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Bizarre long gamma-ray burst came from merging stellar corpses

Google Science Feeds - Wed, 12/07/2022 - 16:02
Scientists have tracked a high-energy blast of radiation back to the collision of two neutron stars and the kilonova explosion that resulted from the violent merger. The discovery could change theories regarding the origins of the universe's most ...

Oldest Known DNA Offers Glimpse of a Once-Lush Arctic

Google Science Feeds - Wed, 12/07/2022 - 16:00
In Greenland's permafrost, scientists discovered two-million-year-old genetic material from scores of plant and animal species, including mastodons, geese, lemmings and ants.

2 Million-Year-Old DNA, the Oldest Ever Found, Reveals an Ancient Ecosystem

Google Science Feeds - Wed, 12/07/2022 - 16:00
The prehistoric forest of northern Greenland was home to mastodons, reindeer, hares and an abundance of plant life. Jackson Ryan headshot. Jackson Ryan.

Apollo 17: Humanity's last trip to the Moon

Google Science Feeds - Wed, 12/07/2022 - 15:35
The crew's most prominent member was not its commander, but rather Lunar Module Pilot (LMP) Harrison “Jack” Schmitt. A geologist by training, Schmitt was hailed as the first Apollo “scientist-astronaut” — a novelty in an era when the U.S. astronaut corps ...

COP15: UN calls for biodiversity 'peace pact with nature'

Google Science Feeds - Wed, 12/07/2022 - 15:08
"Humanity has become a weapon of mass extinction," the head of the United Nations has warned at the start of a high-level nature summit in Canada. Governments are meeting in Montreal to agree targets to reverse the loss of nature.

The 1st photograph of all Earth: 50 years on, Blue Marble still inspires

Google Science Feeds - Wed, 12/07/2022 - 15:00
Dec. 7 marks the 50-year anniversary of the Blue Marble (opens in new tab) photograph. The astronauts of NASA's Apollo 17 spacecraft — the last crewed mission to the moon — took a photograph of Earth and changed the way we visualized our planet forever.

Matt Hancock to stand down at next election

Health News BBC - Wed, 12/07/2022 - 14:50
The former health secretary was suspended as a Conservative MP after taking part in I'm A Celebrity.

How to Watch the Radiant Geminid Meteor Shower

Google Science Feeds - Wed, 12/07/2022 - 14:05
When dust or rocks from space enter Earth's atmosphere, the air around them heats up to scorching temperatures and begins to glow. Just one such meteor is breathtaking, but on occasion, Earth moves through a more dense collection of space dust, ...

In 2022, the James Webb Space Telescope brought us new views of the cosmos

Google Science Feeds - Wed, 12/07/2022 - 14:01
The Cosmic Cliffs are part of a star-forming region called the Carina Nebula, which is about 7,600 light-years from Earth. Thanks to the James Webb Space Telescope, astronomers are seeing many of the nebula's baby stars for the first time.

Small Fluorescent Protein Helps to Create More Detailed Biomedical Images

Google Science Feeds - Wed, 12/07/2022 - 13:08
Biomedical and genetic engineers at Duke University and the Albert Einstein College of Medicine have designed a small fluorescent protein that emits and absorbs light that penetrates deep into biological tissue. Tailored to wavelengths in the ...

Gamma-rays may have helped meteorites seed Earth with the building blocks of life

Google Science Feeds - Wed, 12/07/2022 - 13:06
During the violent early epoch of the solar system, high-energy gamma-rays may have triggered chemical reactions that created the amino acids within these meteorites, which then bombarded Earth, kick-starting the origins of life, scientists propose in a ...

NASA confirms NEO Surveyor for 2028 launch

Google Science Feeds - Wed, 12/07/2022 - 12:55
WASHINGTON — NASA has approved for development a space telescope to search for near Earth objects as some members of Congress lobby the agency to move up the mission. NASA announced Dec. 6 that it had confirmed the Near Earth Object (NEO) Surveyor ...

Marsquakes, recent volcanism suggest Mars still has a mantle plume

Google Science Feeds - Wed, 12/07/2022 - 12:30
But perhaps its most striking finding has been that almost all of Mars' seismic activity appears to originate from a single location, a site called Elysium Planitia. That area is also the site of the most ...

Surprising loss of sea ice after record-breaking Arctic storm is a mystery to scientists

Google Science Feeds - Wed, 12/07/2022 - 12:00
Early in 2022, the Arctic experienced its strongest cyclone on record, with wind speeds reaching 62 mph (100 km/h). Although storms aren't rare in the Arctic, this one led to an extensive loss of sea ice that surprised Arctic researchers.

Rise in deaths after West Mids ambulance delay

Health News BBC - Wed, 12/07/2022 - 11:59
Relatives of patients who faced long waits for an ambulance in the West Midlands want improvements.

UK weather: People urged to heat main rooms as cold snap begins

Health News BBC - Wed, 12/07/2022 - 11:08
Health officials advise warming living rooms in the day and bedrooms at night in the cold spell.

Antibiotics for strep A in good supply, says health secretary Steve Barclay

Health News BBC - Wed, 12/07/2022 - 11:01
But pharmacies say they are having to work hard to obtain stocks and some lines are unavailable.

Happy anniversary, Apollo 17! Final moonwalking mission launched 50 years ago today

Google Science Feeds - Wed, 12/07/2022 - 11:00
It has now been 50 years since astronauts last launched to the moon. NASA's Apollo 17 mission lifted off on Dec. 7, 1972, sending Gene Cernan, Harrison Schmitt and Ronald Evans toward Earth's nearest neighbor. The trio arrived in orbit around the moon ...

UN biodiversity convention aims to slow humanity's "war with nature." Here's what's at stake.

Google Science Feeds - Wed, 12/07/2022 - 10:00
Delegates from around the world are gathering in Montreal this week to address what United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres has described as "humanity's senseless and suicidal war with nature." The UN Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), ...

100 million-year-old plesiosaur skeleton discovery 'could hold the key' to prehistoric research

Google Science Feeds - Wed, 12/07/2022 - 08:51
This is the first time the skull, neck and body of a plesiosaur have been found in one piece in Australia. Queensland Museum. CNN ...

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