China ramps up space race with research for giant 1km-long ‘gravity’ orbiting ship | Science | News

China ramps up space race with research for giant 1km-long 'gravity' orbiting ship | Science | News

China: Tiangong-2 space lab makes its way back to Earth President Xi Jinping is attempting to pit China as the next great space super-power. Their new project is part of a wider call for research proposals from the National Natural Science Foundation of China, a funding agency managed by the country’s Ministry of Science and … Read more

NASA launches ‘suicide’ spacecraft to kick asteroid off course | Space News

NASA launches ‘suicide’ spacecraft to kick asteroid off course | Space News

NASA launched a mission to deliberately smash a spacecraft into an asteroid – a test-run should humanity ever need to stop a giant space rock from wiping out life on Earth. It may sound like science fiction, but the DART – Double Asteroid Redirection Test – is a real proof-of-concept experiment. It blasted off at … Read more

Long Valley supervolcano warning as ‘clues of imminent eruption’ across Californian county | Science | News

Long Valley supervolcano warning as 'clues of imminent eruption' across Californian county | Science | News

Long Valley supervolcano: Geologists wonder if it’s ‘waking up’ Long Valley Caldera is a depression in eastern California that sits next to the Mammoth Mountain. One of the planet’s largest calderas — a huge, cauldron-like hollow that forms after an eruption — it measures a staggering 20 miles long and 11 miles wide, and is … Read more

This Mars Sunset Photo Is Gorgeous, But There’s Something Strange About It

This Mars Sunset Photo Is Gorgeous, But There's Something Strange About It

Perseverance has captured thousands of photos while exploring Mars. Its latest subject is a Martian sunset that looks different than expected. NASA’s Perseverance rover has already made countless achievements exploring Mars — and it just pulled off another one with an incredible photo of a Martian sunset. If there’s one constant with Mars, it’s that the … Read more

Bees: Species living in Costa Rica has evolved an extra tooth for biting FLESH, study finds

A bee species in Costa Rice appears to have a taste for flesh (as pictured), having evolved an extra tooth for biting meat and a gut that more closely resembles those of vultures

A bee species in Costa Rice appears to have a taste for flesh, having evolved an extra tooth for biting meat and a gut that more closely resembles those of vultures. Researchers led from the University of California, Riverside compared the gut microbiota of various bee species, including these so-called ‘vulture bees’. They lured vulture … Read more

Scientists discover two ‘previously invisible’ galaxies 29 billion light years away

With the help of the giant ALMA radio telescopes (Atacama Large Milimeter Array) in Chile’s Atacama Desert the two invisible galaxies 'suddenly appeared'. ALMA has a spatial resolution five times better than the Hubble Space Telescope, as this graphic shows, which was key to the discovery

One in five distant galaxies could be hidden behind cosmic dust, scientists say as they uncover two previously invisible systems 29 billion light years away Experts discover two ‘heavily dust-obscured’ galaxies 29 billion light years away ‘REBELS-12-2’ and ‘REBELS-29-2’ were found with Chile’s ALMA radio telescopes Their existence suggests a fifth of existing galaxies are … Read more

Ancient human relative that lived in South Africa 2 million years ago climbed like an ape

Australopithecus sediba (pictured), an ancient human relative that lived in South Africa two million years ago, walked like a human but climbed like an ape, new analysis has revealed

An ancient human relative that lived in South Africa two million years ago walked like a human but climbed like an ape, new analysis has revealed. Scientists said the discovery of new lower back fossils belonging to Australopithecus sediba had settled a decades old debate about how early hominins moved. The ‘missing link’ revealed a curved … Read more

A Whopping 301 Newly Confirmed Exoplanets – Discovered With New Deep Neural Network ExoMiner

Transit Method

“Unlike other exoplanet-detecting machine learning programs, ExoMiner isn’t a black box – there is no mystery as to why it decides something is a planet or not,” said Jon Jenkins, exoplanet scientist at NASA’s Ames Research Center in California’s Silicon Valley. “We can easily explain which features in the data lead ExoMiner to reject or … Read more