Insects Are In Serious Trouble – The Atlantic

Also, what’s behind the insect downfall? Pollutants and pesticides are likely to be a problem. Neonicotinoids—the world’s most popular insecticides—can mess with bees in myriad ways, impairing their memory, befuddling their spatial skills, and preventing them from finding food. More surprisingly, the German team couldn’t find any evidence that the two usual suspects—habitat loss and […]

S. Chandrasekhar: Google honors first astrophysicist to win Nobel Prize – USA TODAY

The Google logo honoring astrophysicist S. Chandrasekhar. (Photo: Google) Google is paying tribute to the first astrophysicist to win the Nobel Prize. On Thursday, Google revamped its logo to honor Subrahmanyan Chandrasekhar, who developed a theory on how stars evolve. His theory, called the Chandrasekhar limit, states when a star’s mass is lighter than 1.4 times that of […]

Caves discovered on the Moon raise hope for human colonization – Fox News

Artists’ rendering of SELENE (Kaguya) sounding lava tubes in orbit. (Credit: JAXA/SELENE/Crescent/Akihiro Ikeshita for Kaguya image) Space luminaries such as Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos have talked about building bases on the Moon to let humans live, work and play on the lunar surface.  A new discovery, however, may bring that dream to reality sooner […]

Lego unveils ‘Women of NASA’ set with astronauts, scientists – WLS-TV

Lego has unveiled a set of figures celebrating the women of NASA. The 231-piece set features Sally Ride, the first American female astronaut, and Mae Jemison, the first black woman to travel in space. Also included in the set are figures of astronomer and educator Nancy Grace Roman and computer scientist Margaret Hamilton. Lego versions […]

A New Era For Astronomy Has Begun – WBUR

Some 130 million years ago, when dinosaurs roamed Earth, two dead stars in a far-away galaxy collided violently, after spiraling around each other for millions of years. The dead stars were neutron stars, exotic objects the size of Mount Everest and with the mass of the sun. Being this small and dense, the gravitational force […]

Scientists witness huge cosmic crash, find origins of gold – WTSP 10 News

This handout image obtained from the European Southern Observatory on Oct. 16, 2017, is an artist’s impression showing two tiny but very dense neutron stars at the point at which they merge and explode as a kilonova. (Photo: HO, AFP/Getty Images) Even in the normally mind-blowing science of astronomy, this discovery was special.  Two months ago, […]

What the new gravitational waves discovery means for the future of astronomy – Washington Post

In August, for the first time ever, scientists witnessed the electromagnetic lightning and gravitational gusts from the stormy collision of two neutron stars in a distant galaxy. The cosmic cataclysm created a “kilonova” — a phenomenon that had never been seen before — and the observations by both traditional telescopes and gravitational wave detectors heralded a new […]

NASA says evidence for ‘Planet Nine’ is mounting – Fox News

Artist’s illustration of “Planet Nine,” a hypothesized world about 10 times more massive than Earth that may orbit far beyond Pluto.  (Caltech/R. Hurt (IPAC)) We might not actually know how many planets are in our Solar System — and no, this isn’t a trick regarding Pluto’s status. For years, scientists have wondered if there […]

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