Give me a lever long enough and a place to stand and I can move the Earth

— Archimedes 200 BC

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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Categories: Astronomy

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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Categories: Astronomy

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
Categories: Astronomy

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

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Categories: Astronomy

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

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Categories: Astronomy

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
Categories: Astronomy

A large moon might be hugging an object in the outer solar system

New Scientist Space - Space Headlines - 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
Categories: Astronomy

SpaceX Demo-2 Crew Arrives at Kennedy Space Center

NASA Image of the Day - Thu, 05/21/2020 - 9:01am
NASA astronauts Robert Behnken, left, and Douglas Hurley listen as NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine gives remarks after the crew arrived at the Launch and Landing Facility at Kennedy Space Center.
Categories: Astronomy, NASA

Jupiter is so Big that our Solar System almost had two Suns

Universe Today - Thu, 05/21/2020 - 8:18am

About half of all the star systems in the galaxy are made of pairs or triplets of stars. Our solar system features just one star, the Sun, and a host of (relatively) small planets. But it was almost not the case, and Jupiter got right on the edge of becoming the Sun’s smaller sibling. Jupiter, …

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Categories: Astronomy

Galaxy Wars: M81 and M82

APOD - Thu, 05/21/2020 - 4:00am

These two galaxies are far far away, 12 million light-years distant


Categories: Astronomy, NASA

NASA is Giving the SLS a “Green Run” to Prepare it for Launch in Late 2021

Universe Today - Wed, 05/20/2020 - 8:39pm

Engineers at NASA's Stennis Space Center have resumed tests of the Core Stage of the Space Launch System (SLS) in anticipation of its inaugural launch next year.

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Categories: Astronomy

40 Years Ago, Mount St. Helens Blew its Top Off

Universe Today - Wed, 05/20/2020 - 5:20pm

One day, my Grade Nine science class got way more interesting. Suddenly, volcanoes weren’t just something in textbooks. Though I was in neighbouring British Columbia when Mt. St. Helens erupted, there was still a layer of ash on our cars and everything else. For a teenager with a burgeoning interest in science, it was awesome. …

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Categories: Astronomy

Tiny robots can travel through rushing blood to deliver drugs

New Scientist Space - Cosmology - Wed, 05/20/2020 - 3:00pm
Robots smaller than a red blood cell can move against the flow of blood when directed by magnets, which could help deliver drugs directly to cancer cells
Categories: Astronomy

Tiny robots can travel through rushing blood to deliver drugs

New Scientist Space - Space Headlines - Wed, 05/20/2020 - 3:00pm
Robots smaller than a red blood cell can move against the flow of blood when directed by magnets, which could help deliver drugs directly to cancer cells
Categories: Astronomy

The epic journeys of green sea turtles revealed by 50 years of data

New Scientist Space - Cosmology - Wed, 05/20/2020 - 2:00pm
Using more than 50 years of satellite tracking data, a team found that green sea turtles will skip areas they don't know when looking for a foraging site even if they are suitable
Categories: Astronomy

The epic journeys of green sea turtles revealed by 50 years of data

New Scientist Space - Space Headlines - Wed, 05/20/2020 - 2:00pm
Using more than 50 years of satellite tracking data, a team found that green sea turtles will skip areas they don't know when looking for a foraging site even if they are suitable
Categories: Astronomy