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SpaceX Aces Another Rocket Landing After Launching Korean Satellite – Space.com

Another day, another rocket launch and landing for SpaceX. A two-stage Falcon 9 rocket topped with the Koreasat-5A communications satellite lifted off from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center (KSC) in Florida today (Oct. 30) at 3:34 p.m. EDT (1934 GMT). About 8.5 minutes after launch, the rocket’s first stage came down for […]

150-million-year-old ‘sea monster’ unearthed in India – Fox News

ARTIST IMPRESSION OF PREGNANT ICHTHYOSAURUS. (CREDIT: COPYRIGHT OF JOSCHUA KNÜPPE) An almost complete fossil of the giant ‘lizard fish’ Ichthyosaur has been unearthed in India. It’s the first time the 150-million-year-old fishlike reptile has been found on the sub continent.  (Prasad et al., 2017; Guntupalli Prasad) At 5.5m long, this Jurassic-era sea […]

A strange object from outside our solar system just zoomed past the sun – AOL

  Travelling between the stars has been a dream of humanity for generations. But while our species might not be able to make that trek for a long while, there are some seasoned travelers whizzing around the galaxy, and one of them stopped by our solar system this week. Astronomer Rob Weryk, a postdoctoral researcher […]

NASA’s Halloween playlist features the eerie sounds of space – Mashable

Is your classic Halloween music sounding a little stale? Maybe it’s time to spice it up with some truly scary tracks: horrifying sounds from the void of space. In honor of Halloween, NASA has released its own playlist filled with converted sound files showing off the interplanetary music of our cosmos. It’s pretty spooky stuff. […]

Corals eat plastic because we’ve made it tasty, study suggests – Washington Post

A coral polyp eats a white plastic speck. (Alex Seymour/Duke University) Ocean plastic is an indiscriminate hazard. It harms fish and kills seabirds, which wash up with bellies full of trash. Turtles swallow it because, the thinking goes, they mistake the floating waste for jellyfish. Less well known are the ways plastic damages the ocean’s smaller inhabitants, plankton and corals, which […]

Astronomers Race to Study a Mystery Object From Outside Our Solar System – New York Times

For the first time that we know, an interstellar visitor has zoomed through our solar system. The small space rock, tentatively called A/2017 U1, is about a quarter of a mile long and astronomers across the world are racing to study it before it departs just as quickly as it arrived. “We’ve never seen anything […]

How do human genes act in space? – EarthSky

<!– googletag.cmd.push(function() { googletag.display(‘post_link_unit’); }); –> NASA’s Twins Study preliminary results have revealed that space travel causes an increase in methylation, the process of turning genes on and off, and additional knowledge in how that process works. NASA’s Twins Study investigates subtle effects and changes that might occur in spaceflight as compared to Earth. This […]

Nobel Prize Winning Technique Discovers Reason Behind Battery Fires – Forbes

A technique known as cryo-electron microscopy (cryo-EM) won the 2017 Nobel Prize in chemistry and has been used by scientists at Stanford University to capture the first atomic-level images of growths in batteries, which have been one of the largest limitations to developing better batteries. These crystal growths appear finger-like in nature and contribute to […]

Korean communications craft installed on SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket – Spaceflight Now

“Monday morning will be chilly on the spaceport with temperatures dipping below 50 degrees Fahrenheit and lighter northerly winds,” forecasters from the Air Force’s 45th Weather Squadron wrote in an outlook released Sunday. “There is a very slight risk for the stronger winds to linger into Monday’s launch window.” Conditions are launch time should be […]

NASA sounding rocket probes the dark regions of space – Space Daily

Though stars and galaxies fill our night sky, most of the matter in the universe resides in the dark voids in between. Spread out over unfathomable distances, this cold, diffuse gas between galaxies – called the intergalactic medium, or IGM for short – hardly emits any light, making it difficult to study. […]

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