The universe is like a safe to which there is a combination. But the combination is locked up in the safe.

— Peter De Vries

Astronomy

Which animals are benefitting from coronavirus lockdowns?

New Scientist Space - Space Headlines - Fri, 05/22/2020 - 5:22am
It isn’t true that dolphins have returned to Venice, but bees are benefitting from lower air pollution, and a drop in ocean traffic could be good for whales
Categories: Astronomy

Which animals are benefitting from coronavirus lockdowns?

New Scientist Space - Cosmology - Fri, 05/22/2020 - 5:22am
It isn’t true that dolphins have returned to Venice, but bees are benefitting from lower air pollution, and a drop in ocean traffic could be good for whales
Categories: Astronomy

This Week's Sky at a Glance, May 22 – 30

Most recent SkyandTelescope.com stories - Fri, 05/22/2020 - 5:19am

Venus is a super-thin crescent as it plunges down to the sunset horizon this week. Bring out the telescope and/or binoculars. Mercury, also in the western evening twilight, is a tiny "half Moon" with a much less intense surface brightness.

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Space Force is Starting to Train its Soldiers to Fight… in Space?

Universe Today - Thu, 05/21/2020 - 7:06pm

The US Space Force just announced that they will begin training so its new officers can become specialists in specific fields, like orbital warfare, electronic warfare, and space battle management.

The post Space Force is Starting to Train its Soldiers to Fight… in Space? appeared first on Universe Today.

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Coronavirus drugs: how well is the hunt for covid-19 treatments going?

New Scientist Space - Cosmology - Thu, 05/21/2020 - 6:56pm
Hundreds of trials are testing known antiviral drugs, as well as those that block immune responses to coronavirus, but we may need to build a covid-19 treatment from scratch
Categories: Astronomy

Coronavirus drugs: how well is the hunt for covid-19 treatments going?

New Scientist Space - Space Headlines - Thu, 05/21/2020 - 6:56pm
Hundreds of trials are testing known antiviral drugs, as well as those that block immune responses to coronavirus, but we may need to build a covid-19 treatment from scratch
Categories: Astronomy

Astronomers Witness the Birth of Planets

Most recent SkyandTelescope.com stories - Thu, 05/21/2020 - 4:03pm

Two new sets of observations show astronomers what planet formation looks like.

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Bees force plants to flower early by cutting holes in their leaves

New Scientist Space - Space Headlines - Thu, 05/21/2020 - 3:00pm
Hungry bumblebees can make plants flower up to a month earlier than usual by cutting holes in their leaves, which may help them adapt to climate change
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Bees force plants to flower early by cutting holes in their leaves

New Scientist Space - Cosmology - Thu, 05/21/2020 - 3:00pm
Hungry bumblebees can make plants flower up to a month earlier than usual by cutting holes in their leaves, which may help them adapt to climate change
Categories: Astronomy

Population of world’s strangest plant threatened by climate change

New Scientist Space - Space Headlines - Thu, 05/21/2020 - 2:10pm
Hardy and resilient welwitschia is unlike anything else on Earth, but climate change appears to be pushing these plants past their limits
Categories: Astronomy

Population of world’s strangest plant threatened by climate change

New Scientist Space - Cosmology - Thu, 05/21/2020 - 2:10pm
Hardy and resilient welwitschia is unlike anything else on Earth, but climate change appears to be pushing these plants past their limits
Categories: Astronomy

How the coronavirus pandemic is affecting wildlife and conservation

New Scientist Space - Space Headlines - Thu, 05/21/2020 - 1:59pm
Poaching is up, zoos are running out of money and conservation funding has been slashed. But there’s hope the pandemic could make biodiversity a higher priority
Categories: Astronomy

How the coronavirus pandemic is affecting wildlife and conservation

New Scientist Space - Cosmology - Thu, 05/21/2020 - 1:59pm
Poaching is up, zoos are running out of money and conservation funding has been slashed. But there’s hope the pandemic could make biodiversity a higher priority
Categories: Astronomy

NASA Renames WFIRST: The Nancy Grace Roman Space Telescope

Most recent SkyandTelescope.com stories - Thu, 05/21/2020 - 1:52pm

NASA is renaming its next flagship space observatory to honor pioneering NASA astronomer and "Mother of Hubble," Nancy Grace Roman.

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Astronomers Are Sure These Are Two Newborn Planets Orbiting a Distant Star

Universe Today - Thu, 05/21/2020 - 1:49pm

Planet formation is a notoriously difficult thing to observe. Nascent planets are ensconced inside dusty wombs that resist our best observation efforts. But recently, astronomers have made progress in imaging these planetary newborns. A new study presents the first-ever direct images of twin baby planets forming around their star. The study is titled “Keck/NIRC2 L’-band …

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HPV vaccine linked to fewer premature births in Australia

New Scientist Space - Space Headlines - Thu, 05/21/2020 - 1:49pm
An estimated 2000 premature births seem to have been prevented by widespread HPV vaccination in Australia, possibly by protecting against damage to the cervix
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HPV vaccine linked to fewer premature births in Australia

New Scientist Space - Cosmology - Thu, 05/21/2020 - 1:49pm
An estimated 2000 premature births seem to have been prevented by widespread HPV vaccination in Australia, possibly by protecting against damage to the cervix
Categories: Astronomy

NASA Renames Next-Generation Telescope after Nancy Grace Roman

Space - SciAm - Thu, 05/21/2020 - 12:30pm
The pioneering astronomer and ‘mother of Hubble’ paved the way for revolutionary space observatories

-- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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NASA Proposes New Rules for Moon-Focused Space Race

Space - SciAm - Thu, 05/21/2020 - 10:00am
The Artemis Accords could ensure a peaceful and prosperous future for lunar exploration—if everyone agrees to them

-- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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A large moon might be hugging an object in the outer solar system

New Scientist Space - Cosmology - Thu, 05/21/2020 - 9:25am
A trans-Neptunian object known as 2002 TC302 appears to have a large moon at an unusually close orbit
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