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Researchers to create artificial magnetosphere for Mars

Researchers to create artificial magnetosphere for Mars

A NASA scientist has presented the idea of launching a giant magnetic shield around Mars in order to restore its atmosphere and potentially make the Red Planet habitable in the future. Mars is thought to have been temperate and to have had surface water around 3.5 billion years ago, but 90 percent of its atmosphere has been destroyed by solar ... Read More »

Nasa releases close up image of Jupiter (Picture)

Nasa releases close up image of Jupiter (Photo)

Nasa released a close-up view of Jupiter that captures the turbulent region just west of the Great Red Spot in the South Equatorial Belt, with resolution better than any previous pictures from Earth or other spacecraft. The photo featured above was taken by Juno on December 11th, 2016. It was enhanced by citizen scientist Sergey Dushkin, as part of the ... Read More »

The Clouds Of Jupiter Resembles Vincent Van Gogh’s Famous Painting (Photo)

The Clouds Of Jupiter Resembles Vincent Van Gogh's Famous Painting (Photo)

With their sweeping hues of blue and red creating a stunning portrait of spiraling curves, the whirling clouds of Jupiter look like a distant cousin of Vincent van Gogh’s famed The Starry Night painting — at least in this new image captured by NASA’s Juno spacecraft. Citizen scientist Amelia Carolina Sparavigna saw the similarities between the real-world snapshot and the ... Read More »

How will global warming affect polar bears?

How will global warming affect polar bears?

As the Arctic warms faster than any other place on the planet and sea ice declines, there is only one sure way to save polar bears from extinction, the US government announced: decisive action on climate change. In a final conservation management plan, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service singles out climate change-driven sea ice loss as the “primary threat” ... Read More »

NASA’s MAVEN Spacecraft maneuvers out of Phobos’ orbit

NASA's MAVEN Spacecraft maneuvers out of Phobos' orbit

NASA’s MAVEN spacecraft in orbit around Mars maneuvered out of the path of Phobos earlier this week after navigators predicted the spacecraft could run into the Martian moon in the near future, highlighting the challenge of tracking an international fleet of Mars probes set to double in size by 2021. The Mars Atmosphere and VolatileEvolutioN (MAVEN)spacecraft has been orbiting Mars ... Read More »

Paleontologists investigate evolution of bipedalism in ancient dinosaur ancestors

Paleontologists investigate evolution of bipedalism in ancient dinosaur ancestors

A new paper from the University of Alberta details a novel theory as to why predatory dinosaurs took up bipedal movement, while their mammal counterparts didn’t. Bipedalism in dinosaurs was inherited from ancient and much smaller proto-dinosaurs. The trick to this evolution is in their tails explains Scott Persons, postdoctoral fellow and lead author on the paper. “The tails of ... Read More »

NASA’s Europa mission enters next development phase

NASA's Europa mission enters next development phase

A NASA mission that will send a probe to Jupiter’s icy moon Europa recently passed a critical stage on its long journey to the Jovian system. Europa is one of a handful of locations in the solar system that scientists think could host an environment fit for life. Beneath an ice layer about 10 to 15 miles (15-25 kilometers) thick, ... Read More »

Skulls Found in China Could Belong to a New Human Species

Skulls Found in China Could Belong to a New Human Species

Ancient skull fragments found in central China have characteristics like their Neanderthal cousins from halfway across the world, but also have some modern human variations, according to a new paper published this week in Science. The two species definitely mated, but there are some big differences between them, from Neanderthals’ big brows and squat figures to their distinctive DNA. Now, ... Read More »

Researchers May Have Discovered Why The Wooly Mammoth Died Out

Researchers May Have Discovered Why The Wooly Mammoth Died Out

The woolly mammoth was not so furry when it died out… growing a weird, semi transparent satin coat. New study suggests the mammoth also had a poor sense of smell – and sex life – just before being wiped out after suffering a “genomic meltdown”. Writing in the journal PLOS Genetics, bioinformatics and genomics professor Rebekah Rogers, formerly of the ... Read More »

NASA releases key software for free public access (Video)

NASA releases key software for free public access (Video)

NASA has released its 2017 and 2018 catalog of software for public. The software includes several products for several applications. The software catalog is free as anyone can download and use the tools. The software is being made available through the NASA Technology Transfer Program (motto, “Bringing NASA Technology Down to Earth”). The available codes are listed in the NASA ... Read More »