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- Making a Picture-Perfect Landingon 01/07/2022 at 13:00
An adult osprey, carrying a fish in its talons, prepares to land in its nest atop a speaker platform in the parking lot at Kennedy Space Center.
- OMG: The Beauty of Iceon 30/06/2022 at 12:43
Most of Greenland’s glaciers that empty into the ocean are at greater risk of rapid ice loss than previously understood.
- Turquoise Plumes in the Large Magellanic Cloudon 29/06/2022 at 12:47
Brightly glowing plumes of the Large Magellanic Cloud appear almost like an ocean current.
- CAPSTONE Launches for Lunar Orbiton 28/06/2022 at 12:32
The CAPSTONE mission launched at 5:55 a.m. EDT (09:55 UTC) on Rocket Lab’s Electron rocket from New Zealand.
- Public Affairs Specialist Tyrone McCoyon 27/06/2022 at 07:55
“A piece of my story that I think needs to get told is that broken crayons still color.” – Tyrone McCoy, Public Affairs Specialist, NASA Headquarters
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- NASA Awards Engineering, Technology, Science Contracton 30/06/2022 at 19:54
NASA has awarded the JSC Engineering, Technology, and Science (JETS) II contract to Jacobs Technology Inc. of Tullahoma, Tennessee, to provide engineering and scientific products, technical services and related services for the agency’s Johnson Space Center in Houston, other NASA centers and government agencies.
- Florida Students to Hear from NASA Astronauts Aboard Space Stationon 30/06/2022 at 17:09
Florida students will have an opportunity soon to hear from NASA astronauts aboard the International Space Station.
- NASA Shares Climate, Earth Science Resources at Folklife Festivalon 29/06/2022 at 18:28
Members of the public are invited to explore the many ways space science helps families, communities, and our nation better understand our home planet and become more climate resilient through hands-on and virtual activities during NASA Day at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival Saturday, July 2, on the National Mall in Washington.
- NASA to Industry: Let’s Develop Flight Tech to Reduce Carbon Emissionson 29/06/2022 at 18:25
NASA announced Wednesday the agency is seeking partners to develop technologies needed to shape a new generation of lower-emission, single-aisle airliners that passengers could see in airports in the 2030s.
- CAPSTONE Launches to Test New Orbit for NASA’s Artemis Moon Missionson 28/06/2022 at 09:49
NASA’s CubeSat designed to test a unique lunar orbit is safely in space and on the first leg of its journey to the Moon.
- Never-before-seen crystals found in perfectly preserved meteorite duston 04/07/2022 at 18:20
Researchers have discovered tiny, never-before-seen carbon crystals in meteorite dust left over from the explosion of the Chelyabinsk meteor in 2013.
- Search for habitable exoplanets included in China’s upcoming space missionson 04/07/2022 at 18:19
The Chinese Academy of Sciences has selected candidates for its next round of space missions, which are projected to launch between 2026 and 2030.
- Mysterious blue blobs a new type of star system created by a galactic ‘belly flop’on 04/07/2022 at 18:19
The blobs are irregular groups of young blue stars thought to have formed in a galactic collision that scientists liken to a belly flop.
- 15 stunning places on Earth that look like they’re from another planeton 04/07/2022 at 17:35
Earth is home to some truly alien-looking landscapes. From ice caves to martian-red deserts, discover some of the strangest places Earth has to offer.
- The best sci-fi movies and TV shows to stream on Disney Plus in Julyby [email protected] (Elizabeth Howell) on 04/07/2022 at 16:46
Here are the best space and science fiction movies and TV shows to watch on Disney Plus in June.
- Solar system planets, order and formation: A guideon 04/07/2022 at 16:37
Explore the eight (or nine) planets of the solar system in order from nearest to the sun and discover the many wonders of our solar system along the way.
- How to watch Independence Day on Independence Dayby [email protected] (Alexander Cox) on 04/07/2022 at 16:11
Here’s where to watch Independence Day on the day itself.
- Solar eclipses: What are they?on 04/07/2022 at 15:47
Solar eclipses are one of nature’s most spectacular events. Here we explore what they are and the different types of solar eclipses.
- NASA’s tiny CAPSTONE spacecraft now flying to the moon on its ownby [email protected] (Elizabeth Howell) on 04/07/2022 at 15:22
NASA’s CAPSTONE mission successfully executed a spacecraft burn Monday (July 4) and started its solo journey to the moon.
- Space calendar 2022: Rocket launches, sky events, missions & more!by [email protected] (Hanneke Weitering) on 04/07/2022 at 15:05
Here’s a guide to all the rocket launches and astronomical events in 2022, as well as milestones for space missions, anniversaries and conferences.
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- NASA says its plan to bring Mars samples back to Earth is safe, but some people are worriedon 04/07/2022 at 21:00
Since September, the Perseverance rover has been picking along an ancient river delta on Mars, its robotic arms reaching out with whirling steel drill bits to core rocks, scoop soil and suck small amounts of the red planet’s atmosphere into titanium tubes.
- NASA explains the mission to bring samples of Mars soil, rock and atmosphere back to Earthon 04/07/2022 at 20:57
NASA’s Mars Sample Return Mission aims to bring 30 samples of rock, soil and atmosphere now being collected by the Perseverance rover back to Earth sometime in the early 2030s. The goal is to look for signs of past life and also to find out more about the Red Planet before humans visit it.
- Scaling the cost of government programs using a cost-per-person price tag improves comprehension by the general publicon 04/07/2022 at 19:00
Government policies often are presented with hefty price tags, but people often zone out as more zeros are added to the total cost. A new study from Carnegie Mellon University suggests that rescaling the cost of programs can increase a person’s understanding of funding choices, which may improve how people participate in the policy debate. The results are available in the July issue of the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
- Spain, Portugal dryness ‘unprecedented’ in 1,200 yearson 04/07/2022 at 16:48
Parts of Portugal and Spain are the driest they have been in a thousand years due to an atmospheric high-pressure system driven by climate change, according to research published Monday, warning of severe implications for wine and olive production.
- Study explores coevolution of mammals and their liceon 04/07/2022 at 15:00
According to a new study, the first louse to take up residence on a mammalian host likely started out as a parasite of birds. That host-jumping event tens of millions of years ago began the long association between mammals and lice, setting the stage for their coevolution and offering more opportunities for the lice to spread to other mammals.
- Largest genetic atlas for zebrafish ‘breakthrough’ for biomedical researchon 04/07/2022 at 15:00
Medical and life science researchers will benefit from the most comprehensive atlas yet of genetic data on zebrafish, newly published research suggests.
- The Higgs boson, ten years after its discoveryon 04/07/2022 at 14:38
Ten years ago, on July 4 2012, the ATLAS and CMS collaborations at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) announced the discovery of a new particle with features consistent with those of the Higgs boson predicted by the Standard Model of particle physics. The discovery was a landmark in the history of science and captured the world’s attention. One year later it won François Englert and Peter Higgs the Nobel Prize in Physics for their prediction made decades earlier, together with the late Robert Brout, of a new fundamental field, known as the Higgs field, that pervades the universe, manifests itself as the Higgs boson and gives mass to the elementary particles.
- NASA satellite breaks from orbit around Earth, heads to moonon 04/07/2022 at 13:18
A satellite the size of a microwave oven successfully broke free from its orbit around Earth on Monday and is headed toward the moon, the latest step in NASA’s plan to land astronauts on the lunar surface again.
- New screening technique could accelerate and improve mRNA therapieson 04/07/2022 at 10:14
Therapeutics based on messenger RNA, or mRNA, can potentially treat a wide range of maladies, including cancer, genetic diseases, and as the world has learned in recent years, deadly viruses.
- ATLAS and CMS release results of most comprehensive studies yet of Higgs boson’s propertieson 04/07/2022 at 10:07
Today, exactly ten years after announcing the discovery of the Higgs boson, the international ATLAS and CMS collaborations at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) report the results of their most comprehensive studies yet of the properties of this unique particle. The independent studies, described in two papers published today in Nature, show that the particle’s properties are remarkably consistent with those of the Higgs boson predicted by the Standard Model of particle physics. The studies also show that the particle is increasingly becoming a powerful means to search for new, unknown phenomena that—if found—could help shed light on some of the biggest mysteries of physics, such as the nature of the mysterious dark matter present in the universe.
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- Physicists Are Startled by This Magnetic Material That ‘Freezes’ When Heatedby Michelle Starr on 04/07/2022 at 18:00
“Like water that becomes an ice cube when it’s heated up.”
- AI Seems to Be Better at Distributing Wealth Than Humans Are, Study Hintsby Peter Dockrill on 04/07/2022 at 15:00
Welcome to the future.
- The Large Hadron Collider Is About to Ramp Up to Unprecedented Energy Levelsby Pierre Celerier, AFP on 04/07/2022 at 06:58
- Great White Sharks Are Being Scared From Their Habitat by Just Two Predatorsby Michelle Starr on 04/07/2022 at 06:28
They’re after the sharks’ livers…
- You’re Probably Better at Science Than You Think, New ‘Citizen Science’ Study Revealsby Jess Cockerill on 04/07/2022 at 02:45
Science belongs to us all.
- These 5 Charts Show What You Can Do Right Now to Fight Climate Changeby Max Callaghan, The Conversation on 04/07/2022 at 01:34
Plus one action that’s more important than anything.
- An ‘Island’ of Disgusting Wet Wipes Changed The Course of The Thames River in Londonby Alia Shoaib, Business Insider on 04/07/2022 at 00:58
- Nearly 1,000 Microbe Species Have Just Been Discovered in ‘Extreme’ Tibetan Glaciersby Jacinta Bowler on 03/07/2022 at 18:00
Scientists have never seen 82% of these.
- The Largest Alcohol Molecule Found in Space Yet May Be The Key to Star Formationby David Nield on 03/07/2022 at 06:00
Boozy star stuff.
- These Microbes Could Make You More Attractive to Mosquitoes, Mice Study Findsby Penghua Wang, The Conversation on 03/07/2022 at 03:00
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- Skies Are Sucking More Water from the Landby Ula Chrobak on 04/07/2022 at 12:00
Western states’ “atmospheric thirst” means more fires and strained water supplies— Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
- Good (and Bad) Ways to Help a Dog Afraid of Fireworksby Julie Hecht on 02/07/2022 at 14:00
You are more important than you think — Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
- How Abortion Medications Differ from ‘Plan B’ and Other Emergency Contraceptivesby Tanya Lewis on 01/07/2022 at 19:25
Drugs such as mifepristone and misoprostol end a pregnancy, whereas the ‘morning-after’ pill works by preventing one— Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
- Evidence Shouldn’t Be Optionalby The Editors on 01/07/2022 at 19:00
This Supreme Court often ignores science when handing down decisions, and it affects far too many lives— Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
- Feathers May Have Helped Dinosaurs Survive Their First Apocalypseby Sasha Warren on 01/07/2022 at 18:45
Geologic evidence for a freezing arctic suggests dinosaurs could have weathered an epoch-ending volcanic winter— Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
- Supreme Court Decision Hinders EPA but Leaves Avenues Open for Climate Regulationby Benjamin Storrow, E&E News on 01/07/2022 at 15:15
The agency can still impose stronger limits on other air pollutants that coal plants produce, which could also reduce greenhouse gas emissions— Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
- Regulating Power Plants Is a Health Issueby Matthew Meyer on 01/07/2022 at 13:36
Doctors must get more involved in the public health crises that climate change will bring— Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
- 50, 100 & 150 Years Ago: July 2022by Mark Fischetti on 01/07/2022 at 13:00
Count women as workers; cement from sewage— Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
- An Implantable Ice Pack Tries to Relieve Pain without Opioidsby Stephani Sutherland on 01/07/2022 at 12:00
The dissolving device precisely targets individual nerves— Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
- Dinosaur Diets May Help Explain Dramatic Diversityby Riley Black on 01/07/2022 at 10:45
Some species were constrained by their food sources, while others ranged widely— Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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- Life Helps Make Almost Half of All Minerals on Earthby Joanna Thompson on 01/07/2022 at 14:00
A new origins-based system for classifying minerals reveals the huge geochemical imprint that life has left on Earth. It could help us identify other worlds with life too. The post Life Helps Make Almost Half of All Minerals on Earth first appeared on Quanta Magazine
- The Sordid Past of the Cubic Formulaby David S. Richeson on 30/06/2022 at 14:54
The quest to solve cubic equations led to duels, betrayals — and modern mathematics. The post The Sordid Past of the Cubic Formula first appeared on Quanta Magazine
- Can Computers Be Mathematicians?by Steven Strogatz on 29/06/2022 at 21:05
Artificial intelligence has bested humans at problem-solving challenges like chess and Go. Is mathematics research next? Steven Strogatz speaks with mathematician Kevin Buzzard to learn about the effort to translate math into language that computers understand. The post Can Computers Be Mathematicians? first appeared on Quanta Magazine
- Controversy Continues Over Whether Hot Water Freezes Faster Than Coldby Adam Mann on 29/06/2022 at 14:50
Decades after a Tanzanian teenager initiated study of the “Mpemba effect,” the effort to confirm or refute it is leading physicists toward new theories about how substances relax to equilibrium. The post Controversy Continues Over Whether Hot Water Freezes Faster Than Cold first appeared on Quanta Magazine
- Protein Blobs Linked to Alzheimer’s Affect Aging in All Cellsby Viviane Callier on 28/06/2022 at 13:52
Protein buildups like those seen around neurons in Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and other brain diseases occur in all aging cells, a new study suggests. Learning their significance may reveal new strategies for treating age-related diseases. The post Protein Blobs Linked to Alzheimer’s Affect Aging in All Cells first appeared on Quanta Magazine
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- Feathers may have helped dinosaurs survive the Triassic mass extinctionby Carolyn Gramling on 01/07/2022 at 18:00
New data show that dinosaurs were able to weather freezing conditions about 202 million years ago, probably thanks to warm feathery coats.
- A new look at the ‘mineral kingdom’ may transform how we search for lifeby Asa Stahl on 01/07/2022 at 14:00
A new census of Earth’s crystal past hints that life may have begun earlier than expected, and could be a tool to look for water and life elsewhere.
- 50 years ago, a new theory of Earth’s core began solidifyingby Nikk Ogasa on 01/07/2022 at 11:00
In 1972, scientists proposed that Earth’s core formed as the planet came together. Fifty years later, that theory is generally accepted, though many mysteries about the core remain.
- This soft, electronic ‘nerve cooler’ could be a new way to relieve painby Meghan Rosen on 30/06/2022 at 18:00
A tiny electronic device implanted in the body generates targeted pain relief by cooling off nerves, experiments in rats suggest.
- Six months in space leads to a decade’s worth of long-term bone lossby Liz Kruesi on 30/06/2022 at 15:18
Even after a year of recovery in Earth’s gravity, astronauts who’d been in space six months or more still had bone loss equal to a decade of aging.
- New COVID-19 boosters could contain bits of the omicron variantby Erin Garcia de Jesús on 30/06/2022 at 10:00
The omicron variant is different enough from the original version to require an update to COVID-19 vaccines, experts say.
- Megatooth sharks may have been higher on the food chain than any ocean animal everby Asa Stahl on 29/06/2022 at 13:00
Some megalodons and their ancestors were the ultimate apex predators, outeating all known marine animals, researchers report.
- How physicists are probing the Higgs boson 10 years after its discoveryby Emily Conover on 29/06/2022 at 11:00
The famous particle may point to cracks in the standard model and new physics beyond.
- ‘Elusive’ profiles the physicist who predicted the Higgs bosonby Emily Conover on 28/06/2022 at 14:00
Peter Higgs, as Frank Close reveals in his new book, was just one of many physicists who helped crack the mystery of mass’s origins.
- A neck patch for athletes could help detect concussions earlyby Nikk Ogasa on 28/06/2022 at 11:00
The small sensor is sleeker and cheaper than other devices used to monitor neck strain in athletes.
- Here’s what we know right now about getting COVID-19 againby Meghan Rosen on 27/06/2022 at 13:00
Repeat coronavirus infections may be on the rise as the omicron variant continues to spread. Scientists are still trying to nail down the risks.
- Britons’ tools from 560,000 years ago have emerged from gravel pitsby Bruce Bower on 27/06/2022 at 11:00
A new study confirms that an archaeological site in southeastern England called Fordwich is one of the oldest hominid sites in the country.
- The Higgs boson discovery was just the beginningby Nancy Shute on 26/06/2022 at 11:15
Editor in chief Nancy Shute discusses the future of Higgs boson research, 10 years after the particle’s discovery
- Readers react to a holey Triceratops skull, the W boson’s mass and moreby Science News Staff on 26/06/2022 at 11:00
Meaty data Food production contributes substantially to global greenhouse gas emissions. Altering your diet can reduce those emissions, Betsy Ladyzhets reported in “Food choices” (SN: 5/7/22 & 5/21/22, p. 22). The story displayed a map showing the impact of an average person’s diet, by country, on greenhouse gas emissions (see “Putting emissions on the map,” below).
- Monkeypox is not a global health emergency for now, WHO saysby Tina Hesman Saey on 26/06/2022 at 01:15
The decision comes as the outbreak of the disease related to smallpox continues to spread, affecting at least 4,100 people in 46 countries as of June 24.
- 5 misunderstandings of pregnancy biology that cloud the abortion debateby Laura Sanders on 24/06/2022 at 17:58
The Supreme Court’s scrapping of Roe v. Wade shifts decisions about related health care to states. Accurate science is often missing in those talks.
- 50 years ago, eels’ navigation skills electrified scientistsby Erin Garcia de Jesús on 24/06/2022 at 13:00
Excerpt from the June 24, 1972 issue of Science News
- Earth’s oldest known wildfires raged 430 million years agoby Sid Perkins on 24/06/2022 at 11:00
430-million-year-old fossilized charcoal suggests atmospheric oxygen levels of at least 16 percent, the amount needed for fire to take hold and spread.
- This giant bacterium is the largest one found yetby Erin Garcia de Jesús on 23/06/2022 at 18:00
On average, Thiomargarita magnifica measures 1 centimeter long and maxes out at 2 centimeters. It is 50 times larger than other giant bacteria.
- Vampire squid are gentle blobs. But this ancestor was a fierce hunterby Carolyn Gramling on 23/06/2022 at 15:00
New fossil analyses of 164-million-year-old ancestors of today’s vampire squid show the ancient cephalopods had muscular bodies and powerful suckers.