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We Are About to Get the Closest Images of the Sun Ever Captured

Google Science Feeds - Wed, 06/17/2020 - 13:15
Next month, scientists are set to release the closest images of the sun ever captured. On Monday, the European Space Agency's (ESA) Solar Orbiter spacecraft reached its first close approach—or perihelion—to our star, coming within 48 million miles of its ...

SpaceX wants to build an offshore spaceport near Texas for Starship Mars rocket

Google Science Feeds - Wed, 06/17/2020 - 13:01
SpaceX's Mars-colonizing missions may not launch from terra firma. Elon Musk's space company is hiring "offshore operations engineers" to help develop floating spaceports for Starship, its next-gen transportation system designed to take people to and from ...

How small launcher Rocket Lab plans to pull off its first mission to the Moon next year

Google Science Feeds - Wed, 06/17/2020 - 13:00
Rocket Lab is known for launching tiny satellites into Earth, but the company has big plans to venture deeper into space, with its first mission to the Moon set for next year. Thanks to a contract with NASA, Rocket Lab will send a small spacecraft called ...

Hummingbirds See Tons Of Colors Invisible To The Human Eye

Google Science Feeds - Wed, 06/17/2020 - 12:30
Hummingbirds make decisions on a variety of topics based on the colors they see, with many of such hues invisible to human eyes. A new study concluded that the flying jewels could see a range of non-spectral colors or hues emitted by largely distinct ...

A new way to study how elements mix deep inside giant planets

Google Science Feeds - Wed, 06/17/2020 - 12:29
There are giants among us—gas and ice giants to be specific. They orbit the same star, but their environmental conditions and chemical makeup are wildly different from those of Earth. These enormous planets—Jupiter, Saturn, Neptune and Uranus—can be ...

Coal-Burning in Siberia 250 Million Years Ago Led to Climate Change & Caused the Earth's Most Severe Extinction ...

Google Science Feeds - Wed, 06/17/2020 - 12:20
A team of researchers led by Arizona State University School of Earth and Space Exploration Professor Lindy Elkins-Tanton has provided the first ever direct evidence that extensive coal burning in Siberia is a cause of the Permo-Triassic Extinction, the Earth's ...

New map reveals just how enormous the supergiant star Antares really is

Google Science Feeds - Wed, 06/17/2020 - 12:03
Astronomers have revealed the gigantic atmosphere of the red supergiant star Antares in stunning, unprecedented detail. Using the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) in Chile and the National Science Foundation's Karl G. Jansky Very ...

Coronavirus: Smear test cancellations put 'huge pressure' on healthcare

Health News BBC - Wed, 06/17/2020 - 11:35
Around 600,000 women should have been seen in April and May, a charity says.

Proposed NASA Mission Would Visit Neptune's Curious Moon Triton

Google Science Feeds - Wed, 06/17/2020 - 11:30
When NASA's Voyager 2 spacecraft flew by Neptune's strange moon Triton three decades ago, it wrote a planetary science cliffhanger. Voyager 2 is the only spacecraft ever to have flown past Neptune, and it left a lot of unanswered questions. The views were ...

Measuring the neutron's lifetime from space could solve an enduring mystery

Google Science Feeds - Wed, 06/17/2020 - 11:03
To really understand neutrons, physicists may have to take to space. When outside the confines of an atomic nucleus, a neutron decays into other particles in about 15 minutes on average. But exactly how long it lives has been tough to pin down, because two ...

Milky Way Could Host up to Six Billion Earth-like Planets, Scientists Say

Google Science Feeds - Wed, 06/17/2020 - 10:59
Scientists have estimated that there could be as many as 6 billion Earth-like planets in the Milky Way. For a study published in The Astronomical Journal, the researchers calculated that there was an upper limit of 0.18 Earth-like planets per G-type main ...

Sandbanks Ferry service resumes after 'concrete fall damage'

Google Science Feeds - Wed, 06/17/2020 - 10:39
A ferry that was "significantly damaged" by a falling piece of concrete has returned to service, its operator has said. Sandbanks Ferry had been moored in Poole Harbour since 21 April due to coronavirus lockdown restrictions. The concrete detached from the ...

Baby's life-support treatment can be stopped against parents wishes

Google Science Feeds - Wed, 06/17/2020 - 10:38
Life-support treatment for a severely ill eight-week-old baby boy can be stopped against his parents' wishes, a High Court judge has ruled. The baby was diagnosed with necrotising enterocolitis (NEC) and has been in intensive care since three days old.

Volcano in northeast China may be 'recharging' for eruption, study finds

Google Science Feeds - Wed, 06/17/2020 - 10:31
A volcano in northeast China could be "recharging" for an eruption, with a vast amount of magma believed to be rising up underneath it, according to a team of geophysicists. The researchers say they discovered two huge magma chambers under Wei ...

Black Lives Matter: Students 'need support' over George Floyd death

Google Science Feeds - Wed, 06/17/2020 - 10:16
Black students emotionally affected by the death of George Floyd and its aftermath should be offered leniency by universities, the National Union of Students (NUS) said. The organisation said the events would have been "traumatic" for students who already ...

Is It a Good Idea to Exercise Outdoors With a Face Mask?

Google Science Feeds - Wed, 06/17/2020 - 09:37
Last month, in Wuhan, it was reported that a man burst a lung while running over three kilometres while wearing a face mask. In another such incident, two Chinese boys dropped dead from cardiac arrest while wearing masks during gym class. As countries ...

Limpet sticking power down to mucus, not muscle

Google Science Feeds - Wed, 06/17/2020 - 09:28
Limpets—those coin-sized, suction-cup critters with conical caps—have had the experts fooled all along. For more than a century, scientists have assumed that their out-sized ability to clamp onto tide-pool rocks in defiance of bare-handed attempts to pry them ...

Turning Plastic into Bricks Using a New Rubber Polymer

Google Science Feeds - Wed, 06/17/2020 - 09:26
A team of scientists from Australia have discovered a new method of recycling waste materials into bricks which could be used to construct houses. In a study conducted by Flinders University in Adelaide and published in the journal Chemistry Europe, the ...

China launches new Earth observation satellite

Google Science Feeds - Wed, 06/17/2020 - 08:57
JIUQUAN, June 17 (Xinhua) -- China launched a new Earth observation satellite from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in northwest China at 3:19 p.m. Wednesday (Beijing Time). The satellite Gaofen-9 03, sent into orbit by a Long March-2D carrier rocket, ...

Massive Coal Burning Linked to 'Great Dying': The Worst Extinction in Earth's History

Google Science Feeds - Wed, 06/17/2020 - 08:34
The most severe extinction in Earth's history looks to have been preceded and enabled by a colossal coal fire lit by volcanism over 250 million years ago, according to new research. The Permian-Triassic extinction, also known as the 'Great Dying', constitutes ...

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