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NASA announces funding for RIT professor to develop novel diffractive solar...

Scientists have been floating designs for solar sails to propel spacecraft for decades, but a new approach being developed by a Rochester Institute of Technology professor could be the key to helping spacecraft photograph the poles of the sun for the first time. NASA announced it is providing RIT Professor Grover Swartzlander a Phase II award through its NASA Innovative Advanced Concepts (NIAC) program to…

Peeling back the darkness of M87

On April 10, a team of researchers from around the world revealed an image that many believed impossible to produce: a portrait of the shadow cast by a black hole that sits at the center of the galaxy Messier 87 -- 53.49 million light years away. A luminous orange circle with a dark center and a bright lip, the image is a product of the…

VLA makes first direct image of key feature of powerful radio...

Astronomers used the National Science Foundation's Karl G. Jansky Very Large Array (VLA) to make the first direct image of a dusty, doughnut-shaped feature surrounding the supermassive black hole at the core of one of the most powerful radio galaxies in the Universe -- a feature first postulated by theorists nearly four decades ago as an essential part of such objects. The scientists studied Cygnus…

The Clarke exobelt, a method to search for possible extraterrestrial civilizations

Finding life in other parts of the universe has been one of humanity's constant dreams. For the first time in history the scientific community has hopes based on some degree of possibility that this dream will become a reality in the not too distant future. This is, in part, due to the new generation of giant telescopes, presently in the planning phase, which we hope…

CREDO’s first light: The global particle detector begins its collection of...

IMAGE: The CREDO Detector transforms your smartphone into an important element of the largest particle detector in history. view more  Credit: IFJ PAN Now everyone can become co-creator and co-user of the largest detector of cosmic ray particles in history - as well as a potential co-discoverer. All you need is a smartphone and the CREDO Detector application turned on overnight. Under development for over two…

Artificial intelligence bot trained to recognize galaxies

IMAGE: Fourteen radio galaxy predictions ClaRAN made during its scan of radio and infrared data. All predictions were made with a high 'confidence' level, shown as the number above the detection... view more  Credit: Dr. Chen Wu and Dr. Ivy Wong, ICRAR/UWA. Researchers have taught an artificial intelligence program used to recognise faces on Facebook to identify galaxies in deep space. The result is an AI…

NASA Astronaut, Crewmates Safely Return to Earth from Space Station

Three members of the International Space Station Expedition 55 crew, including NASA astronaut Scott Tingle, returned to Earth Sunday after 168 days of living and working in low-Earth orbit.

New study finds evidence of changing seasons, rain on Titan’s north...

WASHINGTON -- An image from the international Cassini spacecraft provides evidence of rainfall on the north pole of Titan, the largest of Saturn's moons. The rainfall would be the first indication of the start of a summer season in the moon's northern hemisphere. "The whole Titan community has been looking forward to seeing clouds and rains on Titan's north pole, indicating the start of the…

Hurricane Chris’s eye stares at NASA’s Aqua satellite

IMAGE: AIRS instrument aboard NASA's Aqua satellite passed over Hurricane Chris on July 11 at 2:17 a.m. EDT (0617 UTC) and analyzed the storm in infrared light. AIRS found strongest storms... view more  Credit: Credits: NASA JPL/Heidar Thrastarson When NASA's Aqua satellite passed over the U.S. Eastern seaboard, it captured an infrared image of Hurricane Chris that showed an eye staring back at the satellite. Chris…

UAV aircrafts provide new insights into the formation of the smallest...

IMAGE: This is the unmanned airplane ALADINA in front of Mount Zeppelin near Ny-Ålesund. view more  Credit: Konrad Bärfuss, TU Braunschweig Ny-Ålesund (Spitsbergen). Investigations of the atmosphere by means of unmanned mini-airplanes can contribute significantly to the investigation of the causes of Arctic climate change, as they provide an insight into ground-level air layers that are not monitored by other measuring stations. This is the conclusion…
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