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Jupiter shows off its infrared colors

infrared image of Jupiter

Jupiter glows with infrared light in this recent false-color image from the Very Large Telescope in Chile.

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No, that’s not the sun. It’s Jupiter, ablaze with infrared light in new images taken in preparation for the Juno spacecraft’s July 4 arrival at the king of the planets. This image shows how heat welling up from deep within the planet gets absorbed by gas in the atmosphere, which can tell researchers how stuff moves around beneath Jupiter’s thick blanket of clouds. Juno won’t look for infrared light, but it will (among other things) measure how much microwave radiation is being blocked by water lurking within Jupiter’s atmosphere.

The map is pieced together from multiple images obtained at the Very Large Telescope in Chile over the past several months. Ground-based images such as these will help researchers understand what Juno is peering at each time it swoops in close to Jupiter’s clouds over the next 20 months.

Read more about Juno’s mission to Jupiter.

Animals,, Paleontology

Insect debris fashion goes back to the Cretaceous

By Helen Thompson 2:00pm, June 24, 2016
Ancient insects covered themselves in dirt and vegetation just as modern ones do, fossils preserved in amber suggest.
Animals,, Neuroscience

Baby birds’ brains selectively respond to dads’ songs

By Helen Thompson 6:00am, June 22, 2016
The neurons of young male birds are more active when listening to songs sung by dad than by strangers, a new study finds.

Tests turn up dicey bagged ice

By Laura Beil 5:56pm, June 17, 2016
Tests of bagged ice found that 19 percent exceeded recommended thresholds for bacterial contamination.
Biomedicine,, Physiology

Stem cells from pig fat aid in growing new bone

By Cassie Martin 6:30am, June 16, 2016
Scientists transform fat stem cells into bone and grow new jaws for minipigs.
Animals,, Genetics

City living shortens great tits' telomeres

By Helen Thompson 12:22pm, June 15, 2016
Great tits raised in urban nests have shorter protective caps on their chromosomes than those raised in rural nests.
Health,, Microbiology

WHO: Very little risk that Brazil’s Olympics will speed Zika’s spread

By Meghan Rosen 5:49pm, June 14, 2016
Olympics not likely to hasten international spread of Zika virus, according to WHO analysis that includes data from previous mass gatherings.

Lemurs sing in sync — until one tries to go solo

By Helen Thompson 4:00pm, June 14, 2016
Indris, a lemur species in Madagascar, sing in synchrony and match rhythm, except for young males trying to stand out.
Climate,, Oceans

The ‘super’ El Niño is over, but La Niña looms

By Thomas Sumner 5:10pm, June 9, 2016
The 2015–2016 El Niño has officially ended while its meteorological sister, La Niña, brews.
Genetics,, Ecology

Gene drives aren’t ready for the wild, report concludes

By Tina Hesman Saey 10:10am, June 9, 2016
A type of genetic engineering called gene drives need more work, a National Academies report concludes.

Desert moss slurps water from its leaves, not roots

By Helen Thompson 3:00pm, June 8, 2016
To survive in arid deserts across the globe, one moss species replenishes its water stocks by catching dewdrops with its leaves.
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