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November 21, 2017
EXO WORLDS
Space dust may transport life between worlds, research suggests



Edinburgh UK (SPX) Nov 21, 2017
Life on our planet might have originated from biological particles brought to Earth in streams of space dust, a study suggests. Fast-moving flows of interplanetary dust that continually bombard our planet's atmosphere could deliver tiny organisms from far-off worlds, or send Earth-based organisms to other planets, according to the research. The dust streams could collide with biological particles in Earth's atmosphere with enough energy to knock them into space, a scientist has suggested. ... read more

IRON AND ICE
Russian Astronomers Show Big Asteroid Approaching the Earth
Kaliningrad (Sputnik) Nov 20, 2017
The astronomer community at Immanuel Kant Baltic Federal University used its own Astro-Model simulation environment to produce a virtual image of object 3200 Phaethon approaching the Earth, plus the ... more
EXO WORLDS
Familiar-Looking Messenger from Another Solar System
Tucson AZ (SPX) Nov 21, 2017
The visit of the interstellar interloper 1I/2017 U1, recently spotted streaking through the solar system, gives the people of Earth their first chance to study up close an object from another planet ... more
STELLAR CHEMISTRY
Developing the ABCs for exploiting new phenomena in light-matter interactions
Washington DC (SPX) Nov 21, 2017
A unique class of engineered light-manipulating materials, known as metamaterials or structured materials, makes use of patterns of strongly interacting wavelength or sub-wavelength-sized elements. ... more
IRON AND ICE
ESO observations show first interstellar asteroid is like nothing seen before
Munich, Germany (SPX) Nov 21, 2017
On Oct. 19, 2017, the Pan-STARRS 1 telescope in Hawai`i picked up a faint point of light moving across the sky. It initially looked like a typical fast-moving small asteroid, but additional observat ... more
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TIME AND SPACE
'Ion billiards' cue novel material synthesis method
Sapporo, Japan (SPX) Nov 21, 2017
A team of Hokkaido University researchers has developed a novel material synthesis method called proton-driven ion introduction (PDII) which utilizes a phenomenon similar to "ion billiards." The new ... more
TIME AND SPACE
Electron backscatter diffraction yields microstructure insights
Washington DC (SPX) Nov 17, 2017
High-efficiency electric motors with tailored speed-torques, determined by their magnetic components, are essential for sustainable, successful electric automobile drive concepts. Soft magnetic core ... more
EXO WORLDS
Lava or Not, Exoplanet 55 Cancri e Likely to have Atmosphere
Pasadena CA (JPL) Nov 20, 2017
Twice as big as Earth, the super-Earth 55 Cancri e was thought to have lava flows on its surface. The planet is so close to its star, the same side of the planet always faces the star, such that the ... more
STELLAR CHEMISTRY
Hunt for dark matter is narrowed by new University of Sussex research
Sussex UK (SPX) Nov 20, 2017
Scientists at the University of Sussex have disproved the existence of a specific type of axion - an important candidate 'dark matter' particle - across a wide range of its possible masses. Th ... more
STELLAR CHEMISTRY
The anatomy of a cosmic snake reveals the structure of distant galaxies
Geneva, Switzerland (SPX) Nov 20, 2017
We have a fair understanding of the fundamental mechanisms that regulate star formation in galaxies, from the interstellar matter to the diffuse clouds distributed in space, whose gravitational cont ... more
SOLAR SCIENCE
NASA detects solar flare pulses at Sun and Earth
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Nov 20, 2017
When our Sun erupts with giant explosions - such as bursts of radiation called solar flares - we know they can affect space throughout the solar system as well as near Earth. But monitoring their ef ... more


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EXO WORLDS
Images of strange solar system visitor peel away some of the mystery
Madison WI (SPX) Nov 17, 2017
A strange visitor, either asteroid or comet, zipping through our solar system at a high rate of speed is giving astronomers a once-in-a-generation opportunity to examine up close an object from some ... more
TIME AND SPACE
HAWC collaboration sheds light on origin of anti-matter
Washington DC (SPX) Nov 17, 2017
A mountaintop observatory about four hours east of Mexico City, built and operated by an international team of scientists, has captured the first wide-angle view of gamma rays emanating from two rap ... more
SOLAR SCIENCE
FIREBIRD II and NASA mission locate whistling space electrons' origins
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Nov 16, 2017
Scientists have long known that solar-energized particles trapped around the planet are sometimes scattered into Earth's upper atmosphere where they can contribute to beautiful auroral displays. ... more
EXO WORLDS
Closest temperate world orbiting quiet star discovered
Paris (ESA) Nov 15, 2017
A temperate Earth-sized planet has been discovered only 11 light-years from the Solar System by a team using ESO's unique planet-hunting HARPS instrument. The new world has the designation Ross 128 ... more



Pluto's hydrocarbon haze keeps dwarf planet colder than expected
Santa Cruz CA (SPX) Nov 16, 2017
The gas composition of a planet's atmosphere generally determines how much heat gets trapped in the atmosphere. For the dwarf planet Pluto, however, the predicted temperature based on the composition of its atmosphere was much higher than actual measurements taken by NASA's New Horizons spacecraft in 2015. A new study published November 16 in Nature proposes a novel cooling mechanism contr ... more
Washington DC (SPX) Nov 13, 2017
Jupiter's Stunning Southern Hemisphere
Boston MA (SPX) Nov 07, 2017
Watching Jupiter's multiple pulsating X-ray Aurora
Mountain View CA (SPX) Nov 07, 2017
Help Nickname New Horizons' Next Flyby Target
Images of strange solar system visitor peel away some of the mystery
Madison WI (SPX) Nov 17, 2017
A strange visitor, either asteroid or comet, zipping through our solar system at a high rate of speed is giving astronomers a once-in-a-generation opportunity to examine up close an object from somewhere else in our galaxy. "It's a really rare object," explains Ralf Kotulla, a University of Wisconsin-Madison astronomer who, with colleagues from UCLA and the National Optical Astronomy Obser ... more
Pasadena CA (JPL) Nov 20, 2017
Lava or Not, Exoplanet 55 Cancri e Likely to have Atmosphere
Tucson AZ (SPX) Nov 21, 2017
Familiar-Looking Messenger from Another Solar System
Edinburgh UK (SPX) Nov 21, 2017
Space dust may transport life between worlds, research suggests
NASA Selects Instrument for Future International Mission to Martian Moons
Washington DC (SPX) Nov 17, 2017
NASA has selected a science instrument for an upcoming Japan-led sample return mission to the moons of Mars planned for launch in 2024. The instrument, a sophisticated neutron and gamma-ray spectrograph, will help scientists resolve one of the most enduring mysteries of the Red Planet - when and how the small moons formed. The Mars Moons eXploration (MMX) mission is in development by the J ... more
Paris (ESA) Nov 16, 2017
Fracture swarms on Mars driven by ancient tectonics
Mountain View CA (SPX) Nov 15, 2017
New partnership on Mars drone applications research
Dubai (Sputnik) Nov 16, 2017
Russia's Roscosmos may take part in creation of 'Martian Town' in Dubai
Russia tests new spaceship set to deliver people, cargo to moon
Moscow (Sputnik) Nov 15, 2017
Russia has successfully tested a simulator of the spaceship, with the objective of reaching the moon. The experiment's goal was to create conditions similar to those encountered by a mixed crew during a long autonomous interplanetary flight. Three of the six crew members of the SIRIUS project (an experiment simulating a flight to the moon) successfully carried out the first tests of the si ... more
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Nov 10, 2017
NASA Team Studies CubeSat Mission to Measure Water on the Moon
Bristol UK (The Conversation) Nov 10, 2017
China and the US are both shooting for the moon
Moscow (AFP) Nov 7, 2017
Russia locks up six for Moon flight simulation
Neutron star with strong magnetic field may still launch jets
Amsterdam, Netherlands (SPX) Nov 16, 2017
An international team of astronomers led by the University of Amsterdam (The Netherlands) suspects that neutron stars with a strong magnetic field can still launch so-called jets. Since the 1980s, it was thought that strong magnetic fields inhibit the formation of these plasma streams. But observations with more advanced telescopes indicate jet-like radiation. The astronomers publish their findi ... more
Washington DC (SPX) Nov 21, 2017
Developing the ABCs for exploiting new phenomena in light-matter interactions
Pasadena CA (SPX) Nov 20, 2017
Next Generation Astronomical Survey To Map The Entire Sky
Moscow (Sputnik) Nov 16, 2017
How physicists turned Antarctica into particle detector
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Satellite Imagery Aids Rescue Efforts for Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria
Washington DC (SPX) Nov 21, 2017
The calls for assistance started days before Hurricane Harvey came barreling across America's doorstep this summer. First responders and government officials needed answers to prepare and protect communities. How strong is this storm going to be? What kind of damage occurred on its path through the Caribbean? How might it impact southeast Texas once it makes landfall? Remotely sensed ... more
Zurich, Switzerland (SPX) Nov 16, 2017
Mapping functional diversity of forests with remote sensing
Guildford UK (SPX) Nov 17, 2017
SSTL to build UrtheDaily Constellation for UrtheCast
Paris (ESA) Nov 16, 2017
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Russian Astronomers Show Big Asteroid Approaching the Earth
Kaliningrad (Sputnik) Nov 20, 2017
The astronomer community at Immanuel Kant Baltic Federal University used its own Astro-Model simulation environment to produce a virtual image of object 3200 Phaethon approaching the Earth, plus the expected Geminids meteor shower. December 17, 2017 will see an interesting astronomic event in the form of object 3200 Phaethon approaching our planet. This is a fairly large asteroid nearly 5 ... more
Munich, Germany (SPX) Nov 21, 2017
ESO observations show first interstellar asteroid is like nothing seen before
Washington DC (SPX) Nov 21, 2017
First observed interstellar visitor dazzles scientists
Washington (UPI) Nov 9, 2017
Unlucky dinosaurs: Scientists say asteroid had 13 percent chance of triggering extinction
FIREBIRD II and NASA mission locate whistling space electrons' origins
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Nov 16, 2017
Scientists have long known that solar-energized particles trapped around the planet are sometimes scattered into Earth's upper atmosphere where they can contribute to beautiful auroral displays. Yet for decades, no one has known exactly what is responsible for hurling these energetic electrons on their way. Recently, two spacecraft found themselves at just the right places at the right tim ... more
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Nov 20, 2017
NASA detects solar flare pulses at Sun and Earth
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Nov 15, 2017
Proposed NASA mission would investigate where space weather begins
Garching, Germany (SPX) Nov 14, 2017
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China plans first sea based launch by 2018
Beijing (Sputnik) Nov 16, 2017
China is expected to complete its first sea launch for commercial payloads in 2018, said Yang Baohua, vice general manager of China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASTC). Yang made the remarks at an annual academic conference on space science held from November 1 to 2 in Beijing. The service will also be provided in other regions in addition to its four major sites in Jiuqu ... more
Beijing (XNA) Nov 19, 2017
China plans for nuclear-powered interplanetary capacity by 2040
Beijing (XNA) Nov 02, 2017
China's reusable spacecraft to be launched in 2020
Beijing (XNA) Oct 23, 2017
Space will see Communist loyalty: Chinese astronaut
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Neutron star with strong magnetic field may still launch jets
Amsterdam, Netherlands (SPX) Nov 16, 2017
An international team of astronomers led by the University of Amsterdam (The Netherlands) suspects that neutron stars with a strong magnetic field can still launch so-called jets. Since the 1980s, it was thought that strong magnetic fields inhibit the formation of these plasma streams. But observations with more advanced telescopes indicate jet-like radiation. The astronomers publish their findi ... more
Washington DC (SPX) Nov 21, 2017
Developing the ABCs for exploiting new phenomena in light-matter interactions
Pasadena CA (SPX) Nov 20, 2017
Next Generation Astronomical Survey To Map The Entire Sky
Moscow (Sputnik) Nov 16, 2017
How physicists turned Antarctica into particle detector
Chimp study reveals how brain's structure shaped our evolution
Edinburgh UK (SPX) Nov 17, 2017
The pattern of asymmetry in human brains could be a unique feature of our species and may hold the key to explaining how we first developed language ability, experts say. Findings are based on brain scans of humans and previously collected data from chimpanzees. They could help scientists understand how our brains evolved and why asymmetry is vital to human development. The study exp ... more
Miami (AFP) Nov 16, 2017
Study shows video games could cut dementia risk in seniors
Geneva, Switzerland (SPX) Nov 17, 2017
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Chicago IL (SPX) Nov 16, 2017
High cognitive ability not a safeguard from conspiracies, paranormal beliefs
Can a magnetic sail slow down an interstellar probe
Frankfurt, Germany (SPX) Nov 20, 2017
With a miniaturised space probe capable of being accelerated to a quarter of the speed of light, we could reach Alpha Centauri, our nearest star, in 20 to 50 years. However, without a mechanism to slow it down, the space probe could only collect data from the star and its planets as it zoomed past. A theoretical physicist at Goethe University Frankfurt has now examined whether interstellar ... more
Houston TX (SPX) Nov 15, 2017
Robotic arm reaches out and grapples Cygnus
Palo Alto CA (SPX) Nov 17, 2017
SSL Selected to Conduct Power and Propulsion Study for NASA's Deep Space Gateway Concept
New York NY (SPX) Nov 16, 2017
MDA Selects AdaCore's GNAT Pro Assurance Development Platform for ISS Software
Salt pond in Antarctica is fed from below
Seattle WA (SPX) Nov 21, 2017
At the base of the Transantarctic Mountains lies a geological oddity. Don Juan Pond is one of the saltiest bodies of water on the planet, filled with a dense, syrupy brine rich in calcium chloride that can remain liquid to minus 50 degrees Celsius, far below the freezing point of water. But the source of water and salt to this unusual pond remains a mystery - even as hints emerge that water in a ... more
Washington DC (SPX) Nov 14, 2017
A new timeline for glacial retreat in Western Canada
West Lafayette IN (SPX) Nov 14, 2017
Research shows ice sheets as large as Greenland's melted fast in a warming climate
Pasadena CA (JPL) Nov 08, 2017
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New physical model explains the origin of Earth's water
Sao Paulo, Brazil (SPX) Nov 21, 2017
Equipped with Newton's law of universal gravitation (published in Principia 330 years ago) and powerful computational resources (used to apply the law to more than 10,000 interacting bodies), a young Brazilian researcher and his former postdoctoral supervisor have just proposed a new physical model to explain the origin of water on Earth and the other Earth-like objects in the Solar System. ... more
Madrid, Spain (SPX) Nov 20, 2017
Why does hot water freeze faster than cold water
Eugene OR (SPX) Nov 20, 2017
Colorado River's connection with the ocean was a punctuated affair
Oak Ridge TN (SPX) Nov 20, 2017
Neutrons probe oxygen-generating enzyme for a greener approach to clean water
Listening for gravitational waves using pulsars
Pasadena CA (JPL) Nov 15, 2017
One of the most spectacular achievements in physics so far this century has been the observation of gravitational waves, ripples in space-time that result from masses accelerating in space. So far, there have been five detections of gravitational waves, thanks to the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO) and, more recently, the European Virgo gravitational-wave detecto ... more
New York NY (SPX) Nov 14, 2017
Gravity waves from merging supermassive black holes will be found soon
Yekaterinburg, Russia (SPX) Oct 27, 2017
Russian scientists have found flaws in popular theories of gravity
Pasadena CA (JPL) Oct 30, 2017
Prolific Earth Gravity Satellites End Science Mission
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