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October 26, 2017
IRON AND ICE
Dawn Finds Possible Ancient Ocean Remnants at Ceres



Pasadena CA (JPL) Oct 27, 2017
Minerals containing water are widespread on Ceres, suggesting the dwarf planet may have had a global ocean in the past. What became of that ocean? Could Ceres still have liquid today? Two new studies from NASA's Dawn mission shed light on these questions. The Dawn team found that Ceres' crust is a mixture of ice, salts and hydrated materials that were subjected to past and possibly recent geologic activity, and that this crust represents most of that ancient ocean. The second study builds off the ... read more

IRON AND ICE
Small Asteroid or Comet 'Visits' from Beyond the Solar System
Pasadena CA (JPL) Oct 27, 2017
A small, recently discovered asteroid - or perhaps a comet - appears to have originated from outside the solar system, coming from somewhere else in our galaxy. If so, it would be the first "interst ... more
EXO WORLDS
Comet mission reveals 'missing link' in our understanding of planet formation
London, UK (SPX) Oct 26, 2017
span class="NL"> a href="http://www.ras.org.uk/ras" class="highlight">Royal Astronomical Society /a> br> /span> in our understanding of planet formation has been revealed by the first ever spacecra ... more
STELLAR CHEMISTRY
Revealing Galactic Secrets
Munich, Germany (SPX) Oct 26, 2017
Countless galaxies vie for attention in this monster image of the Fornax Galaxy Cluster, some appearing only as pinpricks of light while others dominate the foreground. One of these is the lenticula ... more
PHYSICS NEWS
Acoustic gravity waves pinpoint where and when objects hit ocean surface
Washington (UPI) Oct 24, 2017
Scientists at the University of Cardiff in Wales have developed a method for tracing acoustic gravity waves to their point of origin. ... more
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STELLAR CHEMISTRY
Using optical chaos to control the momentum of light
Boston MA (SPX) Oct 20, 2017
Integrated photonic circuits, which rely on light rather than electrons to move information, promise to revolutionize communications, sensing and data processing. But controlling and moving light po ... more
TIME AND SPACE
Chaos reigns even in simple electronics
Cracow, Poland (SPX) Oct 20, 2017
It's really surprising: it turns out that among simple electronic circuits, built of just a few components, many of them behave chaotically, in an extremely complicated, practically unpredictable ma ... more
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. Th ... 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


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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



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
Comet mission reveals 'missing link' in our understanding of planet formation
London, UK (SPX) Oct 26, 2017
span class="NL"> a href="http://www.ras.org.uk/ras" class="highlight">Royal Astronomical Society /a> br> /span> in our understanding of planet formation has been revealed by the first ever spacecraft to orbit and land on a comet, say German scientists. The study is published in a recent edition of the journal Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society. A research team led by Jurgen ... more
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Oct 20, 2017
New NASA study improves search for habitable worlds
Laurel MD (SPX) Oct 20, 2017
From Comets Come Planets
New York NY (SPX) Oct 17, 2017
A star that devoured its own planets
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
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Oct 19, 2017
Solar eruptions could electrify Martian moons
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Oct 20, 2017
MAVEN finds Mars has a twisted tail
Paris (ESA) Oct 23, 2017
Mine craft for Mars
Human presence in Lunar orbit one step closer with successful RS-25 engine test
Stennis Space Center MS (SPX) Oct 20, 2017
Aerojet Rocketdyne has test-fired its RS-25 engine, E2063, for 500 seconds at NASA's Stennis Space Center in Mississippi. This is the second RS-25 engine Aerojet Rocketdyne has tested for NASA's second Exploration Mission (EM-2). EM-2 will be the first mission to launch astronauts aboard the Orion spacecraft with the Exploration Upper Stage (EUS) on top of the Space Launch System (SLS). ... more
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
West Lafayette IN (SPX) Oct 20, 2017
Potential human habitat located on Moon
Using optical chaos to control the momentum of light
Boston MA (SPX) Oct 20, 2017
Integrated photonic circuits, which rely on light rather than electrons to move information, promise to revolutionize communications, sensing and data processing. But controlling and moving light poses serious challenges. One major hurdle is that light travels at different speeds and in different phases in different components of an integrated circuit. For light to couple between optical compone ... more
Gothenburg, Sweden (SPX) Oct 23, 2017
Gamma rays will reach beyond the limits of light
Munich, Germany (SPX) Oct 26, 2017
Revealing Galactic Secrets
Amsterdam, Netherlands (SPX) Oct 25, 2017
Artificial Intelligence Finds 56 New Gravitational Lens Candidates
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OGC announces a new standard that improves the way information is referenced to the Earth
Canberra, Australia (SPX) Oct 25, 2017
The membership of the Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) has approved the Discrete Global Grid System (DGGS) as OGC Abstract Specification - Topic 21 [OGC 15-104r5]. The goal of DGGS is to enable rapid assembly of spatial data without the difficulties of working with projected coordinate reference systems. The OGC DGGS Abstract Specification standard defines the conceptual model and a set of ... more
Paris (ESA) Oct 26, 2017
Sentinel-1 sees through hurricanes
Washington (UPI) Oct 23, 2017
Google Earth helps researchers identify 400 ancient stone gates in Saudi Arabia
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Oct 24, 2017
GOES-T Satellite "Brains" and "Body" Come Together
Dawn Finds Possible Ancient Ocean Remnants at Ceres
Pasadena CA (JPL) Oct 27, 2017
Minerals containing water are widespread on Ceres, suggesting the dwarf planet may have had a global ocean in the past. What became of that ocean? Could Ceres still have liquid today? Two new studies from NASA's Dawn mission shed light on these questions. The Dawn team found that Ceres' crust is a mixture of ice, salts and hydrated materials that were subjected to past and possibly recent ... more
Pasadena CA (JPL) Oct 27, 2017
Small Asteroid or Comet 'Visits' from Beyond the Solar System
Paris (ESA) Oct 24, 2017
Asteroid Luca
Armagh UK (SPX) Oct 19, 2017
A solar-powered asteroid nursery at the orbit of Mars
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
International SMR and Advanced Reactor Summit 2018 - March 27-28 - Atlanta USA
Using optical chaos to control the momentum of light
Boston MA (SPX) Oct 20, 2017
Integrated photonic circuits, which rely on light rather than electrons to move information, promise to revolutionize communications, sensing and data processing. But controlling and moving light poses serious challenges. One major hurdle is that light travels at different speeds and in different phases in different components of an integrated circuit. For light to couple between optical compone ... more
Gothenburg, Sweden (SPX) Oct 23, 2017
Gamma rays will reach beyond the limits of light
Munich, Germany (SPX) Oct 26, 2017
Revealing Galactic Secrets
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
Plants and psychological well-being in space
Gainesville FL (SPX) Oct 20, 2017
Where people will go in the cosmos, plants will go. That's the message of a paper entitled "Gardening for Therapeutic People-Plant Interactions during Long-Duration Space Missions" written by Raymond Odeh, and Charles L. Guy of the University of Florida (Gainesville) and published in the De Gruyter journal, Open Agriculture. In the beginning of the space age, researchers sought to see if ... more
Miami (AFP) Oct 20, 2017
Spacewalkers fix robotic arm in time to grab next cargo ship
Huntsville AL (SPX) Oct 23, 2017
NASA develops and tests new housing for in-orbit science payloads
Moscow (AFP) Oct 18, 2017
Russia's space agency says glitch in manned Soyuz landing
Groundwater and tundra fires may work together to thaw permafrost
Boulder CO (SPX) Oct 26, 2017
Groundwater may play an unrecognized role in thawing Arctic permafrost following wildfires, according to new research. The new study reveals that, after wildfire burns off a portion of organic rich soil that normally insulates permafrost, summer warmth penetrates deeper into the frozen soils, allowing groundwater to flow downgradient and potentially contributing to greater release of green ... more
Paris (ESA) Oct 24, 2017
New crew and new research in Antarctica
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
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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
Hong Kong (SPX) Oct 26, 2017
Among 'green' energy, hydropower is the most dangerous
Salt Lake City UT (SPX) Oct 26, 2017
Scientists warn that saline lakes in dire situation worldwide
Berkeley CA (SPX) Oct 23, 2017
Cool roofs have water saving benefits too
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
Washington (UPI) Oct 24, 2017
Acoustic gravity waves pinpoint where and when objects hit ocean surface
Cleveland OH (SPX) Oct 24, 2017
NASA Challenges Students to Design Microgravity Experiments
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