SpaceX and NASA Launch Is First Step to Renewed Human Spaceflight
Mar 4, 2019

By Kenneth Chang The first American spacecraft capable of carrying astronauts since the retirement of the space shuttles launched early Saturday. A successful mission could put NASA and the United States on the cusp of a renewed era of human spaceflight. There were no people on this demonstration flight, a SpaceX vehicle called Crew Dragon. …

Why Can’t NASA’s Curiosity Rover Rescue Opportunity?
Feb 14, 2019

By Rafi Letzter The Mars rover Opportunity has died, NASA announced yesterday (Feb. 13). A layer of dust likely coated its solar panels, preventing it from juicing itself up after a 2018 sky-blackening dust storm on the Red Planet. But why couldn’t NASA launch a rescue mission to get it working again? After all, Opportunity …

Opportunity did not answer NASA’s final call, and it’s now gone to us
Feb 13, 2019

By Eric Berger Late Tuesday night, scientists at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory sent their final data uplink to the Opportunity rover on Mars. Over this connection, via the Deep Space Network, the American jazz singer Billie Holiday crooned “I’ll Be Seeing You,” a song which closes with the lines: I’ll find you in the morning sun And …

Artificial intelligence could diagnose rare disorders using just a photo of a face
Jan 8, 2019

By Frankie Schembri Rare disorders often show up in someone’s appearance. Individuals with Noonan syndrome—a genetic condition that inhibits the body’s growth and development—can have wide-set eyes, for example, and those with Bain type intellectual disability—caused by a mutated gene on the X chromosome—sport almond-shaped eyes and small chins (see above). Now, researchers have trained …

NASA’s New Horizons Mission Releases Snowman-like Picture of Ultima Thule
Jan 2, 2019 · 1 

By Kenneth Chang Ultima Thule, an icy world 4 billion miles from the sun, looks like a big snowman. At a news conference on Wednesday, scientists working with NASA’s New Horizons mission released several images that the spacecraft took as it flew by on Jan. 1. The scientists now say with confidence that Ultima Thule …

Why Nobody In Renewable Energy Had A Better 2018 Than First Solar
Dec 31, 2018 · 2 

By John Parnell In mid-2017 Arizona’s First Solar was set up for a tricky 2018. It was overhauling its manufacturing facilities, juggling inventory, wary of the impact of Trump’s planned trade duties on all imports of solar panels and facing even stiffer competition from China. As the months rolled on and 2018 arrived, things seemed …

NASA’s New Horizons Probe Prepares To Make History—Again
Dec 28, 2018

By Robbie Gonzalez Way, way out at the cold, dark edges of the solar system—past the rocky inner planets, beyond the gas giants, a billion miles more remote than Pluto—drifts a tiny frozen world so mysterious, scientists still aren’t entirely sure if it’s one world or two. Astronomers call it Ultima Thule, an old cartography term meaning “beyond the …

What’s the Weather On Mars? How NASA’s Insight Lander Will Find Out.
Dec 17, 2018 · 1 

By Sarah Lewin NASA’s new Mars lander isn’t quite ready to probe the Red Planet’s interior yet, but it’s starting to get the lay of the land on the surface — and in the atmosphere. The InSight lander is already deploying its powerful meteorology package to monitor the Red Planet’s weather. InSight touched down on the …

What does Martian wind sound like? Now we know
Dec 10, 2018 · 2 

By Soo Youn and David Kerley For the first time, humans can hear wind from Mars. InSight, or NASA’s Interior Exploration using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy and Heat Transport lander, provided the first “sounds” of Martian winds to human ears on Friday. The spacecraft’s sensors captured a “haunting low rumble caused by vibrations from the wind,” a …

Researchers have created a virtual reality simulation of a supermassive black hole
Nov 19, 2018

By BioMed Central The black hole at the centre of our galaxy, Sagittarius A*, has been visualised in virtual reality for the first time. The details are described in an article published in the open access journal Computational Astrophysics and Cosmology. Scientists at Radboud University, The Netherlands and Goethe University, Germany used recent astrophysical models of Sagittarius …

Video Shows Real-Life ‘Transformers’ Robots That See, Think, and Transform
Nov 6, 2018 · 2 

By Nick Lucchesi A team of roboticists have taken another step toward the inevitable future where real-life Transformers move among us. New research on modular, autonomous robots was published Wednesday that shows how robots can see, think, and decide to transform their shape based on the challenge facing them. A six-person team published this research paper — “An …

Solar neutrinos reveal how the Sun shines
Oct 25, 2018

By Aldo Serenelli Energy is generated in the interior of the Sun through sequences of nuclear reactions in which four protons fuse together to form a helium-4 nucleus. These sequences are accompanied by the release of two particles known as electron neutrinos. Models suggest that 99% of the nuclear energy released by the Sun originates from …