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10 brilliant discoveries NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory made in its first decade in space

Thu, 02/13/2020 - 22:44
This week, NASA is celebrating the 10th anniversary of its Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO), a sensitive spacecraft that has shown the world never-before-seen imagery of the sun. The mission launched on Feb. 11, 2010, and during the spacecraft's first ...

Orion 'Passengers' on Artemis I to Test Radiation Vest for Deep Space Missions: NASA

Thu, 02/13/2020 - 22:36
(NASA) – As NASA leads the way for human exploration at the Moon and beyond, space radiation is one of the biggest hazards crews face. In 2018, NASA signed an agreement with the Israel Space Agency (ISA) and the German Aerospace Center (DLR) for ...

'Ghost' Ancestors: African DNA Study Detects Mysterious Human Species

Thu, 02/13/2020 - 22:17
WASHINGTON — Scientists examining the genomes of West Africans have detected signs that a mysterious extinct human species interbred with our own species tens of thousands of years ago in Africa, the latest evidence of humankind's complicated ...

Starlight Could Break Up Asteroids

Thu, 02/13/2020 - 22:01
WARWICKSHIRE, England, Feb. 13, 2020 — Electromagnetic radiation emitted from stars as they collapse might provide enough power to destroy asteroids, a research team believes. A new study out of the University of Warwick's Department of Physics, ...

NASA missions may go to Venus or our solar system's strangest moons

Thu, 02/13/2020 - 22:01
NASA has selected four possible missions to visit some of our solar system's least understood worlds. These proposals were chosen as part of the agency's Discovery programme, which funds relatively inexpensive missions within our solar system. Of the four ...

Preparing for liftoff: NASA's Mars rover arrives at Kennedy Space Center

Thu, 02/13/2020 - 21:56
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — NASA's latest Mars rover has arrived at the Kennedy Space Center. It arrived to payload processing before it begins final preparation for its launch to the red planet this July. The rover isn't ready for liftoff just yet. Teams will begin ...

Rocket Crafters suffers 'anomaly' during test fire at Cocoa facility

Thu, 02/13/2020 - 21:32
Cocoa-based rocket engine company Rocket Crafters, located on Cidco Road, suffered an engine-test mishap Thursday, which resulted in debris flying and small brush fires occurring. The startup company, known for using 3D printing technology to develop ...

Making the mouse gut microbiome more human-like

Thu, 02/13/2020 - 21:27
Date: February 13, 2020; Source: California Institute of Technology; Summary: Researchers find that when rodents are prevented from consuming feces, their small-intestine microbiota more closely resembles the microbial communities found in human ...

Images of new coronavirus just released

Thu, 02/13/2020 - 21:08
On Thursday (Feb. 13), the Rocky Mountain Laboratories (RML) at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases revealed some of the first images of SARS-CoV-2, the new coronavirus that has sickened over 60,000 people and killed another 1,370 ...

The Lawfare Podcast: Alex Stamos on the Hard Tradeoffs of the Internet

Thu, 02/13/2020 - 21:01
In this episode of Lawfare's Arbiters of Truth series on disinformation, Evelyn Douek and Kate Klonick spoke with Alex Stamos, the director of the Stanford Internet Observatory. Prior to joining Stanford, Alex served as the chief security officer at Facebook, and ...

Melting Arctic ice is changing ocean currents

Thu, 02/13/2020 - 20:54
NASA scientists have found that rapid sea ice melt from the Arctic is affecting the flow of a major ocean current. The melting ice has injected large amounts of cold, fresh water into the Beaufort Gyre, a circular current that keeps the polar environment in ...

New Images Reveal Pallas as the Most Cratered Object in the Asteroid Belt

Thu, 02/13/2020 - 20:38
Astronomers just snapped our best images yet of the asteroid Pallas, one of the solar system's most infamous round bois—and it seems they're flaunting the object's remarkably violent past. Boasting a width of about 318 miles—about 15 percent of the moon's ...

How a tiny and strange marine animal produces unlimited eggs and sperm over its lifetime

Thu, 02/13/2020 - 20:29
Piwi1-positive spermatogonia are shown in yellow; cell nuclei are in turquoise. Germ cell induction and all stages of gametogenesis can be visualized in these clonal animals. Credit: Timothy DuBuc, Ph.D.Swarthmore College. A little-known ocean-dwelling ...

No Injuries Following “Anomaly” with Engine Test Fire at Rocket Crafters in Cocoa on Thursday

Thu, 02/13/2020 - 20:27
BREVARD COUNTY * COCOA, FLORIDA – An “anomaly” during a scheduled engine test fire at Rocket Crafters, located on the 700 block of Cidco Road, prompted a response by the Cocoa Police and Fire Departments on Thursday, according to a post from ...

High-tech imaging under UV light shows which parts go where when millipedes mate

Thu, 02/13/2020 - 20:27
A mating pair of Pseudopolydesmus millipedes, viewed under UV light so that the structures of their genitals would show up better. Credit: Stephanie Ware, Field Museum. Scientists have a pretty good handle on how the birds and the bees work, but it comes ...

Northrop Grumman aims for Valentine's Day launch of NASA cargo on Cygnus spacecraft

Thu, 02/13/2020 - 20:14
Northrop Grumman is now aiming for a Valentine's Day launch of its next Cygnus cargo ship filled with NASA supplies bound for the International Space Station. The resupply mission, which has been delayed since Sunday (Feb. 9), is now scheduled to ...

'Baby giant planet' discovered just 330 light-years from Earth

Thu, 02/13/2020 - 20:10
It might not be the same as finding Baby Yoda or “Baby Shark,” but scientists have discovered a “baby giant planet” just 330 light-years from Earth. Known as 2MASS 1155-7919 b, the exoplanet has a mass just 10 times the size of Jupiter, the largest planet in ...

Asteroid Pallas' violent history revealed in new images

Thu, 02/13/2020 - 20:00
A huge, heavily cratered asteroid known as Pallas has a violent history, scientists revealed in a new study. Pallas, which is third largest object in the asteroid belt and named after the Greek goddess of wisdom, can be seen in detailed images published ...

Solar orbiter takes off to capture first look at Sun`s poles

Thu, 02/13/2020 - 19:09
A new solar probe jointly built by European and the United States space agencies has recently been set off on a blazing journey towards the sun. Carrying four in situ instruments (which measure the space environment immediately around the spacecraft like ...

Arrokoth unmasked: NASA probe's 'space snowman' encounter reveals how planetesimals are born

Thu, 02/13/2020 - 19:08
A NASA probe's epic encounter with a small body in the far outer solar system is telling us a lot about how planets are born. On Jan. 1, 2019, the New Horizons spacecraft zoomed within just 2,200 miles (3,540 kilometers) of Arrokoth, a 22-mile-wide (36 ...

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