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May 16, 2017
EXO WORLDS
New 'styrofoam' planet provides tools in search for habitable planets



Bethlehem PA (SPX) May 16, 2017
Fifth-graders making styrofoam solar system models may have the right idea. Researchers at Lehigh University have discovered a new planet orbiting a star 320 light years from Earth that has the density of styrofoam. This "puffy planet" outside our solar system may hold opportunities for testing atmospheres that will be useful when assessing future planets for signs of life. "It is highly inflated, so that while it's only a fifth as massive as Jupiter, it is nearly 40 percent larger, making it abou ... read more

TIME AND SPACE
What drives the accelerating expansion of the universe
Vancouver, Canada (SPX) May 16, 2017
UBC physicists may have solved one of nature's great puzzles: what causes the accelerating expansion of our universe? PhD student Qingdi Wang has tackled this question in a new study that trie ... more
EXO WORLDS
Variable Winds on Hot Giant Exoplanet Help Study of Magnetic Field
Tucson AZ (SPX) May 16, 2017
Senior Scientist Tamara M. Rogers of the Planetary Science Institute has discovered that substantial variability in the winds on the hot giant exoplanet HAT-P-7b are due to magnetism, and used those ... more
SOLAR SCIENCE
UNH researcher identifies key differences in solar wind models
Durham NH (SPX) May 16, 2017
The challenge of predicting space weather, which can cause issues with telecommunications and other satellite operations on Earth, requires a detailed understanding of the solar wind (a stream of ch ... more
TIME AND SPACE
Unpolarized single-photon generation with true randomness from diamond
Sendai, Japan (SPX) May 16, 2017
The Tohoku University research group of Professor Keiichi Edamatsu and Postdoctoral fellow Naofumi Abe has demonstrated dynamically and statically unpolarized single-photon generation using diamond. ... more
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TIME AND SPACE
Elusive atomic motion captured by electron microscopy
Linkoping, Sweden (SPX) May 16, 2017
The movement of atoms through a material can cause problems under certain circumstances. Atomic-resolution electron microscopy has enabled researchers at Linkoping University in Sweden to observe fo ... more
TECH SPACE
Physics may bring faster solutions for tough computational problems
Orlando FL (SPX) May 15, 2017
A well-known computational problem seeks to find the most efficient route for a traveling salesman to visit clients in a number of cities. Seemingly simple, it's actually surprisingly complex and mu ... more
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. L ... 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


Primitive Atmosphere Found Around 'Warm Neptune'

MOON DAILY
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



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
'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 Nept ... more
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
Tucson AZ (SPX) May 16, 2017
Variable Winds on Hot Giant Exoplanet Help Study of Magnetic Field
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 16, 2017
Mars Rover Opportunity Begins Study of Valley's Origin
Pasadena CA (JPL) May 08, 2017
Seasonal Flows in Valles Marineris
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
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
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How satellite data led to a breakthrough for Lake Erie toxic algal blooms
Washington DC (SPX) May 16, 2017
With the growing frequency and magnitude of toxic freshwater algal blooms becoming an increasingly worrisome public health concern, Carnegie scientists Jeff Ho and Anna Michalak, along with colleagues, have made new advances in understanding the drivers behind Lake Erie blooms and their implications for lake restoration. The work is published in two related studies. Using data from NASA's ... more
Pasadena CA (JPL) May 09, 2017
Is Climate Changing Cloud Heights? Too Soon to Say
Washington DC (SPX) May 16, 2017
Ice Particles in Earth's Atmosphere Create Bright Flashes Seen from Space
New Haven, CT (SPX) May 15, 2017
In measuring gas exchange between water and air, size matters
Twisting an Asteroid
Tokyo, Japan (SPX) May 16, 2017
Scientists and engineers from all over the world will gather from 15 to 19 May in Tokyo, Japan, at the 5th Planetary Defence Conference (PDC) to discuss the threat posed by asteroids and comets. This bi-annual conference, organized by the International Academy of Astronautics (IAA) will discuss actions that might be taken to deflect an incoming object. At the first conference on asteroid i ... more
El Segundo CA (SPX) May 16, 2017
The Aerospace Corporation leads Asteroid Impact Exercise at IAA in Tokyo
Ithaca NY (SPX) May 15, 2017
Oldest buckthorn fossilized flowers found in Argentina
Pasadena CA (SPX) May 09, 2017
Caltech: Chemical Engineer Explains Oxygen Mystery on Comets
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UNH researcher identifies key differences in solar wind models
Durham NH (SPX) May 16, 2017
The challenge of predicting space weather, which can cause issues with telecommunications and other satellite operations on Earth, requires a detailed understanding of the solar wind (a stream of charged particles released from the sun) and sophisticated computer simulations. Research done at the University of New Hampshire has found that when choosing the right model to describe the solar ... more
Goddard Space Flight Center
Space weather model simulates solar storms from nowhere
San Antonio TX (SPX) May 05, 2017
RAISE Spectrograph to Help Answer Some of the Mysteries of the Sun
Greenbelt MD (SPX) May 05, 2017
NASA-funded sounding rocket will take 1,500 images of sun in 5 minutes
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
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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'Awesomesauce,' proclaims US astronaut on historic spacewalk
Miami (AFP) May 12, 2017
So what is it like to float out into the vacuum of space? "Ginormous fondue pot, bubbling over with piping hot awesomesauce," said American astronaut Jack Fischer as he embarked on his first-ever spacewalk outside the International Space Station on Friday. The comments by Fischer, 43, were carried live on NASA television as he and his colleague Peggy Whitson, 57, made the 200th spacewal ... more
Copenhagen, Denmark (SPX) May 15, 2017
Six-legged livestock - sustainable food production
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
Oversized landforms discovered beneath the Antarctic ice sheet
Brussels, Belgium (SPX) May 15, 2017
Former ice sheets occupying Scandinavia and North America left numerous landforms on today's surface that witness of their hydrological system underneath them. However, most landforms have, so far, never been observed under contemporary ice sheets - not least because they are relatively small and buried under kilometer thick ice. A team of scientists led by the Universite libre de Bruxelle ... more
Pasadena CA (JPL) May 15, 2017
Alaska Tundra Source of Early-Winter Carbon Emissions
Fairbanks, United States (AFP) May 11, 2017
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Bremerhaven, Germany (SPX) May 15, 2017
Irreversible ocean warming threatens the Filchner-Ronne Ice Shelf
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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
East Lansing MI (SPX) May 16, 2017
Fish should figure in to fate of nation's aging dams
Atescatempa, Guatemala (AFP) May 15, 2017
Dying Guatemala lake underlines climate change threat
Sapporo, Japan (SPX) May 16, 2017
Teleconnection between the tropical Pacific and Antarctica
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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Scientists Find Giant Wave Rolling Through the Perseus Galaxy Cluster
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