Science news 13 Feb, 2021
A Mars orbiter just detected something it’s never seen before - BGRBGR
The atmosphere of Mars is thin and, compared to Earth, barely even there at all, but it can still teach us about the history of the planet and its present-day status. The ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter, which is a project from the European Space Agency and Russia’…
New Technique Used to Spot Possible Super-Earth in Alpha Centauri's Habitable Zone - ScienceAlertScienceAlert
Astronomers using a new technique may have not only found a super-Earth at a neighbouring star, but they may also have directly imaged it. And it could be nice and cozy in the habitable zone around Alpha Centauri.
Apophis, the most intimidating asteroid around, is coming in for a visit - CNETCNET
Don't worry, it's not going to hit us. Promise.
China's Tianwen-1 Mars probe captures epic video of Red Planet during orbital arrival - Space.comSpace.com
Astronomers Looking for One Black Hole May Have Found an Entire Squad - GizmodoGizmodo.com
About 7,800 light-years away—within our galactic neighborhood—is globular cluster NGC 6397, basically a wad of stars held together by gravity. That bunch of stars was previously thought to have an intermediate-sized black hole at its center. But upon further …
TESS Discovers New Worlds in a River of Stars - NASANASA
NASA’s Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) has discovered a trio of hot worlds larger than Earth orbiting a young version of our Sun called TOI 451
Report recommends NASA accelerate space nuclear propulsion development - SpaceNewsSpaceNews
NASA needs to pursue “aggressive” development of space nuclear propulsion technologies if the agency wants to use them for human missions to Mars by 2039.
Europa Decision Delivers Crushing Blow To NASA's Space Launch System (SLS) - HackadayHackaday
These days, NASA deciding to launch one of their future missions on a commercial rocket is hardly a surprise. After all, the agency is now willing to fly their astronauts on boosters and spacecraft…
Listen to haunting notes from an 18,000-year-old conch shell trumpet - Ars TechnicaArs Technica
Archaeologists in 1931 assumed the shell was only a broken drinking cup.
Astronomers Confirm Existence Of ‘Planetoid’, The Most Distant Object Ever Observed - Mashable IndiaMashable
It has recently come to light that a team of astronomers from the University of Hawaii Institute for Astronomy (IfA) have detected the existence of a planetoid that is almost four times farther from the sun than pluto.
ISS mystery: 'Bermuda Triangle of space' caused astronauts' computers to crash - Daily ExpressExpress
INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION (ISS) astronauts were left in a potentially terrifying situation when their computers crashed while flying in a mysterious region known as 'the Bermuda Triangle of space'.
Royal Photographic Society science photographer of the year: winning images - The GuardianThe Guardian
The society has announced the winners in its 2021 science photographer of the year competition
New research tackles a central challenge of powerful quantum computing - Phys.orgPhys.Org
To build a universal quantum computer from fragile quantum components, effective implementation of quantum error correction (QEC) is an essential requirement and a central challenge. QEC is used in quantum computing, which has the potential to solve scientifi…
Millie Hughes-Fulford, NASA Shuttle Scientist, Dies at 75 - The New York TimesNew York Times
As the space agency’s first female payload specialist, she conducted experiments about the impact of weightlessness on astronauts’ immune systems and loss of bone mass.
What A Brain Organoid Grown With Neanderthal DNA Tells Us About Modern Humans - NPRNPR
A brain organoid grown with Neanderthal DNA reveals how evolution shaped the brains of modern humans and adds to evidence that brain differences helped us survive while our human cousins went extinct.
Teaching an old spacecraft new tricks to continue exploring the moon - Phys.orgPhys.Org
NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) spacecraft has far exceeded its planned mission duration, revealing that the Moon holds surprises: ice deposits that could be used to support future lunar exploration, the coldest places in the solar system in permane…
New AI technique allows robots to detect human touch by analyzing shadows - The Next WebThe Next Web
Scientists from Cornell University have developed a way for robots to identify physical interactions just by analyzing a user’s shadows. Their ShadowSense system uses an off-the-shelf USB camera to capture the shadows produced by hand gestures on a robot’s sk…
It's Starting to Look Like Super-Earths Really are Just Great big Terrestrial Planets - Universe TodayUniverse Today
New research shows there is a divide between how gas planets and rocky worlds form.
Portrait of young galaxy throws theory of galaxy formation on its head - Phys.orgPhys.Org
Scientists have challenged our current understanding of how galaxies form by unveiling pictures of a young galaxy in the early life of the Universe which appears surprisingly mature.
Seismic crustal imaging using fin whale songs - Science MagazineScience Magazine
Probing the structure of the ocean crust requires a wave source. The most common source is an air gun, which is effective but potentially harmful for ocean life and not easy to use everywhere. Kuna and Nábělek found that fin whale songs can also be used as a …
Astronomers Detect Another Possible Exoplanet Right Next Door - ExtremeTechExtremeTech
A project called Near Earths in the Alpha Center Region (NEAR) has just spotted tantalizing signals that could point to a planet in the habitable zone of Alpha Centauri, which is a mere 4.37 light years away. That's right next door in astronomical terms.
Huge Trove of Roman Silver Coins Unearthed in Turkey | Archaeology - Sci-News.comSci-News.com
Hundreds of silver coins dating to the first century BCE have been unearthed by archaeologists from Pamukkale University.
Europa Clipper: Nasa's ocean world mission gets launch date - BBC NewsBBC News
A mission to study a moon that could be home to extra-terrestrial life has been given a launch date.
The Tech NASA and China Will Use in the Search for Life on Mars | WSJ - Wall Street JournalGoogle News
China Mars mission: Tianwen-1 spacecraft enters into orbit - Yahoo! VoicesYahoo Entertainment
A day after the UAE arrived at Mars, China says its Tianwen-1 mission is also now in orbit.
Vaporised crusts of Earth-like planets found in dying stars - Phys.orgPhys.Org
Remnants of planets with Earth-like crusts have been discovered in the atmospheres of four nearby white dwarf stars by University of Warwick astronomers, offering a glimpse of the planets that may have once orbited them up to billions of years ago.
NASA SLS computer development branching to support first flight, future upgrades - NASASpaceFlight.com - NASASpaceflight.comNASASpaceflight.com
Following completion of certification testing in October 2020 of the computer system for the first…
Capturing free-space optical light for high-speed Wi-Fi - Phys.orgPhys.Org
Visible and infrared light can carry more data than radio waves, but has always been confined to a hard-wired, fiber-optic cable. Working with Facebook's Connectivity Lab, a Duke research team has now made a major advance toward the dream of ditching the fibe…
NASA Wants to Set a New Radiation Limit for Astronauts - WIREDWired
As the agency considers sending people to the moon and Mars, it’s taking a fresh look at the research on cancer risk and recalculating acceptable thresholds.
Never-before seen halogen gas discovered on Mars - The IndependentIndependent
'It is like we only had a 2D view before, now we can explore the atmosphere in 3D,' one scientist said
HUGE 'potentially hazardous' asteroid to skim past Earth in March - Daily MailDaily Mail
The asteroid, named 231937 (2001 FO32), is unlikely to hit the Earth as it will be 1.2 million miles from the planet - five times further out than the Moon.
New technology can get inside your head. Are you ready? - Science News for StudentsScience News for Students
New technologies aim to listen to — and maybe even change — your brain activity. But just because scientists can do this, should they?
Today in science: A spacecraft obliterated a sundog - EarthSkyEarthSky
On February 11, 2010, a solar observatory launched into space ripped apart a sundog and created a new ice halo that amazed scientists.
SpaceX rolls last Starship off the assembly line ahead of “major upgrades” - TeslaratiTeslarati
SpaceX has installed Starship serial number 11’s (SN11) steel nosecone, effectively completing the rocket and marking the end of production for a series of four virtually identical prototypes. SpaceX has soared through a limited production run of four full-he…
Sequence African genomes for Africa and the world: scientist - Medical XpressMedical Xpress
A $4.5 billion initiative to sequence the genomes of three million Africans would not only benefit a continent long neglected in gene-based healthcare, but advance understanding of genetic disease worldwide, the project leader told AFP Wednesday.