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Galactic cosmic rays affect Titan's atmosphere

Google Science Feeds - Sat, 02/15/2020 - 18:25
Date: February 14, 2020; Source: National Institutes of Natural Sciences; Summary: Planetary scientists have revealed the secrets of the atmosphere of Titan, the largest moon of Saturn. The team found a chemical footprint in Titan's atmosphere indicating that ...

Researchers have already tested YouTube's algorithms for political bias

Google Science Feeds - Sat, 02/15/2020 - 17:18
In August 2018, President Donald Trump claimed that social media was "totally discriminating against Republican/Conservative voices." Not much was new about this: for years, conservatives have accused tech companies of political bias. Just last July ...

Mystery virus found with mostly unknown DNA

Google Science Feeds - Sat, 02/15/2020 - 17:15
In artificial Lake Pampulha, in the Brazilian city of Belo Horizonte, they found it. They named it after Yara, the mother of waters in Brazilian mythology. It's an amoeba virus, Yaravirus, unlike anything seen before, with 90% of its genome comprised of genes ...

SCIENCE BRIEFING FOR SPACEX-20 (SpX-20) CARGO MISSION TO ISS, Feb 20, 2020, virtual, 1:00 pm ET

Google Science Feeds - Sat, 02/15/2020 - 16:44
NASA will hold a media telecon on February 20, 2020 at 1:00 pm ET to discuss science experiments that will be delivered to the International Space Station (ISS) on the next SpaceX cargo mission, SpaceX-20 (SpX-20). Audio of the teleconference will be ...

Climate Change Driving “Rapid and Widespread” Decline of Bumblebees

Google Science Feeds - Sat, 02/15/2020 - 16:09
Shifts in temperature and rainfall are pushing bumblebees to their ecological limits across both continents, according to the analysis published in Science. This is driving “rapid and widespread declines” across 66 bumblebee species, the authors warn.

“All's Quiet on Betelgeuse” –Prelude to a Realtime Supernova?

Google Science Feeds - Sat, 02/15/2020 - 16:06
... ‌. ‌. Although it's far enough away to keep Earth safe from radiation when it goes supernova, red supergiant star Betelgeuse is about 700 times the size of our sun, with a radius roughly equivalent to the orbit of Jupiter. “It would be astounding,” said Andy ...

Coronavirus: Eight of nine UK patients receiving treatment discharged

Health News BBC - Sat, 02/15/2020 - 15:51
More than 100 people remain in quarantine in a hotel after arriving from China last weekend.

THIS WEEK @NASA: Christina Koch Reflects on Record-Setting Mission, New Era Budget for Space Exploration

Google Science Feeds - Sat, 02/15/2020 - 15:02
ABOVE VIDEO: A budget for a new era of space exploration, do you have what it takes to be an astronaut? And Christina Koch reflects on her record-setting mission … a few of the stories to tell you about – This Week at NASA! Bridenstine Discusses Fiscal ...

Black student erupts over 'too many white people' at UVA multicultural center

Google Science Feeds - Sat, 02/15/2020 - 14:48
An irate black student at the College of Virginia blasted her white classmates for making the most of the college's new, expanded multicultural center, stunning video reveals. The footage, which has gone viral on social media, reveals an unidentified student of ...

Mars 2020 rover leaves home on 2300-mile journey to Florida for launch

Google Science Feeds - Sat, 02/15/2020 - 14:32
NASA's Mars 2020 rover has completed its fabrication and assembly stages and is almost ready for its launch to Mars in a few months. Before final launch preparations can take place, the rover needed to be transported from its home at NASA's Jet Propulsion ...

“I was just shaking”—new documents reveal details of fatal Tesla crash

Google Science Feeds - Sat, 02/15/2020 - 14:03
"It really looked like I had plenty of time to go across," an anguished Florida truck driver said in an interview transcript released by the National Transportation Safety Board this week. Unfortunately, he was wrong. Richard Wood was driving a semi truck on the ...

Scientists Were Wrong About Human Pattern of Brain Asymmetry Being Unique

Google Science Feeds - Sat, 02/15/2020 - 13:51
Brain imprints on cranial bones from great apes and humans refute the long-held notion that the human pattern of brain asymmetry is unique. The left and right side of our brain are specialized for some cognitive abilities. For example, in humans, language is ...

NASA's space snowman reveals secrets: few craters, no water

Google Science Feeds - Sat, 02/15/2020 - 13:39
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — NASA's space snowman is revealing fresh secrets from its home far beyond Pluto. More than a year after its close encounter with the snowman-shaped object, the New Horizons spacecraft is still sending back data from more ...

Evolving underwater: Oceans board game review

Google Science Feeds - Sat, 02/15/2020 - 13:05
Welcome to Ars Cardboard, our weekend look at tabletop games! Check out our complete board gaming coverage at cardboard.arstechnica.com. I once spotted a barracuda while scuba diving. It darted in close, shimmering silver, its features reminiscent of a ...

Fossils of car-size ancient turtles found in South America

Google Science Feeds - Sat, 02/15/2020 - 13:02
Fossils of one of the largest turtles that ever lived have been found in South America, scientists said this week. Remains of the car-size freshwater beast, called Stupendemys geographicus, were found in Colombia's Tatacoa Desert and Venezuela's Urumaco ...

SpaceX Crew Dragon arrives at launch site for the 1st orbital crew flight from US soil since 2011

Google Science Feeds - Sat, 02/15/2020 - 12:34
The spacecraft that will fly SpaceX's first-ever crewed mission has made it to Florida. A SpaceX Crew Dragon capsule arrived on Florida's Space Coast on Thursday (Feb. 13), NASA officials said, completing a cross-country trek from the company's California ...

Fireflies are dying and of course it's because of humans killing Earth's natural magic

Google Science Feeds - Sat, 02/15/2020 - 11:45
This news report of fireflies under threat globally will make all those people who once ran after them, chasing their light, sad. What's to blame here? Urbanisation, industrialisation and agricultural intensification for starters. Yes, the lightning bugs are in danger ...

The biggest threat to space commerce is the sun

Google Science Feeds - Sat, 02/15/2020 - 11:08
On the list of Bad Stuff That Could Happen, a massive plasma ejection from the sun isn't an everyday worry, falling somewhere between an irrevocably warming climate and a shortage of soy milk in the office fridge. Yet our star's output plays a critical role in ...

New physics of massive solar ejections

Google Science Feeds - Sat, 02/15/2020 - 10:58
Scientists reported abundance data for hydrogen in four solar wind regimes collected by the Genesis mission (bulk solar wind, inter stream low‐energy wind, coronal hole high‐energy wind, and coronal mass ejections). By. Amit Malewar. -. February 15, 2020.

How mapping Scottish bogs can help fight climate change

Google Science Feeds - Sat, 02/15/2020 - 10:39
Space-age science is being used in a new satellite mapping project to research how Scottish landscape dating back thousands of years can help tackle climate change across the world. The Flow Country of Caithness has long been renowned as a site of ...

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