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Climate Change May Be Indirectly Threatening Caribou In The Arctic
2013-10-01 14:04:59

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online New research indicates that caribou may be indirectly affected by climate change due to sea-ice loss in the Arctic. Researchers, publishing a paper in the journal Nature Communications, say that melting sea ice is leading to fewer caribou calf births and higher calf mortality in Greenland. The team was able to link the melting Arctic sea ice with changes in the timing of plant growth on land, which in turn led to lower production of...

Patchy Clouds On Exotic World Found By NASA Space Telescopes
2013-10-01 09:19:03

NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory Astronomers using data from NASA's Kepler and Spitzer space telescopes have created the first cloud map of a planet beyond our solar system, a sizzling, Jupiter-like world known as Kepler-7b. The planet is marked by high clouds in the west and clear skies in the east. Previous studies from Spitzer have resulted in temperature maps of planets orbiting other stars, but this is the first look at cloud structures on a distant world. "By observing this...

2013-10-01 08:24:13

PHOENIX, Oct. 1, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The digital world has been positioned as both an environmental savior and a power-wasting beast. Which is it? IO, a global leader in software-defined data centers, will join sustainability experts from Stanford University, Bloom Energy, and Lawrence Berkeley National Labs to discuss this very issue. The experts will examine the challenges of data growth and a sober view of global data center energy usage at the VERGE San Francisco panel, "How the Data...

2013-09-30 16:20:58

WASHINGTON, Sept. 30, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Astronomers using data from NASA's Kepler and Spitzer space telescopes have created the first cloud map of a planet beyond our solar system, a sizzling, Jupiter-like world known as Kepler-7b. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) The planet is marked by high clouds in the west and clear skies in the east. Previous studies from Spitzer have resulted in temperature maps of planets orbiting other stars, but...

Cassini Discovers Titan Atmosphere Loaded With Plastics Ingredient
2013-09-30 13:17:41

[ Watch the Video: Plastics Chemical Found In Titan's Atmosphere ] Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Using the Cassini spacecraft’s examinations in the infrared spectrum, NASA researchers have identified atmospheric propylene – which is used to make plastic containers here on Earth – on Saturn’s moon Titan. The discovery marks the first time the plastic ingredient has been seen outside of Earth and is described in a new paper, published in Astrophysical...

2013-09-30 12:22:46

Disappearing glaciers tell us climate change is here SEATTLE, Sept. 30, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- There are about 160,000 glaciers in the world, and most of them have been around for thousands of years. But glaciers are currently shrinking at an alarming rate. Glacier expert Wendell Tangborn says glaciers are the proverbial "canaries in the coal mine" with regard to climate change, and the news isn't good. Over the past few decades, most glaciers have lost ice mass and many have...

2013-09-30 12:21:41

WASHINGTON, Sept. 30, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA's Cassini spacecraft has detected propylene, a chemical used to make food-storage containers, car bumpers and other consumer products, on Saturn's moon Titan. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) This is the first definitive detection of the plastic ingredient on any moon or planet, other than Earth. A small amount of propylene was identified in Titan's lower atmosphere by Cassini's Composite...

2013-09-30 04:20:16

(AIM Ticker: LND.L) LONDON, Sept. 30, 2013 /CNW/ - Following the update of the Mineral Resource estimate for its B4-7 Nickel-Copper deposit on the Junior Lake property as announced on 17 January 2013, Landore Resources ("Landore or the Company") retained RPA Inc. of Toronto, Ontario, Canada ("RPA"), to review the regional geological context of the B4-7 to VW deposit area, the stratigraphic setting and style of mineralisation of the VW Nickel deposit. RPA's conclusions...

NASA’s Dawn Spacecraft Provides More Information On Asteroid Vesta
2013-09-27 17:17:01

[ Watch the Video: Asteroid Vesta Visited By NASA's Dawn Spacecraft ] Michael Harper for redOrbit.com – Your Universe Online The asteroid Vesta, the second largest in the asteroid belt, has been particularly interesting to astronomers since it was first discovered in 1807. Early observations by the Hubble telescope showed the asteroid was mostly composed like Earth; complete with a crust, mantle and core. It was also discovered that the color and composition of Vesta’s surface...

Critical Interplay Discovered Between Cosmic Dust, Magnetic Fields
2013-09-27 10:40:02

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Interstellar magnetic fields can be found throughout the Milky Way and other similar galaxies. They are thought to be a key regulator in star formation and the propagation of cosmic rays. A new study published in The Astrophysical Journal has provided new insights for scientists looking to probe the strength and structure of these magnetic fields, a highly difficult phenomenon to accurately measure. To learn more about interstellar...


Latest Planetary science Reference Libraries

Planetary Astronomy
2014-01-12 00:00:00

Image Caption: Artistic concept of a planetary system. Credit: Wikipedia/NASA/JPL-Caltech The term Astronomy encompasses a broad range of topics, including the study of stars, galaxies, and planets. In order to focus on the different areas of study, many subfields of astronomy emerge. One such area is the study of planets known, appropriately, as Planetary Astronomy. Observational Planetary Astronomy Even within the field of Planetary Astronomy, there are several divisions to...

How Solar Cycles Impact Our Weather Here On Earth
2013-01-13 09:10:34

Solar cycles: what are they and why should we care about them? Solar cycles are made up of what are known as solar minimums (min) and solar maximums (max). We refer to a solar min at the time when the sun is not active with many sunspots, while a solar max is just the opposite when we see a large increase in sunspot activity. So how long do solar cycles last? Typically they run on what is known as an 11 year cycle from the max to the min and then start over again anew. As of 2012 we...

Planetary and Space Science
2012-05-28 10:21:45

Planetary and Space Science is a peer-reviewed scientific journal established in 1959 and published by Elsevier 15 times per year. As of May 2012, the editor-in-chief is Rita Schulz (The Netherlands). The journal publishes original research articles and short communications. The main focus is on solar system processes which encompass multiple areas of the natural sciences. Research that involves planetary and space sciences involves many disciplines. Celestial mechanics is part of these...

Physics Of The Earth And Planetary Interiors
2012-05-01 10:08:14

Physics of the Earth and Planetary Interiors is a biweekly published peer-reviewed scientific journal published by Elsevier. As of April 2012, co-editors are G. Aelfric (University of Bristol), K. Hirose (Tokyo Institute of Technology), M. Jellinek (University of British Columbia), and K. Zhang (University of Exeter). This journal focuses on the physical and chemical processes of planetary interiors. Topics covered include planetary physics, geodesy and geophysics. Publishing formats...

Geophysical Journal International
2012-04-29 19:47:50

Geophysical Journal International is a peer-reviewed scientific journal publish monthly by Wiley-Blackwell on behalf of the Royal Astronomical Society and the German Geophysical Society. The editor-in-chief is Jeannot Trampert of TA Utrecht, the Netherlands. The primary focus of this journal is fundamental research in Geophysics. Publishing formats are original research, research notes, letters, and book reviews. Coverage includes computational, theoretical, observational and applied...

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