A Piece of Vesta Has Been Stolen!

Calling all meteorite collectors and enthusiasts! There’s a hot space rock at large and, as Indiana Jones would say, it belongs in a museum. Perhaps you can help put it back in one. The Meteorite of Serooskerken at the Sonnenborgh Museum (Source: Sterrenwacht Sonnenborgh) On Aug. 19 a burglary was reported at the Sonnenborgh Museum and Observatory in Utrecht, Netherlands, and one of […]

Is A Sitcom Astronaut Hadfield’s Next Frontier? ABC Comedy In The Works, Report Says

Chris Hadfield all dressed up for another day in space. Credit: Chris Hadfield (Twitter) Enlarge It’s possible that Chris Hadfield’s best-selling book will become a sitcom! The astronaut who quickly became the world’s most-wanted Canadian last year, based on his amusing YouTube videos and stunning space pictures, is involved in production of a sitcom based […]

Swirling electrons in the whirlpool galaxy

ENLARGE / LOFAR radio map of the whirlpool galaxy M51 and its neighbourhood at a frequency of 150 MHz. The field covers 4 by 2.6 degrees. The observations were performed with the Dutch LOFAR high-band antennas. The map shows the distribution of hot electrons in M51 and also a large number of background galaxies.The inlay shows […]

Songbird student pilots delay departure and make frequent stopovers during first migration

A close-up of a wood thrush. Credit: Kevin Fraser Enlarge Juvenile songbirds on spring migration travel from overwintering sites in the tropics to breeding destinations thousands of kilometres away with no prior experience to guide them. Now, a new study out of York University has tracked these "student pilots" on their first long-haul flight and […]

The internet was delivered to the masses; parallel computing is not far behind

ENLARGE / Virginia Tech College of Engineering Professor Wu Feng has garnered support from NSF, Microsoft, the Air Force, and NIH among others, putting together a way to deliver parallel computing to the masses, much like the Internet's worldwide accessibility. Credit: Virginia Tech During the past few years, Virginia Tech's Wu Feng has built upon a […]

Imaginative ideas for a ‘greenlight district’ in Amsterdam

Seven students from Wageningen University were asked by Alterra to come up with original ideas to 'green up' Amsterdam city centre in order to improve the living climate and enhance sustainability. For eight weeks the students worked tirelessly on a creative mix of ideas which they presented in an advisory report. One recommendation was to […]

Study investigates power generation from the meeting of river water and seawater

Where the river meets the sea, there is the potential to harness a significant amount of renewable energy, according to a team of mechanical engineers at MIT. Pressure retarded osmosis (PRO) is a method of producing renewable energy from two streams of a different salinity. Credit: Jose-Luis Olivares/MIT Enlarge The researchers evaluated an emerging method […]

Underwater Maids: Mussels and Clams Could Mop Up Waterways

Bivalves, like these California floater mussels, could be used to filter pollutants from waterways. Credit: Niveen Ismail, Stanford University Enlarge They might not have feather dusters, brooms or even arms and legs, but bivalves — such as clams, mussels and oysters — make good underwater maids, a new study suggests. These useful creatures serve as tiny water […]

What Is Fluid Dynamics?

Streaklines show the airflow around a tennis ball. Credit: NASA Enlarge Fluid dynamics is "the branch of applied science that is concerned with the movement of liquids and gases," according to the American Heritage Dictionary. Fluid dynamics is one of two branches of fluid mechanics, which is the study of fluids and how forces affect them. […]

For the first time scientists map elevation changes of Greenlandic and Antarctic glaciers

This new elevation model of Antarctica was derived from CryoSat-2. Credit: Credit: Helm et al., The Cryosphere, 2014 Enlarge "The new elevation maps are snapshots of the current state of the ice sheets. The elevations are very accurate, to just a few metres in height, and cover close to 16 million km2 of the area […]

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