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April 19, 2017
TECH SPACE
Space debris problem getting worse, say scientists



Paris (AFP) April 18, 2017
Scientists sounded the alarm Tuesday over the problems posed to space missions from orbital junk - the accumulating debris from mankind's six-decade exploration of the cosmos. In less than a quarter of a century, the number of orbiting fragments large enough to destroy a spacecraft has more than doubled, a conference in Germany heard. And the estimated tally of tiny objects - which can harm or degrade spacecraft in the event of a collision, and are hard to track - is now around 150 million. ... read more

IRON AND ICE
Landslides on Ceres reflect hidden ice
Atlanta GA (SPX) Apr 19, 2017
Massive landslides, similar to those found on Earth, are occurring on the asteroid Ceres. That's according to a new study led by the Georgia Institute of Technology, adding to the growing evidence t ... more
IRON AND ICE
Big space rock to streak past Earth on Wednesday
Paris (AFP) April 18, 2017
An asteroid stretching 650 metres (2,000 feet) across is on track to whoosh past Earth on Wednesday at a safe - but uncomfortably close - distance, according to astronomers. ... more
TECH SPACE
Waste Cadets: space plans mean more space junk, harder space exploration
Moscow (Sputnik) Apr 19, 2017
Plans by private space explorers to launch "mega constellations" of thousands of communications satellites to allow for global wireless services could lead to a rise in collisions and buildup of dan ... more
STELLAR CHEMISTRY
Hydrogen halo lifts the veil of our galactic home
Tucson AZ (SPX) Apr 19, 2017
Sometimes it takes a lot of trees to see the forest. In the case of the latest discovery made by astronomers at the University of Arizona, exactly 732,225. Except that in this case, the "forest" is ... more
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Supermassive black holes found in 2 tiny galaxies
Salt Lake City UT (SPX) Apr 19, 2017
Three years ago, a University of Utah-led team discovered that an ultra-compact dwarf galaxy contained a supermassive black hole, then the smallest known galaxy to harbor such a giant black hole. Th ... more
STELLAR CHEMISTRY
New method can model chemistry in extreme magnetic fields of white dwarfs
Washington DC (SPX) Apr 19, 2017
Most stars become white dwarfs when they reach the end of their stellar life cycle. Astrophysicists determine what elements are present in these collapsed stars by comparing spectra observed from sp ... more
TIME AND SPACE
Washington State University physicists create 'negative mass'
Pullman WA (SPX) Apr 18, 2017
Washington State University physicists have created a fluid with negative mass, which is exactly what it sounds like. Push it, and unlike every physical object in the world we know, it doesn't accel ... more
TIME AND SPACE
Study unravels long-held Fermi puzzle tied to nonlinear systems
Buffalo NY (SPX) Apr 18, 2017
In physics, the Fermi-Pasta-Ulam-Tsingou (FPUT) problem - which found that certain nonlinear systems do not disperse their energy, but rather return to their initial excited states - has been a chal ... more
EXO WORLDS
Deep-sea animals make their own light
Moss Landing CA (SPX) Apr 18, 2017
Ever since explorer William Beebe descended into the depths in a metal sphere in the 1930s, marine biologists have been astounded by the number and diversity of glowing animals in the ocean. Y ... more
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Evidence for Habitable Region Within Saturn's Moon Enceladus
San Antonio TX (SPX) Apr 18, 2017
Scientists from Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) have discovered hydrogen gas in the plume of material erupting from Saturn's moon Enceladus. Analysis of data from NASA's Cassini spacecraft indic ... more


NASA team explores using LISA Pathfinder as 'comet crumb' detector

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High-flying experiments demonstrate potential of balloon-borne infrasound detection
San Francisco CA (SPX) Apr 18, 2017
Experiments conducted high in the skies over New Mexico suggest that balloon-borne sensors could be useful in detecting the infrasound signals generated by small, extraterrestrial debris entering Ea ... more
TIME AND SPACE
Supermassive black holes found in 2 tiny galaxies
Salt Lake City UT (SPX) Apr 18, 2017
Three years ago, a University of Utah-led team discovered that an ultra-compact dwarf galaxy contained a supermassive black hole, then the smallest known galaxy to harbor such a giant black hole. Th ... more
STELLAR CHEMISTRY
Penn researchers provide new insight into dark matter halos
Philadelphia PA (SPX) Apr 18, 2017
Research from the University of Pennsylvania could shed light on the distribution of one of the most mysterious substances in the universe. In the 1970s, scientists noticed something strange about t ... more
EXO WORLDS
Distantly related fish find same evolutionary solution to dark water
Washington DC (SPX) Apr 13, 2017
Changes in a single color-vision gene demonstrate convergent evolutionary adaptations in widely separated species and across vastly different time scales, according to a study publishing on April 11 ... 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
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
Evidence for Habitable Region Within Saturn's Moon Enceladus
San Antonio TX (SPX) Apr 18, 2017
Scientists from Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) have discovered hydrogen gas in the plume of material erupting from Saturn's moon Enceladus. Analysis of data from NASA's Cassini spacecraft indicates that the hydrogen is likely produced through chemical reactions between the moon's rocky core and warm water from its subsurface ocean. The SwRI-led team's discovery suggests that Enceladus' ocea ... more
Nashville TN (SPX) Apr 13, 2017
The earliest animals were marine jellies
Washington DC (SPX) Apr 13, 2017
Distantly related fish find same evolutionary solution to dark water
Pasadena CA (JPL) Apr 13, 2017
Earth-Sized 'Tatooine' Planets Could Be Habitable
Mars spacecraft's first missions face delays, NASA says
Washington (AFP) April 14, 2017
NASA will probably delay the first two missions of its Orion deep-space capsule, being developed to send astronauts beyond earth's orbit and eventually to Mars, the US space agency said on Thursday. A report by NASA's Office of Inspector General cited technical as well as budget challenges. The first launch of the Orion spacecraft atop the planned Space Launch System, or SLS - set to be ... more
Paris (AFP) April 13, 2017
France, Japan aim to land probe on Mars moon
Washington DC (SPX) Apr 12, 2017
NASA's MAVEN reveals Mars has metal in its atmosphere
Pasadena CA (JPL) Apr 12, 2017
Opportunity Mars rover on the way to Perseverance Valley
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NASA Scientists Find Dynamo at Lunar Core May Have Formed Magnetic Field
Houston TX (SPX) Apr 13, 2017
The moon no longer has a magnetic field, but NASA scientists are publishing new research that shows heat from crystallization of the lunar core may have driven its now-defunct magnetic field some 3 billion years ago. Magnetized lunar rocks returned to Earth during the Apollo missions established that the moon once had a magnetic field. The moon's magnetic field lasted for more than a billi ... more
Providence RI (SPX) Mar 30, 2017
How a young-looking lunar volcano hides its true age
Paris (ESA) Mar 27, 2017
Surviving the long dark night of the Moon
Bengaluru, India (IANS) Mar 17, 2017
Team Indus To Send Seven Experiments To The Moon Including Three From India
Penn researchers provide new insight into dark matter halos
Philadelphia PA (SPX) Apr 18, 2017
Research from the University of Pennsylvania could shed light on the distribution of one of the most mysterious substances in the universe. In the 1970s, scientists noticed something strange about the motion of galaxies. All the matter at the edge of spiral galaxies was rotating just as fast as material in the inner part of the galaxy. But according to the laws of gravity, objects on the outskir ... more
Washington DC (SPX) Apr 19, 2017
New method can model chemistry in extreme magnetic fields of white dwarfs
Tucson AZ (SPX) Apr 19, 2017
Hydrogen halo lifts the veil of our galactic home
Waterloo, Canada (SPX) Apr 13, 2017
Waterloo Researchers Capture First "Image" of a Dark Matter Web that Connects Galaxies
New Full-hemisphere Views of Earth at Night
Washington DC (SPX) Apr 17, 2017
NASA scientists are releasing new global maps of Earth at night, providing the clearest yet composite view of the patterns of human settlement across our planet. This composite image, one of three new full-hemisphere views, provides a view of the Americas at night. The clouds and sun glint - added here for aesthetic effect - are derived from MODIS instrument land surface and cloud cover products ... more
Pasadena CA (JPL) Apr 18, 2017
'Detergent' Molecules May Drive Recent Methane Changes
Washington (UPI) Apr 10, 2017
New map reveals Earth's magnetic field in high resolution
Aurora CO (SPX) Apr 18, 2017
Raytheon speeds delivery and secures satellite weather data
NASA team explores using LISA Pathfinder as 'comet crumb' detector
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Apr 18, 2017
LISA Pathfinder, a mission led by ESA (the European Space Agency) with contributions from NASA, has successfully demonstrated critical technologies needed to build a space-based observatory for detecting ripples in space-time called gravitational waves. Now a team of NASA scientists hopes to take advantage of the spacecraft's record-breaking sensitivity to map out the distribution of tiny dust p ... more
San Francisco CA (SPX) Apr 13, 2017
Could a Colorado earthquake have been triggered by dinosaur extinction impact?
Atlanta GA (SPX) Apr 19, 2017
Landslides on Ceres reflect hidden ice
Paris (AFP) April 14, 2017
Large asteroid to hurtle past Earth on April 19
MILSATCOM 2017 - 26/27 April, 2017 Colorado Springs
Hawaii-built Infrared Instrument for World's Largest Solar Telescope Catches its First Rays
Honolulu HI (SPX) Apr 13, 2017
The Daniel K. Inouye Solar Telescope (DKIST), currently under construction on Haleakala, Maui, is expected to start observing the Sun in 2020. When it does, it will rely on two complex infrared instruments being built by the University of Hawaii Institute for Astronomy (IfA). Their goal is to measure the Sun's weak magnetic field. The first of these to be completed is called the Cryogenic ... more
Kyoto, Japan (SPX) Apr 10, 2017
Charting the skies of history
Plainsboro NJ (SPX) Apr 04, 2017
Discovery of a source of fast magnetic reconnection
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Apr 02, 2017
Waves on sun give NASA new insight into space weather forecasting
Ticking Boxes with Tianzhou
Sydney, Australia (SPX) Apr 18, 2017
Fairly soon, we can expect the launch of China's first cargo spaceship, Tianzhou 1. The Tianzhou module will fly from China's new spaceport on Hainan Island aboard a Long March 7 rocket. Tianzhou will dock with the uncrewed Tiangong 2 space laboratory, which is itself smaller than the cargo spacecraft that will soon visit it. Apart from testing the cargo spacecraft and its docking procedures, th ... more
Nanjing (XNA) Mar 31, 2017
Yuanwang fleet to carry out 19 space tracking tasks in 2017
Beijing (Sputnik) Mar 13, 2017
China Develops Spaceship Capable of Moon Landing
Wenchang, China (XNA) Mar 13, 2017
Long March-7 Y2 ready for launch of China's first cargo spacecraft
Human 2 Mars Conference May 9-11 2017 - Washington DC
Penn researchers provide new insight into dark matter halos
Philadelphia PA (SPX) Apr 18, 2017
Research from the University of Pennsylvania could shed light on the distribution of one of the most mysterious substances in the universe. In the 1970s, scientists noticed something strange about the motion of galaxies. All the matter at the edge of spiral galaxies was rotating just as fast as material in the inner part of the galaxy. But according to the laws of gravity, objects on the outskir ... more
Washington DC (SPX) Apr 19, 2017
New method can model chemistry in extreme magnetic fields of white dwarfs
Tucson AZ (SPX) Apr 19, 2017
Hydrogen halo lifts the veil of our galactic home
Waterloo, Canada (SPX) Apr 13, 2017
Waterloo Researchers Capture First "Image" of a Dark Matter Web that Connects Galaxies
Science says: Let a stranger pick your profile picture
Washington (UPI) Apr 10, 2017
If you want to look your best in your profile picture, research suggests delegating the decision to a stranger. When scientists in Australia studied the profile picture selection process, they found many make poor decisions. When strangers were allowed to choose a person's profile pic, the images scored better first impressions. "Previous work has shown that people make inference ... more
Washington DC (SPX) Apr 10, 2017
Putting social science modeling through its paces
Champaign IL (SPX) Apr 10, 2017
Study reveals 10,000 years of genetic continuity in northwest North America
Washington (UPI) Apr 6, 2017
Married couples with shared ancestry tend to have similar genes
InterDrone 2017 Las Vegas - Sept 6-8
Orbital ATK launches cargo to space station
Miami (AFP) April 18, 2017
An unmanned Orbital ATK cargo ship rocket packed with food and supplies for the astronauts living at the International Space Station blasted off Tuesday from a NASA launch pad. The barrel-shaped Cygnus spacecraft, nestled atop a white Atlas V rocket, soared into the blue sky over Cape Canaveral, Florida at 11:11 am (1511 GMT). "Liftoff of the Atlas V rocket with Cygnus and the S.S. John ... more
Moscow (Sputnik) Apr 19, 2017
Soyuz-FG rocket to be installed at Baikonur on April 17
San Jose (AFP) April 18, 2017
US giant Discovery plans huge Costa Rica eco-resort
Houston TX (SPX) Apr 10, 2017
You Say Tomato, I Say Tomatosphere: ISS Science to the Classroom
Russia reveals virtual tour of new Arctic military base
Washington (UPI) Apr 18, 2017
The Russian Ministry of Defense has released a virtual tour showcasing a newly constructed military base located in a remote area in the Arctic. The tour, presented on the defense ministry's website, allows visitors to browse through various structures of the base. It does not depict or discuss any military hardware. The release marks a notable departure from Kremlin tradition re ... more
Washington (UPI) Apr 10, 2017
Researchers ask public to help them count Weddell seals
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Apr 19, 2017
Glacier shape influences susceptibility to melting
Fairbanks AK (SPX) Apr 13, 2017
Warm Atlantic waters contribute to sea ice decline
A rusty green early ocean
Rehovot, Israel (SPX) Apr 18, 2017
Though they may seem rock solid, the ancient sedimentary rocks called iron formations - the world's chief economic source of iron ore - were once dissolved in seawater. How did that iron go from a dissolved state to banded iron formations? Dr. Itay Halevy and his group in the Weizmann Institute of Science's Earth and Planetary Sciences Department suggest that billions of years ago, the "ru ... more
Washington (UPI) Apr 18, 2017
General Atomics providing battery for semi-autonomous underwater vehicle
Conakry (AFP) April 12, 2017
Guinea seizes shark fins from Chinese ships
Amherst MA (SPX) Apr 13, 2017
New England's glacial upland soils provide major groundwater storage reservoir
ZERO-G Research aims to advance deep-space mission technology
Orlando FL (SPX) Apr 07, 2017
As part of NASA's Flight Opportunities Program, Zero Gravity Corporation (ZERO-G) recently worked with research groups from University of Florida, Carthage College and University of Maryland to validate technology designed to further humanity's reach into space. A collection of flights on G-FORCE ONE, ZERO-G's specially modified Boeing 727, gave researchers the chance to run experiments an ... more
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
Chicago IL (SPX) Feb 17, 2017
New method uses heat flow to levitate variety of objects


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