SpaceX launches space station supplies

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket on a resupply mission to the International Space Station lifts off from pad 39A at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Fla., Sunday, Dec. 6, 2020. (AP Photo/John Raoux) SpaceX launched a newer, bigger version of its Dragon supply ship to the International Space Station on Sunday, marking the […]

Crystals may help reveal hidden Kilauea Volcano behavior — ScienceDaily

Scientists striving to understand how and when volcanoes might erupt face a challenge: many of the processes take place deep underground in lava tubes churning with dangerous molten Earth. Upon eruption, any subterranean markers that could have offered clues leading up to a blast are often destroyed. But by leveraging observations of tiny crystals of […]

Mimicking the effect of exercise with gene therapy

IMAGE: The picture shows heart cells formed by stem cells. The cell nucleus appears blue and stem cells are green. Researchers from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology have identified… view more  Credit: Photo: NTNU It sounds too good to be true – and it is. But Jose Bianco Moreira and the CERG research group […]

Chinese probe prepares to return moon rocks to Earth

In this China National Space Administration (CNSA) photo released by Xinhua News Agency, a simulated image of the ascender of Chang’e-5 spacecraft blasting off from the lunar surface at the Beijing Aerospace Control Center (BACC) in Beijing on Dec. 3, 2020. The Chinese lunar probe lifted off from the moon Thursday night with a cargo […]

Detecting solar neutrinos with the Borexino experiment

Neutrinos are chargeless particles with about a mass about a millionth that of an electron that are created by the nuclear processes that occur in the Sun and other stars. These particles are often colourfully described as the ‘ghosts’ of the particle zoo because they interact so weakly with matter. A paper published in EPJ […]

Japan’s capsule with asteroid samples retrieved in Australia

In this photo provided by the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), a capsule, center, dropped by Hayabusa2 is seen before being retrieved in Woomera, southern Australia, Sunday, Dec. 6, 2020. A Japanese capsule carrying the first samples of asteroid subsurface shot across the night atmosphere early Sunday before successfully landing in the remote Australian Outback, […]

New control strategy dynamically changes transmitter currents for optimal wireless charging in moving devices, such as robots and electric cars — ScienceDaily

Wireless power transfer has proven to be quite useful in electronic devices such as medical implants and smartphones. In most cases, this is done by aligning or “coupling” two separate coils of wire (transmitter Tx and receiver Rx). The electrical current circulating in the Tx coil then creates a magnetic field that transfers energy to […]

New study debunks blood type diet

WASHINGTON–A study published in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics by researchers with the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine–a nonprofit of 12,000 doctors–debunks the “blood type diet” by finding that blood type was not associated with the effects of a plant-based diet on body weight, body fat, plasma lipid concentrations, or glycemic […]

Insect invaders threaten Rome’s iconic pines

Rome’s umbrella pine trees are under threat from a tiny insect called the pine tortoise scale Rome’s majestic umbrella pines are as much part of the landscape as the ruins and cobbled streets, but they are under threat from a tiny insect invader—the pine tortoise scale. “If we do nothing, the pines of Rome will […]