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How will private space travel change the way we explore the Solar System?

Fri, 06/26/2020 - 08:05
We ask Gary Martin, Vice President for North American operations for the International Space University, about how private enterprise is changing space exploration. By Stuart Clark. 26th June, 2020 at 08:00. Share on Facebook · Share on Twitter · Share on ...

SpaceX is Cleared for Falcon 9 Launch; Has the Weather Favorability Improved?

Fri, 06/26/2020 - 07:59
Would you like to see another SpaceX launch a Falcon 9 rocket with its internet-beaming satellites? We are confident that SpaceX has now provided the 'go' signal today. SpaceX. (Photo : Pixabay). The company is set to send its 10th batch on Friday, June 26 ...

More proof of animal smarts

Fri, 06/26/2020 - 07:36
For behaviours once presumed to be mere instinct, it's become increasingly clear that animals, from bears, whales and elephants to cats, insects and birds, learn tips and tricks from others. The scale of animal intelligence and social learning still continues to ...

How to watch SpaceX's next Starlink launch on Friday

Fri, 06/26/2020 - 07:31
SpaceX is aiming for its 11th rocket launch of the year on Friday, June 26, carrying another batch of its Starlink internet satellites into low-Earth orbit. The commercial space company led by billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk has already postponed the launch ...

Ball Aerospace to build NOAA's Space Weather Follow On-Lagrange 1 spacecraft

Fri, 06/26/2020 - 07:24
On behalf of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), NASA has awarded a delivery order under the Rapid Spacecraft Acquisition III (Rapid III) contract to Ball Aerospace and Technologies Corp. of Boulder, Colorado, for the Space ...

NASA completes Artemis SLS structural testing campaign

Fri, 06/26/2020 - 07:24
Video: Water Gushes From SLS Rocket Propellant Tank As Engineers Break It On Purpose On June 24, 2020, engineers completed the Space Launch System (SLS) rocket's structural testing campaign for the Artemis lunar missions by testing the liquid ...

Data provides current picture of world's air quality

Fri, 06/26/2020 - 07:08
It is not unusual to come across headlines about pollution or global warming and find that they reach different conclusions depending upon the data source. Researchers at Washington University in St. Louis used a harmonized approach, incorporating data ...

Synoicum adareanum shows new possibilities for developing melanoma-specific drug

Fri, 06/26/2020 - 07:01
Could the cure for melanoma - the most dangerous type of skin cancer - be a compound derived from a marine invertebrate that lives at the bottom of the ocean? A group of scientists led by Alison Murray, Ph.D. of the Desert Research Institute (DRI) in Reno ...

Scientists Discover Rare Neptune-Like Planet Circling a Young Star

Fri, 06/26/2020 - 06:41
Scientists have discovered a planet about as large as Neptune that circles a nearby star which is still surrounded by a disk of debris left over from its formation. Using data from NASA's Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) and retired Spitzer Space ...

Dolphins can learn how to use tools from other dolphins

Fri, 06/26/2020 - 04:03
Researchers have observed dolphins teaching each other new behaviors. The act of 'shelling,' or trapping fish in large shells, can spread throughout groups of dolphins as the animals observe and learn from one another. Understanding how animals pass on ...

NRL Telescope Discovers SOHO 's 4000th Comet

Fri, 06/26/2020 - 03:20
The U.S. Naval Research Laboratory's Large Angle Spectrometric Coronagraph (LASCO) instrument identified the 4000th comet discovered by the Solar and Heliospheric Observatory (SOHO), a joint mission between the European Space Agency and NASA ...

Most Massive Quasar Known In The Early Universe Discovered On Maunakea

Fri, 06/26/2020 - 03:17
Astronomers have discovered the second-most distant quasar ever found using three Maunakea Observatories in Hawai'i: W. M. Keck Observatory, the international Gemini Observatory, a Program of NSF's NOIRLab, and the University of Hawai'i-owned ...

NASA's Hubble Spots Cosmic Flapping 'Bat Shadow' Made By Young Star [WATCH]

Fri, 06/26/2020 - 03:08
The latest images captured by the Hubble Space Telescope show cosmic shadows that resemble the flapping wings of a bat. According to scientists, the strange phenomenon was caused by a planet-forming disk surrounding a young star. The star ...

Experiment Reveals How Energy Can Be Extracted From Black Holes

Fri, 06/26/2020 - 02:31
An experiment proposed about 50 years ago has finally able to prove that energy can be extracted from a black hole. The discovery was made after researchers simulated the conditions of a rotating black hole. The Penrose experiment is a theoretical process ...

NASA Detects 5 Asteroids Flying Past Earth This Weekend

Fri, 06/26/2020 - 01:41
NASA's automated asteroid tracker is currently monitoring five near-Earth objects that are expected to fly past the planet this weekend. The biggest asteroid in the group is larger than the Washington Monument. According to NASA's Center for Near-Earth ...

Carnegie Mellon Tool Automatically Turns Math Into Beautiful and Instructive Illustrations

Fri, 06/26/2020 - 01:13
Some people look at an equation and see a bunch of numbers and symbols; others see beauty. Thanks to a new tool created at Carnegie Mellon University, anyone can now translate the abstractions of mathematics into beautiful and instructive illustrations.

Cases of 'zombie deer' disease now in 2 local counties

Fri, 06/26/2020 - 00:26
“Zombie deer” disease, officially called chronic wasting disease, or CWD, has spread into Westmoreland and Indiana counties, according to the Pennsylvania Game Commission. The game commission maintains three disease management areas across the ...

MAYB youth basketball tournaments may have exposed people to coronavirus in Kansas

Fri, 06/26/2020 - 00:21
Youth basketball tournaments in Kansas may have exposed people to the coronavirus, public health officials say. The Mid America Youth Basketball league's tournaments in Wichita and Hays over the weekend have had three attendees test positive for ...

Bear-sized wombat cousin roamed Australia 25 million years ago

Fri, 06/26/2020 - 00:08
By Will Dunham. WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A powerfully built relative of modern wombats that was the size of a black bear roamed Australia's woodlands about 25 million years ago, possessing shovel-shaped hands and strong forelimbs indicating it was an ...

Dolphins are learning smart fish-catching trick from peers, not mothers

Fri, 06/26/2020 - 00:04
Dolphins in Australia have been spotted trapping fish in huge conch shells. Scientists have now discovered just how they learn to catch their prey in this extraordinary way. Only a very few animals use tools. Crows wield sticks to find food, chimps have ...

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