Science news 11 Feb, 2021
A newly discovered space object called 'Farfarout' is the most distant thing in our solar system - Business InsiderBusiness Insider
It takes Farfarout 1,000 years to orbit the sun. Distant objects like this could help astronomers identify our solar system's missing planet.
Eating a Mediterranean diet rich in leafy vegetables will help you stay mentally sharp later in life - Daily MailDaily Mail
Seniors who followed the Mediterranean diet, by eating lots of leafy greens and little red meat, scored somewhat better on cognitive tests. But no difference was apparent in MRIs of their brains.
Life on Mars? Escaping water vapour offers new clues - The GuardianThe Guardian
Researchers detected water emanating high up in thin atmosphere of red planet while Tianwen-1 probe entered orbit on Wednesday
SpaceX just got a big contract to launch two pieces of a future Moon space station - CNNCNN
NASA is giving SpaceX more than $330 million for a mission that will launch two key pieces of the Gateway, a space station that NASA plans to put in orbit around the moon as part of the space agency's Artemis program.
Scientists Are Pretty Sure They Found a Portal to the Fifth Dimension - Yahoo MoneyPopular Mechanics
It's probably in this weird particle.
Ghostly video reveals what it’s like to be on the surface of Mars - InverseInverse
A video captured by NASA's Curiosity rover reveals what it is like to be on the surface of Mars.
Hear the Sound of a Seashell Horn Found in an Ancient French Cave - The New York TimesNew York Times
Music from the large conch probably hadn’t been heard by human ears for 17,000 years.
A Previously Undetected Chemical Reaction Has Been Spotted on Mars - GizmodoGizmodo.com
For the first time ever, scientists have spotted hydrogen chloride on Mars. The source of this colorless gas remains unclear, but going theories include volcanic activity or a previously undetected chemical cycle tied to the Red Planet’s epic dust storms.
China becomes latest country to reach Mars with Tianwen-1 probe - The VergeThe Verge
China’s Tianwen-1 spacecraft successfully hopped into Mars orbit on February 10th, setting the stage for its first-ever landing attempt on the Red Planet later this summer.
Macrophages provide a transient muscle stem cell niche via NAMPT secretion - Nature.comNature.com
Specific macrophage populations provide a transient niche that activates muscle stem cells after muscle injury and supply proliferation-inducing cues that govern the repair process mediated by these cells in both zebrafish and mouse injury models.
A wealth of discovery built on the Human Genome Project — by the numbers - Nature.comNature.com
A new analysis traces the story of the draft genome’s impact on genomics since 2001, linking its effects on publications, drug approvals and understanding of disease.
The search for dark matter gets a speed boost from quantum technology - Yahoo NewsYahoo Entertainment
Dark matter can be inferred from an assortment of physical clues in the universe. NASANearly a century after dark matter was first proposed to explain the...
Potentially habitable exoplanet candidate spotted around Alpha Centauri A in Earth's backyard - Space.comSpace.com
Alpha Centauri A may have its own habitable-zone planet.
Asteroid the size of the Golden Gate Bridge will whiz past Earth in March - Livescience.comLive Science
Don't panic; it won't get that close.
Lesson of the Day: ‘Watch This Billion-Year Journey of Earth’s Tectonic Plates’ - The New York TimesNew York Times
In this lesson students will learn about how scientists believe Earth’s surface came to be as it is today. Then they will imagine Earth in another billion years.
Bizarre Coelacanth Hasn't Spent 65 Million Years Unchanged After All, Its Genome Reveals - ScienceAlertScienceAlert
In 1938, a living relic, thought 65 million years long extinct, was accidentally captured in a trawl net off the coast of South Africa.
An Out-Of-This-World Opportunity; Become An ESA Astronaut - HackadayHackaday
In the six decades or so of human space exploration, depending on whose definition you take, only 562 people have flown in to space. We haven’t quite reached the state of holidaying in space …
Dragonflies perform upside down backflips to right themselves - Phys.orgPhys.Org
The findings add to current knowledge of how insects fly and keep stable in the air. They could also help to inspire new designs in small aerial vehicles like drones, which can be useful for search-and-rescue attempts and building inspection.
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.
Dark Energy Camera Captures Messier 83 in Glorious Detail | Astronomy - Sci-News.comSci-News.com
The Dark Energy Camera (DECam) on the Víctor M. Blanco 4-m telescope at the Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory has produced a spectacularly detailed image of the barred spiral galaxy Messier 83.
New Research Aboard Northrop Grumman's 15th Resupply Mission - NASANASA
Experiments that use worms to study muscle loss, examine how astronauts sleep, and test high-powered computers in space, along with more scientific studies and supplies, are ready for launch to the International Space Station on a Northrop Grumman Cygnus spac…
Not a living fossil: How the Coelacanth recently evolved dozens of new genes - Phys.orgPhys.Org
The capture of the first living Coelacanth, a mighty ocean predator, off the coast of South Africa caused quite a stir in 1938, 65 million years after its supposed extinction. It became known as a "living fossil" owing to its anatomy looking almost identical …
Solar Orbiter Is About to Reach the Far Side of the Sun - GizmodoGizmodo.com
Few 1-year-olds are as intrepid explorers as NASA and the European Space Agency’s Solar Orbiter. The space probe is already 138 million miles from Earth and is about to take baby’s first trip behind the Sun.
The Broad Institute's new leader wants to 'double down' on biology - STATSTAT
After the Broad's director Eric Lander was named President Biden's new science adviser, the institute elevated CSO Todd Golub to the top spot.
SpaceX's Crew-1 astronauts break 47-year US space record - Livescience.comLive Science
They have spent more time in space than the crew of any other mission launched from U.S. soil.
First Mission to the Trojan Asteroids Installs its Final Instrument - NASANASA
With less than a year to launch, NASA’s Lucy mission’s third and final scientific instrument has been integrated onto the spacecraft.
Advanced Simulations Reveal How Air Conditioning Spreads COVID-19 Aerosols Through Restaurants - SciTechDailySciTechDaily
More preventive measures, such as shielding underneath tables and improving air conditioner filtration efficiency, could reduce exposure to COVID-19 within air-conditioned restaurants. The detailed physical processes and pathways involved in the transmission …
So long Senator Shelby: Key architect of SLS rocket won’t seek reelection - Ars TechnicaArs Technica
Shelby said NASA's exploration of space will "always" go through Alabama.
Watch—and hear—the impact human noises have on marine life - Science MagazineScience Magazine
Ocean animals have trouble hearing critical sounds through the noise humans generate
Computer Scientists Create Fake Videos That Fool State-of-the-Art Deepfake Detectors - SciTechDailySciTechDaily
Systems designed to detect deepfakes — videos that manipulate real-life footage via artificial intelligence — can be deceived, computer scientists showed for the first time at the WACV 2021 conference which took place online from January 5 to 9, 2021. Researc…
How This Teeny-Tiny Sea Critter Punches Like Mike Tyson - WIREDWired
Using a camera shooting 300,000 frames per second, researchers catch the amphipod snapping its extraordinarily powerful claw.
Musk Sets Objective of Creating Self-Sustaining City on Mars Before World War 3 - Sputnik InternationalSputnik International
Elon Musk recently said that he aims to get humans to Mars by 2026, which is seven years before NASA aims to land astronauts there.
We Just Got The First Photo of Mars From China's Tianwen 1 Probe, And It's Breathtaking - ScienceAlertScienceAlert
China's Tianwen-1 probe has sent back its first image of Mars, the national space agency said, as the mission prepares to touch down on the Red Planet later this year.