolution’s Limitsby Elena Renken on 20/09/2021 at 13:21
A painstaking study of wing morphology shows both the striking uniformity of individuals in a species and a subtle pattern of linked variations that evolution can exploit. The post Mathematical Analysis of Fruit Fly Wings Hints at Evolution’s Limits first appeared on Quanta Magazine
- Biologists Rethink the Logic Behind Cells’ Molecular Signalsby Philip Ball on 16/09/2021 at 15:33
The molecular signaling systems of complex cells are nothing like simple electronic circuits. The logic governing their operation is riotously complex — but it has advantages. The post Biologists Rethink the Logic Behind Cells’ Molecular Signals first appeared on Quanta Magazine
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- ‘Ice Rivers’ invites you to get to know our world’s melting glaciersby Carolyn Gramling on 24/09/2021 at 13:00
In her new book, Jemma Wadham brings readers along on her scientific expeditions to the world’s iciest places.
- Rice feeds half the world. Climate change’s droughts and floods put it at riskby Nikk Ogasa on 24/09/2021 at 10:00
Rice provides sustenance for billions who have no alternative, and climate change threatens to slash production. Growers will need to innovate to provide an important crop as climate whiplash brings drought and floods to fields worldwide.
- ‘Ghost tracks’ suggest people came to the Americas earlier than once thoughtby Freda Kreier on 23/09/2021 at 18:00
Prehistoric people’s footprints show that humans were in North America during the height of the last ice age, researchers say.
- Bloodthirsty vampire bats like to drink with friends over strangersby Jonathan Lambert on 23/09/2021 at 18:00
Cooperation among vampire bats extends beyond the roost. New research suggests that bonded bats often drink blood from animals together.
- DNA offers a new look at how Polynesia was settledby Bruce Bower on 22/09/2021 at 15:00
Modern genetic evidence suggests that statue builders on islands such as Rapa Nui, also known as Easter Island, had a shared ancestry.
- Whirling maple seeds inspired these tiny flying sensorsby Emily Conover on 22/09/2021 at 15:00
Scientists envision that small objects modeled after maple tree whirligigs could be used to monitor the environment.
- Why only some people will get COVID-19 booster shots at firstby Erin Garcia de Jesús on 21/09/2021 at 17:55
In the United States, boosters may next go to people 65 and older, those at high risk for severe disease and people whose jobs put them at high exposure risk.
- Luis Miramontes helped enable the sexual revolution. Why isn’t he better known?by Carmen Drahl on 21/09/2021 at 14:00
By synthesizing norethindrone, one of the first active ingredients in birth control pills, Luis Miramontes helped usher in the sexual revolution.
- One of nature’s key constants is much larger in a quantum materialby Emily Conover on 21/09/2021 at 10:00
The fine-structure constant is 10 times its normal value in the material, giving a peek into what physics in an alternate universe could look like.
- Pfizer says its COVID-19 vaccine is safe and works well for kids ages 5–11by Tina Hesman Saey on 20/09/2021 at 19:46
A lower dose of the vaccine produced as many antibodies in elementary school–age kids as a full-dose shot did in teens and young adults.
- The Top 10 scientific surprises of Science News’ first 100 yearsby Tom Siegfried on 20/09/2021 at 13:00
In the 100 years since Science News started reporting on it, science has offered up plenty of unexpected discoveries.
- Satellite swarms may outshine the night sky’s natural constellationsby Lisa Grossman on 20/09/2021 at 10:00
Simulations suggest that satellite “mega-constellations” will be visible to the naked eye all night long in some locations.
- Readers discuss ‘uniquely human’ DNA and Mars’ volcanic activityby Science News Staff on 19/09/2021 at 11:15
What makes a modern human? Just 1.5 to 7 percent of human DNA is unique to modern humans, Tina Hesman Saey reported in “Most human DNA is not unique to us” (SN: 8/14/21, p. 7). Reader Mark Jenike wondered how the new research squares with the well-known finding that we humans share more than 98
- A desire for knowledge on many science frontsby Cori Vanchieri on 19/09/2021 at 11:00
Our readers are newshounds with boundless curiosity, always eager to learn what’s new, significant or surprising. With each issue, we try to feed that desire for credible, concise — even entertaining — news from many science fields. This issue, too, ranges far and wide. We cover new evidence that the coronavirus may be getting better
- By taking on poliovirus, Marguerite Vogt transformed the study of all virusesby Megan Scudellari on 17/09/2021 at 11:00
She pioneered the field of molecular virology with her meticulous lab work and “green thumb” for tissue culture.
- Fossil tracks may reveal an ancient elephant nurseryby Sid Perkins on 16/09/2021 at 15:00
Fossilized footprints at a site in Spain include those of an extinct elephant’s newborns, suggesting the animals may have used the area as a nursery.
- Stone Age people used bone scrapers to make leather and peltsby Bruce Bower on 16/09/2021 at 15:00
African cave finds include remains of skinned creatures and hide scrapers made from animal ribs.
- Some birds learn to recognize calls while still in their eggsby Lesley Evans Ogden on 16/09/2021 at 10:00
For over a decade, behavioral ecologist Diane Colombelli-Négrel and colleagues have been studying how birds perceive sounds before hatching.
- Australian fires in 2019–2020 had even more global reach than previously thoughtby Carolyn Gramling on 15/09/2021 at 15:29
Recent devastating wildfires in Australia added vast amounts of carbon dioxide to the air and triggered blooms of marine algae in the Southern Ocean.
- Fossils and ancient DNA paint a vibrant picture of human originsby Erin Wayman on 15/09/2021 at 14:30
Paleoanthropologists have sketched a rough timeline of how human evolution played out, centering the early action in Africa.