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Two unseen moons may circle Uranus

Uranus image from Hubble Telescope

Newly identified clumps in the rings of Uranus, seen in this false-color image from the Hubble Space Telescope, might be created by two undiscovered moons, a new study suggests.

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Two more teeny moons might be lurking around Uranus, in addition to the 27 we already know about. Fluctuations in the density of two of the planet’s dark rings, seen in radio data from the 1986 flyby of the Voyager 2 spacecraft, could be caused by unseen moonlets, astronomers Robert Chancia and Matthew Hedman, both at the University of Idaho in Moscow, report online October 9 at

Both moons are probably just 4 to 14 kilometers wide and would be very difficult to detect in Voyager 2 images, the researchers report. New observations with ground-based telescopes might have better luck.


Nose cells fix knee cartilage in human trial

By Helen Thompson 9:00am, October 24, 2016
A small clinical trial suggests that using nose cells to patch knee cartilage could be a viable treatment for injuries.
Planetary Science

Mars lander silent as mission scientists work out what went wrong

By Christopher Crockett 10:01am, October 20, 2016
Schiaparelli lander is still silent on the surface of Mars while mission scientists try to understand what happened during the probe’s descent.
Planetary Science

Juno spacecraft goes into ‘safe mode,’ continues to orbit Jupiter

By Christopher Crockett 6:57pm, October 19, 2016
The Juno spacecraft has gone into safe mode while in orbit around Jupiter. Mission scientists are also closely monitoring a fuel valve issue on the probe.
Planetary Science

Mission scientists await signal from Mars lander

By Christopher Crockett 5:16pm, October 19, 2016
The ExoMars mission’s Schiaparelli lander went silent before its scheduled landing on the Red Planet.
Planetary Science

ExoMars mission set to arrive at Red Planet on October 19

By Christopher Crockett 5:30pm, October 18, 2016
The European ExoMars mission is about to arrive at the Red Planet, dropping a lander on the surface and putting a spacecraft into orbit.
Particle Physics

KATRIN experiment readies for quest to find neutrino’s mass

By Emily Conover 1:03pm, October 18, 2016
The Karlsruhe Tritium Neutrino experiment, or KATRIN, has begun taking test data in its effort to measure the mass of neutrinos.

Berries may give yellow woodpeckers a red dye job

By Helen Thompson 3:34pm, October 17, 2016
A diet of invasive honeysuckle berries may be behind stray red feathers in woodpeckers called yellow-shafted flickers.
Computing,, Networks

AI system learns like a human, stores info like a computer

By Laurel Hamers 7:00am, October 14, 2016
A new artificial neural network hooked up to extra memory can learn to solve complex problems.
Animals,, Genetics

Hot and spicy pain signals get blocked in naked mole-rats

By Laura Sanders 5:23pm, October 12, 2016
Naked mole-rats have a protein that interrupts pain signal.
Animals,, Biophysics

African elephants walk on their tippy-toes

By Helen Thompson 7:00am, October 10, 2016
Pressure plates reveal how African elephants load their feet when they walk, providing clues to pachyderm podiatry problems.
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