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Discovery in the sky with nanodiamonds

A faint and mysterious stream of microwaves emanating from star systems far out in the Milky Way could be caused by tiny diamonds, new research has suggested. For decades scientists have been able to measure this 'glow' of microwave light, dubbed the anomalous microwave emission (AME), coming from a number of regions in the night sky, but have yet to identify its exact source. In…

Tropical Storm Ewiniar landfall in China seen by NASA’s Aqua satellite

IMAGE: NASA's Aqua satellite passed over Tropical Depression Ewiniar on June 7 at 2:05 p.m. EDT (1805 UTC) and saw coldest cloud top temperatures (purple) around the center of circulation in... view more  Credit: Credits: NASA JPL/Ed Olsen When NASA's Aqua satellite passed over the South China Sea on June 7 infrared imagery showed Tropical Storm Ewiniar's center made landfall in southeastern China. NASA's Aqua satellite…

Close encounters of the fishy kind

IMAGE: Global Fishing Watch's new night light vessel detection layer uses satellite imagery from the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to reveal the location and activity of brightly lit... view more  Credit: Global Fishing Watch Washington, DC. June 8th - To mark World Ocean Day, Global Fishing Watch (GFW) has increased ocean transparency by releasing the first-ever 'live' global view of likely transshipping at…

ORNL launches Summit Supercomputer

IMAGE: The US Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory today unveiled Summit as the world's most powerful and smartest scientific supercomputer. view more  Credit: Carlos Jones, Oak Ridge National Laboratory/U.S. Dept. of Energy OAK RIDGE, Tenn., June 8, 2018--The U.S. Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory today unveiled Summit as the world's most powerful and smartest scientific supercomputer. With a peak performance of 200,000…

The Hubble Space Telescope discovers the most distant star ever observed

If we could travel halfway across the Universe, we would find a huge star,christened Icarus, that was found after its discovery to be the most distant star from Earth. Normally, it would be impossible to detect it, even using the most powerful telescopes currently available, were it not for a quirk of nature that had amplified its brightness such that it could be detected with…

Infrared NASA imagery shows Hurricane Aletta strengthening

IMAGE: NASA's Aqua satellite passed over Hurricane Aletta on June 7 at 4:41 p.m. EDT (2041 UTC) and saw coldest cloud top temperatures (purple) around the center of circulation and in... view more  Credit: Credits: NASA JPL/Ed Olsen When NASA's Aqua satellite passed over Aletta in the Eastern Pacific Ocean it had just become the first hurricane of the season. Infrared imagery showed that Aletta appeared…

Mars exhumes methane on a seasonal cycle, Curiosity reveals; rover also...

IMAGE: This illustration shows the ways in which methane from the subsurface might find its way to the surface where its uptake and release could produce a large seasonal variation in the... view more  Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech Data from the Curiosity rover, part of two separate studies, furthers scientists' understanding of methane on Mars - suggesting some of it may be trapped in water-based crystals - and…

Mars rover finds ancient organic compounds that match meteoritic samples

IMAGE: A composite self-portrait by NASA's Mars Curiosity Rover taken at the Windjana site in Gale Crater. view more  Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS. Washington, DC-- NASA's Curiosity rover has discovered new "tough" organic molecules in three-billion-year-old sedimentary rocks on Mars, increasing the chances that the record of habitability and potential life could have been preserved on the Red Planet, despite extremely harsh conditions on the surface that can…

Minerology on Mars points to a cold and icy ancient climate

IMAGE: Researchers expect the volcanoes in Mars' Sisyphi Planum region to look similar to subglacial volcanoes on earth, such as Herðubreið in Iceland. view more  Credit: Purdue University photo/Sheridan Ackiss The climate throughout Mars' early history has long been debated - was the Red Planet warm and wet, or cold and icy? New research published in Icarus provides evidence for the latter. Mars is littered with…

Researchers discover multiple alkali metals in unique exoplanet

The extrasolar planet WASP-127b is one of the least dense exoplanets ever found. It has a radius 1.4 times greater than Jupiter, but only 20% of its mass. Such a planet has no analogue in the solar system and is rare even within the exoplanet diversity. It takes just over four days to complete an orbit around its parent star and its surface temperature is…
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