Science news 09 Feb, 2021
Watch a Billion Years of Shifting Tectonic Plates in 40 Mesmerising Seconds - ScienceAlertScienceAlert
The tectonic plates that cover Earth like a jigsaw puzzle move about as fast as our fingernails grow, but over the course of a billion years that's enough to travel across the entire planet – as a fascinating new video shows.
How NASA's Perseverance rover will plunge to Mars, fly with a jetpack - Business Insider - Business InsiderBusiness Insider
NASA's rover must plow through Mars' atmosphere at supersonic speeds, deploy a parachute to slow itself, then fly to safety with a jetpack.
New analysis finds Betelgeuse is dimming and has entered helium-burning phase - Daily MailDaily Mail
A new study found the star Betelgeuse was dimming last year because it is in the early core helium-burning phase, which is when helium fuses into carbon - one of the stages before exploding.
Mars madness! China, UAE to reach the Red Planet this week ahead of epic NASA rover landing - Space.comSpace.com
February is the month of Mars!
Gorgeous New Image Shows a Pinwheel Galaxy in Exquisite Detail - GizmodoGizmodo.com
An observatory in northern Chile has captured a stunning view of Messier 83, also known as the Spiral of the Southern Pinwheel.
Moon Trees are living testaments to mankind’s first trips to the Moon: Where are they now? - PennLivePennLive
As part of the Apollo 14 mission, a cannister of about 500 tree seeds, orbited the moon 34 times.
Where should future astronauts land on Mars? Follow the water - Phys.orgPhys.Org
So you want to build a Mars base. Where to start? Like any human settlement, it would be best located near accessible water. Not only will water be crucial for life-support supplies, it will be used for everything from agriculture to producing the rocket prop…
SpaceX is setting the stage for a third Starship launch later this week - TeslaratiTeslarati
Update: It appears that SpaceX has completed Starship SN10’s first cryogenic proof test campaign and the company lifted its road closure around 4:30 pm CST, signifying the end of Monday’s testing. If Monday’s cryo proof was successful, SpaceX has requested po…
How rocks rusted on Earth and turned red - Phys.orgPhys.Org
How did rocks rust on Earth and turn red? A Rutgers-led study has shed new light on the important phenomenon and will help address questions about the Late Triassic climate more than 200 million years ago, when greenhouse gas levels were high enough to be a m…
Story of human evolution gets another rewrite with DNA analysis of Chinese teeth - CNNCNN
DNA analysis of teeth and other fossilized remains from five caves in China has suggested that it was unlikely early modern humans were in China as early as 100,000 years ago.
New material yields soft, elastic objects that feel like human tissue - Phys.orgPhys.Org
Researchers in the labs of Christopher Bates, an assistant professor of materials at UC Santa Barbara, and Michael Chabinyc, a professor of materials and chair of the department, have teamed to develop the first 3-D-printable "bottlebrush" elastomer. The new …
OSIRIS-REx to Fly a Farewell Tour of Bennu - NASANASA
On April 7, NASA’s OSIRIS-REx mission will give asteroid Bennu one last glance before saying farewell.
Mystery of gamma radiation solved: Hidden cannibal star is just having dinner - Livescience.comLive Science
Don't get too close to this redback.
'Magnetic graphene' forms a new kind of magnetism - Phys.orgPhys.Org
Researchers have identified a new form of magnetism in so-called magnetic graphene, which could point the way toward understanding superconductivity in this unusual type of material.
Study of supergiant star Betelgeuse unveils the cause of its pulsations - Phys.orgPhys.Org
Betelgeuse is normally one of the brightest, most recognizable stars of the winter sky, marking the left shoulder of the constellation Orion. But lately, it has been behaving strangely: an unprecedentedly large drop in its brightness has been observed in earl…
Scientists warn over misuse of climate models in financial markets - ReutersReuters
Misuse of climate models could pose a growing risk to financial markets by giving investors a false sense of certainty over how the physical impacts of climate change will play out, according to the authors of a paper published on Monday.
Rare Blast's Remains Discovered in Milky Way Center - NASANASA
Astronomers may have found our galaxy’s first example of an unusual kind of stellar explosion. This discovery, made with NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory, adds to the understanding of how some stars shatter and seed the universe with elements critical for lif…
Watch this tiny crustacean make some of the fastest snaps on Earth - Science MagazineScience Magazine
Amphipods may use the behavior to frighten off enemies
Alcohol abuse rises amid pandemic, with hospitals in SoCal and elsewhere reporting wave of deadly liver disease - KTLA Los AngelesKTLA Los Angeles
As the pandemic sends thousands of recovering alcoholics into relapse, hospitals across the country have reported dramatic increases in alcohol-related admissions for critical diseases such as alcoholic hepatitis and liver failure. Alcoholism-related liver di…
NASA says SpaceX Crew-1 astronauts have set a space record - The Washington PostThe Washington Post
The Crew-1 astronauts, launched on SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket from the Kennedy Space Center, on Sunday eclipsed a record that was set by the Skylab 4 crew in 1974.
Bond distance of rare element einsteinium is measured – Physics World - physicsworld.comphysicsworld.com
Breakthrough could help scientists create more superheavy elements
A Cosmic Hourglass – Bipolar Planetary Nebula Captured by Hubble - SciTechDailySciTechDaily
This week’s NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope Picture of the Week features an impressive portrait of M1-63, a beautifully captured example of a bipolar planetary nebula located in the constellation of Scutum (the Shield). A nebula like this one is formed when t…
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.
Largest Asteroid To Fly Past Earth In 2021 'Potentially Hazardous' - LADbibleLADbible
On 21 March the big rock - known as the 2001 FO32 - will be within... wait for it... 4.6 million miles of Earth's path around the sun
Could a human enter a black hole to study it? - SalonSalon
A person could travel past (certain) black holes' event horizons without dying immediately — here's how
These self-sufficient robots can have ‘babies’ and colonize distant planets - The Next WebThe Next Web
It’s been suggested that an advance party of robots will be needed if humans are ever to settle on other planets. Sent ahead to create conditions favorable for humankind, these robots ...
Astronomers Detect a Tiny Dwarf Galaxy That Has Way More Dark Matter Than We Expected - ScienceAlertScienceAlert
A tiny, ancient dwarf galaxy named Tucana II orbiting the Milky Way has been harbouring a big secret. According to a new study of stars around the object, gravitationally bound to it at great distances, its dark matter halo is a lot more massive than
Four New Exoplanets Orbiting a Nearby Sun-Like Star Discovered by TESS - SciTechDailySciTechDaily
MIT-led NASA mission finds a multi-planetary system that could be an “ideal laboratory” to study planetary formation and evolution. MIT researchers have discovered four new exoplanets orbiting a sun-like star just over 200 light-years from Earth. Because of t…