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NASA using insensitive nicknames for space objects

NASA will no longer use the old nickname given to Nebula NGC 2392. NASA / Andrew Fruchter (STScI) The terms we use to describe the cosmos are not immune to control at a time when many people are working to identify and remove racist language. Just as technology terms have been re-evaluated, NASA is also reviewing how we talk about …

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NASA Advanced Maps Quick Images Explosion Maps: Consequences of the Beirut Explosion

from Aircraft propulsion laboratory August 8, 2020 NASA’s ARIA team, in collaboration with the Earth Observatory in Singapore, used satellite data to map the extent of possible damage following a massive explosion in Beirut. Dark red pixels represent the most severe damage. Areas in orange are moderately damaged, and areas with yellow are likely to have suffered less damage. The …

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Our solar system looks like a broken croissant, NASA reveals

The nearest edge of the heliosphere is more than 10 billion miles from Earth. NASA’s Interstellar Border Explorer, or IBEX, studies the heliosphere mission. Merav Opher, lead author of new research at Boston University, and colleagues used data from NASA’s planetary science missions to characterize the behavior of material in space that fills the heliosphere bubble and take another perspective. …

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Researchers trace the Earth’s magnetic field at 586 BC through the ruins of Jerusalem

A team of Israeli researchers from Tel Aviv University, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and the Israel Antiquities Authority were able to measure the Earth’s magnetic field on the day Jerusalem was destroyed by the Babylonians in 586 BC, forming a fundamental contribution from the Jews’ memory of long of people to preserve and discover traces of the planet’s past. …

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New electrocatalyst converts carbon dioxide to liquid fuel

Artistic ranking of the electrocatalytic process for the conversion of carbon dioxide and water into ethanol. Credit: Argonne National Laboratory The new electrocatalyst efficiently converts carbon dioxide into ethanol. Catalysts accelerate chemical reactions and form the backbone of many industrial processes. For example, they are essential for converting heavy oil to gasoline or jet fuel. Today, catalysts are involved in …

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Seismographic data reveal boundaries from crust to nucleus

An artist’s impression of the interior structure of Mars. The top layer is the crust, and below it is the mantle, which rests on a strong inner core. Credit: Courtesy of NASA / JPL-Caltech Figure) Using data from NASA‘s InSight Lander at March, Rice University seismologists have made the first direct measurements of three sub-surface boundaries from the crust to …

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CDC data reveal that 200,700 more people died than usual from March to July

Data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that there were 200,700 excessive deaths during the pandemic – exceeding the 161,000 confirmed number of COVID-19 deaths. In August, the United States continued to accumulate the largest number of COVID-19 deaths worldwide as their number reached 161,000 this week. But according to a New York Times analysis of CDC …

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SpaceX launches 57 new Starlink VisorSat satellites

SpaceX launched 57 new satellites in its latest push to set up and run its Starlink group. The company plans to begin beta testing of its satellite-served Internet service later this summer. There has been controversy about Starlink satellites, especially those that are much brighter than anyone predicted. Astronomers and scientists around the world have complained that SpaceX satellites can …

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Meteor shower square 2020 Perseid coming soon: How to view the show

Some Perseids 2019, as seen from Macedonia. Spaceweather.com/Stojan Stojanovski It is early August, which means that the annual Perseid meteor shower is active and ready to drip. Perseids are one of the best, brightest bunches of shooting stars, and it feels like we can use them now more than ever to add wonder and distraction to these rather embarrassing times. …

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