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NASA Highlights Science on Next Northrop Grumman Mission to Space Station

NASA will host a media teleconference at 1 p.m. EDT Wednesday, April 10, to discuss select science investigations and technology demonstrations launching on the next Northrop Grumman commercial resupply mission to the International Space Station.

Russian Science Foundation grant winners for 2019 announced

Every project is to receive from 4 to 6 million rubles during the following three years (2019 - 2021). Ten of the winners belong to the category "Fundamental and research projects by groups": Sergey Kharintsev, Institute of Physics - "Synthesis and research of a new class of nanocomposite ceramics with degenerate dielectric permittivity for optical plasmon applications"; Anatolii Mokshin, Institute of Physics - "Theoretical, simulation…

Researchers pinpoint origin of photons in mysterious gamma-ray bursts

Scientists from the RIKEN Cluster for Pioneering Research and collaborators have used simulations to show that the photons emitted by long gamma-ray bursts--one of the most energetic events to take place in the universe--originate in the photosphere--the visible portion of the "relativistic jet" that is emitted by exploding stars. Gamma-ray bursts are the most powerful electromagnetic phenomenon observed in the universe, releasing as much energy…

Sun, moon and sea as part of a ‘seismic probe’

IMAGE: The seismological station Patache is located at an altitude of 830 meters less then two kilometers away from the coast. view more  Credit: C. Sens-Schönfelder, GFZ Anyone who wants to take a look inside the Earth needs a signal that can penetrate rocks, minerals and other opaque material. Seismic waves represent such a signal. If you record them with a seismometer, you can draw conclusions…

Academic journal Polar Science features polar science in India

IMAGE: The National Institute of Polar Research (NIPR) published a special issue "Recent advances in climate science of polar region (To commemorate the contributions of late Dr. S.Z. Qasim, a pioneering... view more  Credit: NIPR The National Institute of Polar Research (NIPR) publishes Polar Science, which is a peer-reviewed quarterly journal dealing with polar science in collaboration with the Elsevier B.V. The most recent issue (Vol.…

European Geosciences Union meeting: ExoMars press conference, live streams, on-site registration

Next week (7-12 April), some 14,000 scientists will gather in Vienna for the 2019 General Assembly of the European Geosciences Union (EGU). The press conference programme includes presentations on new results from the ExoMars mission and latest research on plastic pollution, as well as a press conference where scientists will announce the Antarctic location they found to drill for 1.5 million-year old ice. Interested journalists…

Purdue startup wins Army’s xTechSearch for newest technology to meet modernization...

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Adranos Inc., a Purdue University-affiliated company developing a high-performance, solid propellant for long-range missile and space launch systems, has won the Army's inaugural xTechSearch competition, besting more than 350 companies in the months long competition. The award decision was made by senior Army leaders based on what technology they believed could have the biggest impact on the Army's modernization needs. Adranos…

SwRI to conduct largest-ever Hubble survey of the Kuiper Belt

SAN ANTONIO -- April 2, 2019 -- NASA's Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI) recently awarded Southwest Research Institute the largest Hubble Space Telescope (HST) solar system program ever, with 206 of Hubble's orbits around the Earth allocated to the project. The Solar System Origins Legacy Survey (SSOLS) will focus on Kuiper Belt objects (KBOs), particularly binary populations. "The Kuiper Belt is a unique remnant of…

Subaru Telescope helps find dark matter is not made up of...

IMAGE: As the Subaru Telescope on Earth looks at the Andromeda galaxy, a star in Andromeda will become significantly brighter if a primordial black hole passes in front of the star.... view more  Credit: Kavli IPMU An international team of researchers has put a theory speculated by the late Stephen Hawking to its most rigorous test to date, and their results have ruled out the possibility…

Bacterial factories could manufacture high-performance proteins for space missions

IMAGE: Engineered bacteria produce spider silk proteins that can be spun into strong fibers (top; higher magnification cross-section view on bottom). view more  Credit: Christopher Bowen ORLANDO, Fla., April 2, 2019 -- Nature has evolved protein-based substances with mechanical properties that rival even the best synthetic materials. For example, pound for pound, spider silk is stronger and tougher than steel. But unlike steel, the natural fiber…
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