The Man Who Might Have Won a Nobel Prize – Inside Science News Service

(Inside Science) — Isaac Asimov once said that “the most exciting phrase to hear in science, the one that heralds new discoveries, is not ‘Eureka!’ but ‘That’s funny …’” Joseph Weber, a well-respected physicist at the University of Maryland, may have overlooked that. He also found out that science can sometimes be a blood sport. […]

Asteroid that just buzzed Earth may not miss on future visit – CBS News

The house-sized asteroid that just passed by Earth, almost as close as many satellites in orbit, will be back — and a future visit might lead to it taking up permanent residency here. On Tuesday night/Wednesday morning, Asteroid 2012 TC4 safely passed by our planet at an altitude of 27,300 miles (44,000 kilometers), just a few thousand […]

Jeremy, The Lonely, Left-Twisting Snail, Dies — But Knows Love Before The End – NPR

A sinistral snail at the University of Nottingham has brought 56 baby snails into the world. They all have right-curling shells. And about a third are believed to be “fathered” by Jeremy the snail. Stephanie Hayworth/University of Nottingham hide caption toggle caption Stephanie Hayworth/University of Nottingham A sinistral snail at the University of Nottingham has […]

How NASA tracks carbon emissions from space to better understand — and deal with — climate change – Los Angeles Times

Fires, drought and warmer temperatures were to blame for excess carbon dioxide in the atmosphere during the 2015-2016 El Niño, scientists with NASA’s Orbiting Carbon Observatory-2 say. The findings, part of five papers published in the journal Science, shed light on the mechanisms through which Earth “breathes” carbon dioxide, a potent greenhouse gas, and reveal […]

‘Supervolcano’ could start erupting sooner than thought – New York Post

The supervolcano under Yellowstone National Park may erupt sooner than previously thought – and wipe out life on Earth, researchers warned this week. Scientists from Arizona State University who analyzed minerals in fossilized ash from the most recent mega-eruption about 630,000 years ago found the supervolcano woke up after fresh magma flowed into the caldera, […]

Asteroid that just buzzed Earth may not miss on return visit – CNET

Asteroid that just buzzed Earth may not miss on return visit – CNET

A rendering of Asteroid 2012 TC4. NASA/JPL-Caltech The house-sized asteroid that just passed by Earth, almost as close as many satellites in orbit, will be back — and a future visit might lead to it taking up permanent residency here. On Tuesday night/Wednesday morning, Asteroid 2012 TC4 safely passed by our planet at an altitude […]

SpaceX launches its 15th mission of the year – Spaceflight Now

SpaceX launches its 15th mission of the year – Spaceflight Now

Credit: SpaceX Maintaining a brisk flight rate three days after its last launch, SpaceX sent a Falcon 9 booster powered by a reused first stage into orbit Wednesday evening from Florida with an Airbus-built communications satellite for SES and EchoStar. The successful launch placed the 5.7-ton (5.2-metric ton) satellite in a “supersynchronous” orbit arcing thousands […]