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May 15, 2017
EXO WORLDS
'Warm Neptune' Has Unexpectedly Primitive Atmosphere



Pasadena CA (JPL) May 15, 2017
A study combining observations from NASA's Hubble and Spitzer space telescopes reveals that the distant planet HAT-P-26b has a primitive atmosphere composed almost entirely of hydrogen and helium. Located about 437 light-years away, HAT-P-26b orbits a star roughly twice as old as the Sun. The analysis is one of the most detailed studies to date of a "warm Neptune," or a planet that is Neptune-sized and close to its star. The researchers determined that HAT-P-26b's atmosphere is relatively clear of ... read more

STELLAR CHEMISTRY
Fermi Satellite Observes Billionth Gamma Ray with LAT Instrument
Menlo Park, CA (SPX) May 15, 2017
Imagine you had superhero vision and could see a whole new world of fascinating phenomena invisible to the human eye. NASA's Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope gives astrophysicists analogous powers. I ... more
STELLAR CHEMISTRY
Mapping the Magnetic Bridge Between Our Nearest Galactic Neighbors
Toronto, Canada (SPX) May 15, 2017
For the first time, astronomers have detected a magnetic field associated with the Magellanic Bridge, the filament of gas stretching 75,000 light-years between the Milky Way Galaxy's nearest galacti ... more
STELLAR CHEMISTRY
Hubble catches a galaxy duo by the 'hare'
Greenbelt MD (SPX) May 15, 2017
This image from the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope shows the unusual galaxy IRAS 06076-2139, found in the constellation Lepus (The Hare). Hubble's Wide Field Camera 3 (WFC3) and Advanced Camera for ... more
EXO WORLDS
Primitive Atmosphere Found Around 'Warm Neptune'
Exeter UK (SPX) May 15, 2017
A pioneering new study uncovering the 'primitive atmosphere' surrounding a distant world could provide a pivotal breakthrough in the search to how planets form and develop in far-flung galaxies. ... more
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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 ... more
TIME AND SPACE
Discovery in the Early Universe Poses Black Hole Growth Puzzle
Heidelberg, Germany (SPX) May 12, 2017
Within the heart of every massive galaxy lurks a supermassive black hole. How these black holes formed, and how they have grown to be as massive as millions or even billions of Suns, is an open ques ... more
TIME AND SPACE
'Fire-streaks' are created in collisions of atomic nuclei
Warsaw, Poland (SPX) May 12, 2017
At very high energies, the collision of massive atomic nuclei in an accelerator generates hundreds or even thousands of particles that undergo numerous interactions. At the Institute of Nuclear Phys ... more
STELLAR CHEMISTRY
Research increases distance at which supernova would spark mass extinctions on Earth
Lawrence KS (SPX) May 12, 2017
In 2016, researchers published "slam dunk" evidence, based on iron-60 isotopes in ancient seabed, that supernovae buffeted the Earth - one of them about 2.6 million years ago. University of Kansas r ... more
TIME AND SPACE
Astronomers Pursue Renegade Supermassive Black Hole
Boston MA (SPX) May 12, 2017
Supermassive holes are generally stationary objects, sitting at the centers of most galaxies. However, using data from NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory and other telescopes, astronomers recently hun ... more
PHYSICS NEWS
Proving Einstein right using highly sensitive Earth rotation sensors
Washington DC (SPX) May 11, 2017
Einstein's theory of gravity, also referred to as General Relativity, predicts that a rotating body such as the Earth partially drags inertial frames along with its rotation. In a study recently pub ... more


Waves of lava seen in Io's largest volcanic crater

EXO WORLDS
Astrophysicists find that planetary harmonies around TRAPPIST-1 save it from destruction
Toronto, Canada (SPX) May 11, 2017
When NASA announced its discovery of the TRAPPIST-1 system back in February it caused quite a stir, and with good reason. Three of its seven Earth-sized planets lay in the star's habitable zone, mea ... more
STELLAR CHEMISTRY
Telescopes team up for dramatic new look at the crab nebula
Charlotteville VA (SPX) May 11, 2017
Astronomers produced this dramatic new, highly-detailed image of the Crab Nebula by combining data from telescopes spanning nearly the entire breadth of the electromagnetic spectrum, from the long w ... more
EXO WORLDS
Two Webb instruments well suited for detecting exoplanet atmospheres
University Park PA (SPX) May 10, 2017
The best way to study the atmospheres of distant worlds with the James Webb Space Telescope, scheduled to launch in late 2018, will combine two of its infrared instruments, according to a team of as ... more
EXO WORLDS
When a brown dwarf is actually a planetary mass object
Washington DC (SPX) May 10, 2017
Sometimes a brown dwarf is actually a planet-or planet-like anyway. A team led by Carnegie's Jonathan Gagne, and including researchers from the Institute for Research on Exoplanets (iREx) at Univers ... more



Waves of lava seen in Io's largest volcanic crater
Berkeley CA (SPX) May 11, 2017
Taking advantage of a rare orbital alignment between two of Jupiter's moons, Io and Europa, researchers have obtained an exceptionally detailed map of the largest lava lake on Io, the most volcanically active body in the solar system. On March 8, 2015, Europa passed in front of Io, gradually blocking out light from the volcanic moon. Because Europa's surface is coated in water ice, it reflects v ... more
Washington DC (Sputnik) May 08, 2017
Not So Great Anymore: Jupiter's Red Spot Shrinks to Smallest Size Ever
Boulder CO (SPX) May 02, 2017
The PI's Perspective: No Sleeping Back on Earth!
Charlottesville VA (SPX) Apr 13, 2017
ALMA investigates 'DeeDee,' a distant, dim member of our solar system
Taking the pulse of an ocean world
Tempe AZ (SPX) May 10, 2017
Jupiter's moon Europa is definitely an odd place. Discovered in 1610 by Galileo Galilei, it was first seen in detail only in the late 1970s, after spacecraft visited the Jovian system. Slightly smaller than our own moon, Europa could hardly appear more different. Both have interiors of rock and metal. But Europa is wrapped in a global saltwater ocean and covered by a bright shell of ice. T ... more
Pasadena CA (JPL) May 15, 2017
'Warm Neptune' Has Unexpectedly Primitive Atmosphere
Toronto, Canada (SPX) May 11, 2017
Astrophysicists find that planetary harmonies around TRAPPIST-1 save it from destruction
University Park PA (SPX) May 10, 2017
Two Webb instruments well suited for detecting exoplanet atmospheres
Opportunity Reaches 'Perseverance Valley'
Pasadena CA (JPL) May 12, 2017
Opportunity has arrived at the top of "Perseverance Valley" on the rim of Endeavour Crater. The next step on Sol 4720 (May 4, 2017), was a short approach of 39 feet (12 meters) to the northern end of the "spillway" that overtops into Perseverance. From this vantage point, the rover has been engaged in multiple-sol collection of extensive Panoramic Camera (Pancam) panoramas all around the r ... more
Providence RI (SPX) May 12, 2017
Ancient Mars impacts created tornado-like winds that scoured surface
Pasadena CA (JPL) May 08, 2017
Seasonal Flows in Valles Marineris
Pasadena CA (JPL) May 05, 2017
NASA Rover Curiosity Samples Active Linear Dune on Mars
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
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Hubble catches a galaxy duo by the 'hare'
Greenbelt MD (SPX) May 15, 2017
This image from the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope shows the unusual galaxy IRAS 06076-2139, found in the constellation Lepus (The Hare). Hubble's Wide Field Camera 3 (WFC3) and Advanced Camera for Surveys (ACS) instruments observed the galaxy from a distance of 500 million light-years. This particular object stands out from the crowd by actually being composed of two separate galaxies ru ... more
Lawrence KS (SPX) May 12, 2017
Research increases distance at which supernova would spark mass extinctions on Earth
Charlotteville VA (SPX) May 11, 2017
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Toronto, Canada (SPX) May 15, 2017
Mapping the Magnetic Bridge Between Our Nearest Galactic Neighbors
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Is Climate Changing Cloud Heights? Too Soon to Say
Pasadena CA (JPL) May 09, 2017
A new analysis of 15 years of NASA satellite cloud measurements finds that clouds worldwide show no definitive trend during this period toward decreasing or increasing in height. The new study updates an earlier analysis of the first 10 years of the same data that suggested cloud heights might be getting lower. Clouds are both Earth's cooling sunshade and its insulating blanket. Currently ... more
Greenbelt MD (SPX) May 10, 2017
NASA team pursues blobs and bubbles with new PetitSat mission
New Haven, CT (SPX) May 15, 2017
In measuring gas exchange between water and air, size matters
Cambridge, Canada (SPX) May 09, 2017
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Caltech: Chemical Engineer Explains Oxygen Mystery on Comets
Pasadena CA (SPX) May 09, 2017
A Caltech chemical engineer who normally develops new ways to fabricate microprocessors in computers has figured out how to explain a nagging mystery in space - why comets expel oxygen gas, the same gas we humans breathe. The discovery that comets produce oxygen gas - also referred to as molecular oxygen or O2 - was announced in 2015 by researchers studying the comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasime ... more
Ithaca NY (SPX) May 15, 2017
Oldest buckthorn fossilized flowers found in Argentina
New York NY (SPX) May 08, 2017
Falkland Islands basin shows signs of being among world's largest craters
Washington DC (UPI) May 8, 2017
Chemical engineer explains why comets expel oxygen
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Space weather model simulates solar storms from nowhere
Goddard Space Flight Center
Greenbelt MD (SPX) May 09, 2017 Our ever-changing sun continuously shoots solar material into space. The grandest such events are massive clouds that erupt from the sun, called coronal mass ejections, or CMEs. These solar storms often come first with some kind of warning - the bright flash of a flare, a burst of heat or a flurry of solar energetic particles. But another kind of storm has ... more
San Antonio TX (SPX) May 05, 2017
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Greenbelt MD (SPX) May 05, 2017
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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
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Beijing (Sputnik) May 01, 2017
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Hubble catches a galaxy duo by the 'hare'
Greenbelt MD (SPX) May 15, 2017
This image from the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope shows the unusual galaxy IRAS 06076-2139, found in the constellation Lepus (The Hare). Hubble's Wide Field Camera 3 (WFC3) and Advanced Camera for Surveys (ACS) instruments observed the galaxy from a distance of 500 million light-years. This particular object stands out from the crowd by actually being composed of two separate galaxies ru ... more
Lawrence KS (SPX) May 12, 2017
Research increases distance at which supernova would spark mass extinctions on Earth
Charlotteville VA (SPX) May 11, 2017
Telescopes team up for dramatic new look at the crab nebula
Toronto, Canada (SPX) May 15, 2017
Mapping the Magnetic Bridge Between Our Nearest Galactic Neighbors
South African cave yields yet more fossils of a newfound relative
Madison WI (SPX) May 15, 2017
Probing deeper into the South African cave system known as Rising Star, a subterranian maze that last year yielded the largest cache of hominin fossils known to science, an international team of researchers has discovered another chamber with more remains of a newfound human relative, Homo naledi. The discovery, announced May 9, 2017 with the publication of a series of papers in the journa ... more
Norwich UK (SPX) May 15, 2017
Changes in Early Stone Age tool production have 'musical' ties
Johannesburg, South Africa (SPX) May 11, 2017
Homo naledi's surprisingly young age opens up more questions on where we come from
Washington DC (UPI) May 8, 2017
Modern DNA reveals ancient origins of Indian population
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Six-legged livestock - sustainable food production
Copenhagen, Denmark (SPX) May 15, 2017
Identifying areas of particular high impact is an important step to improving the environmental sustainability of production systems. Insects have been heralded as the foods of the future - and now the first study to measure the environmental impacts and identify hotspots associated with commercial insect production has been published. Cricket farming can be a sustainable way to produce an ... more
Miami (AFP) May 12, 2017
'Awesomesauce,' proclaims US astronaut on historic spacewalk
Houston TX (SPX) May 09, 2017
External commercial ISS platform starts second mission
Washington DC (SPX) May 08, 2017
NASA Receives Proposals for Future Solar System Mission
Negribreen on the move
Paris (ESA) May 15, 2017
Rapid acceleration of an Arctic glacier over the past year has been detected by the Copernicus Sentinel-1 satellites. Sitting on Norway's Spitsbergen island in the Svalbard archipelago, the Negribreen glacier has recently seen a surge in ice surface speed, increasing from 1 m to 13 m a day over the winter. When a glacier 'surges' a large amount of ice flows to the end in an unusually ... more
Pasadena CA (JPL) May 15, 2017
Alaska Tundra Source of Early-Winter Carbon Emissions
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Montana's glaciers are disappearing
Fairbanks, United States (AFP) May 11, 2017
Tillerson hosts Arctic forum in shadow of Russia spat
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Robots may bring reef relief
Newark, DE (SPX) May 09, 2017
A study authored by University of Delaware Professor Art Trembanis and colleagues reveals new details about deep sea reefs - known as mesophotic reefs - near the island of Bonaire in the Dutch Caribbean. While coral reefs worldwide are in decline, the waters surrounding Bonaire comprise a marine park known as a scuba "diver's paradise" because it contains some of the most well-preserved co ... more
Miami (AFP) May 10, 2017
Puerto Rico drinking water is worst in US: report
Washington (UPI) May 12, 2017
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Boulder CO (SPX) May 15, 2017
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Proving Einstein right using highly sensitive Earth rotation sensors
Washington DC (SPX) May 11, 2017
Einstein's theory of gravity, also referred to as General Relativity, predicts that a rotating body such as the Earth partially drags inertial frames along with its rotation. In a study recently published in EPJ Plus, a group of scientists based in Italy suggests a novel approach to measuring what is referred to as frame dragging. Angela Di Virgilio of the National Institute of Nuclear Phy ... more
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