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Skywatch 16: Lyrid meteor shower

2 hours 15 min ago
The Lyrid meteor shower peaks later this week. To learn more about meteor showers, I had an online chat with Matt Beaky. He's a physics professor at Juniata College. "A meteor shower happens when the Earth passes through a cloud of leftover dust and ...

Tuesday April 20 COVID-19 update: Three deaths in Douglas County

2 hours 19 min ago
(WOWT) - Below are today's vaccination updates as well as data reports on new cases and other COVID-19 stats reported by health officials across Nebraska and Iowa. Keep scrolling to find helpful links and other information, including phone numbers to call ...

NASA's Mars helicopter Ingenuity: What happens next, second flight, future missions

2 hours 22 min ago
Ingenuity takes flight on Mars in this NASA animation. NASA/JPL-Caltech. Ingenuity did it! On April 19, the NASA chopper took to the skies over Mars, hovering briefly above the surface before returning to land. But the feat, a turning point in otherworldly ...

Australia's full moon calendar for 2021

2 hours 23 min ago
This video is either unavailable or not supported in this browser · SpaceX successfully launch internet satellites into orbit · Early risers spot Starlink satellites in Sydney's skies · SpaceX Starship prototype fails to land · Meteor lights up Miami sky · Virgin Galactic ...

Melting ice in Arctic linked to bowhead whales holding off annual migration

2 hours 46 min ago
Now researchers have found a whale species that typically migrates away from solid sea ice each autumn and returns every summer to feast on tiny crustaceans did not make the 6,000km (3,700-mile) roundtrip in 2018-2019.

Tyrannosaurus rex walked surprisingly slowly, new study finds

2 hours 46 min ago
(CNN) Tyrannosaurus rex was a fearsome predator, but it sure wasn't a particularly fast mover. In fact, most humans could easily keep up with the dinosaur without breaking a sweat. T. rex would have covered just under 3 miles in an hour -- a speed similar to ...

People have shaped Earth's ecology for at least 12000 years, mostly sustainably

Tue, 04/20/2021 - 23:41
Date: April 19, 2021; Source: University of Maryland Baltimore County; Summary: New research shows that land use by human societies has reshaped ecology across most of Earth's land for at least 12,000 years. Researchers, from over a dozen institutions ...

NASA chief: Russian cosmonauts unlikely fly on US crew capsules until next year

Tue, 04/20/2021 - 23:28
Steve Jurczyk, NASA's acting administrator, said Tuesday that the draft version of an “implementing agreement” between NASA and Roscosmos is still being reviewed by the U.S. State Department. “We're waiting for ...

The Workings Of Nature's Own Earthquake Blocker

Tue, 04/20/2021 - 23:15
A new study finds a naturally occurring “earthquake gate” that decides which earthquakes are allowed to grow into magnitude 8 or greater. Sometimes, the “gate” stops earthquakes in the magnitude 7 range, while ones that pass through the gate grow to ...

This is what an asteroid looks like after playing tag with a spacecraft

Tue, 04/20/2021 - 22:39
When NASA's OSIRIS-REx spacecraft swept in to collect a sample from the asteroid Bennu in October 2020, it left a noticeable mark. New images captured by the spacecraft after a close flyby of the asteroid ...

A future of helpful engineered 'living' machines?

Tue, 04/20/2021 - 22:22
Engineered, autonomous machines combined with artificial intelligence have long been a staple of science fiction, and often in the role of villain like the Cylons in the "Battlestar Galactica" reboot, creatures composed of biological and engineered materials.

New optics-on-a-chip device paves way to capturing fast chemical, material and biological processes

Tue, 04/20/2021 - 22:19
Researchers have developed new X-ray optics that can be used to harness extremely fast pulses in a package that is significantly smaller and lighter than conventional devices used to modulate X-rays. The new optics are based on microscopic chip-based ...

Russia's talk of leaving the ISS makes so much more sense now

Tue, 04/20/2021 - 22:15
NASA may have been a bit blindsided this week when its partner, Russia's Roscosmos, revealed that it was going to decide whether or not it wanted to leave the ISS permanently. The space station has been co-operated by both the United States and Russia ...

Connecticut's Daily COVID-19 Positivity Rate at 3.46%

Tue, 04/20/2021 - 21:41
Connecticut's daily COVID-19 positivity rate climbed to 3.46% on Tuesday. That was up from the 2.68% reported Monday. Download our mobile app for iOS or Android to get alerts for local breaking news and weather. Of the 21,338 test results reported ...

Faster, Larger Quantum Computers, Tricked-Out With Qubits Comprised of Holes

Tue, 04/20/2021 - 21:28
A new study indicates holes the solution to operational speed/coherence trade-off, potential scaling up of qubits to a mini-quantum computer. Quantum computers are predicted to be much more powerful ...

Boeing pushes second Starliner test flight to late summer

Tue, 04/20/2021 - 21:11
The second test flight for Boeing's Starliner crew capsule, known as the Orbital Flight Test-2 (OFT-2) mission, won't lift off until late this summer. After months of delays, NASA and Boeing have pushed the launch from April to no earlier than August, citing ...

Tyrannosaurs News: They Were Social and Hunted in Packs and 20000 T. Rexes Lived at a Time

Tue, 04/20/2021 - 21:03
Utah's Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument held a unique set of fossils. Those fossils indicate tyrannosaur dinosaurs may not have been solitary predators but social carnivores. Researchers also calculate about 2.5 billion individual T. rexes lived in ...

Ingenuity has flown on Mars; what's next in NASA's Perseverance mission?

Tue, 04/20/2021 - 20:44
Now that NASA's Ingenuity Mars Helicopter has completed its first test flight on the red planet, members of the agency's Southern California-based Jet Propulsion Laboratory will prepare for the next stages of their mission. Following Monday's historic event, ...

The 2021 Lyrid Meteor Shower Is Here! How to Watch the Annual Event Before It Peaks

Tue, 04/20/2021 - 20:41
According to NASA, Lyrids are one of the oldest known meteor showers, with the first reported sighting dating back to 687 BC. They are known for their "fast and bright meteors" and ...

NASA's Ingenuity Helicopter Flies On Mars

Tue, 04/20/2021 - 20:35
The Ingenuity helicopter performed its first successful flight on Mars early Monday morning, marking the first time a powered aircraft has flown on another planet. It happened just after midnight, Earth time. The tiny helicopter got about 10 feet off the ground, ...