Science & Technology News

NASA'S OSIRIS-REx spacecraft slingshots past Earth

Science Daily Astronomy - Fri, 2017-09-22 16:25
NASA's asteroid sample return spacecraft successfully used Earth's gravity on Friday to slingshot itself on a path toward the asteroid Bennu, for a rendezvous next August.

Scientists Closing in on Dawn of Plate Tectonics

Scientifc America - Fri, 2017-09-22 09:15
The massive slabs of Earth’s crust might have started their journey more than 3.5 billion years ago

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Positive, negative or neutral, it all matters: NASA explains space radiation

Science Daily Astronomy - Fri, 2017-09-22 09:09
Charged particles may be small, but they matter to astronauts. NASA's Human Research Program (HRP) is investigating these particles to solve one of its biggest challenges for a human journey to Mars: space radiation and its effects on the human body.

Should Apple iPhone X Trust Facial Recognition for Security?

Scientifc America - Fri, 2017-09-22 06:45
New FaceID biometrics will unlock the smartphone and provide access to Apple Pay and other apps

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If At First You Don't Succeed, Show Your Baby Again

Scientifc America - Thu, 2017-09-21 16:45
Infants who saw a researcher keep at a difficult task tried harder themselves

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Why the Mexico City Earthquake Shook Up Disaster Predictions

Scientifc America - Thu, 2017-09-21 14:30
Tuesday’s deadly quake did not come from the place many geologists thought would unleash the next “big one”

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Detecting cosmic rays from a galaxy far, far away

Science Daily Astronomy - Thu, 2017-09-21 14:12
Where do cosmic rays come from? Solving a 50-year-old mystery, a collaboration of researchers has discovered it's much farther than the Milky Way.

Solar eruption ‘photobombed’ Mars encounter with Comet Siding Spring

Science Daily Astronomy - Thu, 2017-09-21 09:50
When Comet C/2013 A1 (Siding Spring) passed just 140,000 kilometers from Mars on 19th October 2014, depositing a large amount of debris in the Martian atmosphere, space agencies coordinated multiple spacecraft to witness the largest meteor shower in recorded history. It was a rare opportunity, as this kind of planetary event occurs only once every 100,000 years.

Prepping for Alien Oceans, NASA Goes Deep

Scientifc America - Thu, 2017-09-21 09:15
Deep-sea observatory tests technologies for eventual exploration of Europa or other icy moons

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Hurricane Maria: What Exactly Is a Category 4 Storm? [Slide Show]

Scientifc America - Thu, 2017-09-21 07:15
This year’s season has been particularly wild, with several category 4 and 5 storms. We explain the kind of damage to expect at each level

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Blind Cave Fish Beat Back Diabetes Symptoms That Would Kill People

Scientifc America - Thu, 2017-09-21 06:45
The Mexican fish may have evolved strategies that could help humans survive an epidemic disease

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Unique type of object discovered in our solar system

Science Daily Astronomy - Wed, 2017-09-20 14:47
Astronomers have observed the intriguing characteristics of an unusual type of object in the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter: two asteroids orbiting each other and exhibiting comet-like features, including a bright coma and a long tail. This is the first known binary asteroid also classified as a comet.

New concept of terrestrial planet formation

Science Daily Astronomy - Wed, 2017-09-20 13:17
Scientists are proposing a new way of understanding the cooling and transfer of heat from terrestrial planetary interiors and how that affects the generation of the volcanic terrains that dominate the rocky planets.

Is the Milky Way an 'outlier' galaxy? Studying its 'siblings' for clues

Science Daily Astronomy - Wed, 2017-09-20 11:33
The most-studied galaxy in the universe -- the Milky Way -- might not be as 'typical' as previously thought, according to a new study. Early results from the Satellites Around Galactic Analogs (SAGA) Survey indicate that the Milky Way's satellites are much more tranquil than other systems of comparable luminosity and environment. Many satellites of those 'sibling' galaxies are actively pumping out new stars, but the Milky Way's satellites are mostly inert.

Great Lakes Defenders Have a Shocking Idea to Stave Off Invasive Carp

Scientifc America - Wed, 2017-09-20 07:00
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has proposed electric and sound barriers to repel Asian carp approaching Lake Michigan 

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A Challenge to the Textbooks on How We Learn about Our Surroundings

Scientifc America - Wed, 2017-09-20 06:45
New experiments provide an alternative to a long-reigning theory of the way we form memories of experiences

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Mercury's poles may be icier than scientists thought

Science Daily Astronomy - Tue, 2017-09-19 12:31
A new study identifies three large surface ice deposits near Mercury's north pole, and suggests there could be many additional small-scale deposits that would dramatically increase the planet's surface ice inventory.

Size matters in the detection of exoplanet atmospheres

Science Daily Astronomy - Tue, 2017-09-19 09:26
A group-analysis of 30 exoplanets orbiting distant stars suggests that size, not mass, is a key factor in whether a planet’s atmosphere can be detected. The largest population-study of exoplanets to date successfully detected atmospheres around 16 ‘hot Jupiters’, and found that water vapor was present in every case.

Solar wind impacts on giant 'space hurricanes' may affect satellite safety

Science Daily Astronomy - Tue, 2017-09-19 09:10
Could the flapping of a butterfly's wings in Costa Rica set off a hurricane in California? For most people, this hypothetical scenario may be difficult to imagine on Earth -- particularly when a real disaster strikes. Yet, in space, similarly small fluctuations in the solar wind as it streams toward the Earth's magnetic shield actually can affect the speed and strength of 'space hurricanes,' a researcher explains.

Extended Adolescence: When 25 is the new 18

Scientifc America - Tue, 2017-09-19 06:45
It is a common grumble that children grow up too fast. No more. Teens are in no hurry to embrace the putative joys of adulthood

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