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NASA Webb's heart survives deep freeze test
After 116 days of being subjected to extremely frigid temperatures like that in space, the heart of the James Webb Space Telescope, the Integrated Science Instrument Module and its sensitive instruments, emerged unscathed from the thermal vacuum chamber at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland. (2014-10-21)

NASA's MAVEN studies passing comet and its effects
NASA's newest orbiter at Mars, MAVEN, took precautions to avoid harm from a dust-spewing comet that flew near Mars today and is studying the flyby's effects on the Red Planet's atmosphere. (2014-10-20)

Cold Atom Laboratory creates atomic dance
The goal of NASA's Cold Atom Laboratory is to study ultra-cold quantum gases in a facility instrument developed for use on the space station. (2014-10-20)

Satellites confirm Fay weakened to a Tropical Storm
The fifth named Atlantic storm didn't maintain hurricane status long. Fay became a hurricane late on Oct. 12 and by early on Oct. 13, had weakened back to a tropical storm. (2014-10-13)

Satellite movie shows Hurricane Simon's remnants moving through US
NOAA's GOES-East satellite has captured visible and infrared images of Hurricane Simon since birth, and a new animation of the data created by NASA shows Simon's landfall in Mexico and movement into the US Southwest. (2014-10-09)

Can life continue for eternity?
'Elephants in Space -- The Past, Present and Future of Life and the Universe' takes us on a journey from the beginning of time to the end of the universe to uncover our origins and reveal our destiny. Ben Moore explains how mankind acquired knowledge starting from the beginning of civilization when the ancient Greeks first began to ask questions about the nature of the world around them. (2014-10-08)

Assuring good nutrition for astronauts
Maintaining the nutritional value of astronauts' food in space over long periods without refrigeration is a challenge, particularly for the essential vitamins. Now University of Massachusetts Amherst food scientists Hang Xiao and colleagues have received a three-year, $982,685 grant from NASA to investigate the degradation of essential vitamins over time in spaceflight foods, and develop strategies to minimize loss. (2014-10-08)

NASA adds up Japan's soaking rains from Typhoon Phanfone
Typhoon Phanfone packed heavy rainfall as it brushed over Japan and NASA's TRMM satellite identified where the rain fell. That data was used to make a map of rainfall totals. (2014-10-07)

A glimpse into the 3-D brain: How memories form
People who wish to know how memory works are forced to take a glimpse into the brain. They can now do so without bloodshed: RUB researchers have developed a new method for creating 3-D models of memory-relevant brain structures. They published their results in the trade journal 'Frontiers in Neuroanatomy.' (2014-10-06)

Taking thin films to the extreme
Applying a well-known optical phenomenon called thin-film interference, a group of researchers at Harvard University has demonstrated the ability to 'paint' ultra-thin coatings onto a rough surface -- work that holds promise for making future, flexible electronic devices, creating advanced solar cells and detailing the sides of next-gen rocket ships and spacecraft with extremely lightweight decorative logos -- work described in work the journal Applied Physics Letters, from AIP Publishing. (2014-09-30)

Children with autism are more sedentary than their peers, new OSU study shows
A small new Oregon State University study of children with autism found that they are more sedentary than their typically-developing peers, averaging 50 minutes less a day of moderate physical activity and 70 minutes more each day sitting. (2014-09-26)

Satellite catches an oval-shaped Tropical Storm Rachel
NOAA's GOES-West satellite spotted the eighteenth tropical depression of the Eastern Pacific grow into a tropical storm that was renamed Rachel today, Sept. 25, 2014. Wind shear is affecting the tropical storm, however, so it doesn't have a rounded appearance on satellite imagery. (2014-09-25)

NASA honors researchers behind film from space
Star cameras developed by researchers at DTU Space have ensured unique footage of Earth and the moon seen from space. Now NASA has honored the researchers behind the successful film with an award. (2014-09-25)

A galaxy of deception
Astronomers usually have to peer very far into the distance to see back in time, and view the Universe as it was when it was young. This new NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope image of galaxy DDO 68, otherwise known as UGC 5340, was thought to offer an exception. This ragged collection of stars and gas clouds looks at first glance like a recently-formed galaxy in our own cosmic neighborhood. But, is it really as young as it looks? (2014-09-25)

New ISERV tool enables rapid view of Earth images from space
One of NASA's tools for effective Earth observation has been orbiting our planet for more than 15 years -- the ISERV camera -- the International Space Station SERVIR Environmental Research and Visualization System. (2014-09-24)

Getting to the root of the problem in space
Plant biology investigations called Petri Plants explore the fundamental genetic mechanisms plants use to adapt to a microgravity environment. (2014-09-23)

Where is that spacecraft?
Space surveillance is inherently challenging when compared to other tracking environments due to various reasons, not least of which is the long time gap between surveillance updates. In a paper published in July in the SIAM/ASA Journal on Uncertainty Quantification, authors Horwood and Aubrey Poore, both of Numerica Corporation, propose a more statistically rigorous treatment of uncertainty in the near-Earth space environment than currently available. (2014-09-22)

Breezy science, plant studies and more head to space station on SpaceX-4
Plant science, wind monitors, 3-D printers and more head to the space station on SpaceX-4. The SpaceX Dragon cargo resupply vehicle is scheduled to launch to the orbiting laboratory in the early morning of Sept. 20. (2014-09-19)

Hepatitis C virus proteins in space
Two researchers at Technische Universit√§t M√ľnchen have won the 'International Space Station Research Competition' with their project 'Egypt Against Hepatitis C Virus.' As their prize, the scientists will see the International Space Station crew perform experiments on the space station. The project involves crystallizing two proteins of the hepatitis C virus under microgravity conditions. The shuttle bringing these proteins to the International Space Station is scheduled to lift off from Cape Canaveral on Sept. 20. (2014-09-18)

Everything in moderation: Micro-8 to study regulating pathogens in space
Scientists want to address controlling outbreaks of Candida albicans, an opportunistic yeast pathogen, with the next round of cellular growth experiments on the International Space Station -- Micro-8. (2014-09-18)

AGU Fall Meeting: Press registration open, book hotel now
Discover the latest Earth and space science news at the 47th annual AGU Fall Meeting this December, when about 22,000 scientists from around the globe are expected to assemble for the largest worldwide conference in the Earth and space sciences. This year, the meeting runs from Monday through Friday, Dec. 15-19, at the Moscone Center, 747 Howard St., San Francisco, Calif. (2014-09-17)

Space: The final frontier ... open to the public
Historically, spaceflight has been reserved for the very healthy. Astronauts are selected for their ability to meet the highest physical standards to prepare them for any unknown challenges. However, with the advent of commercial spaceflight, average people can now fly. The aerospace medicine community has had little information about what medical conditions should be considered particularly risky in the spaceflight environment, as most medical conditions have never been studied for risk in space -- until now. (2014-09-17)

Hubble helps find smallest known galaxy containing a supermassive black hole
Astronomers using data from NASA's Hubble Space Telescope and ground observation have found an unlikely object in an improbable place -- a monster black hole lurking inside one of the tiniest galaxies ever known. (2014-09-17)

CASIS research set for launch aboard SpaceX mission to space station
SpaceX's Dragon spacecraft is scheduled to blast off to the space station carrying the third suite of research investigations sponsored by the Center for the Advancement of Science in Space, termed Advancing Research Knowledge-2. (2014-09-16)

Researchers search for Venus-like planets
Identification of planets orbiting distant stars is spurring the search for an Earth-like planet. Now a team of researchers has developed a way to distinguish a distant Venus-like planet from an Earth-like one. (2014-09-10)

NASA sees a significant flare surge off the sun
The sun emitted a significant solar flare, peaking at 1:48 p.m. EDT on Sept. 10, 2014. NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory captured images of the event. (2014-09-10)

New map tool identifies patterns of racial diversity across the US
Researchers reveal how they created the map and where it can be found online. (2014-09-09)

On Space Station, Earth's beauty is in the eye of the high definition beholder
The ongoing High Definition Earth Viewing investigation aboard the International Space Station allows anyone with Internet access to continuously stream live views of Earth directly to their desktop or mobile Internet device. (2014-09-09)

New remote-sensing instrument to blaze a trail on the International Space Station
The Cloud-Aerosol Transport System, a new instrument that will measure the character and worldwide distribution of the tiny particles that make up haze, dust, air pollutants and smoke, will do more than gather data once it's deployed on the International Space Station this year. (2014-09-08)

Greener neighborhoods lead to better birth outcomes, new research shows
Mothers who live in neighborhoods with plenty of grass, trees or other green vegetation are more likely to deliver at full term and their babies are born at higher weights, compared to mothers who live in urban areas that aren't as green, a new study shows. (2014-09-04)

Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology specialists studied jet fuel ignition
Scientists from Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology published an experimental study of ignition of jet fuel. (2014-09-04)

NASA's TRMM satellite adds up Cristobal's heavy rainfall in the Caribbean
The Caribbean Islands of Turks and Caicos were drenched from Tropical Storm Cristobal before the storm moved north and intensified into a hurricane. NASA's TRMM satellite added up the rainfall and revealed the soaking those islands received. (2014-08-28)

Karina's remnants drawn into Hurricane Marie's spin
Karina finally became a remnant low pressure area after roaming around in the Eastern Pacific for two weeks. Satellite data on Aug. 27 showed that the now shapeless former hurricane was being drawn into nearby Hurricane Marie's circulation. (2014-08-27)

NASA telescopes uncover early construction of giant galaxy
Astronomers have for the first time caught a glimpse of the earliest stages of massive galaxy construction. The building site, dubbed 'Sparky,' is a dense galactic core blazing with the light of millions of newborn stars that are forming at a ferocious rate. (2014-08-27)

Satellite shows Hurricane Marie about to swallow Karina
Massive Hurricane Marie appears like a giant fish about to swallow tiny Tropical Depression Karina on satellite imagery today from NOAA's GOES-West satellite. (2014-08-26)

Do we live in a 2-D hologram?
A unique experiment at the US Department of Energy's Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory called the Holometer has started collecting data that will answer some mind-bending questions about our universe -- including whether we live in a hologram. (2014-08-26)

ACEs are high with space station colloidal research
ACE-M-1, the first in a series of such investigations aboard the space station, was designed to help researchers understand how to use small colloidal particles as stabilizers in products. The goal: to improve shelf-life stability. (2014-08-25)

Space Station inspired robot to help heal sick children
Space-inspired robotics are lending a helping arm to pediatric doctors for children who require intensive surgical care. The same companies which developed the robotic arms that helped build the space station have now created a new research platform. (2014-08-21)

Queen's and NASA join forces in major international investigation into 'solar flares'
A major new collaboration between the Astrophysics Research Centre at Queen's University Belfast and American space agency NASA is set to investigate 'solar flares' and their potential to cause disruption here on Earth. (2014-08-19)

12th tropical depression appears huge on satellite imagery
The Eastern Pacific has generated the twelfth tropical depression of the hurricane season, and satellite imagery showed that it dwarfs nearby Tropical Storm Karina. (2014-08-18)

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