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04/16/2021 05:49 PM
Astronauts Will Soon be Getting a Space Fridge, Keeping Everything Cold in Zero-G

One of the least known of NASA’s funding mechanisms is the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program.  This program, required by the Baye-Doyle Act of 1980, earmarks a piece of every US Federal agency’s budget (including NASA) for the development of small businesses to commercialize new technologies.  NASA’s SBIR program usually focus on commercializing technologies …

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04/16/2021 04:25 PM
Biden Administration is Looking for a 6.3% Increase in NASA’s Budget for 2022

Space research, like much else in capitalist societies, is driven by funding.  The biggest source of that funding for that space research is usually the US government.  Which is why, when US presidents release their budget proposals, the space community takes notice.  Especially because that budget affects NASA, the largest space funding agency in the …

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04/16/2021 03:56 PM
Citizen Scientists Discover a new Feature in Star Formation: “Yellowballs”

AI is often touted as being particularly good at finding patterns amongst reams of data.  But humans also are extremely good at pattern recognition, especially when it comes to visual images.  Citizen science efforts around the globe leverage this fact, and recent results released from the Milky Way Project on Zooinverse show how effective it …

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04/15/2021 02:34 PM
Ground-Based Lasers Could Push Space Debris off Collision-Course Orbits

Researchers at the Australian National University (ANU) are finding new uses for the laser-based technology that sharpens telescope imagery – called adaptive optics – and it just might help mitigate the world’s growing space debris problem. Purpose-built lasers could give derelict satellites a slight ‘push’ of photons, imparting just enough energy to change the debris’s …

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04/14/2021 01:27 PM
If you Want to Move an Asteroid, you Need the Right Kind of Nuclear Explosion

A new collaborative study has shown that nuclear explosions could be used to deflect asteroids, protecting Earth from cataclysmic impacts.

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04/14/2021 09:18 AM
Finding Oxygen on an Alien World Doesn't Always Mean There's Life There

Oxygen could indicate presence of life on another world, but for red dwarf planets finding oxygen isn't enough.

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04/14/2021 08:39 AM
100-meter Asteroid Created a Strange Impact Event in Antarctica 430,000 Years Ago

The effects of ancient asteroid impacts on Earth are still evident from the variety of impact craters across our planet. And from the Chelyabinsk event back in 2013, where an asteroid exploded in the air above a Russian town, we know how devastating an “airburst” event can be. Now, researchers in Antarctica have discovered evidence …

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04/14/2021 07:36 AM
Galileo Sunspot Sketches Versus Modern ‘Deep Learning’ AI

A new study turns modern 'deep learning' techniques on Galileo's early sketches of the Sun.

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04/13/2021 08:45 AM
Earth Gains 5,200 Tons of Dust From Space Every Year

Whenever I wipe the dust off my coffee table or catch a glimpse of dust motes floating in sunlight, my spacey mind always wonders, is any of that cosmic dust? It just might be. But the amount of space dust that lands on our planet every year might surprise you. Scientists have long known that …

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04/12/2021 07:08 PM
The Same Technology Could Search for Microbes in Mars Rocks or Under the ice on Europa

NASA's SHERLOC and WATSON, two spectrometers designed to look for biosignatures, could answer if there's life on Mars on inside the Solar System's icy moons.

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