Centauri Dreams 14 Jul 2020, 17:44 UTC In addition to being a rather well-known character on television, SPOCK also stands for something else, a software model its creators label Stability of Planetary Orbital Configurations Klassifier. SPOCK is handy computer code indeed, determining the long-term stability of planetary configurations at a pace some 100,000 times faster than any previous method. Thus machine learning continues to set a fast pace in assisting our research into exoplanets.
Starts With a Bang! 14 Jul 2020, 14:01 UTC The Universe, as we know it, simply doesn’t add up. On the one hand, we can look out on a cosmic scale and measure — based on how the Universe gravitates, clusters, and evolves — how much total mass there has to be. On the other hand, we can also measure, quite independently, how much matter there must be. These two numbers are both measured to a very high precision with very low uncertainties, and there’s a big problem: they don’t match.
Starts With a Bang! 13 Jul 2020, 14:01 UTC Here’s how the closest place to “hell” in our Solar System might actually be home to life.
ABC 13 Jul 2020, 08:24 UTC July is a big month for missions to Mars. Three new spacecraft — from NASA, China and the United Arab Emirates — are due to lift off on their journey to the Red Planet. That's because there is window between mid-July and mid-August when Earth and Mars are in a good position relative to each other to allow the shortest possible trip.
Universe Today 8 Jul 2020, 17:19 UTC Neutrinos are puzzling things. They’re tiny particles, almost massless, with no electrical charge. They’re notoriously difficult to detect, too, and scientists have gone to great lengths to detect them. The IceCube Neutrino Observatory, for instance, tries to detect neutrinos with strings of detectors buried down to a depth of 2450 meters (8000 ft.) in the dark Antarctic ice.