Solar System
OSIRIS-REx completes closest flyover of sample site nightingale  PHYS.ORG · 3 minutes
Preliminary results indicate that NASA's OSIRIS-REx spacecraft successfully executed a 0.4-mile (620-m) flyover of site Nightingale yesterday as part of the mission's Reconnaissance B phase activities. Nightingale, OSIRIS-REx's primary sample collection site,... more
Astronomers Create Stunning 3D Visualization of Crab Nebula  SCI-NEWS.COM · 10 hours
In 1054 CE, Chinese sky watchers witnessed the sudden appearance of a ‘new star’ in the heavens, which they recorded... more
Op-ed | A Space Force needs spaceships  SPACE NEWS · 10 hours
The U.S. Space Force must acquire responsive, routine, and reliable access to space — starting with launch systems optimize for reaching low... more
Earth’s Oldest Known Meteorite Impact Structure Identified  SCI-NEWS.COM · 13 hours
The 70 km- (43.5-mile) diameter Yarrabubba impact structure in Western Australia is approximately 2.23 billion years old, according to new research led... more
Atmospheric CO2 levels from 2.7 billion years ago inferred from micrometeorite oxidation  Science Magazine · 13 hours
Earth’s atmospheric composition during the Archean eon of 4 to 2.5 billion years ago has few constraints. However, the geochemistry of recently discovered iron-rich... more
First mushrooms appeared earlier than previously thought  PHYS.ORG · 13 hours
According to a new study led by Steeve Bonneville from the Université libre de Bruxelles, the first mushrooms evolved on Earth between 715 and 810 million years ago, 300 million years earlier than the... more
Quo vadis Antarctic bottom water?  PHYS.ORG · 14 hours
Ocean currents are essential for the global distribution of heat and thus also for climate on earth. For example, oxygen is transferred into the deep sea through the formation of new deep water around Antarctica. Weddell Sea sourced... more
Signals from inside the Earth: Borexino experiment releases new data on geoneutrinos  PHYS.ORG · 14 hours
Scientists involved in the Borexino collaboration have presented new results for the measurement of neutrinos originating from the interior of the Earth. The elusive... more
Mapping the path of climate change  PHYS.ORG · 14 hours
Since 1880, the Earth's temperature has risen by 1.9 degrees Fahrenheit and is predicted to continue rising, according to the NASA Global Climate Change website. Scientists are actively seeking to understand this change and its effect... more
Earth's oldest asteroid strike linked to 'big thaw'  SCIENCE DAILY · 14 hours
Scientists have discovered Earth's oldest asteroid strike occurred at Yarrabubba, in outback Western Australia, and coincided with the end of a global deep freeze known as a Snowball Earth. The research used... more
Inner complexity of Saturn moon, Enceladus, revealed  SCIENCE DAILY · 14 hours
A team developed a new geochemical model that reveals that carbon dioxide (CO2) from within Enceladus, an ocean-harboring moon of Saturn, may be controlled by chemical reactions at its seafloor. Studying the plume of... more
Signals from inside Earth: Borexino experiment releases new data on geoneutrinos  SCIENCE DAILY · 14 hours
The Borexino collaboration has presented new results for the measurement of neutrinos originating from the interior of the Earth. With this update, the researchers have now... more
Earth's oldest known meteor crash site found in Australian Outback  LIVE SCIENCE · 15 hours
The world's oldest known impact crater has been in Western Australia for more than 2.2 billion years, a new study suggests. more
Rising global temperatures turn northern permafrost region into significant carbon source  PHYS.ORG · 17 hours
Permafrost, the perennially frozen subsoil in Earth's northernmost regions, has been collecting and storing plant and animal matter since long before the last Ice Age. The... more
New models reveal inner complexity of Saturn moon  PHYS.ORG · 17 hours
A Southwest Research Institute team developed a new geochemical model that reveals that carbon dioxide (CO2) from within Enceladus, an ocean-harboring moon of Saturn, may be controlled by chemical reactions at its... more
Call for media: ESA astronaut Luca Parmitano returns from commanding the Space Station  ESA · 17 hours
Press Release N° 28–2020 ESA astronaut Luca Parmitano is returning to Earth after six months on the International Space Station. He will... more
First two nature-based water retention measures are operational in Hungary  PHYS.ORG · 18 hours
Increasingly extreme temperature, hydrology, or other meteorological phenomena are some of the most widely predicted impacts of climate change. This applies to Hungary as well, where rainfall is... more
NASA sounding rocket observing nitric oxide in polar night  PHYS.ORG · 18 hours
Aurora, also known as the northern lights, are a sight to behold as they dance across the sky when solar winds collide with the Earth's atmosphere. more
Solar Orbiter Earth flyby  ESA · 24 hours
Image: Artist's impression of Solar Orbiter making a flyby at Earth.Solar Orbiter will make one gravity assist flyby of Earth and numerous flybys of Venus over the course... more
Solar Orbiter launch  ESA · 1 day
Image: Artist's impression of an Atlas V 411 launching Solar Orbiter into space.Solar Orbiter is a space mission of international collaboration between ESA and NASA. Its mission is to perform... more
Solar Orbiter solar array deployment  ESA · 1 day
Image: Artist's impression of Solar Orbiter following launch and separation, with its solar arrays deployed. The instrument boom and antennas have not been deployed at this... more
Solar Orbiter antenna deployment  ESA · 1 day
Image: Artist's impression of Solar Orbiter following launch, with solar arrays and antennas deployed. Solar Orbiter is a space mission of international collaboration between ESA and NASA. Its... more
Solar Orbiter separation  ESA · 1 day
Image: Artist's impression of Solar Orbiter following separation from the Centaur upper stage of the Atlas V 411 rocket launching the mission into space.Solar Orbiter is a space mission of... more
Solar Orbiter launch - fairing separation  ESA · 1 day
Image: Artist's impression of the fairing encapsulating Solar Orbiter being released following launch on an Atlas V 411.Solar Orbiter is a space mission of... more
New insight on global food production and ways to adopt sustainable food system  NEWS MEDICAL · 1 day
"When looking at the status of planet Earth and the influence of current global agriculture practices upon it, there's a lot of... more
Wandering Massive Black Holes Detected in Nearby Dwarf Galaxies  SCI-NEWS.COM · 1 day
Astronomers using NSF’s Karl G. Jansky Very Large Array (VLA) at the National Radio Astronomy Observatory have observed... more
Cataclysmic bashing from giant planets occurred early in our Solar System's history  Science Magazine · 1 day
Models and observations suggest that an earlier date for the upheaval can explain puzzles including a puny Mars more
An asteroid wiped out the dinosaurs. Then, a volcano helped life flourish.  LIVE SCIENCE · 1 day
A massive meteorite impact and extreme volcanic activity occurred around the same time that Earth's large dinosaurs went extinct. But, did the volcanic activity... more
Corals' partnership with microalgae helps in stressful times but there's a trade-off  PHYS.ORG · 2 days
In the warmer and brighter shallow waters of Kāne'ohe Bay, O'ahu, the Hawaiian rice coral (Montipora capitata) hosts more heat-tolerant symbiotic microalgae in their... more
Let the europium shine brighter  PHYS.ORG · 2 days
A stacked nanocarbon antenna makes a rare earth element shine 5 times more brightly than previous designs, with applications in molecular light-emitting devices. more
2.229 billion years: Scientists date world's oldest meteor crater  PHYS.ORG · 2 days
A crater in western Australia was formed by a meteor strike more than 2.2 billion years ago and is the world's oldest known impact site, new research published Wednesday shows. more
Mars' water was mineral-rich and salty  PHYS.ORG · 2 days
Presently, Earth is the only known location where life exists in the Universe. This year the Nobel Prize in physics was awarded to three astronomers who proved, almost 20 years ago, that planets are common around... more
The salt of the comet  SCIENCE DAILY · 2 days
Researchers have found an explanation for why very little nitrogen could previously be accounted for in the nebulous covering of comets: the building block for life predominantly occurs in the form of ammonium salts, the occurrence of which... more
First detailed electronic study of new nickelate superconductor finds 3D metallic state  SCIENCE DAILY · 2 days
Unlike cuprates -- the first known class of unconventional superconductors -- the new nickelates are inherently metallic, sharing electrons with intervening layers of rare... more
Five ways to turn carbon dioxide from pollution to a valuable product  PHYS.ORG · 2 days
It's far easier to avoid burning fossil fuels than it is to clean up CO2 emissions once they're in the Earth's atmosphere. But the... more
Flight through the comet Chury's dust cloud resolves chemical mystery  PHYS.ORG · 2 days
Under the leadership of astrophysicist Kathrin Altwegg, Bernese researchers have found an explanation for why very little nitrogen could previously be accounted for in the nebulous covering of... more
UFOs May Be Piloted by Time-Traveling Humans, Book Argues  LIVE SCIENCE · 2 days
Could the creatures piloting UFOs be us? A recent book argues that reports of aliens here on Earth may be describing our distant human descendants, returning from the future to... more
Let the europium shine brighter  nanowerk · 2 days
A stacked nanocarbon antenna makes a rare earth element shine 5 times more brightly than previous designs, with applications in molecular light-emitting devices. more
New research provides evidence of strong early magnetic field around Earth  PHYS.ORG · 3 days
Deep within Earth, swirling liquid iron generates our planet's protective magnetic field. This magnetic field is invisible but is vital for life on Earth's surface: it... more
Ozone-depleting substances caused half of late 20th-century Arctic warming, says study  PHYS.ORG · 3 days
A scientific paper published in 1985 was the first to report a burgeoning hole in Earth's stratospheric ozone over Antarctica. Scientists determined the cause to be... more
Lithospheric thickening beneath the Betics and Rif mountains pulls down the topography by 1500 m  PHYS.ORG · 3 days
A new study made by researchers at the Institute of Earth Sciences Jaume Almera of the Spanish National... more
Stars Need a Partner to Spin Universe’s Brightest Explosions  ASTRO WATCH · 4 days
When it comes to the biggest and brightest explosions seen in the Universe, University of Warwick astronomers have... more
TESS Dates an Ancient Collision with Our Galaxy  ASTRO WATCH · 4 days
A single bright star in the constellation of Indus, visible from the southern hemisphere, has revealed new insights on an... more
Scientists measure the evolving energy of a solar flare's explosive first minutes  SCIENCE DAILY · 6 days
In 2017, a massive new region of magnetic field erupted on the sun's surface next to an existing sunspot. The powerful collision of magnetic... more
Scientists measure the evolving energy of a solar flare's explosive first minutes  PHYS.ORG · 6 days
Toward the end of 2017, a massive new region of magnetic field erupted on the Sun's surface next to an existing sunspot. The powerful... more
Expert discusses the prospects of climate engineering  PHYS.ORG · 6 days
Climate engineering may offer a last-ditch technological solution to catastrophic climate change, but who makes the decisions on which solutions to implement, and who the beneficiaries will be? Once we start fiddling with the... more
An evolving understanding of extinction  PHYS.ORG · 6 days
Few things related to science capture the imagination more than the magic of worlds past. This includes the origins of life, dinosaurs, mass extinctions, meteorite impacts, and the evolution of our species. Understanding the evolution of life is... more
Here and gone: Outbound comets are likely of alien origin  SCIENCE DAILY · 6 days
Astronomers at the National Astronomical Observatory of Japan (NAOJ) have analyzed the paths of two objects heading out of the Solar System forever and determined that they also... more
Here and gone: Outbound comets are likely of extra-solar origin  PHYS.ORG · 6 days
Astronomers at the National Astronomical Observatory of Japan (NAOJ) have analyzed the paths of two objects heading out of the Solar System forever and determined that they also... more
'Melting rock' models predict mechanical origins of earthquakes  PHYS.ORG · 6 days
Engineers at Duke University have devised a model that can predict the early mechanical behaviors and origins of an earthquake in multiple types of rock. The model provides new insights into unobservable... more
Earth from Space: Japanese archipelago  ESA · 6 days
Video: 00:00:00 In this week's edition of the Earth from Space programme, the Copernicus Sentinel-3 mission takes us over Japan's four main islands. See also Japanese... more
In death of dinosaurs, it was all about the asteroid -- not volcanoes  SCIENCE DAILY · 7 days
Volcanic activity did not play a direct role in the mass extinction event that killed the dinosaurs, according to an international team... more
In death of dinosaurs, it was all about the asteroid—not volcanoes  PHYS.ORG · 7 days
Volcanic activity did not play a direct role in the mass extinction event that killed the dinosaurs, according to an international, Yale-led team of researchers. It... more
NASA catches the dissipation of Tropical Cyclone Claudia  PHYS.ORG · 7 days
Tropical Cyclone Claudia was dissipating in the Southern Indian Ocean when NASA's Terra satellite captured a visible image of storm as it flew overhead in its orbit around the Earth. more
NRL researching rivers in the sky  PHYS.ORG · 7 days
Meteorologists at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory plan to take a harder look in 2020 at a prime, yet difficult to model, component of the global water cycle known as atmospheric rivers. more
Cyanobacteria in water and on land identified as source of methane  SCIENCE DAILY · 7 days
Cyanobacteria, also known as blue-green algae, are among the most common organisms on Earth. A research team has now shown for the first time that Cyanobacteria... more
ExoMars Rover completes environmental tests  PHYS.ORG · 7 days
The Rosalind Franklin rover of the joint ESA-Roscosmos ExoMars mission completed a series of environmental tests at the end of 2019 at Airbus, Toulouse, France. This included final thermal and vacuum tests where the Rover is heated and... more
Deep learning enables real-time imaging around corners  PHYS.ORG · 7 days
Researchers have harnessed the power of a type of artificial intelligence known as deep learning to create a new laser-based system that can image around corners in real time. With further development, the system... more
Bird species are facing extinction hundreds of times faster than previously thought  PHYS.ORG · 7 days
Extinction, or the disappearance of an entire species, is commonplace. Species have been forming, persisting and then shuffling off their mortal coil since life began on... more
Potential to adapt is revealed by evolutionary genomics  PHYS.ORG · 7 days
Global climate change is going to drastically alter the environmental conditions for humans and nature. Animals and plants unable to cope with the new conditions are thus forced to shift their range... more
Possible discovery of a new super-Earth orbiting Proxima Centauri  PHYS.ORG · 7 days
Astronomers have discovered another candidate exoplanet orbiting our neighbor Proxima Centauri. A paper announcing these results was just published in the journal Science Advances. If confirmed, it will be the... more
Strange 'Martian' Mineral Mounds Rise Up from Utah's Great Salt Lake  LIVE SCIENCE · 7 days
Rare mounds of a crystalline mineral have emerged above the surface of Utah's Great Salt Lake, where they're expected to remain just a few months before... more
Proxima c: Possible Second Planet Found around Sun’s Nearest Neighbor  SCI-NEWS.COM · 7 days
An international team of astronomers has detected a candidate super-Earth planet orbiting Proxima Centauri, the nearest... more
Violent Solar Storms Are Happening Closer to Earth Than Anyone Thought Was Possible  LIVE SCIENCE · 7 days
The spectacular solar storms that paint the polar skies in beautiful greens and pinks have a darker side more
Scientists Sent Mighty Mice To Space To Improve Treatments Back On Earth  NPR · 7 days
Forty mice spent more than a month in orbit to test two approaches to strengthening muscle and bone in microgravity conditions. The results could... more
China launches Yinhe-1 commercial low Earth orbit 5G satellite  SPACE NEWS · 7 days
HELSINKI — China carried out its second orbital launch in just over 24 hours late Wednesday, sending the... more
ExoMars Rover completes environmental tests  ESA · 7 days
Image: The Rosalind Franklin rover of the joint ESA-Roscosmos ExoMars mission completed a series of environmental tests at the end of 2019 at Airbus, Toulouse, France.... more
Deep-sea microbe sheds light on primordial evolutionary milestone  REUTERS · 1 week
A microorganism scooped up in deep-sea mud off Japan's coast has helped scientists unlock the mystery of one of the... more
Astronomers Trace Journey of Phosphorus from Stellar Nurseries to Solar System Comets  SCI-NEWS.COM · 1 week
To understand how molecules containing phosphorus — one of life’s building blocks — are formed in star-forming regions, a team of astronomers has analyzed... more
Slow-motion interplate slip detected in the Nankai Trough near Japan  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
Earthquakes are generally thought of as abrupt, violent events that last for only moments. However, movement of the Earth's tectonic plates is often less sudden and more sustained—slow... more
NASA, NOAA analyses reveal 2019 second warmest year on record  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
According to independent analyses by NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Earth's global surface temperatures in 2019 were the second warmest since modern recordkeeping began... more
When the milky way collided with dwarf galaxy gaia-enceladus  SCIENCE DAILY · 1 week
A single star has provided information about the collision of the Milky Way with the dwarf galaxy Gaia-Enceladus. The event likely took place approximately 11.5 billion years ago. more
NASA, NOAA analyses reveal 2019 second warmest year on record  SCIENCE DAILY · 1 week
According to independent analyses by NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Earth's global surface temperatures in 2019 were the second warmest since modern recordkeeping began... more
Active asteroid unveils fireball identity  SCIENCE DAILY · 1 week
At around 1 a.m. local standard time on April 29, 2017, a fireball flew over Kyoto, Japan. Compared to other fireballs spotted from Earth, it was relatively bright and slow. Now, scientists have determined not only what the... more
Fever chart: Earth had its hottest decade on record in 2010s  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
The decade that just ended was by far the hottest ever measured on Earth, capped off by the second-warmest year on record, two U.S. agencies reported... more
Astronomers Discover Five New Planets around Nearby Red Dwarfs  SCI-NEWS.COM · 1 week
Astronomers have detected five new planets, eight planet candidates, and confirmed three previously reported planets, around nine nearby... more
Cassini Reveals Saturn’s Ultraviolet Auroras in Unprecedented Detail  SCI-NEWS.COM · 1 week
At the end of its mission in 2017, NASA’s Cassini spacecraft performed a set of ‘Grand Finale’ orbits bringing it... more
Mapping the cosmic journey of phosphorus with Rosetta and ALMA  ESA · 1 week
Astronomers using the combined powers of ESA’s Rosetta mission and the ground-based Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array... more
High-gravity water waves  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
What might look like jelly being stirred is actually water subjected to 20 times normal Earth gravity within ESA's Large Diameter Centrifuge—as part of an experiment giving new insight into the behavior of wave turbulence. more
Huygens landing spin mystery solved  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
Fifteen years ago today, ESA's Huygens probe made history when it descended to the surface of Saturn's moon Titan and became the first probe to successfully land on another world in the outer solar system. However, during its... more
Active asteroid unveils fireball identity  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
At around 1 a.m. local standard time on April 29, 2017, a fireball flew over Kyoto, Japan. Compared to other fireballs spotted from Earth, it was relatively bright and slow. Now, scientists have determined not only what the... more
Astronomers reveal interstellar thread of one of life's building blocks  SCIENCE DAILY · 1 week
Phosphorus is an essential element for life as we know it. But how it arrived on the early Earth is something of a mystery. Astronomers have now traced... more
Spire Global shares early data from GNSS Reflectometry satellites  SPACE NEWS · 1 week
Spire Global shared the first light data from its new Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) Reflectometry satellites at... more
High-gravity water waves  ESA · 1 week
Image: What might look like jelly being stirred is actually water subjected to 20 times normal Earth gravity within ESA’s Large Diameter Centrifuge – as part of an experiment giving... more
New parasitoid wasp species discovered in the Amazon -- can manipulate host's behavior  SCIENCE DAILY · 1 week
A research group studying the diversity of parasitoid insects around the world. Parasitoid wasps (Hymenoptera) are one of the most species rich... more
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