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Is A Massive 'Superflare' At A Tiny Jupiter-Sized Star A Clue To How Life Ends, Or How It Begins?

Google Science Feeds - Wed, 04/17/2019 - 20:04
A small, cool star 248 light years from Earth produced a "superflare" 10 times more powerful than anything seen on our Sun, according to astronomers led by the University of Warwick in the UK. It's one of the largest flares ever observed from an "ultracool" ...

Canadian students talk science with David Saint-Jacques

Google Science Feeds - Wed, 04/17/2019 - 20:02
Alberta students share their Living Space project results with Canadian astronaut David Saint-Jacques. BEAUMONT, AB, April 17, 2019 /CNW Telbec/ - Astronauts are modern-day explorers and are role models for young Canadians. They can inspire our ...

Astronomers Find Universe's First Molecule

Google Science Feeds - Wed, 04/17/2019 - 19:57
After decades of searching, astronomers have definitively detected helium hydride, the first molecule to form in the early universe. The universe's first molecule: Helium hydride ion. The helium hydride ion (HeH+). NIESYTO design. A team of astronomers and ...

Pepsi Ditches Plans To Have An 'Orbiting Billboard' In Space

Google Science Feeds - Wed, 04/17/2019 - 19:35
Pepsi has scrapped plan to advertise from orbital spacecraft. Space.com reports. The soft-drinks manufacturer had been working with a Russian startup to test out the “out-of-this-world” method of advertising, but has curtailed the plans for reasons that remain ...

Switch from hunting to herding recorded in ancient pee

Google Science Feeds - Wed, 04/17/2019 - 19:00
The transition from hunting and gathering to farming and herding is considered a crucial turning point in the history of humanity. Scholars think the intensive food production that came along with the Neolithic Revolution, starting around 10,000 B.C., allowed ...

Neotropical cloud forests to lose what most defines them: clouds

Google Science Feeds - Wed, 04/17/2019 - 19:00
In as few as 25 years, climate change could shrink and dry 60-80% of Western Hemisphere cloud forests, finds a study published today. If greenhouse gas emissions continue increasing as they have been, 90% of Western Hemisphere cloud forests would be ...

Meteor seen blazing through skies over East Coast

Google Science Feeds - Wed, 04/17/2019 - 18:58
Residents along the East Coast have reported seeing a meteor blazing across the nighttime sky. Multiple news outlets report the American Meteor Society said it received 360 reports on Tuesday about a meteor or fireball seen from Vermont to South Carolina.

NASA announces record-setting mission for astronaut Christina Koch

Google Science Feeds - Wed, 04/17/2019 - 18:29
Astronaut Christina Koch will establish a new record for the longest single spaceflight by a woman, NASA announced Wednesday. The 40-year-old Michigan native is already aboard the International Space Station, having arrived there March 14, and will ...

New CRISPR tool could eradicate viral diseases with long-range DNA shredding

Google Science Feeds - Wed, 04/17/2019 - 18:09
An international team of scientists recently unveiled a new CRISPR-based tool capable of shredding long portions of targeted DNA strands. The new technique provides advantages over previous methods and could potentially lead to a cure for viral diseases ...

Hours After Death, Scientists Restore Brain Cell Activity in Pigs

Google Science Feeds - Wed, 04/17/2019 - 18:06
In a radical experiment that has some experts questioning what it means to be "alive," scientists have restored brain circulation and some cell activity in pigs' brains hours after the animals died in a slaughterhouse. The results, though done in pigs and not ...

Universe's First Molecule Detected in Space for the First Time Ever

Google Science Feeds - Wed, 04/17/2019 - 18:05
A few hundred thousand years after the Big Bang, the hot, young soup of our universe cooled enough for the smallest building blocks of life to combine into atoms for the first time. One balmy, 6,700-degree-Fahrenheit day (3,700 degrees Celsius), a helium ...

Salon opens 'safe space' for breastfeeding mums in Dereham

Health News BBC - Wed, 04/17/2019 - 18:05
The owner offers a place for mums to feed their babies as her sister felt "uncomfortable" doing it in public.

Coelacanth reveals new insights into skull evolution

Google Science Feeds - Wed, 04/17/2019 - 18:04
An international team of researchers presents the first observations of the development of the skull and brain in the living coelacanth Latimeria chalumnae. Their study, published in Nature, provides new insights into the biology of this iconic animal and the ...

Predicting disruptive instabilities in controlled fusion plasmas through deep learning

Google Science Feeds - Wed, 04/17/2019 - 18:03
Nuclear fusion power delivered by magnetic-confinement tokamak reactors holds the promise of sustainable and clean energy. The avoidance of large-scale plasma instabilities called disruptions within these reactors is one of the most pressing challenges, ...

Neurocranial development of the coelacanth and the evolution of the sarcopterygian head

Google Science Feeds - Wed, 04/17/2019 - 18:03
The neurocranium of sarcopterygian fishes was originally divided into an anterior (ethmosphenoid) and posterior (otoccipital) portion by an intracranial joint, and underwent major changes in its overall geometry before fusing into a single unit in lungfishes and ...

Fish that outlived dinosaurs reveals secrets of ancient skull evolution

Google Science Feeds - Wed, 04/17/2019 - 18:00
A new study into one of the world's oldest types of fish, Coelacanth, provides fresh insights into the development of the skull and brain of vertebrates and the evolution of lobe-finned fishes and land animals, as published in Nature.

Pig brains partially revived four hours after death

Health News BBC - Wed, 04/17/2019 - 18:00
The study could aid medical research and fuel debate about the difference between life and death.

Scientists Restore Some Brain Function After Death in Animal Experiments

Google Science Feeds - Wed, 04/17/2019 - 18:00
Researchers have found a way to restore some activity to pig brains hours after death, in a series of experiments that medical and legal experts said could reshape science's understanding of the brain's limits. The brains, removed from animals that died in ...

Why lightning often strikes twice: Study reveals needle-like structures in positively charged lightning leaders

Google Science Feeds - Wed, 04/17/2019 - 18:00
In contrast to popular belief, lightning often does strike twice, but the reason why a lightning channel is 'reused' has remained a mystery. Now, an international research team led by the University of Groningen has used the LOFAR radio telescope to study the ...

A meteor from another solar system may have hit Earth, and the implications are fascinating

Google Science Feeds - Wed, 04/17/2019 - 17:57
(CNN) It could take humanity hundreds, if not thousands, of years to develop the capability to explore interstellar space. Until then, interstellar space can just come to us. A new study by two Harvard researchers reveals the cosmos may have already deposited ...

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