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US National Science Foundation clamps down on misconduct

Physics World - Thu, 02/15/2018 - 04:57
Agency will now require every grantee organization to report cases of sexual harassment
Categories: Conventional Science

AAS Officials Concerned with Proposed Cancellation of WFIRST

Astronomy Magazine - Wed, 02/14/2018 - 05:00
Sharing alarm voiced by other scientists, leaders of the American Astronomical Society (AAS) are expressing grave concern over the administration’s proposed cuts to NASA’s astrophysics budget and the abrupt cancellation of the Wide Field Infrared Survey Telescope (WFIRST). “We cannot accept termination of WFIRST, which was the highest-priority space-astronomy mission in the most recent decadal survey,” says AAS President-Elect Megan Donahue (Michigan State University). &l
Categories: Astronomy

NASA releases record-breaking photos from beyond Pluto

Astronomy Magazine - Wed, 02/14/2018 - 05:00
In two hours, New Horizons smashed a 27-year-old record set by Voyager 1 … twice.
Categories: Astronomy

Just how big is the Andromeda galaxy?

Astronomy Magazine - Wed, 02/14/2018 - 05:00
Astronomers used to believe that the Andromeda galaxy, our nearest galactic neighbor, was three times the size of the Milky Way. Not anymore.
Categories: Astronomy

Simulations reveal how sharp boundaries endure in soft tissue

Physics World - Wed, 02/14/2018 - 02:22
Research could help explain how cells organize into complex living systems
Categories: Conventional Science

NASA Acting Administrator Statement on Fiscal Year 2019 Budget Proposal

Astronomy Magazine - Tue, 02/13/2018 - 05:00
The following is a statement from acting NASA Administrator Robert Lightfoot on the Fiscal Year 2019 agency budget proposal: “It is my privilege today to present President Trump’s Fiscal Year 2019 budget request of $19.9 billion for NASA. It reflects the administration’s confidence that through NASA leadership, America will lead the way back to the Moon and take the next giant leap from where we made that first small step nearly 50 years ago. “This budget focuses NASA o
Categories: Astronomy

The Moon’s equatorial bulge hints at Earth’s early conditions

Astronomy Magazine - Tue, 02/13/2018 - 05:00

A frozen Earth may have caused the Moon’s abnormally large equatorial diameter. 

Categories: Astronomy

TRAPPIST-1 exoplanets could harbour significant amounts of water

Physics World - Tue, 02/13/2018 - 02:29
All seven worlds circling a red dwarf could be habitable, say astronomers
Categories: Conventional Science

National Geographic Exclusive: Watch Elon Musk Freak Out Over the Falcon Heavy Launch

Astronomy Magazine - Mon, 02/12/2018 - 05:00
Unique footage shows the SpaceX CEO and his team in mission control in the moments leading up to the historic launch.
Categories: Astronomy

Heaviest element could have fascinating atomic and nuclear spectra

Physics World - Mon, 02/12/2018 - 02:27
Simulations suggest oganesson has extremely smooth electron and nucleon distributions
Categories: Conventional Science

New NASA instruments aim to answer atmospheric unknowns

Astronomy Magazine - Fri, 02/09/2018 - 05:00

The latest Earth Venture missions address how mineral dust and Arctic radiation impact our atmosphere.

Categories: Astronomy

NASA seeks the gold in Winter Olympics snow

Astronomy Magazine - Fri, 02/09/2018 - 05:00
NASA engineer Manuel Vega can see one of the Olympic ski jump towers from the rooftop of the South Korean weather office where he is stationed. Vega is not watching skiers take flight, preparing for the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics and Paralympic games. Instead, he's inspecting the SUV-sized radar beside him. The instrument is one of 11 NASA instruments specially transported to the Olympics to measure the quantity and type of snow falling on the slopes, tracks and halfpipes. This Winter O
Categories: Astronomy

Astronomers report a possible slew of extragalactic exoplanets

Astronomy Magazine - Fri, 02/09/2018 - 05:00
Could a distant galaxy be home to a large population of unbound planets?
Categories: Astronomy

Join the hunt for cosmic rays

Astronomy Magazine - Fri, 02/09/2018 - 05:00
By downloading a simple app, you can turn your smartphone into a detector that will help astrophysicists solve one of the biggest mysteries in astronomy – the origins of cosmic rays.
Categories: Astronomy

Topological light makes a quantum connection

Physics World - Fri, 02/09/2018 - 04:26
Research could lead to more robust quantum-information systems
Categories: Conventional Science

Quasar outflows may create molecules, as well as destroying them

Physics World - Thu, 02/08/2018 - 08:25
Feedback in active galaxies is more complex than previously thought
Categories: Conventional Science

AstrOlympics blends sports with science

Astronomy Magazine - Thu, 02/08/2018 - 05:00
What do Olympic athletes and objects in space have in common? The answer is matter in motion, often in extreme examples.
Categories: Astronomy

Shark inspired aerofoil improves lift and reduces drag

Physics World - Wed, 02/07/2018 - 07:53
3D-printed structures create beneficial vortexes
Categories: Conventional Science

Unexpected friction found in superfluid helium-3

Physics World - Wed, 02/07/2018 - 07:20
Discovery could shed light on neutron-star glitches
Categories: Conventional Science

Did the Milky Way devour other galaxies to grow?

Astronomy Magazine - Wed, 02/07/2018 - 05:00

Leftovers from massive dwarf galaxies likely linger in our galaxy’s outskirts.

Categories: Astronomy

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