Month: September 2018

Using one-meter class telescopes at Las Cumbres Observatory in Chile, astronomers are targeting the whole disk of the nearby Andromeda Galaxy in what is arguably the most ambitious optical SETI (Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence) campaign ever undertaken. It’s part of a trillion-planet survey led by the University of California in Santa Barbara. The Andromeda Galaxy
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A newly-discovered hummingbird species was found high up in Ecuador’s Andes Mountains, but its small population is threatened by human activities so it is already recognized as Critically Endangered Adult male blue-throated hillstar, Oreotrochilus cyanolaemus, a new-to-science species of hummingbird, found on Cerro de Arcos, El Oro province, southwest Ecuador.(Credit: Francisco Sornoza-Molina)Francisco Sornoza-Molina Whilst on
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Yes, indeed, but not the way you might think. It turns out we need a little bit of radiation to function in tip-top shape. And it’s all about our genes. The latest studies from New Mexico State University demonstrate that the absence of radiation is not good for organisms. Biological Effects of Radiation are well
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BROOK PARK, Ohio — Some 200 randomly chosen visitors posed with an astronaut, squeezed models of the Moon rovers’ rather flexible tires, plunged stakes into Martian-style sands and got “Golden Astronaut” figurines on Saturday during a rare day-long visit to NASA Glenn Research Center in honor of NASA’s 60th anniversary. The visit gave Lalescia Hicks a
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BROOK PARK, Ohio — Some 200 randomly chosen visitors posed with an astronaut, squeezed models of the Moon rovers’ rather flexible tires, plunged stakes into Martian-style sands and got “Golden Astronaut” figurines on Saturday during a rare day-long visit to NASA Glenn Research Center in honor of NASA’s 60th anniversary. The visit gave Lalescia Hicks a
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MENLO PARK, Calif., Sept. 29, 2018 /PRNewswire/ – LeoLabs, Inc., the leading commercial provider of low Earth orbit (LEO) mapping and Space Situational Awareness (SSA) services, today announced a broad-based agreement to build its next space radar in New Zealand. This establishes New Zealand as the site for the first radar of its kind in the
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The trillion-star Andromeda galaxy, the focus of a new, student-run project called the Trillion Planet Survey, which aims to find signs of alien life. Credit: S. Ozime An ambitious, student-run hunt for intelligent aliens is underway. The Trillion Planet Survey has begun scanning the huge Andromeda galaxy, as well as our own Milky Way, for
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A new study links rapid deoxygenation in the Gulf of St. Lawrence to two powerful currents: the Gulf Stream and the Labrador Current. The broad, biologically rich waterway in Eastern Canada which drains North America’s Great Lakes and is popular with fishing boats, whales, and tourists has lost oxygen faster than almost anywhere else in
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A magnitude 7.5 earthquake has struck off the coast of the Indonesian island of Sulawesi, triggering a 1.8-metre (6-foot) tsunami. The wave tore through several of the island’s coastal cities and towns, including the capital Palu, on Friday. The devastating quake has been followed by multiple strong aftershocks, and comes shortly after a magnitude 6.1
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IMAGE: The GPM core satellite passed over Tropical Storm Kirk at 8:36 a.m. EDT (1236 UTC) on Friday, Sept. 28, 2018. GPM found the heaviest rainfall (pink) was around the center… view more  Credit: NASA/JAXA/NRL Tropical Storm Kirk just passed through the Leeward Islands and when the GPM satellite passed overhead, it revealed that Kirk continued
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Reconstruction of a tomb in St. Paul’s Catacombs, Rabat, Malta.Kristina Killgrove Deep underground in the middle of the tiny island country of Malta lies a series of ancient catacombs, communal burial grounds that date back millennia. Malta has always been a way-station on journeys between Africa and southern Europe, with extraordinary diversity in its past
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Once mounted on the space station, the Climate Absolute Radiance and Refractivity Observatory Pathfinder will reduce uncertain measures of climate-related phenomena such as clouds. NASA By Paul VoosenSep. 28, 2018 , 12:45 PM A new space station sensor that will lay the foundation for future long-term observations of Earth’s climate is moving ahead, despite repeated attempts by
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The Apollo 11 command module, “Columbia,” is displayed along with a moon rock collection box used on the historic moon landing mission at the Senator John Heinz History Center in Pittsburgh. The Smithsonian touring exhibition, “Destination Moon: The Apollo 11 Mission” opens on Saturday, Sept. 28, 2018. Credit: collectSPACE.com PITTSBURGH, Pa. — You could say
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