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New images from asteroid probe offer clues on planet formation  PHYS.ORG · 1 hour
Photographs snapped by a shoebox-sized probe that explored the near-Earth asteroid Ryugu have offered new clues about its composition, insights that will help scientists understand the formation of... more
Mission to Jupiter's icy moon confirmed  SCIENCE DAILY · 1 hour
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. more
Images from the surface of asteroid Ryugu show rocks similar to carbonaceous chondrite meteorites  Science Magazine · 2 hours
The near-Earth asteroid (162173) Ryugu is a 900-m-diameter dark object expected to contain primordial material from the solar nebula. The... more
Storms on Jupiter are disturbing the planet's colorful belts  PHYS.ORG · 3 hours
Storm clouds rooted deep in Jupiter's atmosphere are affecting the planet's white zones and colorful belts, creating disturbances in their flow and even changing their color. more
Magnetars Can Crack Themselves Open and Bombard Earth with Gamma-Ray Flares, New Theory Suggests  LIVE SCIENCE · 3 hours
Three giant gamma-ray flares have been detected in the last 40 years. A new paper on magnetars cracking themselves open... more
Storms on Jupiter are disturbing the planet's colorful belts  SCIENCE DAILY · 3 hours
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... more
Last Delta 4 Medium launches GPS-3 satellite  SPACE NEWS · 4 hours
United Launch Alliance completed the last launch of a Delta 4 Medium Aug. 22, sending a GPS-3 satellite into a medium Earth... more
Detecting hydrothermal vents in volcanic lakes  PHYS.ORG · 4 hours
Geothermal manifestations at Earth's surface can be mapped and characterized by a variety of well-established exploration methods. However, mapping hydrothermal vents in aquatic environments is more challenging as conventional methods can no longer be applied. In... more
Early life on Earth limited by enzyme  SCIENCE DAILY · 4 hours
A single enzyme found in early single-cell life forms could explain why oxygen levels in the atmosphere remained low for two billion years during the Proterozoic eon, preventing life colonizing land. more
Atacama Desert microbes may hold clues to life on Mars  PHYS.ORG · 6 hours
Microbial life on Mars may potentially be transported across the planet on dust particles carried by wind, according to a study conducted in the Atacama Desert in North... more
Early life on Earth limited by enzyme  PHYS.ORG · 6 hours
The enzyme-nitrogenase-can be traced back to the universal common ancestor of all cells more than four billion years ago. more
Washing laundry may be an underappreciated source of microplastic pollution  PHYS.ORG · 6 hours
Concerns over plastic in the ocean are growing in recent years. About 2.41 million tons of plastic waste enter the oceans every year, including approximately 15,000 plastic bags... more
Jupiter mission takes first images of destination from Earth  PHYS.ORG · 6 hours
As part of preparations for the launch of ESA's Jupiter Icy Moons Explorer, its navigation camera has been given a unique test: imaging its destination from Earth. more
The origins and evolution of life: Re-examining the evidence of early life traces  PHYS.ORG · 7 hours
Even though Earth has been habitable (has had surface liquid water and some crust) for 4.3 billion years, and the oldest putative... more
Earth is an exoplanet to aliens: This is what they'd see  PHYS.ORG · 7 hours
The study of exoplanets has matured considerably in the last 10 years. During this time, the majority of the over 4000 exoplanets currently known were discovered.... more
Meet Adratiklit boulahfa, World’s Earliest Known Stegosaur  SCI-NEWS.COM · 8 hours
Paleontologists in Morocco have found fossil fragments from a new genus and species of stegosaur that walked the Earth about 168 million... more
Salt deposits on Mars hold clues to sources of ancient water  PHYS.ORG · 9 hours
For centuries, miners have burrowed into the earth in search of salt—laid down in thick layers from ancient oceans long since evaporated. When scientists saw huge... more
Europa Clipper passes key review  SPACE NEWS · 9 hours
A NASA mission to a potentially habitable moon of Jupiter has cleared a major review despite uncertainty about when, or how, it will launch. SpaceNews.com more
Researchers explain slow-moving earthquakes known as 'slow slip events'  PHYS.ORG · 9 hours
The Earth's subsurface is an extremely active place, where the movements and friction of plates deep underground shape our landscape and govern the intensity of hazards above. While the Earth's... more
Earth to FEDOR: Russia launches humanoid robot into space  REUTERS · 9 hours
A Russian humanoid robot was making its way on Thursday to the International Space Station after blasting off... more
Jupiter mission takes first images of destination – from Earth!  ESA · 11 hours
As part of preparations for the launch of ESA’s Jupiter Icy Moons Explorer, its navigation camera... more
Life on the thermodynamic edge: Respiratory growth of an acetotrophic methanogen  Science Magazine · 1 day
Although two-thirds of the nearly 1 billion metric tons of methane produced annually in Earth’s biosphere derives from acetate, the in situ process has escaped rigorous... more
A step closer to solving the methane mystery on Mars  PHYS.ORG · 1 day
Scientists have taken an important step towards revealing the mysterious source of methane on Mars, by refining estimates of the gas in the planet's atmosphere. more
Space Council recommendations address exploration and management concerns  SPACE NEWS · 2 days
Despite a strong public endorsement of NASA’s efforts to return humans to the moon as a step towards Mars, a... more
Origin of massive methane reservoir identified  PHYS.ORG · 2 days
New research from Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) published Aug. 19, 2019, in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science provides evidence of the formation and abundance of abiotic methane—methane formed by chemical reactions that... more
Origin of massive methane reservoir identified  SCIENCE DAILY · 2 days
New research provides evidence of the formation and abundance of abiotic methane -- methane formed by chemical reactions that don't involve organic matter -- on Earth and shows how the gases could have a similar origin... more
Scientists discover stardust in Antarctic snow  PHYS.ORG · 2 days
A team of scientists hauled 500 kilograms of fresh snow back from Antarctica, melted it, and sifted through the particles that remained. Their analysis yielded a surprise: The snow held significant amounts of a form of... more
Earth's future is being written in fast-melting Greenland  PHYS.ORG · 2 days
This is where Earth's refrigerator door is left open, where glaciers dwindle and seas begin to rise. more
Optus partners with smallsat startup Myriota on Australian IoT service  SPACE NEWS · 2 days
Australia’s largest satellite operator Optus said Aug. 19 it will jointly pursue business connecting sensors and... more
Scientists discover star dust in Antarctic snow  PHYS.ORG · 2 days
A team of scientists hauled 500 kilograms of fresh snow back from Antarctica, melted it, and sifted through the particles that remained. Their analysis yielded a surprise: The snow held significant amounts of a... more
Stardust in the Antarctic snow  SCIENCE DAILY · 2 days
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.... more
Space station's data rate increase supports future exploration  PHYS.ORG · 2 days
NASA recently doubled the rate at which data from the International Space Station returns to Earth, paving the way for similar future upgrades on Gateway, NASA's upcoming outpost in lunar orbit, and... more
All instruments onboard Rosalind Franklin rover  ESA · 2 days
The full suite of scientific instruments, including cameras that will give us our eyes on Mars, the drill that will retrieve pristine soil samples... more
Rocky, Earth-sized exoplanet is missing an atmosphere  PHYS.ORG · 2 days
Astronomers at MIT, Harvard University, and elsewhere have searched a rocky, Earth-sized exoplanet for signs of an atmosphere—and found none. more
Mission to Jupiter's icy moon confirmed  PHYS.ORG · 2 days
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. The decision... more
Ancient Mars was warm with occasional rain, turning cold  PHYS.ORG · 2 days
Scientists have long known that water was abundant on ancient Mars, but there has been no consensus on whether liquid water was common, or whether it was largely frozen in... more
New study offers roadmap for detecting changes in the ocean due to climate change  PHYS.ORG · 3 days
Sea temperature and ocean acidification have climbed during the last three decades to levels beyond what is expected due to... more
Research shows why there's a 'sweet spot' depth for underground magma chambers  PHYS.ORG · 3 days
A new study reveals why the magma chambers that feed recurrent and often explosive volcanic eruptions tend to reside in a very narrow depth... more
Circulation of water in deep Earth's interior  SCIENCE DAILY · 3 days
The existence of water in deep Earth is considered to play an important role in geodynamics, because water drastically changes the physical properties of mantle rock, such as melting temperature, electric conductivity, and rheological... more
How coastal mud holds the key to climate cooling gas  PHYS.ORG · 3 days
Bacteria found in muddy marshes, estuaries and coastal sediment synthesise one of the Earth's most abundant climate cooling gases—according to new research from the University of East Anglia... more
Viasat taps Blue Canyon Technologies to build Link 16 satellite  SPACE NEWS · 3 days
Viasat selected Blue Canyon Technologies (BCT) to design and manufacture a cubesat for a U.S. Air... more
Scientists assess reliability of multiple precipitable water vapor datasets in Central Asia  PHYS.ORG · 3 days
Careful evaluation and selection of datasets for scientific research are essential, particularly for poorly observed regions such as Central Asia. The ERA5, the new... more
Circulation of water in deep Earth's interior  PHYS.ORG · 3 days
Phase H is a hydrous mineral that is considered to be an important carrier of water into deep Earth. We determined the dissociation condition of phase H by a theoretical calculation based on quantum... more
Robotic tool operations bring in-space refueling closer to reality  PHYS.ORG · 3 days
NASA's Robotic Refueling Mission 3 (RRM3) completed an initial set of tool operations, bringing the idea of using water ice or methane from other worlds as fuel for spacecraft one... more
Could duckweed feed the world?  PHYS.ORG · 3 days
Climate change is threatening the world's food supply and the risk of supply disruptions is expected to grow as temperatures rise, according to a new United Nations report co-authored by Rutgers human ecology professor Pamela McElwee. So, how... more
Video: Moving on Mars  PHYS.ORG · 3 days
The ExoMars mission will see Rosalind Franklin the rover and its surface platform Kazachok land on the Red Planet in 2021. From fine-grained soil to large boulders and slopes, the rover has to be able to move across many types... more
6 Reasons Astrobiologists Are Holding Out Hope for Life on Mars  LIVE SCIENCE · 3 days
There are some very good reasons to believe that primitive lifeforms may lurk on the Red Planet. more
How Many Earth-like Planets Are Around Sun-like Stars?  ASTRO WATCH · 5 days
A new study provides the most accurate estimate of the frequency that planets that are similar to Earth in size... more
About The NASA Mars Rover 2020 Trip  ASTRO WATCH · 5 days
One of the most exciting projects to be coming in only just a few short months is the NASA Mars Rover project... more
Best of both worlds: Asteroids and massive mergers  SCIENCE DAILY · 6 days
Researchers are using the Catalina Sky Survey's near-Earth object telescopes to locate the optical counterparts to gravitational waves triggered by massive mergers. more
Space samples link NASA's Apollo 11 and Mars 2020  PHYS.ORG · 6 days
On July 24, 1969, Apollo 11 command module Columbia splashed down in the Pacific, fulfilling President Kennedy's goal to land a man on the Moon and return him safely to... more
Best of both worlds: Asteroids and massive mergers  PHYS.ORG · 6 days
The race is on. Since the construction of technology able to detect the ripples in space and time triggered by collisions from massive objects in the universe, astronomers around the world have... more
Moving on Mars  ESA · 6 days
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Study shows how plants coordinate their internal circadian clocks  NEWS MEDICAL · 6 days
From cyanobacteria to humans, nearly all living things on Earth have an internal circadian clock that regulates their activities on a 24-hour cycle. more
Robotic toolkit added to NASA's Mars 2020 rover  PHYS.ORG · 6 days
The bit carousel—a mechanism that will play a key role in the acquisition, containment and eventual return to Earth of humanity's first samples from another planet—has been incorporated into NASA's Mars 2020... more
Early species developed much faster than previously thought  SCIENCE DAILY · 7 days
When Earth's species were rapidly diversifying nearly 500 million years ago, that evolution was driven by complex factors including global cooling, more oxygen in the atmosphere, and more nutrients in the oceans.... more
Early species developed much faster than previously thought, research shows  PHYS.ORG · 7 days
When Earth's species were rapidly diversifying nearly 500 million years ago, that evolution was driven by complex factors including global cooling, more oxygen in the atmosphere, and more... more
July Was the Hottest Month Ever Recorded on Earth  LIVE SCIENCE · 1 week
As climate change ramps into high gear, global temperature records are being smashed left and right. more
Planet 10 times Earth's mass may have smacked Jupiter long ago  REUTERS · 1 week
Jupiter, the solar system's largest planet, may have been smacked head-on by an embryonic... more
Primordial and recycled helium isotope signatures in the mantle transition zone  Science Magazine · 1 week
Isotope compositions of basalts provide information about the chemical reservoirs in Earth’s interior and play a critical role in defining models of Earth’s structure. However, the... more
Superdeep diamonds confirm ancient reservoir deep under Earth's surface  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
Analyses show that gases found in microscopic inclusions in diamonds come from a stable subterranean reservoir at least as old as the Moon, hidden more than 410 km below sea... more
Fluid in superdeep diamonds may be from some of Earth's oldest unchanged material  SCIENCE-NEWS · 1 week
Primordial rock deep in the mantle and dating to just after Earth’s formation could yield insights about the planet’s formation and evolution more
Scientists confirm July set new global heat record  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
July was the hottest month measured on Earth since records began in 1880, the latest in a long line of peaks that scientists say backs up predictions for man-made climate change. more
Young Jupiter was smacked head-on by massive newborn planet  SCIENCE DAILY · 1 week
A colossal, head-on collision between Jupiter and a still-forming planet in the early solar system, about 4.5 billion years ago, could explain surprising readings from NASA's Juno spacecraft, according to... more
Conceptual design ready for PLATO telescope simulator  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
SRON Netherlands Institute for Space Research designs and builds a space simulator to test and calibrate eight out of twenty-six cameras for ESA's next exoplanet hunter telescope, PLATO. The conceptual design is now complete.... more
A brief astronomical history of Saturn's amazing rings  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
Many dream of what they would do had they a time machine. Some would travel 100 million years back in time, when dinosaurs roamed the Earth. Not many, though, would think of... more
How synthetic biology can help the environment  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
Most environmental science is focused on how to turn back the clock, not push it forward, says Ben Bostick, a geochemist at Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory. "We think about how we can roll back our... more
Ice sheets impact core elements of the Earth's carbon cycle  SCIENCE DAILY · 1 week
The Earth's carbon cycle is crucial in controlling the greenhouse gas content of our atmosphere, and ultimately our climate. more
America's Largest Asteroid Impact Left a Trail of Destruction Across the Eastern United States  LIVE SCIENCE · 1 week
America's largest impact crater wreaked havoc on the land and water. Scientists are just beginning to understand it. more
Ice sheets impact core elements of the Earth's carbon cycle  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
The Earth's carbon cycle is crucial in controlling the greenhouse gas content of our atmosphere, and ultimately our climate. more
How many Earth-like planets are around sun-like stars?  SCIENCE DAILY · 1 week
A new study provides the most accurate estimate of the frequency that planets that are similar to Earth in size and in distance from their host star occur around stars similar to... more
Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko Had Tiny, Temporary Moon  SCI-NEWS.COM · 1 week
Astrophotographer Jacint Roger has spotted a small object in a sequence of images of 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko taken by ESA’s Rosetta spacecraft on October 21, 2015.... more
Young Jupiter was smacked head-on by massive newborn planet  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
A colossal, head-on collision between Jupiter and a still-forming planet in the early solar system, about 4.5 billion years ago, could explain surprising readings from NASA's Juno spacecraft, according to... more
A planetary body may have smashed into Jupiter, creating its weird core  SCIENCE-NEWS · 1 week
A planetary body smashing into Jupiter may have jostled the gas giant’s insides during its formative years, creating the strange interior seen today. more
How many Earth-like planets are around sun-like stars?  nanowerk · 1 week
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New study: Fracking prompts global spike in atmospheric methane  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
As methane concentrations increase in the Earth's atmosphere, chemical fingerprints point to a probable source: shale oil and gas, according to new Cornell University research published today (14 August) in... more
How many Earth-like planets are around sun-like stars?  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
A new study provides the most accurate estimate of the frequency that planets that are similar to Earth in size and in distance from their host star occur around stars similar to... more
New study reveals unique dietary strategy of a tropical marine sponge  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
Research conducted at the University of Hawaiʻi (UH) at Mānoa School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology (SOEST) on a marine sponge in Kāneʻohe Bay,... more
Electronic waste is mined for rare earth elements  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
Rare earth elements are the "secret sauce" of numerous advanced materials for energy, transportation, defense and communications applications. Their largest use for clean energy is in permanent magnets, which retain magnetic properties... more
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A novel forecasting tool helps experts prepare for extreme weather  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
There is mounting evidence that climate change is increasing the risk and severity of extreme weather events around the world. As floods, heatwaves, droughts and storms become fiercer... more
How to save trees: It's all about conflict resolution  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
The Madre de Dios rainforest in southeastern Peru is one of the biodiversity capitals of the world, with more species of plants and animals than almost anywhere else on the... more
NASA descends on Icelandic lava field to prepare for Mars  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
To prepare for the next mission to Mars in 2020, NASA has taken to the lava fields of Iceland to get its new robotic space explorer ready for... more
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