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October 25, 2017
STELLAR CHEMISTRY
Gamma rays will reach beyond the limits of light



Gothenburg, Sweden (SPX) Oct 23, 2017
Researchers have discovered a new way to produce high energy photon beams. The new method makes it possible to produce these gamma rays in a highly efficient way, compared with today's technique. The obtained energy is a billion times higher than the energy of photons in visible light. These high intensity gamma rays significantly exceed all known limits, and pave the way towards new fundamental studies. "When we exceed the limit of what is currently possible, we can see deeper into the basic elem ... read more

STELLAR CHEMISTRY
Artificial Intelligence Finds 56 New Gravitational Lens Candidates
Amsterdam, Netherlands (SPX) Oct 25, 2017
A group of astronomers from the universities of Groningen, Naples and Bonn has developed a method that finds gravitational lenses in enormous piles of observations. The method is based on the same a ... more
PHYSICS NEWS
Space Station Unit to Study Genetics of Model Organisms
Kennedy Space Center FL (SPX) Oct 25, 2017
Scientists and engineers are developing new hardware destined for the International Space Station to support experiments demonstrating how different organisms, such as plants, microbes or worms, dev ... more
TIME AND SPACE
Stronger Tests of Einstein's Theory of General Relativity with Binary Neutron Stars
Potsdam, Germany (SPX) Oct 25, 2017
Einstein's theory of general relativity has withstood 100 years of experimental scrutiny. However, these tests do not constrain how well the very strong gravitational fields produced by merging neut ... more
STELLAR CHEMISTRY
Experiment Provides Deeper Look into the Nature of Neutrinos
Washington DC (SPX) Oct 25, 2017
The first glimpse of data from the full array of a deeply chilled particle detector operating beneath a mountain in Italy sets the most precise limits yet on where scientists might find a theorized ... more
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SATURN DAILY
To keep Saturn's A ring contained, its moons stand united
Ithaca NY (SPX) Oct 25, 2017
For three decades, astronomers thought that only Saturn's moon Janus confined the planet's A ring - the largest and farthest of the visible rings. But after poring over NASA's Cassini mission data, ... more
SOLAR SCIENCE
On the generation of solar spicules and Alfvenic waves
La Laguna, Spain (SPX) Oct 25, 2017
At any given moment, as many as 10 million wild snakes of solar material leap from the sun's surface. These are spicules, and despite their abundance, scientists didn't understand how these jets of ... more
SOLAR SCIENCE
How scientists used NASA data to predict the corona of the Aug. 21 Total Solar Eclipse
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Oct 25, 2017
When the total solar eclipse swept across the United States on Aug. 21, 2017, NASA satellites captured a diverse set of images from space. But days before the eclipse, some NASA satellites also enab ... more
SOLAR SCIENCE
NASA sounding rocket instrument spots signatures of long-sought small solar flares
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Oct 25, 2017
Like most solar sounding rockets, the second flight of the FOXSI instrument - short for Focusing Optics X-ray Solar Imager - lasted 15 minutes, with just six minutes of data collection. But in that ... more
PHYSICS NEWS
Supercomputers help Los Alamos team interpret LIGO findings
Los Alamos NM (SPX) Oct 25, 2017
Astrophysicist Chris Fryer was enjoying an evening with friends on August 25, 2017, when he got the news of a gravitational-wave detection by LIGO, the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observ ... more
PHYSICS NEWS
NASA Challenges Students to Design Microgravity Experiments
Cleveland OH (SPX) Oct 24, 2017
Do you have what it takes to think like a scientist? Well, put on your lab coats and thinking caps because NASA is challenging U.S. high school students to participate in research related to the Int ... more


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IRON AND ICE
Orionid meteor shower to peak this weekend
Washington (UPI) Oct 20, 2017
The annual Orionid meteor shower is expected to peak over the weekend, offering viewers with clear skies the chance to see up to 20 meteors per hour. ... more
TIME AND SPACE
Proton and antiproton share fundamental properties
Mainz, Germany (SPX) Oct 20, 2017
The search goes on. No difference in protons and antiprotons have yet been found which would help to potentially explain the existence of matter in our universe. However, physicists in the BASE coll ... more
STELLAR CHEMISTRY
Research demonstrates method to alter coherence of light
Providence RI (SPX) Oct 20, 2017
Brown University researchers have demonstrated for the first time a method of substantially changing the spatial coherence of light. In a paper published in the journal Science Advances, the r ... more
MOON DAILY
Potential human habitat located on Moon
West Lafayette IN (SPX) Oct 20, 2017
A study published in Geophysical Research Letters confirms the existence of a large open lava tube in the Marius Hills region of the moon, which could be used to protect astronauts from hazardous co ... more



Haumea, the most peculiar of Pluto companions, has a ring around it
Granada, Spain (SPX) Oct 17, 2017
At the ends of the Solar System, beyond the orbit of Neptune, there is a belt of objects composed of ice and rocks, among which four dwarf planets stand out: Pluto, Eris, Makemake and Haumea. The latter is the least well known of the four and was recently the object of an international observation campaign which was able to establish its main physical characteristics. The study, led by astronome ... more
Garching, Germany (SPX) Oct 16, 2017
Ring around a dwarf planet detected
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
From Comets Come Planets
Laurel MD (SPX) Oct 20, 2017
Narrow dense rings of comets are coming together to form planets on the outskirts of at least three distant solar systems, astronomers have found in data from a pair of NASA telescopes. Estimating the mass of these rings from the amount of light they reflect shows that each of these developing planets is at least the size of a few Earths, according to Carey Lisse, a planetary scientist at ... more
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Oct 20, 2017
New NASA study improves search for habitable worlds
New York NY (SPX) Oct 17, 2017
A star that devoured its own planets
Exeter UK (SPX) Oct 17, 2017
Astronomers find potential solution into how planets form
Mars Rover Mission Progresses Toward Resumed Drilling
Pasadena CA (JPL) Oct 24, 2017
NASA's Mars rover Curiosity team is working to restore Curiosity's sample-drilling capability using new techniques. The latest development is a preparatory test on Mars. The five-year-old mission is still several months from the soonest possible resumption of drilling into Martian rocks. Managers are enthusiastic about successful Earth-based tests of techniques to work around a mechanical ... more
Paris (ESA) Oct 23, 2017
Mine craft for Mars
Pasadena CA (JPL) Oct 23, 2017
Opportunity spends the week imaging Perseverance Valley
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Oct 19, 2017
Solar eruptions could electrify Martian moons
Potential human habitat located on Moon
West Lafayette IN (SPX) Oct 20, 2017
A study published in Geophysical Research Letters confirms the existence of a large open lava tube in the Marius Hills region of the moon, which could be used to protect astronauts from hazardous conditions on the surface. No one has ever been on the moon longer than three days, largely because space suits alone can't shield astronauts from its elements: extreme temperature variation, radi ... more
Stennis Space Center MS (SPX) Oct 20, 2017
Human presence in Lunar orbit one step closer with successful RS-25 engine test
Huntsville AL (SPX) Oct 20, 2017
NASA research suggests significant atmosphere in lunar past and possible source of water on Moon
Washington (UPI) Oct 19, 2017
Lunar lava tube could be used as a moon mission base
Gamma rays will reach beyond the limits of light
Gothenburg, Sweden (SPX) Oct 23, 2017
Researchers have discovered a new way to produce high energy photon beams. The new method makes it possible to produce these gamma rays in a highly efficient way, compared with today's technique. The obtained energy is a billion times higher than the energy of photons in visible light. These high intensity gamma rays significantly exceed all known limits, and pave the way towards new fundamental ... more
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Oct 20, 2017
Self-portrait of NASA's James Webb Space Telescope marks critical test
Providence RI (SPX) Oct 20, 2017
Research demonstrates method to alter coherence of light
Amsterdam, Netherlands (SPX) Oct 25, 2017
Artificial Intelligence Finds 56 New Gravitational Lens Candidates
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Satellites map photosynthesis at high resolution
Potsdam, Germany (SPX) Oct 24, 2017
Life on Earth is impossible without photosynthesis. It provides food and oxygen to all higher life forms and plays an important role in the climate system, since this process regulates the uptake of carbon dioxide (CO2) from the Earth's atmosphere and its fixation in biomass. However, quantification of photosynthesis at the ecosystem-to-global scale remains uncertain. Now an international ... more
Canberra, Australia (SPX) Oct 25, 2017
OGC announces a new standard that improves the way information is referenced to the Earth
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Oct 24, 2017
GOES-T Satellite "Brains" and "Body" Come Together
Beijing (AFP) Oct 20, 2017
First joint France-China satellite to study oceans
Asteroid Luca
Paris (ESA) Oct 24, 2017
ESA astronaut Luca Parmitano has been on Earth since his mission to the International Space Station in 2013, but "Lucaparmitano" is now back in space thanks to an Italian astronomer. The International Astronomical Union's Minor Planet Centre has confirmed a new name for an asteroid formerly known merely as 1993 TD: (37627) Lucaparmitano. The asteroid was discovered in 1993 by Italian ... more
Washington (UPI) Oct 20, 2017
Orionid meteor shower to peak this weekend
Armagh UK (SPX) Oct 19, 2017
A solar-powered asteroid nursery at the orbit of Mars
Pasadena CA (JPL) Oct 20, 2017
Dawn Mission Extended at Ceres
On the generation of solar spicules and Alfvenic waves
La Laguna, Spain (SPX) Oct 25, 2017
At any given moment, as many as 10 million wild snakes of solar material leap from the sun's surface. These are spicules, and despite their abundance, scientists didn't understand how these jets of plasma form nor did they influence the heating of the outer layers of the sun's atmosphere or the solar wind. Now, for the first time, in a study partly funded by NASA, scientists have modeled spicule ... more
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Oct 25, 2017
NASA sounding rocket instrument spots signatures of long-sought small solar flares
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Oct 25, 2017
How scientists used NASA data to predict the corona of the Aug. 21 Total Solar Eclipse
Washington (UPI) Oct 5, 2017
Scientists propose space shield to protect Earth from solar storms
Space will see Communist loyalty: Chinese astronaut
Beijing (XNA) Oct 23, 2017
Jing Haipeng, the first Chinese astronaut to go into space three times, has voiced his desire to go into space again as a further demonstration of his loyalty to the Communist Party of China (CPC). "I'm eager to go to space again, be a pioneer in the battle one more time," said the 51-year-old major general and delegate to the ongoing 19th National Congress of the CPC. "Let the vastn ... more
Beijing (XNA) Oct 02, 2017
China launches three satellites
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
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Gamma rays will reach beyond the limits of light
Gothenburg, Sweden (SPX) Oct 23, 2017
Researchers have discovered a new way to produce high energy photon beams. The new method makes it possible to produce these gamma rays in a highly efficient way, compared with today's technique. The obtained energy is a billion times higher than the energy of photons in visible light. These high intensity gamma rays significantly exceed all known limits, and pave the way towards new fundamental ... more
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Oct 20, 2017
Self-portrait of NASA's James Webb Space Telescope marks critical test
Providence RI (SPX) Oct 20, 2017
Research demonstrates method to alter coherence of light
Amsterdam, Netherlands (SPX) Oct 25, 2017
Artificial Intelligence Finds 56 New Gravitational Lens Candidates
Set of 9 million-year-old teeth suggests earliest human relatives could have lived in Europe
Washington (UPI) Oct 20, 2017
Researchers in Germany have recovered an unusual set of teeth estimated to be 9.7 million years old. The teeth are unlike any found in Europe or Asia, but closely resemble the teeth of Lucy, the famed female specimen of the hominin species Australopithecus afarensis. Scientists found the teeth while sifting through sediment in the Rhine river near Eppelsheim, a small city in southwester ... more
Washington (UPI) Oct 19, 2017
Primate study offers insights into relationship between of jealousy and monogamy
Washington (UPI) Oct 16, 2017
Genome of a 40,000-year-old man in China reveals region's complex human history
New York NY (SPX) Oct 16, 2017
New study suggests that last common ancestor of humans and apes was smaller than thought
Spacewalkers fix robotic arm in time to grab next cargo ship
Miami (AFP) Oct 20, 2017
Two American astronauts on Friday wrapped up crucial repairs to the International Space Station's robotic arm, with just weeks to spare before the next cargo ship arrives in early November, NASA said. During a six hour, 49 minute spacewalk, NASA's Joe Acaba and Randy Bresnik put the finishing touches on repairs to the Canadian-made 57-foot (17-meter) long arm, called Canadarm 2. The arm ... more
Huntsville AL (SPX) Oct 23, 2017
NASA develops and tests new housing for in-orbit science payloads
Gainesville FL (SPX) Oct 20, 2017
Plants and psychological well-being in space
Moscow (AFP) Oct 18, 2017
Russia's space agency says glitch in manned Soyuz landing
Mountain glaciers shrinking across the West
Seattle WA (SPX) Oct 23, 2017
Until recently, glaciers in the United States have been measured in two ways: placing stakes in the snow, as federal scientists have done each year since 1957 at South Cascade Glacier in Washington state; or tracking glacier area using photographs from airplanes and satellites. We now have a third, much more powerful tool. While he was a doctoral student in University of Washington's Depar ... more
Washington (UPI) Oct 24, 2017
Study links rapid ice sheet melting with distant volcanic eruptions
Washington (UPI) Oct 24, 2017
Scientists surprised to find jellyfish under Arctic sea ice
Sydney (AFP) Oct 16, 2017
Drive for giant new marine sanctuary in Antarctica
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Ben-Gurion introduces Israel's first underwater robotic vehicle
Beer-Sheva, Israel (SPX) Oct 20, 2017
Ben-Gurion University of the Negev has developed Israel's first autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV). The robotic "HydroCamel II" will be commercially available for use in the military, security, and oil and gas sectors, as well as in environmental applications and marine research. BGN Technologies Ltd., BGU's technology-transfer company, also announced the formation of a new company, BG Ro ... more
Edinburgh UK (SPX) Oct 20, 2017
Hardy corals make their moves to build new reefs from scratch
Hasankeyf, Turkey (AFP) Oct 20, 2017
Ancient Turkish town prepares to vanish under floodwaters
Moscow (AFP) Oct 19, 2017
World's deepest lake in peril, scientists warn
Supercomputers help Los Alamos team interpret LIGO findings
Los Alamos NM (SPX) Oct 25, 2017
Astrophysicist Chris Fryer was enjoying an evening with friends on August 25, 2017, when he got the news of a gravitational-wave detection by LIGO, the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory. The event appeared to be a merger of two neutron stars - a specialty for the Los Alamos National Laboratory team of astrophysicists that Fryer leads. As the distant cosmic cataclysm unfolded, f ... more
Kennedy Space Center FL (SPX) Oct 25, 2017
Space Station Unit to Study Genetics of Model Organisms
Cleveland OH (SPX) Oct 24, 2017
NASA Challenges Students to Design Microgravity Experiments
Washington (UPI) Oct 24, 2017
Acoustic gravity waves pinpoint where and when objects hit ocean surface
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