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Discovered: The most-distant solar system object ever observed

Science Daily Astronomy - Mon, 2018-12-17 12:00
A team of astronomers has discovered the most-distant body ever observed in our solar system. It is the first known solar system object that has been detected at a distance that is more than 100 times farther than Earth is from the sun.

Saturn is losing its rings at 'worst-case-scenario' rate

Science Daily Astronomy - Mon, 2018-12-17 12:00
New NASA research confirms that Saturn is losing its iconic rings at the maximum rate estimated from Voyager 1 and 2 observations made decades ago. The rings are being pulled into Saturn by gravity as a dusty rain of ice particles under the influence of Saturn's magnetic field.

U.S. Health Official Expresses Alarm at Increase in Vaping among Teens

Scientifc America - Mon, 2018-12-17 11:45
Nora Volkow of the National Institute on Drug Abuse addresses record high stats among 12th graders

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Pterosaurs Just Keep Getting Weirder

Scientifc America - Mon, 2018-12-17 11:15
They beat birds at powered flight. Were they also a step ahead with feathers?

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Alien imposters: Planets with oxygen don't necessarily have life

Science Daily Astronomy - Mon, 2018-12-17 10:58
Lab simulations nix the common wisdom that atmospheric oxygen and organic compounds are good evidence that a planet harbors life.

Narrowing the universe in the search for life

Science Daily Astronomy - Mon, 2018-12-17 10:18
In the search for life on other planets, scientists traditionally have looked for a world with water. But a geophysicist now wonders if we should look to rocks instead.

Caught in the Act--Astronomers Get Their Best Look Yet at a Supernova Blowing Up

Scientifc America - Mon, 2018-12-17 06:45
New observations of a stellar explosion have revealed a surprise that could point to the trigger behind these violent, yet mysterious, eruptions

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A young star caught forming like a planet

Science Daily Astronomy - Fri, 2018-12-14 09:38
Astronomers have captured one of the most detailed views of a young star taken to date, and revealed an unexpected companion in orbit around it.

"Spy" Virus Eavesdrops on Bacteria, Then Obliterates Them

Scientifc America - Fri, 2018-12-14 06:45
Viruses use bacteria’s chemical language to time their destruction; this might lead to new ways to fight infections 

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Mars InSight lander seen in first images from space

Science Daily Astronomy - Thu, 2018-12-13 20:43
On Nov. 26, NASA's InSight mission knew the spacecraft touched down within an 81-mile-long (130-kilometer-long) landing ellipse on Mars. Now, the team has pinpointed InSight's exact location using images from HiRISE, a powerful camera onboard another NASA spacecraft, Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO).

Could Medical Procedures Transmit Alzheimer's?

Scientifc America - Thu, 2018-12-13 14:20
A protein associated with the degenerative disease was passed to eight patients decades ago in contaminated growth hormones

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Tangled magnetic fields power cosmic particle accelerators

Science Daily Astronomy - Thu, 2018-12-13 13:12
Magnetic field lines tangled like spaghetti in a bowl might be behind the most powerful particle accelerators in the universe. That's the result of a new computational study that simulated particle emissions from distant active galaxies.

Where did the hot Neptunes go? A shrinking planet holds the answer

Science Daily Astronomy - Thu, 2018-12-13 10:13
'Where did the hot Neptunes go?' This is the question astronomers have been asking for a long time, faced with the mysterious absence of planets the size of Neptune. Researchers have just discovered that one of these planets is losing its atmosphere at a frantic pace. This observation strengthens the theory that hot Neptunes have lost much of their atmosphere and turned into smaller planets called super-Earths.

A Math Function Describes How Whole Societies Remember--and Forget

Scientifc America - Thu, 2018-12-13 08:00
A Neruda masterpiece—and a bi-exponential curve—define the dynamics of the fast then slow fade of our greatest collective sorrows and joys

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Experts Aren't Taking a Shine to California's Rooftop Solar Rule

Scientifc America - Thu, 2018-12-13 06:45
Energy economists say the new home requirement is inefficient and benefits wealthier people; supporters say it’s just one piece of the puzzle

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Large population of potential young planets found in distant planetary systems

Science Daily Astronomy - Wed, 2018-12-12 14:46
Astronomers used the powerful ALMA telescope to discover that in other parts of the Milky Way Galaxy (seen here) there is potentially a large population of young planets -- similar in mass to Neptune or Jupiter -- at wide-orbit that are not detectable by other current planet searching techniques.

NASA's Juno mission halfway to Jupiter science

Science Daily Astronomy - Wed, 2018-12-12 14:42
On Dec. 21, NASA's Juno spacecraft will be 3,140 miles (5,053 kilometers) above Jupiter's cloud tops and hurtling by at a healthy clip of 128,802 mph (207,287 kilometers per hour). This will mark the solar-powered spacecraft's halfway point in data collection during its prime mission.

NASA's InSight takes its first selfie

Science Daily Astronomy - Wed, 2018-12-12 14:39
NASA's InSight lander used a camera on its robotic arm to take its first selfie -- a mosaic made up of 11 images. This is the same imaging process used by NASA's Curiosity rover mission, in which many overlapping pictures are taken and later stitched together.

Finding Alien Life May Require Giant Telescopes Built in Orbit

Scientifc America - Wed, 2018-12-12 06:45
Influential astrophysicists, roboticists and astronauts say that orbital construction could spark a renaissance in space science and exploration

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Did supernovae kill off large ocean animals at dawn of Pleistocene?

Science Daily Astronomy - Tue, 2018-12-11 11:29
The effects of a supernova -- and possibly more than one -- on large ocean life like school-bus-sized Megalodon 2.6 million years ago are detailed in a new article.

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