LICIACube Satellite’s First Images From After DART’s Collision With Target Asteroid

LICIACube Satellite DART Asteroid Collision

Image captured by the Italian Space Agency’s LICIACube a few minutes after the intentional collision of NASA’s Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART) mission with its target asteroid, Dimorphos, captured on September 26, 2022. Credit: ASI/NASA On Monday, NASA’s Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART) successfully impacted its asteroid target Dimorphos after 10 months of flying through … Read more

Fearsome Power Comes From the Ocean

Fuel for Hurricane Ian

Sea Surface Temperature, September 26, 2022. Warm seas provide fuel for extreme storms, and can then be cooled by them. Even though tropical cyclones are atmospheric phenomena, much of their fearsome power actually comes from the ocean. The seas are plentiful sources of moisture to feed growing storm clouds. Just as critically, they are also … Read more

Fire Alarm Triggered After Artemis I Rocket Rolled Back in Advance of Hurricane Ian

NASA Artemis I SLS Rocket Returns to VAB Ahead of Hurricane Ian

NASA’s Space Launch System (SLS) rocket with the Orion spacecraft aboard is seen atop the mobile launcher as it returns to the Vehicle Assembly Building from Launch Pad 39B, Tuesday, September 27, 2022, at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. NASA made the decision to rollback based on the latest weather predictions associated with Hurricane … Read more

Physicists Take Particle Self-Assembly to New Level by Mimicking Biology

DNA Strands Programmed To Fold Into Specific Geometries

The illustration shows how droplets with different DNA strands first combine into chains, which are then programmed to fold into specific geometries, analogous to protein folding. The carpet highlights one folding pathway of a hexamer chain folding into a polytetrahedron. The zoom shows how the formation of DNA double helices drives droplet-droplet binding. Credot: Image … Read more

AI Reduces a 100,000-Equation Quantum Physics Problem to Only Four Equations

Abstract Quantum Physics Qubits

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 … Read more

Spaceflight Linked to an Increased Risk of Cancer and Heart Disease

Astronaut in Outer Space

The researchers believe it is important to continuously screen the blood of astronauts throughout their careers and during their retirement in order to monitor their health.  Spaceflight was also found to be linked to DNA mutations. A groundbreaking study from the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai found that astronauts are more likely to … Read more

Physicists Discover Unexpected Mirror Nuclei Pairings

Atom Atomic Energy Illustration

Protons collide with their fellow protons and neutrons with their fellow neutrons more often than predicted. Physicists peer into mirror nuclei. The atomic nucleus is a busy place. Its protons and neutrons periodically collide and fly apart with high momentum before snapping back together like the ends of a stretched rubber band. Physicists researching these … Read more