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April 28, 2017
TIME AND SPACE
Ripples in the cosmic web



Santa Barbara CA (SPX) Apr 28, 2017
The most barren regions known are the far-flung corners of intergalactic space. In these vast expanses between the galaxies there is just one solitary atom per cubic meter - a diffuse haze of hydrogen gas left over from the Big Bang. On the largest scales, this material is arranged in a vast network of filamentary structures known as the "cosmic web," its tangled strands spanning billions of light years and accounting for the majority of atoms in the universe. Now, a team of astronomers, including ... read more

EXO WORLDS
'Iceball' Planet Discovered Through Microlensing
Pasadena CA (SPX) Apr 27, 2017
Scientists have discovered a new planet with the mass of Earth, orbiting its star at the same distance that we orbit our sun. The planet is likely far too cold to be habitable for life as we know it ... more
EXO WORLDS
'On Verge of Most Profound Discovery Ever,' NASA Tells US Congress
Washington DC (Sputnik) Apr 28, 2017
The search for alien life is on the verge of a "profound discovery," as recent missions reveal that microbial life could exist in our Solar System and elsewhere, NASA astrophysicist Thomas Zurbachen ... more
STELLAR CHEMISTRY
First global simulation yields new insights into ring system
Tokyo, Japan (SPX) Apr 28, 2017
A team of researchers in Japan modeled the two rings around Chariklo, the smallest body in the Solar System known to have rings. This is the first time an entire ring system has been simulated using ... more
EXO WORLDS
What can we learn from dinosaur proteins
Chicago IL (SPX) Apr 26, 2017
DNA might get all the attention, but proteins do the work. The recent confirmation that it is possible to extract proteins--which are encoded by DNA and perform all of the functions that keep living ... more
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TIME AND SPACE
Study offers new theoretical approach to describing non-equilibrium phase transitions
Lemont IL (SPX) Apr 27, 2017
Imaginary numbers are a solution to a very real problem in a study published this week in Scientific Reports. Two physicists at the U.S. Department of Energy's Argonne National Laboratory offered a ... more
STELLAR CHEMISTRY
UCI physicists design 2-D materials that conduct electricity at almost the speed of light
Irvine CA (SPX) Apr 27, 2017
Physicists at the University of California, Irvine and elsewhere have fabricated new two-dimensional quantum materials with breakthrough electrical and magnetic attributes that could make them build ... more
TIME AND SPACE
First-ever direct observation of chiral currents in quantum Hall atomic simulation
Chicago IL (SPX) Apr 27, 2017
Using an atomic quantum simulator, scientists at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have achieved the first-ever direct observation of chiral currents in the model topological insulator, ... more
MOON DAILY
Russia, US Ready to Give You a Lift to Moon Orbit, ISS
Moscow (Sputnik) Apr 27, 2017
Russian aerospace company RSC Energia and its US partners have worked out several options of sending tourists into the Moon's orbit and to the International Space Station (ISS), Energia's General Di ... more
SOLAR SCIENCE
Sun's Eruptions Might All Have Same Trigger
Durham, UK (SPX) Apr 27, 2017
Large and small scale solar eruptions might all be triggered by a single process, according to new research that leads to better understanding of the Sun's activity. Researchers at Durham University ... more
SATURN DAILY
Cassini makes first dive through Saturn's rings
Washington (UPI) Apr 26, 2017
Cassini is diving for rings - or, at least, through rings. ... more


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IRON AND ICE
Dawn Observing Ceres; 3rd Reaction Wheel Malfunctions
Pasadena CA (JPL) Apr 27, 2017
NASA's Dawn spacecraft is preparing to observe Ceres on April 29 from an "opposition" position, directly between the dwarf planet's mysterious Occator Crater and the sun. This unique geometry may yi ... more
TIME AND SPACE
New survey hints at exotic origin for the Cold Spot
London, UK (SPX) Apr 26, 2017
A supervoid is unlikely to explain a 'Cold Spot' in the cosmic microwave background, according to the results of a new survey, leaving room for exotic explanations like a collision between universes ... more
TECH SPACE
Man-Made Space Junk Puts Astronauts, Operational Spacecraft in Serious Danger
Moscow (Sputnik) Apr 26, 2017
The European Space Agency (ESA) has warned that man-made junk in space is getting out of hand. Radio Sputnik discussed the space debris problem with former head of the Space Debris Office of the Eur ... more
EXO WORLDS
Rocky super-earth found in habitable zone of small red star
Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Spain (SPX) Apr 25, 2017
One of the most successful techniques presently in use for detecting expolantes is the search for transits. Similar to the way the Moon cuts off the light of the Sun during an eclipse, a transit is ... more

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ALMA investigates 'DeeDee,' a distant, dim member of our solar system
Charlottesville VA (SPX) Apr 13, 2017
Using the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA), astronomers have revealed extraordinary details about a recently discovered far-flung member of our solar system, the planetary body 2014 UZ224, more informally known as DeeDee. At about three times the current distance of Pluto from the Sun, DeeDee is the second most distant known trans-Neptunian object (TNO) with a confirmed ... more
Laurel MD (SPX) Apr 12, 2017
Nap Time for New Horizons
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Apr 12, 2017
Hubble spots auroras on Uranus
Leicester, UK (SPX) Apr 12, 2017
Cold' Great Spot discovered on Jupiter
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
'Iceball' Planet Discovered Through Microlensing
Pasadena CA (SPX) Apr 27, 2017
Scientists have discovered a new planet with the mass of Earth, orbiting its star at the same distance that we orbit our sun. The planet is likely far too cold to be habitable for life as we know it, however, because its star is so faint. But the discovery adds to scientists' understanding of the types of planetary systems that exist beyond our own. "This 'iceball' planet is the lowest-mas ... more
Chicago IL (SPX) Apr 26, 2017
What can we learn from dinosaur proteins
Washington DC (Sputnik) Apr 28, 2017
'On Verge of Most Profound Discovery Ever,' NASA Tells US Congress
Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Spain (SPX) Apr 25, 2017
Rocky super-earth found in habitable zone of small red star
How Old are Martian Gullies
Pasadena CA (JPL) Apr 27, 2017
Gullies eroded into the steep inner slope of an impact crater at this location appear perfectly pristine in this image captured by NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO). Although at first glance it may appear that there are craters superimposed on the gully fans, inspection of HiRISE stereo coverage shows that the craters lie only on the pre-gully terrain. Distinctive colors in the gull ... more
Boulder CO (SPX) Apr 26, 2017
SwRI-led team discovers lull in Mars' giant impact history
Pasadena CA (JPL) Apr 27, 2017
Opportunity Nears 'Perseverance Valley'
San Diego CA (SPX) Apr 28, 2017
Engineers investigate simple, no-bake recipe to make bricks on Mars
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Russia, US Ready to Give You a Lift to Moon Orbit, ISS
Moscow (Sputnik) Apr 27, 2017
Russian aerospace company RSC Energia and its US partners have worked out several options of sending tourists into the Moon's orbit and to the International Space Station (ISS), Energia's General Director Vladimir Solntsev told Sputnik. In August, Solntsev said Energia was preparing a Moon expedition on board an upgraded Soyuz spacecraft, with eight space tourists interested in a trip. Ren ... more
Stockholm, Sweden (SPX) Apr 23, 2017
Swedish Institute of Space Physics goes back to the Moon
New Delhi (Sputnik) Apr 24, 2017
India dreams of harvesting lunar dust to power fusion rectors
Houston TX (SPX) Apr 13, 2017
NASA Scientists Find Dynamo at Lunar Core May Have Formed Magnetic Field
James Webb Space Telescope Mirror Seen in Full Bloom
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Apr 27, 2017
It's springtime and the deployed primary mirror of NASA's James Webb Space Telescope looks like a spring flower in full bloom. In this photo, NASA technicians lifted the telescope using a crane and moved it inside a clean room at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland. Once launched into space, the Webb telescope's 18-segmented gold mirror is specially designed to captur ... more
Tokyo, Japan (SPX) Apr 28, 2017
First global simulation yields new insights into ring system
Irvine CA (SPX) Apr 27, 2017
UCI physicists design 2-D materials that conduct electricity at almost the speed of light
Washington DC (SPX) Apr 28, 2017
NASA taking a fresh look at next generation space telescope plans
When Swarm met Steve
Paris (ESA) Apr 24, 2017
Thanks to social media and the power of citizen scientists chasing the northern lights, a new feature was discovered recently. Nobody knew what this strange ribbon of purple light was, so ... it was called Steve. ESA's Swarm magnetic field mission has now also met Steve and is helping to understand the nature of this new-found feature. Speaking at the recent Swarm science meeting in Canada, Eric ... more
Pasadena CA (JPL) Apr 18, 2017
'Detergent' Molecules May Drive Recent Methane Changes
Bristol, UK (SPX) Apr 18, 2017
Banned industrial solvent sheds new light on methane mystery
Aurora CO (SPX) Apr 18, 2017
Raytheon speeds delivery and secures satellite weather data
Dawn Observing Ceres; 3rd Reaction Wheel Malfunctions
Pasadena CA (JPL) Apr 27, 2017
NASA's Dawn spacecraft is preparing to observe Ceres on April 29 from an "opposition" position, directly between the dwarf planet's mysterious Occator Crater and the sun. This unique geometry may yield new insights about the bright material in the center of the crater. While preparing for this observation, one of Dawn's two remaining reaction wheels stopped functioning on April 23. By elec ... more
Paris (AFP) April 19, 2017
Close call: When asteroids whisk past Earth
Pasadena CA (JPL) Apr 20, 2017
Landslides on Ceres Reflect Ice Content
Washington DC (SPX) Apr 20, 2017
New study ranks hazardous asteroid effects from least to most destructive
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Sun's Eruptions Might All Have Same Trigger
Durham, UK (SPX) Apr 27, 2017
Large and small scale solar eruptions might all be triggered by a single process, according to new research that leads to better understanding of the Sun's activity. Researchers at Durham University, UK, and NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center, USA, used 3D computer simulations to show a theoretical link between large- and small-scale eruptions that were previously thought to be driven by differe ... more
Beijing CA (SPX) Apr 25, 2017
Interdisciplinary studies reveal relationship between solar activity and climate change
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Apr 20, 2017
NASA and Partners Survey Space Weather Science
Honolulu HI (SPX) Apr 13, 2017
Hawaii-built Infrared Instrument for World's Largest Solar Telescope Catches its First Rays
China courts international coalition set up to promote space cooperation
Xi'an (XNA) Apr 26, 2017
A coalition was established Sunday in northwest China's Shaanxi Province to promote innovation and cooperation on space exploration under the the Belt and Road Initiative. The coalition, set up in the provincial capital of Xi'an, encompasses 48 universities, research institutes and academic organizations at home and abroad. It was initiated by the Chinese Society of Astronautics and Xi'an- ... more
Beijing (XNA) Apr 26, 2017
Commentary: Innovation drives China's space exploration
Macao (XNA) Apr 26, 2017
Macao marks 2nd China Space Day with astronaut sharing space experience
Tianjin (XNA) Apr 26, 2017
China's Long March-5 Y2 carrier rocket leaves for launch site
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James Webb Space Telescope Mirror Seen in Full Bloom
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Apr 27, 2017
It's springtime and the deployed primary mirror of NASA's James Webb Space Telescope looks like a spring flower in full bloom. In this photo, NASA technicians lifted the telescope using a crane and moved it inside a clean room at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland. Once launched into space, the Webb telescope's 18-segmented gold mirror is specially designed to captur ... more
Tokyo, Japan (SPX) Apr 28, 2017
First global simulation yields new insights into ring system
Irvine CA (SPX) Apr 27, 2017
UCI physicists design 2-D materials that conduct electricity at almost the speed of light
Washington DC (SPX) Apr 28, 2017
NASA taking a fresh look at next generation space telescope plans
Prehistoric human DNA is found in caves without bones
Washington (AFP) April 28, 2017
International scientists have uncovered prehistoric human DNA from caves without bones, an advance that could shed new light on human history and evolution. The study published in the journal Science is based on 85 samples from sediments dating to the Pleistocene, a period that extended from 550,000 years ago until 14,000 year before the modern era. The samples came from eight caves in B ... more
Washington (UPI) Apr 27, 2017
New paper claims humans were in California 130,000 years ago
Washington (UPI) Apr 21, 2017
Indonesian hobbit evolved from African ancestor
Washington (UPI) Apr 19, 2017
Neuroscientists measure 'higher' state of consciousness
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Lunar, Martian Greenhouses Designed to Mimic Those on Earth
Kennedy Space Center FL (SPX) Apr 25, 2017
While astronauts have successfully grown plants and vegetables aboard the International Space Station, NASA scientists at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida are collaborating with a university team to develop long-term methods that could help sustain pioneers working in deep space. Agency researchers believe while there are many challenges for human exploration beyond Earth, they are conv ... more
Miami (AFP) April 26, 2017
NASA spacesuits over budget, tight on timeline: audit
Washington DC (AFNS) Apr 24, 2017
Astronaut Airman launched to International Space Station
Washington (AFP) April 24, 2017
'Better you than me,' Trump tells record-breaking astronaut
Climate change clues revealed by ice sheet collapse
Stirling, UK (SPX) Apr 26, 2017
The rapid decline of ancient ice sheets could help scientists predict the impact of modern-day climate and sea-level change, according to research by the universities of Stirling in Scotland and Tromso in Norway. Ice sheets are massive land-based reservoirs of frozen water. For the first time, scientists have reconstructed in detail the evolution of the last ice sheet that covered Iceland around ... more
London, UK (SPX) Apr 27, 2017
Warm winds: New insight into what weakens Antarctic ice shelves
London, UK (SPX) Apr 27, 2017
New atlas provides highest-resolution imagery of the Polar Regions seafloor
Fairbanks AK (SPX) Apr 27, 2017
Researchers solve the century-old mystery of Blood Falls
Vinegar offers hope in Barrier Reef starfish battle
Sydney (AFP) April 27, 2017
Coral-munching crown-of-thorns starfish can be safely killed by common household vinegar, scientists revealed Thursday in a discovery that offers hope for Australia's struggling Great Barrier Reef. The predatory starfish is naturally-occurring but has proliferated due to pollution and run-off at the World Heritage-listed ecosystem, which is also reeling from two consecutive years of mass cor ... more
Vienna (AFP) April 25, 2017
Humans threaten 'fossil' groundwater: study
Mexico City (AFP) April 26, 2017
In Mexico City, water a rare commodity
Bloomington IN (SPX) Apr 24, 2017
Research sheds new light on forces that threaten sensitive coastlines
Rare Brightening of Supernova's Light Found by Caltech's Palomar Observatory
Pasadena CA (SPX) Apr 21, 2017
An international team of astronomers has, for the first time, seen a cosmic magnification of the light from a class of supernova called Type Ia. Type Ia supernovas - often referred to as "standard candles" because of their well-known intrinsic brightness - are frequently used by astronomers to accurately measure the expansion rate of our universe, as well as the amount of dark energy, which is t ... more
Orlando FL (SPX) Apr 07, 2017
ZERO-G Research aims to advance deep-space mission technology
Zurich, Switzerland (SPX) Mar 01, 2017
Cells adapt ultra-rapidly to zero gravity
Moscow, Russia (SPX) Feb 22, 2017
'Gravitational noise' interferes with determining distant sources


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