Despite huge size, super light planet is ‘one of the puffiest’

The exoplanet WASP-107b is around the size of Jupiter, but has a mass 10 times smaller, researchers find. That upends ideas about gas giant planets.

Shirley Cardenas-McGill • futurity
yesterday ~6 min

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Astronauts are experts in isolation, here's what they can teach us

We can look to astronauts’ experiences for tips to improve our own situation during lockdown.

Nathan Smith, Research Fellow Psychology, Security and Trust, University of Manchester • conversation
Jan. 15, 2021 ~7 min

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Mark Vogelsberger wins 2020 Buchalter Cosmology Prize for simulating a “fuzzy” universe

Associate professor of physics shares the honor with colleague Phillip Mocz for their novel dark matter research.

Kelso Harper | MIT Kavli Institute for Astrophysics and Space Research • mit
Jan. 14, 2021 ~3 min

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Most distant quasar’s black hole has the mass of 1.6B suns

The newly found quasar, the most distant ever discovered, hosts a supermassive black hole equivalent to the combined mass of 1.6 billion suns.

Daniel Stolte-Arizona • futurity
Jan. 14, 2021 ~13 min

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Animal Astronauts

VOA Learning English • voa
Jan. 13, 2021 ~4 min

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Wormholes may be lurking in the universe – and new studies are proposing ways of finding them

Calculations show that wormholes should create a spectacular display of gamma rays that we could try to observe.

Andreea Font, Senior Lecturer of Astrophysics, Liverpool John Moores University • conversation
Jan. 13, 2021 ~7 min

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Apollo landers, Neil Armstrong's bootprint and other human artifacts on Moon officially protected by new US law

Who cares what happens to bootprints on the Moon? All humans should. And thankfully the US Congress and president agree.

Michelle L.D. Hanlon, Professor of Air and Space Law, University of Mississippi • conversation
Jan. 12, 2021 ~9 min

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How black holes morphed from theory to reality

PODCAST: Physicists were mostly skeptical back when the idea of them emerged a century ago from Einstein’s work. The evolution of the evidence, from circumstantial to conclusive, is the quintessential story of science.

Adam Levy • knowable
Jan. 11, 2021 ~22 min

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Japan Aims to Launch World’s First Wooden Satellite

VOA Learning English • voa
Jan. 10, 2021 ~4 min

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Nasa's Curiosity rover: 3,000 days on Mars

Three thousand days and counting: Nasa's Curiosity rover continues its extraordinary exploration of Mars.

Jan. 9, 2021 ~7 min

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