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From festivals in Florida to touring Dracula’s digs in Romania, we round up the best destinations to visit this October. As summer abandons Europe again this October, eke out the last of the rays and raves in Ibiza, where nightclubs will be going out with a bang for the winter break. When the party finally stops head to the island’s north.

Trump signs an executive order allowing mining the Moon and asteroids – Universe Today

Trump signs an executive order allowing mining the Moon and asteroids – Universe Today

In 2015, the Obama administration signed the U.S. Commercial Space Launch Competitiveness Act (CSLCA, or H.R. 2262) into law. This bill was intended to “facilitate a pro-growth environment for the developing commercial space industry” by making it legal for American companies and citizens to own and sell resources that they extract from asteroids and off-world…
NASA Tests Water Powered Spacecraft in Orbit – Universe Today

NASA Tests Water Powered Spacecraft in Orbit – Universe Today

Picture two tissue box-sized spacecraft orbiting Earth. Then picture them communicating, and using a water-powered thruster to approach each other. If you can do that, then you’re up to speed on one of the activities of NASA’s Small Spacecraft Technology Program (SSTP.) It’s all part of NASA’s effort to develop small spacecraft to serve their…
Gravitational wave detector completed in Gifu underground:The Asahi Shimbun – Asahi Shimbun

Gravitational wave detector completed in Gifu underground:The Asahi Shimbun – Asahi Shimbun

A ceremony was held Oct. 4 in Gifu Prefecture to mark the completion of the KAGRA gravitational wave detector that scientists hope will play a key role in detecting gravitational waves generated by catastrophic cosmic events, such as the birth of a black hole. The KAGRA in Hida city will be the fourth of its…
What was the boom heard around Puget… – Bothell-Kenmore Reporter

What was the boom heard around Puget… – Bothell-Kenmore Reporter

It was the sound heard all around Puget Sound. Or, as Mountlake Terrace resident David Carlos named it, “The Quarantine Boom of 2020.” Likely, it was a meteor’s sonic boom that sent vibrations through the region shortly after 7 p.m. May 6, scientists said. Carlos said he was watching television, his cat sleeping soundly beside…
NASA’s New View of Asteroid Bennu Transports Us Far Away From Our Troubles – Gizmodo

NASA’s New View of Asteroid Bennu Transports Us Far Away From Our Troubles –...

The new global map of asteroid Bennu.Image: NASA/Goddard/University of ArizonaTo prepare for OSIRIS-REx’s pending touchdown onto the surface of Bennu, NASA used the spacecraft to photograph every nook and cranny of the weirdly shaped asteroid. The purpose of this exercise was to catalog potentially hazardous geological features, but a side benefit is that we have…
It might be possible to reverse a person’s biological age – Tech Explorist

It might be possible to reverse a person’s biological age – Tech Explorist

Biological age is the objective assessment of an individual’s health status. Hypothetically, a ‘normal’ person’s biological age- – as far as appearance, performance, and functional capacity- ought to be equivalent to his chronological age. Until now, many scientists have endeavored to create systems to precisely determine people’s biological age. In a recent study in California,…
Modern humans, Neanderthals share a tangled genetic history, study affirms – Phys.org

Modern humans, Neanderthals share a tangled genetic history, study affirms – Phys.org

Comparison of Modern Human and Neanderthal skulls from the Cleveland Museum of Natural History. Credit: DrMikeBaxter/Wikipedia In recent years, scientists have uncovered evidence that modern humans and Neanderthals share a tangled past. In the course of human history, these two species of hominins interbred not just once, but at multiple times, the thinking goes. A…
Palaeo-artist breathes new life into ancient fossils – The Hindu

Palaeo-artist breathes new life into ancient fossils – The Hindu

Even in pastels, this depiction of a rauisuchian sends a shiver down the spine.   | Photo Credit: Viktor Radermacher more-in Viktor Radermacher says his job is to give the world an idea of what long-extinct species looked like It measures up to 10 metres from snout to tail, has four stumpy legs and —…
Stegosaurus footprints found on Isle of Skye – The Guardian

Stegosaurus footprints found on Isle of Skye – The Guardian

Grapefruit-sized depressions found in rocks on the Isle of Skye have revealed that a type of stegosaurus once wandered the landscape, researchers say. The newly discovered tracks form a single line, a few metres long, with a right-left pattern and two different-sized prints – as would be expected for an animal on all fours –…
Freeman Dyson obituary – The Guardian

Freeman Dyson obituary – The Guardian

The physicist Freeman Dyson, who has died aged 96, became famous within science for mathematical solutions so advanced that they could only be applied to complex problems of atomic theory and popular with the public for ideas so far-fetched they seemed beyond lunacy. As a young postgraduate student, Dyson devised – while taking a Greyhound…

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See the First Eerie NASA Images of DART’s Asteroid Crash Site – CNET

See the First Eerie NASA Images of DART’s Asteroid Crash Site – CNET

On Monday, the world watched as a little NASA spacecraft called DART met its explosive end. This box, slightly bigger than an oven and winged with solar panels, had been fated to die since it left Earth in November.  The Double Asteroid Redirection Test's mission was simple: Crash into a large asteroid so scientists can see whether…
Uncovering Hidden Patterns: AI Reduces a 100,000-Equation Quantum Physics Problem to Only Four Equations – SciTechDaily

Uncovering Hidden Patterns: AI Reduces a 100,000-Equation Quantum Physics Problem to Only Four Equations...

Abstract quantum physics illustration.Scientists trained a machine learning tool to capture the physics of electrons moving on a lattice using far fewer equations than would typically be required, all without sacrificing accuracy.A daunting quantum problem that until now required 100,000 equations has been compressed into a bite-size task of as few as four equations by…
Superhot blob of gas discovered orbiting Milky Way’s black hole at ‘mind-blowing’ velocity – Livescience.com

Superhot blob of gas discovered orbiting Milky Way’s black hole at ‘mind-blowing’ velocity –...

Home News The orbit of the newly discovered rapid hot spot around Sagittarius A* superimposed on top of the first image of the supermassive black hole captured by the Event Horizon Telescope (EHT) collaboration. (Image credit: EHT Collaboration, ESO/L. Calçada (Acknowledgment: M. Wielgus)) (opens in new tab)Astronomers have detected a blob of hot gas whizzing…