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Brain implants used to fight drug addiction in US

Health News BBC - Fri, 11/08/2019 - 14:24
Four addicts will have brains "hacked" to control their addictions in the first trial of its kind in the US.

When the Andromeda galaxy crashes into the Milky Way, this is what it could look like from Earth

Google Science Feeds - Fri, 11/08/2019 - 14:07
The Milky Way is on track to collide and merge with its nearest neighbor, the Andromeda galaxy, in about 4 billion years. The galaxies will pass through each other, get snapped back together by gravity, and eventually merge cores. NASA illustrations show ...

Neanderthals May Have Gone Extinct Because of Human Tropical Infections

Google Science Feeds - Fri, 11/08/2019 - 13:43
The initial encounter between Neanderthals and anatomically modern Homo sapiens migrating out of Africa occurred more than 130,000 years ago in a region known as the Levant. Yet tens of thousands of years would pass before Neanderthals began ...

NIH Director Backs Moratorium for Heritable Genome Editing

Google Science Feeds - Fri, 11/08/2019 - 13:35
WASHINGTON DC – Francis Collins, Director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), has reaffirmed his support for a moratorium on heritable genome editing. Francis Collins Francis S. Collins, MD, PhD. Speaking at a Policy Summit* hosted by the American ...

Unsolved Mystery: Scientists are Still Debating Whether Pluto is a Planet or Not

Google Science Feeds - Fri, 11/08/2019 - 13:30
It looks like the argument on whether or not Pluto is a planet will never be resolved. Even the chief administrator of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Jim Bridenstine joined in on the debate claiming that Pluto is indeed a planet.

Researchers Say Potted Plants Don't Improve Indoor Air Quality

Google Science Feeds - Fri, 11/08/2019 - 13:30
Ever wondered about the potential of a plant to act as an air purifier and not just decor in a room? Researchers from Drexel University had the same question when they started their study published in the Journal of Exposure Science and Environmental ...

NASA Detects X-ray Burst From Cosmic Explosion Which Released As Much Energy in 20 Seconds As the Sun Does in ...

Google Science Feeds - Fri, 11/08/2019 - 13:27
Astronomers have observed a record-breaking flash of X-rays caused by a thermonuclear explosion in space, which released as much energy in 20 seconds as the sun does in around 10 days. The blast occurred on the surface of a pulsar—a rapidly rotating ...

NASA's TESS Spacecraft Presents Panoramic View of Exoplanets

Google Science Feeds - Fri, 11/08/2019 - 13:23
Exoplanets are distant planets that orbit other star systems. Sometimes they are hard to see or be identified by our telescopes because they are usually overshadowed by the brightness of the star they orbit. To search for these elusive exoplanets, the National ...

NASA's Voyager With Five More Years to Explore

Google Science Feeds - Fri, 11/08/2019 - 13:22
The two Voyager spacecraft may not have a long operational time left, according to scientists at NASA. Now, they say, the duo could have about five years before they lose connection back to earth, though the 42-year old probes will continue travelling ...

Is NASA wrong? Discovery of alien life will be slow and not before 2021, says top astronomer

Google Science Feeds - Fri, 11/08/2019 - 13:12
NASA scientist Jim Green had earlier revealed that humans are not ready to accept the facts behind extraterrestrial existence. By Nirmal Narayanan. November 8, 2019 21:08 +08. Aliens Representational Image of a humanoid alien Pixabay. It was around a ...

Asteroid due to speed past Earth today will come almost as close as the moon (PHOTO)

Google Science Feeds - Fri, 11/08/2019 - 12:56
Once again, an asteroid is set to make a high-speed, “close” flyby of the Earth, coming within a minimum distance of 487,000 km, which is slightly more than the average orbit of the moon. Asteroid 2019 UM12, measuring up to 69 meters (230ft) in diameter ...

NASA Mars Mission Success Could Rely On 'Mars Direct' Theory

Google Science Feeds - Fri, 11/08/2019 - 12:49
Humans always have the idea of transporting and studying into the deepest parts of space. They keep on searching for planets that can be or might be inhabited by humans. In 1969, we achieved the first human landing on the moon which surprised the world ...

Voyager 2 illuminates Boundary of Interstellar Space

Google Science Feeds - Fri, 11/08/2019 - 12:48
On November 5, 2018, Voyager 2 of NASA was the only spacecraft in history that left the heliosphere (A protective bubble of particles and magnetic fields created by the sun) voyager 2 had already entered a region between stars known interstellar at an ...

NICER Detects Thermonuclear Burst from X-Ray Pulsar

Google Science Feeds - Fri, 11/08/2019 - 12:42
NASA's Neutron star Interior Composition Explorer (NICER) has detected an extremely energetic explosion called a Type I X-ray burst from SAX J1808.4-3658, a millisecond X-ray pulsar located about 11,000 light-years away in the constellation Sagittarius.

The Universe May Be Round—and That Would Be Bad News for Physicists

Google Science Feeds - Fri, 11/08/2019 - 12:22
Scientists analyzing data from a defunct satellite say we should all consider that our universe might be round, rather than flat. The consequences, they explain in a new paper, could be crisis-inducing. Current theories of the universe, which describe its age, ...

Using AI to predict where and when lightning will strike

Google Science Feeds - Fri, 11/08/2019 - 12:19
Lightning is one of the most unpredictable phenomena in nature. It regularly kills people and animals and sets fire to homes and forests. It keeps aircraft grounded and damages power lines, wind turbines and solar-panel installations. However, little is known ...

Rocket Report: Aloha to Hawaii launch site, China tests grid fins

Google Science Feeds - Fri, 11/08/2019 - 12:03
Welcome to Edition 2.22 of the Rocket Report! This week, there is a lot of news on medium-sized launchers, as well as the first real estimate for the combined marginal and fixed costs of a Space Launch System flight. Also, I want to note that this report will not ...

Whoa! Incredible Video Shows a SpaceX Rocket Fairing Plunging into the Ocean

Google Science Feeds - Fri, 11/08/2019 - 12:00
It's a long way down as a rocket and its fairing part ways during a launch. An incredible video shows that journey for the nose cone SpaceX will reuse during its next Falcon 9 launch. SpaceX is pushing its reusability even further, as the company plans to refly ...

Mercury Transit 2019: How to Watch the Rare Event Live Online

Google Science Feeds - Fri, 11/08/2019 - 12:00
When Mercury passes in front of the sun on Monday (Nov. 11), skywatchers will need to have the right equipment to see it safely. But if you don't have the right astronomy gear handy, you can watch the transit live online. Observatories around the world will be ...

Predicting lightning strikes using AI

Google Science Feeds - Fri, 11/08/2019 - 11:58
Lightning is responsible for human injuries and fatalities, the death of livestock, and house and forest fires. It is also a significant source of electromagnetic interference and damage to electronic circuits, buildings, and other exposed man-made structures such ...

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