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October 17, 2017
TIME AND SPACE
Filling the early universe with knots can explain why the world is three-dimensional



Nashville TN (SPX) Oct 17, 2017
The next time you come across a knotted jumble of rope or wire or yarn, ponder this: The natural tendency for things to tangle may help explain the three-dimensional nature of the universe and how it formed. An international team of physicists has developed an out-of-the-box theory which proposes that shortly after it popped into existence 13.8 billion years ago the universe was filled with knots formed from flexible strands of energy called flux tubes that link elementary particles together. ... read more

STELLAR CHEMISTRY
Heavy elements in neutron star mergers detected
Darmstadt, Germany (SPX) Oct 17, 2017
On October 16 a team of scientists, including members from the LIGO and Virgo collaborations and several astronomical groups, announced the detection of both gravitational and electromagnetic waves, ... more
PHYSICS NEWS
NASA Missions Catch First Light from a Gravitational-Wave Event
Pasadena CA (JPL) Oct 17, 2017
For the first time, NASA scientists have detected light tied to a gravitational-wave event, thanks to two merging neutron stars in the galaxy NGC 4993, located about 130 million light-years from Ear ... more
PHYSICS NEWS
A new era of multi-messenger astronomy with LIGO discovery
Rochester NY (SPX) Oct 16, 2017
Rochester Institute of Technology researchers played a significant role in an international announcement today that has changed the future of astrophysics. The breakthrough discovery of collid ... more
EXO WORLDS
Astronomers find potential solution into how planets form
Exeter UK (SPX) Oct 17, 2017
The quest to discover how planets found in the far reaches of the universe are born has taken a new, crucial twist. A new study by an international team of scientists, led by Stefan Kraus from ... more
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EXO WORLDS
A star that devoured its own planets
New York NY (SPX) Oct 17, 2017
A devourer of worlds lurks around 350 light-years away. According to a recent study comparing the chemical composition of a pair of sunlike stars, one of the stars has consumed the rocky equivalent ... more
EXO WORLDS
Giant Exoplanet Hunters: Look for Debris Disks
Pasadena CA (JPL) Oct 17, 2017
There's no map showing all the billions of exoplanets hiding in our galaxy - they're so distant and faint compared to their stars, it's hard to find them. Now, astronomers hunting for new worlds hav ... more
SATURN DAILY
Reconstructing Cassini's Plunge into Saturn
Pasadena CA (JPL) Oct 17, 2017
As NASA's Cassini spacecraft made its fateful dive into the upper atmosphere of Saturn on Sept. 15, the spacecraft was live-streaming data from eight of its science instruments, along with readings ... more
TIME AND SPACE
Energy against the current on a quantum scale, without contradicting the laws of physics
Bilbao, Spain (SPX) Oct 09, 2017
This is the main result obtained by the group led by Professor Angel Rubio of the UPV/EHU and of the Max Planck Institute PMSD, together with collaborators at the BCCMS centre in Bremen, and which h ... more
MOON DAILY
Ancient asteroid impact exposes the moon's interior
West Lafayette IN (SPX) Oct 16, 2017
Scientists have long assumed that all the planets in our solar system look the same beneath the surface, but a study published in Geology on Oct. 4 tells a different story. "The mantle of the ... more
IRON AND ICE
Asteroid Tracking Network Observes Close Approach
Pasadena CA (JPL) Oct 16, 2017
On Oct. 12 EDT (Oct. 11 PDT), a small asteroid designated 2012 TC4 will safely pass by Earth at a distance of approximately 26,000 miles (42,000 kilometers). This is a little over one tenth the dist ... more


Close Approach of Asteroid 2012 TC4 Poses no Danger to Earth

SATURN DAILY
Intense storms batter Saturn's largest moon, UCLA scientists report
Los Angeles CA (SPX) Oct 16, 2017
Titan, the largest of Saturn's more than 60 moons, has surprisingly intense rainstorms, according to research by a team of UCLA planetary scientists and geologists. Although the storms are relativel ... more
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. ... 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



Ring around a dwarf planet detected
Garching, Germany (SPX) Oct 16, 2017
Ten observatories in six European countries teamed up for recent observations of a stellar occultation by the dwarf planet Haumea, which surprisingly show a narrow and dense ring orbiting the dwarf planet. In addition, the astronomers at the Max Planck Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics and more than 50 further institutions were able to constrain the size, shape and density of Haumea,w ... more
Granada, Spain (SPX) Oct 17, 2017
Haumea, the most peculiar of Pluto companions, has a ring around it
Friedrichshafen, Germany (ESA) Oct 03, 2017
Helicopter test for Jupiter icy moons radar
Moffett Field CA (SPX) Sep 27, 2017
Solving the Mystery of Pluto's Giant Blades of Ice
Astronomers find potential solution into how planets form
Exeter UK (SPX) Oct 17, 2017
The quest to discover how planets found in the far reaches of the universe are born has taken a new, crucial twist. A new study by an international team of scientists, led by Stefan Kraus from the University of Exeter, has given a fascinating new insight into one of the most respected theories of how planets are formed. Young stars start out with a massive disk of gas and dust that o ... more
New York NY (SPX) Oct 17, 2017
A star that devoured its own planets
Pasadena CA (JPL) Oct 17, 2017
Giant Exoplanet Hunters: Look for Debris Disks
Sydney, Australia (SPX) Oct 09, 2017
Are Self-Replicating Starships Practical
What NASA's simulated missions tell us about the need for Martian law
Kent UK (SPX) Oct 16, 2017
Six people recently returned from an eight-month long isolation experiment to test human endurance for long-term space missions. Their "journey to Mars" involved being isolated below the summit of the world's largest active volcano in Hawaii (Mauna Loa), and was designed to better understand the psychological impacts of manned missions. NASA, which aims to send expeditions to Mars by the 2 ... more
Washington (UPI) Oct 13, 2017
Mimetic Martian water is highly pressurized, experiments show
Washington DC (SPX) Oct 16, 2017
Debate over Mars exploration strategy heats up in astrobiology journal
Pasadena CA (JPL) Oct 10, 2017
Opportunity Feeling the Chemistry
Ancient asteroid impact exposes the moon's interior
West Lafayette IN (SPX) Oct 16, 2017
Scientists have long assumed that all the planets in our solar system look the same beneath the surface, but a study published in Geology on Oct. 4 tells a different story. "The mantle of the earth is made mostly of a mineral called olivine, and the assumption is usually that all planets are like the Earth," said Jay Melosh, Distinguished Professor of Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Scien ... more
Houston TX (SPX) Oct 09, 2017
Moon Once Had an Atmosphere
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
Heavy elements in neutron star mergers detected
Darmstadt, Germany (SPX) Oct 17, 2017
On October 16 a team of scientists, including members from the LIGO and Virgo collaborations and several astronomical groups, announced the detection of both gravitational and electromagnetic waves, originating from the merger of two neutron stars. These mergers have been speculated as the yet unknown production site of heavy elements including Gold, Platinum and Uranium in the Universe. I ... more
Beijing (XNA) Oct 17, 2017
FAST Feature: No aliens found yet, but heartbeats of a universe heard
Pasadena CA (JPL) Oct 17, 2017
NASA Seeks Information from Potential Funders for Spitzer
Pasadena CA (JPL) Oct 05, 2017
Mysterious Dimming of Tabby's Star May Be Caused by Dust
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Watching plant photosynthesis from space
Sydney, Australia (SPX) Oct 16, 2017
University of Sydney and NASA researchers have developed a revolutionary new technique to image plant photosynthesis using satellite-based remote-sensing, with potential applications in climate change monitoring. The uptake of carbon dioxide by leaves and its conversion to sugars by photosynthesis, referred to as gross primary production (GPP), is the fundamental basis of life on Earth and ... more
Beijing (XNA) Oct 10, 2017
China launches remote sensing satellite for Venezuela
Schriever AFB CO (SPX) Oct 09, 2017
Satellite transmissions cease, no impact to weather mission
Moscow (AFP) Oct 13, 2017
Russia launches European satellite to monitor Earth's atmosphere
Close Approach of Asteroid 2012 TC4 Poses no Danger to Earth
Los Angeles CA (SPX) Oct 16, 2017
The house-sized asteroid 2012 TC4 is slated to give Earth a close shave on Thursday, October 12, swooshing by our planet at approximately 5:41 UTC (1:41 a.m. EDT) at a distance of about 31,000 miles (50,000 kilometers). Although there were some worries that this rocky object could hit the Earth, latest observations confirm that it poses no danger to our home planet at all. "The actual miss ... more
Pasadena CA (JPL) Oct 16, 2017
Asteroid Tracking Network Observes Close Approach
Los Angeles CA (SPX) Oct 09, 2017
Team led by UCLA astrophysicist observes primitive comet 2 billion kilometres from the sun
Moscow, Russia (SPX) Oct 06, 2017
A geochemist from MSU has assessed the oxidative environment inside asteroids
Scientists propose space shield to protect Earth from solar storms
Washington (UPI) Oct 5, 2017
If governments and their space agencies are serious about protecting Earth from solar storms, one team of researchers argues a giant space shield is the most logical solution. Much attention is paid to the threat of comets and asteroids. In the past, violent collisions have triggered mass extinctions. Solar storms - intense waves of high energy particles flung into space during coronal ... more
Washington (UPI) Oct 3, 2017
Scientists model magnetic storm that inspired red aurora over Kyoto
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
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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Heavy elements in neutron star mergers detected
Darmstadt, Germany (SPX) Oct 17, 2017
On October 16 a team of scientists, including members from the LIGO and Virgo collaborations and several astronomical groups, announced the detection of both gravitational and electromagnetic waves, originating from the merger of two neutron stars. These mergers have been speculated as the yet unknown production site of heavy elements including Gold, Platinum and Uranium in the Universe. I ... more
Beijing (XNA) Oct 17, 2017
FAST Feature: No aliens found yet, but heartbeats of a universe heard
Pasadena CA (JPL) Oct 17, 2017
NASA Seeks Information from Potential Funders for Spitzer
Pasadena CA (JPL) Oct 05, 2017
Mysterious Dimming of Tabby's Star May Be Caused by Dust
World Bank: 1.1 bn people 'invisible', lacking official identity
Washington (AFP) Oct 13, 2017
Over 1.1 billion people mainly in Asia and Africa lack official proof of identity that would get them access to public health care, education and finance, according to the World Bank. More than a third of these "invisible" people are children, the Bank said in a report issued for its annual meeting in Washington this week. That is particularly hard on groups of people forcibly displaced ... more
Washington (UPI) Oct 11, 2017
DNA proves Newfoundland was populated by distinct groups three different times
Washington (UPI) Oct 11, 2017
Scientists identify genes critical for hearing
Copenhagen, Denmark (SPX) Oct 09, 2017
Prehistoric humans are likely to have formed mating networks to avoid inbreeding
Russia launches cargo ship to space station
Moscow (AFP) Oct 14, 2017
Russia on Saturday launched an unmanned Progress space freighter carrying supplies to the International Space Station from the Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. The Soyuz 2.1a rocket carrying the ship successfully reached orbit eight minutes after taking off at 11:47am Moscow time (0847 GMT), a Russian space agency commentator said in the live feed from mission control. The event was pu ... more
Miami (AFP) Oct 10, 2017
US spacewalkers install 'new eyes' at space station
Paris (Sputnik) Oct 10, 2017
Roscosmos: International Space Exploration to Continue Despite Geopolitical Situation
Houston TX (SPX) Oct 05, 2017
NASA May Extend BEAM's Time on the International Space Station
Thousands of penguin chicks starve in Antarctica
Sydney (AFP) Oct 13, 2017
Mass starvation has wiped out thousands of penguin chicks in Antarctica, with unusually thick sea ice forcing their parents to forage further for food in what conservationists Friday called a "catastrophic breeding failure". French scientists, supported by WWF, have been studying a colony of 18,000 pairs of Adelie penguins in East Antarctica since 2010 and discovered only two chicks survived ... more
Washington (UPI) Oct 13, 2017
As ice sheet melts, Greenland's fjords become less salty
Aarhus, Denmark (SPX) Oct 16, 2017
The melting ice makes the sea around Greenland less saline
Potsdam, Germany (SPX) Oct 10, 2017
Formation of coal almost turned our planet into a snowball
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Huge spike in global carbon emissions linked to El Nino
Miami (AFP) Oct 13, 2017
A huge spike in carbon emissions seen in the past couple of years has puzzled scientists, since there was no evidence of a rise in human activities, like fossil fuel burning, that might explain it. But new satellite data shows that the weather phenomenon El Nino is to blame, because it led to dry spells that put stress on plants and trees across the tropics, and made it harder for them to pe ... more
Rabat (AFP) Oct 15, 2017
'Thirsty protests' hit Morocco over water shortages
La Ciotat, France (AFP) Oct 11, 2017
Underwater nurseries help revive Mediterranean fish stocks
Washington (UPI) Oct 16, 2017
Harvey runoff is threatening coral reefs in the Gulf of Mexico
A new era of multi-messenger astronomy with LIGO discovery
Rochester NY (SPX) Oct 16, 2017
Rochester Institute of Technology researchers played a significant role in an international announcement today that has changed the future of astrophysics. The breakthrough discovery of colliding neutron stars marks the first time both gravitational waves and light have been detected from the same cosmic collision. "Multimessenger astronomy," a new way of understanding the universe, ... more
Pasadena CA (JPL) Oct 17, 2017
NASA Missions Catch First Light from a Gravitational-Wave Event
University Park, PA (SPX) Oct 03, 2017
New gravitational wave hits Earth
Oxford UK (SPX) Sep 28, 2017
Gravitational twists help theoretical physicists shed light on quantum complexity


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