Voyager 1 Just Fired Up Its Backup Thrusters For The First Time In 37 Years | Gizmodo Australia

The flight team dug up decades-old data and examined software coded in assembler language in order to figure out how to use thrusters that were designed for use during planetary flybys (i.e. Saturn in 1980).   The Thursters were then reconfigure to help align the Voyager’s antenna’s to continue to point toward Earth thereby adding a few more years of life to this amazing piece of engineering.”

via Voyager 1 Just Fired Up Its Backup Thrusters For The First Time In 37 Years | Gizmodo Australia.

How much research is lost because negative results are not published. Aaaaahhhhhh.

In 1968 the Sugar Association funded a research project on animals to shed light on the connection between sugar and heart health. They found that sugar might promote heart disease and bladder cancer so they ended the study and never published the results.

via Sugar Industry Long Downplayed Potential Harms – The New York Times.

Gravitational waves from merging black holes might be spotted within 10 years

New research published November 13 in Nature Astronomy predicts that gravitational waves generated by the merger of two supermassive black holes will be detected within 10 years. The study is the first to use real data, rather than computer simulations, to predict when such an observation will be made.

via Gravitational waves from merging supermassive black holes will be spotted within 10 years, study predicts.