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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.

Space Photos of the Week: Happy Birthday, Hubble! – WIRED

Space Photos of the Week: Happy Birthday, Hubble! – WIRED

NASA launched the Hubble Space Telescope on April 24, 1990, and Hubble has been busy observing the universe ever since. In honor of its 30th birthday, we’ll explore some of its most memorable and mind-blowing photos, starting with the anniversary photo. This image contains two nebulas both nicknamed the Cosmic Reef. When stars are born…
Paleontologists Find Evidence of Hibernation-Like State in Tusks of Triassic Mammal Relative | Paleontology – Sci-News.com

Paleontologists Find Evidence of Hibernation-Like State in Tusks of Triassic Mammal Relative | Paleontology...

In a paper published in the journal Communications Biology, a team of U.S. paleontologists reports evidence of a hibernation-like condition in Lystrosaurus, an early relative of mammals that lived between 253 and 248 million years ago (Early Triassic epoch). The discovery was enabled by high-resolution of incremental growth marks preserved in the fossilized tusks of…
Astronomers are changing the way we think of ‘potentially habitable’ planets – CNN

Astronomers are changing the way we think of ‘potentially habitable’ planets – CNN

(CNN)Astronomers are seeking to understand the types of exoplanets, and their atmospheric and environmental conditions, that could potentially host life outside of our solar system. But since we can't visit exoplanets for an up-close look, data from telescope…
China will begin constructing its space station in 2021 – Universe Today

China will begin constructing its space station in 2021 – Universe Today

The Chinese space agency is building a brand new space station, and they’re going about it in a suitably impressive way: an ambitious schedule of 11 planned launches crammed into only two years. When it’s done, the 66-ton space station will host crews of three astronauts for up to six months at a time, lasting…
New theory of quantum mechanics shows matter is not in the eye of the observer – Telegraph.co.uk

New theory of quantum mechanics shows matter is not in the eye of the...

The mystery of why quantum matter jumps from a wave-like state to a well-defined particle when it is observed has puzzled scientists for nearly a 100 years. Known as ‘the measurement problem’ it is widely seen as the major complication in quantum theory and has led even well-respected scientists to suggest that the human mind…
Building a rocket is hard. Building a parachute is mind boggling. – Seattle Times

Building a rocket is hard. Building a parachute is mind boggling. – Seattle Times

SpaceX has a start-up mentality, high ambitions and a slew of accomplishments, which include landing two rocket boosters side by side in a synchronized aerial ballet.Boeing Co. is a powerful aerospace stalwart whose expertise spans from commercial and military planes to satellites and outside-the-box thinking: Its experimental, reusable space plane, for example, broke records by…
Space Photos of the Week: The ISS is Out of This World – WIRED

Space Photos of the Week: The ISS is Out of This World – WIRED

The International Space Station is a football-field-sized science laboratory that orbits some 250 miles above Earth. Usually between three to nine people are on board at any time, and while it seems like they’re probably playing with floating water and watching their hair do funny things, they’re actually doing a lot of science.In any case,…
A Fireball Flew Over Kyoto, Japan – Now Scientists Know What It Was and Where It Came From – SciTechDaily

A Fireball Flew Over Kyoto, Japan – Now Scientists Know What It Was and...

These are images capturing the 2017 fireball from different angles and a map showing where the cameras were located. Credit: NAOJ/Kasuga et al. At around 1 a.m. local standard time on April 29, 2017, a fireball flew over Kyoto, Japan. Compared to other fireballs spotted from Earth, it was relatively bright and slow. Now, scientists…
NASA chief says he’s “very confident” in a 2021 launch date for SLS, but… – Ars Technica

NASA chief says he’s “very confident” in a 2021 launch date for SLS, but…...

SLS slips — The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic is flaring up around several NASA centers. Eric Berger - Jul 17, 2020 10:20 pm UTC Four reusable RS-25 engines will power NASA's SLS rocket as it ascends into space, and then they'll be discarded. NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine said Friday he is "very confident" in a potential…
A gas giant planet that couldn’t have formed the way Jupiter did – Ars Technica

A gas giant planet that couldn’t have formed the way Jupiter did – Ars...

Howdy, neighbor — At about half the size of Jupiter, GJ 3512 b challenges planet formation models. Scott K. Johnson - Oct 1, 2019 2:31 pm UTC Enlarge / The Calar Alto Observatory in Spain, which was used to discover this planet.Pedro Amado/Marco Azzaro—IAA/CSIC One of the difficulties in studying our Earth and the Solar…

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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…