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An Ocean May Lurk Inside Saturn's 'Death Star' Moon

Google Science Feeds - Fri, 01/21/2022 - 20:42
That's a moon … and a waterlogged ice ball? With a large crater carved out of its surface, Mimas, a 250-mile-wide moon of Saturn, bears more than a passing resemblance to the Death Star in “Star Wars.” (When the Millennium Falcon first encounters the ...

Three New Studies Confirm Power of Booster Shots Against Omicron

Google Science Feeds - Fri, 01/21/2022 - 20:30
A second study led by CDC epidemiologist Amelia Johnson and also published Friday in the MMWR found that booster shots also protected Americans, particularly those over 50, from COVID-related deaths. Meanwhile, a third ...

Hubble telescope spots a black hole fostering baby stars in a dwarf galaxy

Google Science Feeds - Fri, 01/21/2022 - 19:53
Black holes can not only rip stars apart, but they can also trigger star formation, as scientists have now seen in a nearby dwarf galaxy. At the centers of most, if not all, large galaxies are supermassive black holes with masses that are millions to ...

NASA Mars rover dumps pesky pebbles that were clogging its sampling system

Google Science Feeds - Fri, 01/21/2022 - 19:27
From the lab to your inbox. Get the latest science stories from CNET every week. The issue occurred along the rover's bit carousel, which passes the sample tubes inside for processing.

Jacobs SVP Talks Space Tech After Landing Design Contract on New Flight Training Facility

Google Science Feeds - Fri, 01/21/2022 - 19:08
Axiom Space, a company that aims to provide human spaceflight services to individuals, corporations, and space agencies, has awarded Dallas-based Jacobs the architecture and engineering contract for a 14-acre assembly, integration, and testing facility ...

Kissing and food-sharing help babies identify close relationships, study shows

Google Science Feeds - Fri, 01/21/2022 - 18:56
Kissing and sharing food are activities that people reserve for a certain level of intimacy. It's a distinction that people first make as babies, when they are just beginning to understand the social world around them. These saliva-sharing activities ...

Space Station Science Highlights: Week of January 17, 2022

Google Science Feeds - Fri, 01/21/2022 - 18:37
The Lumina hardware installed on the space station. This ESA investigation demonstrates a real-time radiation dosimeter using optical fibers that darken when exposed to radiation. Credits: NASA. image of an astronaut holding experiment hardware.

NASA catches the flash of a solar flare going into space

Google Science Feeds - Fri, 01/21/2022 - 17:04
Our sun just had a medium-sized energy burp. NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) caught a mid-level solar flare on Wednesday (Jan. 20) with a peak at 1:01 a.m. EST (0601 GMT). You can see the flash on the limb, or edge, of the sun, thanks to SDO's ...

AI light-field camera reads 3D facial expressions

Google Science Feeds - Fri, 01/21/2022 - 17:00
Date: January 21, 2022; Source: The Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST); Summary: Machine-learned, light-field camera reads facial expressions from high-contrast illumination invariant 3D facial images. Share: FULL STORY ...

Motor proteins haul precious cargo in neurons: How can we control their movement?

Google Science Feeds - Fri, 01/21/2022 - 16:56
Date: January 20, 2022; Source: University at Buffalo; Summary: Inside neurons, motor proteins haul precious cargo, moving essential goods along thread-like roadways called microtubule tracks. Share: FULL STORY ...

A black hole fueling star birth has scientists doing a double-take

Google Science Feeds - Fri, 01/21/2022 - 16:22
In a twist, astronomers using the Hubble Space Telescope have discovered that these energetic celestial objects have a nurturing side, too. Hubble's observation of a dwarf starburst galaxy, called Henize 2-10, ...

Sunspot Erupts With Two Solar Flares, Sending Coronal Mass Ejection Our Way

Google Science Feeds - Fri, 01/21/2022 - 16:04
Among the 60 sunspots currently on the surface of the Sun, there's one that has been furiously active this week. Spot AR2929 has released not one but two solar flares followed by coronal mass ejections. Luckily, NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory, ...

Using ice to boil water: Researcher makes heat transfer discovery that expands on 18th century principle

Google Science Feeds - Fri, 01/21/2022 - 16:00
Associate Professor Jonathan Boreyko and graduate fellow Mojtaba Edalatpour have made a discovery about the properties of water that could provide an exciting addendum to a phenomenon established over two centuries ago. The discovery also holds ...

Researchers Develop New 2D Material Made of Copper and Iodine Atoms

Google Science Feeds - Fri, 01/21/2022 - 15:23
In the recent study performed, the scientists synthesized 2D cuprous iodide that was stabilized in a graphene sandwich, as the first example of a material that does not differently exist in normal laboratory conditions. The synthesis ...

Solar and Lunar Eclipses in 2022

Google Science Feeds - Fri, 01/21/2022 - 15:10
Conversely, a lunar eclipse takes place during full Moon, when our satellite passes through Earth's shadow. These alignments don't happen at every new and full Moon because the lunar orbit is tipped about 5 ...

Researchers detect 1st merger between black holes with eccentric orbits

Google Science Feeds - Fri, 01/21/2022 - 15:00
An artist's depiction of two black holes spiraling towards each other, about to collide. (Image credit: Mark Myers, ARC Centre of Excellence for Gravitational Wave Discovery (OzGrav)).

China's Moon Rover Discovers 'Sticky' Dust And Green 'Gel' On Far Side

Google Science Feeds - Fri, 01/21/2022 - 14:32
China's Yutu-2 over is the first to explore the far side of the Moon, and thanks to the fresh trove of data it relayed, it appears that the lunar soil in that region is a tad stickier and there's an abundance of craters as well. Launched as part of the ...

RIT scientists confirm a highly eccentric black hole merger for the first time

Google Science Feeds - Fri, 01/21/2022 - 14:22
Press Release From: Rochester Institute of Technology Posted: Friday, January 21, 2022. For the first time, scientists believe they have detected a merger of two black holes with eccentric orbits. According to a paper published in Nature Astronomy by ...

These exoplanets are teetering on the verge of destruction

Google Science Feeds - Fri, 01/21/2022 - 14:00
Exoplanets, or planets outside our solar system, are a hot topic in astronomy research right now. Recently, a team of astronomers has discovered some very hot exoplanets indeed – ones that are orbiting so close to their stars that they are soon to be ...

What is a Lagrange point, the final destination for the James Webb Space Telescope?

Google Science Feeds - Fri, 01/21/2022 - 13:11
Rather, it will orbit the sun in an area of space known as a Lagrange point, where the tricky overlap of gravity from the sun and Earth and centrifugal forces from its orbit will allow the telescope to maintain its position relative to the orbiting Earth ...

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