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Oklahoma, Illinois Students to Link Up with NASA Astronauts on Space...

Students from Tulsa, Oklahoma, and Edwardsville, Illinois, will have the opportunity to talk with astronauts on the International Space Station next week as part of NASA’s Year of Education on Station.

‘New views of Jupiter’ showcases swirling clouds on giant planet

Members of NASA's Juno mission team, some of the world's leading observers of Jupiter, and citizen scientists from across the globe will attend a workshop 'New Views of Jupiter: Pro-Am Collaborations during and beyond the NASA Juno Mission' at the Royal Astronomical Society in London on 10-11 May. JunoCam images presented at the meeting by citizen scientists Gerald Eichstädt and Seán Doran include an animation…

Arthur B. McDonald Canadian Astroparticle Physics Research Institute launches

A national astroparticle physics research network honoring Nobel laureate and CIFAR Associate Fellow Arthur B. McDonald was launched today in Kingston, Ont. The new Arthur B. McDonald Canadian Astroparticle Physics Research Institute is a partnership of eight universities and five affiliated research organizations, including CIFAR. Headquartered at Queen's University, the institute came to fruition as a result of the $63.7 million investment in 2016 from…

Heat and sound wave interactions in solids could run engines, refrigerators

IMAGE: Researchers envision thermoacoustics in solids eventually harnessing the extreme temperature gradient of outer space for electricity on satellites. view more  Credit: Purdue University image/Mo Lifton WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -- A solid can serve as a medium for heat and sound wave interactions just like a fluid does for thermoacoustic engines and refrigerators - resulting in leak-free machines that can stay operating longer. Leaky systems have…

NASA eyes versatile carbon-nanotube technology for spaceflight applications

IMAGE: John Hagopian (left) collaborated with instrument scientist Lucy Lim to develop a new instrument that relies on carbon nanotubes to provide the electrons needed to excite minerals contained in an... view more  Credit: NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center/Bill Hrybyk An ultra-dark coating comprised of nearly invisible shag rug-like strands made of pure carbon is proving to be highly versatile for all types of spaceflight applications.…

Radar reveals details of mountain collapse after North Korea’s most recent...

IMAGE: 3-D displacements derived from radar imagery with arrows indicating horizontal, color indicating vertical motions spanning the explosion and about 1 week of additional deformation. Black outline derived from ALOS-2 coherence... view more  Credit: Earth Observatory of Singapore, Nanyang Technological University As North Korea's president pledges to "denuclearize" the Korean peninsula, an international team of scientists is publishing the most detailed view yet of the site…

At long last, a 3D picture of an interstellar cloud, a...

A duo of astronomers has accomplished a difficult feat: determining the 3-D structure of an interstellar cloud, the birth site of stars. The advance not only reveals the true structure of the molecular cloud Musca, which differs from previous assumptions in looking more like a pancake than a needle, but it could also lead to a better understanding of the evolution of interstellar clouds in…

Reconnection tames the turbulent magnetic fields around Earth

When the solar wind - which is really a driving rain of charged particles from the sun - strikes Earth's protective magnetic field, the shock generates roiling, turbulent magnetic fields that enshroud the planet and stretch for hundreds of thousands of miles. Where does all that turbulent energy go? One of NASA's space weather missions, called Magnetospheric Multiscale or MMS, has discovered one surprising way…

For how long will the USA remain the Nobel Prize leader?

IMAGE: Nobel Prize productivity chart by country: US, UK, Germany, France. view more  Credit: Claudius Gros, Goethe University FRANKFURT. Since first being awarded in 1901, most Nobel Prizes for science have gone to the USA, the United Kingdom, Germany and France. An empirical study by Professor Claudius Gros from the Institute for Theoretical Physics at the Goethe University in Frankfurt has now shown that the Nobel…

Spinning science

IMAGE: This is an outer view of Techshot's MVP facility, launched to the space station aboard SpaceX-14. view more  Credit: Techshot Delivered to the International Space Station aboard SpaceX CRS-14, the Multi-use Variable-g Platform (MVP) is a new commercial testbed for centrifuge-based science aboard the orbiting laboratory. Because gravity determines so much of a live organism's behavior and growth, centrifuge-based experiments have long been a part…
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