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Giant wombat-like creatures, the size of black bears, once walked the earth

Google Science Feeds - Thu, 06/25/2020 - 16:01
London (CNN) A wombat-like creature, the size of a black bear and weighing 330 pounds, roamed the earth some 25 million years ago, scientists have discovered. A team led by researchers from the University of Salford in the UK discovered the new family of ...

Black hole collision may have exploded with light

Google Science Feeds - Thu, 06/25/2020 - 15:00
Artist's concept of a supermassive black hole and its surrounding disk of gas. Embedded within this disk are two smaller black holes orbiting one another. Using data from the Zwicky Transient Facility (ZTF) at Palomar Observatory, researchers have identified ...

Coronavirus: Tracers ask over 100,000 to self-isolate

Health News BBC - Thu, 06/25/2020 - 14:47
The close contacts of people who test positive are being traced by new NHS service in England.

How NASA's Mars helicopter will reach the red planet's surface

Google Science Feeds - Thu, 06/25/2020 - 14:46
In this video clip, an engineer observes as a test of the Mars Helicopter Delivery System at Lockheed Martin Space in Denver on April 2019. Credit: LMS. NASA's Ingenuity Mars Helicopter will travel with the Perseverance rover through 314 million miles (505 ...

Beneath the surface of our galaxy's water worlds

Google Science Feeds - Thu, 06/25/2020 - 14:44
Out beyond our solar system, visible only as the smallest dot in space with even the most powerful telescopes, other worlds exist. Many of these worlds, astronomers have discovered, may be much larger than Earth and completely covered in water -- basically ...

Simulations reveal how saltwater behaves in Earth's mantle

Google Science Feeds - Thu, 06/25/2020 - 14:41
Scientists estimate that the Earth's mantle holds as much water as all the oceans on the planet, but understanding how this water behaves is difficult. Water in the mantle exists under high pressure and at elevated temperatures, extreme conditions that are ...

A new discovery raises the possibility of life inside Pluto

Google Science Feeds - Thu, 06/25/2020 - 14:36
Pluto, along with many other dwarf planets in the outer solar system, is often thought of as dark, icy and barren – with a surface temperature of just −230°C. But now a new study, published in Nature Geoscience, suggests that the body has had a warm interior ...

NHS annual clap: UK encouraged to mark anniversary on 5 July

Health News BBC - Thu, 06/25/2020 - 14:30
The NHS's 72-years of work, including its efforts during the coronavirus outbreak, will be saluted.

From Jekyll to Hyde: Genetic Mutation That Makes E. Coli Deadlier Pinpointed

Google Science Feeds - Thu, 06/25/2020 - 14:27
Scientists identify an important protein that increases “bacterial virulence,” when mutated, changing harmless bacteria to harmful ones. As far as humans are concerned, bacteria can be classified as either harmful, pathogenic bacteria and harmless or ...

Scientists confirm 50-year-old theory that aliens could exploit a black hole for energy

Google Science Feeds - Thu, 06/25/2020 - 14:21
June 23 (UPI) -- Lab experiments have confirmed the 50-year-old theory that an alien civilization could exploit a black hole for energy. More than a half-century ago, British physicist Roger Penrose surmised that energy could be harvested from a black hole by ...

How natural history collections can predict the next pandemic

Google Science Feeds - Thu, 06/25/2020 - 14:03
The 21st century has already seen multiple major new disease outbreaks, from SARS and MERS to Ebola and Zika, culminating in the current COVID-19 pandemic. The global human suffering, economic damage, and social disruption the global population is ...

NASA wants to hear your ideas for engineering the best toilet to use on the Moon

Google Science Feeds - Thu, 06/25/2020 - 14:00
When NASA sends astronauts back to the Moon, they'll need a place to go to the bathroom when they reach the lunar surface. And in order to create the best Moon toilet the Solar System has to offer, NASA wants to hear from members of the public who might ...

3D-Printed SlothBot Aids Conservation Efforts in Atlanta

Google Science Feeds - Thu, 06/25/2020 - 13:32
A new resident will be living high above the ground in the Atlanta Botanical Garden for the next few months, and while it may resemble an animal, it's actually a high-tech, energy-efficient device built for wildlife conservation purposes. Its name is SlothBot, and ...

Pandemic will cause globe $US21 trillion in economic pain

Google Science Feeds - Thu, 06/25/2020 - 13:30
The global economy could lose up to U.S. $21.8 trillion dollars in 2020 alone due to COVID-19, according to new analysis from the Australian National University (ANU). The research, led by Professor Warwick McKibbin and Roshen Fernando, has modeled ...

Video: A 10-year time lapse of the sun from NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory

Google Science Feeds - Thu, 06/25/2020 - 13:29
As of June 2020, NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory—SDO—has now been watching the sun nonstop for over a full decade. From its orbit in space around Earth, SDO has gathered 425 million high-resolution images of the sun, amassing 20 million ...

Newly discovered alien planet spotted zipping around highly active star

Google Science Feeds - Thu, 06/25/2020 - 13:21
Two veteran NASA planet-hunting missions found a Neptune-size planet that circles its young star every Earth week. But don't expect habitability here: The star throws epic temper tantrum-like storms. The newly found planet — called AU Microscopii b or AU ...

Why is the far side of the moon so weird? Scientists may have solved a lunar mystery

Google Science Feeds - Thu, 06/25/2020 - 13:21
The moon's mysterious far side is so much different than its near side, which we see in the night sky, and now scientists think they know why. The moons near side and far side were once thought to be relatively similar. But, with missions by robotic observers ...

SpaceX's 1st Crew Dragon for astronauts aces tests in space, could land Aug. 2

Google Science Feeds - Thu, 06/25/2020 - 13:15
SpaceX's first Crew Dragon spacecraft to carry astronauts, now parked at the International Space Station, has passed all its tests so far and could return to Earth on in early August, according to NASA. SpaceX successfully launched the crew capsule, called ...

UK weather: What is the UV Index and why could it break UK records?

Health News BBC - Thu, 06/25/2020 - 13:07
The UK could experience some of the highest UV levels ever recorded, on Thursday.

China Reaches New Milestone in Space-Based Quantum Communications

Google Science Feeds - Thu, 06/25/2020 - 13:00
The launch of the Chinese satellite Micius in 2016 could have been viewed as merely a single addition to the 2,700-odd instruments already orbiting Earth. But Micius, which is solely dedicated to quantum information science, arguably represents the nation's ...

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