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Retired astronaut to kids: Reach for the stars

Google Science Feeds - Wed, 06/24/2020 - 22:22
Dr Catherine "Cady" Coleman says there are more job and educational opportunities in the space industry than before. Venessa Lee · venessal@sph.com.sg. When it comes to space exploration, children in Singapore should feel free to reach for the stars, ...

Person who attended combined protest, basketball tournament in Waukegan tests positive for COVID-19

Google Science Feeds - Wed, 06/24/2020 - 22:17
The health department is asking attendees of a combined protest and basketball tournament held in Waukegan to self-isolate after someone who attended tested positive for COVID-19. A basketball tournament called Above the Rim Classic was held on June ...

La Salle County coronavius update: Man in his 70s is the county's 17th death

Google Science Feeds - Wed, 06/24/2020 - 21:53
A La Salle County man in his 70s who had previously tested positive for COVID-19 died from complications related to the coronavirus. There have been 17 deaths in La Salle County from complications related to COVID-19 since the pandemic started.

After nearly a month in space, NASA seems really happy with Crew Dragon

Google Science Feeds - Wed, 06/24/2020 - 21:51
After a flawless launch from Florida, the Crew Dragon spacecraft carrying NASA astronauts Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken docked with the International Space Station a little more than three weeks ago. Before this flight of Dragonship Endeavour, one of the ...

Launch of NASA's next Mars rover delayed again by 'contamination concern' on the ground

Google Science Feeds - Wed, 06/24/2020 - 21:37
The launch of NASA's next Mars rover has been delayed to no earlier than July 22 due to a contamination issue with ground support equipment, the space agency said today (June 24). NASA's Mars rover Perseverance was scheduled to launch toward the ...

NASA shows what sunsets look like on other planets and moons

Google Science Feeds - Wed, 06/24/2020 - 21:17
NASA has released a new simulation revealing what sunsets look like on other planets and moons, including ones in our solar system. Each simulation is based on data about the planet or moon's atmosphere, according to the space agency, which includes ...

63 Mile Smoke Trail From Bighorn Fire Captured by NOAA/NASA Satellite

Google Science Feeds - Wed, 06/24/2020 - 21:16
NOAA/NASA's Suomi NPP satellite captured this image of the Bighorn Fire on June 22, 2020, showing clouds of smoke pouring off this fire that is plaguing Arizona. On June 24, the fire has grown to 65,536 acres and is 33 percent contained. On June 05, 2020 ...

Fossil discoveries suggest the earliest dinosaurs laid soft-shelled eggs

Google Science Feeds - Wed, 06/24/2020 - 21:05
Eggs from the earliest dinosaurs were more like leathery turtle eggs than rigid bird eggs. Studies of fossilized embryos from two kinds of dinosaurs, one from early in dinosaur history and the other living about 150 million years later, reveal the eggs were ...

Research: Nanoplastics Are Accumulating in Land Plant Tissues

Google Science Feeds - Wed, 06/24/2020 - 21:04
AMHERST, MA — As concern grows among environmentalists and consumers about micro- and nanoplastics in the oceans and in seafood, they are increasingly studied in marine environments, say Baoshan Xing at the University of Massachusetts (UMass) ...

Rogue's gallery of dusty star systems reveals exoplanet nurseries

Google Science Feeds - Wed, 06/24/2020 - 20:58
Astronomers this month released the largest collection of sharp, detailed images of debris disks around young stars, showcasing the great variety of shapes and sizes of stellar systems during their prime planet-forming years. Surprisingly, nearly all showed ...

Study shows how elite female athletes' hearts adapt to physical activity

Google Science Feeds - Wed, 06/24/2020 - 20:52
The first-ever cardiac study of elite female basketball players in the United States shows how their hearts adapt to intense physical training. The study of 140 WNBA players also provides physicians with a frame of reference when screening for cardiac ...

Frigid Dwarf Planet Pluto May Have Started Out Its Life as a Hothead

Google Science Feeds - Wed, 06/24/2020 - 20:31
WASHINGTON — Pluto, a frigid little world inhabiting the solar system's outer reaches, may have been born as a warmer place sheltering a subsurface ocean that still exists today, researchers said on Monday. An analysis of images of its surface taken in 2015 ...

Bubble-blowing drone could help pollinate flowers when no bees are around

Google Science Feeds - Wed, 06/24/2020 - 20:21
The world has a bee problem, and it's pretty darn scary. The problem is that there aren't enough of them. The declining bee population is terrifying because of the crucial role that bees play in sustaining our ecosystem by pollinating flowers. No bees could ...

Pluto was once hot and harbors oceans today, study finds

Google Science Feeds - Wed, 06/24/2020 - 20:11
Pictures from NASA's New Horizons space probe confirm that Pluto harbors an ocean beneath its thick, icy shell, researchers report in a new study. Contrary to the original "cold start" belief that Pluto was once a block of ice that has warmed through ...

Unraveling the processes that power the sun

Google Science Feeds - Wed, 06/24/2020 - 20:02
The Borexino experiment announces the first detection of neutrinos from a secondary cycle that fuels our closest star. The sun is powered by nuclear fusion, a process through which hydrogen is converted into helium, emitting large amounts of energy.

Lost continent of Zealandia mapped in unprecedented detail

Google Science Feeds - Wed, 06/24/2020 - 19:59
Earth's mysterious eighth continent doesn't appear on most conventional maps; that's because almost 95% of its land mass is submerged thousands of feet beneath the Pacific Ocean. Zealandia — or Te Riu-a-Māui, as it's referred to in the indigenous Māori ...

Plastic 'has entered' Antarctic terrestrial food chain

Google Science Feeds - Wed, 06/24/2020 - 19:56
Paris (AFP). Scientists have found bits of polystyrene in the guts of tiny, soil-dwelling organisms in the Antarctic, raising concern that microplastics pollution has already "deeply" entered the world's most remote land-based food systems. While the infiltration of ...

NASA names headquarters after Mary Jackson, agency's first Black female engineer

Google Science Feeds - Wed, 06/24/2020 - 19:51
NASA announced it will name its Washington, D.C. headquarters building after the space agency's first Black female engineer, Mary Jackson. Jackson, a mathematician and aerospace engineer, becomes the first person who is neither white or male to ...

Transcript: Kathy Sullivan: Spacewalker

Google Science Feeds - Wed, 06/24/2020 - 19:40
Kathy Sullivan discusses her extraordinary NASA career and shares riveting stories of her time in space. Get the Msnbc newsletter. SUBSCRIBE. June 24, 2020, 11:40 AM PDT. The Oath with Chuck Rosenberg. Kathy Sullivan: Spacewalker.

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