Solar System
Pole-to-Pole Map of Saturn’s Thermosphere Reveals Likely Reason Why It’s So Hot  SCI-NEWS.COM · 2 hours
A team of planetary researchers from the United States and the United Kingdom has created a 2D map of densities and temperatures in Saturn’s... more
Simultaneous simulation of gravitation and magnetism of a protoplanetary disk  PHYS.ORG · 2 hours
From a massive disk of gas and dust rotating around the sun, the earth and the other seven planets of our solar system once developed alongside their moons.... more
CryoSat still cool at 10  ESA · 5 hours
Today marks 10 years since a Dnepr rocket blasted off from an underground silo in the remote desert steppe of Kazakhstan, launching one of ESA’s most... more
3-D printing, biology research make the journey back to earth aboard SpaceX's Dragon  PHYS.ORG · 7 hours
On March 9, 2020, a Dragon cargo spacecraft arrived at the International Space Station carrying dozens of scientific experiments as a part... more
New technology enables on-demand production of nutrients during space missions  NEWS MEDICAL · 8 hours
On March 9, 2020, a Dragon cargo spacecraft arrived at the International Space Station carrying dozens of scientific experiments as a part of SpaceX's 20th cargo resupply mission.... more
Final first-generation cargo Dragon spacecraft returns to Earth  SPACE NEWS · 15 hours
A SpaceX Dragon capsule returned to Earth April 7, marking the end of the final mission of the original cargo... more
Are gamma-ray bursts powered by a star's collapsing magnetic fields?  PHYS.ORG · 23 hours
When a massive star in a distant galaxy collapses, forming a black hole, two giant jets of light-emitting plasma shoot from its core. These extremely bright gamma-ray bursts... more
What makes Saturn's atmosphere so hot  SCIENCE DAILY · 1 day
New analysis of data from NASA's Cassini spacecraft found that electric currents, triggered by interactions between solar winds and charged particles from Saturn's moons, spark the auroras and heat the planet's upper atmosphere. more
What makes Saturn's atmosphere so hot  PHYS.ORG · 1 day
The upper layers in the atmospheres of gas giants—Saturn, Jupiter, Uranus and Neptune—are hot, just like Earth's. But unlike Earth, the Sun is too far from these outer planets to account for the high temperatures. Their... more
March 2020 among hottest on record: EU  PHYS.ORG · 2 days
Temperatures last month were among the hottest on record for March, the European Union's satellite monitoring service said Monday, with particularly extreme warm weather over Russia, home to much of Earth's permafrost. more
Choosing rocks on Mars to bring to Earth  PHYS.ORG · 2 days
If you could bring something back from Mars to Earth, what would you choose? This question is becoming reality, as ESA opens a call for scientists to join a NASA team working... more
Upper ocean water masses shrinking in changing climate: Less efficient CO2 sink  SCIENCE DAILY · 2 days
The oceans help buffer the Earth from climate change by absorbing carbon dioxide and heat at the surface and transporting it to the deep... more
Gliese 338Bb: Super-Earth Found in Nearby Binary System  SCI-NEWS.COM · 2 days
Astronomers using the CARMENES spectrograph at Calar Alto Observatory in Spain have discovered a super-Earth exoplanet orbiting an M-dwarf star... more
Europe having the same lockdown-caused drop in pollution observed in China  PHYS.ORG · 2 days
The pandemic caused by the novel coronavirus is creating all kinds of chaos for human society. But for the dear old Earth, and the humans and... more
Extreme rainfall days in metropolitan Sao Paulo have risen four-fold in seven decades  PHYS.ORG · 2 days
Extreme rainfall has become increasingly common in metropolitan São Paulo, Brazil. The capital of the state of São Paulo is the largest... more
Origins of Uranus' oddities explained by Japanese astronomers  PHYS.ORG · 2 days
The ice giant Uranus' unusual attributes have long puzzled scientists. All of the planets in the solar system revolve around the sun in the same direction and in the same plane, which... more
Viruses don't have a metabolism; but some have the building blocks for one  PHYS.ORG · 2 days
In satellite photos of the Earth, clouds of bright green bloom across the surface of lakes and oceans as algae populations explode... more
Coronavirus pandemic affecting the Earth's movement  NEWS MEDICAL · 3 days
The coronavirus disease (COVID-19) global pandemic has changed many things across the globe bringing chaos to lives and economies. However, efforts to curb the spread of the virus, have lowered pollution levels, carbon emissions, and oceans... more
NASA's Perseverance Mars rover gets its wheels and air brakes  PHYS.ORG · 4 days
Final assembly and testing of NASA's Perseverance rover continues at Kennedy Space Center in Florida as the July launch window approaches. In some of the last steps required... more
Changes to drylands with future climate change  SCIENCE DAILY · 5 days
While drylands around the world will expand at an accelerated rate because of future climate change, their average productivity will likely be reduced, according to a new study. These regions, which primarily include savannas,... more
Why is BepiColombo back?  ESA · 5 days
BepiColombo is on its way to Mercury, but for some reason that brings it back to Earth. more
Astronomers define the 'really habitable zone': Planets capable of producing gin and tonic  PHYS.ORG · 5 days
A hospitable star that doesn't kill you with deadly flares. A rocky planet with liquid water and an agreeable climate. Absence of... more
Spot BepiColombo during its ‘goodbye flyby’  ESA · 5 days
On 10 April, BepiColombo will be visible to amateur and professional astronomers during its first – and only – Earth flyby, as the spacecraft... more
When three species of human ancestor walked the Earth  SCIENCE DAILY · 5 days
Scientists share details of the most ancient fossil of Homo erectus known and discuss how these new findings are forcing us to rewrite a part of our species' evolutionary history. more
Image: Disinfection for planetary protection  PHYS.ORG · 5 days
Carefully wrapped inside this donut-shaped bag is a 35-m diameter parachute that will endure a frenzied six-minute dive into the Martian atmosphere. more
Choosing rocks on Mars to bring to Earth  ESA · 5 days
If you could bring something back from Mars to Earth, what would you choose? This question is becoming reality, as... more
Smart surfaces for space hygiene  ESA · 5 days
While efforts continue to contain the spread of the novel coronavirus on Earth, a space-based experiment called Matiss has been investigating how ‘smart surfaces’ on the... more
Earth from Space: Finistère  ESA · 5 days
Video: 00:00:00 In this week's edition of the Earth from Space programme, the Copernicus Sentinel-2 mission takes us over Finistère – a French department in the west of Brittany.See also Finistère, France to... more
Bacteria in rock deep under sea inspire new search for life on Mars  nanowerk · 5 days
Newly discovered single-celled creatures living deep beneath the seafloor have given researchers clues about how they might find life on Mars. These... more
Coastal pollution reduces genetic diversity of corals, reef resilience  PHYS.ORG · 5 days
A new study by researchers at the University of Hawai'i at Mānoa School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology (SOEST) found that human-induced environmental stressors have a large effect... more
The Arctic may influence Eurasian extreme weather events in just two to three weeks  PHYS.ORG · 6 days
Previous research studies have revealed how rising temperatures and melting ice in the Arctic may impact the rest of Earth's... more
As COVID-19 halts climate expeditions, scientists grapple with uncertainties  PHYS.ORG · 6 days
Around 128,000 years ago, the temperatures in the Bahamas were one to two degrees higher than they are today. A group of geologists and geodynamicists from Columbia University's Lamont-Doherty Earth... more
Space missions return to science  ESA · 6 days
After a brief shutdown of science instruments and a period in ‘safe standby’, ESA’s planetary missions are getting back to what they do best, gathering science... more
Rodents and a rocket carried these researchers' dreams to space  PHYS.ORG · 6 days
The human body evolved within the constant force of Earth's gravity. To prevent bone and muscle atrophy during their stays in space, astronauts must exercise every day. For... more
On Mars or Earth, biohybrid can turn carbon dioxide into new products  SCIENCE DAILY · 7 days
Chemists have created a hybrid system of bacteria and nanowires that captures energy from sunlight and transfers it to the bacteria to turn carbon... more
Most of Earth's carbon was hidden in the core during its formative years  SCIENCE DAILY · 7 days
Carbon is essential for life as we know it and plays a vital role in many of our planet's geologic processes --... more
Coronavirus having little impact on climate: UN agency  PHYS.ORG · 7 days
Though factories have shut, planes have been grounded and cars left in the garage, the coronavirus pandemic is having very little impact on climate change, the World Meteorological Organization said Wednesday. more
Submissions open for Copernicus Masters 2020  ESA · 7 days
Awarding innovative solutions, developments and ideas that use Earth observation data to tackle challenges faced by business and society, the Copernicus Masters 2020 competition... more
Most of Earth's carbon was hidden in the core during its formative years  PHYS.ORG · 7 days
Carbon is essential for life as we know it and plays a vital role in many of our planet's geologic processes—not to... more
More protein and good for the planet: 9 reasons we should be eating microalgae  PHYS.ORG · 7 days
As the climate warms, the land we use for growing energy-intensive crops such as wheat and corn is becoming less... more
Climate researcher on promise amidst the pandemic  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
As people suspend travel during this time of social distancing, Earth-observing satellites have recorded a marked reduction in air pollution in regions of the world most affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. The European Space... more
An affordable and fast clinical test that can save human lives and spares at-risk population  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
Horseshoe crabs are remarkable animals, beautiful in their weirdness. These "living fossils" evolved 450 million years ago and... more
Early Mars Had Multiple Water Sources, New Study Shows  SCI-NEWS.COM · 1 week
An analysis of two Martian meteorites — Northwest Africa (NWA) 7034 and Allan Hills (ALH) 84001 — shows... more
Scientists Decode Genome of Sterlet Sturgeon  SCI-NEWS.COM · 1 week
An international team of researchers from the United States and Europe has produced the first high-quality genomic sequence for the sterlet (Acipenser ruthenus), a... more
On Mars or Earth, biohybrid can turn carbon dioxide into new products  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
If humans ever hope to colonize Mars, the settlers will need to manufacture on-planet a huge range of organic compounds, from fuels to drugs,... more
Warped space-time to help WFIRST find exoplanets  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
NASA's Wide Field Infrared Survey Telescope (WFIRST) will search for planets outside our solar system toward the center of our Milky Way galaxy, where most stars are. Studying the properties of exoplanet worlds will... more
As ice recedes in Antarctica, new microbial research frontier opens  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
Warming global temperatures are changing life on every continent on Earth, including Antarctica, where more microbes are moving into territory previously covered by ice. How these microbes respond... more
ESA to conduct BepiColombo flyby amid coronavirus crisis  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
Controllers at ESA's mission control center are preparing for a gravity-assist flyby of the European-Japanese Mercury explorer BepiColombo. The maneuver, which will see the mission adjust its trajectory by harnessing Earth's gravitational... more
NASA selects mission to study causes of giant solar particle storms  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
NASA has selected a new mission to study how the Sun generates and releases giant space weather storms—known as solar particle storms—into planetary space. Not only... more
NASA selects space science cubesat mission  SPACE NEWS · 1 week
NASA announced March 30 it will fund the development of a cluster of six cubesats that will fly in formation above geostationary orbit to... more
A Martian mash up: Meteorites tell story of Mars' water history  SCIENCE DAILY · 1 week
Researchers probed Martian meteorites to reconstruct Mars' chaotic history. Their findings suggest that Mars might not have had a global magma ocean. more
Unique structural fluctuations at ice surface promote autoionization of water molecules  SCIENCE DAILY · 1 week
Hydrated protons at the surface of water ice are of fundamental importance in a variety of physicochemical phenomena on earth and in the universe. Hydrated protons... more
Image: Hubble hooks a one-arm galaxy  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
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... more
A Martian mash up: Meteorites tell story of Mars' water history  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
In Jessica Barnes' palm is an ancient, coin-sized mosaic of glass, minerals and rocks as thick as a strand of wool fiber. It is a slice... more
TESS Discovers Its First Thick-Disk Exoplanet  SCI-NEWS.COM · 1 week
Astronomers using NASA’s Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) have spotted an Earth-sized planet orbiting LHS 1815, a star in the thick disk of our... more
ESA to conduct BepiColombo flyby amid coronavirus crisis  ESA · 1 week
Controllers at ESA’s mission control centre are preparing for a gravity-assist flyby of the European-Japanese Mercury explorer BepiColombo. The manoeuvre,... more
Space Fence surveillance radar site declared operational  SPACE NEWS · 2 weeks
The $1.5 billion Space Fence can track tiny objects in low Earth orbit as small as a marble. SpaceNews.com more
In Earth's largest extinction, land animal die-offs began long before marine extinction  SCIENCE DAILY · 2 weeks
Because of poor dates for land fossils laid down before and after the mass extinction at the end of the Permian, paleontologists assumed that... more
#SpaceConnectsUs replay  ESA · 2 weeks
Video: 00:00:00 Asteroid Day and the European Space Agency connected Europe and the world with astronauts, scientists and performers bringing a message of hope and support for those facing the global Coronavirus... more
Old gas blob from Uranus found in vintage Voyager 2 data  LIVE SCIENCE · 2 weeks
Buried inside data Voyager 2 gathered at Uranus more than 30 years ago is the signature of a massive bubble that may have stolen a blob... more
Space Physicists Find Plasmoid in Magnetosphere of Uranus  SCI-NEWS.COM · 2 weeks
Uranus possesses an intrinsic magnetic field that encircles the ice giant and influences the local space environment. The solar wind... more
Planetary defenders validate asteroid deflection code  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
Planetary defense researchers at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) continue to validate their ability to accurately simulate how they might deflect an Earth-bound asteroid in a study that will be published in the April issue of... more
Control of anthropogenic emissions can improve water quality in coastal seas  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
A new study highlights the importance of reducing fossil fuel combustion, not only to curb the trend of global warming, but also to improve the quality... more
New mission would provide a road map in the search for alien atmospheres  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
A new spacecraft proposed by scientists at CU Boulder could soon be NASA's nose in space, sniffing out the environments beyond Earth's... more
10.9 million names now aboard NASA's Perseverance Mars rover  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
NASA's "Send Your Name to Mars" campaign invited people around the world to submit their names to ride aboard the agency's next rover to the Red Planet. Some 10,932,295 people... more
Earth from Space: Rice fields, Vietnam  ESA · 2 weeks
Video: 00:03:05 In this week's edition of the Earth from Space programme, the Copernicus Sentinel-1 mission takes us over part of the Mekong Delta – a major... more
Paired with super telescopes, model Earths guide hunt for life  nanowerk · 2 weeks
Astronomers have created five models representing key points from our planet's evolution, like chemical snapshots through Earth's own geologic epochs. The models will be spectral templates for astronomers... more
Paired with super telescopes, model Earths guide hunt for life  SCIENCE DAILY · 2 weeks
Astronomers have created five models representing key points from our planet's evolution, like chemical snapshots through Earth's own geologic epochs. The models will be spectral templates for astronomers... more
Researchers Find Extraterrestrial Protein in Meteorite Acfer 086  SCI-NEWS.COM · 2 weeks
A research team led by Harvard University scientist Julie McGeoch has found a never-before-seen protein inside a meteorite called Acfer... more
Earth's own evolution used as guide to hunt exoplanets  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
Cornell astronomers have created five models representing key points from our planet's evolution, like chemical snapshots through Earth's own geologic epochs. more
Simulation: Dust could have spread evenly over Earth after Chicxulub asteroid strike  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
Two researchers, one with the Planetary Science Institute, the other Imperial College, have created a simulation that they believe shows how dust could have... more
New Pterosaur Fossils Unearthed in Morocco  SCI-NEWS.COM · 2 weeks
Paleontologists have uncovered the remains of three species of fish-eating toothed pterosaurs in the Cretaceous-period Kem Kem beds of Morocco. Pterosaurs were Earth’s first... more
Revisiting decades-old Voyager 2 data, scientists find one more secret about Uranus  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
Eight and a half years into its grand tour of the solar system, NASA's Voyager 2 spacecraft was ready for another encounter. It was... more
In Earth's largest extinction, land die-offs began long before ocean turnover  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
The mass extinction at the end of the Permian Period 252 million years ago—one of the great turnovers of life on Earth—appears to have played out... more
Piece of lost continent discovered beneath Canada  LIVE SCIENCE · 2 weeks
A type of rock from Earth's interior that's known for its embedded diamonds also holds clues to a missing puzzle piece from a continent that fragmented more than 150 million years ago. more
Finnish researchers come together to study airborne transmission of coronavirus  NEWS MEDICAL · 2 weeks
Aalto University, the Finnish Meteorological Institute, VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland and the University of Helsinki have brought together a multidisciplinary group of researchers to model how... more
Curiosity Sends New Selfie from Red Planet  SCI-NEWS.COM · 2 weeks
NASA’s Mars rover Curiosity captured a stunning new selfie on February 26, 2020 (the 2687th Martian day, or sol, of the mission).... more
Scientists get first look at cause of 'slow motion' earthquakes  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
An international team of scientists has for the first time identified the conditions deep below the Earth's surface that lead to the triggering of so-called 'slow motion' earthquakes. more
International ozone treaty stops changes in Southern Hemisphere winds  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
Chemicals that deplete Earth's protective ozone layer have also been triggering changes in Southern Hemisphere atmospheric circulation. Now, new research in Nature finds that those changes have paused and might... more
Scientists develop inexpensive method to produce E-sail tethers  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
Thin metallic tethers for Coulomb drag devices that tow satellites and spacecraft can now be produced more easily than before. Scientists of the Finnish Meteorological Institute have developed a method to produce... more
U.S. government aims for better coordination in space weather campaign  SPACE NEWS · 2 weeks
After decades of fighting to be taken seriously, meteorologists say space weather is beginning to get... more
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Astrophysicists reveal a new model of our heliosphere that?s shaped somewhere between a croissant and a beach ball. more
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