Science


Jupiter has an Jupiter has an "oddball" moon and we can relate
- July 20, 2018

A look at Jupiter's new moons. Now, with a new announcement from a team of astronomers , led by Scott S. Sheppard from the Carnegie Institution for Science , Jupiter's tally now jumps to a total of 79 known moons . Jackie Faherty, an astronomer with the American Museum of Natural History in NY who was not part of the squad, said in an email "I like this result". (more...)
'Quadrillion' tons of diamonds discovered deep below Earth's surface 'Quadrillion' tons of diamonds discovered deep below Earth's surface
- July 19, 2018

New research by a team from MIT , Harvard, and Berkeley has found that there is a lot more diamond in the planet than once believed. They say despite its reputation for rarity and the value people have attributed to it, the discovery shows diamond is "perhaps not this exotic mineral" after all. (more...)
Bezos launches spacecraft higher than ever Bezos launches spacecraft higher than ever
- July 19, 2018

Its effectiveness is essential to ensuring the safety of any people who might ride aboard the capsule in the future. The capsule, meanwhile, climbed to a maximum altitude of around 393,000 feet - more than 74 miles - subjecting an instrumented test dummy - "Mannequin Skywalker" - to about 10 times the force of gravity during the brief abort motor firing, which pushed the craft about 50,000 feet higher than a normal flight. (more...)
Google Doodle celebrates 124th birth anniversary of astronomer Georges Lemaitre
- July 19, 2018

It was the combination of astrology and physics that led him to make his greatest discoveries - about the universe expanding and the basis of the Big Bang Theory . It was during his time at a Jesuit secondary school where he first felt the urge to become a priest, but also a scientist. Post, this Lemaitre had delivered his lecture and theory to a group of some famous and respected scientists in 1933 at the California Institute of Technology, Einstein applauded him and quoted: "This is ... (more...)
The Hunt for 'Planet Nine' Discovers 12 New Moons Around Jupiter The Hunt for 'Planet Nine' Discovers 12 New Moons Around Jupiter
- July 19, 2018

It's easy to understand why these 12 new additions had been missed so far. The telescope in Chile, with a powerful digital camera that can shade against glare and scattered light, provided Sheppard and his collaborators with a wider and more detailed view than had been possible before. (more...)
Heat Warning Issued by Environment Canada Heat Warning Issued by Environment Canada
- July 19, 2018

Drink plenty of water even before you feel thirsty and stay in a cool place, the weather agency advised. The past few days have seen some temperatures rising above 25 degrees, and Environment Canada is warning people, especially "young children, pregnant women, older adults, people with chronic illnesses and people working or exercising outdoors", to be careful. (more...)
Trump says Putin is responsible for election interference
- July 19, 2018

US intelligence officials have said Russian election interference efforts are continuing and now target the upcoming congressional elections in November. "The President's going to meet with his team and we'll let you know when we have an announcement on that", she said. Among other things, the Russians would pursue allegations that Mr. (more...)
South Africa Unveils a Powerful Radio Telescope South Africa Unveils a Powerful Radio Telescope
- July 18, 2018

Its weight is 4.3 million solar masses. Milky Way's center is 25,000 light-years away from the Earth, and it is often blanketed in thick clouds of gas and stellar dust, so it is hard to detect using regular telescopes . A world-first image of the centre of the Milky Way was revealed during the MeerKAT launch event last week. "It shows so many features never before seen, including compact sources associated with some of the filaments , that it could provide the key to cracking the ... (more...)
Adidas to use only recycled plastic by 2024 Adidas to use only recycled plastic by 2024
- July 18, 2018

According to reports, Adidas also expects to see growth in their recycled plastics shoe line called Parley. The German company is expecting a sharp increase in sales of its Parley shoes, which are made with plastic waste that has been intercepted before it reaches the ocean. (more...)
Blue Origin test flight simulates space launch emergency
- July 18, 2018

The goal: to test the altitude escape motor , the motor that would engage if astronauts needed to make a fast getaway due to some unforeseen circumstances in space. The reusable New Shepard rocket settles to a picture-perfect touchdown. Both 2.0 flights carried an instrument-laden dummy that Bezos dubbed "Mannequin Skywalker". (more...)
Sutherland on the launch pad to be Britain's first spaceport Sutherland on the launch pad to be Britain's first spaceport
- July 18, 2018

Having recently exited stealth mode, Orbex said it has secured £30m of backing from a range of sources, including the UK Space Agency (UKSA), the European Space Agency (ESA), the European Commission Horizon 2020 programme, venture capital funds Sunstone Technology Ventures and High-Tech Gründerfonds, strategic investor Elecnor Deimos Space, and unnamed private investors. (more...)
‘Oddball’ among 12 new moons discovered around Jupiter ‘Oddball’ among 12 new moons discovered around Jupiter
- July 18, 2018

Sheppard, Chad Trujillo of Northern Arizona University and David Tholen of the University of Hawaii are on a quest to find as many faint, distant objects on the edge of the solar system as they can. Two more of the moons are in a group that circle much closer to the planet in prograde orbits which travel in the same direction as Jupiter's spin. (more...)
Ten newly found moons of Jupiter include a 'wrong-way driver'
- July 17, 2018

It took a year for their orbits to be confirmed with a series of other telescopes in the United States and Chile. After the team of scientists initially saw the moons via a telescope at Chile's Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory, at least four other telescopes were used to verify the moons. (more...)
Severe thunderstorm watch in effect for region Severe thunderstorm watch in effect for region
- July 17, 2018

Daytime highs of at least 35 degrees and overnight lows of 18 degrees will occur over the next couple of days. While the high temperatures aren't unusual for this time of year, Environment Canada is warning those most at risk, like young children and seniors, to take precautions and watch for visible signs of heat illness. (more...)
Critically Endangered Black Rhinos Die in Kenya Critically Endangered Black Rhinos Die in Kenya
- July 17, 2018

The park's veterinary and management teams are closely monitoring the three surviving rhinos, which have been given fresh water. They transfer the animals every year to new habitats. "However, range expansion projects to increase black rhino numbers are a recognised cornerstone of conservation efforts, meaning translocation is crucial for future generations", wrote Mr Awer. (more...)
Historic towers at Cape Canaveral launch pad demolished Historic towers at Cape Canaveral launch pad demolished
- July 16, 2018

EDT (1100 GMT). Gen. Wayne R. Monteith, Commander of the 45th Space Wing. A launch pad that dates back to the early days of the space program was demolished. One more Delta II launch remains, planned this September from California. The two pads ended up as the launch site for dozens of Delta rockets over the past many decades. (more...)
Integral joins campaign to study high-energy neutrino source Integral joins campaign to study high-energy neutrino source
- July 16, 2018

That detection was made on September 22, 2017, and using telescopes on Earth and in space, the scientists were able to determine that the particle had originated in a galaxy that is almost four billion light years from Earth in the Orion constellation. (more...)
Solar eclipse of the year second time Solar eclipse of the year second time
- July 15, 2018

Umbra is the darkest region whereas penumbra is the partial dark region where the solar rays can be seen. On Friday, the Moon will sink in its teeth into the Sun and swallow a chunk of our star in a partial solar eclipse that will glow above part of the southern hemisphere. (more...)
Asteroid That Came Near Earth Was Really Two Objects Orbiting Each Other Asteroid That Came Near Earth Was Really Two Objects Orbiting Each Other
- July 15, 2018

The effort confirmed the two lobes are separated and orbiting around one another. The fact that the last observation used the time of the closest approach of the asteroid to Earth when he flew a distance of about 6 million kilometers. According to NASA, of the family of near-Earth asteroids larger than 650 ft (200 m) in diameter, approximately 15 percent consist of binary asteroids like Didymos , where one smaller asteroid circles around a larger one. (more...)
Massive melting iceberg threatens Greenland village Massive melting iceberg threatens Greenland village
- July 15, 2018

Four people died last summer after waves triggered by an natural disaster swamped a settlement in northwestern Greenland, Reuters reported . Watch Video: Greenland village on high alert as massive iceberg looms! Residents are hoping for a strong wind and turning tide, which could push the iceberg safely past the island into the nearby Baffin Bay, but now, warmer weather and precipitation are causing experts to fear a large chunk will break off and the resulting wave will swamp the town. (more...)
Ghost particles from outer space: Scientists discover distant source of neutrinos Ghost particles from outer space: Scientists discover distant source of neutrinos
- July 15, 2018

They then lowered 5,160 light sensors that registered the tiny flashes of light produced by the neutrino as it reacted with the transparent ice. Such a detector is buried deep beneath the South Pole, encompassing 35 billion cubic feet of ice. (more...)
Second solar eclipse of the year today
- July 15, 2018

The solar eclipse on Friday will be a partial, visible only from the southern parts of Australia , New Zealand and open waters. The July new moon will pass in between the Earth and the sun tomorrow, obscuring part of the sun's face. · Food eaten during an eclipse is not good for health as food does not get digested. In fact, one should avoid cooking too for the same reason. The total eclipse that happened previous year was so celebrated because of this. (more...)
NASA needs backup plan as US crew launches slip NASA needs backup plan as US crew launches slip
- July 15, 2018

But the report from the Government Accountability Office said the issues could cause delays in the launch of the first crewed mission from US soil by a private company and could result in a nine-month gap in which no USA astronauts inhabit the ISS. (more...)
Jaguar escapes habitat at zoo and kills 6 animals Jaguar escapes habitat at zoo and kills 6 animals
- July 15, 2018

Zoo officials said Valero, a 3-year-old male jaguar, escaped his habitat and was spotted by zoo personnel around 7:20 a.m. on Saturday, according to The Times-Picayune . "The animal care team is devastated by this tragic loss", the zoo said in a statement . The big cat's enclosure is located in a part of the park called Jaguar Jungle , which is also home to a children's play area, as well as exhibits featuring bats, giant cave roaches, tarantulas and poison arrow frogs. (more...)
Ireland will be the first country to divest from fossil fuels
- July 15, 2018

And on a smaller scale, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, announced in January that the city would divest its $US189-billion pension funds from fossil fuel companies - estimated at around $US5 billion. Éamonn Meehan, Executive Director of Trócaire said: "Today the Oireachtas has made a powerful statement". "Countries the world over must now urgently follow Ireland's lead and divest from fossil fuels". (more...)
Israel plans first lunar space mission in December Israel plans first lunar space mission in December
- July 14, 2018

The IAI-built spacecraft will be moved to the U.S.in November to prepare for the December launch. Kahn said if they pull off the moonshot it would be "a tremendous achievement". Astronauts shall be sent to the Moon by China in 2036 and Russian Federation have plans to send cosmonauts to the Moon. In the coming months, the Israeli spacecraft will undergo intensive checks and tests at IAI to prove that it can withstand the launch, flight and landing conditions, said Anteby. (more...)
Five things to know about the Ontario government's throne speech Five things to know about the Ontario government's throne speech
- July 14, 2018

It's just a week after the new government cancelled the province's emissions cap and trade program. The Ford government cancelled cap and trade as part of its commitment to cut gas prices by $0.10 a litre. As already announced, the speech says the Tories are scrapping the cap-and-trade program, and plan to fight any attempt by the federal government to implement a carbon pricing plan in Ontario. (more...)
Beachgoers beware: Hurricane Chris sending risky surf ashore Beachgoers beware: Hurricane Chris sending risky surf ashore
- July 13, 2018

Although Storm Chris is expected to make its way towards the United Kingdom, there is a possibility it could miss it out completely and head towards central Europe instead. So be aware of the possibility of flash flooding. As of Friday morning, the remnants of what was once Hurricane Beryl are losing the chance of tropical development. (more...)
First Israeli spacecraft to land on moon next year First Israeli spacecraft to land on moon next year
- July 13, 2018

SpaceIL was founded in 2011 by a group of engineers with a budget of about $90 million and they had to sacrifice size and operational capabilities for more efficient travel. The other countries to have done so are Russian Federation, the United States and China . " We will put the Israeli flag on the moon ", said Ido Anteby, CEO of SpaceIL . (more...)
McConnell accuses Dems of trying to 'bork' Kavanaugh McConnell accuses Dems of trying to 'bork' Kavanaugh
- July 13, 2018

Kavanaugh spent 12 years as a judge on the US Court of Appeals in Washington, DC, and has a record of more conservative rulings on environmental cases, favoring industry over regulators especially in cases related to greenhouse gas emissions . (more...)