Science


Insects Are Dying Off at an Alarming Rate Insects Are Dying Off at an Alarming Rate
- February 14, 2019

The main driver behind the decline, they found, was habitat loss due to intensive agriculture and urbanisation. A leading Norfolk farming conservationist said farmers were already at the forefront of finding ways to reverse the decline of insects and wildlife - but all parts of society needed to work together to find solutions rather than "naming and shaming" individual sectors. (more...)
NASA's Mars Opportunity rover declared dead NASA's Mars Opportunity rover declared dead
- February 14, 2019

But it wasn't meant to be, and NASA officially pulled the plug today. Over the last few months, while scientists continued to revive Opportunity, hopes were fairly high that communication would be reestablished. The rover has not been heard from since June previous year when the storm blanketed the Red Planet, blocking sunlight and causing solar-powered Oppy to go into hibernation. (more...)
Holy planetesimal formation, Batman! Ultima Thule's no snowman - it's a friggin' pancake Holy planetesimal formation, Batman! Ultima Thule's no snowman - it's a friggin' pancake
- February 11, 2019

However, after images of the flying and spinning object were received, Ultima Thule has turned out to be different from the way it had been originally described at first glance. As New Horizons drifted through space at a speed of approximately 50,000kph, it was able to snap a number of unbelievable photos of the object officially known as 2014 MU69. (more...)
Pete Buttigieg endorses Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez-style Green New Deal Pete Buttigieg endorses Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez-style Green New Deal
- February 11, 2019

During her appearance on the NPR podcast a couple of days back, Democrat Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez outlined her stance in regards to her monetary policy and how she plans to restructure the social/economic framework of the USA if her freshly proposed " Green New Deal " is passed by the senate. (more...)
2018 was fourth hottest on record 2018 was fourth hottest on record
- February 08, 2019

According to NOAA , the JMA and the UK Met Office , the last five years, 2014-2018, are now considered to be the hottest five years in the record books. NOAA found the average mean temperatures for the contiguous US was the 14th-warmest on record. The results of this warming , Schmidt said, can be seen from the heat waves in Australia and extended droughts to coastal flooding in the United States, in disappearing Arctic ice and shrinking glaciers. (more...)
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez left off Pelosi's climate change panel Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez left off Pelosi's climate change panel
- February 07, 2019

But the freshman congresswoman from NY introduced a Green New Deal resolution on Thursday that is already emerging as a key policy test for 2020 Democratic candidates. Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico, Suzanne Bonamici of Oregon, Joe Neguse of Colorado, Donald McEachin of Virginia and Sean Casten of IL will serve on the panel, along with three Californians: Julia Brownley , Jared Huffman and Mike Levin . (more...)
Galactic Twist: The Warped Shape of Our Milky Way's Disk Galactic Twist: The Warped Shape of Our Milky Way's Disk
- February 07, 2019

The paper, published in Nature Astronomy on February 4, details work by Australian and Chinese astronomers to examine the classical "Cepheids" - a collection of huge, young stars in the Milky Way that can be up to 100,000 times brighter than the sun. (more...)
Moving production: Nissan sends Brexit shockwaves through United Kingdom auto sector Moving production: Nissan sends Brexit shockwaves through United Kingdom auto sector
- February 07, 2019

He said that of the £61 million worth of grants which had already been approved, only £2.6 million had so far been paid to Nissan. "We will set our ambitions high and vigorously pursue continued access to the European market as an objective in future negotiations", Clark pledged in the letter. (more...)
Magnetic North Pole Moving Fast Toward Russia, Scientists Say Magnetic North Pole Moving Fast Toward Russia, Scientists Say
- February 06, 2019

The model, which is updated and released every five years, had to be changed before 2020 because Earth's northern magnetic pole is shifting at a rate of roughly 34 miles per year from the Canadian arctic toward Siberia, CNN reported . However, your favorite mapping app can not be trusted as the World Magnetic Model plays a role in Global Positioning System service. "Airport runways are perhaps the most visible example of a navigation aid updated to match shifts in Earth's magnetic field". (more...)
Climate change could mean blue oceans as heat kills phytoplankton Climate change could mean blue oceans as heat kills phytoplankton
- February 05, 2019

In the interim, Dutkiewicz said , paying close attention to changes in the oceans' colour can offer the first clues of the changes that are underway. For Mr. Strutton, "What this study has shown is that although the greenness of the oceans, the amount of chlorophyll might only be changing by small amounts, what's important is that the type of phytoplankton might be changing more dramatically". (more...)
Boats, helicopters deployed for rescues in Australia floods Boats, helicopters deployed for rescues in Australia floods
- February 04, 2019

The Bureau of Meteorology recorded between 300 and 400 mm in the Ross River catchment and between 150-350 mm around Townsville in the 24 hours before 9am on Monday. That order sparked warnings that 21 suburbs could see flash flooding, including high velocity flows that could kill people. Major flood warnings have been posted for several rivers. (more...)
The Queen sends message to President of Brazil following dam collapse The Queen sends message to President of Brazil following dam collapse
- February 04, 2019

The emergency service for the state of Minas Gerais , where the January 25 disaster occurred near the town of Brumadinho , said the search was ongoing for bodies. "(The study) found that the mine restaurant, where many Vale workers were likely to have died, would be hit by toxic mud. Authorities and environmental organisations have begun testing water quality around the mining complex, while Brazil's state and federal authorities have told residents not to use water directly from the ... (more...)
Hubble Accidentally Discovers New Galaxy in Cosmic Neighborhood Hubble Accidentally Discovers New Galaxy in Cosmic Neighborhood
- February 03, 2019

Though it might be hard to imagine, astronomers stumbled on this galaxy by accident. Scientists were studying the globular cluster NGC 6752 and made an 'unexpected discovery, ' writes the press release on Hubble Space Telescope . The researchers that discovered Bedin-1 were really lucky to have stumbled on it by accident, because it's so small and faint it would probably never have been discovered on objective with current instruments. (more...)
Huge Cavity in Antarctic Glacier Signals Rapid Decay Huge Cavity in Antarctic Glacier Signals Rapid Decay
- February 03, 2019

The glacier holds "enough ice to raise the world ocean level a little over 2 feet (65 centimeters)", said the team. Scientists expected to find some relatively small gaps between the glacier and bedrock, but were unsettled by the 1,000-foot deep cavity the mission revealed. (more...)
Groundhog doesn't see his shadow, predicting early spring Groundhog doesn't see his shadow, predicting early spring
- February 03, 2019

According to lore, that means an early spring is expected this year. Mother Nature hadn't been all that kind to the region as Groundhog Day approached. The first observance of groundhog day was in Punxsutawney in Pennsylvania, and this is still where the largest celebrations are held today (and is where the famous film is set). (more...)
Chang'e-4 finds moon's far side colder than expected during night Chang'e-4 finds moon's far side colder than expected during night
- February 02, 2019

It's the first detection data of lunar night temperature obtained by China's lunar exploration project. The new Chinese mission that landed on the "dark" (read: far) side of the moon on January 3 has recorded even colder temperatures during the long lunar night. (more...)
It is so cold in Chicago they’re lighting railroad tracks on fire It is so cold in Chicago they’re lighting railroad tracks on fire
- February 01, 2019

Snow was expected through Wednesday from the Great Lakes region into New England. "It'll be the coldest outbreak of Arctic air for the Mid-Atlantic and the Northeast". The Chicago Police Department said it was urging people to get out of the cold. "People can't last outside even for minutes". In a rare move, the U.S. (more...)
Spy chiefs say Chinese, Russian cyber strengths are top threats to US Spy chiefs say Chinese, Russian cyber strengths are top threats to US
- January 30, 2019

The report acknowledge that North Korea has been committed to the project but stopped short of confirming that enough progress had been made citing inconsistencies. Predicting a continuation - and potentially an escalation - of interference in USA elections, he said "our adversaries and strategic competitors probably are already looking to the 2020 US elections as an opportunity to advance their interests". (more...)
Trump mocks global warming in tweet amid Midwest chill Trump mocks global warming in tweet amid Midwest chill
- January 29, 2019

As he noted , "Trump's climate-trolling is such obvious outrage bait that you nearly want to ignore it, but it's also self-provided evidence of one of the most significant ignorance crises of his presidency, so I dunno". Last November , Trump tweeted: "Whatever happened to Global Warming?" following a cold blast in the US. The fact we are seeing record cold does not contradict climate research. (more...)
Earth's oldest rock found on Moon Earth's oldest rock found on Moon
- January 27, 2019

It would have formed deep within the moon in the mantle, where scientists think different rock compositions can be found. Finally, Apollo 14 astronauts found the rock and reunited it with mother Earth. These materials are very rare on the moon, and looking at the chemical analysis , this tiny fragment was crystallized in an environment similar to the one on early Earth's subsurface. (more...)
A meteorite hit the moon during total lunar eclipse A meteorite hit the moon during total lunar eclipse
- January 25, 2019

Jose Madiedo works in the Department of Experimental Sciences at the University of Huelva in Spain , and he confirmed that there was indeed an impact during the eclipse. "I am really happy, because I think that the effort was rewarded", he said. Because this event was seen by multiple observers separated by thousands of miles, the only conclusion is that something hit the moon, and its impact event was recorded on video. (more...)
Bright skies tonight for what could be a spectacular lunar eclipse Bright skies tonight for what could be a spectacular lunar eclipse
- January 22, 2019

Why does a total lunar eclipse not occur at every full moon? The eclipse was not visible from India. The beginning of the total eclipse phase occured at 11:41 p.m. The moon was in flawless alignment with the sun and Earth, with the moon on the opposite side of Earth from the sun. Blood moons and lunar eclipses of the past Christopher Columbus, an Italian explorer, created fear in 1504 after he used knowledge of an upcoming blood moon to convince the Arawak Indians to help him while ... (more...)
NASA's Cassini reveals new details on Saturn's rings NASA's Cassini reveals new details on Saturn's rings
- January 21, 2019

Cassini spent some 13 years orbiting Saturn before plunging down and slamming into its atmosphere. The same measurements captured by Cassini also revealed something else about Saturn - the layers of its atmosphere rotate around the planet at different speeds, until you get at least 9,000 kilometres (5,590 miles) in. (more...)
Get Ready To See The Extremely Rare ‘Super Wolf Blood Moon’ Get Ready To See The Extremely Rare ‘Super Wolf Blood Moon’
- January 20, 2019

Lunar eclipses are dramatic events when viewed from here on Earth. Viewers in Europe will see the eclipse low in the western sky as the moon approaches its setting at dawn on Monday. The moon's orbit (gray line) is tilted with respect to the ecliptic (yellow line), so it usually misses the shadow . During the eclipse , sunlight is refracted by the earth's atmosphere and reaches the moon's surface as it bends around the earth's surface. (more...)
'Super Blood Wolf Moon' to get star billing in weekend lunar eclipse 'Super Blood Wolf Moon' to get star billing in weekend lunar eclipse
- January 18, 2019

If the skies are clear, the eclipse will be visible in North and South America, as well as Greenland, Iceland, Ireland, Great Britain, Norway, Sweden, Portugal along with the French and Spanish coasts. For the keen sky-watchers the lunar disk will appear a few percent larger and brighter than usual making it a lovely sight to soak in and a great photo opportunity. (more...)
China Already Planning Next Moon Mission This Year, Mars In 2020 China Already Planning Next Moon Mission This Year, Mars In 2020
- January 18, 2019

Images released by the CNSA now appear to show cotton seeds sprouting, in what the ruling Communist Party's official mouthpiece, The People's Daily, labelled a "first in human history". It also deployed a small rover called Yutu-2, or Jade Rabbit-2, to explore the surrounding lunar terrain, which is believed to be older than that on the near side. (more...)
Good chance to see the super blood wolf moon late Sunday night Good chance to see the super blood wolf moon late Sunday night
- January 18, 2019

Sometimes the eclipsed Moon is a deep red colour, nearly disappearing from view, and sometimes it can be quite bright. The name "wolf moon " comes from the Old Farmer's Almanac to refer to a "full moon ". Once the eclipse is over on Sunday you won't get another glimpse of a Super Blood Wolf Moon until November 8, 2022. Sunday's eclipse will nearly coincide with that perigee, meaning that the moon won't just be redder than usual, it will also look a tiny bit wider. (more...)
Giant leaf for mankind? China germinates first seed on moon Giant leaf for mankind? China germinates first seed on moon
- January 17, 2019

The lander has successfully sprouted small cotton plants as part of a biological experiment. The "dark" side of the Moon may soon have a variety of vegetation growing there as China has begun its 100-day experiment to grow plants on the lunar surface. (more...)
Chang'e 4 sends another trove of images from the Moon's far side Chang'e 4 sends another trove of images from the Moon's far side
- January 16, 2019

Pictures released by the China National Space Administration released pictures showing a rocky surface with the jagged edge of craters in the background, posing a challenge for controllers in plotting the rover's travels, the official Xinhua News Agency said . (more...)
China says it exchanged data with NASA on far side landing China says it exchanged data with NASA on far side landing
- January 16, 2019

In this photo provided January 12, 2019, by China National Space Administration via Xinhua News Agency, the rover Yutu-2 is seen in a photo taken by the lander of the Chang'e-4 probe on January 11, 2019. The probe is shown adjusting its altitude, speed and pitch as it seeks to avoid obstacles on the ground. "It hovered at around 100 meters above the lunar surface and moved about 8 meters towards the southwestern direction". (more...)