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Engineers program marine robots to take calculated risks

We know far less about the Earth's oceans than we do about the surface of the moon or Mars. The sea floor is carved with expansive canyons, towering seamounts, deep trenches, and sheer cliffs, most of which are considered too dangerous or inaccessible for autonomous underwater vehicles (AUV) to navigate. But what if the reward for traversing such places was worth the risk? MIT engineers…

UD’s ‘fighting astrophysicist’ named a TED Fellow

Given the powerful intellect inside her skull, it's a bit unnerving to watch a film of University of Delaware astrophysicist Federica Bianco at work in the boxing ring. No, that's not a typo. When she's not trying to figure out how the universe works, Bianco, who was among the research scientists who joined UD's faculty last year in the cluster hire for the new Data…

NASA’s NICER mission maps ‘light echoes’ of new black hole

Scientists have charted the environment surrounding a stellar-mass black hole that is 10 times the mass of the Sun using NASA's Neutron star Interior Composition Explorer (NICER) payload aboard the International Space Station. NICER detected X-ray light from the recently discovered black hole, called MAXI J1820+070 (J1820 for short), as it consumed material from a companion star. Waves of X-rays formed "light echoes" that reflected…

How black holes power plasma jets

Black holes consume everything that falls within their reach, yet astronomers have spotted jets of particles fleeing from black holes at nearly the speed of light. New computer simulations have revealed what gives these particles such speed: cosmic robbery. The particle escapees steal some of the spinning black hole's rotational energy, accomplishing this through two main mechanisms involving magnetic fields, the simulations' creators report in…

VTT and ESA begin strategic cooperation with an aim to develop...

VTT and the leading European space organisation ESA have made an agreement on strategic partnership with an aim to develop 5G communications networks for the needs of the space industry. The three-year agreement will further deepen the long-term cooperation between VTT and ESA. The collaboration between VTT and ESA supports the Finnish Space Strategy. The strategic partnership between VTT and ESA provides excellent support for…

RIT to collaborate with Instituto Argentino de Radioastronomía to study pulsars

Rochester Institute of Technology's Center for Computational Relativity and Gravitation (CCRG) and Insituto Argentino de Radioastronomía (IAR) are beginning new systematic pulsar timing studies. Pulsars are the highly-magnetized, rapidly rotating relics of dead massive stars that we can detect by the radio pulses they emit at regular intervals. Due to their precise spins, scientists can use them to study topics including magnetars, gravitational wave sources…

MaNGA data release includes detailed maps of thousands of nearby galaxies

IMAGE: The MaNGA survey obtains spectra across the entire face of target galaxies using custom-designed fiber bundles. The bottom right illustrates how the array of fibers spatially samples a particular galaxy.... view more  Credit: Dana Berry/SkyWorks Digital Inc., David Law, and the SDSS collaboration The latest data release from the Sloan Digital Sky Survey (SDSS) includes observations revealing the internal structure and composition of nearly 5,000…

RIT Professor Carlos Lousto recognized as outstanding physicist diversifying the field

The American Physical Society (APS) is recognizing Rochester Institute of Technology's Carlos Lousto for significant contributions to physics research and the advancement of underrepresented minority scientists. Lousto, a professor in Rochester Institute of Technology's School of Mathematical Sciences and co-director of the Center for Computational Relativity and Gravitation (CCRG), will receive the 2019 Edward A. Bouchet Award. The award recognizes a distinguished minority physicist who…

NASA’s Aqua satellite shows winds shear affecting Tropical Cyclone Riley

IMAGE: On Jan. 29, 2019, the MODIS instrument aboard NASA's Aqua satellite looked at Tropical Cyclone Riley far to the west of Western Australia. Wind shear pushed the bulk of clouds... view more  Credit: NASA/NRL Visible from NASA's Aqua satellite revealed the effects of wind shear on Tropical Cyclone Riley in the Southern Indian Ocean. On Jan. 29, 2019, the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer or MODIS…

River levels tracked from space

IMAGE: These are water levels in the river system of the Mekong on August 13, 2008. The measurements (unit: metres) indicate anomalies compared with long-term mean values. The water levels at... view more  Credit: DGFI-TUM Water levels in the Mekong basin, which extends through six countries in South-East Asia, are subject to considerable seasonal fluctuations. A new model now makes it possible to compute how water…
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