NASA Wants To Launch Tiny Moon Satellites On Its Next-Generation Rocket

Artist’s conception of NASA’s Space Launch System. Credit: NASA As the space community counts down the days to the long-awaited Dec. 4 uncrewed launch of the Orion spacecraft — that vehicle that is supposed to bring astronauts into the solar system in the next decade — NASA is already thinking ahead to the next space test in […]

Astronomers Discover First Mulitiple-image Gravitationally-lensed Supernova

The four dots centered on the bright elliptical galaxy at top are multiple images of supernova SN Refsdal taken with the Hubble Space Telescope between November 10-20, 2014. In the bottom image, the galaxy has been digitally removed to show only the supernova images, labeled S1 through S4. The line segments are diffraction spikes from a […]

Monster telescope needs mind-bending mathematics to uncover secrets of the universe

Artist’s impression of the Square Kilometre Array at night. Credit: SKA Organisation Enlarge Telescopes have come a long way since the days when they were all about lone astronomers watching the night sky through their upstairs windows. Today teams of astrophysicists build and use much more modern instruments, not only to observe light visible to […]

Mysterious Roman God Baffles Experts

An unknown Roman god was recently unearthed at a sanctuary in southeast Turkey. The god, who is emerging from a plant, is depicted with both Near Eastern and Roman elements, and may have been a baal, or subdeity, of the temple's major god, Jupiter Dolichenus Credit: Peter Jülich Enlarge A sculpture of a mysterious, never-before-seen Roman […]

‘Interstellar’ Science: Is Wormhole Travel Possible?

A cropped poster for the 2014 film "Interstellar" shows the spaceship Endurance flying through a wormhole. Credit: Paramount Pictures Enlarge Sci-fi fans who hope humanity can one day zoom to distant corners of the universe via wormholes, as astronauts do in the recent film "Interstellar," shouldn't hold their breath. Wormholes are theoretical tunnels through the fabric […]

“Ferrari of space’ yields best map of ocean currents

Undated artist's impression of the Gravity field and Ocean Circulation Explorer (GOCE) satellite which was planned to have lift-off from Plesetsk, Russia on March 16, 2009 A satellite dubbed the "Ferrari of space" has yielded the most accurate model of ocean circulation yet, boosting understanding of the seas and a key impact of global warming, […]

Mining can damage fish habitats far downstream, study shows

Acid is seeping from a Kentucky coal mine. Credit: Wesley Daniel, Michigan State University Anglers across the nation wondering why luck at their favorite fishing spot seems to have dried up may have a surprising culprit: a mine miles away, even in a different state. Scientists at Michigan State University (MSU) have taken a first […]

Sea spray represents complex chemistry with big effects on climate

What will Earth's climate be like in a decade–or sooner? And what will it be like where you live, and around the globe? To help find answers, NSF and other federal agencies awarded grants to study the consequences of climate variability and change. The awards were made through the interagency Decadal and Regional Climate Prediction […]

Rare albino dolphin captured in Japan’s ‘Cove’

File phot shows two Risso's dolphins being herded by fishing boats near the village of Taiji, central Japan, on November 23, 2003 A rare albino dolphin has been captured by Japanese fishermen, according to a campaign group staging a protest against the sale or slaughter of the creatures. The albino Risso's dolphin was driven into […]

Searching for Alien Worlds and Gravitational Lenses from the Arctic

Astronomical observations were obtained from the Polar Environment Atmospheric Research Laboratory (PEARL), which is located in northern Canada (image credit: left,Steinbring et al., right, Dan Weaver). Enlarge The quest for optimal sites to carry out astronomical observations has taken scientists to the frigid Arctic.  Eric Steinbring, who led a team of National Research Council Canada experts, noted that a high Arctic site can, […]

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