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August 16, 2018
EXO WORLDS
Impact of a stellar intruder on our solar system



Bonn, Germany (SPX) Aug 10, 2018
The solar system was formed from a protoplanetary disk consisting of gas and dust. Since the cumulative mass of all objects beyond Neptune is much smaller than expected and the bodies there have mostly inclined, eccentric orbits it is likely that some process restructured the outer solar system after its formation. Susanne Pfalzner from the Max Planck Institute for Radio Astronomy in Bonn, Germany, and her colleagues present a study showing that a close fly-by of a neighbouring star can simultaneo ... read more

EARLY EARTH
Meteorite bombardment likely to have created the Earth's oldest rocks
Boston MA (SPX) Aug 14, 2018
Scientists have found that 4.02 billion year old silica-rich felsic rocks from the Acasta River, Canada - the oldest rock formation known on Earth - probably formed at high temperatures and at a sur ... more
TIME AND SPACE
The universe's rate of expansion is in dispute - and we may need new physics to solve it
London, UK (The Conversation) Aug 09, 2018
Next time you eat a blueberry (or chocolate chip) muffin consider what happened to the blueberries in the batter as it was baked. The blueberries started off all squished together, but as the muffin ... more
SPACE TRAVEL
NASA Administrator Plans to Meet With Russian Space Agency Chief in Near Future
Moscow (Sputnik) Aug 14, 2018
Jim Bridenstine, the administrator of the US National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), said he was ready to hold a meeting with Dmitry Rogozin, the head of the Russian space agency Rosco ... more
SPACEWAR
US dismisses 'hypocritical' draft space weapons treaty
Geneva (AFP) Aug 14, 2018
The United States voiced strong opposition Tuesday to a treaty proposed by Russia and China explicitly aimed at preventing an arms race in space, calling it "hollow and hypocritical". ... more
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TECH SPACE
GTAR Technologies tapped for inflatable satellite antennas
Washington (UPI) Aug 13, 2018
GATR Technologies has received a $522.5 million contract modification for multiple size Inflatable Satellite Antenna systems, kits, spare parts and training. ... more
ROCKET SCIENCE
NASA Administrator Views Progress Building SLS and Orion Hardware
New Orleans LA (SPX) Aug 16, 2018
NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine made his first official visit to NASA's rocket factory, the Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans, Louisiana, on Aug. 13, for tours and briefings on progress bu ... more
TIME AND SPACE
Early opaque universe linked to galaxy scarcity
Riverside CA (SPX) Aug 16, 2018
A team of astronomers led by George Becker at the University of California, Riverside, has made a surprising discovery: 12.5 billion years ago, the most opaque place in the universe contained relati ... more
SPACEWAR
Lockheed Martin to Build Infrared Spacecraft for US Air Force
Washington (Sputnik) Aug 15, 2018
US aerospace giant Lockheed Martin won almost $3 billion to build three space vehicles to operate in geosynchronous high earth orbits (HEO) 22,000 miles above the planet, the Defense Department said ... more
CAR TECH
Tesla: Musk's tweet a bridge too far?
New York (AFP) Aug 12, 2018
Tesla chief executive Elon Musk got into legal hot water this week after announcing on Twitter he had sufficient financing already in hand to take the electric automaker private. ... more
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STELLAR CHEMISTRY
Students digging into data archive spot mysterious X-ray source
Paris (ESA) Aug 13, 2018
An enigmatic X-ray source revealed as part of a data-mining project for high-school students shows unexplored avenues hidden in the vast archive of ESA's XMM-Newton X-ray Observatory. When XMM ... more
TIME AND SPACE
Unraveling the nature of 'whistlers' from space in the lab
Washington DC (SPX) Aug 16, 2018
Scientists at the University of California, Los Angeles present new research on a curious cosmic phenomenon known as "whistlers" - very low frequency packets of radio waves that race along magnetic ... more
EXO WORLDS
Iron and titanium in the atmosphere of exoplanet orbiting KELT-9
Geneva, Switzerland (SPX) Aug 16, 2018
Exoplanets, planets in other solar systems, can orbit very close to their host star. When, in addition to this, the host star is much hotter than our Sun, then the exoplanet becomes as hot as a star ... more
SPACEMART
ISRO to launch GSAT-32 in Oct 2019 to replace GSAT-6A which went incommunicado days after launch
Bengaluru (IANS) Aug 14, 2018
Indian space agency ISRO will launch GSAT-32 satellite in October 2019 to replace GSAT-6A which stopped communicating a few days after its launch on March 29, an official said on Sunday. "We h ... more
EARTH OBSERVATION
NASA satellites assist states in estimating abundance of key wildlife species
Logan UT (SPX) Aug 10, 2018
Climate and land-use change are shrinking natural wildlife habitats around the world. Yet despite their importance to rural economies and natural ecosystems, remarkably little is known about the geo ... more


Long-sought carbon structure joins graphene, fullerene family

SHAKE AND BLOW
US forecasts even fewer hurricanes in Atlantic for 2018
Miami (AFP) Aug 9, 2018
US forecasters on Thursday downgraded their hurricane season predictions, saying that ocean conditions suggest it's now likely that a below-average number of storms will strike the Atlantic and Caribbean this year. ... more
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ABOUT US
Chimpanzee foods are mechanically more demanding than previously thought
Leipzig, Germany (SPX) Aug 13, 2018
Chimpanzees are generally known as the ripe fruit specialist among the great apes but also incorporate other food items such as leaves and seedpods into their diets. Savannah chimpanzees are thought ... more
ICE WORLD
Scientists trace atmospheric rise in CO2 during deglaciation to deep Pacific Ocean
Corvallis OR (SPX) Aug 14, 2018
Long before humans started injecting carbon dioxide into the atmosphere by burning fossil fuels like oil, gas, and coal, the level of atmospheric CO2 rose significantly as the Earth came out of its ... more
TIME AND SPACE
Physicists measure energy difference between two quantum states
Washington (UPI) Aug 14, 2018
A physicist in New Zealand has measured the energy difference between two quantum states in a helium atom. ... more
ROCKET SCIENCE
Student Experiments Soar with Early Morning Launch from Wallops
Wallops VA (SPX) Aug 15, 2018
Approximately 100 undergraduate university and community college students from across the United States were on hand to witness the launch of their experiments and technology demonstration projects ... more
MARSDAILY
Planet-Encircling Dust Storm of Mars shows signs of slowing
Pasadena CA (JPL) Aug 15, 2018
The planet-encircling dust storm on Mars continues to show indications of decay. Dust-lifting sites have decreased and surface features are starting to emerge. There are indications that the a ... more
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NASA Administrator Plans to Meet With Russian Space Agency Chief in Near Future
Moscow (Sputnik) Aug 14, 2018
Jim Bridenstine, the administrator of the US National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), said he was ready to hold a meeting with Dmitry Rogozin, the head of the Russian space agency Roscosmos, in the near future. On Sunday, Roscosmos said that Rogozin would hold talks with Bridenstine at the Baikonur spaceport in October. "Not yet, but I intend to in the near future and we ... more
+ India to send manned mission to space by 2022: Modi
+ Sierra Nevada Corporation completes key step for NASA's NextSTEP-2 study
+ Blend of novices, veterans to fly on first private US spaceships
+ NASA announces new partnerships to develop space exploration technologies
+ Samsung to invest billions in new tech to drive fresh growth
+ NASA makes progress toward planetary science decadal priorities
+ Recipe for a spacewalk
Student Experiments Soar with Early Morning Launch from Wallops
Wallops VA (SPX) Aug 15, 2018
Approximately 100 undergraduate university and community college students from across the United States were on hand to witness the launch of their experiments and technology demonstration projects on a NASA suborbital rocket at 6:13 a.m., Aug. 14, from NASA's Wallops Flight Facility. The Terrier-Improved Malemute sounding rocket launched as the sun was rising over the horizon and carried ... more
+ NASA Administrator Views Progress Building SLS and Orion Hardware
+ NASA Reveals How It Would Stay Afloat Without Delivery of Russian Rocket Engines
+ SpaceX vows manned flight to space station is on track
+ US Working Hard to Cease Reliance on Russian Rocket Engines - NASA
+ RS-25 Engine Tests Modernization Upgrades
+ PLD SPACE signs a 25-year concession for rocket engine testing at Teruel Airport
+ Aerojet Rocketdyne boosters complete simulated air-launch tests


Planet-Encircling Dust Storm of Mars shows signs of slowing
Pasadena CA (JPL) Aug 15, 2018
The planet-encircling dust storm on Mars continues to show indications of decay. Dust-lifting sites have decreased and surface features are starting to emerge. There are indications that the atmospheric opacity might be decreasing over the Opportunity site. Since the last contact with the rover on Sol 5111 (June 10, 2018), Opportunity has likely experienced a low-power fault and perhaps, a ... more
+ Aerojet Rocketdyne delivers power generator for Mars 2020 Rover
+ Still no change in Opportunity's status
+ Sorry Elon Musk, but it's now clear that colonising Mars is unlikely
+ Russia Plans to Send Capsule With Microorganisms to Mars
+ Mars Dust Storm May Have Peaked
+ Students can now build their own rover model
+ Scientists looking for ways to grow crops on Red Planet
China's SatCom launch marketing not limited to business interest
New Delhi (Sputnik) Aug 09, 2018
A report by the New Delhi-based Observer Research Foundation says that the impeccable capacity of China's launch vehicles puts it in direct competition with the West. According to the report, China is strategically capturing a major share of the international communications satellites market as part of a grand plan to benefit its own strategic interest as well as that of its allies. Expert ... more
+ China to launch space station Tiangong in 2022, welcomes foreign astronauts
+ China solicits international cooperation experiments on space station
+ Growing US unease with China's new deep space facility in Argentina
+ China developing in-orbit satellite transport vehicle
+ PRSS-1 Satellite in Good Condition
+ China readying for space station era: Yang Liwei
+ China launches new space science program
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NASA invests in concepts for a vibrant future commercial space economy
Washington DC (SPX) Aug 10, 2018
In an ongoing effort to foster commercial activity in space, NASA has selected 13 companies to study the future of commercial human spaceflight in low-Earth orbit, including long-range opportunities for the International Space Station. The studies will assess the potential growth of a low-Earth orbit economy and how to best stimulate private demand for commercial human spaceflight. The por ... more
+ ISRO to launch GSAT-32 in Oct 2019 to replace GSAT-6A which went incommunicado days after launch
+ New Image Gallery For The Planetary Science Archive
+ 'We're at Beginning of New Phase of Utilizing Space For Peaceful Purposes'
+ Xenesis, Atlas and Laser Light form first space to ground all optical global data distribution joint venture
+ Bangladesh PM opens satellite ground stations
+ Seventh set of Iridium NEXT satellites performing well during pre-operational testing
+ Telesat signs consortium deal with Thales and SSL new LEO constellation
Wearable 'microbrewery' saves human body from radiation damage
West Lafayette IN (SPX) Aug 10, 2018
The same way that yeast yields beer and bread can help hospital lab workers better track their daily radiation exposure, enabling a faster assessment of tissue damage that could lead to cancer. But rather than building portable cellars or ovens, Purdue University researchers have engineered yeast "microbreweries" within disposable badges made of freezer paper, aluminum and tape. Simply add ... more
+ GTAR Technologies tapped for inflatable satellite antennas
+ Scientists squeeze nanocrystals in a liquid droplet into a solid-like state and back again
+ PhD student develops spinning heat shield for future spacecraft
+ Northrop Grumman successfully tests APG-83 radar on F/A18
+ Natural refrigerant replacements could reduce energy costs and conserve the environment
+ UNH researchers find seed coats could lead to strong, tough, yet flexible materials
+ France to set penalties on non-recycled plastic


Impact of a stellar intruder on our solar system
Bonn, Germany (SPX) Aug 10, 2018
The solar system was formed from a protoplanetary disk consisting of gas and dust. Since the cumulative mass of all objects beyond Neptune is much smaller than expected and the bodies there have mostly inclined, eccentric orbits it is likely that some process restructured the outer solar system after its formation. Susanne Pfalzner from the Max Planck Institute for Radio Astronomy in Bonn, ... more
+ Iron and titanium in the atmosphere of exoplanet orbiting KELT-9
+ Scientist begins developing instrument for finding extraterrestrial bacteria
+ Tiny tunnels inside garnets appear to be the result of boring microorganisms
+ Omega Centauri unlikely to harbor life
+ Largest haul of extrasolar planets for Japan
+ VLA Detects Possible Extrasolar Planetary-Mass Magnetic Powerhouse
+ TESS catches a comet before starting planet hunting mission
Study helps solve mystery under Jupiter's coloured bands
Canberra, Australia (SPX) Aug 10, 2018
Scientists from Australia and the United States have helped to solve the mystery underlying Jupiter's coloured bands in a new study on the interaction between atmospheres and magnetic fields. Jupiter is the largest planet in our solar system. Unlike Earth, Jupiter has no solid surface - it is a gaseous planet, consisting mostly of hydrogen and helium. Several strong jet streams flo ... more
+ Million fold increase in the power of waves near Jupiter's moon Ganymede
+ New Horizons team prepares for stellar occultation ahead of Ultima Thule flyby
+ High-Altitude Jovian Clouds
+ 'Ribbon' wraps up mystery of Jupiter's magnetic equator
+ The True Colors of Pluto and Charon
+ Radiation Maps of Jupiter's Moon Europa: Key to Future Missions
+ Dozen new Jupiter moons declared


Tonga PM calls on China to write-off Pacific debt
Wellington (AFP) Aug 15, 2018
Tonga Prime Minister Akalisi Pohiva has called for China to write-off debts owed by Pacific island countries, warning that repayments impose a huge burden on the impoverished nations. Chinese aid in the Pacific has ballooned in recent years with much of the funds coming in the form of loans from Beijing's state-run Exim Bank. Tonga has run-up enormous debts to China, estimated at more th ... more
+ DIY robots help marine biologists discover new deep-sea dwellers
+ Corals are becoming more tolerant of rising ocean temperatures
+ New Caledonia protects huge swathe of coral reefs
+ Does rain follow the plow
+ Easter Island defined by cooperation, not collapse, study suggests
+ Study reveals how zebra fish get their stripes
+ The behavior of water: scientists find new properties of H2O
Envistacom contracted for DAGRS GPS systems
Washington (UPI) Aug 7, 2018
Envistacom has announced it has received a contract for the DAGRS handheld GPS navigation system that is used for many military purposes. The contract, announced Tuesday by the company, is valued at up to $480 million over five years and covers both U.S. Army and Navy customers. The contract will include prototype design and other technical services to update the system. The AN/P ... more
+ Nordic nations, North Americans and Antipodeans rank top in navigation skills
+ UK could develop independent satellite system after leaving EU
+ China launches new twin BeiDou-3 navigation satellites
+ Arianespace orbits four more Galileo satellites, as Ariane 5 logs its 99th mission
+ GMV and Tecnobit partners with Skydel
+ Europe's next Galileo satellites in place atop Ariane 5
+ CTSi flight tests prototype navigation system to replace GPS in highly contested environments for US Navy


India's Second Moon Mission as "Complex" as NASA's Apollo Mission
New Delhi (Sputnik) Aug 14, 2018
The Indian Space Agency had planned the launch of its second moon mission for October this year, but scientists reviewing their preparedness suggested that more tests were needed before the launch. The mission is now likely to be preceded by Israel's moon mission, planned for December this year. The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has announced the postponement of its much-awaite ... more
+ At 60, NASA shoots for revival of moon glory days
+ MIDAS cameras spot pair of lunar flashes caused by meteoroid impacts
+ Russia may use ISS Modules in Lunar Gateway Project
+ Israel plans its first moon launch in December
+ The toxic side of the Moon
+ Waystation to the Solar System
+ Queqiao satellite the bridge to China's lunar exploration
The Umov Effect: Space dust clouds and the mysteries of the universe
Vladivostok, Russia (SPX) Aug 10, 2018
FEFU scientists are developing a methodology to calculate the ratio of dust and gas in comas and tails of comets. This will help learn more about the history of the Solar System and its development, as well as understand the processes that took part on different stages of universal evolution. A team of scientists from the Far Eastern Federal University (FEFU) under the supervision of the a ... more
+ Earth mini-moons: Potential for exciting scientific and commercial opportunities
+ "Great Show" predicted for Perseid meteor peak on August 12-13
+ Researchers at the University of New Mexico uncover remnants of early solar system
+ What Looks Like Ceres on Earth
+ China Focus: Capture an asteroid, bring it back to Earth?
+ Twenty Years of Planetary Defense
+ NASA's Dawn spacecraft focused on Ceres as it nears end of mission


NASA satellites assist states in estimating abundance of key wildlife species
Logan UT (SPX) Aug 10, 2018
Climate and land-use change are shrinking natural wildlife habitats around the world. Yet despite their importance to rural economies and natural ecosystems, remarkably little is known about the geographic distribution of most wild species - especially those that migrate seasonally over large areas. By combining NASA satellite imagery with wildlife surveys conducted by state natural resour ... more
+ New satellite map shows ground deformation after Indonesian quake
+ Aeolus sealed from view
+ PlanetWatchers Launches Foresights Analytics Platform to Advance Commercial Forestry
+ US Army scientists create new technique for modeling turbulence in the atmosphere
+ Planetary Defense Has New Tool in Weather Satellite Lightning Detector
+ Radar better than weather balloon for measuring boundary layer
+ China launches high-resolution Earth observation satellite
Historic space weather could clarify what's next
Warwick UK (SPX) Aug 14, 2018
Historic space weather may help us understand what's coming next, according to new research by the University of Warwick. Professor Sandra Chapman, from Warwick's Centre for Fusion, Space and Astrophysics, led a project which charted the space weather in previous solar cycles across the last half century, and discovered an underlying repeatable pattern in how space weather activity changes ... more
+ NASA launches Parker Solar Probe in first mission to 'touch Sun'
+ Satellite measurements of the Earth's magnetosphere promise better space weather forecasts
+ Touching the Sun to protect the Earth
+ Space probe to plunge into fiery solar corona
+ Spacecraft to speed through Sun's atmosphere and snag solar wind
+ French research set to take off for the Sun
+ Ready for Its Day in the Sun: The SWEAP Investigation
Daily Newsletters - Space - Military - Environment - Energy

Chinese astronomers discover most lithium-rich giant in galaxy with LAMOST
Beijing, China (SPX) Aug 10, 2018
A research team, led by the astronomers from National Astronomical Observatories of China (NAOC), Chinese Academy of Sciences, discovered the most lithium-rich giant ever known to date, with lithium abundance 3,000 times higher than normal giants. It is in the direction of Ophiuchus, north side of the Galactic disk, with a distance of 4,500 light years to Earth. The findings were realized ... more
+ Pairs of small colliding galaxies may seed future stars
+ Water is destroyed, then reborn in ultrahot Jupiters
+ Balloon-borne telescope looks for cosmic gamma rays
+ New Gamma-Ray Bursts Research Reveals Time-Reversible Mirroring Effect
+ Students digging into data archive spot mysterious X-ray source
+ Organic makeup of ancient meteorites sheds light on early solar system
+ Another blow for dark matter interpretation of galactic center excess
Unraveling the nature of 'whistlers' from space in the lab
Washington DC (SPX) Aug 16, 2018
Scientists at the University of California, Los Angeles present new research on a curious cosmic phenomenon known as "whistlers" - very low frequency packets of radio waves that race along magnetic field lines. This first-of-its-kind study, appearing in the Physics of Plasmas, from AIP Publishing, provides new insights into the nature of whistlers and space plasmas - regions of energized p ... more
+ Finding the happy medium of black holes
+ The universe's rate of expansion is in dispute - and we may need new physics to solve it
+ Early opaque universe linked to galaxy scarcity
+ Physicists measure energy difference between two quantum states
+ New technology to power pocket-sized particle accelerator
+ UT-ORNL team makes first particle accelerator beam measurement in six dimensions
+ Breaking down the Wiedemann-Franz law
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