Monday, March 12, 2018

MAR 12, 2018 - 1:00 PM ET - 10 SPACE & SCIENCE, 9 PHOTOS & 4 VIDEOS

*"Will the US Be Able to Stop Russia's New Arsenal of Missile Defense-Piercing 

Nukes? Russia could soon be able to conduct nuclear strikes all over the world 

without any chance of being intercepted, President Vladimir Putin said Thursday 

(March 1).

Speaking on Russian television as part of his annual address, Putin announced a 

new class of weapons delivery systems designed to sneak past NATO's 

American-built ballistic missile defenses. As Putin spoke, computer-generated 

graphics and video footage playing behind him showed the capabilities of a new 

hypersonic missile, an underwater drone and a cruise missile with "unlimited 

range" designed to avoid detection systems."

By Rafi Letzter, Staff Writer. March 10, 2018, 12:24 am ET.

"Russian President Vladimir Putin."

Credit: Shutterstock 

*"Antarctic Penguins Find Research Camera, Proceed to Take Most Adorable 


By Tia Ghose, Associate Editor. March 9, 2018, 03:04 pm 


"The best-dressed animals may also be the vainest — at least if their propensity 

for selfies is any indication."

*"How a Shaolin Monk Threw a Needle Through a Pane of Glass." By Rafi Letzter, 

Staff Writer. March 10, 2018, 07:58 am ET.

Credit: youtube.

*"The Most Amazing Space Photos This Week!"

By, Staff. March 9, 2018, 11:21 am ET.

"Venus, the 'Evening Star.'

Credit: P. Horálek/ESO.

The bright planet Venus glows in the evening sky above the European Southern 

Observatory's Very Large Telescope in northern Chile. Pictured here is Auxiliary 

Telescope 1, one of four such telescopes that make up an astronomical 

interferometer at the observatory."

"50th Flight of the Falcon 9.

Credit: SpaceX.

Wednesday, February 28, 2018: A Soyuz spacecraft carrying three crewmembers 

from the International Space Station parachutes down to Earth as the sun rises 

over a blanket of clouds. The crew safely touched down yesterday (Feb. 27) on 

the steppe of Kazakhstan." 

"The Moon from Space.

Credit: NASA.

Astronauts at the International Space Station captured this view of the waxing 

gibbous moon from about 250 miles (400 kilometers) above the Earth. The photo 

was taken as the space station passed over the Indian Ocean southwest of Africa 

on Feb. 28, 2018."

*"Hubble Telescope Spies Gorgeous Galaxy Merger (Video, Photo)."

By Mike Wall,, Senior Writer. March 11, 2018, 08:53 am ET.

"Two merging spiral galaxies are caught twisting each other into cosmic knots in 

a spectacular photo by the Hubble Space Telescope.

The colliding galaxies comprise a system known as Arp 256, which lies about 350 

million light-years from Earth, in the constellation Cetus (the Whale)."

*"Roman Military Commander's Sprawling Home Found Beneath Subway 


By Owen Jarus,, Contributor. March 8, 2018, 06:16 pm ET.

 "Inside the military commander's house, archaeologists found the remains of 

mosaic floors made with white marble and grey slate. Many of the mosaics were 

decorated with geometric patterns."

Credit: Ministero Dei Beni E Delle Attività Culturali Del Turismo.

*"Milky Way Twinkles in Twilight in Spectacular Island View."

By Miguel Claro,, contributor. March 11, 2018, 08:58 am ET.

"A skyscape by astrophotographer Miguel Claro shows the Milky Way galaxy 

glowing in nautical twilight above Roque de los Muchachos Observatory in La 

Palma, Spain."

Credit: Miguel Claro.

*"Solar Storms Can Crash Communications, But 3D Models Aid Prediction.

Communications systems are an integral part of daily life, but the sun can trigger 

powerful geomagnetic storms on Earth that disrupt GPS systems, air travel, 

national security and life-saving communications. The sun releases radiation, 

some of which helps support life on Earth. This includes heat and visible light. 

But the sun also emits more-dangerous rays, and the blue planet's 

magnetosphere protects Earthlings from this radiation.

Occasionally, however, intense solar events like flares send high levels of 

radiation toward Earth. When that radiation arrives and interacts with the 

magnetosphere, a geomagnetic storm can form. The planet feels its impact in 

many ways: Sometimes, the northern and southern lights manifest at Earth's 

poles, but the radiation can also cause communication systems to fail.

Doris Elin Salazar,, contributor. March 11, 2018, 08:57 am ET.

"The aurora borealis, or northern lights, form during geomagnetic storms and are 

visible at high latitudes. These storms can also pose risks to the power grid."

Credit: Joshua Strang/U.S. Air Force.

*"What Happens When You Put Evolution on Replay? A team of scientists from 

the University of Arizona have engineered an instant replay switch for evolution. 

The technique, known as ancestral gene resurrection, inserts ancient genes into 

modern E. coli bacteria. It gives researchers the opportunity to watch evolution 

unfold again and again, providing insights into how life evolved on early Earth, 

and what it might potentially look like on other planets."

By Carrie Arnold. March 8, 2018, 07:14 am ET.

"Betül Kaçar in her lab at the University of Arizona."

Credit: Betül Kacar.

*"'Billions and Billions': Space Exploration is Not Just for Billionaires. As exciting 

as SpaceX's Falcon Heavy launch was — a marvel of both engineering and 

publicity with Elon Musk's Tesla Roadster along for the ride — we should 

remember that the wonders of space, with its "billions and billions" of planets 

and stars, are not the exclusive domain of a few billionaires. Not when tens of 

millions of students have the means to send their own experiments into space. 

We should recognize that fact, because space can and should inspire people of all 

ages, regardless of status or income."

By Carie Lemack,, contributor. March 10, 2018, 08:32 am ET.

"A Falcon Heavy rocket takes off from NASA's Kennedy Space Center on Feb. 6, 


Credit: SpaceX.

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