Thursday , 22 October 2020

Science

NASA’s Next Mega-Rocket Passes Key Design Review (video)

The huge rocket that NASA is building to blast astronauts toward Mars, asteroids and other destinations in deep space has passed a critical design milestone, agency officials announced today (Aug. 1). Engineers wrapped up the preliminary design review for NASA’s Space Launch System rocket on Wednesday (July 31), giving the heavy lifter’s design, production and ground support plans a stamp of approval. …

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Brilliant Meteor Shower and Comet to Grace August Night Sky

August could be a banner month for skywatchers, weather permitting. The August night sky stars the return of the potentially spectacular Comet ISON, as well as the annual Perseid meteor shower. The beloved Perseids rarely disappoint, and this year’s performance could be especially dazzling. “The moon will set before midnight on the peak nights of Aug. 11 and 12, meaning dark skies for …

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‘Lazarus comets’ returning to life after millions of years of dormancy

According to a news release from the Royal Astronomical Society, astronomers from the University of Anitoquia have found a graveyard of comets. Amazingly, these comets have come back from the dead after millions of years, convincing the astronomers to call them the “Lazarus comets.” The Royal Astronomical Society notes that comets are among the tiniest objects in the Solar System, usually …

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Neuroscientists plant false memories in the brain

The phenomenon of false memory has been well-documented: In many court cases, defendants have been found guilty based on testimony from witnesses and victims who were sure of their recollections, but DNA evidence later overturned the conviction. In a step toward understanding how these faulty memories arise, MIT neuroscientists have shown that they can plant false memories in the brains …

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Microchips Mimic Brain’s Processing Power (video)

Researchers in Switzerland say they have made microchips that imitate the way our brains process information, unlocking some of the mystery around how the world’s most efficient computer functions. Scientists at the University of Zurich and ETH Zurich, together with colleagues in Germany and the United States, created electronic systems comparable to a human brain both in size, speed and …

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CIA-funded project could control the weather

The Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) is among five government agencies investigating new ideas to mitigate climate change, according to a report from Mother Jones. The 21-month, $630,000 project will be run by the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) with funding coming from the CIA, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and NASA. The project is called “Geoengineering Climate: Technical …

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Cassini Snaps Earth’s Picture From Out Beyond Saturn

On July 19, NASA took advantage of a rare alignment that allowed its Cassini spacecraft to photograph the Earth and Moon in the same field of view as Saturn and its rings. As Saturn eclipsed the Sun from Cassini’s vantage, the spacecraft took 323 images—using its wide-angle and narrow-field cameras—between 5:27 to 5:42 p.m. EDT., which the space agency has …

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