Glacier Lakes Make Permanent Ice Disappear Over Twice as Fast, Study Reveals

Glaciers are retreating faster globally due to climate change but they melt more quickly when they flow into a lake than when they end on land, with consequences for water supplies, a new study found on Thursday.   The Swiss-funded study is the first large-scale, detailed analysis of the phenomenon in mountain glaciers and could … Read more

SpaceX snags $102 million contract to rocket military supplies and humanitarian aid around the world: report

A visualization of a “rocket cargo” vehicle launch from the Air Force Research Laboratory.  (Image credit: Air Force Research Laboratory) SpaceX has won a contract, worth over $102 million, to transport military supplies and humanitarian aid around the world using a rocket. The U.S. Air Force awarded SpaceX the contract on Jan. 14. It’s a … Read more

Animals in space | Space

The first animals to reach space were fruit flies that the United States launched aboard captured German rockets in 1947. The first mammal to reach space was a rhesus monkey named Albert II, who flew two years later. Both these missions were suborbital, as were all animal flights for about a decade. The first animal … Read more

Water on Mars may have flowed for a billion years longer than thought

Observations by a long-running Mars mission suggest that liquid water may have flowed on the Red Planet as little as 2 billion years ago, much later than scientists once thought. Scientists charted the presence of chloride salt deposits left behind by flowing water using years of data from NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO), which has … Read more

New NASA video honors fallen astronauts of Apollo 1, Challenger and Columbia

NASA released a new video today (Jan. 27) to remember the three crews and other fallen astronauts who lost their lives in the pursuit of space exploration. The agency’s annual “Day of Remembrance” falls this year on the 55th anniversary of the Apollo 1 fire of Jan. 27, 1967. The week that follows includes two … Read more

Spacecraft anomaly stalls Astroscale space debris cleanup test

A pioneering space junk cleanup test is on hold for now. Astroscale has suspended its ELSA-d demonstration mission in Earth orbit after detecting “anomalous spacecraft conditions,” the Japanese startup announced on Twitter Wednesday (Jan. 26).  ELSA-d (“End-of-Life Services by Astroscale demonstration”) launched to Earth orbit in March 2021 to test tech for capturing space debris, … Read more

Bat evolution: Subtle change to inner ear bone distinguishes two major groups

The two major groups of bats diverged tens of millions of years ago, and the main difference between them lies in a tiny inner ear bone Life 26 January 2022 By Michael Marshall The common pipistrelle (Pipistrellus pipistrellus) belongs to the Yangochiroptera group of bats David Cole/Alamy Stock Photo A single bone in the inner … Read more

Neutron stars: Mysterious object blasts out radio waves every 18 minutes

Something extraordinarily bright in space is pulsing far slower than most similar cosmic objects, and it may be a strange type of neutron star that we have never seen before Space 26 January 2022 By Leah Crane A view of the Milky Way from the Murchison Widefield Array. The star icon shows the position of … Read more