Space

As Hurricane Maria slams Puerto Rico with devastating force, scientists at the historic Arecibo Observatory are among the millions of people being battered by the storm. A spokeswoman for the National Science Foundation, which owns the massive radio telescope, said that all on-site staff were safe as of 8am Wednesday.   Monitors on the observatory’s
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Bacteria perform some dramatic defensive shapeshifting up in space to guard against killer antibiotics, new research has found, giving us fresh insight into how these microorganisms can survive and even flourish once they’re outside Earth’s orbit. We already know bacteria behave differently in space, and understanding how and why that happens is crucial if we
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Elon Musk recently posted an image on Instagram of an ultra-sleek new SpaceX spacesuit positioned next to the equally awe-inspiring Crew Dragon spacecraft. Musk first promised a look at the new suits a few weeks ago on Twitter and promptly made good on that promise with a first look a few days later.   Based on the pictures and the available information,
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Planet 9 probably isn’t from another star, according to researchers from the UK and Switzerland. According to a paper on the Cornell University Library archive, while previous studies show how planet-sized objects can be captured during the early evolution and dissolution of stellar nurseries, it seems several constraints reduce the probability of interstellar planet-swapping to a
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Earlier this year, NASA announced the discovery of Trappist-1, a planetary system containing seven Earth-sized planets that could potentially bear water. Now, a international team of scientists has produced further evidence that these worlds might be habitable.   Led by Vincent Bourrier, a Swiss astronomer from the Observatoire de l’Université de Genève, these scientists have been using the Space Telescope Imaging Spectograph (STIS) on the Hubble Space Telescope to
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A team of scientists led by Mario Sucerquia at the University of Antioquia in Colombia have suggested a new explanation for the irregular dips in brightness of the star K8462852, since it recently resumed its unusual behaviour. The mysterious shift in stellar opacity could be the signature of a transiting Saturn-like exoplanet. “[W]e study the
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If you think the weather’s bad on our planet, consider the ice giants Neptune and Uranus, where intense pressures and super-hot temperatures are thought to cause cascading showers of diamonds. Now, researchers have recreated the effect here on Earth. Using high-powered optical lasers to rapidly heat polystyrene, researchers were able to produce and then study
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One manufacturing company just made history by successfully using a special 3D printer in extreme, space-like conditions. The team printed polymer alloy parts in a super-high vacuum, and hope their new tech will allow the design and manufacture of much more ambitious spacecraft and space-based telescopes. “This is an important milestone, because it means that
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