Stargazers find twenty new Earth-like planets that could host life – Fox News

(Credit: iStock) Stargazers have discovered 20 worlds “hiding in plain sight” which they believe could be habitable. Analysis of data from the Kepler space telescope revealed a list of planets that orbit stars like our own sun. Each potential new world comes with varying orbit times, including one that takes the equivalent […]

Trump’s Nominee For NASA Chief Could Remake The Agency – FiveThirtyEight

Before Rep. Jim Bridenstine was nominated to lead NASA, he already had unorthodox ideas about what it should do. In 2016, as one of Oklahoma’s congressmen, he proposed the American Space Renaissance Act, which he called a “pioneering doctrine” that would refocus NASA’s mission. The space agency would concentrate on human spaceflight and “permanently secure […]

SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launches South Korean satellite – CBS News

Keeping up a blistering launch pace, SpaceX fired off another Falcon 9 rocket Monday, boosting a powerful South Korean communications satellite into orbit in the rocket-builder’s third flight this month and its 16th so far this year. In an increasingly familiar sight, the rocket’s first stage flew itself back to a pinpoint landing on the […]

150-million-year-old ‘sea monster’ unearthed in India – Fox News

ARTIST IMPRESSION OF PREGNANT ICHTHYOSAURUS. (CREDIT: COPYRIGHT OF JOSCHUA KNÜPPE) An almost complete fossil of the giant ‘lizard fish’ Ichthyosaur has been unearthed in India. It’s the first time the 150-million-year-old fishlike reptile has been found on the sub continent.  (Prasad et al., 2017; Guntupalli Prasad) At 5.5m long, this Jurassic-era sea […]

Corals eat plastic because we’ve made it tasty, study suggests – Washington Post

A coral polyp eats a white plastic speck. (Alex Seymour/Duke University) Ocean plastic is an indiscriminate hazard. It harms fish and kills seabirds, which wash up with bellies full of trash. Turtles swallow it because, the thinking goes, they mistake the floating waste for jellyfish. Less well known are the ways plastic damages the ocean’s smaller inhabitants, plankton and corals, which […]

Possible Interstellar Object That Buzzed Earth Earlier This Month Creates Excitement Among Astronomers – The Weather Channel

<img class=”styles-A54tP4F3__noscript__12c_l” src=”https://dsx.weather.com/util/image/w/a2017_u1_v2a_0.jpg?v=at&w=485&h=273&api=7db9fe61-7414-47b5-9871-e17d87b8b6a0″ srcset=”https://dsx.weather.com/util/image/w/a2017_u1_v2a_0.jpg?v=at&w=485&h=273&api=7db9fe61-7414-47b5-9871-e17d87b8b6a0 400w, https://dsx.weather.com/util/image/w/a2017_u1_v2a_0.jpg?v=ap&w=980&h=551&api=7db9fe61-7414-47b5-9871-e17d87b8b6a0 800w” > The discovery of an object that buzzed Earth last week and may be of interstellar origin has caused a flurry of excitement among astronomers. According to Sky and Telescope, thousands of comets and asteroids have been observed by researchers for centuries, all of them originating […]

Nobel Prize Winning Technique Discovers Reason Behind Battery Fires – Forbes

Nobel Prize Winning Technique Discovers Reason Behind Battery Fires – Forbes

A technique known as cryo-electron microscopy (cryo-EM) won the 2017 Nobel Prize in chemistry and has been used by scientists at Stanford University to capture the first atomic-level images of growths in batteries, which have been one of the largest limitations to developing better batteries. These crystal growths appear finger-like in nature and contribute to […]