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NAA April 2023

North America Analysis April 2023

We warmly invite you to delve into the April volume of North America Analysis, where we enjoy a multitude of insights from experts in the field from the region.
Chinese astronaut over the main module Tianhe on the Space Station Tiangong - flying over the Central America. This is entirely 3D generated image. Background image is from Nasa - https://visibleearth.nasa.gov/images/92104/a-central-american-panorama/92106w. Composited image of the stars is my own shot. Space station module and astronaut are both 3D models.

How does space travel affect the human brain?

The sensation of ‘weightlessness’ during space travel has long-term effects on the brain, where the brain's rules about gravity are no longer applicable.
The asteroid Ryugu, as seen by Japan's Hayabusa2 spacecraft on June 30, 2018. (Image credit: JAXA, University of Tokyo, Kochi University, Rikkyo University, Nagoya University, Chiba Institute of Technology, Meiji University, University of Aizu and AIST.)

The Ryugu asteroid holds a key to understanding solar system formation

Samples from the 162173 Ryugu asteroid collected by Japan’s Hayabusa2 spacecraft could help us understand the chemical composition of the solar system.
high resolution 3D image of satellite around the earth

Characterising satellites’ brightness and speed to declutter the skies

Students are navigating satellites' brightness and speed to declutter space traffic and assist astronomers by preventing light trails on their telescope-mounted cameras.
Asia Analysis July 2022

Asia Analysis July 2022

We welcome Summer 2022 with our July volume of Asia Analysis, which includes a vast array of articles on several compelling policy topics.
what is astrophysics

What is Astrophysics?

Daniele Malafarina, Associate Professor from Nazarbayev University, School of Sciences and Humanities, unpacks astrophysics for us.

Big science from little telescopes

NAOJ Director General Saku Tsuneta explains Japan’s strategy of using both large and small facilities for multi-messenger astronomy
cosmology and astrophysics, Big Bang

Cosmology & astrophysics – what they are & why we might be interested

Dr John Yardley, Founder and CEO of Threads Software Limited, shares his enthusiasm for cosmology and astrophysics, considering what they are and why we might be interested in them.
planet birth, star death

Astronomers find some stars can still form planets even near death

Astronomers have discovered that stars, even when near death, can possibly still birth planets.
astrophysics and astronomy

Astrophysics and astronomy in the U.S.

How is the U.S. National Science Foundation improving diversity in astrophysics and astronomy? Here, Open Access Government investigates.
stem equity

STEM: Improving diversity, equity & inclusiveness

Dr David Morris, Director of the Etelman Observatory, discusses the importance of improving diversity, equity & inclusiveness, particularly in the STEM disciplines, including physics, astrophysics & astronomy.
cosmic rays

Illuminating cosmological signposts with cosmic rays

Dr Thomas W. Jones, Professor at the University of Minnesota, walks us through his research concerning illuminating cosmological signposts with cosmic rays.
audio universe

Sounds of the Universe: Inclusive experience for visually impaired astronomers

New project to allow blind or partially sighted individuals to ‘hear’ the universe is providing a more inclusive side to astronomy This research is offering a way for visually impaired children in particular to get to touch with astronomy and maybe spark a lifetime interest in the topic. What is the...
subaru telescope

Subaru Telescope: A nexus of next generation astronomy collaboration

Saku Tsuneta, National Astronomical Observatory of Japan, introduces the Subaru Telescope, Japan’s world-leading optical and infrared astronomy facility.
galaxy clusters

Deciphering what is happening between clustered galaxies

Dr Thomas W. Jones, Professor of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Minnesota enlightens us as to why galaxy clusters hold vital clues about the history and nature of the universe.
discovering the universe

Astronomy: Discovering the Universe with cutting-edge technology

Saku Tsuneta, National Astronomical Observatory of Japan, charts discoveries made about the Universe with cutting-edge technology in this fascinating astronomy focus.
2021 North America

April 2021 North America Analysis

In the Spring edition of North America Analysis, we hear from Robert Lembo, from the National Institutes of Health, who turns the spotlight on training physician scientists and clinician investigators through the process of graduate medical education in the United States, and more.
U.S. Astronomical sciences

U.S. Astronomical Sciences: Ensuring scientific excellence for all

Open Access Government discusses how the U.S. NSF’s Division of Astronomical Sciences continues to break boundaries in research and discovery, yet remains conscious of its social and environmental impact The National Science Foundations’ (NSF) Division of Astronomical Sciences (AST) continues to fulfil its mission of supporting forefront research in ground-based...
detect cancerous moles

Star-gazing techniques used to detect cancerous moles

An STFC-funded project, MoleGazer, has successfully implemented astronomical techniques, used for star-gazing, to detect and track the evolution of cancerous moles.
astronomical objects in dark sky

Scientists catalogue 700 million astronomical objects in dark sky

Scientists have catalogued almost 700 million astronomical objects in the dark sky using data from the Dark Energy Survey (DES).

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