Science & Technology
Fri, 10 Feb 2017 16:01 UTC
Described as a first of its kind, footage of "elusive blue jets" was filmed in 2015 over the Bay of Bengal by European Space Agency astronauts using the most sensitive camera on the space station.
Gigantic electrical discharges and jets can be seen in the footage with numerous flashes visible within the storm clouds. A number of blue-purple discharges are followed by a "pulsating blue jet" shooting up out of the cloud.
"The blue discharges and jets are examples of a little-understood part of our atmosphere," the ESA said in a statement. "Electrical storms reach into the stratosphere and have implications for how our atmosphere protects us from radiation."
Look up tonight! Stunning 'Snow moon' eclipse and a mysterious green comet are set to appear in the night sky
Daily Mail, UK
Fri, 10 Feb 2017 15:00 UTC
And just a few hours later, Comet 45P - also known as the New Year comet - will make its closest approach to the Earth.
The full event will be live streamed on Slooh, who will be filming the skies from the Canary Islands.
An eclipse of the moon occurs when the sun, Earth and moon line up, with Earth in the middle.
This alignment causes the Earth's shadow to fall on the moon, creating a lunar eclipse.
Thu, 09 Feb 2017 17:05 UTC
Researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute for Cell Therapy and Immunology in Potsdam, Germany and their international counterparts have made a discovery, after conducting a long-term experiment which took place on the International Space Station (ISS), that algae can survive extreme conditions in outer space. The research findings could benefit industrial applications and perhaps, even a mission to Mars.
The experiment looked to see if algae could spend two years on the outside of the ISS. The algae, which were of the Sphaerocystis species, spent 530 days on a panel outside the space station.
Thu, 09 Feb 2017 20:46 UTC
The international team of astronomers observed the white dwarf WD 1425+540, about 170 light-years from Earth in the constellation Boötes (the Herdsman) . While studying the white dwarf's atmosphere using both the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope and the W. M. Keck Observatory the team found evidence that an object rather like a massive comet was falling onto the star, getting tidally disrupted while doing so.
The team determined that the object had a chemical composition similar to the famous Halley's Comet in our own Solar System, but it was 100 000 times more massive and had twice the proportion of water as its local counterpart. Spectral analysis showed that the destroyed object was rich in the elements essential for life, including carbon, oxygen, sulphur and even nitrogen .
Wed, 08 Feb 2017 16:32 UTC
Liquid breathing involves using biomedical technology to ventilate the lungs of air-breathing organisms with an oxygen-rich liquid. The technology "allows the animals to breathe underwater and stay there for long periods of time," the Foundation for Advanced Research (FAR) press service told Izvestia newspaper.
Mice, hamsters and dogs will become test subjects during the study, the scientists told the paper. During the liquid breathing experiments, "the lungs of the animal are filled with a special liquid, after which it's immersed in water for a period of time. After the test, the animal is examined and then it remains under supervision for prolonged periods of time" to study the long-term effects of the technology, FAR said.
Such tests have already been carried out successfully, with a dachshund that experienced liquid breathing two years ago still alive and well, and being looked after by one of the foundation's employees.
Thu, 09 Feb 2017 15:31 UTC
Experiments conducted by planetary physicist Kevin Grazier of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory suggest Saturn plays an equally important role in shielding Earth from harmful asteroids.
Grazier's findings also suggest that Jupiter, previously considered to be the Earth's only shield, could have played a part in the formation of all life on our blue planet by aiding the delivery of the building blocks for organic existence.
Thu, 09 Feb 2017 14:11 UTC
"The obtained filter material by far exceeds all existing analogues in its ability to stop the most dangerous aerosol particles such as viruses, toxins, allergens. This technology could usher in a wide variety of protective materials for medical, military and other purposes," Grigoryev explained.
University of Virginia
Fri, 20 Jan 2017 11:46 UTC
Children who display early disruptive behaviors such as being impulsive, oppositional and/or aggressive are at risk for short- and long-term negative outcomes - even being expelled from preschool. According to the study's lead author, Amanda Williford, a research associate professor at UVA's Curry School of Education, research has shown that if these children can form a strong, positive relationship with their teachers, they tend to show better social-emotional and behavioral skills over time. The reality, however, is that children who are disruptive are much more likely to have conflictual teacher-child interactions.
Wed, 08 Feb 2017 21:32 UTC
The findings, published in the Astrophysical Journal Letters, concern 'habitable zones', the region around a star where conditions could potentially allow life-sustaining liquid water.
The research has implications for the recently-discovered Proxima b planet in the "habitable zone" of red dwarf, Proxima Centauri. Proxima b, which is 1.3 times the size of Earth, was previously found to be the planet most likely to harbor life.
Tue, 07 Feb 2017 19:22 UTC