NASA, ESA, CSA, Jupiter ERS Team, Judy Schmidt
The Louisiana Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority announced Kemp’s ridley turtle hatchlings were spotted in the Breton National Wildlife Refuge. It’s the first time in 75 years the endangered turtles have nested in the coastal area, which CPRA attributes to barrier island restoration.
Researchers found the antidepressant Luoxetine stops various coronaviruses from replicating by trapping the virus. They also developed a molecule called AKS466 which has a similar effect without the side effects of Fluoxetine and could be a workable treatment for Covid-19.
Researchers using Chile’s Gemini South Telescope produced the clearest image yet of the most massive star ever discovered, R136a1. Their research suggests R136a1 is smaller than believed — 230 rather than 320 times that of the Sun — but still the most massive known star. Capturing stars of this size is difficult due to their short lives and crowded stellar neighborhoods.
Researchers discovered the compound vanadium dioxide can “remember” past stimuli in a way they compare to a brain. The material changes shape when exposed to heat, and the time it takes changes based on previous exposures. It’s the first material found with this property and could be developed into a better form of data storage.
NASA released two stunning new images of Jupiter taken by the James Webb Space Telescope. The images show Jupiter’s polar aurorae and faint rings in infrared light with detail only possible thanks to the power of the recently launched telescope.