Day: September 26, 2019

Hidden World of Undersea Volcanoes and Lava Flows Discovered Off Italian Coast

The volcanic complex was found beneath the Tyrrhenian Sea off the Italian coast. (Image: © FrankRamspott/iStock/Getty Images Plus) Hidden beneath the waves of the Tyrrhenian Sea near southwestern Italy lies a newfound volcanic mosaic dotted with geothermal chimneys and flat-topped seamounts. This complex is new to both science and the planet, geologically speaking; it’s only about…

Science sets out to conquer the contested art of darkness

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Here’s How We Could Feed a Million People on Mars

September 25th 19__Kristin Houser__Filed Under: Off WorldCentury ClubIf we want to colonize Mars, we’re going to need to figure out a way to feed ourselves there, and continuously sending food to the Red Planet isn’t a sustainable plan.But now, a team of researchers thinks it’s figured out a way to produce enough food on Mars…

A smarter habitat for deep space exploration

Credit: Carnegie Mellon University In order to explore the moon or Mars, astronauts need smart habitats that will support life and remain operational when they are vacant. To advance the design of autonomous systems for space habitats, NASA is funding a multi-university Space Technology Research Institute called Habitats Optimized for Missions of Exploration, or more…

Fish experience pain with ‘striking similarity’ to mammals

Credit: CC0 Public Domain A new University of Liverpool study has concluded that the anglers’ myth ‘that fish don’t feel pain’ can be dispelled: fish do indeed feel pain, with a similarity to that experienced by mammals including humans. From hyper-ventilating and loss of appetite to long-term behavioral changes after a painful experience, the review…

Eyeballing a black hole’s mass

Weighing a black hole Credit: @tsarcyanide/MIPT There are no scales for weighing black holes. Yet astrophysicists from the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology have devised a new way for indirectly measuring the mass of a black hole, while also confirming its existence. They tested the new method, reported in the Monthly Notices of the…