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Transformative change can save humans and nature

Google Science Feeds - Thu, 12/12/2019 - 19:00
The survival of Earth's life is not a battle of humans versus nature. In this week's Science, an independent group of international experts, including one from Michigan State University (MSU), deliver a sweeping assessment of nature, concluding victory needs ...

The limits of ocean heavyweights: Prey curb whales' gigantic size

Google Science Feeds - Thu, 12/12/2019 - 19:00
Blue whales, the largest creatures to have evolved on the planet, are tagged during summer 2019 in the Eastern Pacific off the coast of central California by the study's research team. Through an analysis of 10,000 whale feeding events, the research team ...

The European Space Agency Is Sending a Robot to Hug Junk Out of Space

Google Science Feeds - Thu, 12/12/2019 - 18:58
For all its vastness, space is notoriously lacking in landfills. That means a lot of the stuff we humans send out there—be it satellites or rocket parts—ends up indefinitely adrift in the cosmos after its job is done. No longer useful for missions and too cumbersome ...

Hubble catches interstellar comet as it flies past the sun

Google Science Feeds - Thu, 12/12/2019 - 18:50
(CNN) The Hubble Space Telescope had a front row seat to capture the best and closest image to date of interstellar comet 2I/Borisov, a visitor that originated from outside of our solar system. On Sunday, the comet passed within 190 million miles of Earth on ...

The Earth was already 'stressed' before dinosaur extinction, fossil record reveals

Google Science Feeds - Thu, 12/12/2019 - 18:42
Scientists agree today's climate crisis is primarily driven by human activity – but before the problems we inadvertently engineered existed, similar processes have occurred on numerous occasions. Researchers investigating the state of the planet at the time ...

NASA's Osiris-Rex Marks the Spot for Asteroid Landing

Google Science Feeds - Thu, 12/12/2019 - 18:41
SAN FRANCISCO — A landing pad fit for a visitor from NASA has been found on an ancient relic of our solar system. NASA's Osiris-Rex spacecraft left Earth in 2016, its sights set on an asteroid named Bennu that is as wide as the Empire State Building is tall.

NASA Moves to Extend Russian Space Contracts

Google Science Feeds - Thu, 12/12/2019 - 18:06
NASA's first big decision under President Donald Trump entails paying up to $373 million so Russia can continue flying U.S. astronauts into orbit potentially through 2019. The move reflects growing concerns that Boeing Co. and entrepreneur Elon Musk's ...

MIT: Dark Matter At Our Galaxy's Core May Be Blasting Gamma Rays

Google Science Feeds - Thu, 12/12/2019 - 18:01
Physicists think they've found something unusual at the core of our galaxy: a vast, turbulent cloud of dark matter that's creating powerful blasts of cosmic radiation. Back in 2015, scientists from MIT and Princeton ruled out dark matter as the source of the ...

Asteroid 2019 XF To Come Extremely Close To Earth On December 18, Likely To Hit Us

Google Science Feeds - Thu, 12/12/2019 - 17:41
An asteroid identified as 2019 XF will come dangerously close to Earth at nearly 54,000mph on December 18, 2019, NASA's asteroid trackers have revealed. The US space agency further estimated that the asteroid 2019 XF measures somewhere in the ...

DNA may hold clues to extinct animal lifespan

Google Science Feeds - Thu, 12/12/2019 - 17:34
Scientists have calculated the lifespans of extinct animals, including ancient humans, from the DNA they left behind. Our extinct "cousins", the Neanderthals and Denisovans, reached the ripe old age of 38 years, less than half that of modern life expectancies.

Europe sending self-destructing robot into orbit to clean up space

Google Science Feeds - Thu, 12/12/2019 - 17:30
PARIS — A self-destructing robot will be sent into orbit on the world's first space cleanup mission, European scientists announced Dec. 9, a fresh approach to fixing up the galaxy's junk graveyard. Our orbit is filled with garbage, including chunks of dead ...

Team finds bovine kobuvirus in US

Google Science Feeds - Thu, 12/12/2019 - 17:19
A virus that afflicts cattle that was first discovered in Japan in 2003 has made its way to the U.S., researchers report in the journal Emerging Infectious Diseases. Bovine kobuvirus is fairly new to science, so its ill effects are not fully understood. It belongs to a ...

'Space elevator' could help humans travel to distant worlds at 1% the cost of a rocket launch

Google Science Feeds - Thu, 12/12/2019 - 16:53
HUMANS could one day bin rockets and travel to space in giant elevators instead, according to a new report. The idea has been around for more than a century but has gained traction in recent years due to advances in material science. The idea of a space ...

NASA's NICER delivers best-ever pulsar measurements, first surface map

Google Science Feeds - Thu, 12/12/2019 - 16:44
Astrophysicists are redrawing the textbook image of pulsars, the dense, whirling remains of exploded stars, thanks to NASA's Neutron star Interior Composition Explorer (NICER), an X-ray telescope aboard the International Space Station. Using NICER data ...

Breakthrough anti-cancer drug discovered by UF researchers

Google Science Feeds - Thu, 12/12/2019 - 16:39
GAINESVILLE, Fla. - Researchers at the University of Florida College of Pharmacy believe they have stumbled upon a drug that will target different types of cancer safely and more effectively. The findings, published in the journal Nature Medicine, states that ...

Motion Capture Research Study to Conduct Effects of Obesity on Children

Google Science Feeds - Thu, 12/12/2019 - 16:16
EDWARDSVILLE – One year after Southern Illinois University Edwardsville opened the first Motion Capture and Analysis Laboratory (MOCAL) in the Southwestern Illinois and Eastern Missouri area, the lab is now engaging in its first research study and is ...

Northrop Grumman's OmegA rocket gets an interesting first launch client

Google Science Feeds - Thu, 12/12/2019 - 16:00
Northrop Grumman's OmegA space launch vehicle has found its first client, as the company expands into markets requiring more grunt from their rockets. Saturn will entrust the OmegA with up to two of its NationSat satellites, which are to be put into ...

Genetic 'clock' predicts lifespan in vertebrates

Google Science Feeds - Thu, 12/12/2019 - 16:00
A model that uses genetic markers to accurately estimate the lifespans of different vertebrate species is presented in a study in Scientific Reports this week. The 'lifespan clock' screens 42 selected genes for CpG sites, short pieces of DNA whose density is ...

Team releases high-precision map of Antarctic ice sheet bed topography

Google Science Feeds - Thu, 12/12/2019 - 16:00
A University of California, Irvine-led team of glaciologists has unveiled the most accurate portrait yet of the contours of the land beneath Antarctica's ice sheet—and, by doing so, has helped identify which regions of the continent are going to be more, or less, ...

Martian aurora offers climate change clues, research reports

Google Science Feeds - Thu, 12/12/2019 - 15:35
A newly published study, presented on Dec. 12 at the American Geophysical Union (AGU) meeting, reveals that a type of Martian aurora originally detected by NASA's MAVEN spacecraft is in fact the most common aurora on the Red Planet, Embry-Riddle ...

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