Science & Technology News

Who Will Build the World's First Commercial Space Station?

Scientifc America - Fri, 2017-05-26 07:15
A start-up aims to add new construction to the International Space Station to prep for a private sector orbital outpost

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Brood Awakening: 17-Year Cicadas Emerge 4 Years Early

Scientifc America - Fri, 2017-05-26 06:45
Scientists search for the mysterious cause, as millions of hatching bugs loudly buzz the night away

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Extreme Jupiter weather and magnetic fields

Science Daily Astronomy - Thu, 2017-05-25 14:58
New observations about the extreme conditions of Jupiter's weather and magnetic fields by astronomers have contributed to the revelations and insights coming from the first close passes of Jupiter by NASA's Juno mission.

Juno mission to Jupiter delivers first science results

Science Daily Astronomy - Thu, 2017-05-25 14:15
NASA's Juno mission is rewriting what scientists thought they knew about Jupiter specifically, and gas giants in general, according to a pair of Science papers released today. The Juno spacecraft has been in orbit around Jupiter since July 2016, passing within 3,000 miles of the equatorial cloudtops.

The big star that couldn't become a supernova

Science Daily Astronomy - Thu, 2017-05-25 14:15
For the first time in history, astronomers have been able to watch as a dying star was reborn as a black hole. It went out with a whimper instead of a bang.

Because It's Not There: Climbers May Face Danger If Everest's Hillary Step Collapsed

Scientifc America - Thu, 2017-05-25 08:45
A glacier scientist and expert climber weighs in on the high-altitude mystery surrounding the summit’s icy rock face

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Newly Found Exoplanet May Have Ring System Dwarfing Saturn's

Scientifc America - Thu, 2017-05-25 07:00
If confirmed, the  world’s rings would be some 200 times wider than Saturn’s and could reveal clues to our solar system’s early history

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Marijuana Treatment Reduces Severe Epileptic Seizures

Scientifc America - Thu, 2017-05-25 06:45
A rigorous study validates a cannabis-derived treatment for a rare, drug-resistant childhood epilepsy

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Just after the Big Bang: Galaxies created stars a hundred times faster now

Science Daily Astronomy - Wed, 2017-05-24 13:11
A team of astronomers has discovered a new kind of galaxy which, although extremely old -- formed less than a billion years after the Big Bang -- creates stars more than a hundred times faster than our own Milky Way.

How most antimatter in the Milky Way forms: Mystery solved

Science Daily Astronomy - Wed, 2017-05-24 10:45
Astrophysicists have now shown how most of the antimatter in the Milky Way forms.

Volunteers help find star that exploded 970 million years ago, predating the dinosaurs

Science Daily Astronomy - Wed, 2017-05-24 10:15
Online volunteers have helped astronomers find a star that exploded 970 million years ago, predating the dinosaurs' time on Earth.

Biggest ever simulations help uncover the history of the galaxy

Science Daily Astronomy - Wed, 2017-05-24 08:46
Thousands of processors, terabytes of data, and months of computing time have helped a group of researchers in Germany create some of the largest and highest resolution simulations ever made of galaxies like our Milky Way.

When Hatred Goes Viral: Inside Social Media's Efforts to Combat Terrorism

Scientifc America - Wed, 2017-05-24 06:45
Online video serves the Islamic State and other terrorist organizations as a powerful tool for recruiting new members and inciting violence. A potential fix remains curiously in limbo

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New object near supermassive black hole in famous galaxy

Science Daily Astronomy - Tue, 2017-05-23 14:41
When astronomers took a new look at a famous galaxy with the upgraded Very Large Array, they were surprised by the appearance of a new, bright object that had not appeared in previous images.

CAST project places new limitations on dark matter

Science Daily Astronomy - Tue, 2017-05-23 10:43
CERN research results deliver no evidence for the existence of solar axions.

ASKAP telescope to rule radio-burst hunt

Science Daily Astronomy - Tue, 2017-05-23 08:33
A CSIRO telescope in Western Australia has found its first 'fast radio burst' from space after less than four days of searching.

How radioactive decay could support extraterrestrial life

Science Daily Astronomy - Tue, 2017-05-23 08:19
In the icy bodies around our solar system, radiation emitted from rocky cores could break up water molecules and support hydrogen-eating microbes. To address this cosmic possibility, a team modeled a natural water-cracking process called radiolysis. They then applied the model to several worlds with known or suspected interior oceans, including Saturn's moon Enceladus, Jupiter's moon Europa, Pluto and its moon Charon, as well as the dwarf planet Ceres.

Kepler telescope spies details of TRAPPIST-1 system's outermost planet

Science Daily Astronomy - Tue, 2017-05-23 08:18
A team of astronomers has used data gathered by the Kepler Space Telescope to observe and confirm details of the outermost of seven exoplanets or-biting the star TRAPPIST-1.

The Human Nose Knows More Than We Think

Scientifc America - Tue, 2017-05-23 06:45
A look at the body of olfactory science shows people’s reputation for having a poor sense of smell is a myth

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A new approach to forecasting solar flares?

Science Daily Astronomy - Mon, 2017-05-22 08:10
The emerging discipline of space meteorology aims to reliably predict solar flares so that we may better guard against their effects. Using 3D numerical models, an international team has discovered a proxy that could be used to forecast an eruptive event. The proxy is associated with magnetic helicity, which reflects the extent of twist and entanglement of the magnetic field.