Month: November 2017

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Scientists on board the International Space Station (ISS) have discovered living bacteria clinging to the orbital facility’s external surface, according to a prominent Russian cosmonaut. Anton Shkaplerov, who will return to the ISS next month, says cotton swabs wiped over the exterior of the station’s Russian segment revealed an unidentified life-form that has already been
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A German theoretical physicist has proposed a modification to the first-ever interstellar spacecraft that would allow it to decelerate enough to orbit an exoplanet and potentially seed a second Earth. However, the 12,000-year-long transit time could make garnering support for the mission difficult. For the past 30 years, popular opinion about where in space humans
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An international team of scientists employed highly precise methods to uncover the most exact measurement of the magnetic moment of protons. They found it to be 2.79284734462, plus-or-minus 0.00000000082 nuclear magnetons (the typical unit for measuring this property).   The magnetic moment is a property of particles that is a prerequisite for magnetism, and applied
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An unnatural number of earthquakes hit Texas in the past decade, and the region’s seismic activity is increasing. In 2008, two earthquakes stronger than magnitude 3 struck the state. Eight years later, 12 did. Natural forces trigger most earthquakes. But humans are causing earthquakes, too, with mining and dam construction the most frequent suspects. There
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It’s not every day that an asteroid from outside the Solar System comes whizzing past your front door. In fact, it’s only ever happened once that we’ve observed, when astronomers spotted interstellar asteroid ‘Oumuamua in October. Now a collective of astronomers and engineers wants to seize the opportunity to study ‘Oumuamua – by chasing after
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Rebecca Bendick would like you to not panic. The University of Montana geophysicist knows you may have read the articles warning about “swarms of devastating earthquakes” that will allegedly rock the planet next year thanks to a slowdown of the Earth’s rotation. And she feels “very awful” if you’ve been alarmed.   Those dire threats