Science & Technology News

Early opaque universe linked to galaxy scarcity

Science Daily Astronomy - Tue, 2018-08-14 15:09
A team of astronomers has made a surprising discovery: 12.5 billion years ago, the most opaque place in the universe contained relatively little matter.

Are Boys Better Than Girls at Math?

Scientifc America - Tue, 2018-08-14 09:00
Colleen Ganley, assistant professor of developmental psychology, answers

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Is Gravity Quantum?

Scientifc America - Tue, 2018-08-14 08:00
The ongoing search for the graviton—the proposed fundamental particle carrying gravitational force—is a crucial step in physicists’ long journey toward a theory of everything

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Can Offshore Wind Turbines Succeed in the Great Lakes?

Scientifc America - Tue, 2018-08-14 06:45
Ice jams and bird and bat deaths will determine the answer

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Historic space weather could clarify what's next

Science Daily Astronomy - Mon, 2018-08-13 11:33
Scientists have discovered an underlying repeatable pattern in how space weather activity changes with the solar cycle - having analysed solar activity for the last half century.

Earth mini-moons: Potential for exciting scientific and commercial opportunities

Science Daily Astronomy - Mon, 2018-08-13 10:42
The detection of 'mini-moons' -- small asteroids temporarily captured in orbit around Earth -- will vastly improve our scientific understanding of asteroids and the Earth-moon system. Small and fast-moving, they have evaded detection by existing technology, with only one confirmed mini-moon discovery to date. The advent of the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope could verify their existence and track their paths around our planet, presenting exciting scientific and commercial opportunities.

Record-Breaking Signal May Help Solve the Mystery of Fast Radio Bursts

Scientifc America - Mon, 2018-08-13 09:00
The CHIME telescope could soon deliver thousands of additional detections of the mysterious cosmic outbursts

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Earth Has a Hidden Plastic Problem--Scientists Are Hunting It Down

Scientifc America - Mon, 2018-08-13 06:45
Trillions of tiny particles generated by our plastic-reliant society are polluting environments worldwide

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Parker Solar Probe launches on historic journey to touch the sun

Science Daily Astronomy - Sun, 2018-08-12 06:50
Hours before the rise of the very star it will study, NASA's Parker Solar Probe launched from Florida Sunday to begin its journey to the Sun, where it will undertake a landmark mission. The spacecraft will transmit its first science observations in December, beginning a revolution in our understanding of the star that makes life on Earth possible.

Effort to Diversify Medical Research Raises Thorny Questions of Race

Scientifc America - Fri, 2018-08-10 06:45
A federal study aiming to collect the health information of one million U.S. residents is limited by the very problems it hopes to solve

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Pairs of small colliding galaxies may seed future stars

Science Daily Astronomy - Thu, 2018-08-09 14:45
In a new study, astronomers show how gas expelled in the merger of two small galaxies can linger across vast distances for billions of years, where it may eventually feed gas to more massive galaxies to make new stars.

Ultrahot planets have starlike atmospheres

Science Daily Astronomy - Thu, 2018-08-09 14:45
An unusual kind of star-planet hybrid atmosphere is emerging from studies of ultrahot planets orbiting close to other stars.

Spinning heat shield for future spacecraft

Science Daily Astronomy - Thu, 2018-08-09 11:25
A newly developed prototype flexible heat shield for spacecraft could reduce the cost of space travel and even aid future space missions to Mars.

Forget Doorframes: Expert Advice on Earthquake Survival Strategies

Scientifc America - Thu, 2018-08-09 08:00
Indonesia’s Lombok quake revives the question of taking cover versus running outside

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Mission to the Nearest Star: Fastest Spacecraft Ever Will Dare to Sample the Sun's Corona

Scientifc America - Thu, 2018-08-09 07:00
NASA’s Parker Solar Probe will launch August 11 to explore the extreme environment of our star’s mysteriously superheated atmosphere

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End of the Rainbow? New Map Scale is More Readable by People Who Are Color Blind

Scientifc America - Thu, 2018-08-09 06:45
The improved palette also avoids some of the problems existing data visualization schemes pose for people with typical vision

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Will Dimming the Sun Cool the Planet and Help Crops?

Scientifc America - Wed, 2018-08-08 13:00
Solar geoengineering would ease heat stress, but also block vital sunlight for plants

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Elliptical elegance in glittering host of galaxies

Science Daily Astronomy - Wed, 2018-08-08 07:54
A glittering host of galaxies populate this rich image taken with ESO's VLT Survey Telescope, a state-of-the-art 2.6-m telescope designed for surveying the sky in visible light. The features of the multitude of galaxies strewn across the image allow astronomers to uncover the most delicate details of galactic structure.

First "Photos" of Ocean Carbon Molecules Hold Clues to Future Warming

Scientifc America - Wed, 2018-08-08 06:45
The remains of tiny phytoplankton hold more carbon than all plants and animals; will it be released?

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Million fold increase in the power of waves near Jupiter's moon Ganymede

Science Daily Astronomy - Tue, 2018-08-07 09:51
Chorus waves are electromagnetic waves. Converted to sound they sound like singing and chirping birds at dawn. They can cause polar lights above the Earth as well as damage to satellites. Now, a team of researchers has found that such waves are intensified million-fold around Jupiter's moon Ganymede. This study provides important observational constraints for theoretical studies.