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NASA Mars Mission Could Bring This Unlikely Companion To The Red Planet

Tue, 03/19/2019 - 06:27
Man's best friend will likely follow his master anywhere --even to Mars. NASA recently released an artist's perspective of the first Mars inhabitants from Earth, and it includes a dog dressed in his own spacesuit.

This Is What's Special About A Full Supermoon Occurring On The Equinox This Year

Tue, 03/19/2019 - 06:01
The word Supermoon came into popular use in 2011, where three Supermoons in a row graced the night sky. Shown here is the central one from that year, observed over Munich, Germany.

Toilet on International Space Station gets a bacteria-killing upgrade

Tue, 03/19/2019 - 04:06
By Donna Lu. Killing bacteria in space is surprisingly hard. Previous missions have been plagued by bacterial biofilms that have coated surfaces and corroded equipment.

Superbugs have colonized the International Space Station—but there's a silver lining

Tue, 03/19/2019 - 04:00
Extreme spaceflight conditions can force these bacteria to toughen up, while simultaneously lowering the immune defenses of the stressed, isolated crew.

Roscosmos 'ready to help' NASA if construction of Soyuz alternative is delayed

Tue, 03/19/2019 - 03:59
Soyuz rockets stand ready to deliver astronauts to space if US manned spacecraft development is delayed, Roscosmos said, after NASA announced plans to purchase additional seats onboard the Russian spacecraft.

How Ultima Thule Is Like a Sticky, Pull-Apart Pastry

Tue, 03/19/2019 - 03:42
HOUSTON - To Kirby Runyon, a planetary scientist at the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory, the small distant object that NASA's New Horizons spacecraft flew past on the first day of this year reminds him of monkey bread.

Cost of Mars 2020 mission may rise by up to 15%

Tue, 03/19/2019 - 02:39
THE WOODLANDS, TEXAS--It was largely buried in the detailed budget justification for 2020 that NASA released today, but it didn't take long for eagle-eyed scientists at the Lunar and Planetary Science Conference here to dig it up: NASA's next flagship ...

Sneaky Meteor Evades Earthling Detection, Explodes with Force of 10 Atomic Bombs

Mon, 03/18/2019 - 21:57
On Dec. 18, 2018, a school bus-size meteor exploded over Earth with an impact energy of roughly 10 atomic bombs. According to NASA, the blast was the second-largest meteor impact since the organization began tracking them 30 years ago, bested only by ...

Figuring out how an odd, gutless worm regrows its head (or tail)

Mon, 03/18/2019 - 21:31
In the movies, regeneration is the stuff of superheroes like Deadpool, who regrew the lower half of his body through some seriously awkward transitional scenes.

New Horizons team unravels the many mysteries of Ultima Thule

Mon, 03/18/2019 - 21:31
The farthest object ever explored is slowly revealing its secrets, as scientists piece together the puzzles of Ultima Thule - the Kuiper Belt object NASA's New Horizons spacecraft flew past on New Year's Day, four billion miles from Earth.

'Full worm supermoon' set to shine: What you need to know

Mon, 03/18/2019 - 20:56
Skygazers are set for a treat this week when the third and final supermoon of the year occurs. The celestial event follows February's 'super snow moon' and January's stunning 'super blood moon' eclipse.

Don't miss last supermoon of 2019 and near-Earth asteroid flyby traveling at 11000 mph

Mon, 03/18/2019 - 19:58
Skywatchers might want to have their telescopes handy this week when an asteroid twice the size of the one that exploded above Russia back in 2013 flies by Earth on Thursday night.

NASA's New Horizons Reveals Geologic 'Frankenstein' That Formed Ultima Thule

Mon, 03/18/2019 - 19:09
THE WOODLANDS, Texas - Less than three months after the New Horizons spacecraft zoomed past a distant, cold space rock, scientists are beginning to piece together the story of how that object, nicknamed Ultima Thule, came to be.

Girls who share a womb with boys tend to make less money than those with twin sisters

Mon, 03/18/2019 - 19:05
Female twins who shared a womb with a brother tend to get less education, earn less money, and have fewer children than girls who shared a womb with another girl, according to an analysis of hundreds of thousands of births over more than a decade.

Women Who Shared Womb With Male Twin Less Likely to Graduate High School and Get Married

Mon, 03/18/2019 - 19:00
Women who have a male twin are less likely to graduate from high school than those born with a female twin, according to a study. Scientists studied all 13,717 twins born in Norway between 1967 and 1978 to understand whether being a woman born with a ...

A Meteor Caused A Huge Explosion Over The Bering Sea. Here's Everything You Need To Know.

Mon, 03/18/2019 - 18:59
The fireball exploded over the Bering Sea, which - if you squint - you can see here in an image taken by a Japanese weather satellite.

New evidence for a human magnetic sense that lets your brain detect the Earth's magnetic field

Mon, 03/18/2019 - 18:02
(The Conversation is an independent and nonprofit source of news, analysis and commentary from academic experts.) Shinsuke Shimojo, California Institute of Technology; Daw-An Wu, California Institute of Technology, and Joseph Kirschvink, California ...

New research raises the prospect that humans have an ancient magnetic sense of direction

Mon, 03/18/2019 - 17:09
Is it possible that human beings have a sense of direction hidden somewhere inside their brains that is attuned to the earth's magnetic fields?

Scientists Find Evidence That Your Brain Can Sense Earth's Magnetic Field

Mon, 03/18/2019 - 17:07
For some creatures, the magnetic field that hugs our planet serves as a compass for navigation or orientation. Migratory birds, sea turtles and certain types of bacteria are counted among the species with this built-in navigation system.

People can sense Earth's magnetic field, brain waves suggest

Mon, 03/18/2019 - 17:05
A new analysis of people's brain waves when surrounded by different magnetic fields suggests that people have a “sixth sense” for magnetism.