Science

September 23, 2022

JWST Captures Square-Shaped Ripple Rings Around a Star, Perplexing Astronomers

“Nope, I don’t know what this is…” admitted citizen scientist Judy Schmidt when she shared a perplexing image on Twitter of a start with square-shaped ripple rings. Schmidt works with unprocessed scientific data from the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) that has not been presented publicly to create incredible images. This glimpse of the star WR 140 is especially interesting. The Mid-Infrared (MIRI)

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September 21, 2022

Floating Contra-Rotating Wind Turbines That Can Produce Double the Energy

Wind is an inexhaustible, clean resource. Capturing these powerful gusts is a critical component of many plans to replace fossil fuels with renewable, eco-friendly energy. Norwegian company World Wide Wind has designed an innovative floating, vertical-axis wind turbine (VAWT). With two sets of “contra” blades, these turbines known as contra-rotating vertical turbines (CRVT) have the potential to double the output of traditional one-set turbines. They could offer a route to large-scale, less-expensive wind energy production.

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September 14, 2022

Scientists Develop Motor To Make Oxygen on Mars To Support Astronaut Life

Iconic artist David Bowie may have sang “Is there life on Mars?” in 1971, but the dream of finding—or placing—living creatures on the red planet is still alive in 2022. Oxygen, of course, is critical. Thanks to a large leap in scientific technology, there is now a machine which can produce oxygen in carrying conditions, and eventually it will hopefully be enough to sustain several astronauts.

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September 7, 2022

New Research Finds That Insects Can Possibly Feel Pain

It seems to be widely accepted that bugs cannot feel pain. Because of this, insects do not have the same protections vertebrates do when it comes to scientific research. After years of unquestioning faith in this assumption and many studies that have exposed insects to harm-inducing environments, there is now evidence that points to the possibility that insects actually do feel pain.

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