The Milky Way Could Be Spreading Life From Star to Star
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The Milky Way Could Be Spreading Life From Star to Star

For almost two centuries, scientists have theorized that life may be distributed throughout the Universe by meteoroids, asteroids, planetoids, and other astronomical objects. This theory, known as Panspermia, is based on the idea that microorganisms and the chemical precursors of life are able to survive being transported from one star system to the next. Expanding…

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Did mosasaurs hunt like killer whales?
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Did mosasaurs hunt like killer whales?

Did prehistoric sea creatures called mosasaurs subdue prey by ramming them with their bony snouts like killer whales do today? It’s a theory that University of Cincinnati biology professor Takuya Konishi proposed after taking a closer look at a newborn fossil specimen for his latest research study. Konishi will present his findings at October’s Society…

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Hurricane Michael: dramatic satellite view of the monster's eye as it buzz-saws into the Florida coast
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Hurricane Michael: dramatic satellite view of the monster's eye as it buzz-saws into the Florida coast

An animation of images captured by the GOES-16 weather satellite shows Hurricane Michael making landfall along the Florida Panhandle on Oct. 10, 2018. (Source: Rick Kohrs, University of Wisconsin /SSEC) The utter devastation wrought by Hurricane Michael’s storm surge and 155-mph winds simply boggles the mind. “It appears that the impact of the hurricane was…

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Enhanced Constraints on the Interior Composition and Structure of Terrestrial Exoplanets
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Enhanced Constraints on the Interior Composition and Structure of Terrestrial Exoplanets

Exoplanet interior modelling usually makes the assumption that the elemental abundances of a planet are identical to those of its host star. Host stellar abundances are good proxies of planetary abundances, but only for refractory elements. This is particularly true for terrestrial planets, as evidenced by the relative differences in bulk chemical composition between the…

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What Neil Armstrong’s Sons Really Think About the Movie “First Man”
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What Neil Armstrong’s Sons Really Think About the Movie “First Man”

Like millions of other people around the world, on July 20, 1969, Rick and Mark Armstrong watched Apollo 11’s moon landing on the television set in their living room. But for those two boys – aged 12 and 6 at the time – it was their Dad who was taking humanity’s first steps on another…

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Getting to the root of lavender's secrets
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Getting to the root of lavender's secrets

A team of researchers, including UBC’s Soheil Mahmoud, have recently sequenced the genome of lavender. Mahmoud, an associate professor of biology at UBC Okanagan, says lavender has many uses, from essential oils, to fragrances, personal hygiene and pharmaceutical industries. “We have studied lavender for a long time,” says Mahmoud. “We have always been curious about…

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Book Review: Citizen Science for Your Littlest Researcher
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Book Review: Citizen Science for Your Littlest Researcher

Forrester, Anna. Bat Count: A Citizen Science Story. Arbordale Publishing, 2017. 32 pages. Paperback (English and Spanish editions) $US9.95. Bathala, Neeti, Keats Curtis, Jennifer, & Jones, Veronica V. (Illustrator). Moonlight Crab Count. Arbordale Publishing, 2017. 32 pages.Paperback (English and Spanish editions) $US9.95. A very young reader! Looking for some not-so-spooky reads for your little ones?  Just in time for…

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How to Characterize the Atmosphere of a Transiting Exoplanet
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How to Characterize the Atmosphere of a Transiting Exoplanet

This tutorial is an introduction to techniques used to characterize the atmospheres of transiting exoplanets. We intend it to be a useful guide for the undergraduate, graduate student, or postdoctoral scholar who wants to begin research in this field, but who has no prior experience with transiting exoplanets. We begin with a discussion of the…

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Weekly Space Hangout: Oct 10, 2018 – Sean Carroll
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Weekly Space Hangout: Oct 10, 2018 – Sean Carroll

Hosts:Fraser Cain (universetoday.com / @fcain)Dr. Paul M. Sutter (pmsutter.com / @PaulMattSutter)Dr. Kimberly Cartier (KimberlyCartier.org / @AstroKimCartier )Dr. Morgan Rehnberg (MorganRehnberg.com / @MorganRehnberg & ChartYourWorld.org) Dr. Sean Carroll is a blogger, author, and theoretical physicist at Caltech where he investigates dark matter/dark energy, modified gravity, and multiple other topics in cosmology, field theory, and gravitation. In…

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All eyes on Hurricane Michael
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All eyes on Hurricane Michael

Hurricane Michael plowed into the Florida panhandle Wednesday, Oct. 10, as a major Category 4 storm — the strongest hurricane ever to hit that region. Many NASA instruments are keeping tabs on Michael from space, including the Atmospheric Infrared Sounder (AIRS) and the Multi-angle Imaging SpectroRadiometer (MISR). The first image, taken by AIRS, shows Hurricane…

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