Science news 05 Feb, 2021
SpaceX filing reveals Starlink internet service has over 10,000 users - EngadgetEngadget
SpaceX's Starlink internet service is still in beta, but is already used by over 10,000 people
Remastered images reveal how far Alan Shepard hit a golf ball on the Moon - Ars TechnicaArs Technica
50 years ago, the Apollo 14 astronaut hit a golf ball that traveled roughly 40 yards.
New study from OSU shows gaining weight later in life could help with longevity - WJW FOX 8 News Clevelandfox8.com
A new study from The Ohio State University shows that gaining weight later in life might actually be beneficial when it comes to longevity.
Elon Musk Laments "Foolish" Mistake That Led to Starship Explosion - FuturismFuturism
Here's what went wrong.
Everything to know about NASA's Mars Ingenuity helicopter — the first to fly on another planet - CBS NewsCBS News
NASA's Perseverance rover is closing in on Mars with some precious cargo: a 4-pound helicopter on a "high risk, high reward" mission.
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, …
NASA chooses SpaceX to launch $99M astrophysics mission - CNETCNET
Spherex is slated to take off as soon as June 2024.
Rendlesham Royal Palace Linked to Famous Sutton Hoo Burial Site - Ancient OriginsAncient Origins
In 2016 archaeologists unearthed an Anglo-Saxon royal palace and settlement at Rendlesham, located only 6 km (four miles) away from the famous Sutton Hoo burial site in Suffolk, England.
NASA Selects Firefly Aerospace for Artemis Commercial Moon Delivery - NASANASA
NASA has awarded Firefly Aerospace of Cedar Park, Texas, approximately $93.3 million to deliver a suite of 10 science investigations and technology demonstrations to the Moon in 2023.
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.
The noisy ocean: Humans have made the world's seas a very loud place to live - USA TODAYUSA Today
The ocean has become a raucous cacophony as the noise from human activity has grown louder and more prevalent, according to a study.
White House voices support for moon exploration by 2024, after concerns Biden would nix Artemis Program - Fox NewsFox News
White House press secretary Jen Psaki on Thursday voiced support for NASA's Artemis Program, which aims to land the first woman and next man on the moon by 2024.
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…
Orbiters could find ice on Mars for future human missions - CNNCNN
Mars is too cold for liquid water to exist on its surface, but a wealth of ice may exist just beneath the surface in certain regions. Future human missions to Mars could use this ice as a resource and study it to learn about the planet's past.
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 Space Station Mission - NASANASA
NASA will host a media teleconference at 1 p.m. EST Thursday, Feb. 11, to discuss science investigations and technology demonstrations launching on Northrop Grumman’s 15th commercial resupply mission for the agency to the International Space Station.
Scientists suspect Martian surface may be riddled with GIANT sinkholes caused by widespread underground ice - RTRT
A team of researchers associated with NASA’s search for extraterrestrial intelligence has developed a new theory about the shifting sands visible across Mars, with possible ramifications for future human colonization.
NASA appoints climate advisor to prioritize Earth science in Biden administration - Space.comSpace.com
Explore Moab, Utah, a top destination for outdoor adventure - National GeographicNational Geographic
A gateway to national parks, Moab draws ‘moon walkers,’ stargazers, and nature lovers.
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
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…
NASA challenges foodies to develop new technology for feeding astronauts in space - Fox NewsFox News
NASA's "Deep Food Challenge" is calling on innovators to design food technologies for the next frontier.
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
Eavesdropping marmosets understand other monkeys' conversations - CNNCNN
Marmosets can understand conversations between other monkeys and judge whether they want to interact with them, according to new research.
Echolocation is nature's built-in sonar. Here's how it works. - National GeographicNational Geographic
From beluga whales to bats and even to humans, many animals make sounds that bounce back from objects to help with navigation and hunting.
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.
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.
These Lizards Have a Hot Trick to Escape Hungry Snakes - The New York TimesNew York Times
On some Japanese islands where lizards live, the ones that fear predators have higher body temperatures that help them run faster.
Earth heats up due to pandemic’s cleaner air, study finds - WGHP FOX 8 GreensboroWGHP FOX 8 Greensboro
Earth spiked a bit of a fever in 2020, partly because of cleaner air from the pandemic lockdown, a new study found.
China's 1st Mars rover will get one of these 10 names, and you can vote to select the winner - Space.comSpace.com
Spiders hoist big prey with silk 'pulleys' — and now scientists know how - Livescience.comLive Science
Energy stored in stretched silk strands lend spiders super lifting powers.
NASA shares stunning pulsar SXP 1062 imagery embedded in supernova remnant - Republic WorldRepublic World
NASA's image obtained using two special filters shows a rotating, super-dense core of SXP 1062 spinning slowly, emitting vibrant X-ray outbursts.
Evidence for substance at liquid-gas boundary on exoplanet WASP-31b - Phys.orgPhys.Org
One of the properties that make a planet suitable for life is the presence of a weather system. Exoplanets are too far away to directly observe this, but astronomers can search for substances in the atmosphere that make a weather system possible. Researchers …