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NASA Television, Website to Air Critical Conversations on Science in Space

NASA will join counterparts from across government, industry, academia and international organizations for an indepth conversation about science on the International Space Station Monday, July 23, through Thursday, July 26, in San Francisco.

How does the sun’s rotational cycle influence lightning activity on earth?

IMAGE: This is the original copy of the Diary of Hirosaki Clan Government Office preserved at the Hirosaki City Library. view more  Credit: Takehiko Mikami A collaborative research team in Japan has taken the first steps to understanding how the sun's rotational cycle influences lightning activity. They found answers in an unusual source--diaries dating back to the 1700s. The research was published in the Annales Geophysicae,…

GPM satellite sees Tropical Cyclone Son-Tinh dropping rain in the Philippines

As Tropical Depression 11W was strengthening into Tropical Storm Son-tinh near the northern Philippines, the Global Precipitation Measurement mission or GPM core satellite analyzed its rainfall. TD11W or Son-Tinh, is the first tropical cyclone of 2018 for the northern Philippines, where the storm is known locally as "Tropical Cyclone Henry." At the time GPM passed overhead, Son-Tinh was still a tropical depression. It was close…

India’s deadly monsoon rainfall measured with NASA’s IMERG

India's southwest monsoon normally occurs between June and September and is known for being a summertime rainy season. This year's monsoon has been assessed as average but India's Meteorological Department statistics show that daily mean rainfall for the country has recently been above normal. At least 15 people were killed by floods and landslides in India on Wednesday July 11, 2018. So far this year,…

NASA catches tropical cyclone 11W passing northern Philippines

IMAGE: On July 16 at 1:24 a.m. EDT (0524 UTC) the VIIRS instrument aboard NASA-NOAA's Suomi NPP satellite captured a visible image of Tropical Cyclone 11W located near the northeastern coast... view more  Credit: NOAA/NASA Goddard Rapid Response Team NASA-NOAA's Suomi NPP satellite passed over the Northwestern Pacific Ocean and captured a visible image of recently formed Tropical Depression 11W. Tropical Cyclone 11W formed on July…

RIT researcher develops new solar sailing technology for NASA

Spacecraft outfitted with sails and propelled by the sun are no longer the stuff of science fiction or theoretical space missions. Now, a Rochester Institute of Technology researcher is taking solar sailing to the next level with advanced photonic materials. Metamaterials--a new class of manmade structures with unconventional properties--could represent the next technological leap forward for solar sails, according to Grover Swartzlander, professor in RIT's…

NASA finds fading Sub-Tropical Storm Beryl devoid of center precipitation

IMAGE: When NASA's Aqua satellite passed over Beryl on July 15 at 1:55 a.m. EDT (0555 UTC), it looked at the storm in infrared light. The storms surrounding the center were... view more  Credit: Credits: NASA/NRL On Sunday, July 15, the National Hurricane Center (NHC) noted that Sub-Tropical Storm Beryl was devoid of precipitation around its center of circulation and infrared imagery from NASA's Aqua satellite…

Keeping kidney stones at bay during space flights

A new, painless, non-invasive procedure that harnesses ultrasound technology to reposition kidney stones, in an effort to offer the sufferer quick relief, will undergo testing in emergency patients. The development and assessment of the new technology is led by University of Washington and UW Medicine, in collaboration with other universities and agencies. Kidney stones are an increasingly common condition that affects 1 in 11 Americans…

IceCube neutrinos point to long-sought cosmic ray accelerator

An international team of scientists has found the first evidence of a source of high-energy cosmic neutrinos, ghostly subatomic particles that can travel unhindered for billions of light years from the most extreme environments in the universe to Earth. The observations, made by the IceCube Neutrino Observatory at the Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station and confirmed by telescopes around the globe and in Earth's orbit, help…

IceCube neutrinos point to long-sought cosmic ray accelerator

IMAGE: In this artistic rendering, based on a real image of the IceCube Lab at the South Pole, a distant source emits neutrinos that are detected below the ice by IceCube... view more  Credit: IceCube/NSF An international team of scientists, with key contributions from researchers at the University of Maryland, has found the first evidence of a source of high-energy cosmic neutrinos, ghostly subatomic particles that…
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