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March 25, 2017
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Breaking the supermassive black hole speed limit



Los Alamos NM (SPX) Mar 23, 2017
A new computer simulation helps explain the existence of puzzling supermassive black holes observed in the early universe. The simulation is based on a computer code used to understand the coupling of radiation and certain materials. "Supermassive black holes have a speed limit that governs how fast and how large they can grow," said Joseph Smidt of the Theoretical Design Division at Los Alamos National Laboratory, "The relatively recent discovery of supermassive black holes in the early developme ... read more

STELLAR CHEMISTRY
Tracing Aromatic Molecules in the Early Universe
Riverside CA (SPX) Mar 23, 2017
A UC Riverside-led team of astronomers have taken us a step closer to better understand the formation and destruction mechanisms of dust molecules in the distant universe. A molecule found in car en ... more
SOLAR SCIENCE
NASA's SDO sees a stretch of spotless Sun
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Mar 23, 2017
For 15 days starting on March 7, 2017, NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory, or SDO, returned visible light images of a yolk-like spotless sun. This is the longest stretch of spotlessness since t ... more
TIME AND SPACE
Scientists evade the Heisenberg uncertainty principle
Madrid, Spain (SPX) Mar 23, 2017
State-of-the-art sensors, such as MRIs and atomic clocks, are capable of making measurements with exquisite precision. MRI is used to image tissues deep within the human body and tells us whether we ... more
TIME AND SPACE
Giant magnetic fields in the universe
Bonn, Germany (SPX) Mar 23, 2017
Astronomers from Bonn and Tautenburg in Thuringia (Germany) used the 100-m radio telescope at Effelsberg to observe several galaxy clusters. At the edges of these large accumulations of dark matter, ... more
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STELLAR CHEMISTRY
When helium behaves like a black hole
Burlington, VT (SPX) Mar 23, 2017
A team of scientists has discovered that a law controlling the bizarre behavior of black holes out in space - is also true for cold helium atoms that can be studied in laboratories. "It's called an ... more
TECH SPACE
ADATS could assist X-planes with large, super-fast data transmission
Edwards AFB CA (SPX) Mar 23, 2017
A network and communication architecture that can more efficiently move data from research aircraft, while using half the bandwidth of traditional methods, could eventually also enable data collecti ... more
TECH SPACE
New study maps space dust in 3-D
Berkeley CA (SPX) Mar 23, 2017
Berkeley Lab-led research raises new questions about properties of dust in local and distant reaches of Milky Way. Consider that the Earth is just a giant cosmic dust bunny-a big bundle of debris am ... more
IRON AND ICE
The many faces of Rosetta's comet 67P
Pasadena CA (JPL) Mar 23, 2017
Images returned from the European Space Agency's Rosetta mission indicate that during its most recent trip through the inner solar system, the surface of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko was a very a ... more
IRON AND ICE
Ice in Ceres' shadowed craters linked to tilt history
Pasadena CA (JPL) Mar 23, 2017
Dwarf planet Ceres may be hundreds of millions of miles from Jupiter, and even farther from Saturn, but the tremendous influence of gravity from these gas giants has an appreciable effect on Ceres' ... more
EXO WORLDS
Fledgling stars try to prevent their neighbors from birthing planets
London, UK (SPX) Mar 23, 2017
Newly formed stars are surrounded by a disc of dense gas and dust. This is called the protoplanetary disc, as material sticks together within it to form planets. Stars of different shapes and sizes ... more


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IRON AND ICE
Collapsing cliff reveals comet's interior
Paris (ESA) Mar 22, 2017
Rosetta scientists have made the first compelling link between an outburst of dust and gas and the collapse of a prominent cliff, which also exposed the pristine, icy interior of the comet. Su ... more
TIME AND SPACE
NASA's swift mission maps a star's 'death spiral' into a Black Hole
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Mar 21, 2017
Some 290 million years ago, a star much like the sun wandered too close to the central black hole of its galaxy. Intense tides tore the star apart, which produced an eruption of optical, ultraviolet ... more
STELLAR CHEMISTRY
New Hubble mosaic of the Orion Nebula
Garching, Germany (SPX) Mar 21, 2017
In the search for rogue planets and failed stars astronomers using the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope have created a new mosaic image of the Orion Nebula. During their survey of the famous star for ... more
SOLAR SCIENCE
NASA Satellites Ready When Stars and Planets Align
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Mar 21, 2017
The movements of the stars and the planets have almost no impact on life on Earth, but a few times per year, the alignment of celestial bodies has a visible effect. One of these geometric events - t ... more

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Scientists make the case to restore Pluto's planet status
Baltimore MD (SPX) Mar 21, 2017
Johns Hopkins University scientist Kirby Runyon wants to make one thing clear: Regardless of what one prestigious scientific organization says to the contrary, Pluto is a planet. So, he says, is Europa, commonly known as a moon of Jupiter, and so is the Earth's moon, and so are more than 100 other celestial bodies in our solar system that are denied this status under the prevailing definition of ... more
Paris (ESA) Mar 17, 2017
ESA's Jupiter mission moves off the drawing board
Pasadena CA (JPL) Mar 13, 2017
NASA Mission Named 'Europa Clipper'
Pasadena CA (JPL) Mar 07, 2017
Juno Captures Jupiter Cloudscape in High Resolution
First Light for Breakthrough Listen at Parkes Telescope
New York NY (SPX) Nov 09, 2016
Breakthrough Listen, the 10-year, $100-million astronomical search for intelligent life beyond Earth launched in 2015 by Internet entrepreneur Yuri Milner and Stephen Hawking, has announced its first observations using the Parkes Radio Telescope in New South Wales, Australia. Parkes joins the Green Bank Telescope (GBT) in West Virginia, USA, and the Automated Planet Finder (APF) at Lick Ob ... more
Parkes, Australia (SPX) Nov 09, 2016
Search for ET underway with Parkes Radio Telescope
Berkeley CA (SPX) Oct 28, 2016
Breakthrough Listen to Search for Intelligent Life Around Tabby's Star
Berkeley CA (SPX) Oct 25, 2016
New bacteria groups, and stunning diversity, discovered underground
Fledgling stars try to prevent their neighbors from birthing planets
London, UK (SPX) Mar 23, 2017
Newly formed stars are surrounded by a disc of dense gas and dust. This is called the protoplanetary disc, as material sticks together within it to form planets. Stars of different shapes and sizes are all born in huge star-forming regions. Scientists know that when a protoplanetary disc around a relatively small star is very close to a massive star, the larger star can evaporate parts of the pr ... more
Tallahassee FL (SPX) Mar 16, 2017
Fossil or inorganic structure? Scientists dig into early life forms
Los Angeles CA (SPX) Mar 16, 2017
Gigantic Jupiter-type planet reveals insights into how planets evolve
Utrecht, Netherlands (SPX) Mar 17, 2017
Operation of ancient biological clock uncovered
Mars Volcano, Earth's Dinosaurs Went Extinct About the Same Time
Pasadena CA (JPL) Mar 21, 2017
New NASA research reveals that the giant Martian volcano Arsia Mons produced one new lava flow at its summit every 1 to 3 million years during the final peak of activity. The last volcanic activity there ceased about 50 million years ago - around the time of Earth's Cretaceous-Paleogene extinction, when large numbers of our planet's plant and animal species (including dinosaurs) went extinct. ... more
Pasadena CA (JPL) Mar 23, 2017
Breaks observed in Curiosity rover wheel treads
Pasadena CA (JPL) Mar 21, 2017
Does Mars Have Rings? Not Right Now, But Maybe One Day
Paris (ESA) Mar 17, 2017
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Team Indus To Send Seven Experiments To The Moon Including Three From India
Bengaluru, India (IANS) Mar 17, 2017
Seven teams, including three from India, have qualified for the country's first private moon mission in December, space technology start-up TeamIndus said on Wednesday. "Teams Callisto, Ears and Kalpana from India, Space4Life from Italy, Lunadome from Britain, Killa Lab from Peru and Regolith Revolution from the US have qualified to fly their experiments to the lunar surface in our spacecr ... more
Tempe AZ (SPX) Mar 13, 2017
Sun Devils working for a chance to induce photosynthesis on our lunar neighbor
Washington (UPI) Mar 10, 2017
NASA finds missing LRO, Chandrayaan-1 lunar orbiters
Washington (AFP) March 12, 2017
Under Trump, the Moon regains interest as possible destination
Tracing Aromatic Molecules in the Early Universe
Riverside CA (SPX) Mar 23, 2017
A UC Riverside-led team of astronomers have taken us a step closer to better understand the formation and destruction mechanisms of dust molecules in the distant universe. A molecule found in car engine exhaust fumes that is thought to have contributed to the origin of life on Earth has made astronomers heavily underestimate the amount of stars that were forming in the early Universe, a Universi ... more
Burlington, VT (SPX) Mar 23, 2017
When helium behaves like a black hole
Garching, Germany (SPX) Mar 21, 2017
New Hubble mosaic of the Orion Nebula
Columbia MA (SPX) Mar 17, 2017
USRA awarded NASA's Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy contract
Less radiation in inner Van Allen belt than previously believed
Los Alamos NM (SPX) Mar 21, 2017
The inner Van Allen belt has less radiation than previously believed, according to a recent study in the Journal of Geophysical Research. Observations from NASA's Van Allen probes show the fastest, most energetic electrons in the inner radiation belt are actually much rarer and harder to find than scientists expected. This is good news for spacecraft that are orbiting in the region and can ... more
Paris (ESA) Mar 23, 2017
Unravelling Earth's magnetic field
Paris (ESA) Mar 21, 2017
Beautiful science with astronaut aurora
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Mar 21, 2017
SAGE III Achieves First Light from Space Station Perch
Ice in Ceres' shadowed craters linked to tilt history
Pasadena CA (JPL) Mar 23, 2017
Dwarf planet Ceres may be hundreds of millions of miles from Jupiter, and even farther from Saturn, but the tremendous influence of gravity from these gas giants has an appreciable effect on Ceres' orientation. In a new study, researchers from NASA's Dawn mission calculate that the axial tilt of Ceres - the angle at which it spins as it journeys around the sun - varies widely over the course of ... more
Pasadena CA (JPL) Mar 23, 2017
The many faces of Rosetta's comet 67P
Paris (ESA) Mar 22, 2017
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NASA Satellites Ready When Stars and Planets Align
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Mar 21, 2017
The movements of the stars and the planets have almost no impact on life on Earth, but a few times per year, the alignment of celestial bodies has a visible effect. One of these geometric events - the spring equinox - is just around the corner, and another major alignment - a total solar eclipse - will be visible across America on Aug. 21, with a fleet of NASA satellites viewing it from space an ... more
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Mar 23, 2017
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Ithaca NY (SPX) Mar 17, 2017
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Bath, UK (SPX) Mar 15, 2017
New research on northern lights will improve satellite navigation accuracy
China Develops Spaceship Capable of Moon Landing
Beijing (Sputnik) Mar 13, 2017
Chinese state media is reporting that the country's space program has developed a craft capable of both landing on the moon and flying in low-Earth orbit. The new spacecraft is claimed to be able to accommodate multiple astronauts, according to spaceship engineer Zhang Bainian, who Science and Technology Daily cited as comparing the forthcoming ship to the Orion craft currently in developm ... more
Wenchang, China (XNA) Mar 13, 2017
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Beijing (Sputnik) Mar 09, 2017
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Tracing Aromatic Molecules in the Early Universe
Riverside CA (SPX) Mar 23, 2017
A UC Riverside-led team of astronomers have taken us a step closer to better understand the formation and destruction mechanisms of dust molecules in the distant universe. A molecule found in car engine exhaust fumes that is thought to have contributed to the origin of life on Earth has made astronomers heavily underestimate the amount of stars that were forming in the early Universe, a Universi ... more
Burlington, VT (SPX) Mar 23, 2017
When helium behaves like a black hole
Garching, Germany (SPX) Mar 21, 2017
New Hubble mosaic of the Orion Nebula
Columbia MA (SPX) Mar 17, 2017
USRA awarded NASA's Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy contract
Human skull evolved along with two-legged walking, study confirms
Austin TX (SPX) Mar 21, 2017
The evolution of bipedalism in fossil humans can be detected using a key feature of the skull - a claim that was previously contested but now has been further validated by researchers at Stony Brook University and The University of Texas at Austin. Compared with other primates, the large hole at the base of the human skull where the spinal cord passes through, known as the foramen magnum, ... more
University Park PA (SPX) Mar 17, 2017
Nose form was shaped by climate
Washington (UPI) Mar 17, 2017
Human skull and bipedalism evolved side-by-side
Tanjung Gusta, Indonesia (AFP) March 17, 2017
Indonesian tribes gather amid push to protect homelands
InterDrone 2017 Las Vegas - Sept 6-8
NASA's hybrid computer enables Raven's autonomous rendezvous capability
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Mar 23, 2017
A hybrid computing system developed at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, is the enabling technology behind an ambitious experiment testing a relative navigation and autonomous docking capability known as Raven. Developed by the Satellite Servicing Projects Division, or SSPD, the carry-on luggage-sized module was launched February 19 aboard SpaceX's Dragon spacecraf ... more
Washington (AFP) March 21, 2017
Trump, NASA and a rare consensus: mission to Mars
Washington DC (SPX) Mar 21, 2017
COBALT Flight Demonstrations Fuse Technologies to Gain Precision Landing Results
Miami (AFP) March 24, 2017
Spacewalking French, US astronauts to upgrade orbiting lab
Researchers ponder conundrum of disappearing Arctic caribou
Washington (UPI) Mar 23, 2017
Vast herds of caribou roaming the barren tundra are among the most iconic images of Arctic wildlife. But today, most of the world's barren-ground caribou and reindeer herds are on the decline. In some cases, the numbers are dramatic – the Baffin Island herd in Nunavut, for instance, dropped from 235,000 animals in 1991 to just 3,000 in 2014. But the reasons for this free fall r ... more
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Mar 23, 2017
Sea ice extent sinks to record lows at both poles
Seattle WA (SPX) Mar 17, 2017
How to conserve polar bears and maintain subsistence harvest
Boulder CO (SPX) Mar 21, 2017
Last remnant of North American ice sheet on track to vanish
India grants sacred rivers status of 'legal persons'
Dehradun, India (AFP) March 21, 2017
Two of India's holiest but most polluted rivers have been recognised as a "legal person" in a landmark court ruling that could see the sacred waterways restored to health. The decision to bestow legal standing to the Ganges and the Yamuna, one of its major tributaries, comes just days after New Zealand awarded similar rights to its own spiritual river in a move described as a world first. ... more
Indianapolis IN (SPX) Mar 23, 2017
Study of non-rainfall water in Namib Desert reveals unexpected origins
Exeter, UK (SPX) Mar 23, 2017
The foundation of aquatic life can rapidly adapt to global warming
Panama City, Panama (SPX) Mar 21, 2017
Dead zones may threaten coral reefs worldwide
Cells adapt ultra-rapidly to zero gravity
Zurich, Switzerland (SPX) Mar 01, 2017
Mammalian cells are optimally adapted to gravity. But what happens in the microgravity environment of space if the earth's pull disappears? Previously, many experiments exhibited cell changes - after hours or even days in zero gravity. Astronauts, however, returned to Earth without any severe health problems after long missions in space, which begs the question as to how capable cells are of ada ... more
Moscow, Russia (SPX) Feb 22, 2017
'Gravitational noise' interferes with determining distant sources
Chicago IL (SPX) Feb 17, 2017
New method uses heat flow to levitate variety of objects
Washington DC (SPX) Feb 14, 2017
Increasing the sensitivity of next-generation gravitational wave detectors


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