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Blood and sweat: Wearable medical sensors will get major sensitivity boost

Google Science Feeds - Fri, 02/14/2020 - 13:52
Biosensors integrated into smartphones, smart watches and other gadgets are about to become a reality. In a paper featured on the cover of the January issue of Sensors, researchers from the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology describe a way to ...

Mumps: Why adults might still need the MMR jab

Health News BBC - Fri, 02/14/2020 - 13:35
The disease is one of three protected by the MMR jab - and the fate of the two are closely linked.

Coronavirus: UK conference attendees warned over case

Health News BBC - Fri, 02/14/2020 - 13:30
Delegates at the London event were contacted after one attendee was diagnosed with the illness.

ESO Telescope Sees Surface of Dim Betelgeuse

Google Science Feeds - Fri, 02/14/2020 - 13:12
Using ESO's Very Large Telescope (VLT), astronomers have captured the unprecedented dimming of Betelgeuse, a red supergiant star in the constellation of Orion. The stunning new images of the star's surface show not only the fading red supergiant but ...

NASA Eyes Possible Missions to Four Planets of the Solar System: Venus, Jupiter, Neptune, Mars

Google Science Feeds - Fri, 02/14/2020 - 12:59
NASA has had the luxury of planning out different missions across the solar system to four planets because of how their external partners like SpaceX, Boeing are shortening the timeline of manufacturing space crafts to make these expeditions possible.

Scottish peatbogs study secures almost £1m funding

Google Science Feeds - Fri, 02/14/2020 - 12:59
A major new research project is to look at how peatbogs can be better protected against the effects of climate change. Thurso-based Dr Roxane Andersen will lead a team of nine scientists in the five-year study after being awarded £986,000 in funding.

SpaceX plans to launch fifth Starlink batch Saturday

Google Science Feeds - Fri, 02/14/2020 - 12:57
ORLANDO, Fla., Feb. 14 (UPI) — SpaceX plans to launch its fifth batch of Starlink satellites from Florida at 10:47 a.m. EST on Saturday, with a marginally favorable weather forecast. A Falcon 9 rocket is loaded with 60 more Starlink spacecraft to lift off from ...

SpaceX plans to launch fifth Starlink batch Saturday

Google Science Feeds - Fri, 02/14/2020 - 12:54
ORLANDO, Fla., Feb. 14 (UPI) -- SpaceX plans to launch its fifth batch of Starlink satellites from Florida at 10:47 a.m. EST on Saturday, with a marginally favorable weather forecast. A Falcon 9 rocket is loaded with 60 more Starlink spacecraft to lift off from ...

Giant Iceberg Half the Size of Mumbai Breaks off in Antarctica; Sparks Fears of Sea Level Rise

Google Science Feeds - Fri, 02/14/2020 - 12:42
Following the hottest January ever recorded on the Earth, Antarctica's largest Pine Island Glacier witnessed another massive calving. An iceberg around 300 square kilometers—roughly half the size of Mumbai—broke off from its edge. The Pine Island Glacier ...

Scientists Identify Genes from 'Ghost Population' of Ancient Humans

Google Science Feeds - Fri, 02/14/2020 - 12:30
The history of the human family is not as straightforward as you might think. While there's just one species of human alive today, that was not the case at various points in the past. Studying the genetic markers floating around the Homo sapiens DNA pool can ...

Pale Blue Dot at 30: Voyager 1's iconic photo of Earth from space reveals our place in the universe

Google Science Feeds - Fri, 02/14/2020 - 12:07
The photo shows Earth as it truly is — a lonely outpost of life in an incomprehensibly vast cosmos. Shares. NASA released this updated version of Voyager 1's famous "Pale Blue Dot" image of Earth on Feb. 13, 2020. The original was taken 30 years earlier, ...

NASA's Epic Gamble to Get Martian Dirt Back to Earth

Google Science Feeds - Fri, 02/14/2020 - 12:01
There are two kinds of places in the universe, as far as we know. The part here, on Earth, with all the life. And the rest of the universe: endless, sterile nonlife out to the ends of infinite creation. But right now, there is a mission in the works to bring back dirt from ...

NASA's Mars 2020 rover arrives at Florida launch site for July liftoff

Google Science Feeds - Fri, 02/14/2020 - 12:01
NASA's newest Mars rover has just left the nest. The Mars 2020 rover, which is scheduled to launch to the Red Planet in July, arrived at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida on Wednesday (Feb. 12), after completing a 2,300-mile (3,700 kilometers) ...

Light Sails and Supernovae Can Help Us Reach the Speed of Light

Google Science Feeds - Fri, 02/14/2020 - 11:59
For a moment, imagine standing on a spaceship, in deep space. To the rear of the ship — through a shaded, dusky window — is a breathtaking view of an expanding, suicidally-bright blue ball of light. If it weren't for the thick, UV-blocking glass of the viewport, ...

Storm Ciara uncovered evidence of dinosaurs on British beach

Google Science Feeds - Fri, 02/14/2020 - 11:39
The turbulent weather of Storm Ciara has caused chaos across the UK, but it there was a serendipitous side effect down on the Isle of Wight. It turns out the high winds have uncovered a footprint made by dinosaurs that roamed the area millions of years ago.

NASA detects millions of Arctic methane hotspots

Google Science Feeds - Fri, 02/14/2020 - 11:31
A new study by NASA scientists has found two million methane emission hotspots in the North American Arctic, according to a statement released by NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) on Thursday. "We consider hotspots to be areas showing an excess ...

Who Knew: Record breaking astronaut, Christina Koch, reflects on West Michigan upbringing

Google Science Feeds - Fri, 02/14/2020 - 11:03
HOUSTON, Texas — Wednesday in a National News Conference in Houston, Texas NASA Astronaut Christine Koch answered questions from reporters. I called in from our Grand Rapids station and asked her; "Kids all over the world are looking up to you ...

A Dying Star One Thousand Times Bigger Than The Sun Could Soon Explode

Google Science Feeds - Fri, 02/14/2020 - 10:53
One of the brightest stars in the sky has been noticeably getting dimmer. Betelgeuse, a reddish star that is part of the Orion constellation, may be entering a pre-supernova phase - where it gets fainter before collapsing in a fiery explosion. A supernova is a ...

Weather looks good for Antares Launch

Google Science Feeds - Fri, 02/14/2020 - 10:33
Feb 14, 2020. Weather looks good for Antares Launch. According to a tweet by NASA, there's an 80% chance of good weather at launch time this afternoon. The Wallops Flight Facility will make a second attempt to send the Cygnus space craft to the ...

This Week's Sky at a Glance, February 14 – 22

Google Science Feeds - Fri, 02/14/2020 - 10:10
Betelgeuse remains dim. Orion's Betelgeuse, always slightly variable, is in an unusually low dip: it's still about V magnitude +1.6 instead of its more typical +0.5. Orion is high in the southeast to south these evenings, looking distinctly abnormal to those who ...

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