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May 22, 2017
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 bright and distant points of light powered by supermassive black holes. "Because quasars are so bright, we can see them all the way across the universe," said Ashley Ross of the Ohio State University, the co-leader of the study. "That makes them the ideal objects to use to make the biggest map yet." ... read 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
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Destruction of a quantum monopole observed
Helsinki, Finland (SPX) May 19, 2017
Scientists at Amherst College (USA) and Aalto University (Finland) have made the first experimental observations of the dynamics of isolated monopoles in quantum matter. The new study provided ... more
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
EXO WORLDS
Radio Detection of Lonely Planet Disk Shows Similarity with Stars
Heidelberg, Germany (SPX) May 19, 2017
A new study of the lonely, planet-like object OTS44 has provided evidence that this object has formed in a similar way as ordinary stars and brown dwarfs - a surprising result that challenges curren ... more


UV Spectropolarimetry Opens a New Window for Solar Physics Research

SATURN DAILY
Scientists describe origins of topographic relief on Titan
New York NY (SPX) May 19, 2017
Fluid erosion has carved river networks in at least three bodies in our solar system in the form of water on Earth and Mars and liquid hydrocarbons on Titan. A new report in Science examines the glo ... more
OUTER PLANETS
NASA asks science community for Europa Lander Instruments ideas
Washington DC (SPX) May 18, 2017
NASA is asking scientists to consider what would be the best instruments to include on a mission to land on Jupiter's icy moon, Europa. NASA Wednesday informed the science community to prepare ... more
SOLAR SCIENCE
First direct exploration of magnetic fields in the upper solar atmosphere
Tokyo, Japan (SPX) May 18, 2017
For the first time in the world, scientists have explored the magnetic field in the upper solar atmosphere by observing the polarization of ultraviolet light from the Sun. They accomplished this by ... more
STELLAR CHEMISTRY
Sandra Faber Receives $500,000 Gruber Cosmology Prize
New Haven CT (SPX) May 18, 2017
The 2017 Gruber Foundation Cosmology Prize recognizes Sandra M. Faber for a body of work that has helped establish many of the foundational principles underlying the modern understanding of the univ ... 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
Radio Detection of Lonely Planet Disk Shows Similarity with Stars
Heidelberg, Germany (SPX) May 19, 2017
A new study of the lonely, planet-like object OTS44 has provided evidence that this object has formed in a similar way as ordinary stars and brown dwarfs - a surprising result that challenges current models of star and planet formation. The study by a group of astronomers, led by Amelia Bayo of the University of Valparaiso and involving several astronomers from the Max Planck Institute for Astro ... more
Charlottesville VA (SPX) May 19, 2017
ALMA eyes icy ring around young planetary system
Urbana IL (SPX) May 19, 2017
New study sheds light on origins of life on Earth through molecular function
Washington (UPI) May 17, 2017
Metabolism, not RNA, jump-started life's molecular beginnings
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 17, 2017
How hard did it rain on Mars
Washington DC (SPX) May 19, 2017
Deciphering the fluid floorplan of a planet
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
Punching Above Its Weight, Brown Dwarf Launches Parsec-Scale Jet
Tucson AZ (SPX) May 18, 2017
Astronomers using the SOAR telescope at the Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory report the discovery of a spectacular extended jet from a young brown dwarf. With masses too low to sustain hydrogen fusion in their interiors, brown dwarfs occupy the mass range between stars and giant planets. While young stars are commonly found to launch jets that extend over a light-year or more, this is the ... more
Washington DC (SPX) May 19, 2017
First Result from XENON1T Dark Matter Detector
Porto,Portugal (SPX) May 17, 2017
A Ground-Breaking Tool to Reconstruct the History of Galaxies
Johannesburg, South Africa (SPX) May 17, 2017
First array release of images taken with MeerKAT 32
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
Wageningen, Netherlands (SPX) May 18, 2017
Extreme weather has greater impact on nature than expected
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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UV Spectropolarimetry Opens a New Window for Solar Physics Research
Tokyo, Japan (SPX) May 19, 2017
For the first time in the world, scientists have explored the magnetic field in the upper solar atmosphere by observing the polarization of ultraviolet light from the Sun. They accomplished this by analyzing data taken by the CLASP sounding rocket experiment during its 5-minute flight in space on September 3, 2015. The data show that the structures of the solar chromosphere and transition ... more
Tokyo, Japan (SPX) May 18, 2017
First direct exploration of magnetic fields in the upper solar atmosphere
Greenbelt MD (SPX) May 18, 2017
Space weather events linked to human activity
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
China tests 'Lunar Palace' as it eyes moon mission
Beijing (XNA) May 01, 2017
China to conduct several manned space flights around 2020
Beijing (Sputnik) May 01, 2017
Reach for the Stars: China Plans to Ramp Up Space Flight Activity
Punching Above Its Weight, Brown Dwarf Launches Parsec-Scale Jet
Tucson AZ (SPX) May 18, 2017
Astronomers using the SOAR telescope at the Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory report the discovery of a spectacular extended jet from a young brown dwarf. With masses too low to sustain hydrogen fusion in their interiors, brown dwarfs occupy the mass range between stars and giant planets. While young stars are commonly found to launch jets that extend over a light-year or more, this is the ... more
Washington DC (SPX) May 19, 2017
First Result from XENON1T Dark Matter Detector
Porto,Portugal (SPX) May 17, 2017
A Ground-Breaking Tool to Reconstruct the History of Galaxies
Johannesburg, South Africa (SPX) May 17, 2017
First array release of images taken with MeerKAT 32
Adolescent orangoutan breastfeed for eight years
Washington (UPI) May 17, 2017
Maturing orangutan breastfeed for longer than any other mammal. New research suggests juvenile orangutan continue weaning for as many as eight or nine years. Scientists previously estimated orangutans breastfeed for seven years, but tracking nursing behavior in the wild is difficult. Biologists arrived at the new estimate - shared in the journal Science Advances - through a nov ... more
Raleigh NC (SPX) May 22, 2017
'Moral enhancement' technologies are neither feasible nor wise
Tempe AZ (SPX) May 18, 2017
Grassy beginning for earliest Homo
Washington (UPI) May 17, 2017
Study shows southern Mediterranean shares genetic heritage
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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
Houston TX (SPX) May 17, 2017
ISS crew harvest new crop of vegetables grown in space
Washington DC (SPX) May 19, 2017
Joint Statement: The Fourth Meeting of the U.S.-Japan Comprehensive Dialogue on Space
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
Exeter UK (SPX) May 22, 2017
Antarctica 'greening' due to climate change
Beijing, China (SPX) May 18, 2017
Arctic warming to increase Eurasian extreme cold events
Miami (AFP) May 18, 2017
Antarctica is greening due to global warming
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Invention produces cleaner water with less energy and no filter
Princeton NJ (SPX) May 18, 2017
The same technology that adds fizz to soda can now be used to remove particles from dirty water. Researchers at Princeton University have found a technique for using carbon dioxide in a low-cost water treatment system that eliminates the need for costly and complex filters. The system injects CO2 gas into a stream of water as a method of filtering out particles. The gas, which mixes with t ... more
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Proving Einstein right using highly sensitive Earth rotation sensors
Washington DC (SPX) May 11, 2017
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