Science news 26 Feb, 2021
Internet sleuths crack secret message hidden on Mars Perseverance's parachute - Global NewsGoogle News
Mars trip ‘can only be understood through Black Americans’, NASA tweets, celebrating renaming of HQ building - RTRT
The US space agency has renamed its DC headquarters after NASA’s first black female engineer Mary Jackson, celebrating with a poem about “going to Mars” even as the agency delayed the planned return to the moon.
Atlantic Ocean circulation is the weakest in at least 1,600 years, study finds – here's what that means for the climate - CBS NewsCBS News
New study finds evidence of an unprecedented slowdown in North Atlantic Ocean circulation, likely to due to human-caused climate change.
Medium-size dinos are missing from the fossil record. Here's why. - Livescience.comLive Science
It's hard to compete against teenage tyrannosaurs.
Second prevalve issue delays completion of SLS Core Stage Green Run campaign - NASASpaceFlight.com - NASASpaceflight.comNASASpaceflight.com
A problem with another one of the eight prevalves in the Artemis 1 Core Stage…
Jim Acosta surrounded and harassed on air while reporting from CPAC - The IndependentIndependent
A woman in the crowd shouted “get him” as attendees surrounded the anchor
Astronomers Think They’ve Found the Neutron Star Remnant Left Behind from Supernova 1987A - Universe TodayUniverse Today
It was the brightest supernova in nearly 400 years when it lit the skies of the southern hemisphere in February 1987. Supernova 1987A – the explosion of a blue supergiant star in the nearby mini-galaxy known as the Large Magellanic Cloud – amazed the astronom…
Scientists Have Filmed A Space-Time Crystal For The First Time - IFLScienceIFLScience
A German-Polish collaboration has been able to conduct the first video-recording of a space-time crystal. The recurring material structure was micrometer-s
The best time to see the Snow Moon in Colorado in 2021 - The KnowThe Denver Post
The 2021 Snow Moon rises on Feb. 26 in Colorado. Here is the best time to see it and how long it'll be in the sky.
A comet makes a pit stop near Jupiter but will eventually get flung into interstellar space - SYFY WIRESYFY WIRE
In June 2019, the automated survey ATLAS (Asteroid Terrestrial-impact Last Alert System) found a new object moving against the background stars. Initially called 2019 LD2, it was thought to be an asteroid orbiting the Sun out near Jupiter. However, an amateur…
Using deep-sea fiber optic cables to detect earthquakes - Phys.orgPhys.Org
Seismologists at Caltech working with optics experts at Google have developed a method to use existing underwater telecommunication cables to detect earthquakes. The technique could lead to improved earthquake and tsunami warning systems around the world.
NASA Probe Returns Amazing Image of Venus - ExtremeTechExtremeTech
According to NASA, Parker spotted a previously unseen glow that could be a product of oxygen in the inhospitable planet's atmosphere. The unexpected clarity of surface features also has scientists reassessing how sensitive Parker's cameras are.
First complete coronavirus model shows cooperation - Phys.orgPhys.Org
The COVID-19 virus holds some mysteries. Scientists remain in the dark on aspects of how it fuses and enters the host cell; how it assembles itself; and how it buds off the host cell.
Mat-Su now has the highest COVID-19 daily case average in the state and one of the lowest vaccine rates - Anchorage Daily NewsAnchorage Daily News
Still, the borough’s lack of restrictions has drawn two state athletic events from Anchorage, where sports fall under stricter protocols.
NASA's Webb Telescope Will Be the World's Premier Space Science Observatory – Here's What Those Powerful Capabilities Mean for Astronomy - SciTechDailySciTechDaily
Early observations of stars in the local universe will pave the way for years of discovery across a range of science topics The combination of high resolution and infrared-detecting instruments on NASA's upcoming James Webb Space Telescope will provide astron…
New, more inclusive journal policies ease author name changes on published papers - Science MagazineScience Magazine
The shift will help researchers who change their names midcareer, including transgender scientists
Comet makes a pit stop near Jupiter's asteroids - Phys.orgPhys.Org
After traveling several billion miles toward the Sun, a wayward young comet-like object orbiting among the giant planets has found a temporary parking place along the way. The object has settled near a family of captured ancient asteroids, called Trojans, tha…
Ghost particle that crashed into Antarctica traced back to star shredded by black hole - CNETCNET
A black hole gobbled up a star in deep space and flung a high-energy subatomic bullet at the Earth. Don't worry, the planet's doing fine.
The influence of juvenile dinosaurs on community structure and diversity - Science MagazineScience Magazine
Modern carnivore communities include species that span a range of body sizes. For example, on the African savannah, there are small species (mongooses), medium species (wild dogs), and large species (lions). This variation reflects available prey sources that…
Manatees May Carry Half a Million Microscopic Hitchhikers - The New York TimesNew York Times
Unexpected species of nematodes, some of them new to science, were found living on the skin of the marine mammals.
Snakes insert their heads into living frogs' bodies to swallow their organs (because nature is horrifying) - Livescience.comLive Science
The encounters left frogs absolutely gutted.
New SpaceX Starship prototype SN10 rocket could fly as soon as Monday - CNETCNET
The latest version of Elon Musk's Mars rocket is on the launch pad in Texas.
Skeleton Dating Back to 4.4 Million Years Ago Gives New Insights into Human's Locomotive Evolution - News18News18
The theory of human evolution postulates that modern homo sapiens’ ancestors were ancient apes.
Starship SN10 Static Fires twice - Super Heavy waiting in the wings - NASASpaceFlight.com - NASASpaceflight.comNASASpaceflight.com
Starship SN10’s wait for launch, following weather-related delays, could soon be over following an optimistic…
“Heaviest Black Hole Collision” Detected by Gravitational Waves Might Actually Be a Boson Star Merger - SciTechDailySciTechDaily
An international team of scientists led by the Galician Institute of High Energy Physics and the University of Aveiro, including an undergraduate from the Department of Physics at The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK), has proposed the collision of two e…
Dispatches from Mars: Perseverance rover sends images - Photos - UPI.comUPI.com
NASA's Perseverance rover landed safely on the Martian surface on February 18, 2021. Here's a look at some of the images it has sent back to Earth.
Pompeii: Scientists use lasers to remove stains on 2,000-year-old fresco in the House of the Ceii - Daily MailDaily Mail
Poor maintenance since the house was dug up in 1913-14 saw the hunting fresco and others deteriorate, particularly at the bottom, which is more vulnerable to humidity.
NASA's Juno Spacecraft Spots Asteroid Impact on Jupiter - ExtremeTechExtremeTech
There's a lot to see on and around Jupiter, like the asteroid impact that Juno captured in 2020.
Ghost particle travels 750 million light-years, ends up buried under the Antarctic ice - Livescience.comLive Science
Why so late, little neutrino?
As private companies erode government’s hold on space travel, NASA looks to open a new frontier - The Washington PostThe Washington Post
Space enthusiasts, including NASA, see enormous benefit in the shift — a new era of space exploration that will usher in a more capable and efficient space industry. But the changing dynamic also has left NASA with an uncertain role.
Nanobodies could help CRISPR turn genes on and off - Phys.orgPhys.Org
The genetic tool CRISPR has been likened to molecular scissors for its ability to snip out and replace genetic code within DNA. But CRISPR has a capability that could make it useful beyond genetic repairs. "CRISPR can precisely locate specific genes," says La…