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November 02, 2017
EXO WORLDS
Evolutionary theory suggests aliens might not look all that alien



Washington (UPI) Nov 1, 2017
On TV and in the movies, aliens have been imagined a variety of strange forms - slimy, green, reptilian, insect-like, big-headed. But new research suggests alien life forms wouldn't necessarily be exotic or especially strange. Aliens might, in fact, look familiar. Some might even look like us. Of course, artists and directors have to use their imagination. If there is alien life out there, there is no documentation of it. To figure out what aliens might actually look like, researchers a ... read more

EXO WORLDS
Overlooked Treasure: The First Evidence of Exoplanets
Pasadena CA (JPL) Nov 02, 2017
Beneath an elegant office building with a Spanish-style red tiled roof in Pasadena, California, three timeworn storerooms safeguard more than a century of astronomy. Down the stairs and to the right ... more
SOLAR SCIENCE
NASA Investigates Invisible Magnetic Bubbles in Outer Solar System
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Nov 02, 2017
Space may seem empty, but it's actually a dynamic place populated with near-invisible matter, and dominated by forces, in particular those created by magnetic fields. Magnetospheres - the magnetic f ... more
TIME AND SPACE
Minor merger kicks supermassive black hole into high gear
Tokyo, Japan (SPX) Nov 01, 2017
The galaxy Messier 77 (M77) is famous for its super-active nucleus that releases enormous energy across the electromagnetic spectrum, ranging from x-ray to radio wavelengths. Yet, despite its highly ... more
EXO WORLDS
'Monster' planet discovery challenges formation theory
London, UK (SPX) Nov 01, 2017
A giant planet, which should not exist according to planet formation theory, has been discovered around a distant star. The new research is presented in a paper recently accepted for publication in ... more
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TIME AND SPACE
Scientists penetrate mystery of raging black hole beams
Southampton UK (SPX) Oct 31, 2017
They are nature's very own Death Star beams - ultra-powerful jets of energy that shoot out from the vicinity of black holes like deadly rays from the Star Wars super-weapon. Now a team of scie ... more
STELLAR CHEMISTRY
Newest dark matter map hints at where astrophysics must go for breakthroughs
San Francisco CA (SPX) Nov 01, 2017
The unveiling this summer of the most accurate cosmic picture ever taken of the distribution of dark matter has left astrophysicists feeling both delighted and frustrated. On the one hand, the ... more
STELLAR CHEMISTRY
New Insight into Nature's Own "Death Star" Beams
Sheffield UK (SPX) Oct 31, 2017
Scientists from the University of Sheffield have moved a step closer to understanding nature's own Star Wars Death Star beams - ultra powerful jets of energy that shoot out from the vicinity of blac ... more
TIME AND SPACE
Monster colliding black holes might lurk on the edge of spiral galaxies
Rochester NY (SPX) Oct 31, 2017
The outskirts of spiral galaxies like our own could be crowded with colliding black holes of massive proportions and a prime location for scientists hunting the sources of gravitational waves, said ... more
IRON AND ICE
ROSINA Spectral Measurements Bring Comet's Chemistry to Life
Paris (ESA) Oct 31, 2017
Launched March 2004 and following a 10-year journey across the solar system, the European Space Agency's Rosetta probe made history in 2014. It became the first spacecraft to orbit the nucleus of a ... more
IRON AND ICE
NASA Evaluates Use of a Coin-Sized Thermometer to Characterize Comets and Earthbound Asteroids
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Oct 31, 2017
Two NASA teams want to deploy a highly compact, sensitive thermometer that could characterize comets and even assist in the redirection or possible destruction of an asteroid on a collision course w ... more


Jupiter's X-ray auroras pulse independently

TIME AND SPACE
Chinese scientists measure universe with "magic ruler"
Beijing (XNA) Oct 31, 2017
There's a giant "ruler" hidden among millions of galaxies in the universe. With it, scientists can measure how fast the universe is expanding. This will help them explore dark energy, the mysterious ... more
SATURN DAILY
Saturn's Radiation Belts: A Stranger to the Solar Wind
Gottingen, Germany (SPX) Oct 31, 2017
The radiation belts of Earth and Saturn differ more strongly than previously assumed. In these belts, very energetic particles, such as electrons and protons, move around the planet at high velociti ... more
TIME AND SPACE
NuSTAR Probes Black Hole Jet Mystery
Pasadena CA (JPL) Oct 31, 2017
Black holes are famous for being ravenous eaters, but they do not eat everything that falls toward them. A small portion of material gets shot back out in powerful jets of hot gas, called plasma, th ... more
IRON AND ICE
Rosetta finds comet plume powered from below
Paris (ESA) Oct 27, 2017
Last year, a fountain of dust was spotted streaming from Rosetta's comet, prompting the question: how was it powered? Scientists now suggest the outburst was driven from inside the comet, perhaps re ... more



Jupiter's X-ray auroras pulse independently
London UK (SPX) Oct 31, 2017
Jupiter's intense northern and southern lights pulse independently of each other according to new UCL-led research using ESA's XMM-Newton and NASA's Chandra X-ray observatories. The study, published in Nature Astronomy, found that very high-energy X-ray emissions at Jupiter's south pole consistently pulse every 11 minutes. Meanwhile those at the north pole are erratic: increasing and decre ... more
Granada, Spain (SPX) Oct 17, 2017
Haumea, the most peculiar of Pluto companions, has a ring around it
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
One small doorstep for man: Cosmic mat welcomes aliens
Adelaide, Australia (AFP) Oct 27, 2017
It may look like an ordinary door mat, but its creators insist the conceptual art piece could encourage alien life to visit Earth - and help create a new kind of space archaeology. Dubbed the "Cosmic Welcome Mat" it features swirls of red, sky blue, and violet against a black border, and is meant to convey a warm reception to all sentient life in the universe. Experimental philosopher J ... more
Washington (UPI) Nov 1, 2017
Evolutionary theory suggests aliens might not look all that alien
London, UK (SPX) Oct 27, 2017
Citizen scientist spots comet tails streaking past distant star
London, UK (SPX) Nov 01, 2017
'Monster' planet discovery challenges formation theory
Winters leave marks on Mars' sand dunes
Washington (UPI) Oct 27, 2017
New lab experiments suggest the sublimation of carbon dioxide - which freezes in the winter and thaws in the spring - is leaving unique marks on Mars' sand dunes. Much science has been devoted to the events and processes that shaped the Martian surface millions of years ago, but a team of scientists at the University of Dublin, in Ireland, wanted to better understand how the Red Plane ... more
Dublin, Ireland (SPX) Oct 30, 2017
Winters on Mars are shaping the Red Planet's landscape
Pasadena CA (JPL) Nov 02, 2017
Martian Ridge Brings Out Rover's Color Talents
Pasadena CA (JPL) Nov 01, 2017
Next Mars Rover Will Have 23 'Eyes'
Low-cost clocks for landing on the Moon
Paris (ESA) Oct 27, 2017
A European clock accurate to a trillionth of a second is set to be used on satellites and missions to the Moon. The ultra-precise time-keeper was conceived by a small company in Latvia, and ESA has recognised its potential for space. "We are the Ferrari of timers with the components of a tractor," says Nikolai Adamovitch of Eventech. "We provide extreme timing accuracy using re ... 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
New evidence for dark matter makes it even more exotic
Lausanne, Switzerland (SPX) Oct 26, 2017
Galaxy clusters are the largest known structures in the Universe, containing thousands of galaxies and hot gas. But more importantly, they contain the mysterious dark matter, which accounts for 27 percent of all matter and energy. Current models of dark matter predict that galaxy clusters have very dense cores, and those cores contain a very massive galaxy that never moves from the cluster's cen ... more
San Francisco CA (SPX) Nov 01, 2017
Newest dark matter map hints at where astrophysics must go for breakthroughs
Sheffield UK (SPX) Oct 31, 2017
New Insight into Nature's Own "Death Star" Beams
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Oct 30, 2017
NASA sounding rocket probes the dark regions of space
DSI 4th Space Resiliency Summit November 28-29, 2017 Alexandria, VA
Orbital ATK Successfully Launches Minotaur C Rocket Carrying 10 Spacecraft to Orbit for Planet
Dulles VA (SPX) Nov 02, 2017
Orbital ATK reports its commercial Minotaur C rocket successfully launched 10 commercial spacecraft into orbit for Planet. The Minotaur C launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base, California. The rocket's first stage ignited at 2:37 p.m. (PDT), and just over 12 minutes later, Planet's six SkySat spacecraft began to deploy one at a time into their targeted sun synchronous orbit 310 miles (50 ... more
Canberra, Australia (SPX) Oct 25, 2017
OGC announces a new standard that improves the way information is referenced to the Earth
Hampton VA (SPX) Oct 27, 2017
First SAGE III Atmospheric Data Released for Public Use
Paris (ESA) Oct 26, 2017
Sentinel-1 sees through hurricanes
Rosetta finds comet plume powered from below
Paris (ESA) Oct 27, 2017
Last year, a fountain of dust was spotted streaming from Rosetta's comet, prompting the question: how was it powered? Scientists now suggest the outburst was driven from inside the comet, perhaps released from ancient gas vents or pockets of hidden ice. The plume was seen by ESA's Rosetta spacecraft on 3 July 2016, just a few months before the end of the mission and as Comet 67P/Churyumov- ... more
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Oct 31, 2017
NASA Evaluates Use of a Coin-Sized Thermometer to Characterize Comets and Earthbound Asteroids
Paris (ESA) Oct 31, 2017
ROSINA Spectral Measurements Bring Comet's Chemistry to Life
Boston MA (SPX) Oct 27, 2017
Scientists detect comets outside our solar system
NASA Investigates Invisible Magnetic Bubbles in Outer Solar System
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Nov 02, 2017
Space may seem empty, but it's actually a dynamic place populated with near-invisible matter, and dominated by forces, in particular those created by magnetic fields. Magnetospheres - the magnetic fields around most planets - exist throughout our solar system. They deflect high-energy, charged particles called cosmic rays that are spewed out by the Sun or come from interstellar space. Along with ... more
La Laguna, Spain (SPX) Oct 25, 2017
On the generation of solar spicules and Alfvenic waves
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
China's reusable spacecraft to be launched in 2020
Beijing (XNA) Nov 02, 2017
China plans to launch its reusable spacecraft in 2020, according to a statement from China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation Tuesday. Unlike traditional one-off spacecraft, the new spacecraft will fly into the sky like an aircraft, said Chen Hongbo, a researcher from the corporation. The spacecraft can transport people or payload into the orbit and return to Earth. C ... more
Beijing (XNA) Oct 23, 2017
Space will see Communist loyalty: Chinese astronaut
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
International SMR and Advanced Reactor Summit 2018 - March 27-28 - Atlanta USA
New evidence for dark matter makes it even more exotic
Lausanne, Switzerland (SPX) Oct 26, 2017
Galaxy clusters are the largest known structures in the Universe, containing thousands of galaxies and hot gas. But more importantly, they contain the mysterious dark matter, which accounts for 27 percent of all matter and energy. Current models of dark matter predict that galaxy clusters have very dense cores, and those cores contain a very massive galaxy that never moves from the cluster's cen ... more
San Francisco CA (SPX) Nov 01, 2017
Newest dark matter map hints at where astrophysics must go for breakthroughs
Sheffield UK (SPX) Oct 31, 2017
New Insight into Nature's Own "Death Star" Beams
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Oct 30, 2017
NASA sounding rocket probes the dark regions of space
The relentless rise of migration in Europe over last 10,000 years
London UK (SPX) Nov 02, 2017
The new method, published in PNAS, allows, for the first time, to directly quantify changes in prehistoric migration rates using ancient genetic data over the last 30,000 years. The researchers found that migration has been on the rise since the beginning of the Holocene (the unusually warm and stable climatic period we have been in for the last approximately 11,000 years). Interestingly, ... more
West Lafayette IN (SPX) Oct 26, 2017
Researchers demonstrate 'mind-reading' brain-decoding tech
Washington DC (SPX) Nov 02, 2017
Study shows how memories ripple through the brain
Sydney (AFP) Nov 1, 2017
Climbing Australia's giant red rock Uluru banned
Scientist devises a solar reactor to make water and oxygen from moon rocks
Washington DC (SPX) Oct 30, 2017
Working over a ten year period at the Plataforma Solar de Almeria (CIEMAT) Denk has designed and built a device to make enough oxygen and water for 6 to 8 astronauts, powered by a thermal solar reactor. In 2017 it completed a six-month test run. The idea is not new; just the implementation. "From the beginning people were thinking this probably has to be done with a solar furnace, be ... more
Kennedy Space Center FL (SPX) Oct 30, 2017
How Does Your Space Garden Grow
Houston TX (SPX) Oct 30, 2017
NanoRacks Deploys Second Kaber-Class Microsatellite This Week, First On-Orbit Assembly
Riyadh (AFP) Oct 26, 2017
Saudi Arabia to invest $1 billion in Virgin Galactic
Canada caribou herds, habitat continue to decline: report
Ottawa (AFP) Oct 31, 2017
Canada has failed boreal caribou herds that are at risk of disappearing, a government report concluded Tuesday. Their habitat stretches across nine provinces and territories, on mostly government lands. Governments in each of these regions were mandated in 2012 to come up with recovery strategies for the animals. But the Environment Canada report found that none of them met an Octobe ... more
Sydney (AFP) Oct 28, 2017
Hopes dashed for giant new Antarctic marine sanctuary
Cambridge UK (SPX) Oct 26, 2017
'Scars' left by icebergs record West Antarctic ice retreat
Boulder CO (SPX) Oct 26, 2017
Groundwater and tundra fires may work together to thaw permafrost
Daily Newsletters - Space - Military - Environment - Energy
Devices assembled from 2D materials separate different salts in seawater
Manchester UK (SPX) Oct 31, 2017
2-dimensional materials have been successfully assembled into devices with the smallest possible man made holes for water desalination. Researchers at the National Graphene Institute (NGI) at The University of Manchester have succeeded in fabricating tiny slits in a new membrane that are just several angstroms (0.1nm) in size. This has allowed the study of how various ions pass through the ... more
Moscow (AFP) Oct 31, 2017
Mass seal deaths in Russia's Lake Baikal
Houston TX (SPX) Oct 26, 2017
Fossil coral reefs show sea level rose in bursts during last warming
Washington (UPI) Nov 1, 2017
Climate change could transform key bacterial interactions in the ocean by 2100
Russian scientists have found flaws in popular theories of gravity
Yekaterinburg, Russia (SPX) Oct 27, 2017
Taking black holes (as a real object) as a test material, scientists from the Ural Federal university (UrFU, Yekaterinburg) found out that a popular theory of gravity which had seemed to work perfectly at the cosmological level (a subclass of Horndeski theory) is hardly applicable to the real world. They presented their study in the Classical and Quantum Gravity journal. At the moment, acc ... more
Pasadena CA (JPL) Oct 30, 2017
Prolific Earth Gravity Satellites End Science Mission
Los Alamos NM (SPX) Oct 25, 2017
Supercomputers help Los Alamos team interpret LIGO findings
Cleveland OH (SPX) Oct 24, 2017
NASA Challenges Students to Design Microgravity Experiments
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