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In a Death Spiral, Cassini Is Delivering Incredible Science

Posted on 05/09 19:34 in Shows | 0

During Cassini’s last months, it will conduct four dives between Saturn’s surface and its rings.Scientists are calling the region “the Big Empty,” because of the remarkable lack of dust particles or other expected debris.

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SpaceX Successfully Tests Falcon Heavy Rocket Core

Posted on 05/10 20:55 in Shows | 0

The rocket has been inching closer to completion ever since, and now SpaceX has successfully tested the Falcon heavy’s core rocket module in a so-called static fire test.The Falcon Heavy will essentially be three Falcon 9 rockets strapped together.

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Scientists Find Molecular 'Key' to Killing Hearty Bacteria

Posted on 05/11 17:50 in Shows | 0

Scientists from the University of Illinois have learned how to attach a molecular “key” to narrow-spectrum antibiotics, thereby making them much more effective.The LPS layer protects gram-negative bacteria from most antibiotics, but the University of Illinois team claims to have found a way to bypass it.

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Largest X-Ray Laser Ever Is About to Power Up

Posted on 05/11 20:51 in Shows | 0

Deutsches Elektronen-Synchrotron (DESY) has been working for years toward this single monumental achievement: It’s about to fire up the world’s biggest X-ray laser.4-km-long European XFEL is the largest and most powerful of the five great X-ray lasers worldwide.

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Scientists Detect Giant Waves of Lava on Jupiter's Moon Io

Posted on 05/12 15:59 in Shows | 0

Jupiter’s moon Io would be a terrible place to visit, with active volcanoes and planes of sulfur-dioxide frost.It is the innermost Jovian moon, and its close proximity to the gas giant leads to incredible gravitational stress.

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Deep Learning, AI Could One Day Assist in Spotting Cancer

Posted on 05/12 16:53 in Shows | 0

A year ago, the Office of the Vice President started the Cancer Moonshot.The Data Science Bowl is one such program, and awarding its prize is a critical milestone in support of the Cancer Moonshot.

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Research Suggests Mars Formed in the Asteroid Belt

Posted on 05/16 15:26 in Shows | 0

Earth and Mars are very different planets right now, but they’re both small, rocky planets in the inner solar system.Researchers from Tokyo Institute of Technology claim that analysis of Mars’ composition supports the idea that it was originally formed in the asteroid belt, and then migrated to the inner solar system.

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This Week in Space: From Paranal to Proxima B

Posted on 05/19 18:06 in Shows | 0

We won’t know if Proxima b is habitable until we can get some sharp telescopes pointed straight at it, which doesn’t happen until next year.A team of scientists based in the UK has been running models to see what they can tease out of the data we currently have on Proxima b, and they’ve got optimistic results.

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Scientists Are Closer to Understanding the 'Alien Megastructure Star'

Posted on 05/22 18:43 in Shows | 0

Stars don’t come much weirder than KIC 8462852, known colloquially as Tabby’s star.You may be more familiar with it as the “alien megastructure star.

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Astronomers Pin Down the Orbit of Exoplanet TRAPPIST-1h

Posted on 05/25 16:31 in Shows | 0

Scientists have also confirmed many of the planets in the TRAPPIST-1 system have what’s known as “orbital resonance.However, all the planets around TRAPPIST-1 orbit very close — a year there is only a few Earth days.

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This Adorable Little Rocket Just Reached Space for the First Time

Posted on 05/25 20:08 in Shows | 0

Most commercial rockets have a carbo capacity measured in tons, but the new Electron launch vehicle from Rocket Lab is designed for lighter duty.The company is looking into the specifics, but reaching space on its very first launch isn’t bad.

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7.2 Million-Year-Old Jawbone Indicates Oldest Hominin Lived in Europe, Not Africa

Posted on 05/26 16:03 in Shows | 0

In addition, the earliest members of the Hominina and Panina clades may have diverged, hybridized, and then diverged again in multiple progressive cycles over several million years.Estimates of when this divergence took place have varied widely, from as recently as four million years ago, to as far back as 13 million years.

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