Science news 17 Feb, 2021
The Moon's Biggest Crater Is Revealing Lunar Formation Secrets We Never Knew - ScienceAlertScienceAlert
A crater that covers nearly a quarter of the Moon's surface has revealed new information on how Earth's natural satellite buddy formed - and the findings have tremendous implications, researchers say.
The massive planet scientists can't find - BBC NewsBBC News
Strange things are happening at the outer edges of our solar system. An object up to ten times the mass of Earth is pulling others towards it. Is it a planet, or something else?
The space rock that doomed the dinosaurs was shrapnel from a comet that flew too close to the sun, a Harvard study suggests - Yahoo NewsBusiness Insider
The origin of the space rock that killed the dinosaurs has been a mystery. A new study suggests it wasn't an asteroid, but a comet fragment.
NASA's Perseverance rover is ready to land on Mars! - Space.comSpace.com
"The spacecraft is focused, the team is focused and we are all ready to go for landing," Jennifer Trosper said today (Feb. 16).
Trump's 2024 moon goal in jeopardy, acting NASA chief says - POLITICOPolitico
It has been widely anticipated that the 2024 goal would be impossible to meet given that a new rocket, capsule, lunar lander, and other components still need to be developed and fully tested.
'Parastronaut' sought as ESA recruits its first new astronauts in more than a decade - SpaceNewsSpaceNews
The European Space Agency announced Feb. 16 that its first call for new astronauts in more than a decade will be open to candidates with physical disabilities.
Climate change 'delayed migration of plant-eating dinosaurs by millions of years' - The GuardianThe Guardian
New study of fossils suggests arrival in northern hemisphere long after meat-eating cousins
A backward-spinning star with two coplanar orbiting planets in a multi-stellar system - Phys.orgPhys.Org
In a recent paper in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences a group of researchers led by Maria Hjorth and Simon Albrecht from the Stellar Astrophysics Centre, Aarhus University, have published the discovery of a special exoplanetary system in wh…
SpaceX launches another batch of Starlink satellites, misses booster landing - WKMG News 6 & ClickOrlandoWKMG News 6 & ClickOrlando
SpaceX plans to continue weekly launches of 60 Starlink satellites at a time.
Highest-Resolution Images of DNA Reveal It's Surprisingly Jiggly - GizmodoGizmodo.com
Scientists have captured the highest-resolution images ever taken of DNA, revealing previously unseen twisting and squirming behaviors.
Physicists Create Microchip 100 Times Faster With Graphene | IE - Interesting EngineeringInteresting Engineering
Researchers at the University of Sussex in England have found a way to create tiny and speedy semiconductors: crinkling graphene or other 2D materials.
Original 'Stonehenge' discovered, confirming a legend of the wizard Merlin - Livescience.comLive Science
Nuclear Rockets to Mars? - CounterPunch.org - CounterPunchCounterPunch
A report advocating rocket propulsion by nuclear power for U.S. missions to Mars, written by a committee packed with individuals deeply involved in nuclear power, was issued last week by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine. The 104-p…
Blue-Green Algae Could Help Keep Humans Alive on Mars, Experiment Suggests - ScienceAlertScienceAlert
Mars may not have a lot going on at the moment, life-wise, but the dusty red planet may not be as inhospitable as it seems.
Magnetic field reversal could cause 'crippling damage' to life and economy - Daily ExpressExpress
IF EARTH'S magnetic field were to flip today, as it has done several times in its past, it would cause a 'crippling' amount of damage to Earth's life and economy, scientists have revealed.
Planet Nine Might Be a Giant Illusion, Scientists Say, And Here's Why - ScienceAlertScienceAlert
A hypothetical mystery planet thought to be responsible for strange orbits in the outer Solar System just got dealt one of its biggest blows yet.
Nature: Wasps watch over neighbouring nests in 'surprising act of selflessness' - Daily MailDaily Mail
Researchers from the UK studied some 20,000 baby Neotropical paper wasps and their carers from 91 different colonies in Panama, including near the canal.
SpaceX sets up for back-to-back Starlink launches this week - CNETCNET
The booster appeared to miss the landing pad of the company's droneship in the Atlantic Monday night.
Light used to detect quantum information stored in 100,000 nuclear quantum bits - Phys.orgPhys.Org
Researchers have found a way to use light and a single electron to communicate with a cloud of quantum bits and sense their behavior, making it possible to detect a single quantum bit in a dense cloud.
At 132 astronomical units, 'Farfarout' is the most distant object we've ever found in the solar system - TechSpotTechSpot
The team has since learned that Farfarout resides 132 astronomical units (AUs) from the Sun. A single AU is defined as the distance from the center of...
Russian cargo ship heads for space station, loaded with 2-and-a-half tons of supplies and equipment - CBS NewsCBS News
The Russian Progress cargo ship blasted off from Kazakhstan atop a Soyuz booster carrying 2-and-a-half tons of supplies and equipment.
Why do we breathe so loudly when we sleep? - Livescience.comLive Science
What explains loud "sleep breathing"?
Russian cargo ship launched to International Space Station - msnNOWAssociated Press
MOSCOW (AP) — An unmanned Russian cargo ship launched successfully Monday with a load of supplies for the International Space Station. The Progress MS-16 cargo ship blasted off as scheduled at 9:45 a.m. (0445 GMT) from the Russia-leased Baikonur launch facili…