I can calculate the motions of the heavenly bodies, but not the madness of people

— Sir Isaac Newton

Astronomy

Rocket Lab Swaps Satellite Customers for Electron Launch Tonight: Watch It Live!

Space.com - Wed, 10/16/2019 - 1:15pm
The private spaceflight company Rocket Lab will loft a small satellite for the California-based firm Astro Digital from New Zealand next week in a last-minute mission swap for the commercial launch company
Categories: Astronomy

Damping down brain cell activity may help us to live longer

New Scientist Space - Space Headlines - Wed, 10/16/2019 - 1:00pm
Centenarians and other long-lived humans have higher levels of a protein in their brain that seems to reduce neural activity. The discovery could pave the way for longevity drugs
Categories: Astronomy

Damping down brain cell activity may help us to live longer

New Scientist Space - Cosmology - Wed, 10/16/2019 - 1:00pm
Centenarians and other long-lived humans have higher levels of a protein in their brain that seems to reduce neural activity. The discovery could pave the way for longevity drugs
Categories: Astronomy

Humans evolved to think faster by slowing down brain development

New Scientist Space - Space Headlines - Wed, 10/16/2019 - 1:00pm
Using stem cells to grow mini brains in a dish has let us compare the way brains develop in humans, chimpanzees and monkeys, and spot the differences
Categories: Astronomy

Humans evolved to think faster by slowing down brain development

New Scientist Space - Cosmology - Wed, 10/16/2019 - 1:00pm
Using stem cells to grow mini brains in a dish has let us compare the way brains develop in humans, chimpanzees and monkeys, and spot the differences
Categories: Astronomy

Technology’s future isn’t gleaming, it’s dirty and biological

New Scientist Space - Cosmology - Wed, 10/16/2019 - 1:00pm
We’ve always thought of tech as conquering nature, but the climate crisis is changing everything – not least what future advances will look like, argues Annalee Newitz
Categories: Astronomy

Technology’s future isn’t gleaming, it’s dirty and biological

New Scientist Space - Space Headlines - Wed, 10/16/2019 - 1:00pm
We’ve always thought of tech as conquering nature, but the climate crisis is changing everything – not least what future advances will look like, argues Annalee Newitz
Categories: Astronomy

In the age of fake news and manipulation, you are the new battlefield

New Scientist Space - Space Headlines - Wed, 10/16/2019 - 1:00pm
With states, political parties and individuals jockeying for ever-greater influence online, you and your clicks are now the front line in the information war
Categories: Astronomy

How to use the Orion constellation to find Sirius the dog star

New Scientist Space - Space Headlines - Wed, 10/16/2019 - 1:00pm
Some of the sky's brightest stars including Rigel and Betelgeuse are located in the iconic constellation Orion. Here's how to find it and then star-hop to Sirius
Categories: Astronomy

In the age of fake news and manipulation, you are the new battlefield

New Scientist Space - Cosmology - Wed, 10/16/2019 - 1:00pm
With states, political parties and individuals jockeying for ever-greater influence online, you and your clicks are now the front line in the information war
Categories: Astronomy

How to use the Orion constellation to find Sirius the dog star

New Scientist Space - Cosmology - Wed, 10/16/2019 - 1:00pm
Some of the sky's brightest stars including Rigel and Betelgeuse are located in the iconic constellation Orion. Here's how to find it and then star-hop to Sirius
Categories: Astronomy

Moon VIPER: NASA Wants to Send a Water-Sniffing Rover to the Lunar South Pole in 2022

Space.com - Wed, 10/16/2019 - 12:51pm
NASA is already pulling together plans for what could become its first long-lived robotic rover on the moon's surface, designed to sniff out water and targeting a landing date of 2022.
Categories: Astronomy

Astronauts Debut Mission Patch for SpaceX Dragon Crewed Flight Test

Space.com - Wed, 10/16/2019 - 12:49pm
The first astronauts scheduled to fly on a SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft have provided a first look at their mission patch.
Categories: Astronomy

NASA to Discuss Planetary Protection Review’s Findings and Recommendations

Solar System Exploration News - Wed, 10/16/2019 - 12:01pm
NASA will host a media teleconference at 3:30 p.m. EDT Friday, Oct. 18, to discuss recommendations presented by the Planetary Protection Independent Review Board (PPIRB), established in June 2019 by Thomas Zurbuchen, associate administrator for the agency’s Science Mission Directorate.
Categories: Astronomy, NASA

Astronaut Christina Koch Works in the Vacuum of Space

NASA Image of the Day - Wed, 10/16/2019 - 11:54am
NASA astronaut Christina Koch works while tethered near the Port 6 truss segment of the International Space Station.
Categories: Astronomy, NASA

UK scraps plan to enforce age checks on pornography websites

New Scientist Space - Space Headlines - Wed, 10/16/2019 - 11:45am
The UK government has dropped plans to introduce age verification measures designed to prevent children from accessing pornography online, which had sparked concerns about privacy
Categories: Astronomy

UK scraps plan to enforce age checks on pornography websites

New Scientist Space - Cosmology - Wed, 10/16/2019 - 11:45am
The UK government has dropped plans to introduce age verification measures designed to prevent children from accessing pornography online, which had sparked concerns about privacy
Categories: Astronomy

These evidence-based strategies may turn the tide on domestic violence

New Scientist Space - Cosmology - Wed, 10/16/2019 - 10:50am
Deaths due to domestic violence have surged in the UK. Evidence suggests that a mixture of programmes to switch attitudes and help violent men change can help
Categories: Astronomy

These evidence-based strategies may turn the tide on domestic violence

New Scientist Space - Space Headlines - Wed, 10/16/2019 - 10:50am
Deaths due to domestic violence have surged in the UK. Evidence suggests that a mixture of programmes to switch attitudes and help violent men change can help
Categories: Astronomy

Autumn Comets, Mira’s Eye & The Orionid Meteor Shower

Most recent SkyandTelescope.com stories - Wed, 10/16/2019 - 10:47am

Four comets, a famous variable star, and sprinkles of dust from Halley's Comet are highlights of the October sky.

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Categories: Astronomy