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NOAA Launches $97 Million Targeted Mission to Save Florida Reef Tract

Google Science Feeds - Thu, 12/12/2019 - 21:39
On Dec. 9, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) announced an ambitious plan to restore seven reefs within the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary (FKNMS). The effort is one of the largest investments in coral restoration in the ...

Deadly 'superbugs' destroyed by molecular drills

Google Science Feeds - Thu, 12/12/2019 - 21:28
An illustration shows how motorized nanomachines triggered by light drill into bacteria, making a path for antibiotics. Experiments showed the bacteria became susceptible again to the antibiotic meropenem, to which it had developed resistance. Credit: Don ...

Caribou migration linked to climate cycles and insect pests

Google Science Feeds - Thu, 12/12/2019 - 21:13
Caribou, the North American cousin of reindeer, migrate farther than any terrestrial animal. They can cover thousands of miles as they move between winter feeding grounds and summer calving grounds. But many caribou herds are in decline as the warming ...

Astronomers find 19 more galaxies missing their dark matter

Google Science Feeds - Thu, 12/12/2019 - 21:11
Astronomers have discovered 19 more galaxies missing their dark matter. Instead of dark matter, these strange galaxies are mainly filled with regular matter, like the protons, neutrons, and electrons that make up everything we're familiar with. The new find ...

Interstellar comet 2I/Borisov swings past sun

Google Science Feeds - Thu, 12/12/2019 - 21:08
When astronomers see something in the universe that at first glance seems like one-of-a-kind, it's bound to stir up a lot of excitement and attention. Enter comet 2I/Borisov. This mysterious visitor from the depths of space is the first identified comet to arrive here ...

Boeing's crew capsule declared ready for 1st space flight

Google Science Feeds - Thu, 12/12/2019 - 21:06
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — Boeing's Starliner crew capsule finally has a launch date for its first test flight to the International Space Station. After an intensive review Thursday, NASA and Boeing managers agreed to a Dec. 20 liftoff. "Hopefully, we should all ...

Scientists discover whale which is 25 years OLDER than America

Google Science Feeds - Thu, 12/12/2019 - 20:58
The whale that's 25 years OLDER than the USA: Scientists uncover mammal with the longest lifespan – which may have been swimming across the Arctic for 268 years. Australian scientists at CSIRO labored out animals' lifespan utilizing 42 genes; The ...

Important prehistoric whale was neither a foot- nor a tail-swimmer

Google Science Feeds - Thu, 12/12/2019 - 20:57
As many readers will likely already know, the ancestors of today's whales started out as land-based animals that walked on four legs. New research now suggests that previously-discovered fossils represent an evolutionarily-important point in prehistory, ...

Even a little extra CO2 is triggering big changes in forests

Google Science Feeds - Thu, 12/12/2019 - 20:40
While there's a lot of talk about how forests can help mitigate climate change thanks to their net-positive CO2 absorption, not nearly enough attention has been given to how climate change will affect forests. A new study found that as the concentration of ...

NASA's plan to collect the first sample from an asteroid finds its target

Google Science Feeds - Thu, 12/12/2019 - 20:31
(CNN) NASA's OSIRIS-REx is on a mission to bring back the first sample from an asteroid, and the team behind it has found the perfect place to collect that material. NASA announced Thursday that they've identified the "Nightingale" location, within a crater on ...

Middle Eastern Nation First to Buy Drone Armed With Machine Gun

Google Science Feeds - Thu, 12/12/2019 - 20:21
Before the end of the year, Turkey will become the first nation to get its hands on a brand new military drone equipped with a machine gun. It's called the Songar, and it can carry 200 rounds of ammunition. A New Scientist story notes that the drone is accurate ...

According to the Farmers Almanac The New Decade Technically Starts in 2021

Google Science Feeds - Thu, 12/12/2019 - 19:25
Are you ready to get mathematical and make your brain hurt? Good! Let's begin. I keep seeing posts on the internet about the end of the decade, next year the 2020's begin, and it's the start of not just a new year, but a new decade. However according to the ...

Virtual reality and drones help to predict and protect koala habitat

Google Science Feeds - Thu, 12/12/2019 - 19:19
Date: December 11, 2019; Source: Queensland University of Technology; Summary: Researchers have used a combination of virtual reality (VR), aerial thermal-imaging and ground surveys to build a better statistical model for predicting the location of koalas ...

Hubble catches interstellar comet as it flies past the sun

Google Science Feeds - Thu, 12/12/2019 - 19:13
The Hubble Space Telescope had a front row seat to capture the best and closest image to date of interstellar comet 2I/Borisov, a visitor that originated from outside of our solar system. On Sunday, the comet passed within 190 million miles of Earth on its ...

SpaceX is Sending Cannabis to the Space Station for Science

Google Science Feeds - Thu, 12/12/2019 - 19:12
SpaceX's next resupply mission to the ISS will be carrying unusual cargo. Agricultural tech company Front Range Biosciences teamed up with SpaceCells USA Inc. and BioServe Space Technologies at the University of Colorado, Boulder to study cannabis in ...

Water common -- yet scarce -- in exoplanets

Google Science Feeds - Thu, 12/12/2019 - 19:04
Date: December 11, 2019; Source: University of Cambridge; Summary: The most extensive survey of atmospheric chemical compositions of exoplanets to date has revealed trends that challenge current theories of planet formation and has implications for the ...

Skipping one night of sleep may leave insomniacs twice as impaired

Google Science Feeds - Thu, 12/12/2019 - 19:04
Date: December 11, 2019; Source: Washington State University; Summary: Poor daytime functioning is a frequent complaint among those suffering from insomnia. Previous studies have found that their daytime cognitive performance is not significantly ...

Annihilating Dark Matter May Lurk in Milky Way's Center

Google Science Feeds - Thu, 12/12/2019 - 19:03
Gamma rays — the most energetic waves in the electromagnetic spectrum — are typically produced by the hottest, most extreme objects in the Universe, such as supernovae and pulsars. There is a glow of gamma rays at the center of our Milky Way Galaxy ...

Meet T. Rex's cousin, the Jurassic King of the Road

Google Science Feeds - Thu, 12/12/2019 - 19:03
Length? 26 feet. Skull? 2.5 feet. The newly discovered Asfaltovenator vialidadi joins a host of Jurassic mega-predators. Gabriel Lio / Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich. If it wasn't for road maintenance in Argentina, the world might never have known ...

1st Global Map of Martian Winds Reveals 'Ripple Effects' from Extreme Terrain

Google Science Feeds - Thu, 12/12/2019 - 19:01
A new global map of winds on Mars shows "ripple effects" from the extreme terrain below. As the wind sails nearly 190 miles (300 kilometers) above the Red Planet's surface, researchers can see changes caused by the Martian landforms below, including ...

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