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More than 200,000 stars appear in this test image from TESS.Credit: NASA / MIT / TESS TESS—the new planet-hunting probe—is up, running, and almost ready to rumble. The robotic spacecraft, launched 12 weeks ago, is now locked into “final science orbit,” says NASA’s Padi Boyd. So far, all is good. Everything on TESS checks out,
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Medieval Studies has a choice to make. Just this week controversy erupted over the largest annual academic conference devoted to the study of the Middle Ages in all of its forms – the International Congress on Medieval Studies (ICMS), hosted by Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Many academic conferences in the Humanities and Social Sciences work
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This NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope image shows a massive galaxy cluster, PLCK_G308.3-20.2, glowing brightly in the darkness. This is what huge swaths of the distant Universe looks like. But how far does the Universe as-we-know-it, including the unobservable part, go on for?ESA/Hubble & NASA, RELICS; Acknowledgement: D. Coe et al. 13.8 billion years ago, the
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From savoring a piece of cake to hugging a friend, many of life’s pleasures trigger a similar reaction in the brain—a surge of chemicals that tell the body “that was good, do it again.” Research published Friday in Nature Communications suggests this feel-good circuit may do much more. Using lab tools to activate that reward
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CARNARVON, South Africa (Reuters) – A scientific mega-project to unlock cosmic conundrums from dark energy to detecting extraterrestrial life was given a boost on Friday, when the 64-dish MeerKAT radio telescope was inaugurated in the remote South African town of Carnarvon. FILE PHOTO: Star trails form over radio telescope dishes of the KAT-7 Array in
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A breakthrough in the study of ghostly particles called high-energy neutrinos that traverse space, zipping unimpeded through people, planets and whole galaxies, is giving scientists an audacious new way to expand our understanding of the cosmos. The IceCube Laboratory is pictured at the Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station, in Antarctica, in 2017 and
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Parrot brains are very similar to primate brains: parrots have a large region that acts as an information superhighway between the two main areas of the brain The Congo African grey parrot (Psittacus erithacus) is thought to be one of the most intelligent of parrots species.(Credit: Keith Allison / USFWS / Public Domain.)Keith Allison via
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Shutterstock For those of us who love tennis, we know it is Wimbledon season now, where sportsmanship, mental and physical perseverance come together into one of the most exhilarating tennis tournaments in the world. A couple of years ago, I remember watching a match between a young but talented tennis player versus an established name in
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As commerce and society feel the impact of digitization, automation proliferates along assembly lines and deployment of robotics gathers pace, an influential U.K. academic at the operating helm of the country’s engineering academy says the time has come to ditch old clichés and have an apolitical holistic dialogue about future engineering skills. Meet Dr Hayaatun Sillem,
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NASA’s Voyager-1 spacecraft, now cruising through the local interstellar medium, has sent back pristine cosmic ray data allowing researchers to set new limits on the cosmos’ exotic dark matter. Artist’s concept of the Voyager-1 in flight.Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech Analysis of the 40-year-old spacecraft’s cosmic ray detections out beyond the heliopause — where the solar wind’s influence
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Scientists have unearthed in northwestern Argentina fossils of the earliest-known giant dinosaur, a four-legged plant-eater with a medium-length neck and long tail that was a forerunner of the largest land animals of all time. Reconstruction of the sauropodomorph dinosaur Ingentia prima showing an improved avian-like respiratory system with developed cervical air sacs
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Will Townsend HPE Aruba logo. Before I was a tech analyst, I spent many years in product marketing at Dell , Compaq, and HP , on both the consumer and enterprise sides of the business. As such, I tend to geek out on technology. Naturally, I jumped at the invitation to tour Hewlett Packard Enterprise  ’s
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(Photo by: Visions of America/UIG via Getty Images) What are the pros and cons of residential energy customers switching to solar? originally appeared on Quora: the place to gain and share knowledge, empowering people to learn from others and better understand the world. Answer by Yogi Goswami, Director, Clean Energy Research Center, USF, on Quora:
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Credit: NASA Artist’s depiction, Kepler-1652b. The list is getting longer. Space scientists just added two more worlds to the Habitable Exoplanets Catalog—the online database ranking the best picks for life in the galaxy. 55 planets now make the list—all places where extraterrestrials may exist. Or perhaps not; maybe nothing lives on any of them, not
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(Photo by TPG/Getty Images) What are some new trends in solar energy research and development in 2018? originally appeared on Quora: the place to gain and share knowledge, empowering people to learn from others and better understand the world. Answer by Yogi Goswami, Director, Clean Energy Research Center, USF, on Quora: Before I answer the
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Most experts adjusted their projections for the 2018 Atlantic hurricane season because one of the primary formation regions has exhibited cooler than normal sea surface temperatures. There has also been some discussion about whether a potentially emerging El Nino (warmer than normal sea surface temperatures in the eastern Pacific Ocean) will impact activity. Even with
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NASA / Cassini-Huygens mission / Imaging Science Subsystem One of the most intriguing, and least resource-intensive, ideas for searching for life in Enceladus’ ocean is to fly a probe through the geyser-like eruption, collecting samples and analyzing them for molecules that are the products of life. Perhaps the greatest quest in science today is to
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Energy Personality: Hannah Olmberg-Soesman Today I interview Hannah Olmberg-Soesman, winner of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Energy Personality Award. Olmberg-Soesman received the inaugural award for her exceptional contribution to a sustainable energy future in the region. A dynamic entrepreneur with a background in social work and a master degree in law, Hannah Olmberg-Soesman has managed to
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A massive collision forever tilted Uranus into a jaunty angle and may be why the planet is so cold. According to new research, a young protoplanet roughly twice the size of Earth is responsible for changing Uranus’ orientation and dooming the world to freezing temperatures. An international team of astronomers, led by Durham University in
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NASA / GSFC There is a large suite of scientific evidence that supports the picture of the expanding Universe and the Big Bang. The entire mass-energy of the Universe was released in an event lasting less than 10^-30 seconds in duration; the most energetic thing ever to occur in our Universe’s history. Looking out at
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DENVER, CO – JULY 03: Fireworks at the Independence Eve celebration at Civic Center Park celebration July 03, 2018. (Photo by Andy Cross/The Denver Post via Getty Images) Every Fourth of July, on the United States’ favorite cookout holiday, millions of Americans grill corn and barbecue hot dogs in celebration of the country’s independence. However, burgers and potato salad aren’t exactly
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