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Neutron star’s blazing surface mapped for 1st time, quadrupole magnetic field simulated using NASA’s NICER probe data (VIDEO)

Neutron star’s blazing surface mapped for 1st time, quadrupole magnetic field simulated using NASA’s NICER probe data (VIDEO)

For the first time ever, NASA has mapped out the surface of a neutron star – the remains of a violent stellar explosion – revealing scorching “hot spots” that can reach up to 1 million degrees and continue to puzzle scientists.

RT - 7 hours ago

NASA mission: Giant cyclone the size of Texas discovered on Jupiter by NASA's Juno probe

NASA mission: Giant cyclone the size of Texas discovered on Jupiter by NASA's Juno probe

"These cyclones are new weather phenomena that have not been seen or predicted before," said Cheng Li, a Juno scientist.

CBS News - 15 hours ago

2019 was banner year for credible UFO sightings

2019 was banner year for credible UFO sightings

It’s been a helluva year for Unidentified Flying Objects. Once thought to be fictional works used to sell tabloids, 2019 has been awash with news of UFOs, aliens and strange phenomenon — including …

nypost.com - a day ago

6 Extremely Depressing Climate Records We Broke This Decade

6 Extremely Depressing Climate Records We Broke This Decade

The climate crisis is already here — and it's only getting worse.

buzzfeednews.com - a day ago

The Site Has Been Chosen! Here's Where OSIRIS-REx is Going To Take a Sample from Bennu

The Site Has Been Chosen! Here's Where OSIRIS-REx is Going To Take a Sample from Bennu

NASA has settled on a sampling site for OSIRIS-REx at asteroid Bennu. There's still more reconnaissance to do before a sample can be collected in August.

universetoday.com - a day ago

Astrophysicists Discover a Neutron Star With a Bizarre Magnetic Field

Astrophysicists Discover a Neutron Star With a Bizarre Magnetic Field

Scientists from Moscow Institute for Physics and Technology, Space Research Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences (IKI), and Pulkovo Observatory discovered a unique neutron star, the magnetic field of which is apparent only when the star is seen under …

scitechdaily.com - a day ago

Dozens of bronze vases stolen from Oshkosh Cemetery

Dozens of bronze vases stolen from Oshkosh Cemetery

A series of thefts from an Oshkosh cemetery have left dozens of gravestones incomplete right around the holidays.

wbay.com - a day ago

Scientists have discovered deepest point on land

Scientists have discovered deepest point on land

A new study shows that the deepest point on land is under the Denman Glacier in East Antarctica. Glaciologists at the University of California, Irvine, were mapping the area only to find that the trough under the glacier went far deeper than they had imagined.

CNN - a day ago

How Big Can Lightning Get?

How Big Can Lightning Get?

Lightning is one of the greatest natural forces on our planet. New mapping tools are revealing just how big it is.

livescience.com - a day ago

Bumblebees exposed to Chernobyl-levels of radiation consume more nectar

Bumblebees exposed to Chernobyl-levels of radiation consume more nectar

The study simulated Chernobyl-levels of radiation exposure in a laboratory to investigate the impacts it may be having on insects inhabiting the exclusion zone. Although it has been previously found that bumblebees are sensitive to radiation, few studies have…

phys.org - a day ago

Stare Into the Brutal Maw of This Barbarous Neutron Star

Stare Into the Brutal Maw of This Barbarous Neutron Star

The incredible map took NASA supercomputers a month to assemble.

futurism.com - 2 days ago

A self-cleaning surface that repels even the deadliest superbugs

A self-cleaning surface that repels even the deadliest superbugs

A team of researchers at McMaster University has developed a self-cleaning surface that can repel all forms of bacteria, preventing the transfer of antibiotic-resistant superbugs and other dangerous bacteria in settings ranging from hospitals to kitchens.

phys.org - 2 days ago

Scientists Found the Deepest Land on Earth Hiding Beneath Antarctica's Ice

Scientists Found the Deepest Land on Earth Hiding Beneath Antarctica's Ice

A new mapping effort revealed critical new details of Antarctica's hidden land.

livescience.com - 2 days ago

Don't Miss 2019's Geminid Meteor Shower

Don't Miss 2019's Geminid Meteor Shower

This Friday, look up to the sky to catch one of the most prolific and reliable meteor showers of the year! The Geminid meteor shower will put on a dazzling d...

youtube.com - 2 days ago

Incredible New Polymer Fibers Are Ultra Light and Super Strong

Incredible New Polymer Fibers Are Ultra Light and Super Strong

Researchers at the University of Bayreuth develop unique multifibrillar fibers. Strong and tough yet as light as a feather – materials with this exceptional combination of properties are urgently needed in many industrial sectors and in medicine, as well as b…

scitechdaily.com - 2 days ago

Antarctic video reveals deepest canyon on Earth

Antarctic video reveals deepest canyon on Earth

Study uncovers landscapes that will influence future ice melt

sciencemag.org - 2 days ago

Baby born on 12/12 at 12:12 shares moment with last full moon of the decade

Baby born on 12/12 at 12:12 shares moment with last full moon of the decade

A baby born on Dec. 12 at 12:12 a.m. during the peak of the last full moon of the decade.

goodmorningamerica.com - 2 days ago

Breathable atmospheres may be more common in the universe than we first thought

Breathable atmospheres may be more common in the universe than we first thought

New research suggests that Earth's oxygenation didn't require difficult and complex evolutionary leaps forward.

theconversation.com - 2 days ago

Study: The human lifespan is written into our DNA

Study: The human lifespan is written into our DNA

Humans have a "natural" lifespan of around 38 years, according to a new method we have developed for estimating the lifespans of different species by analyzing their DNA.

phys.org - 2 days ago

Grisly discovery: Human teeth were used as prehistoric jewelry

Grisly discovery: Human teeth were used as prehistoric jewelry

Archaeologists have shed new light on two 8,500-year-old human teeth that once formed part of a necklace or a bracelet.

Fox News - 2 days ago

Image: The galactic dance of NGC 5394 and NGC 5395

Image: The galactic dance of NGC 5394 and NGC 5395

"Everything is determined by forces over which we have no control... Human beings, vegetables, or cosmic dust, we all dance to a mysterious tune, intoned in the distance by an invisible piper," Albert Einstein wrote.

phys.org - 2 days ago

OSIRIS-REx Team Will Boop This Spot on Asteroid Bennu

OSIRIS-REx Team Will Boop This Spot on Asteroid Bennu

The OSIRIS-REx team has decided on a location to collect a sample from the asteroid Bennu. It’s a 460-foot-wide crater that they’ve dubbed “Nightingale.”

gizmodo.com - 2 days ago

Scientists develop superbug-resistant, self-cleaning plastic wrap

Scientists develop superbug-resistant, self-cleaning plastic wrap

Researchers have developed a self-cleaning plastic wrap that repels bacteria -- and could be used to prevent the transfer of antibiotic resistant superbugs, and other forms of dangerous bacteria.

CNN - 2 days ago

Scientists 'tune in' to proton spin precession

Scientists 'tune in' to proton spin precession

Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy's Brookhaven National Laboratory have developed a non-invasive way to measure the "spin tune" of polarized protons at the Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider (RHIC)—an important factor for maintaining these spinning par…

phys.org - 2 days ago

Geminid meteor shower 2019: Best times, locations to see shooting stars tonight

Geminid meteor shower 2019: Best times, locations to see shooting stars tonight

One of the best meteor showers of the year will light up the night sky tonight.

al.com - 2 days ago

Chimpanzees may have evolved resistance to HIV precursor

Chimpanzees may have evolved resistance to HIV precursor

Simian immunodeficiency virus, the monkey- and ape-infecting virus that HIV originated from, may have influenced the genetics of chimpanzees, finds a new UCL-led study.

phys.org - 2 days ago

MIT: Dark Matter At Our Galaxy's Core May Be Blasting Gamma Rays

MIT: Dark Matter At Our Galaxy's Core May Be Blasting Gamma Rays

Scientists thought the case of the cosmic rays' source was closed, but new evidence cracks it wide open again.

futurism.com - 2 days ago

One of Europe's worst famines likely caused by devastating floods

One of Europe's worst famines likely caused by devastating floods

Europe's Great Famine of 1315–1317 is considered one of the worst population collapses in the continent's history. Historical records tell of unrelenting rain accompanied by mass crop failure, skyrocketing food prices, and even instances of cannibalism. These…

phys.org - 2 days ago

See the Last Full Moon of the Decade Tonight

See the Last Full Moon of the Decade Tonight

Tonight’s full moon is the last one we’ll see before 2020. And conveniently for those of us who go to bed early, sunset is always the perfect time to see the full moon.

lifehacker.com - 2 days ago

Underground Fiber-Optic Cables Capture "Thunderquakes" Thunder-Induced Seismic Events

Underground Fiber-Optic Cables Capture "Thunderquakes" Thunder-Induced Seismic Events

Underground fiber-optic cables, like those that connect the world through phone and internet service, hold untapped potential for monitoring severe weather, according to scientists at Penn State. Researchers turned miles of cables under the University Park ca…

scitechdaily.com - 2 days ago

NASA Spacecraft Spies Huge New Storm on Jupiter After Death-Dodging Maneuver

NASA Spacecraft Spies Huge New Storm on Jupiter After Death-Dodging Maneuver

Juno has now spotted seven giant cyclones near Jupiter's south pole.

space.com - 2 days ago

World’s deepest point on land found hidden in Antarctica

World’s deepest point on land found hidden in Antarctica

A through beneath Denman Glacier is the deepest continent point in the world, measuring more than 2 miles beneath sea level.

zmescience.com - 2 days ago

NASA's Juno probe discovers Texas-size cyclone on Jupiter

NASA's Juno probe discovers Texas-size cyclone on Jupiter

The cyclone joins six others at the planet's south pole.

cnet.com - 2 days ago

Cosmic rarity: New image shows interstellar comet zooming past the sun

Cosmic rarity: New image shows interstellar comet zooming past the sun

Comet 2I/Borisov, only the second interstellar object ever spotted in our solar system, is racing through our celestial neighborhood at the "breathtaking" speed of 110,000 mph.

USA Today - 2 days ago

Dark Matter Could Be A Source of Gamma Rays Coming from the Center of the Milky Way

Dark Matter Could Be A Source of Gamma Rays Coming from the Center of the Milky Way

There's an excess of gamma rays coming from the Milky Way's center. What's causing it? First it was pulsars, now maybe it's dark matter.

universetoday.com - 2 days ago

Researchers discover unique multifibrillar fibres

Researchers discover unique multifibrillar fibres

Strong and tough yet as light as a feather—materials with this exceptional combination of properties are urgently needed in many industrial sectors and in medicine, as well as being of great interest for scientific research. A research team from the Universit…

phys.org - 2 days ago

Does tapping your can of beer really keep it from fizzing all over you?

Does tapping your can of beer really keep it from fizzing all over you?

A team of researchers at the University of Denmark has tested the popular notion that tapping a can of beer after it has been shaken will prevent it from spraying when it is opened. Their paper describes a trial they carried out along with their conclusions, …

phys.org - 2 days ago

Cops bust man who received $100,000 worth of meth in an air fryer

Cops bust man who received $100,000 worth of meth in an air fryer

A man in Kentucky got more than he bargained for when he took delivery of an air fryer that police say was packed with some $100,000 worth of meth. According to a post by the Louisville Metro Polic…

bgr.com - 2 days ago

Geminid meteor shower peaks Friday and Saturday

Geminid meteor shower peaks Friday and Saturday

The Geminid meteor shower is one of the most active and dependable displays of the year, according to the American Meteor Society. This year, the shower will peak on the evening of December 13 and 14, so hope for clear skies that will let you see a beautiful …

CNN - 2 days ago

Tiny quantum sensors watch materials transform under pressure

Tiny quantum sensors watch materials transform under pressure

Since their invention more than 60 years ago, diamond anvil cells have made it possible for scientists to recreate extreme phenomena—such as the crushing pressures deep inside the Earth's mantle—or to enable chemical reactions that can only be triggered by in…

phys.org - 2 days ago

The limits of ocean heavyweights: Prey curb whales' gigantic size

The limits of ocean heavyweights: Prey curb whales' gigantic size

At 100 feet long and weighing more than 100 tons, blue whales are the largest creatures to have evolved on the planet. Other whales, like killer whales, are larger than most terrestrial animals but pale in comparison to the size of blue whales. What sets thes…

phys.org - 2 days ago

The dawn of speech was millions of years earlier than previously thought

The dawn of speech was millions of years earlier than previously thought

Ancient humans had the building blocks of modern language, scientists say.

inverse.com - 2 days ago

DNA may hold clues to extinct animal lifespan

DNA may hold clues to extinct animal lifespan

Scientists calculate the lifespans of long-lost species, including ancient human relatives.

bbc.com - 2 days ago

Supermassive black hole at the center of our galaxy may have a friend

Supermassive black hole at the center of our galaxy may have a friend

There is a massive black hole in the center of the Milky Way galaxy. Measurements of star orbits near this black hole suggest that there may be a second companion black hole nearby.

theconversation.com - 2 days ago

Thousands of holes found on seafloor off California coast

Thousands of holes found on seafloor off California coast

Thousands of strange round holes scooped out of the ocean floor have been uncovered along the coast of California. Some measure nearly 600 feet across, but scientists are unsure how they formed. As…

nypost.com - 2 days ago

“Measuring Monsters” –Black Holes Not as Massive as Previously Thought

“Measuring Monsters” –Black Holes Not as Massive as Previously Thought

Monster metrics: Astronomers have come up with a new way to "weigh" supermassive black holes at the centers of galaxies

dailygalaxy.com - 3 days ago

Team releases high-precision map of Antarctic ice sheet bed topography

Team releases high-precision map of Antarctic ice sheet bed topography

A University of California, Irvine-led team of glaciologists has unveiled the most accurate portrait yet of the contours of the land beneath Antarctica's ice sheet—and, by doing so, has helped identify which regions of the continent are going to be more, or l…

phys.org - 3 days ago