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NASA's Spitzer Telescope captures massive 'burning' cloud in space

Google Science Feeds - Thu, 12/26/2019 - 19:58
Space is not on fire, but you can't be blamed for thinking it might be after a look at this "burning" cloud. NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope captured a fiery image of a gigantic collection of gas and dust that stretches over 500 light-years across. The fiery glow of ...

New technology allows control of gene therapy doses

Google Science Feeds - Thu, 12/26/2019 - 19:56
Date: December 24, 2019; Source: Scripps Research Institute; Summary: Scientists have developed a special molecular switch that could be embedded into gene therapies to allow doctors to control dosing. The feat offers gene therapy designers what may ...

Powder, not gas: A safer, more effective way to create a star on Earth

Google Science Feeds - Thu, 12/26/2019 - 19:41
Date: December 24, 2019; Source: DOE/Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory; Summary: Scientists have found that sprinkling a type of powder into fusion plasma could aid in harnessing the ultra-hot gas within a tokamak facility to produce heat to create ...

Alien contact in the 2020s? Don't rule it out yet

Google Science Feeds - Thu, 12/26/2019 - 19:34
David Axe at the Daily Beast left us all a Christmas present in the form of an intriguing essay posing one provocative question. Will we find aliens in the next decade? He begins by referencing astronomer Seth Shostak who made a bet with his audience at a ...

SpaceX Says A Step Closer to Launching Manned Space Mission

Google Science Feeds - Thu, 12/26/2019 - 19:28
SpaceX said it moved one step closer to launching a manned space flight after it successfully completed its 10th parachute drop test. The Elon Musk-led space exploration company's Crew Dragon astronaut capsule will be ready for launch in the first quarter if ...

Study finds connection between cardiac blood test before surgery and adverse outcomes

Google Science Feeds - Thu, 12/26/2019 - 19:26
Date: December 24, 2019; Source: McMaster University; Summary: The VISION study looked at whether levels of a cardiac blood test, NT-proBNP, measured before surgery can predict cardiac and vascular complications. Higher levels of NT-proBNP, which ...

Decade in space: Mars rover lands, shuttle program ends, Falcon Heavy landings wow

Google Science Feeds - Thu, 12/26/2019 - 19:09
As the decade of the 2010s began, the future of the country's space program was muddled at best. The shuttle program was heading toward its final missions. Its proposed successor, the Constellation program, was canceled by President Barack Obama.

New northern lights aurora discovered by NASA intern

Google Science Feeds - Thu, 12/26/2019 - 19:00
At some companies, interns are made to go on coffee runs and do menial tasks to fill their time. At NASA, they discover previously unseen phenomena in our skies. According to the American Geophysical Union (AGU), NASA intern Jennifer Briggs — a physics ...

How to tell if a brain is awake

Google Science Feeds - Thu, 12/26/2019 - 18:58
Date: December 23, 2019; Source: Michigan Medicine - University of Michigan; Summary: A team was able to demonstrate, using rats, that the EEG doesn't always track with being awake. Their study raises questions about what it means to be conscious.

New system spots space junk more accurately

Google Science Feeds - Thu, 12/26/2019 - 18:40
Chinese researchers have improved the accuracy in identifying space junk in earth's orbit, providing a more effective way to plot safe routes for spacecraft manoeuvre. The earth's orbit is nowhere near as dangerous, but after more than half a century of space ...

A Giant Star Is Dimming, Which Could Be a Sign It Is About to Explode

Google Science Feeds - Thu, 12/26/2019 - 18:20
A long time ago in a constellation not that far away, a bright star rapidly dimmed—and 600 years later, astronomers detected the change on Earth. The star Betelgeuse comprises the shoulder of the constellation Orion, and its abrupt change in brightness hints ...

'Ring of Fire' Solar Eclipse Thrills Skywatchers Around the World (and in Space, Too!)

Google Science Feeds - Thu, 12/26/2019 - 17:50
The moon crossed the face of the in a dazzling "ring of fire" solar eclipse today (Dec. 26) to the delight of potentially millions of spectators around the world in the Eastern Hemisphere. Even astronauts in space marveled at the view. The eclipse, known as an ...

Stanford researchers believe Plastic-eating mealworms could help clean up the environment

Google Science Feeds - Thu, 12/26/2019 - 17:36
Plastic-eating mealworms may assist clear up the surroundings: Examine finds creatures can eat Styrofoam with out accumulating toxins of their physique -allowing them to nonetheless be used as meals for different animals. Earlier research couldn't conclude ...

NHS to offer cancer patients 'prehab' fitness plan 'to boost recovery'

Health News BBC - Thu, 12/26/2019 - 17:30
Thousands will be offered fitness programmes in the hope of "priming" them for their recovery.

Researchers found a brand new mineral tucked in a tiny meteorite. It's never been seen in nature before

Google Science Feeds - Thu, 12/26/2019 - 17:26
(CNN) Between 2015 and 2019, researchers discovered 31 new carbon minerals, most of them vividly colorful. Edscottite is one of the least flashy new finds, but it's also the one that's set geologists abuzz. Edscottite is one of the phrases iron goes through ...

University of Alabama in Huntsville grad among historic graduating class of astronaut candidates

Google Science Feeds - Thu, 12/26/2019 - 17:26
NASA will honor the first-ever class of astronaut candidates to graduate under the Artemis program next month at the Johnson Space Center in Houston, and there is one graduate that has a strong tie to the Yellowhammer State. After completing more than ...

'Ring of fire' eclipse skims Middle East, southern Asia

Google Science Feeds - Thu, 12/26/2019 - 17:21
Media in Saudi Arabia said Thursday's eclipse was visible for nearly 3 minutes during sunrise in the central al-Ahsa province — as the narrow shadow cast by the Moon on the Earth's surface tracked toward Asia. The United Arab Emirates' space agency ...

What's Going on With Betelgeuse?

Google Science Feeds - Thu, 12/26/2019 - 17:05
Social media and news headlines are ablaze with talk of the red giant star Betelgeuse since astronomers noted that it's growing fainter than ever before. Yes, the red giant star is growing closer to the end of its life, and that end will likely be explosive.

2020 Guide To Meteor Showers, Supermoons In Ohio

Google Science Feeds - Thu, 12/26/2019 - 16:37
Quadrantids start 2020 off with a display of up to 100 blazing blue shooting stars an hour, and four supermoons are on the lunar calendar. By Chris Mosby, Patch Staff. Dec 26, 2019 11:37 am ET ...

NASA Space Station On-Orbit Status 17 December 2019

Google Science Feeds - Thu, 12/26/2019 - 16:19
The International Space Station is gearing up for the arrival of Boeing's new CST-100 Starliner crew ship this weekend. Meanwhile, the Expedition 61 crew checked out a new baking oven, researched life science and replaced a treadmill belt. Boeing's first ...

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