Can a Computer Devise a Theory of Everything?

It might be possible, physicists say, but not anytime soon. And there’s no guarantee that we humans will understand the result.

#artificial-intelligence, #cern, #computers-and-the-internet, #lanier-jaron, #large-hadron-collider, #mathematics, #randall-lisa, #space-and-astronomy, #supercomputers, #tegmark-max, #your-feed-science

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China to Collect Moon Rocks in a Mission Launching Soon

It has been four decades since lunar samples were brought to Earth, and the Chang’e-5 spacecraft’s bounty could have great scientific value.

#apollo-project, #china, #geology, #moon, #research, #rocket-science-and-propulsion, #solar-system, #space-and-astronomy

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Signs of Recent Volcanic Eruption on Mars Hint at Habitats for Life

Not thought to be volcanically active, Mars may have experienced an eruption just 53,000 years ago.

#icarus-journal, #mars-planet, #research, #space-and-astronomy, #volcanoes

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Arecibo Observatory, a Great Eye on the Cosmos, Is Going Dark

The radio telescope in Puerto Rico has to come down before it collapses.

#arecibo-observatory, #drake-frank, #extraterrestrial-life, #hurricanes-and-tropical-storms, #physics, #puerto-rico, #solar-system, #space-and-astronomy, #stars-and-galaxies, #telescopes-and-observatories

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SpaceX Crew Docks at the International Space Station

“Docking confirmed,” the company founded by Elon Musk announced Monday night.

#associated-press, #international-space-station, #kennedy-space-center, #private-spaceflight, #space-and-astronomy, #space-stations

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Leonid Meteor Shower: Best Time to See and How to Watch

Meteor showers can light up night skies from dusk to dawn, and if you’re lucky you might be able to catch a glimpse.

#content-type-service, #earth, #meteors-and-meteorites, #solar-system, #space-and-astronomy

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SpaceX’s ‘Resilience’ Lifts 4 Astronauts Into NASA’s New Era of Spaceflight

The crew will spend some 27 hours in a capsule built by the private company before docking with the space station Monday night.

#black-people, #glover-victor-j-jr, #hopkins-michael-s, #hopkins-shannon, #international-space-station, #national-aeronautics-and-space-administration, #noguchi-soichi, #private-spaceflight, #rocket-science-and-propulsion, #space-and-astronomy, #space-exploration-technologies-corp

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Newton’s ‘Principia’ Had a Surprisingly Wide Audience, Historians Find

The discovery suggests that “Principia” had a stronger impact on Enlightenment science than previous research suggested.

#annals-of-science-journal, #books-and-literature, #central-europe, #europe, #gravitation-and-gravity, #libraries-and-librarians, #mathematics, #newton-isaac, #philosophiae-naturalis-principia-mathematica-book, #physics, #space-and-astronomy, #your-feed-science

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These Microbes May Help Future Martians and Moon People Mine Metals

An experiment aboard the space station showed that bacteria were effective at extracting rare earth elements from rocks.

#bacteria, #international-space-station, #mars-planet, #mines-and-mining, #moon, #rare-earths, #space-and-astronomy

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Looking for Another Earth? Here Are 300 Million, Maybe

A new analysis of data from NASA’s Kepler spacecraft increases the number of habitable exoplanets thought to exist in this galaxy.

#ames-research-center, #astrophysical-journal, #kepler-space-telescope, #milky-way-galaxy, #national-aeronautics-and-space-administration, #planets, #space-and-astronomy, #stars-and-galaxies, #transiting-exoplanet-survey-satellite-spacecraft, #your-feed-science

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Many firsts for women in a very male orbit.

Women have accomplished a great deal on the space station, when they’ve been there.

#international-space-station, #koch-christina-h, #mcclain-anne-c, #meir-jessica-1977, #national-aeronautics-and-space-administration, #space-and-astronomy, #space-stations, #whitson-peggy, #williams-sunita-l, #women-and-girls

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Home Sweet Home in Orbit

A visual tour of the International Space Station, humanity’s high-tech home in the sky.

#earth, #international-space-station, #national-aeronautics-and-space-administration, #photography, #space-and-astronomy, #space-stations, #your-feed-science

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How the Space Station Became a Base to Launch Humanity’s Future

Once derided as a poster child for government waste, the outpost in orbit is now seen as a linchpin for future economic activity in space.

#international-relations, #international-space-station, #national-aeronautics-and-space-administration, #research, #russia, #science-and-technology, #space-and-astronomy, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government

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The need for caffeine was the mother of invention.

“I love coffee and I was worried that our standard freeze-dried brew wasn’t going to cut it,” one astronaut said.

#coffee, #international-space-station, #inventions-and-patents, #space-and-astronomy

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A new window that forever changed our view of Earth.

Many of the greatest images you’ve seen from the space station were made in the cupola.

#earth, #european-space-agency, #international-space-station, #national-aeronautics-and-space-administration, #photography, #space-and-astronomy

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How to See the Halloween Blue Moon (and Uranus!) With Your Kids

“The Uranus jokes never end,” an astronomer said.

#american-museum-of-natural-history, #jupiter-planet, #mars-planet, #milky-way-galaxy, #moon, #planets, #saturn-planet, #space-and-astronomy, #stars-and-galaxies, #telescopes-and-observatories, #university-of-california-los-angeles, #uranus-planet, #venus-planet

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NASA’s Asteroid Mission Packs Away Its Cargo. Next Stop: Earth.

The OSIRIS-REX spacecraft stowed the rock and dust it collected from Bennu, setting itself up to return the sample to our planet.

#asteroids, #national-aeronautics-and-space-administration, #space-and-astronomy

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There’s Water and Ice on the Moon, and in More Places Than NASA Once Thought

Future astronauts seeking water on the moon may not need to go into the most treacherous craters in its polar regions to find it.

#ice, #moon, #national-aeronautics-and-space-administration, #nature-astronomy-journal, #research, #space-and-astronomy, #telescopes-and-observatories, #water

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NASA OSIRIS-REX Mission Springs Leak After Touching Asteroid

The OSIRIS-REX spacecraft collected rock and dirt samples from Bennu, but it appears to be losing some of what it grabbed.

#asteroids, #engineering-and-engineers, #national-aeronautics-and-space-administration, #osiris-rex, #research, #rocket-science-and-propulsion, #space-and-astronomy

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Orionids Meteor Shower 2020: Watch It Peak in Night Skies

Meteor showers can light up night skies from dusk to dawn, and if you’re lucky you might be able to catch a glimpse.

#comets, #content-type-service, #earth, #meteors-and-meteorites, #solar-system, #space-and-astronomy

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A Black Hole’s Lunch: Stellar Spaghetti

Astronomers observed a star become a “feast” for a cosmic monster.

#black-holes-space, #gravitation-and-gravity, #monthly-notices-of-the-royal-astronomical-society-journal, #space-and-astronomy, #stars-and-galaxies, #telescopes-and-observatories, #your-feed-science

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Stuart Bowyer, Astronomer Who Lent His Ear to the Cosmos, Dies at 86

He was a scientist who succeeded in seeing the unseeable and hoped to tune in to extraterrestrial life.

#bowyer-stuart-1934-2020, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #deaths-obituaries, #extraterrestrial-life, #soyuz-project, #space-and-astronomy, #stars-and-galaxies, #telescopes-and-observatories, #ultraviolet-light, #university-of-california-berkeley

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How a 2nd-Grade Class Sent a Science Experiment to Space

“Any school district now that affords football can afford spaceflight.”

#blue-origin, #education-k-12, #fireflies, #indiana, #private-spaceflight, #research, #rocket-science-and-propulsion, #science-and-technology, #space-and-astronomy

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Blue Origin’s New Shepard Rocket Launches a New Line of Business

Blue Origin’s New Shepard rocket hasn’t flown space tourists yet, but it has found a business niche with NASA and private science experiments.

#bezos-jeffrey-p, #blue-origin, #innovation, #moon, #private-spaceflight, #research, #rocket-science-and-propulsion, #science-and-technology, #southwest-research-institute, #space-and-astronomy

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At the Edge of Time, a Litter of Galactic Puppies

The discovery of a black hole surrounded by protogalaxies provides astronomers with a rare glimpse of the web of matter permeating the cosmos.

#black-holes-space, #hubble-space-telescope, #quasars, #space-and-astronomy, #stars-and-galaxies, #telescopes-and-observatories, #your-feed-science

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The Artist Whose Medium Is Science

Tavares Strachan is known for his ambitious projects and intensive research, which have included expeditions to the North Pole and training as a cosmonaut in Russia.

#art, #science-and-technology, #sculpture, #space-and-astronomy, #strachan-tavares

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Mount Wilson Observatory, Icon of Cosmology, ‘Declared Safe’ From Fires

The birthplace of modern cosmology “has been declared safe” from the wildfires that have ravaged the surrounding area in Southern California.

#los-angeles-calif, #mount-wilson-observatory, #pasadena-calif, #space-and-astronomy, #telescopes-and-observatories, #wildfires, #your-feed-science

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On Venus, Cloudy With a Chance of Microbial Life

Astrobiologists shift their gaze, and speculations, to Earth’s broiling sister planet.

#biology-and-biochemistry, #extraterrestrial-life, #microbiology, #planets, #seager-sara-1971, #solar-system, #space-and-astronomy, #venus-planet, #your-feed-science

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A Solar Forecast With Good News for Civilization as We Know It

Space weather experts believe the sun has entered a new sunspot cycle, and expect it to be a relatively quiet one.

#national-aeronautics-and-space-administration, #national-oceanic-and-atmospheric-administration, #research, #space-and-astronomy, #sun

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The Search for Life on Venus Could Start With Rocket Lab

Rocket Lab may be able to send a small spacecraft to probe the clouds of Venus long before NASA or other space agencies are able to do so.

#beck-peter-scientist, #extraterrestrial-life, #private-spaceflight, #research, #rocket-lab, #rocket-science-and-propulsion, #satellites, #space-and-astronomy, #venus-planet, #your-feed-science

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Missions to Venus: Highlights From History, and When We May Go Back

Much visited in an earlier era of space exploration, the planet has been overlooked in recent decades.

#european-space-agency, #extraterrestrial-life, #india, #national-aeronautics-and-space-administration, #private-spaceflight, #research, #rocket-lab, #rocket-science-and-propulsion, #space-and-astronomy, #ussr-former-soviet-union, #venus-planet

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Life on Venus? Astronomers See Phosphine Signal in Its Clouds

The detection of a gas in the planet’s atmosphere could turn scientists’ gaze to a planet long overlooked in the search for extraterrestrial life.

#biology-and-biochemistry, #extraterrestrial-life, #microbiology, #phosphine, #research, #space-and-astronomy, #telescopes-and-observatories, #venus-planet

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How Old Is This Ancient Vision of the Stars?

It’s a tale of bronze, iron, looting and archaeological conflict.

#archaeology-and-anthropology, #arts-and-antiquities-looting, #bronze-age, #germany, #iron-age, #research, #space-and-astronomy, #your-feed-science

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Is There a Black Hole in Our Backyard?

Astrophysicists have recently begun hatching plans to find out just how weird Planet Nine might be.

#black-holes-space, #gravitation-and-gravity, #large-synoptic-survey-telescope, #physics, #solar-system, #space-and-astronomy, #stars-and-galaxies, #telescopes-and-observatories, #your-feed-science

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These Black Holes Shouldn’t Exist, but There They Are

On the far side of the universe, a collision of dark giants sheds light on an invisible process of cosmic growth.

#astrophysical-journal-letters, #black-holes-space, #gravitation-and-gravity, #laser-interferometer-gravitational-wave-observatory-ligo, #physical-review-letters, #physics, #space-and-astronomy, #stars-and-galaxies, #your-feed-science

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An Asteroid Just in Time for the 2020 Election?

The object has a slender chance of hitting Earth — but even if it does, it’s too small to do any damage, astronomers say.

#asteroids, #earth, #elections, #jet-propulsion-laboratory, #space-and-astronomy

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A Rip in the Fabric of Interstellar Dreams

The iconic Arecibo radio telescope is temporarily crippled by an accident.

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The Solar System Winked

Ilana Ozernoy and Nina Mouritzen, both immigrants who moved to New York the same year, believe that they were always destined to meet.

#space-and-astronomy, #stars-and-galaxies, #weddings-and-engagements

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Talking to Aliens Is Their Religion

Among the Aetherius Society’s key beliefs: selflessness and extraterrestrial life.

#documentary-films-and-programs, #extraterrestrial-life, #religion-and-belief, #space-and-astronomy, #unidentified-flying-objects-ufo

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How Do You Solve a Moon Mystery? Fire a Laser at It

Researchers have used reflective prisms left on the moon’s surface for decades, but had increasingly seen problems with their effectiveness.

#apollo-project, #earth-planets-and-space-journal, #laser-light-amplification-by-stimulated-emission-of-radiation, #moon, #national-aeronautics-and-space-administration, #research, #space-and-astronomy, #weights-and-measures

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This Star Looked Like It Would Explode. Maybe It Just Sneezed

The mysterious dimming of the red supergiant Betelgeuse is the result of a stellar exhalation, astronomers say.

#astrophysical-journal, #hubble-space-telescope, #research, #space-and-astronomy, #stars-and-galaxies, #telescopes-and-observatories, #your-feed-science

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Perseid Meteor Shower 2020: Watch It Peak Tonight

Meteor showers can light up night skies from dusk to dawn, and if you’re lucky you might be able to catch a glimpse.

#comets, #content-type-service, #meteors-and-meteorites, #solar-system, #space-and-astronomy

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Amazon Satellites Add to Astronomers’ Worries About the Night Sky

The F.C.C. approved the company’s 3,236-satellite constellation, which aims to provide high-speed internet service around the world.

#amazon-com-inc, #computers-and-the-internet, #corporate-social-responsibility, #federal-communications-commission, #pollution, #private-spaceflight, #research, #satellites, #space-and-astronomy, #telescopes-and-observatories

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A Star Went Supernova in 1987. Where Is It Now?

Astronomers might have found the ultradense remnant of an explosion that wracked a nearby galaxy.

#astrophysical-journal, #black-holes-space, #hubble-space-telescope, #neutrinos, #research, #space-and-astronomy, #stars-and-galaxies, #your-feed-science

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This Is How It All Ends

In “The End of Everything,” the theoretical cosmologist Katie Mack takes a look at the ultimate doom and destruction of our universe. It’s not pretty.

#books-and-literature, #dark-energy-astronomy, #mack-katie-1981, #space-and-astronomy, #the-end-of-everything-astrophysically-speaking-book

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The Good News About What Human Genius Can Still Do

There’s something uniquely compelling about our need to learn what we can about the universe.

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Private Boats Enter SpaceX Splashdown Area, Raising Concerns

“We need to do a better job next time” of securing the area, the NASA administrator, Jim Bridenstine, said.

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NASA Astronauts Safely Return to Earth: ‘Thank You for Flying SpaceX’

Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley returned to Earth in the first water landing by an American space crew since 1975.

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Live: Follow the SpaceX Crew Dragon and Astronaut Return

Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley are preparing for a Gulf of Mexico splashdown on Sunday in the Crew Dragon spacecraft.

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SpaceX Crew Dragon to Bring 2 NASA Astronauts Home

Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley are getting ready to splash down after two months in orbit.

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