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Slashed across the south pole of Saturn's moon Enceladus are four straight, parallel fissures or 'tiger stripes' from which water erupts. These fissures aren't quite like anything else in the Solar System.... more
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Saturn's icy moon Enceladus is of great interest to scientists due to its subsurface ocean, making it a prime target for those searching for life elsewhere. New research led by Carnegie's Doug Hemingway reveals the physics governing the... more
Corals survive to tell the tale of Earth's newest island eruption  PHYS.ORG · 19 hours
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A more collective understanding of coastal systems dynamics and evolution  PHYS.ORG · 20 hours
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SN Now: The final installment of SCaN Now  PHYS.ORG · 20 hours
NASA satellites, no matter the destination, have to communicate their data to mission control and scientists on Earth. These missions capture extraordinary data that make communications an essential part of each mission:... more
HydroAtlas maps Earth's river and catchment systems to enhance understanding and protection  PHYS.ORG · 20 hours
Two friends from opposite ends of the Earth have created a world-first high spatial resolution atlas that maps the environmental characteristics of all the... more
TOI 813b: Saturn-Sized Exoplanet Found Orbiting Subgiant Star  SCI-NEWS.COM · 20 hours
Citizen scientists from the Planet Hunters TESS (PHT) project have discovered a Saturn-sized planet orbiting around TOI 813, a bright... more
How did supermassive black holes grow so fast?  PHYS.ORG · 24 hours
Black holes in the early universe pose a bit of a problem. Based on observations from telescopes on Earth and in space, we know that some black holes grew to be a... more
Beleaguered DR Congo rainforest attacked on all sides  PHYS.ORG · 1 day
Lush rainforest covers millions of hectares of the Democratic Republic of Congo, a central part of Earth's natural defence against global warming—but it is under severe threat from a perfect storm of... more
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Computers can learn to find solar flares and other events in vast streams of solar images and help NOAA forecasters issue timely... more
Nobel laureate: Face up to climate change, no escaping Earth (Update)  PHYS.ORG · 2 days
An astronomer who shares this year's Nobel physics prize for discovering a planet outside the Earth's solar system is taking issue with people who shrug off... more
Move over Jules Verne: Scientists deploy ocean floats to peer into Earth's interior  PHYS.ORG · 4 days
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35-year data record charts sea-temperature change  PHYS.ORG · 4 days
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Earth from Space: Mato Grosso  ESA · 4 days
Video: 00:02:33 In this week's edition of the Earth from Space programme, the Copernicus Sentinel-1 mission takes us over part of the Brazilian state of Mato Grosso deep... more
Cheops: Europe's Exoplanet Mission  ESA · 4 days
Video: 00:02:45 ESA’s first mission dedicated to investigating planets outside our solar system is scheduled for launch on a Soyuz rocket from the European spaceport in French Guiana... more
Academy scientists describe 71 new species in 2019  PHYS.ORG · 5 days
In 2019, researchers at the California Academy of Sciences added 71 new plant and animal species to our family tree, enriching our understanding of Earth's complex web of life and strengthening our... more
NASA's OSIRIS-REx mission explains Asteroid Bennu's mysterious particle events  SCIENCE DAILY · 5 days
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Scientists Find Meteorite-Eating Microorganism  SCI-NEWS.COM · 5 days
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Debating lab monkey retirement, and visiting a near-Earth asteroid  Science Magazine · 5 days
After their life as research subjects, what happens to lab monkeys? Some are euthanized to complete the research, others switch to new research projects, and some retire from lab life.... more
OSIRIS-REx mission explains Bennu's mysterious particle events  PHYS.ORG · 5 days
Shortly after NASA's OSIRIS-REx spacecraft arrived at asteroid Bennu, an unexpected discovery by the mission's science team revealed that the asteroid could be active, or consistently discharging particles into space. The ongoing examination of... more
Magma reservoir failure and the onset of caldera collapse at Kilauea Volcano in 2018  Science Magazine · 5 days
Caldera-forming eruptions are among Earth’s most hazardous natural phenomena, yet the architecture of subcaldera magma reservoirs and the conditions that... more
Episodes of particle ejection from the surface of the active asteroid (101955) Bennu  Science Magazine · 5 days
Active asteroids are those that show evidence of ongoing mass loss. We report repeated instances of particle ejection from the surface of... more
Can Arctic 'ice management' combat climate change?  PHYS.ORG · 5 days
According to a much-debated geo-engineering approach, both sea-ice retreat and global warming could be slowed by using millions of wind-powered pumps, drifting in the sea ice, to promote ice formation during the Arctic winter.... more
How flowers adapt to their pollinators  SCIENCE DAILY · 5 days
The first flowering plants originated more than 140 million years ago in the early Cretaceous. They are the most diverse plant group on Earth with more than 300,000 species. Evolutionary biologists have now analyzed 3-dimensional models... more
At least 265 dead in floods, landslides as rains batter East Africa  PHYS.ORG · 5 days
Two months of relentless rains have submergedvillages and farms and sent rivers of mud crashing into houses across East Africa, with at least 265... more
Former EPA advisers say agency's mercury proposal is flawed  PHYS.ORG · 5 days
As the EPA gets closer to finalizing changes to an Obama-era air pollution rule, a group of former agency advisers says the Trump administration's attempt to weaken the mercury emissions... more
35-year data record charts sea-temperature change  ESA · 5 days
Four trillion satellite measurements, taken over four decades from 1981 to 2018, have been merged to create a continuous global record that will help... more
New 35-year satellite data record charts sea-temperature change  ESA · 5 days
Four trillion satellite measurements, taken over four decades from 1981 to 2018, have been merged to create a continuous global... more
Radiation rotifer  ESA · 5 days
The 19th SpaceX Dragon supply mission to the International Space Station will carry cargo for astronauts to run experiments for European researchers on Earth. One curious cargo is the microscopic organism, rotifers,... more
Warm-sector heavy rainfall in China: Studies and challenges  PHYS.ORG · 5 days
Warm-sector heavy rainfall (WSHR) is a type of rainstorm proposed by Chinese meteorologists that had been found to only occur in South China. However, WSHR has also been found in other regions... more
Can a single-celled organism 'change its mind'? New study says yes  PHYS.ORG · 5 days
Once, single-cell life claimed sole dominion over the earth. For some three billion years, unfathomable generations of unicellular organisms ate, grew and reproduced among only each... more
Life on Mars? Europe commits to groundbreaking mission to bring back rocks to Earth  PHYS.ORG · 5 days
It will be one of the most daunting, complicated and, potentially, scientifically rewarding missions ever undertaken to the red planet.... more
Image: Thermal enclosure for Orion  PHYS.ORG · 5 days
The Orion spacecraft with European Service Module at NASA's Plum Brook Station. The first Orion will fly farther from Earth on the Artemis I mission than any human-rated vehicle has ever flown before—but first it will undergo testing... more
Southwestern U.S. Was Once Similar to Today’s Tibetan Plateau: Study  SCI-NEWS.COM · 5 days
New research suggests that during the Late Cretaceous epoch to the Early Paleogene epoch (80-50 million... more
Investigating the rise of oxygenic photosynthesis  PHYS.ORG · 5 days
About 2.4 billion years ago, at the end of the Archean Eon, a planet-wide increase in oxygen levels called the Great Oxidation Event (GOE) created the familiar atmosphere we all breathe today. Researchers focused on life's... more
Astronomers Find Neptune-Like Exoplanet Orbiting White Dwarf  SCI-NEWS.COM · 5 days
A Neptune-like exoplanet orbits an Earth-sized white dwarf star called WD J091405.30+191412.25 (WD J0914 for short) once every 10 days, leaving a... more
Thermal enclosure for Orion  ESA · 5 days
Image: The Orion spacecraft with European Service Module at NASA’s Plum Brook Station. The first Orion will fly farther from Earth on the Artemis I mission than any... more
Travel to Mars with Eleni Ravanis, YGT at ESA!  ESA · 5 days
Eleni joined ESA in October 2018 to work on the Visual Monitoring Camera of Mars Express. She shares... more
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The search for evidence of life on Mars could be helped by fresh insights into ancient rocks on Earth. Research... more
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Over the past decade, the Arctic has warmed by 0.75°C, far outpacing the global average, while Antarctic temperatures have remained comparatively stable. As Earth approaches 2°C warming, the Arctic and Antarctic may... more
NASA's OSIRIS-REx in the midst of site selection  PHYS.ORG · 6 days
NASA's OSIRIS-REx mission is just days away from selecting the site where the spacecraft will snag a sample from asteroid Bennu. After a lengthy and challenging process, the team is finally ready... more
Scientists have found out why photons from other galaxies do not reach Earth  PHYS.ORG · 6 days
An international group of scientists, including Andrey Savelyev, associate professor of the Institute of Physical and Mathematical Sciences and Information Technologies of... more
First giant planet around white dwarf found  PHYS.ORG · 6 days
Researchers using ESO's Very Large Telescope have, for the first time, found evidence of a giant planet associated with a white dwarf star. The planet orbits the hot white dwarf, the remnant of a... more
Trump's border wall threatens an Arizona oasis with a long, diverse history  PHYS.ORG · 6 days
A few hundred yards from the Mexican border in southern Arizona lies a quiet pond, about the size of two football fields, called Quitobaquito.... more
Meteorite-loving microorganism  SCIENCE DAILY · 6 days
The archaeon Metallosphaera sedula can uptake and process extraterrestrial material. This is shown by an international team led by astrobiologists, who examines microbial fingerprints on meteorite materials. The researchers also conclude that M. sedula colonizes meteorite minerals faster than those... more
Exoplanet-hunting mission catches a natural comet outburst in unprecedented detail  SCIENCE DAILY · 6 days
Astronomers have captured a clear start-to-finish image sequence of an explosive emission of dust, ice and gases during the close approach of comet 46P/Wirtanen in late 2018. more
How we can recycle more buildings  PHYS.ORG · 6 days
More than 35 billion tonnes of non-metallic minerals are extracted from the Earth every year. These materials mainly end up being used to build homes, schools, offices and hospitals. It's a staggering amount of resources, and... more
Degrowth is the key to tackling climate change – but it won't be easy  PHYS.ORG · 6 days
If we want to tackle climate change and protect our future on the Earth, societies will need to adopt a... more
New study finds the mix that makes Titan's lakes spew nitrogen bubbles  PHYS.ORG · 6 days
New research explains how bubbles erupt in frigid hydrocarbon lakes on Saturn's largest moon Titan, potentially creating fizz intense enough to form geologic features... more
Opinion: Earth's climate needs our courage  PHYS.ORG · 6 days
Every year, the Global Carbon Project analyses the global sources and sinks of CO2 and their trends. The latest figures, as well as those from the UNEP emission gap report published last week, are disconcerting: global... more
TESS Observes Huge Outburst from Comet 46P/Wirtanen  SCI-NEWS.COM · 6 days
On September 26, 2018, NASA’s Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) observed an outburst of gase, ice and dust from the nucleus of... more
Image: A cloudy martian night through the eyes of a supercomputer  PHYS.ORG · 6 days
As NASA's Curiosity rover makes its way over the surface of Mars, it's sometimes accompanied by clouds drifting by in the sky above. Like Earth, the... more
NASA's exoplanet-hunting mission catches a natural comet outburst in unprecedented detail  PHYS.ORG · 7 days
Using data from NASA's Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS), astronomers at the University of Maryland (UMD), in College Park, Maryland, have captured a clear start-to-finish image... more
Southern Arizona once looked like Tibet  SCIENCE DAILY · 7 days
A new study determined that the Earth's crust in southern Arizona was once almost 60 kilometers thick, which is twice as thick as it is today -- and comparable to how thick the crust is in... more
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Computers can learn to find flares and other events in vast streams of solar images to help forecasters issue timely alerts, according to a new study. The machine-learning technique searches satellite data for features... more
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Computers can learn to find solar flares and other events in vast streams of solar images and help NOAA forecasters issue timely alerts, according to a new study. The machine-learning technique, developed by scientists... more
Saturn's largest moon, Titan, may offer insights for Earth  SCIENCE DAILY · 7 days
Scientists studying the weather and climate of Titan, Saturn's largest moon, have reported a significant seasonal variation in its energy budget, a finding which could yield new insights into climate... more
Genomic gymnastics help sorghum plant survive drought  PHYS.ORG · 7 days
Scorching temperatures and parched earth are no match for the sorghum plant—this cereal crop, native to Africa and Australia, will remain green and productive, even under conditions that would render other plants brown, brittle... more
Centre swage  ESA · 7 days
Image: 'Swage' was the word of the day on Monday as ESA astronaut Luca Parmitano carried out the third spacewalk to service the cosmic ray hunting Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer AMS-02. Here Luca... more
A study of Saturn's largest moon may offer insights for earth  PHYS.ORG · 7 days
Scientists studying the weather and climate of Titan, Saturn's largest moon, have reported a significant seasonal variation in its energy budget—that is the amount of solar... more
Meteorite-loving microorganism  PHYS.ORG · 7 days
Chemolithotrophic microorganisms derive their energy from inorganic sources. Research into the physiological processes of these organisms—which are grown on meteorite—provides new insights into the potential of extraterrestrial materials as a source of accessible nutrients and energy for microorganisms of the... more
Cooling role of particulate matter on warming Earth stronger than previously thought  PHYS.ORG · 7 days
The relationship between aerosols (particulate matter) and their cooling effect on the Earth due to the formation of clouds is more than twice as... more
Science around the planet uses images of Earth from the space station  PHYS.ORG · 7 days
Artificial lighting at night affects the behavior of urban wildlife, according to a recent study published in Nature Scientific Reports, which examined animals in... more
Non-native species should count in conservation – even in Australia  PHYS.ORG · 7 days
As the world struggles to keep tabs on biodiversity decline, conservation largely relies on a single international database to track life on Earth. It is a mammoth and... more
Mars: We may have solved the mystery of how its landslides form  PHYS.ORG · 7 days
Some landslides on Mars seem to defy an important law of physics. "Long, runout landslides" are formed by huge volumes of rock and soil... more
Earth's temperature likely marks hottest decade on record: report  REUTERS · 7 days
The past decade is almost certain to be the hottest on record, weather experts warned on Tuesday, painting... more
Mystery of how early animals survived ice age  SCIENCE DAILY · 1 week
How did life survive the most severe ice age? A team has found the first direct evidence that glacial meltwater provided a crucial lifeline to eukaryotes during Snowball Earth, when the oceans... more
Satellite Broken? Smart Satellites to the Rescue  ASTRO WATCH · 1 week
When satellites break, which is surprisingly often, there isn't much you can do about them. They become expensive and dangerous flotsam, orbiting... more
Breathing? Thank volcanoes, tectonics and bacteria  SCIENCE DAILY · 1 week
A new study suggests Earth's first burst of oxygen was added by a spate of volcanic eruptions brought about by tectonics. In addition to explaining the appearance of significant concentrations of oxygen in the Great Oxidation... more
A CERN for climate change  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
In a Perspective article appearing in this week's Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Tim Palmer (Oxford University), and Bjorn Stevens (Max Planck Society), critically reflect on the present state of Earth system modelling. more
Research unravels mystery of how early animals survived ice age  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
How did life survive the most severe ice age? A McGill University-led research team has found the first direct evidence that glacial meltwater provided a crucial lifeline to... more
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Antarctica is the largest reservoir of ice on Earth -- but new research suggests it could be at greater risk of melting... more
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NASA's Apollo 11 moon landing celebrates its 50th anniversary this year, and Lego set the stage with this epic Saturn V moon rocket set, which is... more
Scientists build a 'Hubble Space Telescope' to study multiple genome sequences  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
A new tool that simultaneously compares 1.4 million genetic sequences can classify how species are related to each other at far larger scales than previously possible.... more
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Soil nitrogen in grasslands covering almost a third of Earth's surface is a critical ingredient for producing food and stemming climate change. more
New study points to one cause for several mysteries linked to breathable oxygen  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
Earth's breathable atmosphere is key for life, and a new study suggests that the first burst of oxygen was added by a... more
Scientists re-counted Australia's extinct species, and the result is devastating  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
It's well established that unsustainable human activity is damaging the health of the planet. The way we use Earth threatens our future and that of many animals and... more
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About 13 times per century, fleeting Mercury can be seen passing directly in front of the Sun in what is called a transit. The most recent Mercury transit occurred on November 11,... more
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Measurements taken by the Solar Wind Around Pluto (SWAP) instrument aboard NASA's New Horizons spacecraft are providing important new insights... more
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Measurements taken by the Solar Wind Around Pluto (SWAP) instrument aboard NASA's New Horizons spacecraft are providing important new insights from some of the farthest reaches of space ever explored. Astronomers now... more
How ancient microbes created massive ore deposits, set stage for early life  SCIENCE DAILY · 1 week
Ancestors of modern bacteria cultured from an iron-rich lake in Democratic Republic of Congo could have been key to keeping Earth's dimly lit early... more
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Were Neanderthals, Denisovans and Other Archaic Humans Victims of Sixth Mass Extinction?  SCI-NEWS.COM · 1 week
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