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Science: NASA's OSIRIS-REx Prepares for New Yr's Eve Date with Asteroid Bennu

Google Science Feeds - Thu, 12/13/2018 - 06:09
WASHINGTON - 2018 has been quite a year for spaceflight, but it's not over yet, and the OSIRIS-REx mission has one more major task to accomplish before the ball drops: slipping into orbit around the near-Earth asteroid Bennu.

Bloomberg Opinion: The science of gene editing demands caution and consensus

Google Science Feeds - Thu, 12/13/2018 - 06:01
The following editorial appears on Bloomberg Opinion. A Chinese scientist's claim to have edited the genes of human embryos has provoked condemnation from scientists worldwide, and rightly so.

You may not even need a telescope to see Comet 46P/Wirtanen in the night sky this month

Google Science Feeds - Thu, 12/13/2018 - 05:37
(The Conversation is an independent and nonprofit source of news, analysis and commentary from academic experts.) Shannon Schmoll, Michigan State University.

The Geminid meteor shower peaks Thursday night. Thank this very cool “rock comet.”

Google Science Feeds - Thu, 12/13/2018 - 05:00
The Geminid meteor shower is one of the most spectacular nighttime sky shows of the year. When debris from the asteroid 3200 Phaethon burns up in the night sky, it creates bright, long-lasting streaks across the sky.

NASA's InSight sends back first selfie on Mars

Google Science Feeds - Thu, 12/13/2018 - 04:53
Washington: Barely two weeks after touching down on Mars, NASA's InSight lander has taken its first selfie using the spacecraft's robotic arm, the US space agency has said.

Rocket Lab Postpones Launch of NASA Cubesats Due to Bad Weather

Google Science Feeds - Thu, 12/13/2018 - 04:48
Bad weather forced the private spaceflight company Rocket Lab to postpone the launch of more than a dozen small satellites, including 10 for a NASA education program, late Wednesday (Dec. 12).

NASA Area Lasers Creating Most Detailed Map Ever of Antarctica's Ice

Google Science Feeds - Thu, 12/13/2018 - 03:37
A satellite launched in September, NASA's ICESat-2 ,or the Ice, Cloud and Land Elevation Satellite-2, is revealing previously unmapped valleys in Antarctica, filling in details of the terrian that other satellites can't see.

Science: NASA's New Mars Lander Takes 1st Selfie, Scopes Out Workspace

Google Science Feeds - Thu, 12/13/2018 - 03:25
NASA's new Mars lander has snapped its first selfie on the Red Planet. The InSight spacecraft, which touched down on the flat equatorial plain Elysium Planitia on Nov. 26, took the selfie using the camera on its 5.9-foot-long (1.8 meters) robotic arm ...

Scientists reconstruct skeleton of terrifying prehistoric 'marsupial lion'

Google Science Feeds - Thu, 12/13/2018 - 02:27
Australia is well-regarded as a place full of fauna that can kill you. Spiders, snakes, sharks, toads. But those modern-day nightmares pale in comparison to the terrifying "marsupial lion" that once stalked ancient Australia.

Restaurant dishes 'contain more calories than fast-food meals'

Health News BBC - Thu, 12/13/2018 - 00:52
Only one in 10 meals was classed as healthy which is a cause for concern, say researchers.

Organ donors to be asked if they are religious

Health News BBC - Thu, 12/13/2018 - 00:04
It is hoped the measure can boost the low proportion of donors from black and Asian backgrounds.

China's Gene-Editing Scientists Still Aiming for Crispr Supremacy

Google Science Feeds - Wed, 12/12/2018 - 23:21
(Bloomberg) -- Chinese scientists are pressing ahead with their attempts to perfect human gene-editing technology, even after one of their compatriots drew a global backlash for editing the genes of twin girls.

Parker Solar Probe: Sun-skimming mission starts calling home

Google Science Feeds - Wed, 12/12/2018 - 23:17
Just weeks after making the closest ever flyby of the Sun, Nasa's Parker Solar Probe is sending back its data. Included in the observations is this remarkable image of the energetic gas, or plasma, flowing out from the star.

NASA solar spacecraft snaps first image from inside sun's atmosphere

Google Science Feeds - Wed, 12/12/2018 - 22:50
NASA's Parker Solar Probe is on a mission to land the world's hottest high-five as it orbits the sun, zooming ever closer to our solar system's star.

All hail Gallus gallus domesticus—we are living in the age of the chicken

Google Science Feeds - Wed, 12/12/2018 - 21:58
Culinarily, chicken has somehow become all things to all people. Boneless, skinless chicken breasts, and the recipes built around them, are stand-ins for bland, unadventurous palates, while a perfect roast chicken recipe has become mark of foodie pride.

Deep Earth Is Teeming with Mysterious Life

Google Science Feeds - Wed, 12/12/2018 - 21:25
It may seem fantastical, but there is a living world deep, deep beneath our feet. Go below the soil, beyond the bedrock, and you'll find a hot, sweaty underworld teeming with life that puts the surface biosphere to shame.

World's fastest creature snaps its jaws shut with the speed of a bullet train, study says

Google Science Feeds - Wed, 12/12/2018 - 21:20
If you've ever stepped in a fire ant hill, you might have felt the stinging torment of those fearsome bites. But at least fire ants don't suck the blood of their own young, or chomp down with the force of a bullet train.

New foldable drone can navigate narrow holes

Google Science Feeds - Wed, 12/12/2018 - 20:55
"The final goal is to give the drone a high-level instruction such as 'enter that building, inspect every room and come back' and let it figure out by itself how to do it," said researcher Davide Falanga.

NASA's Juno Mission Is Nearing Its Mid-Season Finale

Google Science Feeds - Wed, 12/12/2018 - 20:52
The intrepid spacecraft will reach the halfway point of its mission on December 21, with the conclusion of Juno's 16th flyby of Jupiter.

NASA's InSight Lander Just Took Its First Selfie On Mars

Google Science Feeds - Wed, 12/12/2018 - 20:31
Since landing on Mars on Nov. 26, NASA's InSight lander has been settling in and taking photos. Now the lander has used its robotic arm to take a selfie.

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