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New Phonon Laser Could Be Applied to Investigation of Quantum Physics

Google Science Feeds - Wed, 04/17/2019 - 22:25
ROCHESTER, N.Y., April 17, 2019 — A phonon laser based on the optical tweezing technique invented by Nobel Prize recipient Arthur Ashkin was developed by researchers from Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) and the University of Rochester.

Giving robots a better feel for object manipulation

Google Science Feeds - Wed, 04/17/2019 - 22:24
Date: April 17, 2019; Source: Massachusetts Institute of Technology; Summary: A new learning system improves robots' abilities to mold materials into target shapes and make predictions about interacting with solid objects and liquids. The system, known as a ...

Heart patch could limit muscle damage in heart attack aftermath

Google Science Feeds - Wed, 04/17/2019 - 22:12
Date: April 17, 2019; Source: Brown University; Summary: Guided by computer simulations, an international team of researchers has developed an adhesive patch that can provide support for damaged heart tissue, potentially reducing the stretching of heart ...

Arizona stargazers will see Lyrid meteor shower, full Pink Moon this April

Google Science Feeds - Wed, 04/17/2019 - 22:06
The wonders of spring are here for all of us to enjoy, as the night sky in April is rich with objects to view! As we pass the midpoint of April, get set for two interesting sights in our Arizona skies. The first of the major meteor showers will occur as we move into the ...

Antares Rocket Launches Cygnus Cargo Ship on Marathon Mission for NASA

Google Science Feeds - Wed, 04/17/2019 - 22:03
WALLOPS ISLAND, Va. — An Antares rocket soared into the afternoon sky over Virginia on Wednesday (April 17) carrying tons of NASA supplies — and 40 intrepid mice — to the International Space Station. The Northrop Grumman Antares rocket and its ...

NASA launches rocket from Wallops Island

Google Science Feeds - Wed, 04/17/2019 - 22:01
WALLOPS ISLAND, Va. — The latest rocket to launch from Virginia's spaceport to the International Space Station is carrying a payload that will help with more than 40 scientific investigations including into Alzheimer's, hearts, atmospheric carbon dioxide, and ...

Plants and microbes shape global biomes through local underground alliances

Google Science Feeds - Wed, 04/17/2019 - 21:55
Date: April 17, 2019; Source: Princeton University; Summary: Researchers report that the distribution of forest types worldwide is based on the relationships plant species forged with soil microbes to enhance their uptake of nutrients. These symbioses could ...

Heart patch could limit muscle damage in heart attack aftermath

Google Science Feeds - Wed, 04/17/2019 - 21:50
Researchers have designed a new type of adhesive patch that can be placed directly on the heart and may one day help to reduce the stretching of heart muscle that often occurs after a heart attack. The patch, made from a water-based hydrogel material, was ...

Turducken Space Rock: Antarctic Meteorite Hid Comet Inside Asteroid Remains

Google Science Feeds - Wed, 04/17/2019 - 21:43
Our solar system is a whopping 4.5 billion years old. And those earliest days were some of the most interesting for astronomers. That's when the planets formed, building from dust grains into the whole worlds that now populate our space neighborhood.

Elusive molecule, first in Universe, detected in space

Google Science Feeds - Wed, 04/17/2019 - 21:42
In the beginning, more than 13 billion years ago, the Universe was an undifferentiated soup of three simple, single-atom elements. Stars would not form for another 100 million years. But within 100,000 years of the Big Bang, the very first molecule emerged, ...

Genetics behind the evolution of flightless birds

Google Science Feeds - Wed, 04/17/2019 - 21:34
Date: April 17, 2019; Source: Harvard University; Summary: Based on the analysis of the genomes of more than a dozen flightless birds, including an extinct moa, researchers found that while different species show wide variety in the protein-coding portions of ...

China is sending teens to the desert to simulate life on Mars

Google Science Feeds - Wed, 04/17/2019 - 21:30
Mars is a mostly dry, dusty, barren place. Earth, our big blue-green marble of a planet, has a few places like that too, which makes them the perfect places to study how humans might eventually colonize the Red Planet. Several scientific organizations are in ...

How a year in space affects the brain

Google Science Feeds - Wed, 04/17/2019 - 21:23
No one really knew how Scott Kelly's body might change after spending almost a year in space. Though the scientific community had some ideas, previous astronauts rarely spent more than six months in microgravity, and none had an identical twin who was ...

Satellite confirms key NASA temperature data: The planet is warming — and fast

Google Science Feeds - Wed, 04/17/2019 - 21:04
A high-profile NASA temperature data set, which has pronounced the last five years the hottest on record and the globe a full degree Celsius warmer than in the late 1800s, has found new backing from independent satellite records - suggesting the findings ...

It turns out great white sharks are scared of something, too

Google Science Feeds - Wed, 04/17/2019 - 21:02
Jaws is afraid of Free Willy. A new study published in Nature this week demonstrated that when pods of orcas entered an area around South Farallon Island off the coast of San Francisco, the great white sharks in the area cleared out — and didn't come back ...

Great white sharks are afraid of orcas, study finds

Google Science Feeds - Wed, 04/17/2019 - 20:57
It appears one of the most fear-inducing predators in the ocean may have a fear of its own. A new study led by the Monterey Bay Aquarium and published Tuesday in Nature found great white sharks leave their “preferred hunting ground” when orcas — also ...

'It Feels Awesome': NASA Astronaut Learns She Will Spend Record-Breaking 328 Days in Space

Google Science Feeds - Wed, 04/17/2019 - 20:50
Christina Koch has spent the past month orbiting Earth aboard the International Station. Earlier today, the NASA astronaut learned she won't be coming home for another 10 months. Her prolonged stay—at an estimated 328 days—will establish a new record ...

4 to Watch: What to Know About the Lyrid Meteor Shower

Google Science Feeds - Wed, 04/17/2019 - 20:39
The Lyrid meteor shower is underway. The action will peak later this month when you might be able to see about 20 meteors in an hour, if weather conditions cooperate. It's one of the stories we're featuring today on NBCLA.

Brains from slaughtered pigs are partly revived hours after death

Google Science Feeds - Wed, 04/17/2019 - 20:21
Scientists restored some activity within the brains of pigs that had been slaughtered hours before, raising hopes for some medical advances and questions about the definition of death. The disembodied brains could not think or sense anything, researchers ...

Solar flare 'ten times the size of any on our sun' is spotted on tiny star

Google Science Feeds - Wed, 04/17/2019 - 20:08
Astronomers have spotted a vast solar flare, ten times more powerful than anything our sun could produce, bursting from a cool, small star about the size of Jupiter. The tiny star is the smallest ever seen emitting a rare white-light 'superflare', the researchers ...

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