Science

  • NASA Asteroid Tracker: 2 NEOs Currently Headed For Earth
    by Inigo Monzon on March 31, 2020 at 1:10 am

    NASA is currently monitoring two asteroids that are currently headed for Earth. According to the data collected by the agency, the approaching asteroids are big enough to cause violent explosions in the sky if they end up colliding with the planet. The first …

  • Soyuz blasts off for ISS with its last confirmed NASA passenger?
    on March 31, 2020 at 12:02 am

    Russia launches its Soyuz spacecraft to the International Space Station (ISS) from Baikonur, and astronaut Christopher Cassidy is occupying the last confirmed NASA seat on the Russian spacecraft. The coronavirus pandemic does not appear to be impacting …

  • Image: Hubble hooks a one-arm galaxy – Phys.org
    by Craig Smith on March 30, 2020 at 11:23 pm

    NGC 4618 was discovered on April 9, 1787, by the German-British astronomer William Herschel, who also discovered Uranus in 1781. Only a year before discovering NGC 4618, Herschel theorized that the “foggy” objects astronomers were seeing in the night …

  • Cut off because of coronavirus? Connect with Marco Polo walkie-talkie video app
    by Jefferson Graham on March 30, 2020 at 10:43 pm

    This week, more people downloaded the Marco Polo app from the Apple iOS app store than such long-established household names as Google Chrome, WhatsApp, Skype or Twitter, according to market tracker Apptopia. This is a big deal for a small app run …

  • Uranus blasted a gas bubble 22000 times bigger than Earth
    by Charlie Wood on March 30, 2020 at 10:03 pm

    There’s a giant blank spot in researchers’ ever-growing map of the solar system. Over the last two decades, a veritable fleet of probes has measured quakes on Mars, scrutinized the grooves in Saturn’s rings, observed jet streams on Jupiter, and heard the …

  • Unlike Earth, Mars might not have had a global ocean of magma
    by Leslie Nemo on March 30, 2020 at 9:42 pm

    At least once in its past, Earth existed as a roiling ball of molten rock that might have had the consistency of room-temperature oil, but would been untouchable at some 2,000 degrees Fahrenheit (1,090 degrees Celsius). As magma oceans ebbed and flowed, …

  • How and when to watch this week’s ‘Seven Sisters’ sky show
    by Greg Redfern on March 30, 2020 at 9:38 pm

    OK, DMV, here is a sky sight you do not want to miss. This week we can see a spectacular sky show in the western skies unfold night by night as the brilliant planet Venus closes in on a famous and beautiful star cluster. Tonight after sunset look to the West …

  • NASA Webb telescope launch 1-year countdown begins
    on March 30, 2020 at 9:25 pm

    One year from now, NASA will launch a telescope called Webb. This telescope’s full name is the James Webb Space Telescope, and it is the successor to the Hubble Telescope. Hubble changed the way we see the universe by orbiting Earth and observing …

  • Asteroid Alert!!! NASA Warns Against A Massive 4km Wide Asteroid
    on March 30, 2020 at 9:17 pm

    However, the world’s various space agencies are afraid of the other possible threats, such as asteroid strike on Earth in the future – the one that has the potential to end humanity. Fortunately, NASA’s Evolutionary Xenon Thruster-Commercial ion engine, …

  • Neil deGrasse Tyson on why ‘Cosmos’ is even more important in the coronavirus era
    on March 30, 2020 at 9:10 pm

    Science begets more science, according to Neil deGrasse Tyson. The celebrity astrophysicist is promoting the third installment of “Cosmos,” the space-themed documentary series started by Carl Sagan in 1980 and revived with Tyson in 2014. He didn’t expect …

  • Argonne and CERN weigh in on the origin of heavy elements
    on March 30, 2020 at 8:58 pm

    A long-held mystery in the field of nuclear physics is why the universe is composed of the specific materials we see around us. In other words, why is it made of “this” stuff and not other stuff? Specifically of interest are the physical processes responsible for …

  • Marco Polo and other apps to help keep you connected during coronavirus pandemic
    by Bethanni Williams on March 30, 2020 at 8:41 pm

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Social distancing can be a real struggle especially if you rely on human interaction. Here are a few apps that you can use to learn how to cope while you’re quarantined: The first app is called House Party which is better for those large …

  • NASA is wielding a superpowered ion engine to redirect asteroids next year
    on March 30, 2020 at 8:24 pm

    Maybe Deep Impact isn’t happening yet (though the enemy there was a comet), but the threat of an asteroid head-butting Earth and making humans as extinct as the dinosaurs doesn’t only exist in science fiction. NASA is taking no chances. Because we don’t …

  • Astronauts could use their own urine to build moon bases one day
    by Chelsea Gohd on March 30, 2020 at 8:19 pm

    When humans return to the moon to stay, where will they live? Well, it turns out they might live in lunar bases made of astronaut pee. In a new study, researchers have found that urea, the major organic compound found in human urine, could be useful for …

  • Mobile one-day COVID-19 testing sites to open in Vicksburg, Greenwood
    by Angela Williams on March 30, 2020 at 8:05 pm

    Two mobile COVID-19 testing sites will be open Tuesday in Vicksburg and Greenwood, state health officials said. Free testing will be performed for one day only at Pemberton Square Mall in Vicksburg and at Leflore County Civic Center in greenwood.

  • We Have a New Hole in the Ozone to Worry About
    on March 30, 2020 at 8:04 pm

    See the rare ozone hole above the Arctic over the years. It appears as the blue circle at the end of the animation. Gif: NOAA Ozone Watch. The ozone hole is the problem that never seems to ever go away. And now it turns out we have a second one to worry …

  • NASA at home.
    on March 30, 2020 at 7:57 pm

    With many of us indoors, let NASA be your window into the universe. NASA at Home is your one-stop-shop with podcasts, educational activities, do-it-yourself projects and more. This week, they’re introducing astronaut story time from Earth. Each weekday at 4 …

  • Tiny optical cavity could make quantum networks possible
    on March 30, 2020 at 7:56 pm

    Engineers at Caltech have shown that atoms in optical cavities—tiny boxes for light—could be foundational to the creation of a quantum internet. Their work was published on March 30 by the journal Nature. Quantum networks would connect quantum …

  • Saliva test for cannabis could someday help identify impaired drivers
    on March 30, 2020 at 7:52 pm

    In the U.S., those who consume alcohol and drive are often subjected to roadside stops, breathalyzer tests and stiff penalties if their blood alcohol content exceeds certain limits. Currently, no such test exists for cannabis intoxication, although the substance is …

  • Beloved Orillia couple died days apart, victims of COVID-19
    by Dave Dawson on March 30, 2020 at 7:45 pm

    Elizabeth and Lyle Fox are being remembered by family and wide ‘circle of friends’; Daughter pleads with people to take COVID-19 seriously and heed warnings. 0. about 20 hours ago By: Dave Dawson. From Left: Michael Fox, Lisa Thompson, Elizabeth Fox, …

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