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'Blue jet' lightning detected from International Space Station

Google Science Feeds - Sat, 01/23/2021 - 17:28
The phenomenon was spotted by the European Atmosphere-Space Interactions Monitor (ASIM) near the island of Naru in the Pacific Ocean. Four of the flashes were accompanied by a small pulse of ultraviolet light, which appear as rapidly expanding ring.

MRI researcher may have accidentally discovered how gas planets are magnetic

Google Science Feeds - Sat, 01/23/2021 - 17:18
But the question of how a gas giant creates such a magnetic attraction remains. After all, it's made of, well, gas. Professor Eduard Chekmenev, an MRI researcher from Wayne University in Michigan, ...

ISS Tool Spots Blue Light Jets Shooting Upwards From Thunderclouds

Google Science Feeds - Sat, 01/23/2021 - 16:00
Well, many things of course but one of them is the weather: particularly the kind of weather events that can not be seen from Earth. These are called blue jets, and elves (short for ...

Fossil-hunters think they have found the lair of a giant, predatory, prehistoric worm

Google Science Feeds - Sat, 01/23/2021 - 15:58
The bobbit worm, or sand striker (Eunice aphroditois), is an aquatic predatory bristle worm that ranges from 4 inches to 10 feet in length and lives in burrows it creates in the ocean floor. The ...

Burial ground reveals Stone Age people wore clothing covered in elk teeth

Google Science Feeds - Sat, 01/23/2021 - 15:58
A Stone Age burial ground on a small Russian island revealed more than 4,300 Eurasian elk teeth pendants found in 84 separate burials. The placement of the pendants in these graves suggests they were attached to coats, dresses ...

Incredible treatment allows paralyzed mice to walk again

Google Science Feeds - Sat, 01/23/2021 - 15:37
A new treatment is giving hope that paralysis from spinal cord damage could one day be reversible. Researchers from Germany's Ruhr-University Bochum were able to get paralyzed mice to walk again after stimulating their brains to produce a particular ...

SpaceX delays launch of 143 satellites on a single rocket due to bad weather

Google Science Feeds - Sat, 01/23/2021 - 15:03
A veteran SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket stands atop Space Launch Complex 40 of the Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida during the attempted launch of 143 satellites on the the Transporter-1 rideshare mission on Jan. 23, 2021. Bad weather delayed the ...

You need to see Mercury at its brightest this weekend

Google Science Feeds - Sat, 01/23/2021 - 15:02
As the smallest and nearest planet to the Sun, Mercury is not so easy for us to spot from Earth. The planet is generally outshone in the night sky by other celestial bodies, even though it is relatively far closer to our own world than, say, Jupiter, which can shine ...

6 Issues to Know About NASA's Mars Helicopter on Its Option to Mars – Watts Up With That?

Google Science Feeds - Sat, 01/23/2021 - 14:41
Ingenuity, a technology experiment, is preparing to attempt the first powered, controlled flight on the Red Planet. When NASA's Perseverance rover lands on Mars on Feb. 18, 2021, it will be carrying ...

Indian mathematician Nikhil Srivastava is joint winner of maths prize

Google Science Feeds - Sat, 01/23/2021 - 14:26
Srivastava from the University of California, Berkeley, Adam Marcus, from the Ecole polytechnique federale de Lausanne (EPFL) and Daniel Alan Spielman from Yale University will receive the 2021 Michael and Sheila Held Prize, the National Academy of ...

Harvard Scientists Reconstruct the Game-Changing Evolution From Fin-to-Limb in Early Tetrapods

Google Science Feeds - Sat, 01/23/2021 - 14:18
“Being able to walk around on land essentially set the stage for all biodiversity and established modern terrestrial ecosystems,” said Stephanie Pierce, Thomas D. Cabot Associate Professor of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology and curator of vertebrate ...

While you were sleeping: Hunting in Montreal, illegal gathering, Habs on top

Google Science Feeds - Sat, 01/23/2021 - 14:16
Calls to end hunting on Montreal Island. Janette Haggar remembers driving to work one Saturday morning in late November when she spotted a man in camouflage holding a crossbow at the edge of L'Anse-à-l'Orme Rd. in Pierrefonds. Although her phone ...

Astronomers Have Spotted a Weirdo 'Jupiter' With a Four-Day Year

Google Science Feeds - Sat, 01/23/2021 - 14:01
Nearly 600 light-years from Earth, the exoplanet known as WASP-62b whips around its host star at a breakneck pace. The planet is a hot Jupiter, and despite its gassy constitution, its atmosphere is completely cloudless, according to a study published this ...

Rare and exotic upside-down lightning might be quite mundane after all

Google Science Feeds - Sat, 01/23/2021 - 13:42
At that time, thanks to videotape evidence from NASA's Space Shuttle missions, actual observations of sprites, jets, and later ELVES (Emissions of Light and Very Low-Frequency Perturbations From Electromagnetic Pulse Sources) would all be confirmed and ...

Butterflies fly by 'clapping' wings together, scientists find

Google Science Feeds - Sat, 01/23/2021 - 13:34
"Butterflies look different from many other flying animals, compared to birds and bats," Per Henningsson, associate professor in biology at Lund University, told CNN. "They have a very extreme wing shape — very large, short but very broad wings compared to ...

New technique builds super-hard metals from nanoparticles

Google Science Feeds - Sat, 01/23/2021 - 13:32
Metallurgists have all kinds of ways to make a chunk of metal harder. They can bend it, twist it, run it between two rollers or pound it with a hammer. These methods work by breaking up the metal's grain structure—the microscopic crystalline domains that form ...

Largest sea on Saturn's mysterious moon Titan could be more than 1000 feet deep

Google Science Feeds - Sat, 01/23/2021 - 12:43
Data from one of the spacecraft's last flybys of Titan, a large moon with the precursors of life's chemistry, reveals that a huge lake on the surface called Kraken Mare is more than 1,000 feet ( 300 meters) deep — that's roughly the equivalent of the height of New ...

Garden Q&A: Consider these houseplants to green up your home

Google Science Feeds - Sat, 01/23/2021 - 12:06
Looks like I'll be working from home for a while. What houseplants can I add to spruce the place up? The houseplant industry boomed in 2020 mostly because people were locked up inside their homes. Not only did we spend more time indoors, but we also ...

100 questions at the climate assistance desk

Google Science Feeds - Sat, 01/23/2021 - 12:02
Almost three months later, the climate assistance desk has arrived at 100 questions. In this help desk, scientists search for answers to all questions related to climate or climate change. Eric Van Sebel is one of the initiators, happy with the input. “The nice thing ...

Dead whale in the Mediterranean probably 'one of the largest' ever found

Google Science Feeds - Sat, 01/23/2021 - 12:01
Finback whales are the second-largest animal species on Earth. They are considered endangered.

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