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Finally! We get to See a View From Inside Boeing's Starliner During its First Flight

Thu, 01/23/2020 - 23:29
In 2014, Boeing was awarded a contract through NASA's Commercial Crew Development (CCDev) program to provide commercial launch services to the International Space Station (ISS). To this end, they have been busy developing the CST-100 Starliner, ...

Previously Unknown Viruses Discovered in Melting Glacier

Thu, 01/23/2020 - 23:29
Scientists sampling ice cores from a glacier in China discovered 28 viruses that had been frozen in time for as long as 15,000 years, and were not previously known to mankind. The find was detailed in a paper posted earlier this month on the website bioRxiv ...

Task Force Urges 'Systemic Changes' to Support African American Students in Physics

Thu, 01/23/2020 - 23:05
An AIP task force recommends ways to double the number of African American students graduating with physics and astronomy bachelor's degrees by 2030, including through reforming departmental culture and raising a $50 million endowment to provide ...

Space Business: the rewards of escape

Thu, 01/23/2020 - 23:00
Dear readers,. Welcome to Quartz's newsletter on the economic possibilities of the extra-terrestrial sphere. Please forward widely, and let me know what you think. This week: the rewards of escape, the race for space radar, and the aesthetics of satellite ...

How to watch SpaceX launch 60 Starlink satellites on Friday

Thu, 01/23/2020 - 22:47
SpaceX is launching a Starlink rocket carrying dozens more internet-providing satellites on Friday, January 24, and you can watch it launch into space in real time. We'll embed a player above to allow you to do so as soon as it's available early Friday morning.

New Moon Photos! Get Your New Moon Photos Here!

Thu, 01/23/2020 - 22:41
China's Lunar Exploration Program has released a ton of new data gathered by the Chang'e 4 mission during its first and second lunar days. The China National Space Administration (CNSA) dropped more than 12,000 files on January 3, all collected by the ...

Sharp increase in Ningaloo whale shark injuries might be due to boat encounters

Thu, 01/23/2020 - 22:38
Date: January 23, 2020; Source: Australian Institute of Marine Science; Summary: Almost one-fifth of the whale sharks (Rhincodon typus) in Western Australia's Ningaloo Reef Marine Park show major scarring or fin amputations, with the number of injured ...

Microchip capability expanded ewith new 3D inductor technology

Thu, 01/23/2020 - 22:32
Date: January 23, 2020; Source: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, News Bureau; Summary: Smaller is better when it comes to microchips, researchers said, and by using 3D components on a standardized 2D microchip manufacturing platform, ...

Hear that ticking? That's Doomsday coming

Thu, 01/23/2020 - 22:20
Hate to break it to you, but humanity is doomed. That's at least according to a clock keeping track of how close the world is to catastrophe. Cool cool cool. It's Ashley and everything's fine. Let's dive into some news, shall we? But first, tweet or it didn't happen: ...

Mystery of Grand Canyon's water supply

Thu, 01/23/2020 - 22:13
Date: January 23, 2020; Source: Northern Arizona University; Summary: Researchers looked at how scientists model the vulnerability of karst formations around the Grand Canyon. They then created a new model that can give land and water managers more ...

Novel Coronavirus that recently emerged in China

Thu, 01/23/2020 - 22:11
Date: January 23, 2020; Source: NIH/National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases; Summary: The new cluster of viral pneumonia cases originating in Wuhan, China, marks the third time in 20 years that a member of the large family of coronaviruses ...

Rosetta Saw the Building Blocks of Life on Comet 67P

Thu, 01/23/2020 - 22:00
Why is there so little nitrogen in Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko (67P)? That's a question scientists asked themselves when they looked at the data from the ESA's Rosetta spacecraft. In fact, it's a question they ask themselves every time they measure ...

Google's 3D Map of a Fly Brain Is Beautiful

Thu, 01/23/2020 - 21:52
Drosophila melanogaster, otherwise known as the fruit fly, has a pretty impressive dome for being so small—as in, its brain contains over 100,000 neurons, or brain cells. For the first time, we can see about 25,000 of those neurons, across 4,000 different kinds, ...

After talks with Elsevier stalled, the University of California has been working to advance open access. Here's how.

Thu, 01/23/2020 - 21:51
With the semester underway, you might be curious about the status of the University of California's negotiations with Elsevier, which stalled last year. Since then, there has been progress with other publishers, as UC — with strong leadership from Berkeley ...

It's a Face/Off! Flasher likened to John Travolta and drug-dealer who's the spit of Sideshow Bob

Thu, 01/23/2020 - 21:37
A scruffy drug-dealer has been mercilessly mocked online for looking like 'Sideshow Bob', while a flasher was compared to 'John Travolta's half-brother' after police released hilarious images of the two criminals. Jakub Kowal was compared to the Simpsons ...

Scientists highlight potential of exposome research

Thu, 01/23/2020 - 21:20
Over the last two decades, the health sciences have been transformed by genomics, which has provided insights into genetic risk factors for human disease. While powerful, the genomics revolution has also revealed the limits of genetic determinants, which ...

Bilingual language program for babies: online training for teachers

Thu, 01/23/2020 - 20:47
Date: January 23, 2020; Source: University of Washington; Summary: A study shows that a bilingual language program for babies can reach more families, and instructors, through online training for teachers. Share: FULL STORY ...

Drug dealer mocked for looking like Sideshow Bob in mugshot

Thu, 01/23/2020 - 20:42
People online have claimed Jakub Kowal, 21, has a striking similarity to Simpsons character Sideshow Bob (Picture: SWNS/Channel Four). Share this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via whatsapp ...

100 seconds: Doomsday Clock inches closer than ever to midnight

Thu, 01/23/2020 - 20:17
Tick. Tock. The Doomsday Clock, a metaphor and visible gut check meant to warn the public of how close the world is to destruction by technological or other means, has been set to 100 seconds to midnight. The new position — the closest it's ever been to the ...

Borexino Experiment Detects “Ghost” Signals From Deep Inside the Earth

Thu, 01/23/2020 - 20:15
Scientists involved in the Borexino collaboration have presented new results for the measurement of neutrinos originating from the interior of the Earth. The elusive “ghost particles” rarely interact with matter, making their detection difficult. With this update, the ...

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