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After Failed Tests, Launch of NASA’s Megarocket Won’t Happen Until at Least August

After Failed Tests, Launch of NASA’s Megarocket Won’t Happen Until at Least August

NASA’s SLS rocket as seen through the windows of Firing Room One in the Rocco A. Petrone Launch Control Center at Kennedy Space Center, Florida. Photo: NASA/Joel Kowsky NASA will attempt another countdown rehearsal of the Space Launch System in early June, but the space agency warned that multiple tests of its finicky rocket might …

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Much like YouTube turned a generation of watchers into creators, new advances in telescope technology are allowing the amateur sky watchers to make real, meaningful contributions to science

Back garden astronomers contribute to real world science, including finding asteroids

Much like YouTube turned a generation of watchers into creators, new advances in telescope technology are allowing amateur sky watchers to make real, meaningful contributions to science. Astrophotography isn’t easy. It requires an understanding of stellar coordinates, when different objects will be visible, the ability to stay up late, and patience. One firm, Unistellar, has …

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The twilight zone begins where only 1 per cent of light reaches and ends where there is no light at all. There's so little light at this level that marine life have to rely on faint silhouettes to find prey. So the highfin dragonfish produces light to mask its silhouette

Scientists spot rare bronze deep-sea dragon lurking in the twilight zone

An incredibly rare species of deep-sea dragonfish with a shimmering metallic bronze hue has been spotted in the ‘twilight zone’. Marine scientists filmed the highfin dragonfish (Bathophilus flemingi) at 980 feet (300 metres) deep in Monterey Bay, Moss Landing, California.  Footage shows the fish elegantly swimming through the water, like a bronze Parker pen or …

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Bilayer graphene inspires two-universe cosmological model

Bilayer graphene inspires two-universe cosmological model

A curved and stretched sheet of graphene laying over another curved sheet creates a new pattern that impacts how electricity moves through the sheets. A new model suggests that similar physics might emerge if two adjacent universes are able to interact. Credit: Alireza Parhizkar, JQI Physicists sometimes come up with crazy stories that sound like science …

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Spontaneous Magnetic Reversal of Monster Black Hole Sparks Enigmatic Outburst

Spontaneous Magnetic Reversal of Monster Black Hole Sparks Enigmatic Outburst

This illustration shows the accretion disk, corona (pale, conical swirls above the disk), and supermassive black hole of active galaxy 1ES 1927+654 before its recent flare-up. Credit: NASA/Sonoma State University, Aurore Simonnet NASA’s Swift Observatory Tracks Potential Magnetic Flip of Monster Black Hole A rare and enigmatic outburst from an active galaxy 236 million light-years …

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Chloe Gustafson and Meghan Seifert Install Geophysical Instruments

Scientists Discover a Massive Groundwater System in Sediments Below Antarctic Ice

Lead author Chloe Gustafson and mountaineer Meghan Seifert install geophysical instruments to measure groundwater below West Antarctica’s Whillans Ice Stream. Credit: Kerry Key/Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory Previously unmapped reservoirs could speed glaciers and release carbon. Many researchers believe that liquid water is a key to understanding the behavior of the frozen form found in glaciers. Meltwater …

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Qubit Platform Single Electron on Solid Neon

The Quest for an Ideal Quantum Bit: New Qubit Breakthrough Could Revolutionize Quantum Computing

A new qubit platform: Electrons from a heated light filament (top) land on solid neon (red block), where a single electron (represented as a wave function in blue) is trapped and manipulated by a superconducting quantum circuit (bottom patterned chip). Credit: Courtesy of Dafei Jin/Argonne National Laboratory A new qubit platform could transform quantum information …

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A surging glow in a distant galaxy could change the way we look at black holes

A surging glow in a distant galaxy could change the way we look at black holes

Artist’s depiction of a far-away galaxy experiencing a sudden surge in brightness. Credit: NASA/Sonoma State University, Aurore Simonnet Something strange is afoot in the galaxy known as 1ES 1927+654: In late 2017, and for reasons that scientists couldn’t explain, the supermassive black hole sitting at the heart of this galaxy underwent a massive identity crisis. Over …

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A thermal superconducting quantum interference proximity transistor

A thermal superconducting quantum interference proximity transistor

False-color scanning electron microscopy (SEM) image of a typical T-SQUIPT. An Al nanowire (yellow) is inserted in an Al ring (blue), whereas a normal-metal electrode (red) is tunnel coupled through a thin oxide layer to the middle of the nanowire. A set of superconducting tunnel probes (yellow) are coupled to the normal-metal electrode, and serve …

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