How bright is the moon, really?

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The “inconstant moon,” as Shakespeare called it in Romeo and Juliet, is more reliable than his pair of star-crossed lovers might have thought. Now researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) plan to make the Moon even more reliable with a new project to ...

How much water flows into agricultural irrigation?

Ecology
Irrigation for agriculture is the largest use of fresh water around the globe, but precise records and maps of when and where water is applied by farmers are difficult to locate. Now a team of researchers has discovered how to track water used in agriculture. In a ...

How much does life weigh?

Biology
From earthworms and sunflowers to human beings, we are all made up of cells, so it’s no surprise that researchers are hard at work investigating these building blocks of life. They have already discovered many of their secrets, but until now, it has not been possible to ...

A light in the dark: NASA sounding rocket probes the ...

Astronomy
Though stars and galaxies fill our night sky, most of the matter in the universe resides in the dark voids in between. Spread out over unfathomable distances, this cold, diffuse gas between galaxies — called the intergalactic medium, or IGM for short — hardly emits any light, ...

World’s first super-microsurgery operation with ‘robot hands’

Engineering
MAASTRICHT, Oct. 2, 2017 – Plastic surgeons at Maastricht University Medical Center have used a robotic device to surgically treat lymphedema in a patient. This is the world’s first super-microsurgical intervention with ‘robot hands’. The surgeons used the robotic device to suture vessels of 0.3 to 0.8 ...

CARMENES instrument demonstrates its ability to find Earth-like planets

Astronomy
CARMENES instrument, developed by a consortium of eleven German and Spanish institutions and coordinated by the Institute of Astrophysics of Andalusia (IAA-CSIC), with the participation of the Instituto de Ciencias del Espacio (IEEC-CSIC) and the Center for Astrobiology (CAB, CSIC-INTA) was designed to search for terrestrial planets ...

Milky Way’s ‘most-mysterious star’ continues to confound

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Pasadena, CA — In 2015, a star called KIC 8462852 caused quite a stir in and beyond the astronomy community due to a series of rapid, unexplained dimming events seen while it was being monitored by NASA’s Kepler Space Telescope. And the star has continued to foil ...

To kickstart creativity, offer money, not plaudits, study finds

Antropology
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — How should employers reward creative types for turning in fresh, inventive work: with a plaque or a party recognizing their achievement, or with cold, hard cash? According to new research co-written by a University of Illinois expert in product development and marketing, it’s all ...
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  • Association Noosphere by Max Polyakov to host NASA Space Apps again in 2018 December 4, 2017
    The NASA Space Apps Challenge enjoyed the support of Max Polyakov’s Association Noosphere and EOS in 2017, will take place in Ukraine again in 2018, thanks to their continued support. Amateur engineers, robotic hobbyists, engineering students, and other techies are very excited about the news and looking forward to next year’s competition. The history of […]
  • These ancient wolf-sized otters had fearsome jaws December 4, 2017
    A massive, wolf-sized otter that lived about 6 million years ago may have terrorized much larger prey with a surprisingly powerful bite, according to CT scans of its massive jaw. The findings offer clues about how the oversized creature, weighing in at about 110 pounds, lived in the wetlands of southwest China. “We started our […]