Science news 11 Mar, 2021
These Bronze Age women were more powerful than we thought - CNNCNN
Archaeologists working at an ancient complex in southeastern Spain say women probably held political power in the Bronze Age society that ruled the area 4,000 years ago -- a sharp contrast with earlier views of the civilization.
Ancient Earth Really Was a Serene Water World, New Evidence Confirms - ScienceAlertScienceAlert
It's tricky to figure out what Earth might have looked like in the early years before life emerged. Geological detectives have now obtained more evidence that it was rather different to the planet we live on today.
Perseverance Rover's SuperCam Science Instrument Delivers First Results - Jet Propulsion LaboratoryNASA
NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, the leading center for robotic exploration of the solar system.
Photos of Snowflakes Like You've Never Seen Them Before - The New York TimesNew York Times
Whether made with setups using sapphire and carbon fiber or an old mitten and a standard camera, these photographic approaches allow close-ups of the tiny masterpieces formed when snow falls.
Meteorite That Fell On U.K. Driveway Contains Rare Materials - The Daily WireThe Daily Wire
On February 28, citizens in Northern Europe and the United Kingdom witnessed a meteorite falling to Earth in a ball of fire. The event is particularly exciting to some experts who believe that the specific, very rare materials of the rock might lead to answer…
ULA, SpaceX split military launch contract awards – Spaceflight Now - Spaceflight NowSpaceflight Now
NASA finds proof of particle jet coming from black hole in early universe - Fox NewsFox News
Astronomers at NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory have found evidence of a particle jet coming from a supermassive black hole in the early universe.
Bacteria know how to exploit quantum mechanics, study finds - Phys.orgPhys.Org
Photosynthetic organisms harvest light from the sun to produce the energy they need to survive. A new paper published by University of Chicago researchers reveals their secret: exploiting quantum mechanics.
4.6 BILLION-year-old meteorite discovered in the Sahara could shed light on the early solar system - Daily MailDaily Mail
The meteorite, named EC 002, was discovered in the Sahara desert and is said to be older than Earth. Experts dated the rock back 4.6 billion years and say it came from the crust of a very early planet.
Scientists Trace Fastest Solar Particles Back to the Sun - NASANASA
Solar Energetic Particles are the Sun's speediest escapees, traversing the 93 million miles to Earth in under an hour. Scientists still don't know what causes them or where they come from on the Sun. For the first time, scientists have traced a Solar Energeti…
Detection of a particle shower at the Glashow resonance with IceCube - Nature.comNature.com
A particle shower detected by the IceCube Neutrino Observatory at the very high energy of the Glashow resonance demonstrates its potential for the study of high-energy particle physics and astrophysics.
A Bloodsucking Fish May Not Be the Vertebrate Ancestor We Thought - GizmodoGizmodo.com
A team of researchers has authored a new study about fossilized lamprey larvae from the Devonian Period that they say shows lamprey evolution occurred differently than previously thought. This would mean we’d need to change our vertebrate origin story.
Measurement of gravitational coupling between millimetre-sized masses - Nature.comNature.com
A direct measurement of the gravitational coupling between two 1-mm-radius gold spheres with masses below 100 mg using a torsional pendulum is reported.
False dawn’s truth? Scientists say they’ve finally cracked centuries-old mystery, thanks to the Juno probe - RTRT
The Prophet Mohammed described seeing it, 17th century astronomer Cassini studied it, and now Danish scientists working for NASA say they’ve cracked the mystery of ‘false dawns’ and it’s down to Martian dust leaking into space.
Meteor over Vermont exploded so "violently," it shook buildings - Yahoo NewsCBS News
The fireball released the energy equivalent of 440 pounds of TNT, rattling nearby buildings.
Ark: Scientists want to store animal sperm and egg samples on the MOON - Daily MailDaily Mail
The lunar gene bank - which could also house seed and spore samples - is envisaged as being built under the lunar surface, in a hollow, cooled lava tube.
Here's how NASA just booked a last-minute trip to space on a Russian Soyuz - Space.comSpace.com
NASA astronaut Mark Vande Hei will visit the space station next month.
Sushi-like rolled 2D heterostructures may lead to new miniaturized electronics - Phys.orgPhys.Org
The recent synthesis of one-dimensional van der Waals heterostructures, a type of heterostructure made by layering two-dimensional materials that are one atom thick, may lead to new, miniaturized electronics that are currently not possible, according to a tea…
New Study Reveals When Earth Will Run Out of Oxygen - Sputnik InternationalSputnik International
Oxygen is an essential element that is commonly accepted as a possible indicator of life on exoplanets. However, the oxygenated atmosphere of Earth that makes it...
Microscopic wormholes possible in theory - Phys.orgPhys.Org
Wormholes play a key role in many science fiction films—often as a shortcut between two distant points in space. In physics, however, these tunnels in spacetime have remained purely hypothetical. An international team led by Dr. Jose Luis Blázquez-Salcedo of …
Universe's oldest known quasar discovered 13 billion light-years away - Livescience.comLive Science
Astronomers have found the farthest known source of radio emissions in the universe: a galaxy-swallowing supermassive black hole.
SLS: Nasa assembles twin boosters for its 'megarocket' - BBC NewsBBC News
The space agency has completed the assembly of two boosters for its "megarocket", the SLS.
Scientists uncover secrets of mysterious 1,100-mile-long Mars cloud - CNETCNET
A wild, snaking cloud stretching 1,100 miles appears to emerge from the Arsia Mons volcano on Mars.
'Wonder of nature': Self-decapitating sea slugs regenerate brand-new bodies - USA TODAYUSA Today
Researchers discovered that two species of Japanese sea slugs can regrow hearts and whole new bodies, even after removing their own heads.
Tyrannosaur Teens Didn’t Have the Bone-Crushing Bite of Adults - GizmodoGizmodo.com
Adult tyrannosaurs were basically bone crushing machines on two feet. New research suggests juvenile tyrannosaurs couldn’t match the same level of brutality, resulting in a distinctive bite that set them apart from their adult counterparts.
Turkish lake may hold clues to ancient life on Mars - New York PostNew York Post
LAKE SALDA, Turkey – As NASA’s rover Perseverance explores the surface of Mars, scientists hunting for signs of ancient life on the distant planet are using data gathered on a mission much cl…
How Fast Is The Universe Expanding? Astronomers Are Still Perplexed, New Results Show - IFLScienceIFLScience
The universe is expanding faster and faster. This accelerated expansion has been measured in a variety of ways, but there is a major problem. Depending on
World's first dinosaur preserved sitting on nest of eggs with fossilized babies - EurekAlertEurekAlert
A multinational team of researchers has announced a first for the world of paleontology: a preserved dinosaur sitting atop a nest of its own eggs that include fossilized babies inside. The scientific paper describing the discovery was recently featured on the…
Switchbacks Science: Explaining Parker Solar Probe's Magnetic Puzzle - NASANASA
Since they were discovered in the first data returned from NASA's Parker Solar Probe, switchbacks have sparked a flurry of studies and scientific debate as researchers have tried to explain how the magnetic pulses form.
SpaceX evolving fairing recovery plans, taking advantage of Octagrabber in pursuit of rapid reusability - NASASpaceFlight.com - NASASpaceflight.comNASASpaceflight.com
SpaceX set a company record with 25 orbital launches in 2020. All but five of…
Ancient Earth was a water world - Science MagazineScience Magazine
Life and plate tectonics may have emerged on a planet drowned in water that was rejected by the mantle
Hubble Space Telescope just entered 'safe mode' - Livescience.comLive Science
It's not clear when the iconic space telescope will be back online.
'Does anyone have any of these?': Lab-supply shortages strike amid global pandemic - Nature.comNature.com
Scientific labs worldwide struggle to find enough sterile gloves and other basics as supply and manufacturing chains break down.
Humans Have Surprising Similarities to Strange Creatures From 550 Million Years Ago - ScienceAlertScienceAlert
From what little we know of them, they seem so different. Mysterious creatures that lived in the ocean half a billion years ago – headless, limbless things, seemingly alien to us in all respects.