Weekly Science News

Weekly handpicked news from 31-Aug-2020 to 6-Sept-2020

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. Content given under each headline is a basic gist and not the full story.

SpaceX Plans For Another ‘Hop’ of Starship Prototype Spacecraft

Source: WTSP-TV

Three weeks after the first successful “hop,” SpaceX is planning another for its Starship prototype spacecraft. The hop window is 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday at SpaceX’s Boca Chica, Texas, facility, as Cameron County issued an all-day closure for Boca Chica Beach. The spaceship could lift off as early as 10 a.m. to noon, according to Teslarati.

Original Written By: Chelsea Tatham

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Earth’s Inner Core is Only A Billion Years Old… Way Younger Than Most of Us Thought

Source: SYFY Wire

Earth is thought to be about 4.6 billion years old. Until now, its core was often estimated to be closer to that age, but recreating the conditions of the inner core in a lab changed all that. A billion years is not the unfathomable stretch of time that we humans—who are really around for the blink of the universe’s proverbial eye—in cosmic terms. It isn’t even much for our planet.

Original written by: Elizabeth Rayne

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NASA Tracks an Asteroid Double the Size of Great Pyramid of Giza that Will Collide the Earth’s Orbit Very Soon

Source: TechTimes

NASA is tracking a huge asteroid that is set to collide with the Earth’s orbit on September 6.The Near-Earth Object (NEO) is almost twice the size of the Great Pyramid of Giza at about 270m wide and flies at 31,400mph towards the Earth. The space rock, called 465824 (2010 FR), was first spotted by astronomers in 2010. Since it crosses the Earth’s orbit, it is classed as an Apollo asteroid.

Original written by: CJ Robles

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Wormholes That Instantly Transport Humans Through Space And Time Could Be Possible, According To Study

Source: The Sun

Wormholes that let humans travel through space and time could be possible, scientists have proposed. Physicists at Princeton University in the US have used quantum mechanics to find a mathematical loophole which they think shows it could be possible to create a wormhole large enough for humans and their spacecraft.

Original written by: Charlotte Edwards

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Study: Portable, Point-of-Care COVID-19 Test Could Bypass The Lab

Source: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, News Bureau

As COVID-19 continues to spread, bottlenecks in supplies and laboratory personnel have led to long waiting times for results in some areas. In a new study, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign researchers have demonstrated a prototype of a rapid COVID-19 molecular test and a simple-to-use, portable instrument for reading the results with a smartphone in 30 minutes, which could enable point-of-care diagnosis without needing to send samples to a lab.

Original written by: Liz Ahlberg Touchstone

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Europe’s Largest Solar Telescope GREGOR Unveils Magnetic Details of The Sun

Source: University of Freiburg

GREGOR, the largest solar telescope in Europe, which is operated by a German consortium and located on Teide Observatory, Spain, has obtained unprecedented images of the fine-structure of the Sun. Following a major redesign of GREGOR’s optics, carried out by a team of scientists and engineers from the Leibniz Institute for Solar Physics (KIS), the Sun can be observed at a higher resolution than before from Europe.

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Gravitational Waves Point Scientists To Elusive Missing-Link Black Hole

Source: Space.com

Since 2015, astrophysicists have been using gravitational-wave detectors to “hear” chirp-like signals and decode massive collisions that send subtle ripples across spacetime. Now, scientists have heard a new kind of sound, a fast, deep “bang” that could unlock even more cosmic secrets, according to new research from the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory (LIGO) and its European counterpart, Virgo.

Original written by: Meghan Bartels

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Decades-Old Mystery of Lithium-Ion Battery Storage Solved

Source: University of Texas at Austin

For years, researchers have aimed to learn more about a group of metal oxides that show promise as key materials for the next generation of lithium-ion batteries because of their mysterious ability to store significantly more energy than should be possible. An international research team, co-led by The University of Texas at Austin, has cracked the code of this scientific anomaly, knocking down a barrier to building ultra-fast battery energy storage systems.

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New Mathematical Method Shows How Climate Change Led to The Fall of An Ancient Civilization

Source: Rochester Institute of Technology

A Rochester Institute of Technology researcher developed a mathematical method that shows climate change likely caused the rise and fall of an ancient civilization. Nishant Malik, assistant professor in RIT’s School of Mathematical Sciences, outlined the new technique he developed and showed how shifting monsoon patterns led to the demise of the Indus Valley Civilization, a Bronze Age civilization contemporary to Mesopotamia and ancient Egypt.

Original written by: Luke Auburn

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