Science


Mars to make closest approach this summer Mars to make closest approach this summer
- June 21, 2018

Last month, Jupiter was in opposition to our planet, swinging within 658 million km of Earth. While the two planets' orbits are next to each other, their journeys along their respective orbits can make the distance between the Earth and Mars very different. (more...)
Boulder's Black Swift developing drone to study Venus' atmosphere Boulder's Black Swift developing drone to study Venus' atmosphere
- June 20, 2018

Venus, despite the almost worldly dimensions and chemical composition, is among one of the most unusual planets in the Solar system. According to the inferences of the study, the synergy between the faster moving atmosphere of Venus and the planet's surface affect the velocity of the spin of the planet. (more...)
Zookeeper's heartfelt tribute to world's oldest Sumatran orangutan Zookeeper's heartfelt tribute to world's oldest Sumatran orangutan
- June 19, 2018

She had been at the zoo since 1968, and was officially recognised by Guinness World Records as the oldest of her species in 2016. Female orangutans rarely live beyond 50 in the wild. "Over the years Puan's eyelashes had greyed, her movement had slowed down and her mind had started to wander", Martina Hart wrote. Hart paid a moving tribute to Puan, who she described as a "quiet, dignified lady" who would "tap her foot to make you hurry along" if a zookeeper was late with dinner. (more...)
Toxic Giant Hogweed Plant Has Spread to Virginia
- June 18, 2018

Besides being a threat to humans, giant hogweed can also impact the environment. NY state's Department of Environmental Conservation lists other hazards that can result from coming in contact with the plant (as well as some photos of awful burns), including long-term sunlight sensitivity, oozing blisters, scarring, and even permanent blindness if the sap makes its way into one's eyes. (more...)
Stephen Hawking's voice to be beamed into space Stephen Hawking's voice to be beamed into space
- June 18, 2018

Hawking died in March aged 76 after living with motor neurone disease for decades - the renowned physicist was diagnosed when he was just 22 and was initially told he had just years to live. "We are so grateful to Westminster Abbey for offering us the privilege of a service of thanksgiving for the extraordinary life of our father and for giving him such a distinguished final resting place", said his children Lucy, Robert and Tim. (more...)
Frogs in Amber From Prehistoric Times Found in Myanmar Frogs in Amber From Prehistoric Times Found in Myanmar
- June 17, 2018

In many ways, this tropical ecosystem seems to resemble wet tropical forests that we have today. Frogs are thought to be at least as old as 200 million years old, but it's almost impossible to learn much about the early amphibians - due to their small size and biology, they don't fossilize easily and most of the extinct frog remains are long gone. (more...)
Antarctica losing ice twice as fast as six years ago
- June 17, 2018

Pippa Whitehouse. Over that period, West Antarctica's ice loss rate has risen from 53 billion metric tons per year to 159 metric tons annually. -German GRACE satellites. "This paper suggests it is stretching its limbs". Lead author Andrew Shepherd of the University of Leeds told NPR that prior to 2012, Antarctica's ice losses had been contributing a "relatively small proportion" to global sea level rise . (more...)
Martian duststorm silences NASAs Opportunity rover Martian duststorm silences NASAs Opportunity rover
- June 17, 2018

Retrieval from the clock snag is still possible but would take a long time, needing the aroused rover to set timers and penetrate a sleep-wake cycle until it catalogues that the Sun is up and it can and it can converse with Earth again. Storms that size happen every three to four Mars years-the equivalent of six to eight Earth years, with the last one occurring in 2007. Opportunity landed with a twin craft, Spirit, which stopped communicating in 2010. (more...)
Black hole spied ripping apart, then spewing, star that got too close Black hole spied ripping apart, then spewing, star that got too close
- June 16, 2018

An global group of astronomers has directly imaged the eruption resulting from a violent encounter between a supermassive black hole 20 million times more massive than our sun and a much smaller star, some 150 million light-years away. However, it's also well outside gobbling distance - more than 150 million light-years away. Black holes that are deemed supermassive has a tendency to continuously draw matter toward itself and material that gets pulled toward it ends up forming a disc ... (more...)
New Study Shows Human Activity Creates a More Nocturnal Animal World New Study Shows Human Activity Creates a More Nocturnal Animal World
- June 16, 2018

It claims that being near humans made most of the species show an abrupt switch to being nocturnal. While animals have always been documented altering their spatial patterns out of fear and avoidance of human beings, the article, " The Influence of Human Disturbance on Wildlife Nocturnality ", posits that animals may also choose to separate themselves from humans in time. (more...)
Inhofe: Inhofe: "Something Needs to Happen" to Address Pruitt's Mounting Troubles
- June 15, 2018

News organizations have unearthed evidence of Pruitt enlisting aides on multiple occasions to try to help line up work for his wife. "I would say this, that there's a guy behind him in (EPA Deputy Administrator) Andrew Wheeler who is really qualified too, so that might be a good swap". (more...)
Trio of Infant Planets Discovered around Newborn Star Trio of Infant Planets Discovered around Newborn Star
- June 15, 2018

Some we can not see at all- we just understand they exist through to indirect evidence. Using the Atacama Large Millimetre/submillimetre Array (ALMA) in Chile, two teams of astronomers have detected three infant planets around HD 163296 , a young star located about 330 light-years from Earth. (more...)
Ramp-Up in Antarctic Ice Loss Speeds Sea Level Rise Ramp-Up in Antarctic Ice Loss Speeds Sea Level Rise
- June 15, 2018

An worldwide team of polar scientists found that melting in Antarctica has jumped sharply from an average of 76 billion tonnes per year prior to 2012, to around 219 billion tonnes each year between 2012 and 2017. The water nibbles at the floating edges of ice sheets from below. In a controversial 2016 study , former NASA scientist James Hansen and a team of colleagues (including Velicogna) found that the Earth could see sea level rise above 1 meter (or 3.3 feet) within 50 years if ... (more...)
Stephen Hawking’s voice to be beamed into space during memorial Stephen Hawking’s voice to be beamed into space during memorial
- June 15, 2018

MailOnline brings you the latest updates. British actor Benedict Cumberbatch , left, and his wife Sophie Hunter arrive at a memorial service for Hawking at Westminster Abbey in London on Friday. One of Hawking's major theories was that black holes can shrink or evaporate as they allow radiation to escape. There were 25,000 applications for 1,000 available tickets. (more...)
Antarctica Loses Trillions of Tons of Ice Since 1992, Report Reveals
- June 15, 2018

The frozen continent lost nearly 3 trillion tons of ice between 1992 and 2017, the 84 scientists said in what they called the most complete overview of Antarctic ice to date. While some people blame climate change for the rapid melting ice caps, others blame underground heat sources such as volcanoes. The government wants an action plan in place to tackle climate change after a new report details its impact on health. (more...)
Antarctica's Ice Is Melting Even Faster, and Scientists Are Deeply Worried Antarctica's Ice Is Melting Even Faster, and Scientists Are Deeply Worried
- June 14, 2018

A new report in Nature suggests that the rate of melting of crucial Antarctic ice sheets has tripled during the past 25 years and is accelerating sea level rise . The researchers attribute the increased losses in West Antarctica and the Antarctic Peninsular to changes in regional floating-ice shelves, which can provide a buffer to continental-ice sheets. (more...)
Woman Preemptively Sues NASA to Keep Her Treasure Woman Preemptively Sues NASA to Keep Her Treasure
- June 14, 2018

It's common knowledge that mankind has caused the dramatic warming of the Earth - nobody besides conspiracy nuts and politicians looking for contributions from energy lobbyists actually bothers to dispute this anymore - but it looks like humans managed to extend our world-warming habits to the moon as well. (more...)
The 2026 World Cup will be played in North America
- June 14, 2018

After considering separate bids for the 2026 World Cup, the federations that govern soccer in Mexico, Canada and the United States chose to launch a cooperative effort to host the tournament in April 2017. Three cities each in Canada and Mexico will also host games. The trio visited over 150 countries in the buildup to the vote, making individualized pitches to federations at home in North and Central America and the Caribbean, South America, Asia, Europe, Oceania and even Africa, where ... (more...)
Antarctica Is Melting Three Times Faster Than a Decade Ago Antarctica Is Melting Three Times Faster Than a Decade Ago
- June 14, 2018

She also said that in light of the study, it is "very clear that now is absolutely not the time to back away from the science infrastructure that allows us to have information, so the coastal communities can plan with the best available information about what's happening down in Antarctica". (more...)
Opportunity Rover Is Stuck in a 'Dark, Perpetual Night' Opportunity Rover Is Stuck in a 'Dark, Perpetual Night'
- June 14, 2018

Assuming Opportunity rides out this storm, its photovoltaic panels are still producing power (and were somewhat oversized to start with), and it's got what Callas referred to as "the finest batteries in the Solar System", which are capable of holding 85 percent of their original capacity after all these years. (more...)
Enormous dust storm on red planet forcefully ceases activities of NASA’s Opportunity Enormous dust storm on red planet forcefully ceases activities of NASA’s Opportunity
- June 13, 2018

Nighttime on Mars is extremely cold, but using Opportunity's heaters can drain the batteries. NASA's Opportunity has been exploring Mars since 2004, but it functions on solar power. And it's seen dust storms bigger than the one it's experiencing now. Regardless of the outcome, it is extremely important to remember that Opportunity is now in its 14th Earth year of operation of what was supposed to be a 90-day mission when the rover landed on the Meridiani Planum on 25 January 2004. (more...)
French minister says farmers' blockade of refineries, depots illegal: RTL radio French minister says farmers' blockade of refineries, depots illegal: RTL radio
- June 13, 2018

The organisers say the blockade , to run for three days initially, is aimed at pressuring the government to curb palm oil use at La Mede and to address other grievances like imports of South American meat: "Our target is the state", Lambert said, adding that Total's decision on palm oil was "the last straw". (more...)
Hurricane Bud grows to Category 3 force off Mexico's Pacific coast Hurricane Bud grows to Category 3 force off Mexico's Pacific coast
- June 12, 2018

The National Hurricane Center Monday evening (June 11) continued to monitor a disturbance in the western Caribbean expected to move into the Gulf of Mexico by the end of the week. NHC said: "A tropical storm watch means that tropical storm conditions are possible within the watch area, in this case within 24 hours". Meanwhile, Tropical Depression Aletta is expected to become a remnant by late Monday, the NHC said in an early-morning advisory . (more...)
Indian scientists discover new planet 600 light years away Indian scientists discover new planet 600 light years away
- June 11, 2018

As this system is reported to feature three rocky planets that are the same size as Earth, astronomers are taking notice. This is the first of its kind spectrograph in the country, which can measure the mass of a planet moving around a star. (more...)
German, US, Russian Crews Dock With Space Station German, US, Russian Crews Dock With Space Station
- June 11, 2018

The three astronauts that make up Expedition 56 are Sergey Prokopyev of Roscosmos, Serena Aunon-Chancellor of NASA and Alexander Gerst of the European Space Agency. Over this period, the crewmembers will be working with the Progress MS and US Dragon resupply ships, performing a program of 55 applied researches and experiments and carrying out spacewalks. (more...)
Organic Molecules and Methane Discovered on Mars Organic Molecules and Methane Discovered on Mars
- June 10, 2018

The findings were published in the journal Science . The organic matter was reportedly discovered by NASA's Curiosity rover buried and preserved in ancient sediments which form a massive lake on Mars some three billion years ago. (more...)
Former Canadian PM says USA tariffs to dominate G7 summit — Interview Former Canadian PM says USA tariffs to dominate G7 summit — Interview
- June 09, 2018

From left to right: British Prime Minister Theresa May, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, US President Donald Trump, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, French President Emmanuel Macron, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte. (more...)
Juno Mission's Death Plunge Put Off by NASA Juno Mission's Death Plunge Put Off by NASA
- June 09, 2018

Since then, NASA's Galileo and Cassini, which whizzed near Jupiter on its way to Saturn, validated the initial theories that lightning on Jupiter occurs. Heat drives lightning, and the sun's rays cause Earth's equator to heat up more than the poles. "That distribution of lightning is kind of upside-down from what we'd expect on Earth", he said. (more...)
Ferrari ridiculed after posting image of 'Montreal' showing Toronto skyline Ferrari ridiculed after posting image of 'Montreal' showing Toronto skyline
- June 09, 2018

The circuit is particularly tough on brakes, with cars slowing from 320kph to 150 in just 1.6 seconds into the "Wall of Champions" chicane. What then do you need to succeed? Hamilton said he was bewildered to find himself behind as Vettel emerged from the pits to hold on to the lead around the notoriously-restrictive Albert Park street circuit. (more...)
Hurricane Aletta picks up steam, poses no risk to mainland Hurricane Aletta picks up steam, poses no risk to mainland
- June 09, 2018

Aletta is the first hurricane of the 2018 season in the eastern Pacific. Its winds increased 65 mph in just 18 hours, between 5 p.m. Thursday, when it was first named a hurricane, and 11 a.m. The National Hurricane Center is giving the tropical wave a good chance to develop into a tropical depression this weekend south of the Mexican Riveria. (more...)