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3rd AbSciCon Meeting Mentor Program

2017-03-26 15:14:46
3rd AbSciCon Meeting Mentor Program

President Trump Hails NASA's Space Exploration Spirit in Weekly Address

2017-03-26 09:11:00
President Donald Trump used his weekly address Saturday (March 25) to praise NASA's legacy of exploration and discovery in a video that also marked Trump's signing of the 2017 NASA authorization bill earlier in the week.

Astronomers to Peer Into a Black Hole for 1st Time with Event Horizon Telescope

2017-03-26 08:37:00
Since first mentioned in 1783, black holes have captured the imagination of scientists, writers, filmmakers and other artists. Perhaps part of the allure is that these enigmatic objects have never actually been "seen."

Chris Hadfield Hosts 'Miniverse' On Curiosity Stream - Trailer

2017-03-26 08:35:00
The former Canadian Space Agency astronaut and internet sensation is bringing space ?down to Earth? in a new web series on Curiosity Stream.

Take a Solar System 'Road Trip' with Astronaut Chris Hadfield in 'Miniverse'

2017-03-26 08:26:00
The solar system is shrunk down to the size of the continental United States in a new online movie hosted by retired astronaut Chris Hadfield. Joined by a few traveling companions, Hadfield makes his way from coast to coast, and planet to planet.

Molecular 'treasure maps' to help discover new materials

2017-03-26 05:56:58
Southampton, UK (SPX) Mar 23, 2017
Scientists at the University of Southampton working with colleagues at the University of Liverpool have developed a new method which has the potential to revolutionise the way we search for, design and produce new materials. The researchers used sophisticated computer modelling to map how molecules assemble and crystallise to form new materials - each molecule leading to a myriad of possib

Researchers use light to remotely control curvature of plastics

2017-03-26 05:56:58
Raleigh NC (SPX) Mar 23, 2017
Researchers at North Carolina State University have developed a technique that uses light to get two-dimensional (2-D) plastic sheets to curve into three-dimensional (3-D) structures, such as spheres, tubes or bowls. The advance builds on earlier work by the same research team, which focused on self-folding 3-D structures. The key advance here is that rather than having the plastic fold al

Non-toxic material that generates electricity through hot and cold

2017-03-26 05:56:58
Salt Lake City UT (SPX) Mar 21, 2017
Thanks to the discovery of a new material by University of Utah engineers, jewelry such as a ring and your body heat could generate enough electricity to power a body sensor, or a cooking pan could charge a cellphone in just a few hours. The team, led by University of Utah materials science and engineering professor Ashutosh Tiwari, has found that a combination of the chemical elements cal

AI helps capture a volcano's changing lava lake

2017-03-26 05:56:58
Pasadena CA (JPL) Mar 23, 2017
One of our planet's few exposed lava lakes is changing, and artificial intelligence is helping NASA understand how. On January 21, a fissure opened at the top of Ethiopia's Erta Ale volcano - one of the few in the world with an active lava lake in its caldera. Volcanologists sent out requests for NASA's Earth Observing 1 (EO-1) spacecraft to image the eruption, which was large enough to begin re

Astronomers hazard a ride in a 'drifting carousel' to understand pulsating stars

2017-03-26 05:56:58
Perth, Australia (SPX) Mar 23, 2017
What sounds like a stomach-turning ride at an amusement park might hold the key to unravelling the mysterious mechanism that causes beams of radio waves to shoot out from pulsars - super-magnetic rotating stars in our Galaxy. New research from Curtin University, obtained using the Murchison Widefield Array (MWA) radio telescope located in the Western Australian outback, suggests the answer could

ALMA's Ability to See a "Cosmic Hole" Confirmed

2017-03-26 05:56:58
Garching, Germany (SPX) Mar 21, 2017
Researchers using the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) successfully imaged a radio "hole" around a galaxy cluster 4.8 billion light-years away. This is the highest resolution image ever taken of such a hole caused by the Sunyaev-Zel'dovich effect (SZ effect). The image proves ALMA's high capability to investigate the distribution and temperature of gas around galaxy clusters t

Finding the 'ghost particles' might be more challenging than what we thought

2017-03-26 05:56:58
Seoul, South Korea (SPX) Mar 23, 2017
Dubbed as "ghost particles," neutrinos have no electric charge and their masses are so tiny that they are difficult to observe. The sun, nuclear reactors, supernovae explosions create them, when their nuclei are going through a radioactive decay, known as beta decay. The Center for Underground Physics, within the Institute for Basic Science (IBS) led the Neutrino Experiment for Oscillation at Sh

With astronomy rewind, citizen scientists will bring zombie astrophotos back to life

2017-03-26 05:56:58
Washington DC (SPX) Mar 23, 2017
A new citizen-science project will rescue tens of thousands of potentially valuable cosmic images that are mostly dead to science and bring them fully back to life. Called Astronomy Rewind, the effort, which launches this week, will take photographs, radio maps, and other telescopic images that have been scanned from the pages of dusty old journals and place them in context in digital sky atlase

Hubble discovery of runaway star yields clues to breakup of multiple-star system

2017-03-26 05:56:58
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Mar 21, 2017
As British royal families fought the War of the Roses in the 1400s for control of England's throne, a grouping of stars was waging its own contentious skirmish - a star wars far away in the Orion Nebula. The stars were battling each other in a gravitational tussle, which ended with the system breaking apart and at least three stars being ejected in different directions. The speedy, wayward

UV background could provide clues to missing galaxies

2017-03-26 05:56:58
Durham UK (SPX) Mar 23, 2017
Astronomers have developed a way to detect the ultraviolet (UV) background of the universe, which could help explain why there are so few small galaxies in the cosmos. UV radiation is invisible but shows up as visible red light when it interacts with gas. An international team of researchers led by Durham University, UK, has now found a way to measure it using instruments on Earth. The res

Israel's David's Sling missile system to be operational in weeks

2017-03-26 05:56:58
Washington (UPI) Mar 21, 2017
David's Sling, Israel's developing mid-tier missile defense system, is set to become operational within weeks, according to local media reports. Once operational, the system will be used to supplement Israel's existing Iron Dome and Arrow missile defense systems. The new platform specializes in intercepting tactical ballistic missiles, medium to long-range rockets, and cruise missiles.

Another reason to flip the off switch: light pollution

2017-03-26 05:56:58
Paris (AFP) March 24, 2017
For the 11th year running, cities worldwide will turn their lights off Saturday to mark Earth Hour in a global call to action on climate change. But the moment of darkness should also serve as a reminder, activists say, of another problem that gets far less attention: light pollution. More than 80 percent of humanity lives under skies saturated with artificial light, scientists recently

The foundation of aquatic life can rapidly adapt to global warming

2017-03-26 05:56:58
Exeter, UK (SPX) Mar 23, 2017
Important microscopic creatures which produce half of the oxygen in the atmosphere can rapidly adapt to global warming, new research suggests. Phytoplankton, which also act as an essential food supply for fish, can increase the rate at which they take in carbon dioxide and release oxygen while in warmer water temperatures, a long-running experiment shows. Monitoring of one species, a green

Video game study suggests people will remain calm as the world ends

2017-03-26 05:56:58
Washington (UPI) Mar 20, 2017
Many assume the world will end in chaos, a complete breakdown of the social order. The results of a new video game study suggest otherwise. Participants in a role-playing video game study engaged in acts of cooperation and assistance as their virtual world came to an end. Analysis of the virtual actions of 80,000 participants playing ArcheAge showed acts of violence were relatively rare

Spacewalking French, US astronauts begin upgrade to orbiting lab

2017-03-26 05:56:58
Miami (AFP) March 24, 2017
A French and an American astronaut floated outside the International Space Station Friday for a spacewalk to upgrade the orbiting outpost for the arrival of future space crews. The spacewalk by France's Thomas Pesquet, 39, and American Shane Kimbrough, 49, officially began at 7:24 am (1124 GMT) when the duo switched their spacesuits to internal battery power. Pesquet and Kimbrough worked

What About a Mission to Titan?

2017-03-25 15:19:53

Europa is fine and all, but where we really need to go is Saturn's moon Titan. Let's look at some cool ideas for probes to fully explore this world.

The post What About a Mission to Titan? appeared first on Universe Today.

Juno?s Monday Jupiter Flyby Promises New Batch of Images & Science

2017-03-25 15:19:27

Juno will perform its 5th flyby of Jupiter, Monday, March 27, at 1:52 a.m. PDT. Prepare yourself for some fantastic images.

The post Juno’s Monday Jupiter Flyby Promises New Batch of Images & Science appeared first on Universe Today.

Crumbling Comet? The Great Debate About Whether Rosetta Rock 67P is Breaking Apart

2017-03-25 06:30:00
It is almost six months since the Rosetta spacecraft completed its operations at comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimanko. The landing may have marked the end of data collection from the comet ? but not the end of news about 67P.

3 Cool Ways to Protect Your Eyes During the Total Solar Eclipse

2017-03-25 06:30:00
Never look directly at the sun, even during a total solar eclipse, like the one that will occur on Aug. 21. Instead, use these tips for how to safely observe the cosmic event.

Planet Again? Pluto, Most Moons Count Under Proposed Definition

2017-03-25 06:30:00
A group of planetary scientists is making the case for a new definition of a planet; this one would include Pluto and most moons. Here's why these researchers think the new definition is better.

Air Force's Mysterious X-37B Space Plane Breaks Orbital Record

2017-03-25 06:30:00
The current mission of the U.S. Air Force's robotic X-37B space plane is now the longest in the clandestine program's history.

Planet or Dwarf Planet: All Worlds are Worth Investigating

2017-03-25 06:30:00
Pluto's status as a "dwarf planet" is once again stirring debate. This comes as some planetary scientists are trying to have Pluto reclassified as a planet ? a wish that's not likely to come true.

NASA Spaceline Current Awareness List #741 24 March 2017 (Space Life Science Research Results)

2017-03-25 02:09:58
NASA Spaceline Current Awareness List #741 24 March 2017 (Space Life Science Research Results)

Nighttime Delta IV Blastoff Powers Military Comsat to Orbit for U.S. Allies: Photo/Video Gallery

2017-03-24 23:52:28

CAPE CANAVERAL AIR FORCE STATION, FL - The second round of March Launch Madness continued with the thunderous nighttime blastoff of a ULA Delta IV rocket powering a super swift military communications satellite to orbit in a collaborative effort of U.S. Allies from North America, Europe and Asia and the U.S. Air Force.

The post Nighttime Delta IV Blastoff Powers Military Comsat to Orbit for U.S. Allies: Photo/Video Gallery appeared first on Universe Today.

Watch Stars Orbit The Milky Way?s Supermassive Black Hole

2017-03-24 21:08:33

Watch several dozen stars in the center of our galaxy circle a massive, black "nothing."

The post Watch Stars Orbit The Milky Way’s Supermassive Black Hole appeared first on Universe Today.

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'Supermassive' black hole rocketing through space at five million miles an hour, Nasa reveals - The Independent

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'Supermassive' black hole rocketing through space at five million miles an hour, Nasa reveals - The Independent

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Space News: NASA embraces small satellites - Lake County News

2017-03-26 06:44:08

Space News: NASA embraces small satellites - Lake County News

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Space News: NASA embraces small satellites - Lake County News

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Space News: NASA embraces small satellites - Lake County News

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Space News: NASA embraces small satellites - Lake County News

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NASA: The path to Mars goes through Bally - Allentown Morning Call

2017-03-25 20:00:51

NASA: The path to Mars goes through Bally - Allentown Morning Call

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NASA: The path to Mars goes through Bally - Allentown Morning Call

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NASA: The path to Mars goes through Bally - Allentown Morning Call

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NASA: The path to Mars goes through Bally - Allentown Morning Call

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NASA: The path to Mars goes through Bally - Allentown Morning Call

2017-03-25 20:00:51

NASA: The path to Mars goes through Bally - Allentown Morning Call

2017-03-25 20:00:51

NASA: The path to Mars goes through Bally - Allentown Morning Call

2017-03-25 20:00:51

NASA: The path to Mars goes through Bally - Allentown Morning Call

2017-03-25 20:00:51

NASA: The path to Mars goes through Bally - Allentown Morning Call

2017-03-25 20:00:51

NASA: The path to Mars goes through Bally - Allentown Morning Call

2017-03-25 20:00:51

NASA: The path to Mars goes through Bally - Allentown Morning Call

2017-03-25 20:00:51

NASA: The path to Mars goes through Bally - Allentown Morning Call

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NASA's Plan To Use A Giant Magnet To Make Mars Habitable - Seeker

2017-03-25 18:46:52

NASA's Plan To Use A Giant Magnet To Make Mars Habitable - Seeker

2017-03-25 18:46:52

NASA stunned by incredible images on Mars - BABW News

2017-03-25 18:22:06

NASA's Plan To Use A Giant Magnet To Make Mars Habitable - Seeker

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NASA's Plan To Use A Giant Magnet To Make Mars Habitable - Seeker

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NASA's Plan To Use A Giant Magnet To Make Mars Habitable - Seeker

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NASA's Plan To Use A Giant Magnet To Make Mars Habitable - Seeker

2017-03-25 18:03:37

NASA's Plan To Use A Giant Magnet To Make Mars Habitable - Seeker

2017-03-25 18:03:37

NASA's Plan To Use A Giant Magnet To Make Mars Habitable - Seeker

2017-03-25 18:03:37

NASA's Plan To Use A Giant Magnet To Make Mars Habitable - Seeker

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