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Emotion-sensing robot launches to assist space station astronauts
Posted on December 5, 2019 at 8:48 pm

An intelligent robot equipped with emotion-sensing voice detectors was headed to the International Space Station after launching from Florida on Thursday, becoming the latest artificial intelligence-powered astronaut workmate in orbit. […]

NASA's probe soaring near sun reveals surprises about solar wind
Posted on December 5, 2019 at 6:20 pm

Troves of new data from a NASA probe's close encounters with the sun are giving scientists unique insight about the solar wind and space weather more generally as the spacecraft zooms through the outermost part of the star's atmosphere. […]

In New York lab, centuries-old corals hold clues to climate shifts
Posted on December 5, 2019 at 12:14 pm

Some 20 miles north of New York City, a team of scientists is searching for clues about how the environment is changing by studying organisms not usually found in the woods around here: corals. […]

Bye-bye, birdie: Study finds North American birds getting smaller
Posted on December 4, 2019 at 11:21 pm

Since 1978, researchers have scooped up and measured tens of thousands of birds that died after crashing into buildings in Chicago during spring and fall migrations. Their work has documented what might be called the incredible shrinking bird. […]

'Indiana Jones' scientists collect seeds in wild for climate change fight
Posted on December 3, 2019 at 11:56 pm

Braving perils from blood-sucking leeches to tigers and using transport as basic as elephants, scientists have journeyed like "Indiana Jones" to remote locations to collect wild cousins of crop seeds in a project to help tackle climate change. […]

Earth's temperature likely marks hottest decade on record: report
Posted on December 3, 2019 at 3:20 pm

The past decade is almost certain to be the hottest on record, weather experts warned on Tuesday, painting a bleak picture of vanishing sea ice, devastating heatwaves and encroaching seas in a report launched at a climate summit in Spain. […]

With suction cups and lots of luck, scientists measure blue whale's heart rate
Posted on November 28, 2019 at 1:07 am

Using a bright orange electrocardiogram machine attached with suction cups to the body of a blue whale, scientists for the first time have measured the heart rate of the world's largest creature and came away with insight about the renowned behemoth's physiology. […]

With suction cups and lots of luck, scientists measure blue whale's heart rate
Posted on November 26, 2019 at 10:41 am

Using a bright orange electrocardiogram machine attached with suction cups to the body of a blue whale, scientists for the first time have measured the heart rate of the world's largest creature and came away with insight about the renowned behemoth's physiology. […]

Study reveals music's universal patterns across societies worldwide
Posted on November 21, 2019 at 10:47 pm

From love songs to dance tunes to lullabies, music made in disparate cultures worldwide displays certain universal patterns, according to a study by researchers who suggest a commonality in the way human minds create music. […]

Egypt to send its first communication satellite into orbit on Friday
Posted on November 21, 2019 at 6:17 pm

Egypt will launch its first communication satellite into orbit on Friday, a move it says will improve its communications infrastructure and internet services and attract investment. […]

High-tech Japan uses AI in song to welcome pope
Posted on November 20, 2019 at 6:44 pm

Few aspects of life escape the touch of high tech in cutting-edge Japan, including an official song written to welcome Pope Francis when he visits Japan from Saturday. […]

'Possibility of life': scientists map Saturn's exotic moon Titan
Posted on November 18, 2019 at 9:18 pm

Scientists on Monday unveiled the first global geological map of Saturn's moon Titan including vast plains and dunes of frozen organic material and lakes of liquid methane, illuminating an exotic world considered a strong candidate in the search for life beyond Earth. […]

Spacecom's Amos-17 satellite completes test, reaches final orbit
Posted on November 18, 2019 at 1:56 pm

Israel's Space Communications said on Monday its Amos-17 communication satellite, which was launched into space in August, has completed its in-orbit testing and reached its final position. […]

Japan space probe on its way back after asteroid mission
Posted on November 18, 2019 at 10:29 am

A Japanese space probe is heading home from an asteroid 250 million km (155 million miles) from Earth after collecting sub-surface samples that could help scientists seeking the origins of life, Japan's space agency said on Monday. […]

Boeing received 'unnecessary' contract boost for astronaut capsule, watchdog says
Posted on November 15, 2019 at 3:11 am

Boeing's multibillion dollar contract to build U.S. astronaut capsules received an "unnecessary" extension from NASA, a watchdog report said on Thursday, the latest management blunders in the agency's program to restart domestic human spaceflight. […]