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Soft Robot Hand Is First to Be Fully 3-D-Printed in a Single Step

Scientifc America - Fri, 2021-07-23 06:45
Then it played Super Mario Bros

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Martian global dust storm ended winter early in the south

Science Daily Astronomy - Thu, 2021-07-22 19:50
A dust storm that engulfed Mars in 2018 destroyed a vortex of cold air around the planet's south pole and brought an early spring to the hemisphere. By contrast, the storm caused only minor distortions to the polar vortex in the northern hemisphere and no dramatic seasonal changes.

Unravelling the knotty problem of the Sun's activity

Science Daily Astronomy - Thu, 2021-07-22 16:30
A new approach to analysing the development of magnetic tangles on the Sun has led to a breakthrough in a longstanding debate about how solar energy is injected into the solar atmosphere before being released into space, causing space weather events. The first direct evidence that field lines become knotted before they emerge at the visible surface of the Sun has implications for our ability to predict the behavior of active regions and the nature of the solar interior.

Astrophysicist outlines plans for the gravitational wave observatory on the moon

Science Daily Astronomy - Thu, 2021-07-22 16:29
Not a moonshot: Astronomers explore possibility of lunar observatory to better understand fundamental physics, astronomy and cosmology.

InSight Lander Makes Best-Yet Maps of Martian Depths

Scientifc America - Thu, 2021-07-22 14:15
The NASA mission used seismic waves from marsquakes to perform a core-to-crust survey of the planet’s subsurface

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Planetary shields will buckle under stellar winds from their dying stars

Science Daily Astronomy - Thu, 2021-07-22 12:12
Any life identified on planets orbiting white dwarf stars almost certainly evolved after the star's death, says a new study that reveals the consequences of the intense and furious stellar winds that will batter a planet as its star is dying.

Spotted: An exoplanet with the potential to form moons

Science Daily Astronomy - Thu, 2021-07-22 11:29
New high-resolution observations clearly show a moon-forming region around exoplanet PDS 70c. The observations have allowed astronomers to determine the ring-shaped region's size and mass for the first time.

New study reveals previously unseen star formation in Milky Way

Science Daily Astronomy - Thu, 2021-07-22 11:28
A new survey of our home galaxy, the Milky Way, combines the capabilities of the Very Large Array and the Effelsberg telescope in Germany to provide astronomers with valuable new insights into how stars much more massive than the Sun are formed.

Why Extreme Heat Is So Deadly

Scientifc America - Thu, 2021-07-22 08:00
Heat waves kill more people than any other type of severe weather in the U.S. And climate change is making them more frequent and unpredictable

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Weed Shouldn't Be Banned for Elite Athletes, Some Experts Say

Scientifc America - Thu, 2021-07-22 06:45
The disqualification of a leading U.S. Olympics candidate has brought the World Anti-Doping Agency’s marijuana prohibition under fire

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A large tidal stream observed in the Sombrero galaxy

Science Daily Astronomy - Wed, 2021-07-21 12:07
Astronomers have made detailed observations of a large tidal flow around the Sombrero galaxy, whose strange morphology has still not been definitively explained.

The weather forecast for Venus

Science Daily Astronomy - Wed, 2021-07-21 12:07
Little is known about the weather at night on Venus as the absence of sunlight makes imaging difficult. Now, researchers have devised a way to use infrared sensors on board the Venus orbiter Akatsuki to reveal the first details of the nighttime weather of our nearest neighbor. Their analytical methods could be used to study other planets including Mars and gas giants as well.

SuperBIT: A low-cost balloon-borne telescope to rival Hubble

Science Daily Astronomy - Wed, 2021-07-21 10:24
Astronomersand engineers are building a new kind of astronomical telescope. SuperBIT flies above 99.5% of the Earth's atmosphere, carried by a helium balloon the size of a football stadium. The telescope will make its operational debut next April and when deployed should obtain high-resolution images rivaling those of the Hubble Space Telescope.

Massive Machines Are Bringing Giant Exoplanets Down to Earth

Scientifc America - Wed, 2021-07-21 09:00
Scientists are using football-field-sized lasers, warehouse-sized electromagnets and other immense facilities to reveal the deep secrets of planetary interiors

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Hardy Microbes Hint at Possibilities for Extraterrestrial Life

Scientifc America - Wed, 2021-07-21 06:45
Studies of extreme ecosystems on Earth can guide the search for Martian life and may reveal the fundamental limits of biology

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Long-period oscillations of Sun discovered

Science Daily Astronomy - Tue, 2021-07-20 11:44
A team of solar physicists has reported the discovery of global oscillations of the Sun with very long periods, comparable to the 27-day solar rotation period. The oscillations manifest themselves at the solar surface as swirling motions with speeds on the order of 5 kilometers per hour.

People with COVID Often Infect Their Pets

Scientifc America - Tue, 2021-07-20 08:00
New unpublished studies show that dogs and cats with COVID-positive owners frequently have SARS-CoV-2 antibodies

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Today's Wildfires Are Taking Us into Uncharted Territory

Scientifc America - Tue, 2021-07-20 06:45
Data on 2,000 years of Rocky Mountain forest fires shows skyrocketing damage

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Supermassive black holes put a brake on stellar births

Science Daily Astronomy - Mon, 2021-07-19 19:16
Black holes with masses equivalent to millions of suns do put a brake on the birth of new stars, say astronomers. Using machine learning and three state of the art simulations to back up results from a large sky survey, the researchers resolve a 20-year long debate on the formation of stars.

Tail without a comet: the dusty remains of Comet ATLAS

Science Daily Astronomy - Mon, 2021-07-19 12:03
A serendipitous flythrough of the tail of a disintegrated comet has offered scientists a unique opportunity to study these remarkable structures.