Science X Newsletter Sunday, Feb 16

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Here is your customized Science X Newsletter for February 16, 2020:

Spotlight Stories Headlines

New technologies, strategies expanding search for extraterrestrial life

Breakthrough Listen releases 2 petabytes of data from SETI survey of Milky Way

New CRISPR-based tool can probe and control several genetic circuits at once

Earth's cousins: Upcoming missions to look for 'biosignatures' in exoplanet atmospheres

Candy, cheese soar to space station to satisfy crew cravings

Flight of fancy? Aviation industry tries to go green

Facial expressions don't tell the whole story of emotion

Astronomy & Space news

New technologies, strategies expanding search for extraterrestrial life

Emerging technologies and new strategies are opening a revitalized era in the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI). New discovery capabilities, along with the rapidly-expanding number of known planets orbiting stars other than the Sun, are spurring innovative approaches by both government and private organizations, according to a panel of experts speaking at a meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) in Seattle, Washington.

Breakthrough Listen releases 2 petabytes of data from SETI survey of Milky Way

The Breakthrough Listen Initiative today released data from the most comprehensive survey yet of radio emissions from the plane of the Milky Way Galaxy and the region around its central black hole, and it is inviting the public to search the data for signals from intelligent civilizations.

Earth's cousins: Upcoming missions to look for 'biosignatures' in exoplanet atmospheres

Scientists have discovered thousands of exoplanets, including dozens of terrestrial—or rocky—worlds in the habitable zones around their parent stars. A promising approach to search for signs of life on these worlds is to probe exoplanet atmospheres for "biosignatures"—quirks in chemical composition that are telltale signs of life. For example, thanks to photosynthesis, our atmosphere is nearly 21% oxygen, a much higher level than expected given Earth's composition, orbit and parent star.

Candy, cheese soar to space station to satisfy crew cravings

A cargo ship rocketed toward the International Space Station on Saturday, carrying candy and cheese to satisfy the astronauts' cravings.

Wind delays Northrop Grumman's supply run to space station

High wind delayed Northrop Grumman's supply run to the International Space Station on Friday.

Technology news

Facial expressions don't tell the whole story of emotion

Interacting with other people is almost always a game of reading cues and volleying back. We think a smile conveys happiness, so we offer a smile in return. We think a frown shows sadness, and maybe we attempt to cheer that person up.

Cloud computing: invisible, versatile and highly profitable

With each passing quarter, Amazon, Microsoft and Google have been setting new records, while cloud computing has become the invisible backbone supporting much of our daily lives. Its potential to become an even bigger part of people's daily existence is sky-high.

Smartphone voting stirs interest—and security fears

West Virginia's disabled residents and overseas military personnel will be able to vote by smartphone in the US presidential election this year, the latest development in a push to make balloting more accessible despite persistent security fears.

Insider Q&A: Facebook VP of Messenger discusses privacy

At Facebook, Stan Chudnovsky oversees the Messenger chat app that's used by well over 1 billion people each month. He's playing a key role in helping Facebook integrate that app with its other chat tools, WhatsApp and Instagram Direct.

US increasing tariffs on Airbus planes to 15 percent from 10 percent

The United States is increasing tariffs on Airbus planes imported from Europe to 15 percent beginning March 18, authorities announced Friday.


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