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NASA's Ingenuity helicopter aced an 'absolutely beautiful flight' on Mars. Here's the video.

Google Science Feeds - Mon, 04/19/2021 - 23:12
And we have high-definition documentation of this otherworldly Wright Brothers moment thanks to NASA's Perseverance rover, which recorded the flight from 230 feet (70 m) away using its powerful Mastcam-Z camera system.

Scientists in Chile discover remains of plant-eating dinosaur

Google Science Feeds - Mon, 04/19/2021 - 22:43
An artist's impression of a plant-eating dinosaur whose remains scientists discovered in the Atacama Desert in Chile. National Museum Of Natural History (Museo Nacional De Historia Natural)/Handout via REUTERS. Text Size: A A A. Reuters/ Santiago.

This 'super-Earth' seems lovely, until you look up

Google Science Feeds - Mon, 04/19/2021 - 22:39
Some of the super-Earths that scientists have discovered are too far away from their star to be warm enough for liquid water, so those are a no-go. Some are within or near the habitable zone, which is great news for us, but the vast majority of those are too ...

Dragon crew rehearses for launch day, first-look weather forecast looks good

Google Science Feeds - Mon, 04/19/2021 - 22:31
The four astronauts, led by veteran NASA commander Shane Kimbrough, will fly with a Crew Dragon capsule to the International Space Station. Kimbrough and NASA crewmate Megan McArthur, Akihiko Hoshide of Japan, and Thomas ...

DOE Pushes for Aggressive US Investment in Fusion Energy

Google Science Feeds - Mon, 04/19/2021 - 22:26
It was quickly followed by a February National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine (NASEM) report calling for aggressive action to build a U.S. pilot fusion power plant as soon as 2035. The FESAC report ...

Nasa successfully flies small helicopter on Mars

Google Science Feeds - Mon, 04/19/2021 - 21:51
The American space agency has successfully flown a small helicopter on Mars. The drone, called Ingenuity, was airborne for less than a minute, but Nasa is celebrating what represents the first powered, controlled flight by an aircraft on another world.

Relic from the Wright brothers' first plane flies again on Mars

Google Science Feeds - Mon, 04/19/2021 - 21:47
The original Wright Flyer, piloted here by Orville Wright, became the first powered aircraft to fly after taking off from Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, on December 17, 1903. In this shot of the historic flight, Orville's brother, Wilbur, is seen watching. On April 19, 2021, ...

Tyrannosaurs may have hunted in packs like wolves, new research shows

Google Science Feeds - Mon, 04/19/2021 - 21:42
The Rainbows and Unicorns Quarry site was discovered in 2014 by BLM paleontologist Dr. Alan Titus. The BLM said it is the first tyrannosaur mass death site found in the southern United States. Titus said the ...

Boeing Starliner spacecraft test flight shifts to late summer

Google Science Feeds - Mon, 04/19/2021 - 21:38
NASA is targeting August or September to redo Boeing spacecraft's uncrewed flight to the International Space Station unless an earlier launch opportunity arises. In an update Monday, Boeing said the Starliner CST-100 spacecraft would be ready in May but ...

HydroGNSS: Second Scout Satellite Mission Gets the Go-Ahead

Google Science Feeds - Mon, 04/19/2021 - 21:16
This second Scout mission, HydroGNSS, will provide measurements of key hydrological climate variables, including soil moisture, freeze–thaw state over permafrost, inundation and wetlands, and above-ground biomass, using a technique called Global ...

Sustainable chemical synthesis with platinum

Google Science Feeds - Mon, 04/19/2021 - 20:53
Date: April 19, 2021; Source: University of Tokyo; Summary: Researchers used platinum and aluminum compounds to create a catalyst which enables certain chemical reactions to occur more efficiently than ever before. The catalyst could significantly reduce ...

Boeing now aims for August or September for redo of Starliner test launch to ISS

Google Science Feeds - Mon, 04/19/2021 - 20:44
The two companies had developed their respective spacecraft to allow NASA to launch its astronauts from U.S. soil for the first time since the end of the Space Shuttle program. Between 2011 and the first SpaceX crew test flight in 2020, NASA relied on Russia to ...

Scientists Are Using AI to Try to Talk with Whales

Google Science Feeds - Mon, 04/19/2021 - 20:28
A team of researchers at Project CETI (the Cetacean Translation Initiative) are launching what they say will be the largest “interspecies communication” project ever. The target species? Sperm whales—marine mammals famous for their giant brains and ...

NASA Chooses SpaceX Starship for Human Lunar Landing

Google Science Feeds - Mon, 04/19/2021 - 20:13
NASA is going back to the moon with the Space Launch System (SLS) under the Artemis program banner, but the agency still needs a landing system to take astronauts from the Orion capsule down to the lunar surface. After reviewing designs from Dynetics, ...

Gene therapy shows promise in initial trial for patients with childhood blindness

Google Science Feeds - Mon, 04/19/2021 - 20:12
Date: April 19, 2021; Source: University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine; Summary: A new gene therapy for one of the most common forms of congenital blindness was safe and improved patients' vision, according to initial data from a clinical trial. Share:.

Solar panels are reaching their limit. These crystals could change that.

Google Science Feeds - Mon, 04/19/2021 - 20:05
Solar panels made from materials called perovskites could change how we generate electricity, opening the door to flexible and even transparent solar panels. Perovskite Mineral.

Researchers use AI to empower environmental regulators

Google Science Feeds - Mon, 04/19/2021 - 20:04
Monitoring environmental compliance is a particular challenge for governments in poor countries. A new machine learning approach that uses satellite imagery to pinpoint highly polluting brick kilns in Bangladesh could provide a low-cost solution. View video ...

NASA's Mars helicopter Ingenuity successfully completed its historic first flight

Google Science Feeds - Mon, 04/19/2021 - 19:59
(CNN) The Ingenuity helicopter has successfully completed its historic flight on Mars and safely landed back on the surface, according to NASA. The first powered, controlled flight on another planet took place at 3:34 a.m. ET. Unlike when the helicopter's ...

Watching the Skies: 1st meteor shower of 2021 peaks this week

Google Science Feeds - Mon, 04/19/2021 - 19:43
This year, the peak of the Lyrids will arrive early in the morning on April 22. There will be a chance to see the meteors from now until around April 25. The moon is currently waxing ...

As NASA and SpaceX prep for Crew-2 launch, spaceflight remains far from routine

Google Science Feeds - Mon, 04/19/2021 - 19:18
The company's next high-profile launch, slated for 6:11 a.m. on April 22, will take four astronauts to the International Space Station from Kennedy Space Center in a Crew Dragon capsule. The sixth- ...

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