Oh, would it not be absurd if there was no objective state?
What if the unobserved always waits, insubstantial,
till our eyes give it shape?

— Peter Hammill

Astronomy

Early humans spread as far north as Siberia 400,000 years ago

New Scientist Space - Cosmology - Fri, 04/19/2024 - 8:00am
A site in Siberia has evidence of human presence 417,000 years ago, raising the possibility that hominins could have reached North America much earlier than we thought
Categories: Astronomy

'Astrobiodefense:' Thinktank calls for defending Earth from space bugs

Space.com - Fri, 04/19/2024 - 8:00am
The quest to bring samples back to Earth from Mars has been met with controversy in some quarters as the threat that ecologically-hungry Martian microbes might pose to our biosphere continues to be a topic of concern.
Categories: Astronomy

Palm Tree Partial Eclipse

APOD - Fri, 04/19/2024 - 8:00am

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Categories: Astronomy, NASA

Human Brains May Be Getting Bigger

Scientific American.com - Fri, 04/19/2024 - 7:30am

Brain size in one Massachusetts community has steadily increased since the 1930s, possibly explaining why dementia is trending lower nationwide

Categories: Astronomy

Autonomous e-scooters could ride themselves back to charging points

New Scientist Space - Cosmology - Fri, 04/19/2024 - 7:00am
Teams of staff usually return e-scooters to where they will be needed, but adapted scooters that can balance and stop themselves, and be controlled remotely, are a step towards autonomous ones that can take themselves wherever they have to go
Categories: Astronomy

Autonomous e-scooters could ride themselves back to charging points

New Scientist Space - Space Headlines - Fri, 04/19/2024 - 7:00am
Teams of staff usually return e-scooters to where they will be needed, but adapted scooters that can balance and stop themselves, and be controlled remotely, are a step towards autonomous ones that can take themselves wherever they have to go
Categories: Astronomy

Why Seasonal Allergies Are So Miserable

Scientific American.com - Fri, 04/19/2024 - 7:00am

Plants are just trying to reproduce; immune systems are just trying to keep us safe

Categories: Astronomy

ESA and the EU agree to accelerate the use of space

ESO Top News - Fri, 04/19/2024 - 6:56am

ESA will work closely with the EU to use space to improve life on Earth, following an agreement signed today by ESA Director General Josef Aschbacher (left) and the European Commission’s Director-General for Defence Industry and Space, Timo Pesonen.

Categories: Astronomy

How to See the Lunar Far Side Right Here on Earth

Scientific American.com - Fri, 04/19/2024 - 6:45am

Perspective and subtle motion allows us to peek over the moon’s edge and into its far side

Categories: Astronomy

The Lyrid meteor shower peaks this weekend, but don't expect much this year

Space.com - Fri, 04/19/2024 - 6:00am
The annual Lyrid meteor shower peaks overnight on April 21-22, but unfortunately a bright moon will make it difficult to spot any 'shooting stars' this year.
Categories: Astronomy

This cosy, charming puzzle game has you saving forgotten plants

New Scientist Space - Cosmology - Fri, 04/19/2024 - 6:00am
Set in an English manor in 1890, Botany Manor is a video game that places you in the shoes of a botanist working on a herbarium of forgotten flora
Categories: Astronomy

This cosy, charming puzzle game has you saving forgotten plants

New Scientist Space - Space Headlines - Fri, 04/19/2024 - 6:00am
Set in an English manor in 1890, Botany Manor is a video game that places you in the shoes of a botanist working on a herbarium of forgotten flora
Categories: Astronomy

How Big a Threat Is Bird Flu?

Scientific American.com - Fri, 04/19/2024 - 6:00am

Cows and at least one person in the U.S. have been sickened by avian influenza. We asked experts about the risk to humans.

Categories: Astronomy

This Week's Sky at a Glance, April 19 – 28

Sky & Telescope Magazine - Fri, 04/19/2024 - 5:08am

Springtime Leo walks high in the south, springtime Hydra snakes a quarter of the way around the celestial sphere, and the bright Moon aligns with Spica.

The post This Week's Sky at a Glance, April 19 – 28 appeared first on Sky & Telescope.

Categories: Astronomy

Earth from Space: The Mekong Delta

ESO Top News - Fri, 04/19/2024 - 4:00am
Image: Earth from Space: The Mekong Delta
Categories: Astronomy

Rare sighting of ‘doomed’ SOHO comet during solar eclipse

ESO Top News - Fri, 04/19/2024 - 3:30am
Image: Photo of total solar eclipse
Categories: Astronomy

Extreme heat in 2023 linked to drastic slump in growth of marine life

New Scientist Space - Cosmology - Fri, 04/19/2024 - 2:00am
Last year’s marine heatwaves saw an unprecedented decline in the growth of phytoplankton and algae, which many animals in the oceans depend on for food
Categories: Astronomy

Extreme heat in 2023 linked to drastic slump in growth of marine life

New Scientist Space - Space Headlines - Fri, 04/19/2024 - 2:00am
Last year’s marine heatwaves saw an unprecedented decline in the growth of phytoplankton and algae, which many animals in the oceans depend on for food
Categories: Astronomy

Dietary changes relieve irritable bowel syndrome better than medicine

New Scientist Space - Cosmology - Thu, 04/18/2024 - 7:30pm
Both a special diet that excludes “FODMAP” compounds and a low-carb high-fibre diet were effective
Categories: Astronomy