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October 13, 2017
MERCURY RISING
Mercury map renders the innermost planet's geology in color



Washington (UPI) Oct 9, 2017
Scientists with the European Space Agency have rendered the dull, gray world of Mercury in bright colors as part of a new mapping effort in preparation for next year's BepiColombo mission launch. Using data collected by NASA's Messenger mission between 2010 and 2015, scientists plotted a color-coded map of the Victoria Quadrangle, a crater-filled region in Mercury's northern hemisphere. Researchers used colors to distinguish different types of craters and geological features. Crater char ... read more

TIME AND SPACE
Electron behavior under extreme conditions described for the first time
London, UK (SPX) Oct 09, 2017
Researchers have modelled the actions of electrons under extreme temperatures and densities, such as those found within planets and stars. The work could provide insights into the behaviour of ... more
TIME AND SPACE
What can be discovered at the junction of physics and chemistry?
Tomsk, Russia (SPX) Oct 09, 2017
TSU scientist Rashid Valiev and colleagues from the universities of Helsinki and Oslo have discovered a new type of rare molecules whose properties can be controlled by changing the induction of an ... more
STELLAR CHEMISTRY
Surface helium detonation spells end for white dwarf
Tokyo, Japan (SPX) Oct 05, 2017
Some stars end their lives with a huge explosion called a supernova. The most famous supernovae are the result of a massive star exploding, but a white dwarf, the remnant of an intermediate mass sta ... more
STELLAR CHEMISTRY
Scientists find missing baryons -- half the universe's missing matter
Washington (UPI) Oct 9, 2017
Two separate teams of researchers have found half of the universe's hidden matter, partially solving a mystery that has long troubled astronomers. ... more
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STELLAR CHEMISTRY
Mysterious Dimming of Tabby's Star May Be Caused by Dust
Pasadena CA (JPL) Oct 05, 2017
One of the most mysterious stellar objects may be revealing some of its secrets at last. Called KIC 8462852, also known as Boyajian's Star, or Tabby's Star, the object has experienced unusual dips i ... more
STELLAR CHEMISTRY
ALMA and Rosetta detect freon-40 in space
Copenhagen, Denmark (SPX) Oct 05, 2017
Observations made with the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) and ESA's Rosetta mission by an international team, including researchers from the Niels Bohr Institute, have revealed ... more
MOON DAILY
Moon Once Had an Atmosphere
Houston TX (SPX) Oct 09, 2017
A new study shows that an atmosphere was produced around the ancient Moon, 3 to 4 billion years ago, when intense volcanic eruptions spewed gases above the surface faster than they could escape to s ... more
EXO WORLDS
Are Self-Replicating Starships Practical
Sydney, Australia (SPX) Oct 09, 2017
Science fiction has frequently considered self-replicating robots that travel across space, making copies of themselves as they spread throughout the galaxy. Such devices are formally known as "von ... more
STELLAR CHEMISTRY
Violent helium reaction on white dwarf surface triggers supernova explosion
San Francisco CA (SPX) Oct 09, 2017
An international team of researchers has found evidence a supernova explosion that was first triggered by a helium detonation, reports a new study in Nature this week. A Type Ia supernova is a ... more
IRON AND ICE
Team led by UCLA astrophysicist observes primitive comet 2 billion kilometres from the sun
Los Angeles CA (SPX) Oct 09, 2017
A team of astronomers led by UCLA professor David Jewitt has identified a "special comet" 2.5 billion kilometres from the sun. No other comet heading toward our sun has ever been seen at such a grea ... more


New telescope attachment allows ground-based observations of new worlds

STELLAR CHEMISTRY
Astronomers use IAC instrument to probe the origins of cosmic rays
La Laguna, Spain (SPX) Oct 09, 2017
In November 1572 a supernova explosion was observed in the direction of the constellation of Cassiopeia, and its most famous observer was Tycho Brahe, one of the founders of modern observational ast ... more
STELLAR CHEMISTRY
The Scientific Quest to Explain Kepler's Most Enigmatic Find
Moffett Field CA (SPX) Oct 09, 2017
Some 1,500 light-years from Earth, a mystery of stellar proportions is playing out. A singular star out there captured scientists' and the public's imagination in September 2015 with its strangely f ... more
IRON AND ICE
A geochemist from MSU has assessed the oxidative environment inside asteroids
Moscow, Russia (SPX) Oct 06, 2017
A postgraduate of the Faculty of Geology at Moscow State University working as a part of an international team has assessed the oxidative environment and its changes inside asteroids from the core t ... more
EXO WORLDS
Biomarker Found In Space Complicates Search For Life On Exoplanets
Paris (ESA) Oct 06, 2017
A molecule once thought to be a useful marker for life as we know it has been discovered around a young star and at a comet for the first time, suggesting these ingredients are inherited during the ... more



Helicopter test for Jupiter icy moons radar
Friedrichshafen, Germany (ESA) Oct 03, 2017
A long radar boom that will probe below the surface of Jupiter's icy moons has been tested on Earth with the help of a helicopter. ESA's Jupiter Icy Moons Explorer, JUICE, is scheduled for launch in 2022, arriving seven years later. JUICE will study Jupiter's turbulent atmosphere and vast magnetic fields, as well as the planet-sized moons Ganymede, Europa and Callisto. All three moons are ... more
Moffett Field CA (SPX) Sep 27, 2017
Solving the Mystery of Pluto's Giant Blades of Ice
Irwindale CA (SPX) Sep 21, 2017
Global Aerospace Corporation to present Pluto lander concept to NASA
Washington DC (SPX) Sep 11, 2017
Pluto features given first official names
Biomarker Found In Space Complicates Search For Life On Exoplanets
Paris (ESA) Oct 06, 2017
A molecule once thought to be a useful marker for life as we know it has been discovered around a young star and at a comet for the first time, suggesting these ingredients are inherited during the planet-forming phase. The discovery of methyl chloride was made by the ground-based Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) in Chile, and by ESA's Rosetta spacecraft following Comet ... more
Sydney, Australia (SPX) Oct 09, 2017
Are Self-Replicating Starships Practical
University Park, PA (SPX) Oct 09, 2017
New telescope attachment allows ground-based observations of new worlds
Pasadena CA (JPL) Oct 06, 2017
The Super-Earth that Came Home for Dinner
Opportunity Feeling the Chemistry
Pasadena CA (JPL) Oct 10, 2017
Opportunity is continuing her winter exploration of Perseverance Valley on the west rim of Endeavour crater. The cold, low-light winter conditions continue to limit activity. Sols 4866 and 4867 (October 1, 2017 and October 2, 2017) were recharge sols with little activity. Opportunity has been conducting surface chemistry surveys with Alpha Particle X-ray Spectrometer (APXS). On Sol 4 ... more
Moscow (Sputnik) Oct 10, 2017
Russian Space Research Institute Announces July 2020 Date for Mission to Mars
Tempe AZ (SPX) Oct 09, 2017
ASU examines Mars' moon Phobos in a different light
Pasadena CA (JPL) Oct 05, 2017
Another Chance to Put Your Name on Mars
Moon Once Had an Atmosphere
Houston TX (SPX) Oct 09, 2017
A new study shows that an atmosphere was produced around the ancient Moon, 3 to 4 billion years ago, when intense volcanic eruptions spewed gases above the surface faster than they could escape to space. The study, supported by NASA's Solar System Exploration Research Virtual Institute, was published in Earth and Planetary Science Letters. When one looks up at the Moon, dark surfaces of vo ... more
Beijing (AFP) Sept 28, 2017
Chinese moon missions delayed by rocket failure: report
Adelaide, Australia (AFP) Sept 28, 2017
Moon village the first stop to Mars: ESA
Moscow (XNA) Sep 28, 2017
Russian space agency, NASA agree to co-build lunar-orbit space station
Mysterious Dimming of Tabby's Star May Be Caused by Dust
Pasadena CA (JPL) Oct 05, 2017
One of the most mysterious stellar objects may be revealing some of its secrets at last. Called KIC 8462852, also known as Boyajian's Star, or Tabby's Star, the object has experienced unusual dips in brightness - NASA's Kepler space telescope even observed dimming of up to 20 percent over a matter of days. In addition, the star has had much subtler but longer-term enigmatic dimming trends, ... more
Copenhagen, Denmark (SPX) Oct 05, 2017
ALMA and Rosetta detect freon-40 in space
Tokyo, Japan (SPX) Oct 05, 2017
Surface helium detonation spells end for white dwarf
Washington (UPI) Oct 9, 2017
Scientists find missing baryons -- half the universe's missing matter
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Sentinel-5P poised for liftoff
Paris (ESA) Oct 10, 2017
With four days to liftoff, the next Sentinel satellite is now on the launch pad at the Plesetsk Cosmodrome in northern Russia. The rocket will be fuelled two days before launch, set for Friday at 09:27 GMT (11:27 CEST). The Sentinel-5P satellite has been at the cosmodrome since early September going through a series of tests and being readied for the big day. After being sealed from ... more
Schriever AFB CO (SPX) Oct 09, 2017
Satellite transmissions cease, no impact to weather mission
Beijing (XNA) Oct 10, 2017
China launches remote sensing satellite for Venezuela
Paris (AFP) Oct 11, 2017
Europe set to launch atmosphere-probing satellite
A geochemist from MSU has assessed the oxidative environment inside asteroids
Moscow, Russia (SPX) Oct 06, 2017
A postgraduate of the Faculty of Geology at Moscow State University working as a part of an international team has assessed the oxidative environment and its changes inside asteroids from the core to the surface. This gives the authors of the study a better understanding of how the planets were formed. The paper was published in Meteoritics and Planetary Science. Asteroids were formed by a ... more
Los Angeles CA (SPX) Oct 09, 2017
Team led by UCLA astrophysicist observes primitive comet 2 billion kilometres from the sun
Riga, Latvia (SPX) Oct 03, 2017
Studies of 'Crater Capital' in the Baltics Show Impactful History
Paris (ESA) Oct 02, 2017
Unexpected Surprise: A Final Image from Rosetta
Scientists model magnetic storm that inspired red aurora over Kyoto
Washington (UPI) Oct 3, 2017
Scientists have modeled the extreme storm that triggered a vibrant red aurora atop Kyoto, Japan, in 1770. Researchers used historic accounts of the electromagnetic light show to estimate the storm's strength. Recently, scientists at Tokyo's National Institute of Japanese Literature and National Institute for Polar Research got the opportunity to analyze an ancient painting of a red auro ... more
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Oct 03, 2017
A RAVAN in the sun
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Sep 27, 2017
Parker Solar Probe Gets Its Revolutionary Heat Shield
Paris (ESA) Sep 21, 2017
Solar antics
China launches three satellites
Beijing (XNA) Oct 02, 2017
China launched three remote sensing satellites Friday on a Long March-2C rocket from Xichang Satellite Launch Center in southwest China's Sichuan Province. The Yaogan-30 01 satellites will conduct electromagnetic probes and other experiments. The launch is the 251st flight mission of the Long March rocket family. span class="BDL">Source: a href="http://news.xinhuanet.com">Xin ... more
Beijing (XNA) Oct 02, 2017
Mars probe to carry 13 types of payload on 2020 mission
Adelaide, Australia (XNA) Oct 03, 2017
UN official commends China's role in space cooperation
Beijing (XNA) Sep 22, 2017
China's cargo spacecraft separates from Tiangong-2 space lab
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Mysterious Dimming of Tabby's Star May Be Caused by Dust
Pasadena CA (JPL) Oct 05, 2017
One of the most mysterious stellar objects may be revealing some of its secrets at last. Called KIC 8462852, also known as Boyajian's Star, or Tabby's Star, the object has experienced unusual dips in brightness - NASA's Kepler space telescope even observed dimming of up to 20 percent over a matter of days. In addition, the star has had much subtler but longer-term enigmatic dimming trends, ... more
Copenhagen, Denmark (SPX) Oct 05, 2017
ALMA and Rosetta detect freon-40 in space
Tokyo, Japan (SPX) Oct 05, 2017
Surface helium detonation spells end for white dwarf
Washington (UPI) Oct 9, 2017
Scientists find missing baryons -- half the universe's missing matter
Prehistoric humans are likely to have formed mating networks to avoid inbreeding
Copenhagen, Denmark (SPX) Oct 09, 2017
Prehistoric humans are likely to have formed mating networks to avoid inbreeding Early humans seem to have recognised the dangers of inbreeding at least 34,000 years ago, and developed surprisingly sophisticated social and mating networks to avoid it, new research has found. The study, reported in the journal Science, examined genetic information from the remains of anatomically mode ... more
Washington (UPI) Oct 5, 2017
Scientists find more modern human traits influenced by Neandertal DNA
Tucson AZ (SPX) Oct 06, 2017
Ancient humans left Africa to escape drying climate
Johannesburg, South Africa (SPX) Oct 03, 2017
Stone Age child reveals that modern humans emerged more than 300,000 years ago
NASA May Extend BEAM's Time on the International Space Station
Houston TX (SPX) Oct 05, 2017
NASA is exploring options with Bigelow Aerospace to extend the life of the privately owned Bigelow Expandable Activity Module. Known as BEAM, the module is attached to the International Space Station and continues to perform well during its technology demonstration mission. NASA has issued a synopsis of an intended contract action to partner with Bigelow Aerospace to extend the life of the ... more
Miami (AFP) Oct 10, 2017
US spacewalkers install 'new eyes' at space station
Washington DC (SPX) Oct 05, 2017
USNO Astronomers Measure New Distances To Nearby Stars
Paris (AFP) Oct 3, 2017
OECD calls for tourism to be more sustainable
Formation of coal almost turned our planet into a snowball
Potsdam, Germany (SPX) Oct 10, 2017
While burning coal today causes Earth to overheat, about 300 million years ago the formation of that same coal brought our planet close to global glaciation. For the first time, scientists show the massive effect in a study to be published in the renowned Proceedings of the US Academy of Sciences. When trees in vast forests died during a time called the Carboniferous and the Permian, the c ... more
Boulder CO (SPX) Oct 06, 2017
In warmer climates, Greenlandic deltas have grown
Kiel, Germany (SPX) Oct 03, 2017
Return of the Weddell polynya supports Kiel climate model
Potsdam, Germany (SPX) Sep 25, 2017
Winter cold extremes linked to high-altitude polar vortex weakening
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How global warming is drying up the North American monsoon
Princeton NJ (SPX) Oct 10, 2017
Researchers have struggled to accurately model the changes to the abundant summer rains that sweep across the southwestern United States and northwestern Mexico, known to scientists as the "North American monsoon." In a report published Oct. 9 in the journal Nature Climate Change, a team of Princeton and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) researchers have applied a key ... more
Sydney, Australia (SPX) Oct 06, 2017
Did rapid sea-level rise drown fossil coral reefs around Hawaii?
Paris (AFP) Oct 7, 2017
Expanded bluefin tuna quotas could reverse recovery: scientists
Wellington (AFP) Oct 6, 2017
Pacific's Niue creates huge marine sanctuary
New gravitational wave hits Earth
University Park, PA (SPX) Oct 03, 2017
For the first time, three detectors have tracked the gravitational waves emitted by a merger of two black holes - a critical new capability that allows scientists to more closely locate a gravitational wave's birthplace in space. Gravitational waves are ripples in space and time created when two massive, compact objects such as black holes merge. A paper about the new gravitational wave, known a ... more
Oxford UK (SPX) Sep 28, 2017
Gravitational twists help theoretical physicists shed light on quantum complexity
London, UK (SPX) Sep 28, 2017
British Technology at Heart of Gravitational Wave Discovery
Hannover, Germany (SPX) Sep 28, 2017
Three Ears Listen Even More Accurately Than Two


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