Billionaire Richard Branson reaches space in his own ship

Virgin Galactic founder Richard Branson is greeted by school children before heading to board the rocket plane that will fly him to the edge of space from Spaceport America near Truth or Consequences, New Mexico, Sunday, July 11, 2021. Credit: AP Photo/Andres Leighton Swashbuckling entrepreneur Richard Branson hurtled into space aboard his own winged rocket … Read more

Hubble glimpses a galactic duo

Credit: ESA/Hubble & NASA, W. Harris; Acknowledgment: L. Shatz Two enormous galaxies capture your attention in this spectacular image taken with the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope using the Wide Field Camera 3 (WFC3). The galaxy on the left is a lenticular galaxy, named 2MASX J03193743+4137580. The side-on spiral galaxy on the right is more simply named UGC … Read more

Heat pumps on the rise after Minnesota passes new energy law

Credit: Pixabay/CC0 Public Domain Air source heat pumps are on the rise in rural Minnesota and utility officials expect momentum to grow as a result of the state’s new energy conservation law. A year-and-a-half-old collaboration between the nonprofit Center for Energy and Environment and five outstate Minnesota utilities is aiming to make heat pumps mainstream … Read more

How Richard Branson will ride own rocket to space

This Sept. 8, 2016 photo made available by Virgin Galactic shows the company’s Spaceship Unity and Mothership Eve. After reaching nearly 50,000 feet (15,000 meters), Unity will be released and drop for a moment or two before its rocket motor ignites to send the craft on a steep climb toward space. Credit: Virgin Galactic via … Read more

Scientists solve 40-year mystery over Jupiter’s X-ray aurora

Overlaid images of Jupiter’s pole from NASA’s satellite Juno and NASA’s Chandra X-ray telescope. Left shows a projection of Jupiter’s Northern X-ray aurora (purple) overlaid on a visible Junocam image of the North Pole. Right shows the Southern counterpart. Credit: NASA Chandra/Juno Wolk/Dunn A research team co-led by UCL has solved a decades-old mystery as … Read more

New 3D printable phase-changing composites can regulate temperatures inside buildings

New phase-change material composites can regulate ambient temperatures inside buildings. Credit: Texas A&M University College of Engineering Changing climate patterns have left millions of people vulnerable to weather extremes. As temperature fluctuations become more commonplace around the world, conventional power-guzzling cooling and heating systems need a more innovative, energy-efficient alternative, and in turn, lessen the … Read more

Lunar hardware delivered to NASA Goddard

Credit: RAL / OU / NASA Goddard Space Flight Center A new instrument that will fly to the moon has been delivered to NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center. The Peregrine Ion-Trap Mass Spectrometer (PITMS), led by Principal Investigator Dr. Barbara Cohen at NASA Goddard, was built and tested in collaboration with the European Space Agency, … Read more

Seeing with radio waves

Credit: University of Tsukuba Scientists from the Division of Physics at the University of Tsukuba used the quantum effect called ‘spin-locking’ to significantly enhance the resolution when performing radio-frequency imaging of nitrogen-vacancy defects in diamond. This work may lead to faster and more accurate material analysis, as well as a path towards practical quantum computers. … Read more