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Ants Goof Off Too; Milky Way Steals Stars; Astronomers Spot Exocomets

Posted January 16th, 2017 at 1:12 pm (UTC-5)
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Ants Balance Work and Rest to Maintain Colony Ants have a reputation of being dedicated and hardworking creatures. But did you know that like humans, ants also seek to maintain a healthy balance of work and rest? While an ant colony appears to be filled with busy workers, according to new research, there are also […]

Radioactive Material Found in Fracking Waste; Searching Space for H20

Posted December 21st, 2016 at 4:30 pm (UTC-5)
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Radioactive Isotopes Found in Fracking Waste US oil and natural gas production, has been boosted in recent years by a drilling process known as hydraulic fracturing, commonly called “fracking.” But this practice has also been criticized for its possible impact on the environment because of the wastewater this method generates. A new study published in […]

Biggest Wave Spotted; Walking Heel-to-Toe; Newborn Exoplanets

Posted December 15th, 2016 at 4:20 pm (UTC-5)
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New Record for Biggest Wave Measured by Buoy The UN’s World Meteorological Society says the biggest wave ever to be measured by a buoy was identified at 0600 universal time on February 4, 2013. The colossal 19-meter swell was spotted in the North Atlantic Ocean between Iceland and the UK. The previous highest wave recorded […]

Advanced Weather Satellite in Space; Can Migraines Lead to Stroke?

Posted November 21st, 2016 at 4:21 pm (UTC-5)
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NASA Launches NOAA’S Advanced Weather Satellite On Saturday, 11/19/16, NASA launched the first of four advanced weather satellites for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, or NOAA, from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. The satellite will maintain a geostationary orbit nearly 36,000 kilometers above Earth’s western hemisphere. Called the Geostationary Operational Environmental […]

Powerful Punch of Gamma Rays Found in Mysterious Fast Radio Bursts

Posted November 14th, 2016 at 4:20 pm (UTC-5)
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Astronomers at the Pennsylvania State University say they have discovered that the mysterious and elusive astronomical phenomenon called fast radio bursts, or FRB’s, can also pack a powerful punch of gamma rays along with their mighty but brief pulse of radio waves. This discovery of the FRB’s gamma rays was made after researchers studied observational […]

Odd Feature from Galactic Collision; Crack in the Magnetosphere; Smartphones Make Us Trust Less?

Posted November 5th, 2016 at 12:56 pm (UTC-5)
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Galactic Fender-Bender Produces Eye-Lid Shaped Feature A team of astronomers say what started as a fender-bender between two galaxies has sent a torrent of stars and gas crashing through the center of one, which then produced a rare eyelid shaped star formation. Working with the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA), in Chile, the astronomers identified […]

October 2016 Science Images

Posted November 2nd, 2016 at 4:24 pm (UTC-5)
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Pluto Flyby Data Feed Complete; Nearby Exoplanet May Have Oceans

Posted October 28th, 2016 at 4:20 pm (UTC-5)
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New Horizon’s Sends Final Data of Pluto Flyby The final bits of data gathered by NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft during its July 2015 flyby of Pluto were received this week by its mission operations center at Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory in Laurel, Maryland. More than 50 gigabytes of observational data was stored on the […]

Is Planet 9 Causing Our Solar System to Wobble?

Posted October 20th, 2016 at 4:19 pm (UTC-5)
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A new study from researchers at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) suggests that Planet 9, the huge and so far unseen planet said to be lurking in the far reaches of the solar system, might be causing our group of planets to wobble a little and giving an impression that the sun is slightly tilted. […]

NASA’s Resumes Resupply Missions From Virginia Spaceport

Posted October 17th, 2016 at 3:45 pm (UTC-5)
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UPDATE: An Orbital ATK Antares 230 rocket carrying its Cygnus cargo spacecraft (pdf) was successfully sent into space at 7:45PM EDT (2245 UTC) on Monday, October 17th from the refurbished Pad 0A at the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport. The launch site is located on the southern tip of NASA’s Wallops Island Flight facility on the eastern […]