Science news 09 Mar, 2021
Rare meteorite that fell on UK driveway may contain 'ingredients for life' - CNNCNN
A fireball that lit up the sky over the United Kingdom and Northern Europe on February 28 was an extremely rare type of meteorite. Fragments of the space rock could provide answers to questions about the early history of the solar system and life on Earth.
These sea slugs cut off their own heads and grow an entirely new body - CNETCNET
Does that make them the Terminators of the animal world?
Cleanup Costs at the Damaged Arecibo Observatory Could Reach $50 Million - GizmodoGizmodo.com
A new estimate suggests it’ll cost somewhere between $30 million and $50 million to clean up the mess created by the collapse of the iconic Arecibo Observatory dish late last year, according to an NSF report detailing the aftermath of the disaster and possibl…
Neanderthals disappeared from Europe earlier than thought, says study - Phys.orgPhys.Org
Neanderthal fossils from a cave in Belgium believed to belong to the last survivors of their species ever discovered in Europe are thousands of years older than once thought, a new study said Monday.
How fast is the universe expanding? Galaxies provide one answer. - Phys.orgPhys.Org
Determining how rapidly the universe is expanding is key to understanding our cosmic fate, but with more precise data has come a conundrum: Estimates based on measurements within our local universe don't agree with extrapolations from the era shortly after th…
4.6-billion-year-old meteorite belongs to Earth’s long-lost baby cousin - Livescience.comLive Science
A protoplanet in the early solar system spawned a unique type of meteorite.
Hubble Space Telescope in safe mode after software glitch - Space.comSpace.com
The iconic telescope is safe and stable, NASA says.
'Pompeii of prehistoric plants' unlocks evolutionary secret: study - Phys.orgPhys.Org
Spectacular fossil plants preserved within a volcanic ash fall in China have shed light on an evolutionary race 300 million years ago, which was eventually won by the seed-bearing plants that dominate so much of the Earth today.
Mars Rover Landing Site Named After Sci-Fi Legend Octavia Butler - GizmodoGizmodo.com
That magical spot in Jezero crater where NASA’s Perseverance rover made its historic landing last month has been named “Octavia E. Butler Landing” in honor of the late sci-fi author.
NASA is Considering a Radio Telescope on the Far Side of the Moon - Universe TodayUniverse Today
The University of Colorado Boulder and Lunar Resources Inc. have just won NASA funding to study the possibility of building a radio telescope on the far side of the Moon. The project, called FarView, would harvest building materials from the Lunar surface its…
Global Warming’s Deadly Combination: Heat and Humidity - The New York TimesNew York Times
A new study suggests that large swaths of the tropics will experience dangerous living and working conditions if global warming isn’t limited to 1.5 degrees Celsius.
Research shows we're surprisingly similar to Earth's first animals - Phys.orgPhys.Org
The earliest multicellular organisms may have lacked heads, legs, or arms, but pieces of them remain inside of us today, new research shows.
Electrical Engineer and NASA Astronaut Joan Higginbotham - NASANASA
At NASA, women – be they scientists, pilots, astronauts and others – help the Agency fulfill its mission. Joan Higginbotham is one of those women.
Astronomers Have Discovered the Most Distant Source of Radio Emission Ever Known – 13 Billion Light-Years Away - SciTechDailySciTechDaily
With the help of the European Southern Observatory’s Very Large Telescope (ESO’s VLT), astronomers have discovered and studied in detail the most distant source of radio emission known to date. The source is a “radio-loud” quasar — a bright object with powerf…
Comets may have seeded Earth with life-supporting carbon - EngadgetEngadget
A snapshot of a comet carrying carbon as it zipped past Earth in 2016 is helping NASA learn more about the origins of life.
Nvidia and Harvard develop AI tool that speeds up genome analysis - VentureBeatVentureBeat
Nvidia and Harvard researchers say they've developed an AI tool that can dramatically speed up genome analysis.
We've Found The Best Time And Place to Live in The Milky Way... And It's Not Here - ScienceAlertScienceAlert
More and more, it seems that the existence and persistence of life on Earth is the result of sheer luck. According to a new analysis of the history of the Milky Way, the best time and place for the emergence of life isn't here, or now, but over 6 bil
Meghan Markle says royal family ‘didn’t want’ son Archie to be a prince - The IndependentIndependent
Two-hour special aired on Sunday
NASA's new race to put a woman on the moon - 60 Minutes - CBS NewsCBS News
Nearly a half-century after the last Apollo astronaut stepped foot on the moon, NASA is working to send its first woman to the lunar surface. Bill Whitaker reports.
Invisible ‘space hurricane’ detected over North Pole for first time - The Jerusalem PostThe Jerusalem Post
The 1,000 kilometers plasma hurricane is invisible to the human eye, but not to weather satellites.
Hayley Arceneaux, 29-Year-Old Cancer Survivor, To Be The Youngest American Woman In Space - JalopnikJalopnik
29-year-old physician assistant and cancer survivor Hayley Arceneaux is the latest member to join SpaceX’s all-civilian crew. Her age makes her the youngest American woman to ever go into space—and that’s only one of the things that makes her a badass.
"The Code Breaker": Jennifer Doudna and how CRISPR may revolutionize mankind - CBS NewsCBS News
Biochemist Jennifer Doudna, who shared the Nobel Prize in Chemistry for the gene-editing technique which has the potential to cure diseases caused by genetic mutations, and Walter Isaacson, author of "The Code Breaker," talk about the promise of the biotech r…
Earth’s oxygen will be gone in 1 billion years - EarthSkyEarthSky
A billion years from now, as the sun heats up, the warmer atmosphere will break down carbon dioxide, killing off plant life, which in turn will shut off Earth's source of oxygen.
Mount Etna's fiery eruptions seen from space (satellite photos) - Livescience.comLive Science
Thar she blows!
The Power of Playing Dead - The New York TimesNew York Times
A study shows that pretending to be immobile — sometimes for an hour or more — helps larvae of an insects called antlions outlast hungry predators.
Video "Perseverance" robot moves to the surface of Mars for the first time - SwordsToday.ieSwordstoday.ie
The U.S. space agency "NASA" announced on Friday that the probe "Perseverance" had succeeded in traveling a few meters on Mars for the first time since it
Found: A Planet Close To Us With A Day That Lasts Forever And An Eternal Night Lit Up By Exploding Volcanoes - ForbesForbes
The first evidence of global tectonic activity on a planet outside our Solar System.