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Scientists Hack Kombucha For New Materials

Google Science Feeds - Sat, 01/23/2021 - 23:40
Kombucha, a fermented drink with a cult following, is being used to create new "living materials." These materials — cellulose embedded with enzymes — can do feats such as sensing environmental pollutants, purifying water, or create "smart" packaging ...

GO Station employee dies from complications related to COVID-19

Google Science Feeds - Sat, 01/23/2021 - 23:27
Aikins says the employee had spent the last 11 years serving customers. “We've offered his grief-stricken family our deepest condolences and support from his Metrolinx family who is mourning this tragic loss, ...

The seven rocky planets of TRAPPIST-1 seem to have very similar compositions

Google Science Feeds - Sat, 01/23/2021 - 22:31
A new international study led by astrophysicist Eric Agol from the University of Washington has measured the densities of the seven planets of the exoplanetary system TRAPPIST-1 with extreme precision, the values obtained indicating very similar ...

Friends are most valued in cultures where they may be needed most

Google Science Feeds - Sat, 01/23/2021 - 22:11
"Friendships are one of the untapped resources people can draw on to pursue a happier and healthier life. They literally cost nothing and have health and well-being benefits," said William Chopik, an assistant professor of psychology at MSU and the study's ...

Scientists solve a 100-year-old mystery about cancer

Google Science Feeds - Sat, 01/23/2021 - 22:03
Date: January 21, 2021; Source: Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center; Summary: A long-standing mystery is why fast-growing cells, like cancer cells and immune cells, rely on a seemingly inefficient form of metabolizing glucose to power their activities.

Dissecting the Anatomy of Planetary Nebulae Using the Hubble Space Telescope

Google Science Feeds - Sat, 01/23/2021 - 20:20
Researchers from Rochester Institute of Technology and Green Bank Observatory presented new findings about the Butterfly Nebula (NGC 6302) and the Jewel Bug Nebula (NGC 7027) at the 237th meeting of the American Astronomical Society on Friday, ...

Astronomers find rare "hot Jupiter" planet with clear atmosphere

Google Science Feeds - Sat, 01/23/2021 - 19:51
Illustration of WASP-62b, the Jupiter-like planet without clouds or haze in its atmosphere. Credit: M. Weiss/Center for Astrophysics | Harvard & Smithsonian.

Spontaneous cell fusions amplify genetic diversity within tumors

Google Science Feeds - Sat, 01/23/2021 - 19:02
Summary: Scientists generally believe that cancers lack a powerful and important diversification mechanism available to pathogenic microbes - the ability to exchange and recombine genetic material between different cells. However, researchers now ...

MRI researcher may have accidentally discovered how gas planets are magnetic

Google Science Feeds - Sat, 01/23/2021 - 18:24
But the fundamental question is how do all of the gas giants – Jupiter, Saturn, Neptune and Uranus, collectively called the jovian planets – create persistent strong magnetic fields without the presence of metal such as iron.

Covid: Number of patients on ventilators passes 4,000 for first time

Health News BBC - Sat, 01/23/2021 - 18:07
Pressures on intensive care units are seeing one in 10 patients transferred to a different site.

'Blue jet' lightning detected from International Space Station

Google Science Feeds - Sat, 01/23/2021 - 18:04
Four of the flashes were accompanied by a small pulse of ultraviolet light, which appear as rapidly expanding ring. They are formed by the interaction of electrons, radio waves and the atmosphere and are known as elves (Emissions of Light and Very Low ...

Stuff of nightmares: Black holes one hundred billion times the mass of the sun

Google Science Feeds - Sat, 01/23/2021 - 17:55
This computer-simulated image shows a supermassive black hole at the core of a galaxy. The black region in the center represents the black hole's event horizon, where no light can escape the massive object's ...

NASA says the seven TRAPPIST-1 rocky planets are likely made from the same material

Google Science Feeds - Sat, 01/23/2021 - 17:49
NASA has been studying a red dwarf star called TRAPPIST-1, home to the largest group of Earth-sized planets ever found in a single solar system. TRAPPIST-1 is about 40 light-years away, and the seven rocky planets are an excellent example of the variety ...

'Blue jet' lightning detected from International Space Station

Google Science Feeds - Sat, 01/23/2021 - 17:28
The phenomenon was spotted by the European Atmosphere-Space Interactions Monitor (ASIM) near the island of Naru in the Pacific Ocean. Four of the flashes were accompanied by a small pulse of ultraviolet light, which appear as rapidly expanding ring.

MRI researcher may have accidentally discovered how gas planets are magnetic

Google Science Feeds - Sat, 01/23/2021 - 17:18
But the question of how a gas giant creates such a magnetic attraction remains. After all, it's made of, well, gas. Professor Eduard Chekmenev, an MRI researcher from Wayne University in Michigan, ...

ISS Tool Spots Blue Light Jets Shooting Upwards From Thunderclouds

Google Science Feeds - Sat, 01/23/2021 - 16:00
Well, many things of course but one of them is the weather: particularly the kind of weather events that can not be seen from Earth. These are called blue jets, and elves (short for ...

Fossil-hunters think they have found the lair of a giant, predatory, prehistoric worm

Google Science Feeds - Sat, 01/23/2021 - 15:58
The bobbit worm, or sand striker (Eunice aphroditois), is an aquatic predatory bristle worm that ranges from 4 inches to 10 feet in length and lives in burrows it creates in the ocean floor. The ...

Burial ground reveals Stone Age people wore clothing covered in elk teeth

Google Science Feeds - Sat, 01/23/2021 - 15:58
A Stone Age burial ground on a small Russian island revealed more than 4,300 Eurasian elk teeth pendants found in 84 separate burials. The placement of the pendants in these graves suggests they were attached to coats, dresses ...

Incredible treatment allows paralyzed mice to walk again

Google Science Feeds - Sat, 01/23/2021 - 15:37
A new treatment is giving hope that paralysis from spinal cord damage could one day be reversible. Researchers from Germany's Ruhr-University Bochum were able to get paralyzed mice to walk again after stimulating their brains to produce a particular ...

SpaceX delays launch of 143 satellites on a single rocket due to bad weather

Google Science Feeds - Sat, 01/23/2021 - 15:03
A veteran SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket stands atop Space Launch Complex 40 of the Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida during the attempted launch of 143 satellites on the the Transporter-1 rideshare mission on Jan. 23, 2021. Bad weather delayed the ...

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