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Are we being watched? Tens of other worlds could spot the Earth
A group of scientists from Queen's University Belfast and the Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research in Germany have turned exoplanet-hunting on its head, in a study that instead looks at how an alien observer might be able to detect Earth using our own methods. (2017-09-08)
Equatorial jet in Venusian atmosphere discovered by Akatsuki
Observations by Japan's Venus climate orbiter Akatsuki have revealed an equatorial jet in the lower to middle cloud layer of the planet's atmosphere, a finding that could be pivotal to unraveling a phenomenon called superrotation. (2017-09-01)
Illinois researchers develop origami-inspired robot
New research from a team of University of Illinois Mechanical Science and Engineering professors and students, published as an invited paper in Smart Materials and Structures, details how origami structures and bio-inspired design can be used to create a crawling robot. (2017-08-24)
Tracking a solar eruption through the solar system
Ten spacecraft, from ESA's Venus Express to NASA's Voyager-2, felt the effect of a solar eruption as it washed through the solar system while three other satellites watched, providing a unique perspective on this space weather event. (2017-08-15)
Venus's turbulent atmosphere
A research paper published today by Nature Astronomy sheds light on the so far un-explored nightside circulation at the upper cloud level of Venus. (2017-07-25)
Researchers find out how bromine fits into Venusian chemistry
Venus and Earth are almost twins as planets, but they have evolved very differently so studying atmosphere of Venus might help us understand why Earth evolved as it has. (2017-06-30)
Sea sponges stay put with anchors that bend but don't break
The anchors that hold Venus' flower basket sea sponges to the ocean floor have an internal architecture that increases their ability to bend, according to a new study. (2017-06-22)
Ancient meteorite impact sparked long-lived volcanic eruptions on Earth
Large impacts were common on the early Earth and were likely much more important than previously thought in shaping our planet. (2017-05-03)
How Venus flytrap triggers digestion
The Venus flytrap digests its prey using enzymes produced by special glands. (2017-04-21)
Snap, digest, respire
Scientists show how the Venus flytrap uses its prey's nitrogen compounds to extract energy. (2017-01-20)
Geosciences-inspired engineering
The Mackenzie Dike Swarm and the roughly 120 other known giant dike swarms located across the planet may also provide useful information about efficient extraction of oil and natural gas in today's modern world. (2017-01-19)
SF State astronomer searches for signs of life on Wolf 1061 exoplanet
San Francisco State astronomer Stephen Kane and a team of researchers locate the habitable zone, the region where water could exist on the surface of a planet, on the Wolf 1061, a planetary system that's 14 light years away. (2017-01-19)
World's smallest radio receiver has building blocks the size of 2 atoms
Researchers from the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences have made the world's smallest radio receiver -- built out of an assembly of atomic-scale defects in pink diamonds. (2016-12-16)
Will Earth still exist 5 billion years from now?
What will happen to Earth when, in a few billion years' time, the sun is a hundred times bigger than it is today? (2016-12-08)
Getting to bottom of crater formation
The first results of a recent drilling expedition at Chicxulub crater -- one of the only known craters on Earth with a well-preserved 'peak ring' -- reveal how it collapsed to form a complex crater. (2016-11-17)
A dead star's ghostly glow
The eerie glow of a dead star, which exploded long ago as a supernova, reveals itself in this NASA Hubble Space Telescope image of the Crab Nebula. (2016-10-27)
Tatooine worlds orbiting 2 suns often survive violent escapades of aging stars
Planets that revolve around two suns may surprisingly survive the violent late stages of the stars' lives, according to new research out of the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center and York University. (2016-10-12)
Noise-canceling optics
Destructive interference can be used to see through fog using a technology reminiscent of noise-canceling headphones. (2016-10-10)
Are planets setting the sun's pace?
The sun's activity is determined by the sun's magnetic field. (2016-10-04)
13th century Maya codex, long shrouded in controversy, proves genuine
The Grolier Codex, an ancient document that is among the rarest books in the world, has been regarded with skepticism since it was reportedly unearthed by looters from a cave in Chiapas, Mexico, in the 1960s. (2016-09-07)
A better way to learn if alien planets have the right stuff
A new method for analyzing the chemical composition of stars may help scientists winnow the search for Earth 2.0. (2016-08-24)
A new Goldilocks for habitable planets
The search for habitable, alien worlds needs to make room for a second 'Goldilocks,' according to a Yale University researcher. (2016-08-19)
Venus-like exoplanet might have oxygen atmosphere, but not life
The distant planet GJ 1132b intrigued astronomers when it was discovered last year. (2016-08-18)
An ancient Mayan Copernicus
In a new paper, UCSB scholar says ancient hieroglyphic texts reveal Mayans made major discovery in math and astronomy. (2016-08-16)
NASA climate modeling suggests Venus may have been habitable
Venus may have had a shallow liquid-water ocean and habitable surface temperatures for up to two billion years of its early history, according to NASA computer modeling of the planet's ancient climate. (2016-08-11)
Researchers find most volcanic activity on Mercury stopped about 3.5 billion years ago
New research from North Carolina State University finds that major volcanic activity on the planet Mercury most likely ended about 3.5 billion years ago. (2016-08-05)
These tiny satellites could take on NASA's riskiest missions (video)
At the Jet Propulsion Lab in Pasadena, Calif., NASA is preparing tiny satellites the size of briefcases for a mission to Mars. (2016-08-01)
First atmospheric study of Earth-sized exoplanets reveals rocky worlds
Scientists from MIT and elsewhere have found two of three potentially habitable planets, just 40 light years away, are made of solid rock, and may host atmospheres similar to Earth, Mars, or Venus. (2016-07-20)
This week from AGU: Amazonian drought, polar ice loss, and 3 research spotlights
Drought caused the Amazon to stop storing carbon The Amazon Basin's carbon sink was completely shut down by a recent drought, according to a new study, published in Global Biogeochemical Cycles. (2016-07-20)
Lush Venus? Searing Earth? It could have happened
It may not have taken much in the early solar system to set Earth and Venus on very different paths, according to Rice University researchers and their colleagues. (2016-07-05)
This week from AGU: Ocean currents intensify, capping warming, and 4 research spotlights
This Week from AGU: ocean currents intensify, capping warming, and four research spotlights. (2016-06-29)
Strong 'electric wind' strips planets of oceans and atmospheres
Venus has an 'electric wind' strong enough to remove the components of water from its upper atmosphere, which may have played a significant role in stripping the planet of its oceans, according to a new study by NASA and UCL researchers. (2016-06-20)
'Electric wind' can strip Earth-like planets of oceans, atmospheres
Venus has an 'electric wind' strong enough to remove the components of water from its upper atmosphere, which may have played a significant role in stripping Earth's twin planet of its oceans, according to new results from ESA's (European Space Agency) Venus Express mission by NASA-funded researchers. (2016-06-20)
'Electric wind' can strip Earth-like planets of oceans and atmospheres
Venus has an 'electric wind' strong enough to remove the components of water from its upper atmosphere, which may have played a significant role in stripping Earth's twin planet of its oceans, according to new results from the European Space Agency's Venus Express mission by NASA-funded researchers. (2016-06-20)
Number of habitable planets could be limited by stifling atmospheres
New research has revealed that fewer than predicted planets may be capable of harbouring life because their atmospheres keep them too hot. (2016-05-25)
Hunting for hidden life on worlds orbiting old, red stars
In their work, Ramses M. Ramirez, research associate at Cornell's Carl Sagan Institute and Lisa Kaltenegger, associate professor of astronomy and director of the Carl Sagan Institute, have modeled the locations of the habitable zones for aging stars and how long planets can stay in it. (2016-05-16)
25 myths of dating, sex and marriage debunked in new book
How we feel about ourselves and those we love depends in large part on the assumptions and expectations we hold about romantic relationships. (2016-05-11)
The Venus flytrap: From prey to predator
The carnivorous Venus flytrap recognizes its prey by taste and its cells share similarities with the human intestine. (2016-05-04)
From Genome Research: Venus flytrap exploits plant defenses in carnivorous lifestyle
Venus flytraps have fascinated biologists for centuries, however, the molecular underpinnings of their carnivorous lifestyle remain largely unknown. (2016-05-04)
Scientists discover potentially habitable planets
For the first time, an international team of astronomers from MIT, the University of Liège in Belgium, and elsewhere have detected three planets orbiting an ultracool dwarf star, just 40 light years from Earth. (2016-05-02)
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