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Generation of Highly Inclined Trans-Neptunian Objects by Planet Nine

Generation of Highly Inclined Trans-Neptunian Objects by Planet Nine Authors: Batygin et al Abstract: The trans-Neptunian region of the solar system exhibits an intricate dynamical structure, much of which can be explained by an instability-driven orbital history of the giant planets. Show More Summary

Doubts About Planet Nine?

Consequences of a Distant Massive Planet on the Large Semi-major Axis Trans-Neptunian ObjectsAuthors:Shankman et alAbstract:We explore the distant giant planet hypothesis by integrating the large semi-major axis, large pericenter Trans-Neptunian...Show More Summary

Shaping of the inner Oort cloud by Planet Nine

Shaping of the inner Oort cloud by Planet Nine Authors: Michaely et al Abstract: We present a numerical calculation of the dynamical interaction between the proposed Planet Nine and an initially thin circular debris disk around the Sun for 4Gyr, accounting the secular perturbation of the four giant planets. Show More Summary

Explaining the Short Rotation Period of Hi'iaka, Haumea's Largest Satellite

The Short Rotation Period of Hi'iaka, Haumea's Largest Satellite Authors: Hastings et al Abstract: Hi'iaka is the larger outer satellite of the dwarf planet Haumea. Using relative photometry from the Hubble Space Telescope and Magellan...Show More Summary

News From Pluto: Clouds on Pluto, Landslides on Charon

By the end of this week, all the data gathered by the New Horizons spacecraft during its July 2015 flyby of the Pluto system will have finished downloading to Earth and be in the hands of the science team. Bonnie Buratti, a science team...Show More Summary

ESA's Exomars Schiaparelli Lander Lost

Essential data from the ExoMars Schiaparelli lander sent to its mothership Trace Gas Orbiter during the module’s descent to the Red Planet’s surface yesterday has been downlinked to Earth and is currently being analysed by experts.Early...Show More Summary

Boeing CST-100/Starliner First Flight Delayed 6 Months

Boeing is delaying a series of test flights of its CST-100 Starliner commercial crew vehicle by up to six months, pushing back the first operational mission of the capsule until the end of 2018.Boeing spokesman William Barksdale said Oct. Show More Summary

China Launched Shenzhou-11 Carrying two Taikonauts, Docks With Chinese Space Station Tiangong-2

The Chinese spacecraft Shenzhou-11 – and its crew of two taikonauts – has successfully docked with the Tiangong-2 space module at 19:24 UTC. The docking begins a month long mission in which the crew will conduct a series of experiments aimed at progressing China’s ambitions in space. link.

Orbital ATK's Antares Rocket Returns to Flight With ISS Cyrngus Resupply Mission

In its first flight in nearly two years, an Orbital ATK Antares successfully launched a Cygnus cargo spacecraft to the International Space Station Oct. 17.The Antares lifted off from the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport at Wallops Island, Virginia, at 7:45 p.m. Show More Summary

UN Using a Sierra Nevada DreamChaser for First UN Space Mission?

The United Nations plans to purchase a dedicated mission on a Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) Dream Chaser spacecraft in 2021 to give developing nations an opportunity to fly experiments in space.At a press conference during the International Astronautical Congress here Sept. Show More Summary

noaasanctuaries: Today marks the 44th anniversary of the Marine...

noaasanctuaries: Today marks the 44th anniversary of the Marine Mammal Protection Act, which ensures that marine mammals like whales, porpoises, seals, sea lions, otters and dolphins can carry out their normal functioning without disruption...Show More Summary

Climate change impairs survival instincts of fish and can make them swim towards predators

Climate change is disrupting the sensory systems of fish and can even make them swim towards predators, instead of away from them, a paper by marine biologists at the University of Exeter says.

Researchers find new way to attack gastro bug

A team at Griffith's Institute for Glycomics identified a unique sensory structure that is able to bind host-specific sugar and is present on particularly virulent strains of Campylobacter jejuni.

Digging echidnas are essential Australian ecosystem engineers

A team of Australian scientists has found that the short-beaked echidna (Tachyglossus aculeatus) is a keystone species on the continent. In the Journal of Experimental Biology, they report that echidnas mix and move soil around and are essential for the health of the Australian environment.

Algorithm can trace lineage trajectories through single-cell gene expression data

A new algorithm created at ASTAR allows scientists to track the trajectories of different cell lineages on the basis of their gene activity at the individual cell level. The tool, dubbed Mpath, should help reveal new insights into disease states and offer a way to see how drugs are working.

TGIF: Barnacles put a ring on it

Have you ever seen the bottom of a barnacle? Or to be totally accurate, the top? I hadn’t either until a good friend and photographer, Michael Ready, showed me this photo he took in down in Baja California. There is just something about it, that I find absolutely stunning. Similar to annual growth rings found in […]

+1 For the Robot Army

What better animal to use as the spokesperson for the first soft bodied, autonomous robot?? To the engineers at Harvard 1. You win science today and 2. I would like all the baby octobots please.   Wehner et al. 2016 An integrated design and fabrication strategy for entirely soft, autonomous robots. Nature. 536, 451–455 doi:10.1038/nature19100

Robopocalypse Report #92

Drones: Amazon just patented mini personal drones.Attachments are made to transform drones into search and rescue tools.Barbers are safe from a drone led robopocalypse. Drones are starting to deliver blood in Rwanda.Drones and VR were...Show More Summary

The Coming Cyber War #19

Cyber Warfare: The United States had a cyber attack today with a massive DDOS attack on a key company on the internet causing outages mainly on the East Coast.Is cyber defense the great space race of our generation? Destructive cyber attacks are coming. Show More Summary

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