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Scientists detect signatures of life remotely

Sat, 06/19/2021 - 15:40
IMAGE: The FlyPol instrument, which was used to measure biosignatures from the air, aboard the helicopter. Image: Courtesy of Lucas Patty.

NASA Space Station On-Orbit Status 16 June, 2021 - Seventh Spacewalk of the Year Completed

Sat, 06/19/2021 - 15:34
Astronaut Thomas Pesquet takes a "space-selfie" during a spacewalk. NASA astronaut Shane Kimbrough and ESA (European Space Agency) astronaut Thomas Pesquet concluded their spacewalk at 3:26 p.m. ...

Hubble telescope data confirms existence of galaxies without dark matter

Sat, 06/19/2021 - 15:26
The study, published in the June volume of Astrophysical Journal Letters, is based on 40 orbits of NASA's Hubble Space Telescope and imaging from the Advanced Camera for Surveys which showed that the ultra-diffuse galaxy (UDG) known as “NGC1052-DF2 ...

Scientists Discover a Novel Defense Mechanism Against the COVID-19 Coronavirus

Sat, 06/19/2021 - 14:58
Scientists from Hokkaido University have discovered a novel defensive response to SARS-CoV-2 that involves the viral pattern recognition receptor RIG-I. Upregulating expression of this protein could strengthen the immune response in COPD patients.

First evidence that medieval plague victims were buried individually with 'considerable care'

Sat, 06/19/2021 - 14:42
Date: June 17, 2021; Source: University of Cambridge; Summary: DNA analysis has revealed the presence of 'Yersinia Pestis' - the pathogen that causes plague - in skeletal remains from individual burials in medieval Cambridgeshire, confirming for the first ...

How Much Water Did The Asteroid Belt Send to Earth?

Sat, 06/19/2021 - 14:37
Water is often considered Earth's most precious resource, and its vast liquid oceans make Earth unique among the terrestrial planets in the solar system. Despite this, the origins of Earth's H2O remain something of a mystery, with theories of how terrestrial ...

New stamps celebrate a decade of watching the sun from space

Sat, 06/19/2021 - 14:26
The US Postal Service has issued a set of stamps to celebrate a decade of watching the sun from NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory, according to NASA. The Sun Science stamps draw attention to the different views of the sun as seen from the SDO.

War Against Climate Change: Managed Retreat and Floating Cities of the Future

Sat, 06/19/2021 - 14:08
New research finds that moving off the coast and away from floods can expand options. University of Delaware disaster researcher A.R. Siders said it's time to put all the options on the table when it comes to discussing climate change adaptation. Managed ...

Breakthrough study suggests it might be impossible to reverse aging

Sat, 06/19/2021 - 14:01
“We compared birth and death data from humans and non-human primates and found this general pattern of mortality was the same in all of them,” he said. “This suggests that biological, rather than environmental factors, ultimately control longevity.”.

Two Viking burials, separated by an ocean, contain close kin

Sat, 06/19/2021 - 14:00
Today, their skeletons lie side-by-side in the National Museum of Denmark, reunited after centuries, Agence France-Presse (AFP) reported. Geneticists sequenced the pair's DNA as part of a ...

SpaceX stacking giant Super Heavy rocket ahead of Starship orbital flight test (photo)

Sat, 06/19/2021 - 13:33
(Four other Starship test vehicles had tried this uncrewed hop in the previous five months, but none of them managed to stick the landing.) Even before achieving that milestone, however, ...

Challenger crew likely survived explosion before tragic plunge to earth

Sat, 06/19/2021 - 13:07
The Space Shuttle Challenger was hurtling through the air at twice the speed of sound when pilot Michael Smith noticed something alarming. Sitting on the right side of the flight deck, Smith looked out his window and likely saw a flash of vapor or a fire.

Scientists Created "Giant Quantum Tornados" Resembling Black Holes

Sat, 06/19/2021 - 12:50
Now, researchers from Skoltech and their colleagues from the UK have managed to create a stable giant vortex in interacting polariton condensates that could lead to new possibilities in creating uniquely structured coherent light sources and exploring many- ...

Pedestrian killed in Brooklyn Park crash

Sat, 06/19/2021 - 12:45
According to police, at about 10:24 p.m., officers responded to an injury accident involving a pedestrian on 85th Avenue North at Stratford Crossing. Officers located the victim and began life-saving measures, but they were ultimately unsuccessful.

Name the Artemis Moonikin

Sat, 06/19/2021 - 12:42
We want your help to select a name for the suited manikin, or Moonikin in this case, that will fly aboard Orion to help gather data before missions with astronauts! A manikin is an ...

Turkey invites Russia to take part in construction of country's spaceport

Sat, 06/19/2021 - 12:28
Earlier this year, media reported that Ankara was planning to build a spaceport in Somalia as part of a $1 billion investment in the nation's nascent space programme. Turkish authorities did not confirm this information, but President Recep Tayyip Erdogan did ...

Researchers discover orbital patterns of trans-Neptunian objects

Sat, 06/19/2021 - 12:28
Trans-Neptunian Objects (TNOs), small objects that orbit the sun beyond Neptune, are fossils from the early days of the solar system which can tell us a lot about its formation and evolution. A new study led by Mohamad Ali-Dib, a research scientist at the NYU ...

Why does it hurt so much when you hit your funny bone?

Sat, 06/19/2021 - 12:00
Even the slightest bump of the funny bone can send pain rippling up and down the arm and a string of bawdy expletives rippling off the tongue. So why does hitting this little region of the elbow cause so much discomfort? The answer is pretty simple: It's a ...

Cosmic Mystery Deepens: Oddball “See-Through” Galaxy's Missing Dark Matter

Sat, 06/19/2021 - 11:22
Astronomers faced this puzzle when they aimed Hubble at the spheroidal galaxy NGC 1052-DF2, or DF2. It looks like a denizen of intergalactic space that is the closest thing there is to nothing, but is still something.

Pentagon UFO report: Five space scientists reveal if they believe in aliens

Sat, 06/19/2021 - 11:00
According to the Times' sources, the report does not provide any clear link or association between more than 120 incidents of UFO sightings from the past two decades, and a possibility of Earth having been visited by aliens.

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