Attitudes toward online learning improve post-pandemic, according to survey

Credit: Pixabay/CC0 Public Domain Positive attitudes toward online learning have increased to their highest levels yet among learners who use it, according to Wiley’s annual Voice of the Online Learner report, issued today. The vast majority—94%—of online learners in the survey said they have a positive or very positive view of online learning, up from … Read more

Aerial survey of Kennedy Space Center on the eve of Artemis 1 – Spaceflight Now

NASA’s Artemis 1 moon rocket stands on Launch Complex 39B, behind the iconic Vehicle Assembly Building at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Credit: Walter Scriptunas II / Spaceflight Now Spaceflight Now took an aerial tour around the Kennedy Space Center in Florida in the days before the scheduled launch of NASA’s Artemis 1 moon … Read more

Conservation survey finds native New York state pollinators at risk

Cornell University Insect Collection samples of the rusty patched bumble bee (Bombus affinis), which in 2017 was named an endangered species and is believed no longer present in New York. Credit: Ryan Young/Cornell University A New York state survey, supported by Cornell bee experts, finds that more than half of important native pollinators may be … Read more

An ocean of galaxies awaits: New COMAP radio survey

COMAP’s radio dish at Owens Valley Radio Observatory. Credit: OVRO/Caltech Sometime around 400 million years after the birth of our universe, the first stars began to form. The universe’s so-called dark ages came to an end and a new light-filled era began. More and more galaxies began to take shape and served as factories for … Read more

Narwhals show physiological disruption in response to seismic survey ship noise

In this drone image, researchers in the water watch as a narwhal swims away with a physiological monitoring tag (yellow instrument attached with suction cups on the back), which will record heart rate, breathing rate, stroking frequency, and depth for 1-3 days. Credit: Eva Garde, Greenland Institute of Natural Science. The reaction of narwhals to … Read more

New survey suggests charismatic songbird’s numbers have declined

Male evening grosbeak. Credit: Douglas Robinson, Oregon State University The evening grosbeak, a noisy and charismatic songbird, once arrived at Oregon State University in springtime flocks so vast an OSU statistics professor estimated there were up to a quarter million of the birds on campus daily. Gone is the era, however, when the birds were … Read more

Gaia sees strange stars in most detailed Milky Way survey to date

Science & Exploration 06/13/2022 194 views 0 likes Today, ESA’s Gaia mission releases Its new treasure trove of data about our home galaxy. Astronomers describe strange ‘starquakes’, stellar DNA, asymmetric motions and other fascinating insights in this most detailed Milky Way survey to date. Gaia is ESA’s mission to create the most accurate and complete … Read more

The Closeby Habitable Exoplanet Survey (CHES) Could Detect Exoplanets Within a few Dozen Light-Years of Earth Using Astrometry

As of this article’s writing, NASA has indicated that 5,030 extrasolar planets have been confirmed in 3,772 systems, with another 8,974 candidates awaiting confirmation. With next-generation instruments like the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) coming online, the number and diversity of confirmed exoplanets are expected to grow exponentially. In particular, astronomers anticipate that the number … Read more