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NOAA Scientists Hope to Unlock Secrets of Nighttime Thunderstorms

Posted May 20th, 2015 at 10:10 pm (UTC+0)
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Most thunderstorms get their incredible energy from the sun’s heat, but some of the storms gain their strength at night, baffling scientists. To learn how these storms intensify, the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration – NOAA plans to keep 20 of its scientists up late at night for a large intensive field operation in […]

Calling ET: NASA Expands Search for Alien Life

Posted April 27th, 2015 at 10:48 pm (UTC+0)
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The search for life beyond our own solar system has taken a major step forward with a new interdisciplinary research coalition devoted to the search for life in the cosmos. Nexus for Exoplanet System Science (NExSS) will be made up of research teams from several NASA facilities, 10 U.S. universities and two research institutions, according […]

Giant Magma Reservoir Found Beneath Yellowstone Supervolcano

Posted April 23rd, 2015 at 6:00 pm (UTC+0)
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Yellowstone National Park’s many geothermal features, including its estimated 10,000 hot springs and geysers, draw millions of visitors each year. There’s good reason why the approximately 8,983 square km park has such a high level of geothermal activity. You see, the park sits atop one of the world’s largest active volcanic systems. According to the […]

The Best Science Images – February 2015

Posted March 2nd, 2015 at 6:21 pm (UTC+0)
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Science Scanner – A Fish for Your Wounds? US Megadroughts; Help for MRI Stress

Posted February 13th, 2015 at 8:20 pm (UTC+0)
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“Megadroughts” May Impact Parts of US in the Late 21st Century California has been contending with one of the most severe droughts on record.  Now a new study is predicting that in the second-half of our current century, the U.S. Great Plains and the Southwest, including California, will face what could be considered “mega-drought” conditions […]

Meteorite Reveals Early Solar System Information, Greenland’s Ice Sheet is Melting & Smart Keyboard Adds Layer of Cybersecurity

Posted January 21st, 2015 at 9:45 pm (UTC+0)
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Meteorite’s Magnetic Memory Reveals its Secret Message A team of British geologists has developed a new way to learn something about the early days of our solar system. Since meteorites are fragmented pieces of asteroids that have fallen to Earth, testing the magnetic field of the meteorite can provide some information about its parent asteroid. […]

Are We Destabilizing our Planetary Life Support System?

Posted January 16th, 2015 at 9:01 pm (UTC+0)
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Three recently released studies are painting a grim picture for the future of humanity on planet Earth. Professor Will Steffen from the Australian National University and the Stockholm Resilience Centre led some international scientists on two of the studies. Their papers found that the impact of human activity on Earth, such as economic growth/globalization, population […]

Science Scanner: Venus Mission Ends, Organic Chemistry on Mars, Hormone Changes in Expectant Dads, New High in CO2 Output

Posted December 17th, 2014 at 9:24 pm (UTC+0)
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ESA’s Venus Express Mission Ends The European Space Agency (ESA) announced this week that the space probe it sent to orbit Venus back in 2006 has reached the end of its life. Called the Venus Express, the spacecraft ran out of its propellant after executing a number of thruster burns that returned the probe to […]

Rosetta Mission Fuels Argument About Origin of Earth’s Water

Posted December 12th, 2014 at 9:08 pm (UTC+0)
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The debate about the origin of Earth’s water just got deeper. The European Space Agency’s (ESA) comet-chasing spacecraft Rosetta has sent back some interesting information regarding water vapor it detected and analyzed on its target, Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. According to the ESA and an international group of scientists, the analysis shows that the chemical composition of […]

Science Scanner: Orion Set for Test, Mars Meteorite May Have Organic Matter, Heavy Newborns Excel in School, Oceans Help Warming Hiatus

Posted December 3rd, 2014 at 7:45 pm (UTC+0)
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NASA Readies Orion Spacecraft for Test Flight Excitement continues to build in Florida as NASA makes final preparations for the tomorrow’s (12/4/14) first unmanned flight test of Orion spacecraft, which the space agency plans to use to send astronauts to an asteroid and then to Mars. Liftoff has been set for 1105 UTC from Space […]