Science news 05 Mar, 2021
NASA hikes prices for commercial ISS users - SpaceNewsSpaceNews
NASA has sharply increased the prices it charges commercial users of the ISS for cargo and other resources, a move that has left some firms frustrated.
Astronomically hard: French stargazers hunt for meteorite the size of apricot - The GuardianThe Guardian
The space debris was spotted falling to Earth near Bordeaux but astronomer admits to ‘needle in a haystack’ search
Biden lauds NASA team for giving US 'dose of confidence' - The Associated PressAssociated Press
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden on Thursday congratulated the NASA team responsible for last month’s successful landing of an six-wheeled rover on Mars and for giving the country a “dose of...
A Huge Asteroid Will Fly Past Earth This Week - HYPEBEASTHYPEBEAST
NASA predicts that Apophis will pass even closer to Earth in the future.
Scientists may have discovered a new layer within the Earth - SalonSalon
Scientists previously believed the Earth has four layers. New reseach says there may actually be five
NASA, Boeing looking to begin SLS Exploration Upper Stage manufacturing in 2021 - NASASpaceFlight.com - NASASpaceflight.comNASASpaceflight.com
Manufacturing and assembly development work for the Space Launch System (SLS) Exploration Upper Stage (EUS)…
A super-Earth just discovered in our cosmic backyard might contain an atmosphere - CNETCNET
Gliese 486 b is an interesting candidate when it comes to studying exoplanet atmospheres.
First-ever 'space hurricane' detected over the North Pole - Livescience.comLive Science
Any planet with plasma and a magnetic field could be victim to these 'violent' space storms, researchers said.
SpaceX Starlink factory in Texas will speed up production of Dishy McFlatface - Ars TechnicaArs Technica
Austin factory to create systems that improve SpaceX's high-volume manufacturing.
Insect-Size Flying Robots Could Help On Rescue Missions, MIT Scientist Says - NPRNPR
Scientists are trying to build a tiny drone with the agility of a mosquito. These light but strong flying robots could be used in critical situations, such as finding people in a collapsed building.
A potential model for a real physical warp drive - Phys.orgPhys.Org
A pair of researchers at Applied Physics has created what they describe as the first general model for a warp drive, a model for a space craft that could travel faster than the speed of light, without actually breaking the laws of physics. Alexey Bobrick, and…
'Gravity portals' could morph dark matter into ordinary matter, astrophysicists propose - Livescience.comLive Science
Mysterious ‘red cloud’ seen off East Coast has logical explanation, NASA says - Raleigh News & ObserverGoogle News
Earth Will Lose Its Oxygen in a Billion Years, Killing Most Living Organisms - ExtremeTechExtremeTech
A new study supported by NASA's exoplanet habitability research lays out how the Sun will eventually bake the planet, turning Earth from a lush, oxygen-rich world to a dried-up husk with no complex life.
How Did This Skull End Up All Alone in a Cave in Italy? We Finally Have an Answer - ScienceAlertScienceAlert
It was found in 2015 – an isolated clue to a macabre mystery set in motion thousands of years in the past.
Scientists Detect Signs of a Hidden Structure Inside Earth's Core - ScienceAlertScienceAlert
While most of us take the ground beneath our feet for granted, written within its complex layers, like pages of a book, is Earth's history. Our history.
China releases images of Mars captured by Tianwen-1 - CGTNCgtn.com
China National Space Administration (CNSA) on Thursday released three high-definition images of Mars, two panchromatic images and one colored, captured by China's Mars probe, Tianwen-1.
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.
New, highly precise 'clock' can measure biological age - Science DailyScience Daily
Scientists have developed a method that can determine an organism's biological age with unprecedented precision. Researchers expect new insights into how the environment, nutrition, and therapies influence the aging process.
New Perspective of Jezero Crater Shows the Path Perseverance Could use to Navigate - Universe TodayUniverse Today
NASA has released images that show the path Perseverance could take through the Jezero crater during its primary mission.
Cuttlefish show they're as smart as kids in 'marshmallow test' study - CNETCNET
The marine mollusks demonstrate they're able to delay gratification for the reward of a better snack.
Prehistoric killing machine exposed: Previously thought of as heavy, slow and sluggish, the 260-million-year-old predator, Anteosaurus, was a ferocious hunter-killer - Science DailyScience Daily
3D imaging of the dinocephalian, Anteosaurus, shows that this massive premammalian reptile that grew to the size of a full-grown hippopotamus, was a highly agile killing machine, and not a slow stodgy scavenger as previously believed.
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.
High end of climate sensitivity in new climate models seen as less plausible - Phys.orgPhys.Org
A recent analysis of the latest generation of climate models—known as a CMIP6—provides a cautionary tale on interpreting climate simulations as scientists develop more sensitive and sophisticated projections of how the Earth will respond to increasing levels …
Scientists find source of dangerous, high energy solar particles that could threaten Earth - The IndependentIndependent
Scientists have found the exact source of dangerous rays that are fired from the Sun and threaten activities on the Earth.
The genes behind the sexiest birds on the planet - Science MagazineScience Magazine
Genomes from the tropical performers called manakins reveal the power of sexual selection
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 …
Asteroid the size of the Golden Gate Bridge to zoom by Earth - Yahoo NewsCBS News
The largest and fastest asteroid to pass by Earth this year is nearly here.
March skies feature Mercury, Saturn, Jupiter - WMUR ManchesterWMUR Manchester
There are a lot of beautiful sights that can be seen in the sky in March 2021!
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.
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.
New way to measure Antarctic snowfall helps predict the ice sheet’s survival - National GeographicNational Geographic
A new satellite finds a surprise: Atmospheric rivers of moisture can dump huge amounts of snow over Antarctica, and now we can track it incredibly closely.
New 'Eyewear' to Deepen the View of NASA's Roman Space Telescope - NASANASA
NASA’s Nancy Grace Roman Space Telescope will be able to explore even more cosmic questions, thanks to a new near-infrared filter. The upgrade will allow the observatory to see longer wavelengths of light, opening up exciting new opportunities for discoveries…
Watch the winners of this year's 'Dance Your Ph.D.' contest - Science MagazineScience Magazine
The competition got a new COVID-19 category this year
Researchers realize quantum communications milestone using light - Phys.orgPhys.Org
Few terms are more ubiquitous in the scientific arena these days than "quantum."
Earth's Oxygen is Rapidly Running Out, Dropping Levels Will Eventually Suffocate Most Life on Planet - News18News18
Elon Musk may be talking about sending humans to Mars, and Bill Gates may be talking about reversing climate change - but the very air we breathe may run out soon.
International Space Station passes across the moon in stunning photo - Daily MailDaily Mail
Astrophotographer Andrew McCarthy captured the image of the station, which is orbiting 250 miles above the Earth, from a roadside in Sacramento, California at about 10:44 GMT on Monday.
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.
UK doorbell cameras and dashcams capture meteor on video - Fox NewsFox News
Residents of the U.K. were surprised over the weekend when a slow-moving meteor blazed across the night sky.