Science news 05 Feb, 2021
NASA plans to launch Mars ice mapping mission - The StatesmanThe Statesman
Mapping shallow water ice could also support supplemental high-value science objectives related to Martian climatology and geology, NASA said.
NASA picks Elon Musk’s SpaceX for mission to study history of the universe - BusinessLineBusinessLine
Astronomers to collect data on 300 million galaxies
Researchers explore the origin of the body axis in animals - News-Medical.NetNews-Medical.Net
Egg cells start out as round blobs. After fertilization, they begin transforming into people, dogs, fish, or other animals by orienting head to tail, back to belly, and left to right.
SpaceX launched 60 Starlink internet satellites to bolster reusability milestone - Geospatial WorldWordlift.io
Distant 'Baby' Black Holes Are Behaving Strangely, And Scientists Are Perplexed - ScienceAlertScienceAlert
Radio images of the sky have revealed hundreds of 'baby' and supermassive black holes in distant galaxies, with the galaxies' light bouncing around in unexpected ways.
50th anniversary of Shepard's moon golfing - Associated PressYouTube
Saturday marks the 50th anniversary of Alan Shepard's golf shot on the moon. (Feb. 5)Subscribe for more Breaking News: http://smarturl.it/AssociatedPress Web...
Researchers from NUS create ‘whirling’ nano-structures in anti-ferromagnets - India Education DiaryIndia Education Diary
Today’s digital world generates vast amounts of data every second. Hence, there is a need for memory chips that can store more data in less space, as well as the ability to read and write that data…
Research could lead to injectable gels that release medicines over time - Science DailyScience Daily
The researchers dissolved polymers and nanoparticles in water, and comingled them at room temperature to solidify a Jello-like substance that - unlike its kitchen counterpart -- did not liquify at higher heat, such as in the body. The technique kept in balanc…
Scientists at JAXA to study the source of high heat on asteroid Ryugu - Free Press JournalFree Press Journal
Japanese space experts said Thursday they will examine soil samples brought back from a distant asteroid in an attempt to find the source of heat that altered the celestial body, in their search for clues to the origin of the solar system and life on Earth.
Can A Single Altered Gene Turn Fish Fins into Limbs? - Science TimesScience Times
A new study shows how a single mutation caused fish to develop human-like limbs which is why ancient sea vertebrates were able to move to land.
How elephants evolved to become big and cancer-resistant - Science DailyScience Daily
All things being equal, large, long-lived animals should have the highest risk of cancer. The calculation is simple: Tumors grow when genetic mutations cause individual cells to reproduce too quickly. A long life creates more opportunities for those cancerous…
Plants: Are they conscious? - BBC Focus MagazineBBC Focus Magazine
Could French bean plants really be consciously controlling their growth?
Elon Musk Laments "Foolish" Mistake That Led to Starship Explosion - FuturismFuturism
Here's what went wrong.
An optical coating like no other - Phys.orgPhys.Org
For more than a century, optical coatings have been used to better reflect certain wavelengths of light from lenses and other devices or, conversely, to better transmit certain wavelengths through them. For example, the coatings on tinted eyeglasses reflect, …
Switching nanolight on and off - Phys.orgPhys.Org
A team of researchers led by Columbia University has developed a unique platform to program a layered crystal, producing imaging capabilities beyond common limits on demand.
Physicist designs magnetic thrust engine that could rocket us to the Red Planet - SYFY WIRESYFY WIRE
With SpaceX continuing the testing phase for Starship and enthusiasm spreading for an actual crewed flight to Mars, an interesting magnetic thrust rocket concept conceived by physicist Fatima Ebrahimi at the US Department of Energy’s (DOE) Princeton Plasma Ph…
NASA Mars Perseverance rover: What to expect on landing day - CNETCNET
On Feb. 18, NASA's latest Mars rover will try for a dramatic touchdown on the red planet.
NASA starts deep space food challenge - KTNV Channel 13 Las VegasYouTube
NASA is offering thousands of dollars to people who can come up with some healthy and sustainable food for space! The space agency has started the deep space...
The origin of land animals - A tiny genetic alteration may have let vertebrates leave the sea | Science & technology - The EconomistThe Economist
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Noise pollution is harming sea life, needs to be prioritised: scientists - TRT WorldTRT World
With rumbling ships, hammering oil drills and booming seismic survey blasts, humans have drastically altered the underwater soundscape, researchers' have repored.
It's Official: Biden Admin Fully Supports the Artemis Moon Program - FuturismFuturism
Can NASA still make it back to the lunar surface in 2024?
Ames Aeronautics Contributions to the Virgin Orbit Flight into Space - NASANASA
Researchers and engineers at NASA Ames Research Center provided key contributions to the Virgin Orbit flight that launched small satellites into orbit from a jet airplane.
NASA Ames Astrogram - February 2021 - NASANASA
February 2021 issue of Ames' newsletter, the Astrogram
Looking back at 20 years of human genome sequencing - Science MagazineScience Magazine
On this week’s show: Advances and complications after 20 years of human genome sequencing
Reproduction: Some sperm cells POISON each other in the race to be first to the egg - Daily MailDaily Mail
Experts from Germany found, in studies of mice, that sperm carrying a genetic factor called a 't-haplotype' are able to move forwards faster towards their target.
Exposure to climate change drives stability or collapse of desert mammal and bird communities - Science MagazineScience Magazine
Understanding how our warming climate affects vulnerable species is of paramount importance. However, predicting responses is complicated because species are complex and may adapt or respond in distinct ways. Riddell et al. compared a century-old dataset on s…
Scientists find the source of mysterious pulses being blasted towards Earth - The IndependentIndependent
Scientists have finally located the source of mysterious gamma-ray blasts being sent towards Earth.
Fast-flying bats rely on late-night updrafts to reach great heights - Science DailyScience Daily
Although scientists knew that some bats could reach heights of over 1,600 meters (or approximately one mile) above the ground during flight, they didn't understand how they managed to do it without the benefit of thermals that aren't typically available to th…
Einsteinium: Scientists Reveal Chemical Secrets of Elusive Transplutonium Element | Chemistry - Sci-News.comSci-News.com
Researchers from the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and Los Alamos National Laboratory have characterized a complex compound of einsteinium-254 in solution and as a solid.
Surprising new research: We're more like primitive fishes than once believed - Phys.orgPhys.Org
People traditionally think that lungs and limbs are key innovations that came with the vertebrate transition from water to land. But in fact, the genetic basis of air-breathing and limb movement was already established in our fish ancestors 50 million years e…
MARLIT, artificial intelligence against marine litter - EurekAlertEurekAlert
De izquierda a derecha, los investigadores Morgana Vighi, Odei García-Garin y Bertrand Bouchard.
The Universe May Have a Fifth Dimension, According to New Research - FuturismFuturism
"This could also eventually lead to an interesting cosmological history of the universe and might lead to the production of gravitational waves."
NASA Highlights Science on Next Northrop Grumman Mission to Space Station - IT News OnlineItnewsonline.com
NASA Highlights Science on Next Northrop Grumman Mission to Space Station
Explained: What is Square Kilometre Array, the world’s largest radio telescope - The Indian ExpressThe Indian Express
Unlike optical telescopes, radio telescopes can detect invisible gas and, therefore, they can reveal areas of space that may be obscured by cosmic dust.
Injectable gels could release medicines over time | Stanford News - Stanford University NewsStanford.edu
Injecting patients with a gel that would dissolve over several months could replace the need to administer daily or weekly shots. But to make this possible, researchers first had to create a Jello-like substance that could defy one of the fundamental laws of …
REVEALED! How far astronaut Alan Shepard really hit a golf ball on the moon - Golfmagic.comGolfmagic.com
50 years ago astronaut Alan Shepard hit a golf ball on the moon which he claimed travelled "miles and miles", but now we know just how far it really went.
Bringing Mars rocks back to Earth Perseverance Rover lands on Feb. 18, a lead scientist explains the tech and goals - MENAFN.COMMENAFN.COM
Editor's note: Jim Bell is a professor in the School of Earth and Space Exploration at Arizona State University and has worked on a number of Mars missions. On Feb. 18, NASA's Mars 2020 mission will be arriving at the red planet, and hopefully will place the …
How molecules sit on surfaces drives energy and electron transfer - Phys.orgPhys.Org
Florida State University researchers seeking to make newer, more energy efficient materials have made a breakthrough in understanding how structure dictates electron transfer across surfaces.
NASA Publicizes New Function of Senior Local weather Advisor – Watts Up With That? - The Shepherd of the Hills GazetteShepherdgazette.com
From NASA Gavin Schmidt, acting senior climate advisor Credits: NASA In an effort to ensure effective fulfillment of the Biden Administration’s climate
Dynamic 3D printing process features a light-driven twist - Advanced Science NewsAdvanced Science News
Light provides freedom to control each layer and improves precision and speed.
ESA award €650 million to Airbus for three more Orion service modules - Rocket RundownRocket Rundown
The European Space Agency has awarded a €650 million contract to Airbus to produce three additional NASA Orion service modules.
Echolocation is nature’s built-in sonar. Here’s how it works. - National Geographic UKNational Geographic UK
From beluga whales to bats and even to humans, many animals make sounds that bounce back from objects to help with navigation and hunting.
Australian-led project sheds light on the evolution of the universe - India Education DiaryIndia Education Diary
The seven-year SAMI Survey has allowed scientists to understand the complex interaction between thousands of galaxies. Their findings will help astronomers understand how the universe has evolved a…
Swirling Vortex of Bathtub Water Reveals an Elusive Mechanism of Black Hole Physics - ScienceAlertScienceAlert
When a black hole is active, we tend to focus on the effect it has on the material it's slurping up. It makes sense to do so; black holes themselves are difficult to probe. But the interaction between the black hole and the material should have an ef
SETI Researchers Have a New Theory About What Is Causing Landslides on the Surface of Mars - SciTechDailySciTechDaily
A team of researchers led by SETI Institute Senior Research Scientist Janice Bishop, a member of the SETI Institute NASA Astrobiology Institute (NAI) team, has come up with a theory about what is causing landslides on the surface of Mars. Previous ideas sugge…
New piezoelectric material remains effective to high temperatures - Science DailyScience Daily
Piezoelectric materials hold great promise as sensors and as energy harvesters but are normally much less effective at high temperatures, limiting their use in environments such as engines or space exploration. However, a new piezoelectric device remains high…
NASA On The Cusp With $967 Million Mission To Weird ‘Psyche’ Asteroid Worth 75,000 Times Our Global Economy - ForbesForbes
“It feels near-miraculous.” Mission overcomes pandemic to get final clearance—and its own smartphone app.
AI detects 1,210 new potential gravitational lenses in the search for dark matter - The Next WebThe Next Web
AI has identified more than 1,2o0 new possible gravitational lenses, which could help unravel the mysteries of dark matter. The lenses are formed when a vast amount of matter — like a cluster of galaxies — bends the direction of light traveling from more dist…
ARISS is Seeking Hosts for Ham Radio Contacts with the Space Station - ARRLArrl.org
The American Radio Relay League (ARRL) is the national association for amateur radio, connecting hams around the U.S. with news, information and resources.
Marine biologists discover 4 new types of photoreceptor - Big ThinkBig Think
How do these little beasties detect light anyway?
Robots are speeding up the most boring job in astronomy - Science MagazineScience Magazine
Telescopes retrofitted with hundreds of optical fibers dissect the light of stars and galaxies
Marmosets analyse 'chats' to find useful partners - MENAFN.COMMENAFN.COM
Marmosets perceive interactions with fellow marmosets as contextualised conversations, according to Zurich researchers writing in the journal Science Advances. The small monkeys also draw conclusions from this, for example when choosing cooperative partners.<…
LUNAR EXPLORATION: The quest to get humans to the moon again - DTNEXTDtnext.in
A virtual tour of European Service Modules headed for the moon on NASA’s human spaceflight program Artemis is not what it seems. Astronauts will fly to the moon and an orbiting base but it’s gentlemen first, please.
New York University: Scientists Find Promising Avenue to Restore Cognitive Function Impaired by Alzheimer’s Disease - India Education DiaryIndia Education Diary
A team of neuroscientists has identified a potential means to address the loss of cognitive function due to Alzheimer’s disease by targeting protein synthesis in mice. Their findings, reported in t…
Arctic Ocean was once a tub of fresh water covered with a half-mile of ice - Livescience.comLive Science
At at least two points in history, the Arctic was cut off from other oceans.
Reductions in Aerosol Emissions During the Lockdown had Warming Impact - AZoCleantechAZoCleantech
A new study by the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) reports that the lockdowns and decrease in societal activity associated with the COVID-19 pandemic influenced emissions of pollutants such that the planet was slightly warmed for several month…
Black Holes Simulated in a Tank of Water Reveals “Backreaction” for the First Time - Universe TodayUniverse Today
Water simulations that small gravitational waves near a black hole can significantly change the black hole's behavior.
NASA's Hubble spacecraft discovers evidence of a weather system on nearby 'Hot Jupiter' - Daily MailDaily Mail
Researchers from SRON Netherlands Institute for Space Research and the University of Groningen examined images of WASP-31b taken by the famous telescope.
Tiny Spider Engineers Use Silk Pulley Systems To Lift Prey 50 Times Their Weight - IFLScienceIFLScience
Depending on your persuasion, images of spiders lifting prey seemingly far superior in size to them will either impress or terrify you (anyone remember hun
Amazon’s search algorithm spreads vaccine disinformation, study finds - The Next WebThe Next Web
Amazon’s reputation for spreading health misinformation has led critics to call it “a dystopian bookstore.” Their concerns have escalated since COVID-19 unleashed a wave of anti-vaccination zealots. According to a new study from the University of Washington, …
Researchers investigate the brightest cluster galaxy in MACS 1931.8-2635 - Phys.orgPhys.Org
Using Very Large Telescope (VLT) and Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA), researchers from the University of Vienna, Austria, and elsewhere have investigated the brightest cluster galaxy (BCG) in a massive galaxy cluster known as MACS 1931.8-2…
UAE's Hope Probe in most critical phase of Mars mission - The NationalYouTube
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Senior citizens highly under-insured even after Covid-19 pandemic: Survey - MintLivemint
The sum insured of ₹5 lakh was the most bought cover with a share of 41%, while the second-most preferred choice was the sum insured of ₹5-10 lakh with a share of 24%
New insights into the reproductive biology of Tsetse flies - Tech ExploristTech Explorist
To better understand the unique reproductive biology of tsetse flies, scientists explored the intact organs and tissues of tsetse flies using a powerful 3D X-ray imaging technique at Berkeley Lab.
NASA inquires about meteorite in Australia, it turns out to be interesting project - Republic WorldRepublic World
NASA asked for a report from school in Australia after a ‘meteorite’ crashed into their grounds leaving what appeared to be a smouldering mass of rock.
Scientists Unveil Mystery Of World’s Fastest Growing Plant - BioTecNikaBiotecnika.org
Earth's Fastest-Growing Plant: Scientists Unveil Its Mystery Behind Rapid Growth. tiny aquatic plant Wolffia is fastest-growing plant known.
Human sleep, menstrual cycle are affected by phases of the moon, two new studies find - FirstpostFirstpost
While this is not uncommon for other animals, the notion that human beings were also affected by the moon was a controversial theory.
Astronomers discover unique star blasting its radio wave beam in odd directions - WIONWION
Scientists have discovered a unique star flipping its polarity and blasting its radio wave beam in odd directions around 15,000 light-years away.