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Nov 20, 2018

Dark energy is mutating, with grave consequences for the cosmos

Posted by in category: cosmology

No one really knows what dark energy is, beyond the fact that it makes up two-thirds of everything – but the signs are that it’s growing stronger.

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Nov 20, 2018

China one step closer satellite navigation system Beidou that could threaten dominance of GPS

Posted by in category: habitats

China moved a step closer to its dream of building a satellite navigation system that could challenge America’s GPS.


Aerospace firm plans a giant leap for Chinese satellite coverage with global network

Yang Changfeng, the chief designer of the system, said a basic Beidou-3 network would be in place by the end of the year to serve countries that have signed up for China’s Belt and Road Initiative – an ambitious transcontinental infrastructure initiative.

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Nov 20, 2018

Observing Supermassive Black Holes in Virtual Reality

Posted by in categories: cosmology, virtual reality

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Researchers have created a virtual reality simulation of a supermassive black hole. In a recent paper in “Computational Astrophysics and Cosmology” they present their latest visualization. The simulation is based on the black hole in the center of our own Galaxy; Sagittarius A* (Sgr A. Read this SpringerOpen blog to learn more. https://bit.ly/2S2Xh8p

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Nov 19, 2018

The NEW Arecibo Message

Posted by in category: alien life

Can you craft a message to be understood by aliens?


The main goal of this activity is to educate the youth on Radio Astronomy techniques and Exoplanetary cutting-edge science, presenting the uniqueness of the Arecibo Observatory capability and raising the awareness of the possible risks involved on messaging unknown earthlings (through social medias) or extraterrestrial civilizations (through radio waves).

Diverse, inter-generation, multi-disciplinary and international teams of 10 students + 1 mentor (professor/scientist/teacher) will have to design the NEW Arecibo message. To unlock the call, register the teams and access the references and specifications for the project, the students will have first to learn about scientific method, AO activities, space sciences and peaceful uses of space issues for, then, be able to break coded messages, solve brain-puzzles and design their new Arecibo Message version.

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Nov 19, 2018

Our NASA InSight lander just needs some… — NASA — National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Posted by in category: space travel

Our NASA InSight lander just needs some peace and quiet to get its work done. After next week’s #MarsLanding, the spacecraft will study the entire Red Planet by… staying put. Learn how: https://go.nasa.gov/2FwIth3

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Nov 19, 2018

Flyover of Jupiter’s North Pole in Infrared

Posted by in category: space

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This infrared tour of Jupiter’s north pole allows us to see deep inside the swirling clouds of the cyclones and anticyclones that permeate the planet’s polar regions. In the animation that uses data from our Juno spacecraft, the yellow areas are warmer (or deeper into Jupiter’s atmosphere) and the dark areas are colder (or higher up in Jupiter’s atmosphere). Take the virtual tour: https://go.nasa.gov/2Fwf7zm

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Nov 19, 2018

At first glance, a bright blue crescent immediately jumps out of this image from our NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope

Posted by in categories: space, transportation

Is it a bird? A plane? No — it’s a galaxy. Take a closer look: https://go.nasa.gov/2FypUZL

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Nov 19, 2018

Taurine transport gene sheds light on bad sleep

Posted by in categories: energy, neuroscience

Fruit flies and a common energy drink ingredient may help explain how the brain regulates sleep and how that regulation can go wrong.

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Nov 19, 2018

Are These Robots the Future of Farms?

Posted by in categories: food, robotics/AI, sustainability

Soon enough, agriculture might need a lot more bots.

By matt simon and melanie ruiz

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Nov 19, 2018

Coming to terms with complexity: Eco-evolutionary dynamics under more than one selection pressure

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, evolution, genetics

We found that the evolution of anti-predatory defense in the prey species stabilized predator population size but that this was delayed in the presence of the abiotic stressor. This corresponded with a lack or delay in the evolution of resistance to the abiotic stressor. Therefore, the abiotic stressor had a big effect on the eco-evolutionary dynamics, weakening the evo-to-eco link. One might expect that this is caused by competition between (asexual) bacterial lineages possessing different adaptations, decreasing the rate and directionality of evolution under multiple selection pressures. Instead, the genomic investigation showed that different targets (genes or duplicated sites) were repeatedly mutated in the individual and combined treatments. The population genetics thus revealed complex mechanistic underpinnings for a seemingly sensible difference in dynamics. Perhaps a specific type of bacterial cell clumping or another adaptation is favored in the dual-stressor environment because of conferring a degree of resistance to both types of stressors? This could then direct the mutational path away from the optimal adaptations to the individual stressors.


It took us five years to disentangle the complex interplay between ecology and evolution in an experimental system consisting of bacteria, ciliates and antibiotics.

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