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NASA drops "insensitive" nicknames for cosmic objects

Google Science Feeds - Sat, 08/08/2020 - 19:39
NASA is joining the ever-growing list of organizations and companies reexamining its naming system, removing names that are "insensitive" and "harmful" from its vocabulary. Aunt Jemima, The Chicks, Lady A, Mrs. Butterworth's, the Washington Football ...

The 15 Best NEOWISE Comet Photos We Could Find

Google Science Feeds - Sat, 08/08/2020 - 19:22
A few weeks ago, I read some news about the rare NEOWISE Comet passing by Earth and being large and clear enough to see with your naked eye. I got up, went outside, and looked up to a bunch of cloud cover. Luckily for me and all of you, we can always ...

DNA from an unknown ancestor found in modern humans

Google Science Feeds - Sat, 08/08/2020 - 19:15
A new study of the genomes of Modern Humans, Neanderthals, and Denisovans suggests the three were interbreeding quite often. The study also found DNA from an unidentified, archaic human ancestor which we inherited from the Denisovans.

Prehistoric reptile had a long neck for hunting underwater

Google Science Feeds - Sat, 08/08/2020 - 18:39
In a new study from the University of Zurich, researchers are describing a prehistoric reptile known as Tanystropheus that lived 242 million years ago. For decades, scientists have been baffled as to why this creature had a neck that was three times longer than ...

COVID-19 / 5G Infodemic: A Perfect Storm for Conspiracy Theories

Google Science Feeds - Sat, 08/08/2020 - 18:16
As the global count of COVID-19 infections heads towards the 20M mark, the pandemic has created what the World Health Organisation calls an 'infodemic', giving conspiracy groups a bigger platform than ever before. Researchers from QUT's Digital Media ...

VIDEO: Sudbury woman raises Monarch butterflies in her backyard

Google Science Feeds - Sat, 08/08/2020 - 18:07
Marie St-Denis has spent the past four years raising Monarch butterflies in her backyard in New Sudbury. The 87-year-old enjoys collecting the tiny caterpillars from milkweed leaves in her backyard and giving them a safe place to make their chrysalis inside ...

The 2020 Perseid meteor shower peaks soon: How to watch the show

Google Science Feeds - Sat, 08/08/2020 - 18:07
Some 2019 Perseids, as seen from Macedonia. Spaceweather.com/Stojan Stojanovski. It's early August, and that means the annual Perseid meteor shower is active and about ready to peak. The Perseids are one of the best, brightest batches of shooting stars ...

When did humans discover how to use fire?

Google Science Feeds - Sat, 08/08/2020 - 17:34
Fires may have made humans more social by giving them a place to gather around. (Image: © Shutterstock). Fires blazed the way for humans to evolve into the species we are today. Scientists suspect that without a control over fire, humans probably would ...

Hubble telescope uses the Moon as a mirror to study Earth

Google Science Feeds - Sat, 08/08/2020 - 17:33
On January 20-21, 2019, planet Earth came between the Sun and the Moon, draping the rocky body with its shadow in a total lunar eclipse. The Moon may have appeared dim to us here on Earth, but it served as a giant lunar mirror from space.

NASA finds “mushballs” and "shallow lightning” on Jupiter

Google Science Feeds - Sat, 08/08/2020 - 17:04
The Juno probe orbiting Jupiter has observed lightning at impossibly high points in the Jovian atmosphere. The findings, combined with other atmopsheric data, led to the creation of a new model of the atmosphere. The findings answer a few questions about ...

NASA drops racially charged nicknames of celestial bodies

Google Science Feeds - Sat, 08/08/2020 - 16:23
(CNN) Grocery store items, pro sports teams, and country music bands have all removed racially insensitive names. Now, NASA is adding celestial bodies to the list that includes Aunt Jemima, the Washington Football Team and hitmakers The Chicks and ...

Penguin Poo Is a Clue: Discovering New Penguin Colonies From Space

Google Science Feeds - Sat, 08/08/2020 - 16:04
Satellite images have revealed that there are nearly 20% more emperor penguin colonies in Antarctica than previously thought. Scientists, at the British Antarctic Survey, have used satellite data from the Copernicus Sentinel-2 mission to track penguin guano, ...

Hitting the Books: Why we'll never see the edge of the universe

Google Science Feeds - Sat, 08/08/2020 - 16:01
Death comes for us all, even on the cosmological scale. Our universe started off with a bang, and a rather large one at that, but how it will end remains a mystery. Will entropic effects cause it to cool and sputter out like a guttering flame or will the universe's ...

Layer of nanoparticles could improve LED performance and lifetime

Google Science Feeds - Sat, 08/08/2020 - 14:12
Date: August 7, 2020; Source: Imperial College London; Summary: Adding a layer of nanoparticles to LED designs could help them produce more light for the same energy, and also increase their lifetime. Share: FULL STORY ...

How to See Mars and the Moon Align This Weekend

Google Science Feeds - Sat, 08/08/2020 - 14:02
If you've gotten used to having something to look at up in space during weekends this summer, don't worry—there's something to see tonight. Last weekend we were treated to NASA's live coverage of the SpaceX crew returning to Earth. This weekend, we ...

Shark enigma: Beast that fed on 9ft great white exposed after 'super-predator' quest

Google Science Feeds - Sat, 08/08/2020 - 13:57
Researchers had tagged the healthy nine-foot great white to track its movements as part of a study but were shocked when the”black box” washed up on a beach in Australia four months later. Data captured on the device showed there was a rapid ...

SpaceX's toasted Crew Dragon returns home after historic NASA astronaut splashdown

Google Science Feeds - Sat, 08/08/2020 - 13:37
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — SpaceX's Crew Dragon capsule cruised into its home port Friday evening (Aug. 7), secured to one of the company's recovery vessels. Onlookers gathered at Jetty Park (while social distancing) in anticipation of the Crew Dragon's ...

Coronavirus: Randox recalls up to 750,000 test kits over safety concerns

Health News BBC - Sat, 08/08/2020 - 13:05
Some kits sent to care homes should be returned, but the government says the risk to safety is low.

CCMI Research Director Awarded National Science Foundation Grant

Google Science Feeds - Sat, 08/08/2020 - 12:49
The Central Caribbean Marine Institute's Director of Research, Dr Gretchen Goodbody-Gringley has been awarded a grant from the United States National Science Foundation for a collaborative project with Tali Mass of Haifa University in Israel on “Assessing ...

Scientists measured the global magnetic field of the solar corona

Google Science Feeds - Sat, 08/08/2020 - 12:42
Using observations from the Coronal Multi-channel Polarimeter (CoMP), an international team of solar physicists has recently measured the global magnetic field of the outermost layer of the Sun's atmosphere, the solar corona. Until now, routine ...

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