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NASA adds up Tropical Storm Cindy's rainfall

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 00:00:00 EDT

(NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center) Tropical storm Cindy was downgraded to a tropical depression after moving onshore near the Texas and Louisiana Border on Thursday June 22, 2017 and bringing a lot of rain with it. That rainfall was measured by NASA using satellite data.



NASA-funded CHESS mission will check out the space between stars

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 00:00:00 EDT

(NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center) The NASA-funded CHESS mission will check out the interstellar medium, peering into floating clouds of atoms and molecules that over millions of years may evolve into new stars.



Does dark matter annihilate quicker in the Milky Way?

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 00:00:00 EDT

(Tata Institute of Fundamental Research) Researchers at the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research in Mumbai have proposed a theory that predicts how dark matter may be annihilating much more rapidly in the Milky Way, than in smaller or larger galaxies and the early Universe.



Scientists uncover origins of the sun's swirling spicules

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 00:00:00 EDT

(NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center) For the first time, a computer simulation -- so detailed it took a full year to run -- shows how spicules form, helping scientists understand how spicules can break free of the sun's surface and surge upward so quickly.



NASA's infrared and radar eyes in space cast on Tropical Storm Cindy

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 00:00:00 EDT

(NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center) NASA's Aqua satellite analyzed Tropical Storm Cindy in infrared light to identify areas of strongest storms and the Global Precipitation Measurement mission or GPM satellite found locations of heaviest rainfall as Cindy was making landfall along the US Gulf Coast states.



NASA's Webb telescope gets freezing summertime lodging in Houston

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 00:00:00 EDT

(NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center) NASA's James Webb Space Telescope was placed in Johnson Space Center's historic Chamber A on June 20, 2017, to prepare for its final three months of testing in a cryogenic vacuum that mimics temperatures in space.



Unexpected rotation in a stone-dead galaxy

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 00:00:00 EDT

(Faculty of Science - University of Copenhagen) joint European-US study led by experts from Niels Bohr Institute (NBI) at University of Copenhagen, Denmark, reveals a rotating stellar disk à la the Milky Way in a stone-dead galaxy 10 billion light-years from Earth. This has never been shown before. The galaxy examined is an early version of elliptical-shaped galaxies.



Magnetic memories of a metal world

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 00:00:00 EDT

(St John's College, University of Cambridge) Research deciphering the hidden magnetic messages encoded in a rare group of meteorites has helped secure nearly half a billion dollars of NASA funding for a journey to their parent asteroid -- the only known place in the solar system where scientists can examine directly what is probably a metallic core.



KAIST team wins Best in Theme Award in NASA RASC-AL

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 00:00:00 EDT

(The Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST)) A KAIST students team won the Best in Theme Award for moon exploration system design at Revolutionary Aerospace Systems Concepts - Academic Linkage (RASC-AL), an aerospace mission system design competition organized by NASA in the USA.



Satellite data to map endangered monkey populations on Earth

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 00:00:00 EDT

(University of Leicester) Universities of Leicester and East Anglia lead research to identify biodiversity through satellite data.



Finally, understanding how the sun's spicules are made

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 00:00:00 EDT

(American Association for the Advancement of Science) For the first time, researchers have built a model that accurately explains the formation of abundant jets of plasma in the Sun's atmosphere, called spicules.



Radioactive elements in Cassiopeia A suggest a neutrino-driven explosion

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 00:00:00 EDT

(RIKEN) Using elaborate computer simulations, a team of researchers from RIKEN in Japan and the Max Planck Institute for Astrophysics (MPA) were able to explain the recently measured spatial distributions of radioactive titanium and nickel in Cassiopeia A, a roughly 340 year old gas remnant of a nearby supernova. The computer models yield strong support for the theoretical idea that such stellar death events can be initiated and powered by neutrinos escaping from the neutron star left behind at the origin of the explosion.



The curious case of the warped Kuiper Belt

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 00:00:00 EDT

(University of Arizona) The plane of the solar system is warped in the belt's outer reaches, signaling the presence of an unknown Mars-to-Earth-mass planetary object far beyond Pluto, according to UA research. 



Hubble captures massive dead disk galaxy that challenges theories of galaxy evolution

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 00:00:00 EDT

(NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center) By combining the power of a 'natural lens' in space with the capability of NASA's Hubble Space Telescope, astronomers made a surprising discovery -- the first example of a compact yet massive, fast-spinning, disk-shaped galaxy that stopped making stars only a few billion years after the big bang.



This week from AGU: Remarkable 2016 storms caused massive Antarctic sea ice loss

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 00:00:00 EDT

(American Geophysical Union) Weekly AGU news from Geospace, The Landslide Blog, Eos.org and research spotlights.



NASA sees Tropical Storm Cindy soaking the Gulf Coast

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 00:00:00 EDT

(NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center) NASA's Aqua satellite captured an image of Tropical Storm Cindy after it formed and was already affecting the US Gulf Coast states. Cindy continues to crawl toward land and Tropical Storm warnings are in effect for June 21.



NASA sees Tropical Storm Bret's finale

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 00:00:00 EDT

(NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center) Tropical Storm Bret was weakening with NASA-NOAA's Suomi NPP satellite passed overhead on June 20, and within three hours of the overpass, Bret degenerated into a tropical wave.



MUSES facility enables investigation opportunities for future users

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 00:00:00 EDT

(NASA/Johnson Space Center) The Multiple User System for Earth Sensing Facility (MUSES) will inspire and enable numerous branches of research and science through its ability to support many different kinds of investigations and hardware aboard the International Space Station.



Advances in AI for drug discovery to be presented at the AI Pharma Innovation Summit 2017 in Boston

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 00:00:00 EDT

(InSilico Medicine, Inc.) Insilico Medicine will present new research and moderate the workshop titled 'A Fundamental Guide to the Application of AI in Drug Discovery to Uncover the Next Wave of Successful Future Candidates.'



A new virtual approach to science in space

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 00:00:00 EDT

(Arizona State University) ASU professor and colleagues suggest a new approach to scientific exploration that they call exploration telepresence.



CASIS partnership brings 'organs-on-chips' research to space station

Tue, 20 Jun 2017 00:00:00 EDT

(NASA/Johnson Space Center) The 'Organs-on-Chips' approach to human physiology research aboard the International Space Station may lead to more reliable and predictable results for drug development and reduce the need for animal testing.



Star's birth may have triggered another star birth, astronomers say

Tue, 20 Jun 2017 00:00:00 EDT

(National Radio Astronomy Observatory) Radio images give new evidence that a jet of material from one young star may have triggered the gas collapse that started another young star.



NASA examines potential tropical or sub-tropical storm affecting Gulf states

Tue, 20 Jun 2017 00:00:00 EDT

(NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center) NASA's Global Precipitation Measurement mission or GPM core satellite passed over a developing low pressure area in the Gulf of Mexico and gathered two days of rainfall and storm height information. The disturbance could become Tropical or Sub-tropical Storm Cindy in the next couple days.



Switzerland in pole position in ESA's new mission

Tue, 20 Jun 2017 00:00:00 EDT

(Université de Genève) PLATO, the largest European exoplanet research mission, was adopted today by the European Space Agency at the ESA Scientific Programs Committee meeting. Switzerland, through the Universities of Geneva (UNIGE) and Berne (UNIBE), is heavily involved in this mission, which should enable astronomers to discover and characterize planets the size of the Earth and the 'super -Earths' that orbit around solar type stars in their habitable zone.



Changing how solar power rolls

Tue, 20 Jun 2017 00:00:00 EDT

(NASA/Johnson Space Center) Smaller and lighter than traditional solar panels, the Roll-Out Solar Array, or ROSA, consists of a center wing made of a flexible material containing photovoltaic cells to convert light into electricity.