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Extreme Arctic melting has a new suspect: The same powerful gases screwing over the ozone

Extreme Arctic melting has a new suspect: The same powerful gases screwing over the ozone

They don't just harm the ozone layer. They also have caused Arctic warming.

Mashable - 44 minutes ago

Michigan’s second international dark sky park makes its debut

Michigan’s second international dark sky park makes its debut

The Cass County park has been recognized for its dedication to dark skies.

mlive.com - 2 hours ago

Self-healing bacteria bricks could help us build on the moon or Mars

Self-healing bacteria bricks could help us build on the moon or Mars

This construction Franken-material's alive -- and it could be a more sustainable solution for building.

cnet.com - 2 hours ago

New signs of a shielding magnetic field found in Earth's oldest rock crystals

New signs of a shielding magnetic field found in Earth's oldest rock crystals

4.2-billion-year-old dynamo would have protected Earth's atmosphere

sciencemag.org - 2 hours ago

CFCs responsible for half of Arctic sea-ice loss

CFCs responsible for half of Arctic sea-ice loss

Halogenated compounds responsible for one third of global warming in the late 20th century

chemistryworld.com - 6 hours ago

SpaceX's inflight abort test paves way to commercial human spaceflight | TheHill

SpaceX's inflight abort test paves way to commercial human spaceflight | TheHill

A commercial space launch industry, with companies such as SpaceX and Boeing competing against one another, has every potential to lower the cost of space travel.

The Hill - 6 hours ago

ESA opens oxygen plant, making air out of moondust

ESA opens oxygen plant, making air out of moondust

ESA's technical heart has begun to produce oxygen out of simulated moondust.

phys.org - 7 hours ago

More Mysterious Space Blobs Have Been Found Near the Center of the Milky Way

More Mysterious Space Blobs Have Been Found Near the Center of the Milky Way

Scientists have found six objects near the center of our galaxy that orbit Sagittarius A. These objects appear to be a new class of object that astronomers have never before seen.

universetoday.com - 7 hours ago

Heat wave signals the growth of a stellar embryo

Heat wave signals the growth of a stellar embryo

An international research team with the Max Planck Institute for Astronomy (MPIA) participating has detected a propagating heat wave near a massive protostar. It confirms the scenario that such objects grow in bursts. This wave became visible by observing nat…

phys.org - 8 hours ago

Ancient Australian Crystals Unlock History of Earth's First Magnetic Field

Ancient Australian Crystals Unlock History of Earth's First Magnetic Field

It was a lot more powerful than anyone believed.

livescience.com - 9 hours ago

NASA watched the ice in this Mars crater dance over a dozen years

NASA watched the ice in this Mars crater dance over a dozen years

NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter captures a beautiful view of a shifting Martian landscape over time.

cnet.com - 9 hours ago

Laser diode emits deep UV light

Laser diode emits deep UV light

Nagoya University scientists, in cooperation with Asahi Kasei Corporation, have designed a laser diode that emits deep-ultraviolet light, and have published a paper in the journal Applied Physics Express.

phys.org - 10 hours ago

Ozone-depleting substances caused half of late 20th-century Arctic warming, says study

Ozone-depleting substances caused half of late 20th-century Arctic warming, says study

A scientific paper published in 1985 was the first to report a burgeoning hole in Earth's stratospheric ozone over Antarctica. Scientists determined the cause to be ozone-depleting substances—long-lived artificial halogen compounds. Although the ozone-destroy…

phys.org - 12 hours ago

Apollo 11 images of Buzz Aldrin get high-def treatment for astronaut's 90th birthday

Apollo 11 images of Buzz Aldrin get high-def treatment for astronaut's 90th birthday

Never before seen images of Apollo 11 astronaut Buzz Aldrin standing on the surface of the Moon have come to light, released in conjunction with Aldrin's 90th birthday.

Fox News - 12 hours ago

Fossil of dinosaur with feathers and 'face filled with sharp teeth' shows how they grew differently from birds

Fossil of dinosaur with feathers and 'face filled with sharp teeth' shows how they grew differently from birds

Paleontologists have discovered a new type of dinosaur in China that is shedding new light on how the ancient reptiles grew differently from modern-day birds.

Fox News - 14 hours ago

Discovery shows early galaxies could have very short lives

Discovery shows early galaxies could have very short lives

A galaxy was already dying about 1.5 billion years after the Big Bang.

Engadget - 14 hours ago

Scientists were stumped when seabirds started dying. Now they have answers

Scientists were stumped when seabirds started dying. Now they have answers

In the fall of 2015, two years into a heatwave in the Pacific Ocean colloquially known as "the Blob," an unusually large influx of common murres, a small northern seabird, began to wash ashore.

phys.org - 14 hours ago

What's the Most Monogamous Animal?

What's the Most Monogamous Animal?

Animals, we know, typically lack the hang-ups that make human mating so difficult. You won’t find a bonobo moping around, stewing in jealousy. Nor will you find a bonobo contentedly fucking his or her bonobo-spouse to the exclusion of all other viable bonobos…

gizmodo.com - 16 hours ago

World's End? Huge Asteroid Expected to Skim Past Earth Today

World's End? Huge Asteroid Expected to Skim Past Earth Today

NASA is closely monitoring an asteroid with an estimated diameter of about 755 feet - larger than the Golden Gate Bridge tower or more than twice the he

albawaba.com - 16 hours ago

Are Birds Dinosaurs?

Are Birds Dinosaurs?

Modern birds can trace their origins to theropods, a branch of mostly meat-eaters on the dinosaur family tree.

livescience.com - 16 hours ago

SpaceX rocket explodes after liftoff as planned; Crew Dragon capsule escapes fireball

SpaceX rocket explodes after liftoff as planned; Crew Dragon capsule escapes fireball

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket lifted off from Kennedy Space Center on Sunday, ultimately sacrificing itself to a test.

USA Today - a day ago

NASA is jazzed about the success of SpaceX's explosive test launch

NASA is jazzed about the success of SpaceX's explosive test launch

Elon Musk said an abort test of SpaceX's new Crew Dragon spaceship was "picture perfect" and brings the company a step closer to launching astronauts.

Business Insider - a day ago

Black hole: Scientists spot strange objects near the Milky Way

Black hole: Scientists spot strange objects near the Milky Way

Black holes reside in the heart of galaxies, and in a span of billions of years, can consume everything it can come across, including light. Recently, some scientists have spotted strange celestial objects lurking around...

econotimes.com - 2 days ago

This new dinosaur just called it: even feathered dinos were nothing like birds

This new dinosaur just called it: even feathered dinos were nothing like birds

Some dinosaurs looked like birds. Some prehistoric birds looked like dinosaurs, and some birds that are still around echo dinosaurs. That doesn’t mean feathers and wings always make a bird—or a dinosaur.

syfy.com - 2 days ago

This Scorpion Was Among the First Lifeforms to Walk on Earth

This Scorpion Was Among the First Lifeforms to Walk on Earth

Almost half a billion years ago Earth was largely inhabited by armored arthropods with segmented bodies and jointed limbs, shelled mollusks, and wobbly unrecognizable fishlike organisms darting about.

ancient-origins.net - 2 days ago

Warm Water Patch Called 'The Blob' Fueled Biggest Known Seabird Die-Off In History

Warm Water Patch Called 'The Blob' Fueled Biggest Known Seabird Die-Off In History

An estimated 1 million common murres died in 2015 and 2016. Scientists fear it was a harbinger of a warming world.

huffpost.com - 2 days ago

Future Mars inhabitants could live in houses made of fungi

Future Mars inhabitants could live in houses made of fungi

It’s no secret that Elon Musk wants to make humanity a multi-planetary species. But when humans take up residence on the red planet, what sort of abode will they call home?  Instead of habitats made of building materials you see Earth, like metal and glass, N…

teslarati.com - 2 days ago

Watch as SpaceX’s newest spacecraft attempts to escape a fake rocket emergency

Watch as SpaceX’s newest spacecraft attempts to escape a fake rocket emergency

On January 18th, SpaceX is launching one of its last big flight tests for NASA, one that could ultimately pave the way for the company to fly people to space later this year. For this flight, SpaceX will test out the emergency escape system on its new passeng…

The Verge - 2 days ago

A research team builds robots from living cells

A research team builds robots from living cells

They can do simple tasks, and one day might reproduce themselves

economist.com - 2 days ago

Astronomers discover bizarre stretchy objects unlike anything else in our galaxy

Astronomers discover bizarre stretchy objects unlike anything else in our galaxy

Astronomers have discovered a mysterious new class of objects at the heart of the Milky Way which are unlike anything else found in our galaxy. They start off small and compact but are elongated when they approach the supermassive black hole in the center of …

digitaltrends.com - 2 days ago

10 surprising facts about Neanderthals

10 surprising facts about Neanderthals

This long-gone relative was more sophisticated than you might think.

mnn.com - 2 days ago

SpaceX delays dramatic in-flight abort test of Falcon 9 rocket to prove Crew Dragon is safe for astronauts

SpaceX delays dramatic in-flight abort test of Falcon 9 rocket to prove Crew Dragon is safe for astronauts

Dramatic SpaceX in-flight abort test is intended to clear the way to send astronauts to the International Space Station.

CBS News - 2 days ago

Starlink: SpaceX's satellite internet project

Starlink: SpaceX's satellite internet project

Reference Article: Facts about Starlink.

space.com - 2 days ago

Scientists say hot ocean blob killed one million seabirds

Scientists say hot ocean blob killed one million seabirds

"The magnitude and scale of this failure has no precedent," the lead author of the study said in a statement

salon.com - 3 days ago

Psychology in an emergency: Science Weekly podcast

Psychology in an emergency: Science Weekly podcast

Nicola Davis speaks to John Drury about how people react to emergencies and hears from Guardian Australia journalist Stephanie Convery about the bushfires

theguardian.com - 3 days ago

Pocket-size raptor sheds new light on the links between dino and bird life

Pocket-size raptor sheds new light on the links between dino and bird life

This "dancing dragon," a new species of feathered dinosaur, was discovered in one of the richest fossil deposits in the world.

cnet.com - 3 days ago

Dinosaur extinction was 'all about the asteroid,' casting doubt about volcano's impact, new study says

Dinosaur extinction was 'all about the asteroid,' casting doubt about volcano's impact, new study says

Several studies have suggested a volcano eruption played a greater role in the extinction of the dinosaurs than the asteroid that crashed into modern-day Mexico. A new study is hoping to end the debate, suggesting "it was all about the asteroid."

Fox News - 3 days ago

How biology creates networks that are cheap, robust, and efficient

How biology creates networks that are cheap, robust, and efficient

From veins that deliver oxygen to tissues to xylem that send water into stems and leaves, vascular networks are a crucial component of life. In biology, there is a wide range of unique patterns, like the individualized structures found on leaves, along with m…

phys.org - 3 days ago

Did volcanoes kill the dinosaurs? Nope, it was all about the asteroid, new study finds

Did volcanoes kill the dinosaurs? Nope, it was all about the asteroid, new study finds

Some researchers think massive volcanic eruptions caused the death of the dinosaurs. A new study says an asteroid was the sole driver of extinction.

USA Today - 3 days ago

'Rosalind Franklin' Mars rover edges closer to launch

'Rosalind Franklin' Mars rover edges closer to launch

Europe's six-wheeled robot completes more key tests ahead of its planned summer launch.

bbc.com - 3 days ago

'Dancing dragon' shows feathers grew differently on dinosaurs and birds

'Dancing dragon' shows feathers grew differently on dinosaurs and birds

An exquisite fossil of a fierce little Chinese dinosaur dubbed the "dancing dragon" that lived 120 million years ago - an older cousin of the Veloc...

yahoo.com - 3 days ago

436-Million-Year-Old Scorpion Was Among the Planet's First Air Breathers

436-Million-Year-Old Scorpion Was Among the Planet's First Air Breathers

A newly described scorpion dating back to the early Silurian period is answering important questions about the first arachnids and the adaptations that enabled some of the earliest animals on Earth to migrate from aquatic to terrestrial habitats.

gizmodo.com - 3 days ago

A new class of objects discovered orbiting Sagittarius A black hole

A new class of objects discovered orbiting Sagittarius A black hole

Astronomers from the UCLA Galactic Center Orbits Initiative have discovered a new class of objects that are orbiting the supermassive black hole at the center of our galaxy. That black hole is call…

slashgear.com - 3 days ago

At the Bottom of the Sea, They Wait to Feast on Alligators

At the Bottom of the Sea, They Wait to Feast on Alligators

Usually the large reptiles feed on other creatures. But scientists found a surprise at the bottom of the Gulf of Mexico.

nytimes.com - 3 days ago

The Debate Over Cold Dark Matter Warms Up As Astronomers Take Its Temperature

The Debate Over Cold Dark Matter Warms Up As Astronomers Take Its Temperature

Astronomers take the temperature of dark matter, and find it could be warm as well as cold.

universetoday.com - 3 days ago

Astronauts on the moon and Mars may grow their homes there out of mushrooms, says NASA

Astronauts on the moon and Mars may grow their homes there out of mushrooms, says NASA

Astronauts on the moon or Mars may be growing their homes, rather than building them, according to NASA.

CNN - 3 days ago

Where Australia's smoke goes to die

Where Australia's smoke goes to die

Some of it lives for a long time.

Mashable - 3 days ago

Material developed which is heat-insulating and heat-conducting at the same time

Material developed which is heat-insulating and heat-conducting at the same time

Styrofoam or copper—both materials have very different properties with regard to their ability to conduct heat. Scientists at the Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research (MPI-P) in Mainz and the University of Bayreuth have now jointly developed and characte…

phys.org - 3 days ago