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NASA James Webb Target Acquired: A Super-Earth Covered in Lava Oceans

Google Science Feeds - Thu, 05/26/2022 - 23:03
Oh, and a scorching exoplanet that probably doesn't have any air. Monisha Ravisetti headshot. Monisha Ravisetti.

Researcher describes how extraterrestrial civilizations could colonize the galaxy even if they don't have starships

Google Science Feeds - Thu, 05/26/2022 - 22:30
Astronomers have searched for extraterrestrial civilizations in planetary systems for sixty years, to no avail. In the paper published by International Journal of Astrobiology, Cambridge University Press, and titled "Migrating extraterrestrial ...

NASA Rover Helps Scientists Figure Out Why Mars Is So Crazy Hazy

Google Science Feeds - Thu, 05/26/2022 - 21:56
Atmospheric scientist Claire Newman of Aeolis Research is a member of the Perseverance science team and the lead author of a study published Wednesday in the journal Science Advances. The paper investigates the rover's discoveries in the Jezero Crater ...

NASA's New Solar Sail Could Soon Navigate in Space

Google Science Feeds - Thu, 05/26/2022 - 21:52
A project to develop an innovative solar sail has advanced to the final leg of a NASA research program. Phase three of the Innovative Advanced Concepts program (NIAC) will allow researchers to continue exploring and developing a diffractive solar sail ...

Tau Herculid meteor shower could dazzle with thousands of shooting stars Monday night

Google Science Feeds - Thu, 05/26/2022 - 21:20
Maximum activity is expected around 1:00 am EDT on Tuesday morning, May 31. Skywatchers could be in for a memorable spectacle Monday night and early Tuesday morning as the Earth passes through debris from ...

Boeing Nails ISS Roundtrip After Setbacks

Google Science Feeds - Thu, 05/26/2022 - 21:00
Two-and-a-half years after its first failed attempt, the world's largest aerospace manufacturer scores in a roundtrip mission to the International Space Station. Plus, the European Space Agency expects continued diplomacy aboard the ISS.

NASA images reveal 'Sharkcano' eruption, where sharks live near active underwater volcano

Google Science Feeds - Thu, 05/26/2022 - 20:26
An underwater volcano in the Pacific Ocean has begun to erupt, NASA images show. Living there: Sharks that can withstand extreme temperatures. Off the coast of the Solomon Islands, about 950 northeast of Australia, exist Kavachi Volcano, ...

New image of the black hole stuns; 8 planets dance with the moon | The Sky Guy

Google Science Feeds - Thu, 05/26/2022 - 20:23
On May 12 scientists from the Event Horizon Telescope (EHT) released an image of the black hole at the center of our galaxy, the Milky Way. The EHT is a worldwide network of radio telescopes that use radio waves instead of light to “see” the universe.

Where rivers jump course

Google Science Feeds - Thu, 05/26/2022 - 19:12
These events occurred in steep, sediment-rich rivers in tropical and desert environments. Our results indicate that avulsion location on deltas is set by the upstream extent of flood-driven erosion, which is typically limited to the backwater zone but can ...

NASA chief Bill Nelson urges action after 'heavy weight' of recent mass shootings

Google Science Feeds - Thu, 05/26/2022 - 19:11
Referring to recent similar mass deaths by gun violence, Nelson said Americans have been murdered "while shopping at a Buffalo supermarket, while attending a Taiwanese Presbyterian church in Laguna Woods [California], and yesterday at an elementary school ...

Finding coherence in quantum chaos

Google Science Feeds - Thu, 05/26/2022 - 19:05
Date: May 26, 2022; Source: DOE/Los Alamos National Laboratory; Summary: A theoretical breakthrough in understanding quantum chaos could open new paths into researching quantum information and quantum computing, many-body physics, black holes, ...

The 'fuel of evolution' is more abundant than previously thought in wild animals

Google Science Feeds - Thu, 05/26/2022 - 19:00
Darwinian evolution is the process by which natural selection promotes genetic changes in traits that favor survival and reproduction of individuals. How fast evolution happens depends crucially on the abundance of its "fuel": how much genetic ...

Advisory issued over toxic blue-green algae bloom in Prior Lake

Google Science Feeds - Thu, 05/26/2022 - 18:34
Blue-green algae blooms are “known toxin producers” and can cause symptoms including headaches and abdominal pain in humans, as well as lethal liver damage in dogs.

UW Postdoctoral Research Fellow Explores Water Content in Deep Earth Volcanic Magma

Google Science Feeds - Thu, 05/26/2022 - 17:34
Ben Urann, an NSF Ocean Sciences Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the UW Department of Geology and Geophysics, was part of a research team that discovered magma in volcanic rocks that never erupted -- but rather solidified deep in the earth -- recorded ...

Palaeospondylus Was Bizarre Lobe-Finned Fish, Paleontologists Say

Google Science Feeds - Thu, 05/26/2022 - 17:29
Palaeospondylus gunni, a small creature with an eel-like body that lived 390 million years ago, is one of the most enigmatic fossil vertebrates, and its phylogenetic position has remained unclear since its discovery in Scotland in 1890.

Arc volcanoes are wetter than previously thought, with scientific and economic implications

Google Science Feeds - Thu, 05/26/2022 - 16:52
This increased amount of water has broad implications for understanding how Earth's lower crust forms, how magma erupts through the crust, and how economically important mineral ore deposits form, according to a new paper published in Nature Geoscience.

Scientists just laid the cornerstone of our quantum internet future

Google Science Feeds - Thu, 05/26/2022 - 16:46
“Teleportation is like what you know from science fiction,” the paper's co-author, Ronald Hanson, tells Inverse. Hanson is an experimental physicist, co-founder of QuTech, and a Distinguished Professor at Delft University of Technology.

Human genome of Pompeii victim sequenced for the first time

Google Science Feeds - Thu, 05/26/2022 - 16:43
More than 2,000 people died as a direct consequence. The city was buried under a 23-foot-deep layer of ash and debris after the volcanic explosion, which preserved the ruins from the damaging effects of weather and climate.

The Sun Is Made of Way More Metal Than We Thought

Google Science Feeds - Thu, 05/26/2022 - 16:28
Astronomers have found that the sun is more metallic than we previously thought, potentially solving an astronomical mystery that scientists have grappled with for years. The sun is Earth's closest star and the source of all life on Earth.

Vesuvius victim yields first human genome from Pompeii

Google Science Feeds - Thu, 05/26/2022 - 16:20
A man's skeleton has yielded the first ancient human genome from Pompeii, the city destroyed by the eruption of Vesuvius in ad 79. More than 2,000 people died as a consequence of the eruption, which buried Pompeii in ash, preserving many of its ...

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