Category Archives: Space

The Mystery of Saturn’s Expanding F Ring

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Author: The Physics Xblog

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Saturn’s rings are among the most beautiful sights in the Solar System. They have been a source of scientific fascination and puzzlement since they were discovered by Galileo in 1610 although it was Christiaan Huygens who first suggested they were rings in 1655. The great mystery of Saturn’s rings is...

99 Problems and a Wild Gecko Space Orgy

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Author: Amy Shira Teitel

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On July 19, Russia launched a satellite designed to study the effects of microgravity on, among other living beings, geckos. The purpose was to observe the geckos—four females and one lucky male—mating, then study how fertilization in microgravity affected the eggs after the satellite returned to Earth. But there was...

Contradictory Findings on How the Full Moon Affect Our Sleep

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Author: University of Gothenburg

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According to folklore, the full moon affects human sleep. International researchers are trying to determine whether there is any truth to the belief. Studies by a team at Sahlgrenska Academy have found that people actually sleep 20 minutes less when the moon is full. A Swiss research study conducted last...

Earth’s Magnetic Field Is Weakening 10 Times Faster Now

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Author: Kelly Dickerson

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Earth's magnetic field, which protects the planet from huge blasts of deadly solar radiation, has been weakening over the past six months, according to data collected by a European Space Agency (ESA) satellite array called Swarm. The biggest weak spots in the magnetic field — which extends 370,000 miles (600,000...