Science news 19 Feb, 2021
NASA's Perseverance Rover Lands Successfully on Mars (Highlight Reel) - NASA Jet Propulsion LaboratoryGoogle News
Mountain Lake, Minn., native played crucial role in designing Mars rovers - Minneapolis Star TribuneMinneapolis Star Tribune
Roger Wiens has loved science since he and his brother built rockets in Mountain Lake.
Scientists Found a Way to Communicate With People Who Are Asleep And Dreaming - ScienceAlertScienceAlert
Scientists have identified a new phenomenon they describe as "interactive dreaming", where people experiencing deep sleep and lucid dreams are able to follow instructions, answer simple yes-or-no questions, and even solve basic mathematics problems.
Earth's Magnetic Field Flipped 42,000 Years Ago. The Consequences Were Dramatic - ScienceAlertScienceAlert
A global period of upheaval 42,000 years ago was the result of a reversal in Earth's magnetic field, new research has found.
New look at first black hole detected shows it is bigger than expected - Yahoo NewsYahoo Entertainment
A fresh examination has revealed new details about the first black hole ever detected - which was spotted in 1964 and became the subject of a friendly wager ...
Mammoth DNA Breaks Record for World's Oldest Sequence - Ancient OriginsAncient Origins
Researchers have sequenced the oldest known DNA in the world. Using material from the Early and Middle Pleistocene sub-epochs, the ancient DNA analysis shatters the record for the world’s oldest sequenced DNA.
A genetic advantage inherited from Neanderthals could give some people a 22% lower risk of severe COVID-19 - Business InsiderBusiness Insider
The remnants of Neanderthal DNA are more common in people from Europe and Asia. They could confer an advantage during a coronavirus infection.
Planet Nine Hypothesis Takes a Major Hit in New Study - ExtremeTechExtremeTech
It used to be easy to know how many planets there were: nine. It had been nine planets for an entire generation before scientists started rethinking what counts as a planet. Pluto is out, but some astronomers believe there's a real ninth planet lurking out th…
Starliner test flight slips to early April - SpaceNewsSpaceNews
A second uncrewed test flight of Boeing’s CST-100 Starliner commercial crew vehicle will be delayed by more than a week to replace damaged hardware.
Meet the Newest Member of the Fluorescent Mammal Club - The New York TimesNew York Times
The springhare — whose coat glows a patchy pinkish-orange under UV light — joins the platypus and other mammals with this perplexing trait.
Winter storm, GameStop hearing, NASA's Perseverance to land on Mars: 5 things to know Thursday - USA TODAYUSA Today
Another winter storm targets the United States, NASA's Perseverance to touchdown on Mars and more things to know Thursday.
World’s oldest DNA sequenced from million-year-old mammoths - Al Jazeera EnglishAl Jazeera English
Scientists sequenced DNA from the teeth of mammoths discovered in Siberia in the 1970s.
How Mars became the prize for a new space race — and why China is hellbent on winning it - Space.comSpace.com
Researchers discover a new route to forming complex crystals - Phys.orgPhys.Org
When materials reach extremely small size scales, strange things begin to happen. One of those phenomena is the formation of mesocrystals.
Russia, China to sign agreement on international lunar research station - SpaceNewsSpaceNews
Russia is preparing to sign a memorandum of understanding with China to cooperate on a vision for an international lunar research station (ILRS).
Growing Inventory of Black Holes Offers a Radical Probe of the Cosmos - Quanta MagazineQuanta Magazine
One black hole is nice, but astrophysicists can do a lot more science with 50 of them.
A new, clearer insight into Earth's hidden crystals - Phys.orgPhys.Org
Geologists have developed a new theory about the state of Earth billions of years ago after examining the very old rocks formed in the Earth's mantle below the continents.