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Are Super-Earths Capable of Creating Conditions That Are Hospitable for Life to Arise and Thrive?

An illustration showing how a combination of static high-pressure synthesis techniques and dynamic methods enabled the researchers to probe the magnesium silicate bridgmanite, believed to be predominate in the mantles of rocky planets, under extreme conditions mimicking the interior of a super-Earth. Credit: Image is courtesy of Yingwei Fei. Sandia Z Machine photograph by Randy […]

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TESS Research Updates: Hunting for Worlds Beyond Our Solar System

This illustration of a rocky super-Earth represents the type of planets future telescopes, such as followups to NASA’s Transiting Exoplanet Satellite Survey (TESS), hope to find outside our solar system. Credit: M. Kornmesser/ESO At the annual meeting of the American Astronomical Society (AAS) held last month, MIT researchers presented new data from programs such as […]

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Planet Earth Report –“Ancient Magnetic Field Reversal Caused Chaos for Life on Earth to New Portal to the Dark Sector”

“Planet Earth Report” provides descriptive links to headline news by leading science journalists about the extraordinary discoveries, technology, people, and events changing our knowledge of Planet Earth and the future of the human species. Until Recently, People Accepted the ‘Fact’ of Aliens in the Solar System, reports Scientific American –For centuries, right up until the […]

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The search for dark matter gets a speed boost from quantum technology

This article was originally published at The Conversation. The publication contributed the article to Space.com’s Expert Voices: Op-Ed & Insights. Benjamin Brubaker, Postdoctoral Fellow in Quantum Physics, University of Colorado Boulder Nearly a century after dark matter was first proposed to explain the motion of galaxy clusters, physicists still have no idea what it’s made of. Researchers around […]

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Relativity Space readies for its first launch of 3D-printed rocket later this year

Could Relativity Space be the next SpaceX? As the Los Angeles-based startup plans to launch its 3D-printed Terran 1 rocket late this year, key market indicators show a company growing so quickly that it’s attracting massive investor attention.  The company’s debut launch was originally slated for 2020, but preparations now appear to be going smoothly […]

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Jumping Frost Crystals: Electrostatic De-icing Effect Could Be a Game-Changer for Aircraft and HVAC Industries

Frost breaks off and “jumps” upward due to an electrostatic charge. Credit: Virginia Tech If you have ever gotten up on a winter morning and thrown yourself into the arduous task of scraping frost from a windshield, a Virginia Tech lab is engaging science that could make your life much easier. In research funded by […]

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First 3D Sound-Frequency Map for Inner Ear Created With Advanced X-ray Technology

Ear membrane and auditory nerve in the cochlea. The octave bands have been given different colors. Humans can perceive frequencies from 20 Hz (the top of the coil) to 20,000 Hz (the base of the coil). The image also shows the round window, the oval window where sound enters and the facial nerve. Credit: Hao […]

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SpaceX fires up SN10 Starship prototype for 1st time to prep for test flight

SpaceX’s latest Starship prototype just roared to life.  The Starship SN10 (“Serial No. 10”) vehicle performed its first “static fire” test on Tuesday (Feb. 23), lighting up its three Raptor engines for a few seconds at 6:03 p.m. EST (2303 GMT) at SpaceX’s South Texas site, near the Gulf Coast settlement of Boca Chica Village. […]

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Breakthrough Boost for Solar-Powered Fuel Made by Splitting Water

Scientists used both computers and microscopes to come up with a way to potentially boost the performance of devices to use the sun to split water and create hydrogen as a sustainable fuel. Credit: Illustration by Peter Allen Pritzker School of Molecular Engineering research could help make hydrogen useful, sustainable fuel. Hydrogen is an incredibly […]

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Since Perseverance is Searching for Life, What Will it Be Looking for?

You have to be careful what you say to people. When NASA or someone else says that the Perseverance rover will be looking for fossil evidence of ancient life, the uninformed may guffaw loudly. Or worse, they may think that scientists are looking for actual animal skeletons or something. Of course, that’s not the case. […]

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