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New Images Reveal Pallas as the Most Cratered Object in the Asteroid Belt

Google Science Feeds - Thu, 02/13/2020 - 20:38
Astronomers just snapped our best images yet of the asteroid Pallas, one of the solar system's most infamous round bois—and it seems they're flaunting the object's remarkably violent past. Boasting a width of about 318 miles—about 15 percent of the moon's ...

How a tiny and strange marine animal produces unlimited eggs and sperm over its lifetime

Google Science Feeds - Thu, 02/13/2020 - 20:29
Piwi1-positive spermatogonia are shown in yellow; cell nuclei are in turquoise. Germ cell induction and all stages of gametogenesis can be visualized in these clonal animals. Credit: Timothy DuBuc, Ph.D.Swarthmore College. A little-known ocean-dwelling ...

No Injuries Following “Anomaly” with Engine Test Fire at Rocket Crafters in Cocoa on Thursday

Google Science Feeds - Thu, 02/13/2020 - 20:27
BREVARD COUNTY * COCOA, FLORIDA – An “anomaly” during a scheduled engine test fire at Rocket Crafters, located on the 700 block of Cidco Road, prompted a response by the Cocoa Police and Fire Departments on Thursday, according to a post from ...

High-tech imaging under UV light shows which parts go where when millipedes mate

Google Science Feeds - Thu, 02/13/2020 - 20:27
A mating pair of Pseudopolydesmus millipedes, viewed under UV light so that the structures of their genitals would show up better. Credit: Stephanie Ware, Field Museum. Scientists have a pretty good handle on how the birds and the bees work, but it comes ...

Northrop Grumman aims for Valentine's Day launch of NASA cargo on Cygnus spacecraft

Google Science Feeds - Thu, 02/13/2020 - 20:14
Northrop Grumman is now aiming for a Valentine's Day launch of its next Cygnus cargo ship filled with NASA supplies bound for the International Space Station. The resupply mission, which has been delayed since Sunday (Feb. 9), is now scheduled to ...

'Baby giant planet' discovered just 330 light-years from Earth

Google Science Feeds - Thu, 02/13/2020 - 20:10
It might not be the same as finding Baby Yoda or “Baby Shark,” but scientists have discovered a “baby giant planet” just 330 light-years from Earth. Known as 2MASS 1155-7919 b, the exoplanet has a mass just 10 times the size of Jupiter, the largest planet in ...

Asteroid Pallas' violent history revealed in new images

Google Science Feeds - Thu, 02/13/2020 - 20:00
A huge, heavily cratered asteroid known as Pallas has a violent history, scientists revealed in a new study. Pallas, which is third largest object in the asteroid belt and named after the Greek goddess of wisdom, can be seen in detailed images published ...

Solar orbiter takes off to capture first look at Sun`s poles

Google Science Feeds - Thu, 02/13/2020 - 19:09
A new solar probe jointly built by European and the United States space agencies has recently been set off on a blazing journey towards the sun. Carrying four in situ instruments (which measure the space environment immediately around the spacecraft like ...

Arrokoth unmasked: NASA probe's 'space snowman' encounter reveals how planetesimals are born

Google Science Feeds - Thu, 02/13/2020 - 19:08
A NASA probe's epic encounter with a small body in the far outer solar system is telling us a lot about how planets are born. On Jan. 1, 2019, the New Horizons spacecraft zoomed within just 2,200 miles (3,540 kilometers) of Arrokoth, a 22-mile-wide (36 ...

Pink hopes on horizon for project

Google Science Feeds - Thu, 02/13/2020 - 19:04
HOPES of seeing Inspector Clouseau on Project Manta's fieldwork trip to Lady Elliot Island next week has researchers and locals alike tickled pink. Named Inspector Clouseau, the pigmented manta is the world's only recorded pink manta ray and the reason ...

Climate-driven farming 'frontiers' pose major environmental risks

Google Science Feeds - Thu, 02/13/2020 - 19:01
Date: February 12, 2020; Source: PLOS; Summary: Future farming in regions that were previously unsuitable for agriculture could significantly impact biodiversity, water resources, and greenhouse gas emissions worldwide. Share: FULL STORY ...

Fragile topology: Two new studies explain the strange electron flow in future materials

Google Science Feeds - Thu, 02/13/2020 - 19:00
Electrons race along the surface of certain unusual crystalline materials, except that sometimes they don't. Two new studies from Princeton researchers and their collaborators explain the source of the surprising behavior and chart a course for restoring ...

Transcription factor AP2 controls cnidarian germ cell induction

Google Science Feeds - Thu, 02/13/2020 - 18:48
Germ cells are the exclusive progenitors of gametes. In most studied animals, including humans, germ cells are produced only once during embryogenesis and are not replenished in adult life. DuBuc et al. studied germ cell induction in the clonal cnidarian ...

The James at Ohio State study helping change ovarian cancer treatment options

Google Science Feeds - Thu, 02/13/2020 - 18:36
COLUMBUS, Ohio (WKRC) - The James at Ohio State expert Dr. Floor Backes explains how a new study focusing on a class of drugs that are FDA-approved for other cancers may also offer more ovarian cancer treatment options. -----. The Ohio State ...

Researchers warn that ancient Antarctic ice melt fueled sea-level rise - and it could happen again

Google Science Feeds - Thu, 02/13/2020 - 18:28
A new study finds that melting of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet during a warm period more than 100,000 years ago may have caused a multiple-meter rise in global sea levels, and the study's authors are warning that it is a “deeply worrying” finding at a time of ...

Graphene forms under microscope's eye

Google Science Feeds - Thu, 02/13/2020 - 18:21
Date: February 12, 2020; Source: Rice University; Summary: Scientists record the formation of foamy laser-induced graphene made with a small laser mounted to a scanning electron microscope. The reduced size of the conductive material may make it more ...

Ancient Antarctic Ice Melt Increased Sea Levels by Over 3 Meters — and We're Headed There Again

Google Science Feeds - Thu, 02/13/2020 - 18:11
Fine layers of ancient volcanic ash in the ice helped the team pinpoint when the mass melting took place. Credit: AntarcticScience.com. Rising ocean temperatures drove the melting of Antarctic ice sheets and caused extreme sea level rise more than 100,000 ...

Designing artificial brains can help us learn more about real ones

Google Science Feeds - Thu, 02/13/2020 - 18:09
Despite billions of dollars spent and decades of research, computation in the human brain remains largely a mystery. Meanwhile, we have made great strides in the development of artificial neural networks, which are designed to loosely mimic how brains ...

As SpaceX Crew Dragon departs for Cape Canaveral, second quarter launch seeming likely

Google Science Feeds - Thu, 02/13/2020 - 18:06
The SpaceX vehicle slated to launch astronauts from American soil for the first time in nearly nine years has departed for Kennedy Space Center in preparation for a proposed launch in the second quarter of the year. SpaceX on Wednesday said Crew Dragon ...

Space Business: Ufology

Google Science Feeds - Thu, 02/13/2020 - 17:58
Dear readers,. Welcome to Quartz's newsletter on the economic possibilities of the extraterrestrial sphere. Please forward widely, and let me know what you think. This week: Why we see saucers, NASA bucks, and Boeing's process predicament.

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