Science news 04 Mar, 2021
U. research finds central Utah volcanoes are still active, but no evidence of imminent eruption - KSL.comKSL.com
Researchers say a pair of earthquakes in central Utah in 2018 and 2019 were likely caused by ongoing activity in a volcanic field underneath the desert.
Engineers Have Proposed The First Model For a Physically Possible Warp Drive - ScienceAlertScienceAlert
The idea of a warp drive taking us across large areas of space faster than the speed of light has long fascinated scientists and sci-fi fans alike. While we're still a very long way from jumping any universal speed limits, that doesn't mean we'll nev
Space hurricane seen above magnetic north pole was raining electrons - Business InsiderBusiness Insider
Satellites observed a swirling storm above the magnetic north pole in 2014. It was the first space hurricane ever spotted, according to a new study.
NASA to Provide Update on Perseverance 'Firsts' Since Mars Landing – NASA's Mars Exploration Program - NASA Mars ExplorationNASA
Mission team members are participating in a virtual teleconference to discuss milestones achieved so far since the Feb. 18 landing and those to come.
SpaceX Starship SN10 launch: How to watch rocket prototype fly today - CNETCNET
Elon Musk's Mars rocket lit up for a second on Wednesday but didn't get off the ground. A second launch attempt is coming.
Scientists discover 'prehistoric killing machine' was a speed demon - CNETCNET
Sneak attack! Anteosaurus would have terrorized its prey long before dinosaurs roamed the Earth.
Decapitated Stone Age woman's head rolled into a cave in Italy - Livescience.comLive Science
How did a lone skull end up in a steep cave?
'God of Chaos' asteroid to pass by Earth this week - Fox NewsFox News
The asteroid Apophis, nicknamed the "God of Chaos," will pass by Earth on Friday.
Source of hazardous high-energy particles located in the Sun - Phys.orgPhys.Org
The source of potentially hazardous solar particles, released from the Sun at high speed during storms in its outer atmosphere, has been located for the first time by researchers at UCL and George Mason University, Virginia, U.S.
Necromancy: Scientists built a robot that can hear through a dead locust’s ear - The Next WebThe Next Web
A team of scientists from Tel-Aviv University have successfully given a robot the ability to hear sounds through the use of a dead locust’s ear. What? Seriously. A university press release highlighting the team’s work had this to say: Researchers at Tel Aviv …
Could a nuclear reactor help solve the mystery of Amelia Earhart's disappearance? - Livescience.comLive Science
Could this finally confirm whether a piece of her plane has been found?
A microbial marriage reminiscent of mitochondrial evolution - Nature.comNature.com
Symbiosis between two microorganisms sheds light on organelle evolution.
Scientists: There's Something Lurking in the Center of Earth's Core - FuturismFuturism
We have to go deeper.
X-Rays Help Scientists Read ‘Letterlocked’ Renaissance Mail - GizmodoGizmodo.com
In a unique application of X-ray technology, researchers have virtually unfolded 324-year-old "letterlocked" mail to circumvent the often damaging process of a manual letter opening. It could provide a template to study hundreds of other sealed correspondence.
Human alteration of global surface water storage variability - Nature.comNature.com
Data from the ICESat-2 satellite quantifying the variability of water levels in natural and human-managed water bodies show that a disproportionate majority of global water storage variability occurs in human-managed reservoirs.
Meet this year’s winners of the Dance Your PhD contest - Ars TechnicaArs Technica
This year's contest also featured a special award for best COVID-19-related dance.
Researchers realize quantum communications milestone using light - Phys.orgPhys.Org
Few terms are more ubiquitous in the scientific arena these days than "quantum."
Eastern Range looks for ways to support additional launches - SpaceNewsSpaceNews
As launch activity grows on the Eastern Range in Florida, companies and government agencies are looking at ways to add capacity.
Cuttlefish show self-control, pass 'marshmallow test' - Livescience.comLive Science
They resisted the temptation to eat up the fishy snack knowing they could get a better one if they waited.
Strange Earthquakes in Utah Reveal Volcanic Activity Hidden Below The Desert - ScienceAlertScienceAlert
It might not look like it, but the arid expanses of Utah conceal an ancient volcanic complex, and this hidden underground system is still active far below the desert's surface, scientists say.
Enjoy It While It Lasts: Dropping Oxygen Will Eventually Suffocate Most Life on Earth - ScienceAlertScienceAlert
For now life is flourishing on our oxygen-rich planet, but Earth wasn't always that way – and scientists have predicted that, in the future, the atmosphere will revert back to one that's rich in methane and low in oxygen.
You’ll never guess what happened to Boeing’s Starliner - BGRBGR
To say that Boeing’s Starliner program has not gone as planned would be the understatement of the century. The Starliner spacecraft, which NASA included in the Commercial Crew Program alongside the Crew Dragon from SpaceX, has failed to meet expectations in j…
Scientists create a sonic black hole in the lab, confirm Stephen Hawking’s theory - ZME ScienceZME Science
This research may open the door for exciting new black hole physics.
Fossils of oldest member of huge dinosaur group found in Argentina - Yahoo NewsYahoo Entertainment
Scientists have unearthed in Argentina's Patagonian wilderness fossils of what may be the oldest-known member of the dinosaur group known as titanosaurs that...
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, …
Brit spaceman's incredible pictures from the bottom the Earth - including selfie - Mirror OnlineMirror Online
EXCLUSIVE: Richard Garriott landed on the foot of the Mariana Trench becoming the only man to have flown into space, reached the North and South Poles and visited the bottom of the Earth
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…
Researchers Overturn Hypothesis That Ancient Mammal Ancestors Moved Like Modern Lizards - HeritageDailyHeritageDaily
The backbone is the Swiss Army Knife of mammal locomotion. It can function in all sorts of ways that allows living mammals to have remarkable diversity in their movements. - HeritageDaily - Archaeology News
Rare Australian bee rediscovered after nearly a century - Livescience.comLive Science
It hadn't been seen since 1923 and was thought to be extinct.
A world first: A robot able to "hear" through the ear of a locust - EurekAlertEurekAlert
For the first time, the ear of a dead locust has been connected to a robot that receives the ear's electrical signals and responds accordingly.
International Space Station Images Trace Bird Migrations - NASANASA
The Avian Migration Aerial Surface Space project, or AMASS, takes advantage of thousands of images captured by astronauts to give people an appreciation of the migrations many birds undertake across the planet.
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.
Researchers virtually open and read sealed historic letters - MIT NewsMit.edu
An international team of scholars at MIT and elsewhere has read an unopened letter from early modern Europe using an automated computational flattening algorithm.
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?
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.
Asteroid Apophis the chosen target of a planetary defense exercise during its 6 March flyby - FirstpostFirstpost
Apophis has been calculated as being on a possible 'collision course' with Earth several times in the past.
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.