256 articles from FRIDAY 5.3.2021

Follow the Energy: An Astrobiology Update from Beneath Earth’s Seafloor

Portal origin URL: Follow the Energy: An Astrobiology Update from Beneath Earth’s SeafloorPortal origin nid: 468884Published: Friday, March 5, 2021 - 16:16Featured (stick to top of list): noPortal text teaser: A team of NASA Astrobiology-funded researchers from the University of Rhode Island (URI) have revealed that the abundant microbes living thousands of meters from...

Study shows cactus pear as drought-tolerant crop for sustainable fuel and food

Could cactus pear become a major crop like soybeans and corn in the near future, and help provide a biofuel source, as well as a sustainable food and forage crop? According to a recently published study, researchers from the University of Nevada, Reno believe the plant, with its high heat tolerance and low water use, may be able to provide fuel and food in places that previously haven't been able...

NASA’s Perseverance Drives on Mars’ Terrain for First Time

Portal origin URL: NASA’s Perseverance Drives on Mars’ Terrain for First TimePortal origin nid: 468883Published: Friday, March 5, 2021 - 15:43Featured (stick to top of list): noPortal text teaser: NASA’s Mars 2020 Perseverance rover performed its first drive on Mars March 4, covering 21.3 feet (6.5 meters) across the Martian landscape.Portal image: This image...

Cactus pear as drought-tolerant crop for sustainable fuel and food

Could cactus pear become a major crop like soybeans and corn in the near future, and help provide a biofuel source, as well as a sustainable food and forage crop? Researchers believe the plant, with its high heat tolerance and low water use, may be able to provide fuel and food in places that previously haven't been able to grow sustainable crops.

Welcome to ‘Octavia E. Butler Landing’

Portal origin URL: Welcome to ‘Octavia E. Butler Landing’Portal origin nid: 468878Published: Friday, March 5, 2021 - 14:40Featured (stick to top of list): noPortal text teaser: NASA has named the landing site of the agency’s Perseverance rover “Octavia E. Butler Landing,” after the science fiction author Octavia E. Butler.Portal image: NASA has named the...

Small volcanic lakes tapping giant underground reservoirs

In its large caldera, Newberry volcano (Oregon, U.S.) has two small volcanic lakes, one fed by volcanic geothermal fluids (Paulina Lake) and one by gases (East Lake). These popular fishing grounds are small windows into a large underlying reservoir of hydrothermal fluids, releasing carbon dioxide (CO2) and hydrogen sulfide (H2S) with minor mercury (Hg) and methane into East Lake.

Covid fightback: the critical role of HIV experts

The speed and cooperation of the Covid response has been honed by decades of dealing with ‘the biggest pandemic the world has ever seen’When Dr Anthony Fauci spoke at the 20th International Aids Conference in Melbourne in 2014, his appearance garnered little media attention.Nearly seven years later, the HIV expert and director of the US National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases has...