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Flashing Neurons, Invisible Moonlight and Adorable Squid Babies: The Week's Best Science GIFs

Scientifc America - 8 hours 8 min ago
Enjoy and loop on

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Surprise: Bees Need Meat

Scientifc America - 11 hours 23 min ago
Microbes in flowers are crucial to bee diets, and microbiome changes could be starving the insects

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Mission to Jupiter's icy moon confirmed

Science Daily Astronomy - Thu, 2019-08-22 14:32
An icy ocean world in our solar system that could tell us more about the potential for life on other worlds is coming into focus with confirmation of the Europa Clipper mission's next phase.

Storms on Jupiter are disturbing the planet's colorful belts

Science Daily Astronomy - Thu, 2019-08-22 13:04
Coordinated observations of Jupiter in early 2017 by six ground-based telescopes and Hubble allowed astronomers to study the evolution of bright plumes and connect them with cloud movements deep in the planet. They show that these plumes originate 80 kilometers below the surface cloud deck and rise up quickly into the stratosphere, where supercooled ammonia freezes to form ammonia ice clouds. The plumes create disturbances in the belts and even change their color.

Maximum mass of lightest neutrino revealed using astronomical big data

Science Daily Astronomy - Thu, 2019-08-22 11:34
The mass of the lightest neutrino, an abundant 'ghost' particle found throughout the universe, has been calculated to be at least 6 million times lighter than the mass of an electron.

Temperatures of 800 billion degrees in the cosmic kitchen

Science Daily Astronomy - Thu, 2019-08-22 10:14
It is among the most spectacular events in the universe: a merger of neutron stars. Astronomers have completed the first laboratory measurements of thermal electromagnetic radiation arising in such collisions. The resulting data enabled them to calculate the prevailing temperature when such stars merge.

The Solar System's Loneliest Planets, Revisited

Scientifc America - Thu, 2019-08-22 06:45
Thirty years after a probe visited Neptune, many scientists say now is the time to finally return to that world and Uranus

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Scientists Start Building a Parts List for the Brain

Scientifc America - Wed, 2019-08-21 16:45
A new study provides an extraordinary close-up of the menagerie of neural cell types, yielding possible leads for neurological and psychiatric treatments

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Researchers Model Online Hate Networks In Effort to Battle Them

Scientifc America - Wed, 2019-08-21 15:15
A new study identifies the network dynamics that help neo-Nazis and other extremists survive and thrive on social media—and suggests ways to defeat them

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Spaceflight consistently affects the gut

Science Daily Astronomy - Wed, 2019-08-21 12:05
A new study discovered that spaceflight -- both aboard a space shuttle or the International Space Station (ISS) -- has a consistent effect on the gut microbiome.

Faced with Data Deluge, Astronomers Turn to Automation

Scientifc America - Wed, 2019-08-21 11:30
For better or worse, machine learning and big data are poised to transform the study of the heavens

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Virtual Physical Therapy Could Help Fill Gaps in Treating All Too Real Pain

Scientifc America - Wed, 2019-08-21 06:45
At-home video sessions and apps could reduce costs and expand treatment in rural areas

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Enabling longer space missions

Science Daily Astronomy - Tue, 2019-08-20 13:09
The Hall thruster is a propulsion system that is often used by spacecraft engaged in longer missions. A recent study has shown how the operating lives of these systems can be further extended.

A Once Common Gecko Is Vanishing from Parts of Asia

Scientifc America - Tue, 2019-08-20 10:25
With millions of tokay geckos trapped each year for use in traditional Chinese medicine, conservationists are calling for international protections

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Stardust in the Antarctic snow

Science Daily Astronomy - Tue, 2019-08-20 10:16
The rare isotope iron-60 is created in massive stellar explosions. Only a very small amount of this isotope reaches the earth from distant stars. Now, a research team has discovered iron-60 in Antarctic snow for the first time. The scientists suggest that the iron isotope comes from the interstellar neighborhood.

Black hole holograms

Science Daily Astronomy - Tue, 2019-08-20 10:16
Researchers show how a holographic tabletop experiment can be used to simulate the physics of a black hole. This work may lead the way to a more complete theory of quantum gravity that harmonizes quantum mechanics and relativity.

NASA Has Committed to a Rocket for the Europa Mission--and It Won't Be Ready on Time

Scientifc America - Tue, 2019-08-20 08:00
Although alternatives such as SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy exist, the space agency is legally required to launch its Europa Clipper spacecraft on the behind-schedule Space Launch System

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California's Mount Shasta Loses a Historical Eruption

Scientifc America - Tue, 2019-08-20 06:45
Clues from an old map erase a false 1786 event and are part of a global volcanic-record cleanup

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Astronomers Spy a Black Hole Devouring a Neutron Star

Scientifc America - Mon, 2019-08-19 14:00
If confirmed, the detection could be the first of its kind and would open new vistas on Einstein’s general theory of relativity and the physics of extreme matter

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A second planet in the Beta Pictoris system

Science Daily Astronomy - Mon, 2019-08-19 11:27
A team of astronomers has discovered a second giant planet in orbit around alpha Pictoris, a star that is relatively young (23 million years old) and close (63.4 light years), and surrounded by a disk of dust. The alpha Pictoris system has fascinated astronomers for the last 30 years since it enables them to observe a planetary system in the process of forming around its star.