Cold War spy satellite captures threat to marmots

When an American pilot went down over the Soviet Union in the 1960s, the US launched a spy satellite. Its data now helps monitor the bobak marmot.

Ida Eriksen-U. Copenhagen • futurity
yesterday ~4 min

Tags: conservation agriculture rodents ecosystems satellites earth-and-environment

In a first, astronomers watch a black hole’s corona disappear, then reappear

A colliding star may have triggered the drastic transformation.

Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office • mit
July 15, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: physics astrophysics space astronomy nasa research black-holes school-of-science kavli-institute satellites astronomy-and-planetary-science

TESS mission discovers massive ice giant

Neptune-sized planet may be remnant core of a much larger planet.

Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office • mit
July 1, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: astrophysics space astronomy exoplanets nasa research school-of-science planetary-science satellites eaps astronomy-and-planetary-science

Nanosatellites could beam ‘quantum internet’ to Earth

Tiny satellites could be the key to a global quantum internet network. That could mean internet from space on Earth, and communication between spacecraft.

National University of Singapore • futurity
June 29, 2020 ~9 min

Tags: nanotechnology internet satellites quantum-physics science-and-technology

Satellites can spot eco damage from fog loss

Climate change is reducing fog that many plants rely on for water. New research shows scientists can spot the problem from space.

Kevin Fryling-Indiana • futurity
June 10, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: climate-change water plants satellites earth-and-environment fog

AI maps forest dryness to better predict wildfires

A new AI model that maps moisture levels in fine detail across 12 western states opens the door for better wildfire predictions.

Josie Garthwaite-Stanford • futurity
May 22, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: wildfire maps satellites artifical-intelligence earth-and-environment

Ancient Madagascar shows humans make new places suit them

"Over time, people are actually creating their landscape. They're not degrading it necessarily. They're creating a landscape that is preferable for people."

Matt Swayne-Penn State • futurity
Feb. 25, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: machine-learning archaeology madagascar satellites science-and-technology society-and-culture land

How to deflect an asteroid

MIT engineers devise a decision map to identify the best mission type to deflect an incoming asteroid.

Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office • mit
Feb. 18, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: space astronomy nasa research asteroids school-of-engineering aeronautical-and-astronautical-engineering satellites astronomy-and-planetary-science

Laser-linked satellites could deliver ‘internet from space’

A new design could pave the way for using thousands of satellites connected with lasers to deliver "internet from space" to remote regions.

ETH Zurich • futurity
Dec. 18, 2019 ~7 min

Tags: space internet satellites science-and-technology

Space laser sees Earth’s biggest animal migration

Zooplankton migration is "the greatest migration on Earth. It happens every day and it's amazing." A satellite view reveals the hordes of tiny creatures.

Sonia Fernandez-UCSB • futurity
Dec. 3, 2019 ~6 min

Tags: migration lasers oceans satellites science-and-technology zooplankton

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