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May 22, 2017
EXO WORLDS
Scientists propose synestia, a new type of planetary object



Davis CA (SPX) May 22, 2017
There's something new to look for in the heavens, and it's called a "synestia," according to planetary scientists Simon Lock at Harvard University and Sarah Stewart at the University of California, Davis. A synestia, they propose, would be a huge, spinning, donut-shaped mass of hot, vaporized rock, formed as planet-sized objects smash into each other. And at one point early in its history, the Earth itself was likely a synestia, said Stewart, who is a professor in the Department of Earth and Plane ... read more

EXO WORLDS
Study shows how radioactive decay could support extraterrestrial life
San Antonio, TX (SPX) May 22, 2017
In the icy bodies around our solar system, radiation emitted from rocky cores could break up water molecules and support hydrogen-eating microbes. To address this cosmic possibility, a University of ... more
STELLAR CHEMISTRY
Scientists Solve Mystery of How Most Antimatter in the Milky Way Forms
Canberra, Australia (SPX) May 22, 2017
A team of international astrophysicists led by The Australian National University (ANU) has shown how most of the antimatter in the Milky Way forms. Antimatter is material composed of the anti ... more
EXO WORLDS
Astronomers Confirm Orbital Details of TRAPPIST-1h
Pasadena CA (JPL) May 22, 2017
Scientists using NASA's Kepler space telescope identified a regular pattern in the orbits of the planets in the TRAPPIST-1 system that confirmed suspected details about the orbit of its outermost an ... more
EXO WORLDS
Kepler Telescope Spies Details of Trappist-1's Outermost Planet
Seattle WA (SPX) May 22, 2017
A University of Washington-led international team of astronomers has used data gathered by the Kepler Space Telescope to observe and confirm details of the outermost of seven exoplanets orbiting the ... more
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Monash researchers uncover new gravitational wave characteristics
Melbourne, Australia (SPX) May 22, 2017
Monash researchers have identified a new concept - 'orphan memory' - which changes the current thinking around gravitational waves. The research, by the Monash Centre for Astrophysics, was pub ... more
TIME AND SPACE
Astronomers make the largest map of the Universe yet
Baltimore, MD (SPX) May 22, 2017
Astronomers with the Sloan Digital Sky Survey (SDSS) have created the first map of the large-scale structure of the universe based entirely on the positions of quasars. Quasars are the incredibly br ... more
TIME AND SPACE
Mapping supermassive black holes in the distant Universe
Portsmouth, UK (SPX) May 22, 2017
Astronomers have constructed the first map of the universe based on the positions of supermassive black holes, which reveals the large-scale structure of the universe. The map precisely measur ... more
SOLAR SCIENCE
Space weather events linked to human activity
Greenbelt MD (SPX) May 18, 2017
Our Cold War history is now offering scientists a chance to better understand the complex space system that surrounds us. Space weather - which can include changes in Earth's magnetic environment - ... more
EXO WORLDS
New study sheds light on origins of life on Earth through molecular function
Urbana IL (SPX) May 19, 2017
In the primordial soup that was early Earth, life started small. Elements joined to form the simple carbon-based molecules that were the precursors of everything that was to come. But there is debat ... more
TIME AND SPACE
Interaction between the atomic nucleus and the electron on trial
Braunschweig, Germany (SPX) May 18, 2017
For the first time, a team of researchers under the leadership of TU Darmstadt and with the participation of scientists from the Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt (PTB) has succeeded in measurin ... more


Destruction of a quantum monopole observed

MERCURY RISING
3D Navigation Tool Among MESSENGER's Final Data Products
Laurel, MD (SPX) May 19, 2017
NASA's MESSENGER mission to Mercury has released an updated ACT-QuickMap tool with new 3D navigation capabilities as illustrated by this "fly around" view of the Caloris impact basin. This update wa ... more
STELLAR CHEMISTRY
First Result from XENON1T Dark Matter Detector
Washington DC (SPX) May 19, 2017
This is how scientists behind XENON1T, now the most sensitive dark matter experiment world-wide, hosted in the INFN Laboratori Nazionali del Gran Sasso, Italy (http://www.lngs.infn.it), commented on ... more
EXO WORLDS
ALMA eyes icy ring around young planetary system
Charlottesville VA (SPX) May 19, 2017
An international team of astronomers using the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) has made the first complete millimeter-wavelength image of the ring of dusty debris surrounding the ... more
SATURN DAILY
History of Titan's Landscape Resembles Mars's, not Earth's
Boston MA (SPX) May 19, 2017
The environment on Titan, Saturn's largest moon, may seem surprisingly familiar: Clouds condense and rain down on the surface, feeding rivers that flow into oceans and lakes. Outside of Earth, Titan ... more



Hubble spots moon around third largest dwarf planet
Greenbelt MD (SPX) May 19, 2017
The combined power of three space observatories, including NASA's Hubble Space Telescope, has helped astronomers uncover a moon orbiting the third largest dwarf planet, catalogued as 2007 OR10. The pair resides in the frigid outskirts of our solar system called the Kuiper Belt, a realm of icy debris left over from our solar system's formation 4.6 billion years ago. With this discovery, mos ... more
Washington DC (SPX) May 18, 2017
NASA asks science community for Europa Lander Instruments ideas
Berkeley CA (SPX) May 11, 2017
Waves of lava seen in Io's largest volcanic crater
Washington DC (Sputnik) May 08, 2017
Not So Great Anymore: Jupiter's Red Spot Shrinks to Smallest Size Ever
Scientists propose synestia, a new type of planetary object
Davis CA (SPX) May 22, 2017
There's something new to look for in the heavens, and it's called a "synestia," according to planetary scientists Simon Lock at Harvard University and Sarah Stewart at the University of California, Davis. A synestia, they propose, would be a huge, spinning, donut-shaped mass of hot, vaporized rock, formed as planet-sized objects smash into each other. And at one point early in its history, ... more
Seattle WA (SPX) May 22, 2017
Kepler Telescope Spies Details of Trappist-1's Outermost Planet
Pasadena CA (JPL) May 22, 2017
Astronomers Confirm Orbital Details of TRAPPIST-1h
San Antonio, TX (SPX) May 22, 2017
Study shows how radioactive decay could support extraterrestrial life
HI-SEAS Mission V Mars simulation marks midway point
Honolulu HI (SPX) May 22, 2017
After four months of living in a Mars-like environment, the six HI-SEAS Mission V crewmembers have hit the halfway mark. They have learned to deal with challenges such as a 20-minute communications delay, gearing up in hazmat suits to explore the geologic features of the landing site and cooking with dehydrated food. "The midpoint is an interesting time in the mission," observed crewmember ... more
Washington DC (SPX) May 19, 2017
Deciphering the fluid floorplan of a planet
Washington DC (SPX) May 17, 2017
How hard did it rain on Mars
Pasadena CA (JPL) May 16, 2017
Mars Rover Opportunity Begins Study of Valley's Origin
Winning plans for CubeSats to the Moon
Paris (ESA) May 12, 2017
If you could fly a CubeSat to the Moon, what could such a tiny satellite do there? ESA posed this question - and now four proposals will be studied in more detail for possible flight over the coming decade. These miniature missions variously involve probing lunar radiation, surveying the radio sky over the far side of the Moon, mapping minerals and frozen gases within shadowed craters, and ... more
Paris (ESA) May 04, 2017
Printing bricks from moondust using the Sun's heat
Tempe AZ (SPX) May 02, 2017
NASA selects ASU's ShadowCam for moon mission
Moscow (Sputnik) Apr 27, 2017
Russia, US Ready to Give You a Lift to Moon Orbit, ISS
ASKAP telescope to rule radio-burst hunt
Canbera, Australia (SPX) May 22, 2017
A CSIRO telescope in Western Australia has found its first 'fast radio burst' from space after less than four days of searching. The discovery came so quickly that the telescope, the Australian Square Kilometre Array Pathfinder (ASKAP) near Geraldton in Western Australia, looks set to become a world champion in this fiercely competitive area of astronomy. The new fast radio burst fin ... more
Munich, Germany (SPX) May 22, 2017
Secondary Mirror of European Extremely Large Telescope Cast
Canberra, Australia (SPX) May 22, 2017
Scientists Solve Mystery of How Most Antimatter in the Milky Way Forms
Washington DC (SPX) May 19, 2017
First Result from XENON1T Dark Matter Detector
NASA's CPEX tackles a weather fundamental
Palmdale CA (SPX) May 22, 2017
A NASA-funded field campaign getting underway in Florida on May 25 has a real shot at improving meteorologists' ability to answer some of the most fundamental questions about weather: Where will it rain? When? How much? Called the Convective Processes Experiment (CPEX), the campaign is using NASA's DC-8 airborne laboratory outfitted with five complementary research instruments designed and ... more
Seattle WA (SPX) May 19, 2017
Earth's atmosphere more chemically reactive in cold climates
Greenbelt MD (SPX) May 17, 2017
First space-based sodium LIRDAR will study poorly understood Mesosphere
Greenbelt MD (SPX) May 19, 2017
NASA Mission Uncovers Dance of Electrons in Space
Movie Shows Ceres at Opposition from Sun
Pasadena CA (JPL) May 17, 2017
NASA's Dawn spacecraft successfully observed Ceres at opposition on April 29, taking images from a position exactly between the sun and Ceres' surface. Mission specialists had carefully maneuvered Dawn into a special orbit so that the spacecraft could view Occator Crater, which contains the brightest area of Ceres, from this new perspective. A new movie shows these opposition images, with ... more
Tokyo, Japan (SPX) May 16, 2017
Twisting an Asteroid
Ithaca NY (SPX) May 15, 2017
Oldest buckthorn fossilized flowers found in Argentina
El Segundo CA (SPX) May 16, 2017
The Aerospace Corporation leads Asteroid Impact Exercise at IAA in Tokyo
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Greenbelt MD (SPX) May 18, 2017
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Tokyo, Japan (SPX) May 19, 2017
UV Spectropolarimetry Opens a New Window for Solar Physics Research
Tokyo, Japan (SPX) May 18, 2017
First direct exploration of magnetic fields in the upper solar atmosphere
Durham NH (SPX) May 16, 2017
UNH researcher identifies key differences in solar wind models
A cabin on the moon? China hones the lunar lifestyle
Beijing (XNA) May 12, 2017
While it remains unclear exactly how long China's first lunar explorers will spend on the surface, the country is already planning for longer stays. Eight Chinese volunteers will live in "Yuegong-1," a simulated space "cabin" in Beijing for the next year, strengthening China's knowledge and technical know-how, and helping the country's scientists understand exactly what will be required fo ... more
Beijing (AFP) May 11, 2017
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Beijing (XNA) May 01, 2017
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Beijing (Sputnik) May 01, 2017
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ASKAP telescope to rule radio-burst hunt
Canbera, Australia (SPX) May 22, 2017
A CSIRO telescope in Western Australia has found its first 'fast radio burst' from space after less than four days of searching. The discovery came so quickly that the telescope, the Australian Square Kilometre Array Pathfinder (ASKAP) near Geraldton in Western Australia, looks set to become a world champion in this fiercely competitive area of astronomy. The new fast radio burst fin ... more
Munich, Germany (SPX) May 22, 2017
Secondary Mirror of European Extremely Large Telescope Cast
Canberra, Australia (SPX) May 22, 2017
Scientists Solve Mystery of How Most Antimatter in the Milky Way Forms
Washington DC (SPX) May 19, 2017
First Result from XENON1T Dark Matter Detector
'Moral enhancement' technologies are neither feasible nor wise
Raleigh NC (SPX) May 22, 2017
A recent study by researchers at North Carolina State University and the Montreal Clinical Research Institute (IRCM) finds that "moral enhancement technologies" - which are discussed as ways of improving human behavior - are neither feasible nor wise, based on an assessment of existing research into these technologies. The idea behind moral enhancement technologies is to use biomedical tec ... more
Washington (UPI) May 19, 2017
Study reveals architecture of the 'second brain,' the enteric nervous system
Washington (UPI) May 17, 2017
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Tempe AZ (SPX) May 18, 2017
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Saving time in space
Paris (ESA) May 22, 2017
Working inside the International Space Station is sometimes like assembling complex furniture but with the tools and paper instructions continually floating out of reach. Astronauts also face situations unforeseen by the instructions. Communication delays with ground control to troubleshoot these occasions mean even more valuable time is lost. Now, 'mobiPV' is looking to help. Developed by ... more
Houston TX (SPX) May 22, 2017
SpaceX Dragon to deliver research payloads to Space Station
Washington DC (SPX) May 19, 2017
Joint Statement: The Fourth Meeting of the U.S.-Japan Comprehensive Dialogue on Space
Cannes, France (AFP) May 21, 2017
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NASA Annual Arctic Ice Survey Expanded Range This Year
Greenbelt MD (SPX) May 19, 2017
NASA's annual survey of changes in Arctic ice cover greatly expanded its reach this year in a series of flights that wrapped up on May 12. It was the most ambitious spring campaign in the region for NASA's Operation IceBridge, an airborne mission to monitor ice changes at Earth's poles, which also included a rapid-response flight over a new crack in Petermann Glacier, one of the largest and fast ... more
Beijing (AFP) May 22, 2017
China says no mining planned in Antarctica
Munich, Germany (SPX) May 23, 2017
Elevation could help explain why Antarctica is warming slower than Arctic
Miami (AFP) May 18, 2017
Antarctica is greening due to global warming
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NASA adds up record Australia rainfall
Greenbelt MD (SPX) May 22, 2017
Over the week of May 15, extreme rainfall drenched northeastern Australia and NASA data provided a look at the record totals. The rainfall was the heaviest rainfall in that area since tropical cyclone Debbie hit Queensland Australia in late March. Much of the recent extremely heavy rainfall was due to storms associated with a trough or elongated area of low pressure slowly moving over nort ... more
Baltimore MD (SPX) May 19, 2017
Scientists begin to unlock secrets of deep ocean color from organic materials
Paris (AFP) May 18, 2017
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Sydney, Australia (SPX) May 22, 2017
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Monash researchers uncover new gravitational wave characteristics
Melbourne, Australia (SPX) May 22, 2017
Monash researchers have identified a new concept - 'orphan memory' - which changes the current thinking around gravitational waves. The research, by the Monash Centre for Astrophysics, was published recently in Physical Review Letters. Einstein's theory of general relativity predicts that cataclysmic cosmic explosions stretch the fabric of spacetime. The stretching of spacetime ... more
Washington DC (SPX) May 11, 2017
Proving Einstein right using highly sensitive Earth rotation sensors
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