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- The Colors of Wateron 26/01/2022 at 13:48
Much like the sky, rivers are rarely painted one color.
- X-59 Wind Tunnel Testing at NASA Glennon 25/01/2022 at 13:28
This colorized schlieren image is of a small-scale model of NASA’s X-59 Quiet SuperSonic Technology airplane.
- Studying the ‘Lost Habitable’ World of Venuson 24/01/2022 at 14:25
NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory is designing mission concepts to survive the planet’s extreme temperatures and atmospheric pressure.
- Hubble Sights a Sail of Starson 21/01/2022 at 13:00
The spiral arms of the galaxy NGC 3318 are lazily draped across this image from the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope. This spiral galaxy lies in the constellation Vela and is roughly 115 light-years away from Earth.
- Peering Through a Window to the Worldon 20/01/2022 at 14:13
In this image from Jan. 9, 2022, NASA astronaut Kayla Barron peered out from a window inside the International Space Station’s cupola.
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- 12 Companies to Provide Venture Class Launch Services for NASAon 26/01/2022 at 21:05
NASA has selected 12 companies to provide launch services for the agency’s Venture-Class Acquisition of Dedicated and Rideshare (VADR) missions, providing new opportunities for science and technology payloads and fostering a growing U.S. commercial launch market.
- NASA Pays Tribute to Fallen Heroes with Day of Remembranceon 24/01/2022 at 20:00
NASA will honor members of the NASA family who lost their lives while furthering the cause of exploration and discovery, including the crews of Apollo 1 and space shuttles Challenger and Columbia, during the agency’s annual Day of Remembrance Thursday, Jan. 27.
- NASA Spinoffs Help Fight Coronavirus, Clean Pollution, Grow Food, Moreon 24/01/2022 at 18:55
NASA’s mission of exploration requires new technologies, software, and research – which show up in daily life.
- Experimentos STEM de estudiantes ganan una oportunidad de vuelo mediante un concurso tecnológico de la NASAon 21/01/2022 at 19:55
La NASA ha elegido a 57 equipos ganadores en un primer desafío nacional diseñado para atraer, involucrar y preparar a los futuros profesionales de las ciencias, la tecnología, la ingeniería y las matemáticas.
- STEM Student Experiments Win Flight Opportunity in NASA Tech Conteston 21/01/2022 at 19:11
NASA selected 57 winning teams in an inaugural nationwide challenge designed to attract, engage, and prepare future science, technology, engineering, and mathematics professionals.
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- ‘The Book of Boba Fett’ Chapter 4 sets up a potential ‘Star Wars’ series crossoveron 26/01/2022 at 23:44
Have you ever wanted to look down the throat of a Sarlacc? Then this show is for you!
- A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket stage will slam into the moon on March 4on 26/01/2022 at 21:47
The upper stage of the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket that launched the DSCOVR satellite in 2015 will arrive violently on the lunar surface just five weeks from now.
- Meteorite hunters rejoice: Antarctica probably harbors 300,000 undiscovered space rockson 26/01/2022 at 20:09
An artificial intelligence program suggests there may be hundreds of thousands of meteorites left for scientists to discover in Antarctica and reveals what may be the most likely places to unearth them.
- Best telescopes 2022: Top picks for viewing planets, galaxies, stars and moreon 26/01/2022 at 19:49
Our selection of the best telescopes will suit all budgets and needs — whether you’re observing planets, stars, the moon or anything else in the night sky.
- Streaming deals: great sci-fi content and discountson 26/01/2022 at 19:14
These streaming deals will give you tons of great sci-fi content for you to enjoy.
- Saturn’s ‘Death Star’ moon could have a secret underground oceanon 26/01/2022 at 18:00
Scientists have found “compelling evidence” that Saturn’s “Death Star” moon is hiding an ocean just beneath its surface, furthering the search for possible life in our solar system.
- Could a spacecraft ‘catch up’ to interstellar visitor ‘Oumuamua in just 26 years?on 26/01/2022 at 17:00
Could we send a spacecraft to the giant, cigar-shaped interstellar interloper ‘Oumuamua? Should we?
- Perseverance rover does the ‘twist’ on Mars to shake loose stuck rockson 26/01/2022 at 16:47
NASA’s Perseverance rover on Mars has shaken loose the last two pebbles clogging its sampling system.
- Solar eclipse guide 2022: When, where & how to see themon 26/01/2022 at 16:08
Our solar eclipse guide 2022 contains everything you need to know about the two partial solar eclipses that will occur on Apr. 30 and Oct. 25.
- Marvel movies you probably haven’t seenon 26/01/2022 at 16:01
Move over Avengers and make room in the limelight for these forgotten Marvel movies.
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- AI breakthrough could revolutionize how we research dinosaur fossilson 27/01/2022 at 05:10
One of the most promising applications of artificial intelligence technologies is the identification of tumors from high-resolution medical imagery. Can the same techniques be used to help paleontologists more quickly analyze similar scans of dinosaur fossils? Researchers reported some of the early answers—and remaining challenges—in a new paper published in Frontiers in Earth Science.
- Earliest known report of ball lightning phenomenon in England discoveredon 27/01/2022 at 00:00
Researchers have discovered what appears to be the earliest known account of a rare weather phenomenon called ball lightning in England.
- Fossil snail shells offer new tool for analyzing ancient ocean chemistryon 26/01/2022 at 21:49
A collection of fossil shells from marine snails and clams is challenging a theory that says the world’s deadliest mass extinction was accompanied by severe ocean acidification.
- Culture plays role in children’s acceptance of gender-diverse peerson 26/01/2022 at 21:48
Shown four images of hypothetical peers—a boy playing with cars and trucks, a girl playing with cars and trucks, a boy playing with a Barbie and dollhouse, and a girl playing with a Barbie and dollhouse—children from Thailand and China were then asked a simple question: Would you want to be their friend?
- X-rays will make plant diets of the future more tastyon 26/01/2022 at 21:47
Imagine taking your favorite treat—a Mars bar or cream puff—and beaming it with X-rays to map out what makes it so delicious. Then, picture being able to transfer some of those magnificent qualities and tastes to healthier, more sustainable products.
- Getting in gear: Researchers create a slow light device with high optical qualityon 26/01/2022 at 21:46
Researchers including a postdoc at the University of Massachusetts Amherst have created a gear-shaped photonic crystal microring that increases the strength of light-matter interactions without sacrificing optical quality. The result is an on-chip microresonator with an optical quality factor 50 times better than the previous record in slow light devices that could improve microresonators used in a range of photonics applications, including sensing and metrology, nonlinear optics and cavity quantum electrodynamics.
- NASA Greenland mission completes six years of mapping unknown terrainon 26/01/2022 at 21:11
To learn how ocean water is melting glaciers, NASA’s Oceans Melting Greenland mission extensively surveyed the coastline of the world’s largest island.
- Will the COVID-19 pandemic make waste management more uncontrollable?on 26/01/2022 at 20:59
The outbreak of COVID-19 has changed our lifestyle, and even the environment around us, such as the reduction of carbon dioxide and nitrogen dioxide emissions and the alleviation of water pollution. A more obvious change is that the production of waste related to pandemic prevention has increased significantly. For example, the main component of disposable masks we use every day is plastic fiber. It is estimated that hundreds of billions of masks are used every month around the world. As the largest producer of masks, China’s daily output in March 2020 has exceeded 100 million. Before the pandemic, the world produced more than 300 million tons of plastic every year, most of which eventually entered into nature and decomposed into small plastic particles.
- When light loses symmetry, it can hold particleson 26/01/2022 at 20:59
Optical tweezers use light to immobilize microscopic particles as small as a single atom in 3D space. The basic principle behind optical tweezers is the momentum transfer between light and the object being held. Analogous to the water pushing on a dam that blocks the stream, light pushes onto and attracts objects that make the light bend. This so-called optical force can be designed to point to a certain point in space, where a particle will be held. In fact, the optical trapping technique has so far won two Nobel Prizes, one in 1997 for holding and cooling down single atoms, a second in 2018 for offering biologists a tool to study single biomolecules such as DNA and proteins.
- Three, two, one: astronomers predict SpaceX space junk will hit the Moonon 26/01/2022 at 20:16
A chunk of a SpaceX rocket that blasted off seven years ago and was abandoned in space after completing its mission will crash into the Moon in March, experts say.
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- Jaw-Dropping View of The Milky Way Reveals Mysterious Structures Dangling in Spaceby Michelle Starr on 27/01/2022 at 06:01
What are they?
- A Harvard Mathematician Has Basically Solved an Epic, 150-Year-Old Chess Problemby David Nield on 27/01/2022 at 04:35
- ‘Killer Lake’ in Africa Looks Like Paradise, But It’s Hiding a Deadly Secretby Marion Douet, AFP on 27/01/2022 at 04:16
Not quite the picture of tranquility it seems.
- Study Confirms Suspicions That Cat Brains Are Smaller Than They Used to Beby David Nield on 27/01/2022 at 01:16
- Record-Breaking Nuclear Fusion Experiment Achieves Historic Plasma Milestoneby Tom Metcalfe, Live Science on 27/01/2022 at 00:59
For a split second, something truly incredible happened.
- Abandoned SpaceX Rocket Will Crash Into The Moon Within Weeks, Scientists Sayby AFP on 27/01/2022 at 00:02
We’ve never seen space junk do this before.
- Astronomers Detect Strange Signals We’ve Never Seen Before in Our Cosmic Vicinityby Michelle Starr on 26/01/2022 at 16:00
“It was kind of spooky.”
- Wild New Paper Suggests Earth’s Tectonic Activity Has an Unseen Sourceby David Nield on 26/01/2022 at 09:30
This could explain a lot.
- Hippos Will Aggressively Spray Poop at The Mere Sound of a Stranger’s Wheeze Honkby Jacinta Bowler on 26/01/2022 at 06:30
And how do you mark your turf!?
- What’s The Deal With 5G And Plane Safety? Here’s What You Need to Knowby Sufian Yousef, The Conversation on 26/01/2022 at 00:39
5G is already used in other countries without reported problems.
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- FEMA to Start Tracking Race of Disaster-Aid Applicantsby Thomas Frank, E&E News on 26/01/2022 at 20:15
The agency wants to examine if aid is distrubuted inequitably — Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
- Can We Gauge Quantum Time of Flight?by Anil Ananthaswamy on 26/01/2022 at 14:00
Measuring the time it takes particles to travel between two points may be the best test yet for Bohmian mechanics — Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
- When Should You Get a COVID Test?by Sara Reardon on 26/01/2022 at 14:00
It depends, but vaccinated people should generally wait five days after exposure before taking an antigen test. Here’s why — Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
- Could Echoes from Colliding Black Holes Prove Stephen Hawking’s Greatest Prediction?by Anil Ananthaswamy on 26/01/2022 at 13:00
Subtle signals from black hole mergers might confirm the existence of “Hawking radiation”—and gravitational-wave detectors may have already seen them — Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
- Aha! Moments Pop Up from below the Level of Conscious Awarenessby Emily Laber-Warren on 26/01/2022 at 11:45
People in a study handily solved puzzles while juggling an unrelated mental task by relying on spontaneous insight, not analytic thinking — Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
- Webb Telescope Reaches Its Final Destination Far from Earthby Alexandra Witze, Nature magazine on 25/01/2022 at 18:45
The ambitious observatory has arrived at its home—near a gravitationally stable spot called L2—for a premier view of the universe — Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
- Tiger Sharks, Tracked Over Decades, Are Shifting Their Haunts With Ocean Warmingby Christopher Intagliata on 25/01/2022 at 16:00
Using a combination of fishing data and satellite tracking, scientists found that the sharks have shifted their range some 250 miles poleward over the last 40 years. — Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
- The James Webb Space Telescope Could Solve One of Cosmology’s Deepest Mysteriesby Daniel Leonard on 25/01/2022 at 15:00
The observatory’s unprecedented infrared measurements might at last bridge a growing rift between astronomers over how fast the universe is expanding — Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
- Cosmic-Level Anxietyby Andrea Gawrylewski on 25/01/2022 at 14:30
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- Schoolkids Are Falling Victim to Disinformation and Conspiracy Fantasiesby Melinda Wenner Moyer on 25/01/2022 at 14:00
Although children are prime targets, educators cannot figure out how best to teach them to separate fact from fiction — Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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- How the Physics of Resonance Shapes Realityby Ben Brubaker on 26/01/2022 at 17:07
The same phenomenon by which an opera singer can shatter a wineglass also underlies the very existence of subatomic particles. The post How the Physics of Resonance Shapes Reality first appeared on Quanta Magazine
- Researchers Build AI That Builds AIby Anil Ananthaswamy on 25/01/2022 at 17:02
By using hypernetworks, researchers can now preemptively fine-tune artificial neural networks, saving some of the time and expense of training. The post Researchers Build AI That Builds AI first appeared on Quanta Magazine
- How Infinite Series Reveal the Unity of Mathematicsby Steven Strogatz on 24/01/2022 at 14:36
Infinite sums are among the most underrated yet powerful concepts in mathematics, capable of linking concepts across math’s vast web. The post How Infinite Series Reveal the Unity of Mathematics first appeared on Quanta Magazine
- In a Numerical Coincidence, Some See Evidence for String Theoryby Natalie Wolchover on 21/01/2022 at 14:58
In a quest to map out a quantum theory of gravity, researchers have used logical rules to calculate how much Einstein’s theory must change. The result matches string theory perfectly. The post In a Numerical Coincidence, Some See Evidence for String Theory first appeared on Quanta Magazine
- Any Single Galaxy Reveals the Composition of an Entire Universeby Charlie Wood on 20/01/2022 at 15:22
In computer simulations of possible universes, researchers have discovered that a neural network can infer the amount of matter in a whole universe by studying just one of its galaxies. The post Any Single Galaxy Reveals the Composition of an Entire Universe first appeared on Quanta Magazine
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- Machine learning points to prime places in Antarctica to find meteoritesby Carolyn Gramling on 26/01/2022 at 19:00
Using data on how ice moves across Antarctica, researchers identified more than 600 spots where space rocks may gather on the southern continent.
- An Arctic hare traveled at least 388 kilometers in a record-breaking journeyby Ariana Remmel on 26/01/2022 at 14:00
An Arctic hare’s dash across northern Canada, the longest seen among hares and their relatives, is changing how scientists think about tundra ecology.
- How mindfulness-based training can give elite athletes a mental edgeby Ashley Yeager on 26/01/2022 at 12:00
Mindfulness and acceptance and commitment therapy are two types of training psychologists are using to bolster athletes’ mental health.
- How AI can identify people even in anonymized datasetsby Nikk Ogasa on 25/01/2022 at 16:04
A neural network identified a majority of anonymous mobile phone service subscribers using details about their weekly social interactions.
- Stuck inside this winter? Try an at-home citizen science projectby Erin Wayman on 25/01/2022 at 14:00
Researchers are in search of volunteers to look for solar jets, transcribe old weather logbooks, listen for threatened frogs and more.
- Scientists uncover the secret to fishing cats’ hunting successby Anne Pinto-Rodrigues on 25/01/2022 at 12:00
Volunteers in India have helped to explain how one of the world’s semiaquatic wild cat species hunts.
- The James Webb Space Telescope has reached its new home at lastby Lisa Grossman on 24/01/2022 at 19:28
The most powerful telescope ever launched still has a long to-do list before it can start doing science.
- Antimicrobial resistance is a leading cause of death globallyby Aimee Cunningham on 24/01/2022 at 14:00
In more than 70 percent of the 1.27 million deaths caused by antimicrobial resistance, infections didn’t respond to two classes of first-line antibiotics.
- An ‘everlasting’ bubble endured more than a year without poppingby Emily Conover on 24/01/2022 at 12:00
One of the bubbles, made with water, glycerol and microparticles, lasted 465 days before popping.
- What the Tonga volcano’s past tells us about what to expect nextby Carolyn Gramling on 21/01/2022 at 17:46
The January 15 eruption of a Tongan volcano triggered atmospheric shock waves and a rare volcanic tsunami; its history suggests it may not be done.
- An X-ray glow suggests black holes or neutron stars fuel weird cosmic ‘cows’by Liz Kruesi on 21/01/2022 at 14:00
With the brightest X-ray glow of a new class of exploding stars, cosmic oddity AT2020mrf boosts evidence of these mysterious blasts’ power source.
- Intense drought or flash floods can shock the global economyby Carolyn Gramling on 21/01/2022 at 12:00
Rainfall extremes have powerful impacts on the global economy, affecting the manufacturing and services sectors more than agriculture.
- Babies may use saliva sharing to figure out relationshipsby Erin Garcia de Jesús on 20/01/2022 at 19:03
Actions like sharing bites of food or kissing may cue young children into close bonds, a new study suggests.
- A ‘trapdoor’ made of muscle and fat helps fin whales eat without chokingby Sharon Oosthoek on 20/01/2022 at 16:00
An “oral plug” may explain how lunge-feeding fin whales don’t choke and drown as they fill their mouths with prey and water while eating.
- Gold and silver tubes in a Russian museum are the oldest known drinking strawsby Bruce Bower on 19/01/2022 at 23:03
Long metal tubes enabled communal beer drinking more than 5,000 years ago, scientists say.
- These tiny beetles fly fast thanks to wing bristles and a weird, wide strokeby Jake Buehler on 19/01/2022 at 16:10
Minuscule featherwing beetles have evolved a unique way of flying that lets them match the speed of beetles three times as big.
- A disinfectant made from sawdust mows down deadly microbesby Carolyn Wilke on 19/01/2022 at 14:06
Antimicrobial molecules found in wood waste could be used to make more sustainable, greener disinfectants.
- Volcanic avalanches of rock and gas may be more destructive than previously thoughtby Nikk Ogasa on 19/01/2022 at 12:00
Pressures within pyroclastic flows may be as much as three times as great as observations had suggested.
- Take an online journey through the history of mathby Erin Wayman on 18/01/2022 at 13:00
‘History of Mathematics’ explores the origins of arithmetic, algebra, geometry and more.
- Scientists vacuumed animal DNA out of thin air for the first timeby Jude Coleman on 18/01/2022 at 11:00
The ability to sniff out animals’ airborne genetic material has been on researchers’ wish list for over a decade.