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NASA catches Tropical Storm Dolphin swimming north   
NASA's Terra satellite obtained visible imagery of Tropical Storm Dolphin as it continued moving north though the Northwestern Pacific Ocean on a track toward east central Japan. (2020-09-22)

NASA sees Wilfred degenerate into a trough
Former Tropical Storm Wilfred weakened in the Central Atlantic Ocean and NASA-NOAA's Suomi NPP satellite provided a visible image after the storm became a trough or elongated area of low pressure. (2020-09-21)

Very sensitive optical receivers for space communication
Researchers in Sweden recently demonstrated a novel concept for laser-beam-based communication links using a near 'noiseless' optical pre-amplifier in the receiver. They demonstrated an unprecedented receiver sensitivity of only one photon-per-information bit at a bit rate of 10.5 Gbit/s. This approach will provide a path for increasing the reach and information rates in future high-speed links for inter-satellite communication, deep-space missions, and Earth monitoring with Lidar. (2020-09-21)

Solar storm forecasts for Earth improved with help from the public
Scientists used observations recorded by members of the public to increase accuracy of computer model predictions of when harmful CMEs will hit Earth. (2020-09-18)

NASA-NOAA's Suomi NPP satellite finds tropical storm Noul fading over Laos
Tropical Storm Noul made landfall in central Vietnam on Sept. 17 and NASA-NOAA's Suomi NPP satellite captured an image of the storm over Laos. Noul was weakening as it moves toward Thailand where it is forecast to dissipate. (2020-09-18)

NASA-NOAA satellite catches nighttime view of major hurricane Teddy
An early morning infrared image of Hurricane Teddy taken from NASA-NOAA's Suomi NPP satellite shows the proximity of the strengthening hurricane to the Lesser Antilles island chain and Puerto Rico. Teddy is a major hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale. (2020-09-17)

NASA-NOAA satellite finds a strengthening tropical storm Noul NASA-NOAA's Suom
NASA-NOAA's Suomi NPP satellite passed over the South China Sea and captured a visible image of Tropical Storm Noui as it continued to organize and intensify. (2020-09-16)

Holding up a mirror to a dark matter discrepancy
The universe's funhouse mirrors are revealing a difference between how dark matter behaves in theory and how it appears to act in reality. (2020-09-11)

Carbon-rich exoplanets may be made of diamonds
In a new study published recently in The Planetary Science Journal, a team of researchers from Arizona State University and the University of Chicago have determined that some carbon-rich exoplanets, given the right circumstances, could be made of diamonds and silica. (2020-09-11)

Gut microbes could allow space travelers to stay healthy on long voyages
Space travel is associated with a variety of negative health effects, including bone loss and mental health issues, which could limit our ability to undertake long-distance space missions, such as a mission to Mars. A new review highlights the potential of treatments that enhance gut microbes as a way to protect space travelers during long voyages. (2020-09-08)

NASA-NOAA satellite sees new Tropical Storm Rene drenching Cabo Verde islands
NASA-NOAA's Suomi NPP satellite provided forecasters with a visible image of the latest tropical cyclone in the North Atlantic hurricane season. Tropical Storm Rene was bringing tropical-storm force winds and rain to the Cabo Verde Islands. (2020-09-08)

NASA satellite finds Haishen now a super typhoon
NASA-NOAA's Suomi NPP satellite passed over the Philippine Sea on Sept. 4, 2020 and provided a visible image of Haishen that had strengthened into a super typhoon. (2020-09-04)

NASA Terra Satellite sees development of Tropical Storm Maysak
NASA infrared imagery revealed several areas of strong thunderstorms around the center of the recently organized Tropical Storm Maysak. (2020-08-28)

Bacteria could survive travel between Earth and Mars when forming aggregates
The hypothesis called ''panspermia'' proposes an interplanetary transfer of life. Microbes inside shielding material such as rocks could be protected from UV-irradiation and survive during space travel as supported by the ''lithopanspermia'' theory. In this study, researchers show that even without rock shielding, aggregates of bacteria, if thick enough, could survive outer space conditions for several years, raising the new concept of ''massapanspermia''. (2020-08-26)

Quantum simulation for 3D chiral topological phase
Professor Liu at PKU, Professor Du and Professor Wang at USTC build up a quantum simulator using nitrogen-vacancy center to investigate a three-dimensional (3D) chiral topological insulator which was not realized in solid state system, and demonstrate a complete study of both the bulk and surface topological physics by quantum quenches. (2020-08-25)

Hubble snaps close-up of celebrity comet NEOWISE
The Hubble Space Telescope has snapped the closest images yet of the sky's latest visitor to make headlines, comet NEOWISE, after it passed by the Sun. This is the first time Hubble has photographed a comet of this brightness at such resolution after this close of a pass by the Sun. (2020-08-21)

The most sensitive instrument in the search for life in space comes from Bern
Researchers at the University of Bern have developed the highly sensitive ORIGIN instrument, which can provide proof of the smallest amounts of traces of life, for future space missions. Space agencies such as NASA have already expressed interest in testing ORIGIN for future missions. The instrument may be used on missions to the ice moons of Europa (Jupiter) and Enceladus (Saturn), for example. (2020-08-19)

NASA-NOAA's Suomi NPP satellite snaps Tropical Storm Higos' landfall
NASA-NOAA's Suomi NPP satellite provided forecasters with a visible image of the landfall of Tropical Storm Higos on Aug. 18. (2020-08-19)

Biomorphic batteries could provide 72x more energy for robots
Like biological fat reserves store energy in animals, a new rechargeable zinc battery integrates into the structure of a robot to provide much more energy, a team led by the University of Michigan has shown. (2020-08-19)

NASA-NOAA satellite snaps image of tropical storm Higos in South China Sea
NASA-NOAA's Suomi NPP satellite passed over the South China Sea and captured a visible image of Tropical Storm Higos. Higos is headed for landfall in southeastern China. (2020-08-18)

NASA looks at water vapor in remnants of tropical depression 10E
Tropical Depression 10E weakened to a remnant low-pressure area in the Eastern Pacific Ocean. NASA's Terra satellite observed the water vapor content in the storm. (2020-08-17)

Aurora mysteries unlocked with NASA's THEMIS mission
A special type of aurora, draped east-west across the night sky like a glowing pearl necklace, is helping scientists better understand the science of auroras and their powerful drivers out in space. (2020-08-14)

NASA finds wind shear making Tropical Depression 10E struggle
NASA-NOAA's Suomi NPP satellite provided forecasters with a visible image of a struggling Tropical Depression 10E in the Eastern Pacific Ocean. Wind shear is preventing the storm from intensifying into a tropical storm. (2020-08-14)

A method has been developed to study extreme space weather events
An international team of scientists developed a method to study fast Coronal Mass Ejections, powerful ejections of magnetized matter from the outer atmosphere of the Sun. The results can help to better understand and predict the most extreme space weather events and their potential to cause strong geomagnetic storms that directly affect the operation of engineering systems in space and on Earth. (2020-08-14)

Perovskite and organic solar cells prove successful on a rocket flight in space
Almost all satellites are powered by solar cells - but solar cells are heavy. While conventional high-performance cells reach up to three watts of electricity per gram, perovskite and organic hybrid cells could provide up to ten times that amount. A research team from the Technical University of Munich (TUM) and the German Aerospace Center (DLR) has now tested this type of cell in space for the first time. (2020-08-13)

Perovskite and organic solar cells rocketed into space
For the first time, researchers in Germany sent perovskite and organic solar cells on a rocket into space. The solar cells withstood the extreme conditions in space, producing power from direct sunlight and reflective light from the Earth's surface. The work, published August 12 in the journal Joule, sets the foundation for future near-Earth application as well as potential deep space missions. (2020-08-12)

NASA-NOAA's Suomi NPP satellite finds a stubborn tropical depression 06W
Tropical Depression 06W has been around for days, and continues to hold together as it moves in a westerly direction toward Taiwan in the Northwestern Pacific Ocean. NASA-NOAA's Suomi NPP satellite captured a visible image of the storm. (2020-08-12)

Clemson doctoral candidate uses rockets to surf the Alaskan sky
Postdoc researcher Rafael Mesquita and a multi-institutional research team documented ''surfer waves'' in the upper atmosphere that create a pipeline of energy between layers in space. (2020-08-11)

How building features impact veterans with PTSD
The built environment, where someone lives (private) or works (public), influences a person's daily life and can help, or hinder, their mental health. This is especially true for those with mental health conditions such as PTSD, or post-traumatic stress disorder. (2020-08-10)

NASA's Maven observes martian night sky pulsing in ultraviolet light
Vast areas of the Martian night sky pulse in ultraviolet light, according to images from NASA's MAVEN spacecraft. The results are being used to illuminate complex circulation patterns in the Martian atmosphere (2020-08-06)

NASA finds an eye and a giant 'tail' in Typhoon Hagupit
NASA-NOAA's Suomi NPP satellite provided forecasters with a visible image of Typhoon Hagupit in the Northwestern Pacific Ocean that showed the development of an eye as it quickly intensified. Imagery also showed a thick band of thunderstorms that resembled a giant tail, spiraling into the powerful storm. (2020-08-03)

Breakthrough method for predicting solar storms
Extensive power outages and satellite blackouts that affect air travel and the internet are some of the potential consequences of massive solar storms. These storms are believed to be caused by the release of enormous amounts of stored magnetic energy due to changes in the magnetic field of the sun's outer atmosphere - something that until now has eluded scientists' direct measurement. Researchers believe this recent discovery could lead to better ''space weather'' forecasts in the future. (2020-07-29)

Seeing the light: Researchers combine technologies for better light control
A new technology that can allow for better light control without requiring large, difficult-to-integrate materials and structures has been developed by Penn State researchers. The new photonic integrated chip could allow for many advances in the optical field and industry, ranging from improvements in virtual-reality glasses to optical remote sensing, according to the researchers. (2020-07-23)

Hubble sees summertime on Saturn
Saturn is truly the lord of the rings in this latest snapshot from NASA's Hubble Space Telescope, taken on July 4, 2020, when the opulent giant world was 839 million miles from Earth. This new Saturn image was taken during summer in the planet's northern hemisphere. (2020-07-23)

If it's big enough and leafy enough the birds will come
A new study from the Cornell Lab of Ornithology highlights specific features of urban green spaces that support the greatest diversity of bird species. The findings were published today in the journal Landscape and Urban Planning. The study focuses specifically on parks in New York City. It uses observations submitted to the eBird citizen-science database from 2002 through 2019 to estimate the variety of species found on an annual and seasonal basis. (2020-07-20)

Quantum simulation: Particle behavior near the event horizon of block hole
Scientists from Shanghai Jiao Tong University and Nanjing University propose and demonstrate a quantum evolution of fermions near an artificial black hole on a photonic chip. The acceleration, quantum creation and evolution of a fermion pair near the event horizon are observed: a single-photon wave packet with positive energy escapes from black hole while negative energy is captured. The extensible platform in the work also has the potentiality to investigate quantum gravity in future. (2020-07-16)

Revisiting energy flow in photosynthetic plant cells
By developing innovative methods to visualize energy changes in subcellular compartments in live plants, the team of Dr Boon Leong LIM, Associate Professor of the School of Biological Sciences of The University of Hong Kong, recently solved a controversial question in photosynthesis: what is the source of NADH (Reduced Nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide) for mitochondria to generate ATP (Adenosine triphosphate)? The results were just published in the journal Nature Communications. (2020-06-30)

Ethics and AI: An unethical optimization principle
EPFL professor Anthony Davison and co-authors provide a mathematical basis for concerns about ethical implications of AI. (2020-06-30)

NRL telescope onboard ESA, NASA SOHO discovers 4000th comet
NRL's Large Angle Spectrometric Coronagraph (LASCO) instrument identified the 4000th comet discovered by the Solar and Heliospheric Observatory (SOHO), a joint mission between the European Space Agency and NASA on June 15. (2020-06-25)

Researchers design a system to reduce the noise of space rockets in the launch phase
Researchers at the Gandia campus of the Universitat Politècnica de València (UPV) have developed a new system to reduce the noise of space rockets during the first phases of launching. The prototype was presented by Iván Herrero, Doctor in Mathematics by UPV in his doctoral thesis, and will increase the safety of launching of space vehicles (2020-06-18)

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