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NASA sees fading Florence’s stretched-out strongest storms

IMAGE: At 2:35 a.m. EDT (0635) on Sept. 18, 2018, NASA's Aqua satellite analyzed Post-Tropical Cyclone Florence in infrared light and found several areas of coldest cloud top temperatures and strongest... view more  Credit: NASA/NRL NASA's Aqua satellite provided an infrared look at fading Post-Tropical Cyclone Florence's clouds, revealing where the strongest thunderstorms were located. Those strong thunderstorms stretched from the Mid-Atlantic to New England. On…

Winner of NASW’s inaugural Excellence in Institutional Writing Award announced

IMAGE: Excellence in Institutional Writing Award logo view more  Credit: NASW The National Association of Science Writers is pleased to announce the winner of the 2018 Excellence in Institutional Writing Award, "Cut Off," by Elaine Vitone, published in the summer 2017 issue of Pitt Med. Vitone is a senior editor at Pitt Med, the magazine of the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, and writer/producer of…

NASA infrared imagery reveals wind shearing Tropical Depression Joyce

IMAGE: At 11:20 p.m. EDT on Sept. 17 (0320 UTC on Sept. 18), the MODIS instrument aboard NASA's Aqua satellite looked at Tropical Depression Joyce in infrared light. MODIS found a... view more  Credit: Credit: NASA/NRL NASA's Aqua satellite provided an infrared look at Tropical Depression Joyce and found wind shear was pushing the bulk of clouds and showers to the east of the center. The…

Book explores milestones of astronomical discovery

Here's quick rule of thumb about the universe: Everything old is new again. Those materials being used when new stars or planets form are just recycled cosmic matter, after all. But also, even our latest scientific discoveries may not be as new as they seem. That's one insight from Marcia Bartusiak's new book, "Dispatches from Planet 3," published by Yale University Press, a tour of…

Nuclear pasta, the hardest known substance in the universe

A team of scientists has calculated the strength of the material deep inside the crust of neutron stars and found it to be the strongest known material in the universe. Matthew Caplan, a postdoctoral research fellow at McGill University, and his colleagues from Indiana University and the California Institute of Technology, successfully ran the largest computer simulations ever conducted of neutron star crusts, becoming the…

The surprising environment of an enigmatic neutron star

IMAGE: This is an infrared image of a neutron star (source on right in box) with an extended infrared emission obtained from observations with the Hubble Space Telescope. The blue circle... view more  Credit: Bettina Posselt, Penn State An unusual infrared emission detected by the Hubble Space Telescope from a nearby neutron star could indicate that the pulsar has features never before seen. The observation, by…

When is a star not a star?

IMAGE: Artist's conception of the Epsilon Indi system. The two brown dwarfs orbit their common center of mass, which in turn orbits the much more distant primary component, a Sun-like star.... view more  Credit: Illustration is by Roberto Molar Candanosa and Sergio Dieterich, courtesy of the Carnegie Institution for Science. Washington, DC--The line that separates stars from brown dwarfs may soon be clearer thanks to new…

Ceres takes life an ice volcano at a time

Every year throughout its 4.5-billion-year life, ice volcanoes on the dwarf planet Ceres generate enough material on average to fill a movie theater, according to a new study led by the University of Arizona. The study, led by UA planetary scientist Michael Sori, marks the first time a rate of cryovolcanic activity has been calculated from observations, and its findings help solve a mystery about…

NASA data shows Florence brings torrential rains and record flooding to...

NASA estimated the precipitation generated by Hurricane Florence from Sept. 10 through 17 as it approached North Carolina and days after it made landfall. On Sept. 17, Florence's remnant rainfall was moving up the Appalachian Mountains into the Mid-Atlantic. Florence's History After making its way across the Atlantic, Florence, a once powerful Category 4 hurricane with maximum sustained winds reported at 140 mph by the…

What recipes produce a habitable planet?

IMAGE: An artist's conception of planet Kepler-452b, the first near-Earth-size world found in the habitable zone around a distant sun-like star. view more  Credit: NASA/Ames/JPL-Caltech NASA's interdisciplinary Nexus for Exoplanet System Science (NExSS) project has awarded Rice University $7.7 million for a multidisciplinary, multi-institutional research program aimed at finding many different recipes nature might follow to produce rocky planets capable of supporting life. As any cook…
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