Science News (10 – 16 Oct 2021)

Science News related to Radio Signals – Distant Stars, Brain Damage in Space, Biggest Asteroids in Solar System, Mysterious Fast Radio Bursts, Precise Measurement of Neutron Lifetime, Earth in 2500

Note: I do not write/own any of the science news bits (and cover picture) given here. The links on each of the news bits will redirect to the news source. The content given under each headline is a basic gist and not the full story.

1.    Radio Signals from Distant Stars

Source: University of Queensland

12 Oct 2021

Using the world’s most powerful radio antenna, scientists have discovered stars unexpectedly blasting out radio waves, possibly indicating the existence of hidden planets. The scientists have been searching for planets using the world’s most powerful radio telescope Low Frequency Array (LOFAR).

2.    Brain Damage from Long Stays in Space

Source: University of Gothenburg

12 Oct 2021

Spending a long time in space appears to cause brain damage. This is shown by a study of five Russian cosmonauts who had stayed on the International Space Station (ISS).

3.    Some Of The Biggest Asteroids in Our Solar System

Source: ESO

12 Oct 2021

Using the European Southern Observatory’s Very Large Telescope (ESO’s VLT) in Chile, astronomers have imaged 42 of the largest objects in the asteroid belt, located between Mars and Jupiter. Never before had such a large group of asteroids been imaged so sharply. The observations reveal a wide range of peculiar shapes, from spherical to dog-bone, and are helping astronomers trace the origins of the asteroids in our Solar System.

4.    Largest-ever Observed Set of Mysterious Fast Radio Bursts

Source: University of Nevada, Las Vegas

13 Oct 2021

An international team of astronomers recently observed more than 1,650 fast radio bursts (FRBs) detected from one source in deep space, which amounts to the largest set – by far – of the mysterious phenomena ever recorded.

Original written by: Tony Allen

5.    Most Precise Measurement of Neutron Lifetime

Source: Indiana University

13 Oct 2021

An international team of physicists has announced the world’s most precise measurement of the neutron’s lifetime. The scientific purpose of the experiment is to measure how long, on average, a free neutron lives outside the confines of atomic nuclei.

6.    By 2500 Earth Could Be Alien to Humans

Source: McGill University

13 Oct 2021

To fully grasp and plan for climate impacts under any scenario, researchers and policymakers must look well beyond the 2100 benchmark. Unless CO2 emissions drop significantly, global warming by 2500 will make the Amazon barren, the American Midwest tropical, and India too hot to live in, according to a team of international scientists.

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