Science news 03 Mar, 2021
New SpaceX Starship prototype SN10 rocket could fly Wednesday - CNETCNET
Elon Musk's Mars rocket is on the pad in Texas and preparations for launch are underway.
Cuttlefish can pass the marshmallow test - Ars TechnicaArs Technica
Cuttlefish that were better at self-control also performed better on learning tests.
Scientists discovered a wild space hurricane above the North Pole - CNETCNET
Instead of raining water, the plasma hurricane unleashed electrons, researchers say.
“Locked” for 300 years: Virtual unfolding has now revealed this letter’s secrets - Ars TechnicaArs Technica
Practice of intricately folding letters to secure them is known as "letterlocking."
NASA’s latest Mars rover has the same processor as an iMac from 1998 - The VergeThe Verge
NASA’s Perseverance rover is a state-of-the-art piece of technology. The $2.7 billion machine actually shares a virtually identical processor as the 1998 iMac.
Renaissance-era letter sealed for centuries just virtually unfolded and read for the first time - Livescience.comLive Science
X-ray scans and digital reconstructions unlocked long-sealed documents.
New research indicates the whole universe could be a giant neural network - The Next WebThe Next Web
The core idea is deceptively simple: every observable phenomenon in the entire universe can be modeled by a neural network. And that means, by extension, the universe itself may be a neural network. Vitaly Vanchurin, a professor of physics at the University o…
Scientists want virtual meetings to stay after the COVID pandemic - Nature.comNature.com
A Nature poll shows that a year of online research conferences has brought big benefits, but blending them with in-person meetings in future will be a challenge.
Photon-photon polaritons: the intriguing particles that emerge when two photons couple - Phys.orgPhys.Org
Scientists at the University of Bath in the UK have found a way to bind together two photons of different colors, paving the way for important advancements in quantum-electrodynamics—the field of science that describes how light and matter interact. In time, …
Astrophysicist's 2004 theory confirmed: Why the Sun's composition varies - Phys.orgPhys.Org
About 17 years ago, J. Martin Laming, an astrophysicist at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory, theorized why the chemical composition of the Sun's tenuous outermost layer differs from that lower down. His theory has recently been validated by combined observa…
Rare Australian bee rediscovered after nearly a century - Livescience.comLive Science
It hadn't been seen since 1923 and was thought to be extinct.
Simulations suggest Earth's oxygen-rich atmosphere will last only another billion years - Phys.orgPhys.Org
A pair of researchers from Toho University and NASA Nexus for Exoplanet System Science has found evidence, via simulation, that Earth will lose its oxygen-rich atmosphere in approximately 1 billion years. In their paper published in the journal Nature Geoscie…
Painstaking study of 'Little Foot' fossil sheds light on human origins - NBC NewsNBC News
Sophisticated scanning technology is revealing intriguing secrets about Little Foot, the remarkable fossil of an early human forerunner.
NASA's James Webb Space Telescope completes final functional tests to prepare for launch - Phys.orgPhys.Org
February marked significant progress for NASA's James Webb Space Telescope, which completed its final functional performance tests at Northrop Grumman in Redondo Beach, California. Testing teams successfully completed two important milestones that confirmed t…
The slowing down of ocean currents could have a devastating effect on our climate - CNNCNN
Remember the movie, "The Day After Tomorrow," in which a catastrophic series of global disasters strike after climate change causes the world's ocean currents to stop?
Scientists discover giant, luminous deep-sea predator: Sharks that glow in the dark - Yahoo NewsYahoo Entertainment
Among the three glowing sharks, the kitefin shark is now the largest-known luminous underwater creature.
Crew-2 on schedule for April launch while next Starliner flight delayed - SpaceNewsSpaceNews
NASA officials said March 1 that the next SpaceX commercial crew mission to the ISS is on schedule for late April, but a Boeing test flight will be delayed.
It's Launch Day! What you need to know for tonight's SpaceX launch - Florida TodayFlorida Today
SpaceX is poised to launch its 20th batch of Starlink internet beaming satellites tonight.
Fossils of huge Ninjatitan dinosaur that lived 140 million years ago found in Argentina - CNNCNN
Scientists have unearthed fossils of what may be the oldest-known member of the dinosaur group known as titanosaurs that includes the largest land animals in Earth's history.
Once Upon a Time on Mars - The New York TimesNew York Times
A dune buggy is about to set off on behalf of its human owners to fulfill a primordial yearning.
Neanderthals Listened to the World Much Like Us - The New York TimesNew York Times
A reconstructed Neanderthal ear adds a new piece to the puzzle of whether the early humans could speak.
Primates Appeared Almost Immediately After Dinosaurs Went Extinct, New Research Suggests - GizmodoGizmodo.com
A formation famous for producing T. rex fossils has now yielded the oldest evidence of primates in the fossil record, in what is being hailed a significant discovery.
SpaceX Falcon 9 missed its landing last month because of a hole in a boot - CNETCNET
The booster appeared to miss the landing pad of the company's droneship in the Atlantic on Feb. 15.
Perseverance Rover's High-Definition Panoramic View of Landing Site - NASANASA
NASA’s Perseverance Rover Gives High-Definition Panoramic View of Landing Site
NASA's James Webb Space Telescope Completes Final Tests for Launch - NASANASA
Testing teams successfully completed two important milestones that confirmed the observatory’s internal electronics are all functioning as intended, and that the spacecraft and its four scientific instruments can send and receive data properly through the sam…
Warming impairs trophic transfer efficiency in a long-term field experiment - Nature.comNature.com
In natural ecosystems, the efficiency of energy transfer from resources to consumers determines the biomass structure of food webs. As a general rule, about 10% of the energy produced in one trophic level makes it up to the next1–3. Recent theory suggests thi…
Russian mystery: Siberia's ‘colossal’ exploding craters spark concerns for Arctic - Daily ExpressExpress
RUSSIAN scientists are baffled by a series of 'colossal' exploding craters discovered on a remote peninsular in the Arctic Circle.
New approaches to treating cancer with off-the-shelf immune-stimulating bispecific antibodies - FierceBiotechFierceBiotech
Three Johns Hopkins research groups designed bispecific antibodies so they simultaneously bind to tumor antigens and T cells, resulting in drugs that could offer off-the-shelf immuno-oncology to a wide variety of cancer patients, they argued. The drugs showed…
The $450 question: Should journals pay peer reviewers? - Science MagazineScience Magazine
Payment advocates expect quicker, better reviews but opponents fear unsustainable costs
Bottling the world's coldest plasma - Phys.orgPhys.Org
Rice University physicists have discovered a way to trap the world's coldest plasma in a magnetic bottle, a technological achievement that could advance research into clean energy, space weather and astrophysics.
World’s First Space Hotel With Bars And Cinema To Start Construction For 2027 Opening - UNILADUNILAD
An out-of-this-world space hotel is set to open in 2027. The hotel named Voyager Class space station will be the world’s first space hotel and will be able to accommodate 400 people. As well as hotel rooms, the ambitious hotel will boast its own bars, c…
What's behind these strange stripes in Russia? NASA answers! - WIONWION
Strange geological stripes in Russia have perplexed researchers at NASA. Situated near the Markha River in Arctic Siberia, the ripples created near the banks alternate between dark and light stripes.... And scientists can't seem to figure out why. Take a look…
Paleontologists Discover Oldest Known Titanosaur | Paleontology - Sci-News.comSci-News.com
Ninjatitan zapatai lived approximately 140 million years ago (Early Cretaceous epoch) in what is now Patagonia, Argentina.
Planetary defense experts use infamous asteroid Apophis to practice spotting dangerous space rocks - Space.comSpace.com
Apophis definitely won't hit Earth this month, but scientists are pretending it might.
Meet the swirlon, a new kind of matter that bends the laws of physics - Livescience.comLive Science
Researchers discover a new state of active matter.
Rare red sprite and blue jet create otherworldly light show above Hawaii - Livescience.comLive Science
Earth being bombarded by 500km/s solar storm which could affect technology - Daily ExpressExpress
EARTH is currently being bombarded by a solar storm smashing into our planet at 500 kilometres per second, and experts believe it could possibly cause problems for our technology.
Scientists Have Successfully Sequenced All 64 Human Genomes For First Time Ever - News18News18
The Human Genome Project began 11 years ago with the ambitious goal to decode the entire human DNA sequencing readable codes.
Hubble Snaps Breathtaking New Image of NGC 2336 | Astronomy - Sci-News.comSci-News.com
The NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope has produced this beautiful image of the barred spiral galaxy NGC 2336.