Methane could be the first detectable indication of life beyond Earth

1648561888 Methane could be the first detectable indication of life beyond scaled

Methane in a planet’s atmosphere may be a sign of life if nonbiological sources can be ruled out. This illustration summarizes the known abiotic sources of methane on Earth, including outgassing from volcanoes, reactions in settings such as mid-ocean ridges, hydrothermal vents, and subduction zones, and impacts from asteroids and comets. Credit: © 2022 Elena … Read more

Research group proves quantum complexity grows linearly for an exponentially long time

1648557440 Research group proves quantum complexity grows linearly for an

Credit: Pixabay/CC0 Public Domain Physicists know about the huge chasm between quantum physics and the theory of gravity. However, in recent decades, theoretical physics has provided some plausible conjecture to bridge this gap and to describe the behavior of complex quantum many-body systems, for example black holes and wormholes in the universe. Now, a theory … Read more

Mysterious Death of Carbon-Rich Star Plays Out Like Six-Ring Circus

1648552957 Mysterious Death of Carbon Rich Star Plays Out Like Six Ring Circus

Scientists have observed, for the first time, the mysterious death throes of a carbon-rich asymptotic branch star (AGB). V Hydrae’s final act is characterized by the mass ejection of matter into space, resulting in the slow expansion of six rings and the formation of two hourglass-shaped structures shown here in this artist’s conception. Credit: ALMA … Read more

NASA mystery over ‘super-secret’ first photos from new James Webb space telescope

NASA mystery over ‘super secret first photos from new James Webb

The spiritual successor to the Hubble Observatory, James Webb is the most powerful space telescope ever to have been launched into space and brings with it vastly improved infrared resolution and sensitivity. This means that the telescope will be able to see objects that are too distant, faint and old for detection by Hubble — … Read more

Biden’s $26 billion proposal for NASA paves path for 1st human exploration on Mars | CNN Politics

1648543911 Bidens 26 billion proposal for NASA paves path for 1st

Sign up for CNN’s Wonder Theory science newsletter. Explore the universe with news on fascinating discoveries, scientific advancements and more. CNN  —  The Biden administration’s request for the NASA budget in 2023 is $26 billion, the largest request for science in the space agency’s history, NASA Administrator Bill Nelson announced Monday. The figure is 8% … Read more

Biden’s $26 billion proposal for NASA paves path for 1st human exploration on Mars

1648539492 Bidens 26 billion proposal for NASA paves path for 1st

The figure is 8% more than the enacted federal spending levels, or the appropriation bill from fiscal year 2022, Nelson said. “Greater than a number, statistic, or fact is what the President’s budget request represents,” Nelson said in a statement. “This budget reflects the Biden-Harris Administration’s confidence in the extraordinary workforce that makes NASA the … Read more

New Clues to Earth’s Formation From Ancient Helium Leaking From the Planet’s Core

1648534855 New Clues to Earths Formation From Ancient Helium Leaking From

The center of Lagoon Nebula, captured by the Hubble Telescope. Nebulae are the primary sources of helium-3, and the amount of He-3 leaking from the Earth’s core suggests the planet formed inside the solar nebula, according to a new study in the AGU journal Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems. Credit: NASA, ESA Vast stores of helium from … Read more

Gaia Spacecraft Discovers Parts of the Milky Way Are Much Older Than Thought

1648466578 Gaia Spacecraft Discovers Parts of the Milky Way Are Much

Data from more than 1.8 billion stars have been used to create this map of the entire sky. It shows the total brightness and color of stars observed by ESA’s Gaia satellite and released as part of Gaia’s Early Data Release 3 (Gaia EDR3). Brighter regions represent denser concentrations of bright stars, while darker regions … Read more

This Week @NASA: Landing Artemis Astronauts on the Moon, Space Station Upgrade Work

1648457698 This Week @NASA Landing Artemis Astronauts on the Moon Space

Illustration of an Artemis astronaut on the Moon. Credit: NASA Upgrade work continues outside the space station … An updated strategy for landing Artemis astronauts on the Moon … And unsealing pieces of the past … a few of the stories to tell you about – This Week at NASA! Upgrade Work Continues Outside the … Read more

Digital Data Could Be Altering Earth’s Mass Just a Tiny Bit, Claims Physicist

Digital Data Could Be Altering Earths Mass Just a Tiny

In the past 24 hours, people uploaded more than 720,000 hours’ worth of footage onto YouTube. According to calculations made a few years ago by University of Portsmouth physicist Melvin Vopson, this literal mass of visual imagery – along with half a billion tweets, countless texts, billions of WhatsApp messages, and every other bit and … Read more