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Graphene 'Petri-Dish' Allows Measurement of Single Atoms  

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2018-01-16 15:31:00

Ultrastrong Polyethylene Nanofibers  

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2018-01-16 13:46:00

JPK reports on the retrovirus research of Professor Itay Rousso and his colleagues at Ben-Gurion University in Israel using the NanoWizard® ULTRA Speed AFM.   

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2018-01-16 09:42:00

Make replication studies "a normal and essential part of science," Dutch science academy says  

Scientists, universities, funding agencies, and journals should do more to increase reproducibility, a new report says

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2018-01-16 03:10:23

Suppressing a Sneeze Could Rupture Your Throat  

Attempting to contain a sneeze could be a recipe for disaster. A 34-year-old patient visited a hospital in the United Kingdom complaining of an extremely sore throat and a dramatic voice change after attempting to suppress a sneeze by pinching his nose and closing his mouth. He told doctors he felt a popping sensation in his neck and noticed immediate swelling after trying to contain the sneeze. When doctors examined him, they could hear crackling sounds—known as crepitus in medical ...

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2018-01-15 21:48:11

Teens who were severely bullied as children at higher risk of suicidal thoughts, mental health issue  

Teens who were severely bullied as children by peers are at higher risk of mental health issues, including suicidal thoughts and behaviours, according to new research.

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2018-01-15 21:44:46

GBT detection unlocks exploration of 'aromatic' interstellar chemistry  

Charlottesville VA (SPX) Jan 15, 2018 Astronomers had a mystery on their hands. No matter where they looked, from inside the Milky Way to distant galaxies, they observed a puzzling glow of infrared light. This faint cosmic light, which presents itself as a series of spikes in the infrared spectrum, had no easily identifiable source. It seemed unrelated to any recognizable cosmic feature, like giant interstellar clouds, star-forming

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2018-01-15 21:35:11

What Stars Will Hatch from the Tarantula Nebula?  

Moffett Field, CA (SPX) Jan 15, 2018 To have a full picture of the lives of massive stars, researchers need to study them in all stages - from when they're a mass of unformed gas and dust, to their often dynamic end-of-life explosions. NASA's flying telescope, the Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy, or SOFIA, is particularly well-suited for studying the pre-natal stage of stellar development in star-forming regi

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2018-01-15 20:47:22

Surfers three times more likely to have antibiotic-resistant bacteria in guts  

Scientists compared fecal samples from surfers and non-surfers to assess whether the surfers' guts contained E. coli bacteria that were able to grow in the presence of the antibiotic cefotaxime. Cefotaxime has previously been prescribed to kill off these bacteria, but some have acquired genes that enable them to survive this treatment. The study found that 13 of 143 (9 percent) of surfers were colonized by these resistant bacteria, compared to just four of 130 (3 percent) of non-surfers swabbed.

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2018-01-15 20:45:04

Robots aid better understanding of phytoplankton blooms  

Phytoplankton blooms are one of the most important factors contributing to the efficiency of the carbon pump in the North Atlantic Ocean. To better understand this phenomenon, researchers have developed a new class of robots able to collect data in the ocean throughout the year. Using these unparalleled data, the researchers have identified the starting point for the explosive spring phytoplankton bloom.

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2018-01-15 20:29:38

Energy drinks can negatively impact health of youth  

Over half of Canadian youth and young adults who have consumed energy drinks have experienced negative health effects as a result, according to a new study.

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2018-01-15 19:56:05

Youth using alternative tobacco products are more likely to smoke one year later  

Nonsmoking adolescents who use e-cigarettes, smokeless tobacco or tobacco water pipes are more likely to start smoking conventional cigarettes within a year, according to new research.

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2018-01-15 19:19:51

Last year was downright biblical when it came to weather and climate disasters — particularly in the United States  

I'm a bit late to this story, but it's significant enough that I didn't want to let it pass by without posting something about it. The long and short of it is this: 2017 truly was a horrific year for weather and climate disasters, both in the United States and the world as a whole. Floods, tornadoes, hurricanes, drought, fires and freezes in the United States claimed at least 362 lives and injured many more in 2017. In total, the nation experienced 16 weather and climate disasters with...

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2018-01-15 19:18:57

Scientists home in on a potential Anthropocene 'Golden Spike'  

A new study suggests that key geological markers align towards a start for the Anthropocene somewhere between 1952 to 1955, based on signals from nuclear testing and fossil fuel burning.

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2018-01-15 19:10:13

Nature has more than one way to make methane  

Biochemists report a bacterial, iron-only nitrogenase pathway for methane formation.

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2018-01-15 18:54:01

Safety Panel Raises Concerns about SpaceX Falcon 9 Pressure Vessel for Commercial Crew Missions   

An independent safety panel recommended NASA not certify SpaceX's commercial crew system until the agency better understands the behavior of pressure vessels linked to a Falcon 9 failure in 2016.

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2018-01-15 18:49:39

Lockheed Martin demonstrates next generation Aegis Ashore Solution  

Moorestown NJ (SPX) Jan 12, 2018 In a landmark demonstration, Lockheed Martin connected key components of its Aegis Ashore and Long Range Discrimination Radar (LRDR) technologies, validating the ability to greatly increase operational performance, efficiency and reliability of Aegis Ashore. "Connecting these systems is more than a technological advantage - it's a way to provide the warfighter with earlier intelligence and

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2018-01-15 18:26:51

A society divided by reconstruction  

In 2004, a tsunami devastated much of the Indonesian city of Banda Aceh. An international team of researchers has studied the long-term impact that rebuilding efforts in coastal areas have had on the community.

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2018-01-15 18:18:59

Fast-tracking T-cell therapies with immune-mimicking biomaterials  

Researchers have developed a material-based T-cell-expansion method using APC-mimetic biomaterial scaffolds, which helps achieve greater expansion of primary mouse and human T cells than existing methods.

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2018-01-15 17:51:58

Black hole research could aid understanding of how small galaxies evolve  

Portsmouth UK (SPX) Jan 10, 2018 Scientists have solved a cosmic mystery by finding evidence that supermassive black holes prevent stars forming in some smaller galaxies. These giant black holes are over a million times more massive than the sun and sit in the centre of galaxies sending out powerful winds that quench the star-making process. Astronomers previously thought they had no influence on the formation of stars in

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2018-01-15 17:47:51

Alexa, What Are You Doing with My Family's Personal Info?  

Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant and several smart-home technologies that debuted at last week’s CES add convenience but also raise privacy concerns -- Read more on

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2018-01-15 16:33:37

An efficient approach of conjugated tetraenes from butadiene and alkynes  

Conjugated tetraenes are important key substructures in electronic materials, natural products and pharmaceutical molecules. However, they are difficult to synthesize. Now, researchers in Japan have achieved a new synthetic route of conjugated tetraenes from inexpensive and easily available 1,3-butadiene and substituted acetylenes by a one-pot approach under mild conditions.

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2018-01-15 15:35:48

New method to detect illicit drone filming developed  

A new technique to detect a drone camera illicitly capturing video is revealed in a new study by cyber security researchers in Israel. The study addresses increasing concerns about the proliferation of drone use for personal and business applications and how it is impinging on privacy and safety.

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2018-01-15 15:25:01

Potential brain-machine interface for hand paralysis  

A brain-machine interface that combines brain stimulation with a robotic device controlling hand movement increases the output of pathways connecting the brain and spinal cord, according to a study of healthy adults. This work could have implications for restoring function in stroke patients with hand paralysis.

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2018-01-15 14:49:10

We will treat cancer by making it 'slim down'  

For years, attempts have been made to understand the mechanism behind the proliferation of cancer cells:  they need metabolites to grow and proliferate as much as a vehicle needs gasoline or electricity to move.  However, until now it was not known which metabolites cancer cells actually need. Medical researchers have now identified one of the mechanisms behind this process.

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2018-01-15 14:47:01

Genes that aid spinal cord healing in lamprey also present in humans, researchers discover  

Many of the genes involved in natural repair of the injured spinal cord of the lamprey are also active in the repair of the peripheral nervous system in mammals, according to a new study.

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2018-01-15 14:29:28

Gyroscopes lead scientists to unusual state of matter in a disorganized structure  

You don't have to be perfectly organized to pull off a wave, according to scientists. Using a set of gyroscopes linked together, physicists explored the behavior of a material whose structure is arranged randomly, instead of an orderly lattice. They found they could set off one-way ripples around the edges, much like spectators in a sports arena -- a 'topological wave,' characteristic of a particularly unusual state of matter.

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2018-01-15 13:48:18

Flawed research methods exaggerate the prevalence of depression  

The common practice of using patient self-report screening questionnaires rather than diagnostic interviews conducted by researchers has resulted in overestimates of the prevalence of depression, according to a new analysis.

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2018-01-15 13:47:04

Power stations in cells may protect brain against Parkinson´s  

A new study shows that impairment in mitochondria may actually protect the brain in Parkinson's disease.

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2018-01-15 13:23:05

Electronic modulation of carotid sinus nerve can be used as a treatment for type 2 diabetes in rats  

In a new study in rats, researchers have demonstrated that is possible to restore insulin sensitivity and glucose homeostasis by modulating electrically the carotid sinus nerve, the sensitive nerve that connects the carotid body with the brain.

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2018-01-15 12:35:14

Remote-controlled cancer immunotherapy system  

A team of researchers has developed an ultrasound-based system that can non-invasively and remotely control genetic processes in live immune T cells so that they recognize and kill cancer cells.

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2018-01-15 12:29:49

How Did the Milky Way Get Its Bulge? Fast-Moving Stars May Hold Clues  

Sun-like stars swirl around the Milky Way's bulge differently based on their composition, according to new research. The find could provide insight into whether a collision helped form the center of our galaxy.

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2018-01-15 12:01:26

Commonalities in brains of people with Huntington's disease and Parkinson's disease  

A new study strongly suggests that the brains of people who have died of Huntington's disease (HD) and Parkinson's disease (PD) show a similar response to a lifetime of neurodegeneration, despite being two very distinct diseases.

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2018-01-15 11:59:33

Google App Matches Your Face With Famous Art  

People are matching their faces with famous art — and some of the results are hilarious. They're using the Google Arts & Culture app, which uses image recognition to scour art collections from more than 1,200 museums, galleries and institutions across the world. The app has been around since 2016, but recently updated to include a selfie feature that made it take off. Tapping into the curiosity of people and the love of selfies and sharing was a smart move on Google's part. Use...

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2018-01-15 11:56:13

China Ups Ante On Search for Alien Life --Another New Radio Telescope "Will Be Largest Antenna on Earth Able to Trace Origin of Any Signal"    

    China will have a new radio telescope to "listen" to the universe that trumps its 500-meter Aperture Spherical Radio Telescope (FAST), the world's largest single-dish radio telescope completed in 2016. The Chinese government has approved a plan to build the giant radio telescope in Qitai County, in the far western region of Xinjiang. Chinese scientists claim that the device, named the QTT, will be the world's largest steerable radio telescope. Some strange signals have been

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2018-01-15 11:46:13

'Captain' Burnham Has a Really Bad Day in 'Star Trek: Discovery' Episode 11  

This week's episode opens with Burnham (Sonequa Martin-Green) musing on her current predicament.

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2018-01-15 11:32:05

China approves advanced radio telescope project  

Urumqi, China (XNA) Jan 15, 2018 China is to have a new radio telescope to "listen" to the universe. Proposed by the Xinjiang Astronomical Observatory, the world's largest fully steerable single-dish radio telescope will be built in Qitai County in northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region. The telescope will be 110 meters in diameter, over 100 meters tall and weigh around 6,000 tonnes. Scheduled to go into

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2018-01-15 11:16:53

Machines Best Humans in Stanford's Grueling Reading Test  

The ability to read and understand a passage of text underpins the pursuit of knowledge, and was once a uniquely human cognitive activity. But 2018 marks the year that, by one measure, machines surpassed humans' reading comprehension abilities. Both Alibaba and Microsoft recently tested their respective artificial neural networks with The Stanford Question Answering Dataset (SQuAD), which is an arduous test of a machine's natural language processing skills. It's a dataset that consi...

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2018-01-15 11:12:33

Impact of relatedness on grandmothers' desire to care for their grandchildren  

Historically, grandmothers have been important to their grandchildren, and the help provided by grandmothers has increased grandchild survival during the times of high child mortality. However, there have been signs that in many populations, the impact of maternal grandmothers and paternal grandmothers on their grandchildren has been different. A recent study shows that X-chromosome relatedness between grandmothers and their grandchildren did not affect grandchild survival in the 18th and 19th c

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2018-01-15 11:11:23

"Death Rays of the Cosmos" --Past and Future Extinction by Gamma Ray Burst (WATCH Today's 'Galaxy' Stream)  

    If a gamma ray sweeps over a planet, all complex life could be annihilated. Gamma ray bursts where more common in the past, and could have prevented intelligent life from evolving in the Milky Way (and other galaxies) for billions of years. But they are still occurring, and still a potential life-destroying threat. NASA's Swift Satellite rocketed into orbit in November 2004 studies gamma-ray bursts (GRBs) -- the biggest and most violent and mysterious explosions in the cosmo

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2018-01-15 10:23:55

Researchers Race to Devise a Roadside Test for Driving While High  

Could a sensor-studded brain cap pick up signs of impairment?  -- Read more on

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2018-01-15 10:14:47

The ocean is losing its breath - here's the global scope  

San Diego CA (SPX) Jan 09, 2018 In the past 50 years, the amount of water in the open ocean with zero oxygen has gone up more than fourfold. In coastal water bodies, including estuaries and seas, low-oxygen sites have increased more than 10-fold since 1950. Scientists expect oxygen to continue dropping even outside these zones as Earth warms. To halt the decline, the world needs to rein in both climate change and nutrien

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2018-01-15 10:06:12

Ultracold neutron source: Yield improved by factor of 3.5  

Researchers have improved the yield of its ultracold neutron source by a factor of 3.5 to 8.5 ultracold neutrons per cubic centimeter.

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2018-01-15 09:54:22

Insulating bricks with microscopic bubbles  

The calculation is simple: the better a building is insulated, the less heat is lost in winter - and the less energy is needed to achieve a comfortable room temperature.

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2018-01-15 09:47:48

Today's Top Science Headline: "Breathtaking!" --Revamped Collider Hunts for New Phenomena Beyond the Standard Model of Physics  

    The quest to explore the frontiers of physics will heat up next month in Japan, when beams of high-energy electrons are set to start smashing into their antimatter counterparts at one of the world's premier accelerator laboratories. The experiment, called Belle II, aims to chase down rare, promising hints of new phenomena that would extend the standard model — a remarkably successful but incomplete physics theory that describes matter and forces. In February, writes Eliz...

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2018-01-15 09:42:41

Biomaterials with 'logic gates' release therapeutics in response to environmental triggers  

Scientists have announced that they have built and tested a new biomaterial-based delivery system -- known as a hydrogel -- that will encase a desired cargo and dissolve to release its freight only when specific physiological conditions are met.

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2018-01-15 09:23:44

Last Week's Top 5 Space & Science Headlines  

  "Stunning!" --NASA's Great Space Observatories Team Up to Find & Image the Farthest Galaxy Ever Seen "Most Scientists in the 'Never Aliens' Camp Desperately Want to be Convinced Otherwise" "Mind-Boggling!" --New Non-Biological Theory of Origins of Life Source of Mystery FRB Bursts "Like Nothing We've Seen Before, Unlike Anything Known to Exist in our Galaxy" The Unknown Signal from a Star System 200 Light Years Away --Stephen Hawking: "A Serious Scientific Problem...

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2018-01-15 09:21:35

LISTEN: Johnson Space Center Radio --"NASA's Search for the Origins of Life in the Universe"  

    I have built a research lab where we look for organic molecules that we find in meteorites, says Aaron Burton. a planetary scientist NASA's Astromaterials Research and Exploration Science (ARES) Division at the Johnson Space Center, who seeks to understand how prebiotic chemical reactions could have led to the origins of life. "So these are carbon-containing molecules. And I'm interested in the ones that are related to biology. So things that biology could use. And so by look

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2018-01-15 07:49:07

Earth-i launches prototype of world's first full-colour, full-motion video satellite constellation  

London, UK (SPX) Jan 16, 2018 British 'New Space' pioneer Earth-i has confirmed that the pre-production prototype satellite of its upcoming satellite constellation was successfully launched late last week. The new commercial constellation - which the company announced is called Vivid-i - will be the first of its kind to provide full-colour video; and the first European-owned constellation able to provide both video and

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2018-01-15 07:47:05

This Tycoon's Secret Radar Lab Helped Win WWII  

Scientists and engineers who worked for MIT's Radiation Laboratory had a saying about World War II: The atomic bomb may have ended the war, but radar won it. A new PBS documentary makes the case for that bold statement by telling the story of Alfred Lee Loomis, a founder of the Radiation Lab and a millionaire Wall Street tycoon who directed the U.S. government's wartime effort to develop radar technologies into effective weapons. But even before the war, Loomis had built up his sc...

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2018-01-15 07:42:43

School climate and diversity may affect students' delinquent behaviors  

In a new study, race, sex, perceived peer inclusion, and teacher discrimination were predictors of students' delinquent behaviors.

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2018-01-15 07:27:21

Stop the clots, spare the coagulation  

In the fight to cure thromboinflammatory diseases, one of the target molecules is thrombin, a protein that promotes inflammation and can cause blood clots. However, inhibiting thrombin too much can lead to uncontrolled bleeding, limiting the use of anti-inflammatory drugs. Now, researchers have found that a class of small molecule called 'parmodulins' can reduce inflammation without compromising normal blood clotting, making parmodulins attractive candidates for new, safer drugs.

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2018-01-15 07:09:44

New application for acoustics helps estimate marine life populations  

Researchers have for the first time have used hydroacoustics as a method for comparing the abundance of fishes within and outside marine protected areas (MPAs).

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2018-01-15 07:06:35

History of humanity does not require rewriting: The case of Untermassfeld  

In a newly published study, researchers refute a recent publication regarding the dispersal of humans in Europe.

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2018-01-15 06:54:43

Scientists Are Taking Extreme Steps to Help Corals Survive  

Scientists are urgently transplanting, fertilizing and enhancing corals to help them adapt to warmer oceans, but rebuilding entire reefs will be daunting -- Read more on

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2018-01-15 06:53:40

South Korean universities reach agreement with Elsevier after long standoff  

Consortium agrees to modest price hikes for ScienceDirect but wants better terms in the future

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2018-01-15 06:26:27

Unexpected environmental source of methane discovered  

Roughly 10 percent of nitrogen-fixing microorganisms contain the genetic code for manufacturing a back-up enzyme, called iron iron-only nitrogenase, to do their job. New research reveals that this enzyme allows these microorganisms to convert nitrogen gas to ammonia and carbon dioxide into methane at the same time. This enzymatic pathway is a previously unknown route for the natural biological production of methane.

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2018-01-15 06:26:23

Solar fuels: better efficiency using microwires  

Researchers have made significant efficiency improvements to the technology used to generate solar fuels. This involves the direct conversion of energy from sunlight into a usable fuel (in this case, hydrogen). Using only earth-abundant materials, they developed the most efficient conversion method to date. The trick was to decouple the site where sunlight is captured from the site where the conversion reaction takes place.

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2018-01-15 06:07:46

Alert Raised as Explosions Rock Mayon in the Philippines  

Mayon in the Philippines hasn't erupted since 2014, but it appears that it is waking up from its brief slumber. PHIVOLCS raised the alert status at Mayon to Level 3 (on a scale of 0-5) after a weekend of steam-driven (phreatic) eruptions and hundreds of earthquakes. This change in alert level came with a mandatory evacuation of people living within six kilometers of the volcano and seven kilometers from the southern side because of the potential for rock falls and pyroclastic flows. Schools...

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2018-01-15 06:03:32

The more competitive, the more passionate in romantic relationships, study finds  

Americans are more passionate toward their romantic partners than Japanese people are because Americans live in social environments in which people have greater freedom to choose and replace their partners, a team of Japanese researchers suggest.

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2018-01-15 05:55:56

Meet Caihong Juji: The Shimmering Show-Off Feathered Dinosaur  

Ooh, shiny! The newest dinosaur on the paleoscene is more than a little eye-catching: Researchers believe the duck-sized Caihong juji was rocking iridescent feathers on its head, wings and tail. If it was indeed so fancy, it's the earliest example in the fossil record of such shimmering finery. Formally described today, C. juji was discovered in northeastern China, home to many feathered dinosaur finds (but not any tyrannosaurs!). Its name translates from Mandarin as "rainbow with a big

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2018-01-15 05:20:03

Boeing unveils UAV prototype for cargo, logistics use  

Washington (UPI) Jan 11, 2018 Boeing has unveiled a new unmanned electric vertical-takeoff-and-landing, or eVTOL, cargo air vehicle prototype that it plans to use to test and evolve future autonomous technology. "This flying cargo air vehicle represents another major step in our Boeing eVTOL strategy," Boeing Chief Technology Officer Greg Hyslop said in a company press release "We have an opportunity to really chang

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2018-01-15 05:06:48

Flipping the switch: Dietary fat, changes in fat metabolism may promote prostate cancer metastasis  

Researchers have shed new light on the genetic mechanisms that promote metastasis in the mouse model and also implicated the typical Western high-fat diet as a key environmental factor driving metastasis.

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2018-01-15 04:55:08

Russia's army warns of 'terrorist' drones after attacks  

Moscow (AFP) Jan 11, 2018 Russia's defence ministry on Thursday said it was concerned about the threat of drones used "for terrorist purposes" following recent attacks on Moscow's bases in Syria. Ten drones equipped with explosives attacked Russia's airbase in Hmeimim in the early hours of January 6, while three others targeted its naval base in the port of Tartus, according to the military. The defence ministry

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2018-01-15 04:09:20

Sanchi oil spill contamination could take three months to reach mainland  

Water contaminated by the oil currently leaking into the ocean from the Sanchi tanker collision is likely to take at least three months to reach land, and if it does the Korean coast is the most likely location. However, the oil's fate is highly uncertain, as it may burn, evaporate, or mix into the surface ocean and contaminate the environment for an extended duration.

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2018-01-15 04:07:29

Estrogen-mimicking compounds in foods may reduce effectiveness of breast cancer treatment  

A new study suggests breast cancer patients taking palbociclib/letrozole combination therapy should avoid foods rich in xenoestrogens.

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2018-01-15 04:04:14

Novel real-time undersea wireless communications and surveillance technology  

Researchers will design, deploy and evaluate a first-of-its-kind software-defined testbed for real-time undersea wireless communications (data, voice, and video streaming) and surveillance.

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2018-01-15 03:47:09

What in the World Is Metallic Hydrogen?  

Hydrogen in extreme conditions, like below the cloud tops of Jupiter, starts acting…very strange.

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2018-01-15 03:39:54

A matter of mobility: New strategy for drug discovery  

A joint industry/academia study of a cancer target protein reveals unusual relation between binding site flexibility and drug-target lifetime. The results suggest a new strategy for drug discovery.

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2018-01-15 03:30:10

King's Dream of Equality Must Extend to Space Science  

Few things would be a greater honor to King's memory, and there is no greater way for us to also honor ourselves, than to make space-based research as diverse as the world is.

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2018-01-15 03:20:19

Today's "Planet Earth Report" Headline --"Bitcoin Miners have Extracted 80 % of All the Bitcoins There Will Ever Be"  

    Although bitcoins are bought, sold, and lost more today than ever before, the rate of new bitcoins being created is starting to slow. The reasons behind that are a little complex, but suffice it to say, the closer we get to the 21 million maximum number of bitcoins mined, the harder it gets and we've just hit the 80 percent milestone.   Even if you're only just coming to grips with this whole cryptocurrency phenomenon, or have been trading them since the days wher...

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2018-01-15 03:00:00

SES-15 Enters Commercial Service to Serve the Americas  

Luxembourg (SPX) Jan 16, 2018 SES reports that the new SES-15 spacecraft has been operational at the 129 degrees West orbital position since 1 January. As planned, the all-electric satellite took six months to reach its orbital position and to successfully complete its testing. SES-15 carries a hybrid payload, comprising Ku-band wide beams and Ku-band High Throughput Satellite (HTS) capability, with connectivity to gat

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2018-01-15 01:56:34

Aerial vehicle flying freely with independently controlled main wings  

Professor Dongsoo Har and his team in Cho Chun Shik Graduate School of Green Transportation in Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) lately developed an aerial vehicle that is able to control the main wings separately and independently.

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2018-01-15 01:50:47

Astrosat and DroneSAR form partnership to enhance Search and Rescue capabilities  

Musselburgh UK (SPX) Jan 16, 2018 Astrosat, one of the leading businesses in Europe's space exploitation industry, has formed a partnership with Irish start-up DroneSAR- Search and Rescue, to incorporate drone software with Astrosat's Recovery and Protection in Disaster (RAPID) system. The RAPID system is designed to provide intelligent situational awareness and support in the context of disaster scenarios to aid, inform a

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2018-01-15 01:30:24

Possible cause of early colonial-era Mexican epidemic identified  

Researchers have used new methods in ancient DNA research to identify Salmonella enterica Paratyphi C, a pathogen that causes enteric fever, in the skeletons of victims of the 1545-1550 cocoliztli epidemic in Mexico, identifying a possible cause of this devastating colonial epidemic.

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2018-01-15 01:12:57

Deep, buried glaciers spotted on Mars  

Miami (AFP) Jan 11, 2018 Buried glaciers have been spotted on Mars, offering new hints about how much water may be accessible on the Red Planet and where it is located, researchers said Thursday. Although ice has long been known to exist on Mars, a better understanding of its depth and location could be vital to future human explorers, said the report in the US journal Science. "Astronauts could essentially just

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2018-01-14 23:40:19

GeoCarb: A New View of Carbon Over the Americas  

Pasadena CA (JPL) Jan 15, 2018 A new NASA Earth science mission in the early stages of design may achieve a transformational advance in our understanding of the global carbon cycle by mapping concentrations of key carbon gases from a new vantage point: geostationary orbit. Satellites in geostationary orbit travel at the same speed as Earth's rotation, allowing them to remain over the same place on Earth's surface at all times

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2018-01-14 21:34:14

NASA fosters STEM education through CubeSat classes  

Huntsville AL (SPX) Jan 15, 2018 NASA is on a mission to inspire young minds to become the next generation of critical thinkers. By engaging students in space exploration at the agency's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama, NASA encourages learning in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) in a way that fosters hands-on learning and discovery. "As more states incorporate STEM-focused educa

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2018-01-14 20:46:19

Possible Lava Tube Skylights Discovered Near the North Pole of the Moon  

Mountain View CA (SPX) Jan 15, 2018 The SETI Institute and the Mars Institute have announced the discovery of small pits in a large crater near the North Pole of the Moon, which may be entrances to an underground network of lava tubes. The pits were identified through analysis of imaging data from NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO). If water ice is present, these potential lava tube entrances or "skylights" might allow futu

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2018-01-14 19:28:56

NanoRacks Begins Third International Space Station External Platform Mission In Extreme Space Environment  

Houston TX (SPX) Jan 15, 2018 This morning, the NanoRacks External Platform (NREP) was reinstalled on the outside of the International Space Station, initiating the commercial platform's third customer mission. The External Platform, self-funded by NanoRacks, is the leading commercial gateway to the extreme environment of space. Customers can experience the microgravity, atomic oxygen, radiation and other harsh elements nati

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2018-01-14 18:55:16

NASA's Magnetospheric Multiscale Mission surpasses expectations flying to new heights in 2017  

Greenbelt MD (SPX) Jan 15, 2018 In the cold vacuum of space, four satellites travel through the darkness, cruising around Earth at speeds up to 22,300 miles per hour. These spacecraft comprise NASA's Magnetospheric Multiscale mission, called MMS for short. Looking at electric and magnetic fields, hot plasmas, and high-energy particles, they have been charting the dynamic space environment around Earth for over two years. What

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2018-01-14 18:23:36

Opportunity takes right at the fork and has successful battery test  

Pasadena CA (JPL) Jan 15, 2018 Opportunity is continuing her winter exploration of "Perseverance Valley" on the west rim of Endeavour Crater. The rover is positioned upstream of a fork in the flow channels. After some deliberation, it was decided to take the northern branch of this fork and on Sol 4958 (Jan. 3, 2018), Opportunity drove about 13 feet (4 meters) in that direction. The rest of this period was devoted to on

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2018-01-14 15:09:50

Today's Top Science Headline --"World's Dirt Contains Incredible, Inexhaustible Reservoirs of Undiscovered Antibiotics"  

    Nobody scours New York's Central Park looking for drugs quite the way Sean Brady does. On a sweltering Thursday, he hops out of a yellow cab, crosses Fifth Avenue, and scurries up a dirt path. Around us, the penetrating churn of a helicopter and the honk of car horns filter through the trees. Brady, a fast-talking chemist in his late 40s who sports a graying buzz cut and rimless glasses, has a wry, self-deprecating humor that belies the single-minded determination of his que

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2018-01-14 14:38:25

Aerojet Rocketdyne Supports ULA Launch in Support of National Security  

Sacramento CA (SPX) Jan 15, 2018 Aerojet Rocketdyne has successfully supported the launch of a classified satellite for the National Reconnaissance Office. The mission, known as NROL-47, was launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California aboard a United Launch Alliance (ULA) Delta IV rocket. Aerojet Rocketdyne propulsion systems included an RS-68A booster engine, the RL10B-2 upper-stage engine, 14 helium pressurization t

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2018-01-14 14:11:07

Update from Mojave: VSS Unity successfully completes high speed glide flight  

Mojave CA (SPX) Jan 15, 2018 January blues? Not a problem in Mojave as VSS Unity successfully completed her seventh glide flight! It's been a few months since our last flight, during which we worked through a planned period of focused ground time. This involved extensive analysis, testing and small modifications to ensure vehicle readiness for the higher loads and forces of powered test flight. [Today] we tested

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2018-01-14 13:36:19

Paleo Profile: The Bryant's Shark  

Distinctive teeth mark the discovery of a new prehistoric shark species.  -- Read more on

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2018-01-14 12:51:32

China sends twin BeiDou-3 navigation satellites into space  

Xichang, China (XNA) Jan 15, 2018 China on Friday sent twin satellites into space on a single carrier rocket to help its BeiDou system provide navigation and positioning services to countries along the Belt and Road by late 2018. The Long March-3B carrier rocket took off from Xichang Satellite Launch Center in the southwestern province of Sichuan at 7:18 a.m. The twin satellites are coded as the 26th and 27th satelli

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2018-01-14 12:25:37

CETel to provide fibre-like connectivity via SES Networks' MEO fleet  

Cologne, Germany (SPX) Jan 15, 2018 CETel, a leading German service provider of global managed end-to-end communications solutions, has signed a five-year contract with SES Networks to connect new exploration and production sites in Africa via SES Networks' medium earth orbit (MEO) O3b satellite constellation, SES and CETel announced Wednesday. CETel will leverage the O3b fleet's low latency and high throughput capabilities

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2018-01-14 12:14:36

Champagne box-sized satellite launched to probe distant planet  

Paris (AFP) Jan 12, 2018 France launched a champagne box-sized mini satellite into Earth orbit on Friday to study a mysterious, juvenile planet system in our Milky Way galaxy, mission controllers said. Weighing in at 3.5 kilogrammes (7.7 pounds), the PicSat satellite was hoisted into space by an Indian PSLV rocket, and placed into orbit at an altitude of 505 kilometres (314 miles), according to the Paris Observatory

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2018-01-14 11:33:26

Five-Exoplanet System Discovered Thanks to Citizen Scientists  

Five sibling planets in a very unique orbit around their parent star were discovered with the help of citizen scientists around the world.

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2018-01-14 10:46:44

NOAA Updates Its Weather Constellation and Retires an Old Workhorse  

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced plans Jan. 8 to retire its decade-old Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite (GOES) 13 to make way for its next generation.

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2018-01-14 09:50:15

"We are Living in an Ancestor Simulation of Our Universe" --Neil deGrasse Tyson (WATCH Today's 'Galaxy' Stream)  

    Neil deGrasse Tyson sits down with Mat O'Dowd astrophysicist and host of PBS Spacetime to discuss Ancestor Simulation of our Universe.              

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2018-01-14 09:38:12

NASA team first to demonstrate x-ray navigation in space  

Greenbelt MD (SPX) Jan 15, 2018 In a technology first, a team of NASA engineers has demonstrated fully autonomous X-ray navigation in space - a capability that could revolutionize NASA's ability in the future to pilot robotic spacecraft to the far reaches of the solar system and beyond. The demonstration, which the team carried out with an experiment called Station Explorer for X-ray Timing and Navigation Technology, or

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2018-01-14 08:45:49

NASA Calculated Heavy Rainfall Leading to California Mudslides  

Greenbelt MD (SPX) Jan 15, 2018 Winter rains falling on recently burned ground triggered deadly mudslides in Santa Barbara County, California on January 9. NASA calculated the amount of rain fall between January 8 and 10, 2018 and calculated the potential for landslides. At NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, a landslide potential map was generated by the global Landslide Hazard Assessment for Situ

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2018-01-14 08:45:48

The Alien Observatory --"The Vast Majority of Fossils Discovered in the Universe Will Be Extinct Microbial Life, Not Dinosaurs or Humanoids"  

    "One intriguing prediction of the Gaian Bottleneck model is that the vast majority of fossils in the universe will be from extinct microbial life, not from multicellular species such as dinosaurs or humanoids that take billions of years to evolve," said Charles Lineweaver at Australian National University (ANU). "The mystery of why we haven't yet found signs of aliens may have less to do with the likelihood of the origin of life or intelligence and have more to do with the r

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2018-01-14 08:44:50

China Launches Earth-Observing Satellite on Long March 2D Rocket  

A Long March 2D rocket launched a new Earth-mapping satellite for China Saturday (Jan. 12).

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2018-01-14 08:14:28

Champagne box-sized satellite to probe distant planet  

Paris (AFP) Jan 11, 2018 France is set to launch a champagne box-sized mini satellite into Earth orbit on Friday to study a mysterious, juvenile planet system in our Milky Way galaxy, mission controllers said. The PicSat orbiter's target is the massive star Beta Pictoris, some 60 light years from Earth in the southern constellation of Pictor (The Painter's Easel), and its planet Beta Pictoris b - a gassy giant.

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2018-01-14 06:17:40

Mohamed Omar's Favorite Theorem  

The Harvey Mudd math professor tells us what dessert pairs best with Burnside’s Lemma -- Read more on

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2018-01-14 05:46:50

Can early symptoms predict bipolar disorder? Evidence shows differing patterns of risk factors  

Two patterns of antecedent or 'prodromal' psychiatric symptoms may help to identify young persons at increased risk of developing bipolar disorder (BD), according to a new analysis.

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2018-01-14 05:44:15

'Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey' TV Series Will Return in 2019  

"Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey" will return for a second season in the spring of 2019, with astronomer Neil deGrasse Tyson returning as host.

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2018-01-14 05:41:19

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