See the moon from the perspective of Apollo 13's astronauts
by Francisco Guzman on February 25, 2020 at 5:50 pm
NASA released footage of the moon from the point of view of the astronauts on the aborted Apollo 13 mission. Posted: Feb 25, 2020 12:50 PM. Posted By: By Francisco Guzman and Brian Ries, CNN. AddThis Sharing Buttons. Share to Facebook Share to ...
This Gigantic Neptune-Sized Exoplanet is Incredibly Close
by Gudmundur Stefansson on February 25, 2020 at 5:44 pm
A team of astronomers at Penn State just confirmed the existence of G 9-40b, a gigantic super-Earth only about 90 light years from Earth — making it one of the closest known exoplanets. The exoplanet is at least twice as massive as Earth and may even be as ...
Western chosen to develop lunar rover cameras
on February 25, 2020 at 5:40 pm
LONDON, ONT. -- Western University will play a part in a return to the moon as early as 2024. On Tuesday, The Canadian Space Agency (CSA) confirmed Western's Institute for Earth and Space Exploration (Western Space) has been awarded a contract to ...
Humans in India may have survived supereruption 74000 years ago
by Michael Price on February 25, 2020 at 5:33 pm
When Mount Toba erupted on the Indonesian island of Sumatra some 74,000 years ago, ash fell like snow on the Indian subcontinent, including on human toolmakers who had shaped stone flakes into sharp cutting instruments. Debate over the identity of ...
How Old Is a Fingerprint Found at a Crime Scene? Chemists Developed a Way to Measure
on February 25, 2020 at 5:31 pm
Fingerprints are telling us more and more about the people that left them behind. Sure, we all know the unique whorls, loops, and arches in a print can identify a person. But now researchers are studying how the natural and environmental compounds within ...
Exploring Hell: NASA launches challenge to help clockwork rover avoid obstacles on Venus
by Briana Harvath on February 25, 2020 at 5:29 pm
NASA has launched a very specific challenge to help them “explore hell.” They are in need of a special sensor to help their clockwork rover avoid obstacles on one of the hottest planets in our solar system: Venus. A handful of probes have visited the “ancient ...
Look up! That's not a star. It's not a UFO. It's the planet Venus
by Dean Regas on February 25, 2020 at 5:19 pm
As the sun dips below the western horizon and twilight descends a deeper shade of blue, one star bursts into view before any other. You may catch it as you're commuting home or walking into the house. At first, it looks like a plane, but it doesn't move like a ...
Reducing Nutrient Pollution Helps Coral Resist Bleaching
by Harrison Tasoff on February 25, 2020 at 5:08 pm
Coral reefs are not doomed. Although human activities threaten the iconic ecosystems in many different ways, scientists maintain that reefs can continue to thrive with the right assistance. A study by researchers at UC Santa Barbara details how reducing ...
Pollution cuts can prevent coral bleaching when things get hot
on February 25, 2020 at 5:02 pm
Reducing nutrient pollution can help prevent coral from bleaching during moderate heatwaves, researchers report. The results offer new strategies for managing these highly threatened yet important ecosystems. Reef-building corals host beneficial algae ...
Venus And The Moon Will 'Kiss' In A Rare Moment This Week
by Lauren Bell on February 25, 2020 at 5:02 pm
If you love to witness rare occurrences in the night sky, you better clear your diary for Thursday as Venus and the moon will appear to kiss. If the sky is clear on Thursday, you should be able to see this celestial sight with the naked eye - so no you don't need to ...
Scientists discover the first-known animal that doesn't need oxygen to survive
on February 25, 2020 at 4:39 pm
Researchers have discovered the only known animal that does not need oxygen to survive, a common parasite that largely preys on salmon. The study, published Tuesday in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, found that the ...
Our Island Universe: Dr. Mae Jemison
by Greg Jenkins on February 25, 2020 at 4:16 pm
Who was the first African-American woman in space? Dancer. Chemical engineer. Medical doctor. Dr. Mae Jemison became the 1st African-American woman in space when the space shuttle Endeavour launched on September 12, 1992. Listen. Listening.
Mangrove forests provide cause for conservation optimism, for now
on February 25, 2020 at 4:11 pm
Date: February 25, 2020; Source: National University of Singapore; Summary: An international team of researchers has found that globally, mangrove loss rates have reduced by almost an order of magnitude between the late 20th and early 21st century ...
Psychologists prove a reciprocal relationship between disrespectful treatment and cynical beliefs about human nature
on February 25, 2020 at 4:09 pm
Date: February 25, 2020; Source: University of Cologne; Summary: An international study with data from Europe and the USA has found that disrespectful treatment leads to cynical beliefs about human nature. These cynical beliefs, in turn, again lead to ...
Billion-Year-Old Green Seaweed Fossils Discovered by Scientists
by Aristos Georgiou on February 25, 2020 at 4:07 pm
Researchers have uncovered tiny fossils of ancient green seaweed that date back around one billion years ago. According to a study published in the journal Nature Ecology & Evolution, these remains—which measure just two millimeters in ...
What can the coronavirus outbreak teach us about bringing Mars samples back to Earth?
by Leonard David on February 25, 2020 at 4:02 pm
A new virus called SARS-CoV-2 is a coronavirus that has caused an outbreak of a disease called COVID-19. Public health groups, such as the World Health Organization and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, are still learning about the ...
Glacier algae creates dark zone at the margins of the Greenland Ice Sheet
on February 25, 2020 at 4:00 pm
New research led by scientists from the University of Bristol has revealed new insights into how the microscopic algae that thrives along the edge of the Greenland Ice Sheet causes widespread darkening. This darkening is critically important as darker ice ...
Human populations survived the Toba volcanic super-eruption 74000 years ago
by Max Planck on February 25, 2020 at 4:00 pm
In a study published in Nature Communications, researchers from the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History's Department of Archaeology, together with international partners, have presented evidence that Middle Palaeolithic tool users were ...
Breaking the temperature barrier in small-scale materials testing
by Steph Adams on February 25, 2020 at 3:52 pm
Researchers have demonstrated a new method for testing microscopic aeronautical materials at ultra-high temperatures. By combining electron microscopy and laser heating, scientists can evaluate these materials much more quickly and inexpensively than ...
The genetic secret of night vision
by Max Planck on February 25, 2020 at 3:45 pm
One of the most remarkable characteristics of the vertebrate eye is its retina. Surprisingly, the sensitive portions of the photoreceptor cells are found on the hind side of the retina, meaning that light needs to travel through living neural tissue before it can be ...