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The Importance Of Gathering Samples From Mars Before Humans Arrive

Google Science Feeds - Fri, 01/21/2022 - 13:02
Scientist Sarah Stewart Johnson makes the case for why we should do as much science as we can on Mars—before humans step foot on the planet. by Sarah Stewart Johnson, on January 21, 2022. illustrated stack of books with text "scifri book club".

6th Mass Extinction happening now? These scientists say yes

Google Science Feeds - Fri, 01/21/2022 - 12:47
Mass extinction: Spiral shells in four rows of medium and small sizes. These shells are from recently extinct land snails from French Polynesia. A team of scientists who study invertebrates and species endemic to islands say that Earth is currently ...

More surprises await scientists at Antarctica's "Doomsday Glacier"

Google Science Feeds - Fri, 01/21/2022 - 12:24
Why it matters: Studies show the Thwaites Glacier (its official name) could already be on an irreversible course to melt during the next several decades to centuries, freeing up enough inland ice to raise global sea levels by at least several feet.

Saturn's 'Death Star' Moon Could Be Hiding a Subterranean 'Stealth' Ocean, Reveal Researchers

Google Science Feeds - Fri, 01/21/2022 - 11:54
Scientists have discovered an underground ocean buried beneath the surface of the Death Star-like moon of Saturn, paving the way for a new class of "stealth" ocean worlds with possible signs of life. The team at Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) in ...

Covid-19: 'We'll be second-class citizens if self-isolation rules go'

Health News BBC - Fri, 01/21/2022 - 11:54
People with conditions that mean the vaccine does not work fear the removal of self-isolation rules.

Atlas V rocket launching 2 satellites for the US Space Force Friday: Watch it live

Google Science Feeds - Fri, 01/21/2022 - 11:17
If all goes according to plan, the rocket will deliver two identical Geosynchronous Space Situational Awareness Program (GSSAP) satellites to a near-geosynchronous orbit, about 22,300 miles (36,000 kilometers) above the equator.

Shattered 'alphabet soup' iceberg flushed a lot of fresh water into the ocean

Google Science Feeds - Fri, 01/21/2022 - 11:00
A rogue iceberg that drifted dangerously close to an Antarctic penguin population in 2020 and 2021 released billions of tons of fresh water into the ocean during its breakup. A new study, based on satellite data, tracks the aftermath of the once-mighty ...

Nasa to hunt down tiniest asteroid ever to be visited by spacecraft

Google Science Feeds - Fri, 01/21/2022 - 10:57
Launching with an uncrewed test flight Nasa will send a Near-Earth Asteroid Scout – a shoebox-sized craft – to chase down 2020 GE, a near-Earth asteroid less than 18 metres in diameter.

ULA's 1st Atlas V launch on tap today from Cape Canaveral

Google Science Feeds - Fri, 01/21/2022 - 10:32
The first United Launch Alliance mission of the year aims to send an Atlas V rocket with a payload for the U.S. Space Force into orbit today. The launch attempt from Cape Canaveral Space Force Station's Launch Complex 41 is targeting a 2 p.m. liftoff.

Where is the people's solar?

Google Science Feeds - Fri, 01/21/2022 - 10:04
We now know that just as tree forests are interconnected, much of the Mojave Desert is latticed with a microbial crust, the soil alive with networks of lichen and fungus that feed off both the sun's light and the moon's.

Solar flares could lead to geomagnetic storms on Earth

Google Science Feeds - Fri, 01/21/2022 - 09:49
Earth may be in for auroras over the next few days following a series of eruptions of the Sun. A sunspot called AR2929 has emitted two solar flares, accompanied by coronal mass ejections (CMEs). Although neither was directed at Earth, the ejections may ...

Nasa offers $1 million for innovative tech to produce food for astronauts going to Moon, Mars

Google Science Feeds - Fri, 01/21/2022 - 09:28
In a bid to ensure nutritious food is delivered to astronauts in the future, Nasa aims to upgrade the production of food, giving future explorers the technology to produce nutritious, tasty, and satisfying meals on long-duration space missions.

It's Launch Day! ULA set for Atlas V liftoff this afternoon from Cape

Google Science Feeds - Fri, 01/21/2022 - 09:00
Here's what you need to know for today's Unlited Launch Alliance Atlas V launch from Cape Canaveral Space Force Station's Launch Complex 41: • Liftoff is set for 2 p.m. The window will remain open for roughly two ...

ULA's first launch of 2022 to debut unflown variant of Atlas 5 rocket

Google Science Feeds - Fri, 01/21/2022 - 07:09
The mission: Deliver the fifth and sixth satellites to orbit for the Space Force's Geosynchronous Space Situational Awareness Program. The GSSAP satellites are designed to help the military track and observe objects in geosynchronous orbit more than ...

Moorfields Eye Hospital gives woman, 88, UK's first 'bionic eye implant'

Health News BBC - Fri, 01/21/2022 - 06:40
A microchip has been implanted into her eye to tackle dry age-related macular degeneration (AMD).

Blood donors saved Merthyr Tydfil mum and her daughters

Health News BBC - Fri, 01/21/2022 - 06:19
Shelley Parry says she would have died and left a heartbroken family behind without blood donors.

Quantum dots make for stabler, more efficient perovskite solar cells

Google Science Feeds - Fri, 01/21/2022 - 05:50
Perovskite solar cells have come a long way in a short time, but there's still room for improvement. Engineers have now added a layer of quantum dots to the recipe, resulting in a more stable solar cell with near-record efficiency.

Fighting Bias In Space: When There's A New Telescope, Who Gets To Use It?

Google Science Feeds - Fri, 01/21/2022 - 05:30
The James Webb Space Telescope's mirrors are almost in place and soon it'll be a million miles away from Earth, ready to provide clues to the history of the universe. Naturally, many scientists have research they'd like to do that involve the telescope ...

Nasa captures image of mid-level flare erupting from Sun on Jan 20

Google Science Feeds - Fri, 01/21/2022 - 03:47
Nasa's Solar Dynamics Observatory on Thursday captured an image of the Sun emitting a mid-level solar flare that peaked at 1.01 am EST (11.31am IST). Solar flares are powerful bursts of electromagnetic radiation that could last from minutes to hours.

NVIDIA GPUs Enable Simulation of a Living Cell

Google Science Feeds - Fri, 01/21/2022 - 03:35
But even at this stage, minimal cell simulation can give scientists insight into the physical and chemical processes that form the foundation of living cells. “What we found is that fundamental behaviors emerge from the simulated ...

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