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Sep 28, 2020, 15:05 ET New Insights into the Origin of Diamonds in Meteorites

Scientists have offered new insights into the origin of diamonds in ureilites (a group of stony meteorites). These diamonds most likely formed by...


Sep 14, 2020, 11:00 ET USRA, D-Wave, and Standard Chartered Bank Announce Quantum Research Competition

A quantum research competition inviting universities and nonprofits to compete for free time on a quantum computer was just announced by three...


Aug 25, 2020, 09:30 ET USRA's Earth from Space Institute Releases Black Marble Datasets to the Public

Scientists from Universities Space Research Association's Earth from Space Institute officially released the much-awaited space-based NASA's Black...


Aug 20, 2020, 09:15 ET Magnetized "Rivers" Feed Young Stars

Stars like our Sun form when clouds of gas and dust collapse under gravity. But how does the material get from interstellar space into these clouds...


Aug 10, 2020, 11:05 ET Bright Hydrothermal Deposits on Dwarf Planet Ceres Have a Style All Their Own

Data from NASA's recent Dawn mission show that salty groundwaters in Occator Crater on Ceres were driven to the surface by impact heat and formed low ...


Aug 04, 2020, 12:05 ET Stellar Pulsations Distribute Key Ingredient for Life

As Carl Sagan famously said, "We're made of star stuff" — but how do stars distribute their essential "stuff" for life into space? NASA's telescope...


Jul 27, 2020, 09:00 ET Satellites Tracking Vector-borne Diseases and Forecasting their Outbreaks

Incorporating satellite observations in disease models has become a valuable component in informing public health policy and decisions. Twenty years...


Jul 14, 2020, 15:29 ET Standard Chartered and Universities Space Research Association join forces on Quantum Computing

Standard Chartered Bank and Universities Space Research Association (USRA) have signed a Collaborative Research Agreement to partner on quantum...


Jul 01, 2020, 11:30 ET USRA Names Dennis Feerick Vice President, Corporate Strategy and Development

Universities Space Research Association (USRA) is pleased to announce the appointment of Dennis Feerick as Vice President, Corporate Strategy and...


Jun 30, 2020, 10:45 ET Tropospheric Nitrogen Dioxide Abruptly Declines After Outbreak of COVID-19 Over China

During the COVID-19 crisis, scientists found that nitrogen dioxide pollution over China substantially decreased for a short period between 30 and 50...


Jun 02, 2020, 11:20 ET Magnetic Fields Force New Perspective on Milky Way's Black Hole

Observations from Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy indicate that the magnetic field near our galaxy's core is strong enough to...


May 29, 2020, 14:05 ET A Steaming Cauldron Follows the Dinosaurs' Demise

A new study reveals the Chicxulub impact crater may have harbored a vast and long-lived hydrothermal system after the catastrophic impact event...


May 28, 2020, 12:54 ET Universities Space Research Association Elects KAIST and Seoul National University to Membership

The Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) and Seoul National University (SNU), two distinguished South Korean universities, have ...


May 19, 2020, 10:30 ET USRA's Earth from Space Institute to Join Space-Based Response to COVID-19

Universities Space Research Association (USRA) announced today the selection of Dr. Miguel Román, Director of The Earth from Space Institute (EfSI)...


May 18, 2020, 15:34 ET SOFIA's Top Ten Discoveries in the Last Decade

NASA's Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA), managed by Universities Space Research Association (USRA) celebrates its tenth...


May 14, 2020, 11:15 ET Commercial Airliners Monitoring Carbon dioxide Emissions from Cities Worldwide

For the very first time, aircraft data collected by commercial airlines has the potential to contribute to the monitoring of greenhouse gas...


May 13, 2020, 15:55 ET SOFIA Finds Hidden Clues in Pluto's Haze

Observations made with the Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA)—a Boeing 747SP jetliner modified to carry a 106-inch diameter...


May 11, 2020, 11:10 ET Salty Liquids on Mars - Present, but not habitable?

Several recent observations of Mars have hinted that it might presently harbor liquid water, a requirement for life as we know it. However, in a new...


May 08, 2020, 10:30 ET Universities Space Research Association Announces 2020 Elections to its Board and Council of Institutions Positions

Universities Space Research Association (USRA), an association of 113 universities, announces the election results from its annual meeting for its...


Apr 20, 2020, 10:30 ET USRA scientists participate in NASA study revealing 30 percent drop in air pollution in Northeast U.S.

Over the past several weeks, a team of scientists using NASA satellite measurements have revealed significant reductions in air pollution over the...


Apr 13, 2020, 12:30 ET USRA Taps Margaret Meixner to Lead the Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy Science Mission Operations

Universities Space Research Association (USRA) announced today the appointment of Dr. Margaret Meixner to the position of Director, Stratospheric...


Mar 26, 2020, 11:00 ET Universities Space Research Association to Lead a DARPA Project on Quantum Computing

Universities Space Research Association (USRA) today announced that DARPA has awarded the organization and its partners Rigetti Computing and the...


Mar 25, 2020, 11:00 ET Universities Space Research Association's Adam Goldstein Named Co-Investigator on NASA's Recently Elected Proposed Mission on LargE Area burst Polarimeter (LEAP) to Study Cosmic Explosions

NASA Science Mission Directorate recently selected four Small Explorer (SMEX) mission concepts that would study cosmic explosions and the debris they ...


Mar 23, 2020, 13:44 ET USRA Names Carol Kory Director of Microgravity Sciences at NASA Glenn Research Center in Cleveland, Ohio

Universities Space Research Association (USRA) today announced the appointment of Dr. Carol Kory as Director of Microgravity Sciences effective...


Mar 02, 2020, 11:00 ET USRA Hosts Symposium on "The SmallSat Revolution: Doing More with Less" March 26, 2020 in Washington DC

The Universities Space Research Association (USRA) invites members of media to attend its annual symposium, "The SmallSat Revolution: Doing More with ...