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Weakening Tropical Storm Xavier observed by NASA

As Tropical Storm Xavier continued to rain on western Mexico, the Global Precipitation Measurement mission or GPM core satellite analyzed the rate in which rain was falling. The next day, Nov, 6, Xavier had weakened to a remnant low pressure area. The GPM core observatory satellite passed directly above tropical storm Xavier's low level center of circulation on November 4, 2018 at 11:33 a.m. EDT…

Laboratory experiments probe the formation of stars and planets

PORTLAND, Ore.--The cosmos is a void dotted with stars and an ever-increasing number of newly-observed planets beyond our solar system. Yet, how these stars and planets formed out of clouds of interstellar dust and gas remains mysterious. The study of black holes provides clues that could help solve this mystery. Black holes are typically depicted as vacuum cleaners sucking up all the nearby matter and…

‘Dust up’ on International Space Station hints at sources of structure

PORTLAND, Ore.--Imagine looking under your couch and instead of finding fluffy dust bunnies, you see the dust is arranged in straight lines--you might wonder what caused this order. Scientists are experiencing that same feeling, not with dust under a couch, but with electrically charged dust in the microgravity of space. The dust the scientists are studying is made up of tiny spheres 10 times smaller…

Researchers Discuss Science Launching on Next Space Station Resupply Mission

NASA will host a media teleconference at 1 p.m. EST Thursday, Nov. 8, to discuss select science investigations and technology demonstrations launching on the next Northrop Grumman commercial resupply flight to the International Space Station.

New insights on comet tails are blowing in the solar wind

Engineers and scientists gathered around a screen in an operations room at the Naval Research Laboratory in Washington, D.C., eager to lay their eyes on the first data from NASA's STEREO spacecraft. It was January 2007, and the twin STEREO satellites -- short for Solar and Terrestrial Relations Observatory -- which had launched just months before, were opening their instruments' eyes for the first time.…

NASA finds Tropical Depression Yutu fading off China coast

IMAGE: NASA's Aqua satellite captured this image of Tropical Depression Yutu fading off the coast of southeastern China on Nov. 2. view more  Credit: NASA Worldview, Earth Observing System Data and Information System (EOSDIS) Once a Super Typhoon, now a ghost of its former self, Tropical Depression Yutu was fading off the coast of southeastern China on Nov.2 when NASA's Aqua satellite passed overhead. The MODIS…

Astrophysics: First detailed observations of material orbiting close to a black...

IMAGE: Matter circles closely around Sagittarius A*. view more  Credit: ESO and Digitized Sky Survey. Davide DeMartin and S. Guisard The novel GRAVITY instrument, combining the light of all four telescopes of the ESO VLT for a 'super-telescope' of 130m diameter, has allowed dramatic progress in testing the paradigm that a super-massive black hole resides at the centre of our Milky Way (and most other massive…

Army scientist seeks enhanced soldier systems through quantum research

IMAGE: Dr. Elizabeth Goldschmidt, U.S. Army Research Laboratory view more  Credit: U.S. Army photo Researchers at the U.S. Army Research Laboratory and the Joint Quantum Institute have created a pristine quantum light source that has the potential to lead to more secure communications and enhanced sensing capabilities for Soldiers. ARL's Dr. Elizabeth Goldschmidt and JQI's Dr. Sunil Mittal and Prof. Mohammad Hafezi discuss this research in…

NASA expert to discuss interstellar space travel at the Optical Society...

WASHINGTON, D.C., Nov. 1 -- New directed energy propulsion systems may enable the first interstellar missions, with small, robotic spacecraft exploring neighboring solar systems, according to experimental cosmologist Philip Lubin. He will present these and other advances at The Optical Society's (OSA) Laser Congress, Light the Future Speaker Series, 4-8 Nov. in Boston. Imagine a wafer-thin spacecraft powered by laser light capable of speeds greater…

Story tips from the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory,...

IMAGE: ORNL researchers created a simulation framework to study how coordinated connected and automated vehicles could improve traffic flow and reduce energy consumption during a merging on-ramp scenario while interacting with... view more  Credit: Oak Ridge National Laboratory, US Dept. of Energy Transportation--Going with the flow Self-driving cars promise to keep traffic moving smoothly and reduce fuel usage, but proving those advantages has been a challenge…
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