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2020 tied for warmest year on record, NASA analysis showsEarth's global average surface temperature in 2020 tied with 2016 as the warmest year on record, according to an analysis by NASA.
3 jCOVID-19 reduced U.S. life expectancy, especially among Black and Latino populationsA new study finds that due to COVID-19 deaths last year, life expectancy at birth for Americans will shorten by 1.13 years to 77.48 years -- the largest single-year decline in life expectancy in at least 40 years.
3 jClimate change has caused billions of dollars in flood damagesFlooding has caused hundreds of billions of dollars in damage in the U.S. over the past three decades. Researchers found that 36 percent of the costs of flooding in the U.S. from 1988 to 2017 were a result of intensifying precipitation, consistent with predictions of global warming.
6 j'Galaxy-sized' observatory sees potential hints of gravitational wavesScientists believe that planets like Earth bob in a sea of gravitational waves that spread throughout the universe. Now, an international team has gotten closer than ever before to detecting those cosmic ripples.
6 jMeasurements of pulsar acceleration reveal Milky Way's dark sideIt is well known that the expansion of the universe is accelerating due to a mysterious dark energy. Within galaxies, stars also experience an acceleration, though this is due to some combination of dark matter and the stellar density. In a new study, researchers have now obtained the first direct measurement of the average acceleration taking place within our home galaxy, the Milky Way.
6 jALMA captures distant colliding galaxy dying out as it loses the ability to form starsGalaxies begin to 'die' when they stop forming stars, but until now astronomers had never clearly glimpsed the start of this process in a far-away galaxy. Using the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA), astronomers have seen a galaxy ejecting nearly half of its star-forming gas. This ejection is happening at a startling rate, equivalent to 10,000 Suns-worth of gas a year. The team believes that this event was triggered by a collision with another galaxy.
6 jUnravelling the mystery that makes viruses infectiousResearchers have for the first time identified the way viruses like the poliovirus and the common cold virus 'package up' their genetic code, allowing them to infect cells. The findings open up the possibility that drugs or anti-viral agents can be developed that would stop such infections.
9 jWhy crocodiles have changed so little since the age of the dinosaursNew research explains how a 'stop-start' pattern of evolution, governed by environmental change, could explain why crocodiles have changed so little since the age of the dinosaurs.
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Evolution of antibody immunity to SARS-CoV-2
Nature, Published online: 18 January 2021; doi:10.1038/s41586-021-03207-wEvolution of antibody immunity to SARS-CoV-2
16 hMonitoring the snap, crackle and pop of the sea
Nature, Published online: 18 January 2021; doi:10.1038/d41586-021-00082-3A sea-bed buoy in a busy shipping lane helps marine biologist Antonio Codarin to record underwater noise and its impact on marine species.
16 hThe grisly trials that gave poison to prisoners
Nature, Published online: 18 January 2021; doi:10.1038/d41586-021-00077-0Hair-raising sixteenth-century reports emphasize the tests’ control arms and societal benefit.
16 hJoe Biden names top geneticist Eric Lander as science adviser
Nature, Published online: 16 January 2021; doi:10.1038/d41586-021-00118-8US president-elect also elevates the position to the cabinet for the first time.
2 jAuthor Correction: Suppression of a SARS-CoV-2 outbreak in the Italian municipality of Vo’
Nature, Published online: 15 January 2021; doi:10.1038/s41586-020-2956-7Author Correction: Suppression of a SARS-CoV-2 outbreak in the Italian municipality of Vo’
3 jTiny hard drives that are alive — and multiplying
Nature, Published online: 15 January 2021; doi:10.1038/d41586-021-00092-1A common bacterium can be engineered to carry coded messages in its genome.
3 jA case of ‘stomach flu’ arms the microbiome against invaders
Nature, Published online: 15 January 2021; doi:10.1038/d41586-021-00078-zGut-wrenching infection encourages production of an amino acid consumed by helpful bacteria.
3 jFeeling fit? A little more sweat could still help your heart
Nature, Published online: 15 January 2021; doi:10.1038/d41586-021-00093-0Data from nearly 100,000 people find no upper limit to the heart benefits of increasing exercise levels.
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A New Satellite Is Going to Try to Maintain low Earth Orbit Without Any Propellant
Staying afloat in space can be deceptively hard. Just ask the characters from Gravity, or any number of the hundreds of small satellites that fall into the atmosphere in a given year. Any object placed in low Earth orbit (LEO) must constantly fight against the drag caused by the small number of air molecules that …
The post A New Satellite Is Going to Try to Maintain low Earth Orbit Without Any Propellant appeared first on Universe Today.
11 hThis is What the Sun Looked Like for Every Day in 2020
Have you ever seen the videos of people taking daily selfies of themselves over the course of years or even decades? Now the sun has started it’s own series of pictures – with 366 complete pictures from the year 2020, captured by the European Space Agency’s Proba-2 satellite. There are a couple of interesting things …
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12 hAccording to the Math, it’s Highly Unlikely That an Intelligent Civilization is Located at Alpha Centauri
In a new study, a pair of Harvard astrophysicists did the math on whether or not BLC1 is an extraterrestrial signal - and the results are not good!
The post According to the Math, it’s Highly Unlikely That an Intelligent Civilization is Located at Alpha Centauri appeared first on Universe Today.
13 hSpace Launch System Performs a Dramatic Hot Fire Test, Blasting With all 4 Engines at Once
NASA accomplished a major milestone today when it conducted a Hot Fire Test of the SLS Core Stage, firing all four of its engines at once.
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1 jThe UK is Considering Nuclear Propulsion in Space
The UK Space Agency recently contracted with the British Rolls Royce company to research nuclear propulsion, which could allow for all kinds of deep-space missions!
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2 jJames Webb Unfolds Sunshield
It’s almost time. Soon the James Webb Space Telescope will be on its way to the Sun/Earth L2 Lagrange point and will begin its at least 5-year science mission. Really, it’s going to happen. Despite several delays since the program began in 1996 and a budget that has exceeded the original by several billion dollars, …
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2 jThanks to Perseverance, We’re Finally Going to Hear What Mars Sounds Like
Many consider the various rovers we’ve sent to Mars as the next best thing to sending a geologist to the Red Planet. Spirit, Opportunity and Curiosity have carried all the necessary equipment similar to what human geologists use on Earth, and are able to navigate the terrain, “see” the landscape with the various cameras, pick …
The post Thanks to Perseverance, We’re Finally Going to Hear What Mars Sounds Like appeared first on Universe Today.
2 jNASA Has Given Up on Trying to Deploy InSight’s Mole
It’s always a sad day when a mission comes to an end. And it’s even sadder when the mission never really got going in the first place. That’s where we’re at with NASA’s InSight lander. The entire mission isn’t over, but the so-called Mole, the instrument designed and built by Germany’s DLR, has been pronounced …
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To improve our response to crises like covid-19 we must think smarterOur narrow definition of intelligence has worsened social, economic and racial inequalities, and left us ill-equipped to come together to solve global problems
4 jAssassin's Creed Valhalla review: Vikings marauders become niceVikings are rarely portrayed as a civilized people, but new game Assassin's Creed Valhalla has it both ways with people playing nice while still overrunning everything in sight, says Jacob Aron
4 jWe must start publishing ethnicity data for covid-19 vaccinationsThe race to vaccinate as many people as possible against covid-19 is under way, but unless countries track who receives the vaccine we won’t be able to ensure the benefits are spread equitably, says Layal Liverpool
2 jCovid-19 news: UK bans travel from South America over new variantThe latest coronavirus news updated every day including coronavirus cases, the latest news, features and interviews from New Scientist and essential information about the covid-19 pandemic
2 jDinosaur found in Argentina may be largest land animal everFossils of a gigantic dinosaur are emerging from the ground in Argentina after 98 million years – and the creature may be the largest land animal that scientists have ever found
2 jQuantum internet signals beamed between drones a kilometre apartEntangled photons have been beamed between drones and to a ground station, creating technology that could form part of an unhackable quantum internet
3 jThe superconductor breakthrough that could mean an energy revolutionWe’ve finally made a room-temperature superconductor, so materials that transport electricity without wasting any of it are within our grasp
4 jNASA gives up trying to burrow under Mars surface with 'mole' probeFor nearly two years, a heat probe attached to NASA’s InSight lander, nicknamed the mole, has been trying to burrow into the Martian surface – but now researchers have thrown in the towel
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The Award-Winning Artist ADÁL Has Died. Read One of His Final InterviewsThe Puerto Rican artist won the National Portrait Gallery's People’s Choice award for his devastating image 'Muerto Rico'
231 jThe Epic Failure of Thomas Edison's Talking DollExpensive, heavy, non-functioning and a little scary looking, the doll created by America's hero-inventor was a commercial flop
2058 jThe Little-Known Story of Madagascar's Last Queen, Ranavalona IIIArtifacts linked to the royal are headed home following their purchase at auction by the African island's government
41 jOlympic Decathlon Medalist Rafer Johnson Dies at 86He was the first African American athlete to light the cauldron that burns during the Games
1628 jA Mysterious Monolith in the Utah Desert Vanished OvernightTheories regarding the 12-foot-tall metal structure's origins—and ultimate fate—abound
53 jThe National Zoo Reveals Its New Panda Cub's NameMembers of the public voted to name the three-month-old cub Xiao Qi Ji, or "little miracle"
63 jAuthorities Arrest Three Suspects in $1 Billion Dresden Jewel HeistInvestigators linked the November 2019 burglary to an organized crime syndicate
419 jWhat Are mRNA Vaccines, and Could They Work Against COVID-19?A technique never before used in humans may be the fastest way to a vaccine against the novel coronavirus
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The most ancient supermassive black hole is bafflingly bigThe farthest known quasar challenges ideas about how the first supermassive black holes in the universe formed.
2 hThe more contagious coronavirus variant may soon be the U.S.’s dominant strainMore rigorous efforts to vaccinate, wear masks and social distance are needed to curb the variant’s spread, CDC says.
2 jThe Parker Solar Probe will have company on its next pass by the sunThe probe is about to make another close pass of the sun. This time, Solar Orbiter, BepiColombo and others will be watching too.
3 j‘The New Climate War’ exposes tactics of climate change ‘inactivists’In his new book, climate scientist Michael Mann draws the battle lines for a new phase of the struggle against climate change denialism.
3 j2020 and 2016 tie for the hottest years on recordOcean temperature data as well as temperatures measured over land at weather stations around the globe revealed the extent of the warming.
3 jCould delaying a second vaccine dose lead to more dangerous coronavirus strains?Some experts worry extending the time between vaccine doses could help the virus evolve in potentially harmful ways, but viral evolution is complex.
3 jSome electric eels coordinate attacks to zap their preyElectric eels were thought be to solitary hunters, until researchers observed over 100 eels hunting together, releasing coordinated electric attacks on corralled prey.
3 jDrones could help create a quantum internetFlying drones sent entangled particles of light to two locations a kilometer apart.
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How Elvis Got Americans to Accept the Polio VaccineCampaigns to change behavior thrive on three factors: social influence, social norms and vivid examples -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
3 hVaccines Need Not Completely Stop COVID Transmission to Curb the PandemicLessons from other viruses show that even if vaccines don’t completely stop disease spread, they can still successfully contain it -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
4 hHow the Suburbs Could Help Save BiodiversityThe first step is to redefine our concept of what a garden should be -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
22 hThe Timeless Journey of the Möbius StripAfter the disaster of 2020, let’s hope we’re not on a figurative one -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
1 jBiden Names Top Geneticist Eric Lander as Science AdviserU.S. president-elect also elevates the position to the cabinet for the first time -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
2 jCoronavirus News Roundup: January 9-January 15Here are pandemic highlights for the week -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
2 jMysterious Heat Spikes inside Cells Are Probed with Tiny DiamondsA new type of sensor may help solve a puzzling cellular phenomenon -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
2 jUnrivaled View of Brilliant 'Planetary Nebula' NGC 2899Its distinctive butterfly shape is caused by one star interfering with the gas expulsion pattern of another -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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NASA Conducts Test of SLS Rocket Core Stage for Artemis I Moon MissionNASA conducted a hot fire Saturday of the core stage for the agency’s Space Launch System (SLS) rocket that will launch the Artemis I mission to the Moon. The hot fire is the final test of the Green Run series.
1 jNASA to Host Virtual Briefing on February Perseverance Mars Rover LandingNASA is hosting a media briefing on Wednesday, Jan. 27, at 4:30 p.m. EST to discuss the upcoming landing of the Mars 2020 Perseverance rover.
2 jNASA Science to Host Community Town HallNASA’s Science Mission Directorate will hold a community town hall meeting with Thomas Zurbuchen, the agency’s associate administrator for science, at 2 p.m. EST Monday, Jan. 25.
3 j2020 Tied for Warmest Year on Record, NASA Analysis ShowsEarth’s global average surface temperature in 2020 tied with 2016 as the warmest year on record, according to an analysis by NASA.
4 jNASA Updates Times for TV Coverage, Test of Rocket Core Stage for Artemis Moon MissionsNASA is targeting a two-hour test window that opens at 5 p.m. EST Saturday, Jan. 16, for the hot fire test of NASA’s Space Launch System (SLS) rocket core stage at the agency’s Stennis Space Center near Bay St. Louis, Mississippi.
5 jNASA, Government of Japan Formalize Gateway Partnership for Artemis ProgramNASA and the Government of Japan have finalized an agreement for the lunar Gateway, an orbiting outpost that commercial and international partners will build together.
5 jNASA, NOAA to Announce 2020 Global Temperatures, Climate ConditionsClimate researchers from NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) will release their annual assessment of global temperatures and discuss the major climate trends of 2020 during a media teleconference at 1 p.m. EST Thursday, Jan. 14.
6 jNASA Accelerates SLS Rocket Hot Fire Test, Invites Media to Pretest BriefingFollowing a test readiness review on Monday, NASA is now targeting Saturday, Jan. 16, for the final test in the Green Run testing series for the core stage of the Space Launch System (SLS) rocket that will launch the agency’s Artemis I mission.
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3 jMetal Fuels. We research. You benefit.Video: 00:07:30
Did you know that in microgravity we are preparing one of the most promising fuels for the future?
Microgravity is helping to find answers and models to refine the processes needed to efficiently burn solid fuel like iron dust. Are we witnessing the rise of a new "Iron Age"? Could we use metal powders instead of petrol to fuel our cars?
Solid fuels are used for burning a match, lighting a sparkler on New Year's Eve as well as the fuel inside the boosters of Ariane and of other rockets. But metals such as iron can also burn, in powder form, and are entirely smokeless and carbon free.
Metals could be produced using clean energy, such as from solar cells or wind turbines. That electricity is stored as chemical energy in...
3 jESA Kids app now available
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3 jTanezrouft BasinImage: The Copernicus Sentinel-2 mission takes us over the Tanezrouft Basin – one of the most desolate parts of the Sahara Desert.
3 jEarth from Space: TanezrouftVideo: 00:02:50
In this week's edition of the Earth from Space programme, the Copernicus Sentinel-2 mission takes us over the Tanezrouft Basin – one of the most desolate parts of the Sahara Desert.
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3 jDirector General's annual press conferenceVideo: 01:36:00
A replay of our start-of-year press conference with ESA Director General Jan Wörner, future Director General Josef Aschbacher and other ESA Directors, held online on Thursday, 14 January 2021.
They looked ahead at Europe's space activities in 2021 and answered questions from media. Highlights in 2021 include two ESA astronauts flying to the International Space Station, the new James Webb Space Telescope being launched from the European Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana, and the launch of NASA’s first Artemis mission, in a programme that will take humans to the Moon powered by ESA’s European Service Module.
Download the presentations (pdf): Jan Wörner Josef Aschbacher
4 j2021 is taking off with ESA's new rocket merchandise
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1 hMeet the Biden cabinet’s science and tech leadersPresident-Elect Biden has chosen a suite of advisors to help him lead with science and scientists. Meet the people nominated to fill out the science, technology, and infrastructure positions in the cabinet for the next four years.
4 h10 weird, but essential, additions to any survival kitAdd these unexpected everyday items to your survival kit and you may find it makes the job of survival or outdoor living just a little bit easier.
19 hThe coolest car screens and displays from CESJust like some aircraft, cars sometimes feature a head-up display. Here's what we've noticed from the most recent Consumer Electronic Show.
2 jWhat you need to know about Biden’s 5-point COVID-19 relief planIn a speech on January 15th, 2021, Biden unveiled a five-point plan for tackling the COVID-19 pandemic. He intends to rely solidly on science and scientists to execute his plan.
2 jApple’s upcoming MacBook Pros could bring back MagSafe, ditch the Touch BarCES 2021 may have just ended, but there's still a lot of great tech coming down the line and there's no shortage of speculation about what it might be.
2 jAnti-nutrients might sound scary, but you need them in your dietLearn the importance of anti-nutrients, along with a few tips on how to source and balance them in your diet. Vegetarians and vegans should especially take note.
2 jBest running shoes for men: Break a sweat, not your archesSearching for the best running shoes for men? Find men's running shoes from adidas, Under Armour, ASICS & more and buy your pair today!
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The Ordovician Extinction: Our Planet’s First Brush With DeathThe first mass die-off on Earth was also one of the deadliest. Scientists continue to piece together the story of what happened.
1 jCan Chanting OM Reduce Stress and Anxiety?OM, the word spoken in meditation and yoga practices, has existed for nearly 5,000 years. Can chanting this small word really provide a multitude of health benefits?
2 jCan Animals Be Right- or Left-Pawed?Many creatures favor one side of the body over another, just as humans do. Scientists are interested in learning what makes animals right or left-pawed, so to speak, because it offer fascinating insights into evolution and brain development.
2 jFinal Word: Different Analyses Show 2020 Either in a Tie for Warmest Year or in 2nd PlaceThe world’s seven warmest years have all occurred since 2014.
3 jThe Nile Was a Lifeline in the Desert for Ancient Nubia and EgyptAncient civilizations used the powerful waterway for trade, agriculture and building projects. In turn, it fueled historic societal growth.
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