Science


Scientists Used Bionic Mushroom To Generate Electricity Scientists Used Bionic Mushroom To Generate Electricity
- November 10, 2018

Cyanobacteria are known among bio-engineers for their ability to generate small jolts of electricity , but until now it has been hard to keep them alive in artificial conditions. Manoor says this network of nanoribbons is akin to "needles sticking into a single cell to access electrical signals inside it". Mannoor and Sudeep Joshi, a postdoctoral fellow in his lab, tested white button mushrooms to see if they could provide the right nutrients, moisture, pH, and temperature for ... (more...)
United States court halts construction of Keystone XL oil pipeline United States court halts construction of Keystone XL oil pipeline
- November 09, 2018

State Department completes a supplement to a 2014 environmental impact statement that complies with the National Environmental Policy Act and the Administrative Procedure Act. The pipeline was first proposed in 2o08. U.S. President Donald Trump approved a permit for the pipeline in January 2017, reversing a 2015 decision by predecessor Barack Obama. (more...)
More protection: UN says Earths ozone layer is healing More protection: UN says Earths ozone layer is healing
- November 09, 2018

The University of Colorado's Brian Toon, who wasn't part of the report , said the success doesn't mean the fight to save the ozone layer is over just yet. Still, the United Nations said they were heartened by their findings about the ozone layer ― and what its recovery could mean for future climate action. (more...)
Cigar-Shaped Object May Have Been Alien Spacecraft, Researchers Claim Cigar-Shaped Object May Have Been Alien Spacecraft, Researchers Claim
- November 09, 2018

A new paper from researchers at the Harvard Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics toyed with the possibility that the elongated dark-red object, could have been an "artificial origin". "Carl Sagan once said, "extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence" and this paper is distinctly lacking in evidence nevermind extraordinary evidence". (more...)
Musk showed nearly complete sverhskorostey tunnel under Los Angeles Musk showed nearly complete sverhskorostey tunnel under Los Angeles
- November 07, 2018

Similarly, in May, Musk had made apparent the challenges Tesla was facing when it came to executing the company's plans for India. The Wall Street Journal reported last week that former employees have been subpoenaed in the Federal Bureau of Investigation probe. (more...)
May will not agree withdrawal deal with EU May will not agree withdrawal deal with EU "at any cost"
- November 07, 2018

Mrs May hopes negotiations can be concluded at an European Union leaders' meeting in late November or at a Brussels summit on 13 and 14 December. Theresa May is expected to brief her cabinet today on proposals to avoid a hard border in Ireland through a UK-wide customs arrangement that would eliminate most checks on goods.
To ease Conservative fears that the United Kingdom could effectively stay in the EU customs union indefinitely, preventing trade deals with other countries, Downing ... (more...)
NASA’s Dawn probe falls silent, ending mission to mysterious dwarf planet Ceres NASA’s Dawn probe falls silent, ending mission to mysterious dwarf planet Ceres
- November 05, 2018

NASA's Dawn became the only spacecraft to orbit a cosmic body in the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter in 2011 when it began orbiting around Vesta . "In many ways, Dawn's legacy is just beginning", said Dawn's principal investigator Carol Raymond. Dawn also detected an abundance of organic molecules in one of Ceres' craters, which might have come from the planet's ocean. (more...)
Delhi's air quality on brink of turning severe: Authorities Delhi's air quality on brink of turning severe: Authorities
- November 04, 2018

On Wednesday, nearly all places in the NCR saw a drop in the the major pollutants PM2.5 and PM10 - particles in the air with diameters less than 2.5 mm and 10 mm respectively. From Thursday, there will be a halt of all construction activities involving excavation. As part of the emergency measures, the Delhi Pollution Control Committee has asked all stone crushers and hot mix plants to remain shut during the period. (more...)
Brazil's Bolsonaro gets to work on hardline agenda Brazil's Bolsonaro gets to work on hardline agenda
- November 03, 2018

Several young people even came in their school uniforms and warned that the elected president "is very bad for the country because of the history and the dictatorship" that the country has already experienced. New rules will boost investment in infrastructure, he told reporters. Seleme added it would also bolster accusations from the Workers Party (PT), whose candidate Fernando Haddad lost to Bolsonaro in Sunday's vote, that Moro has a vendetta against the PT and worked to keep it from ... (more...)
DECISION 2018: Early Voting Shows Republicans Out Voting Democrats DECISION 2018: Early Voting Shows Republicans Out Voting Democrats
- November 03, 2018

More than 16 percent of voters to date have Spanish surnames, a higher share than in any previous midterm election. Spokesman Matt Dietrich says this year's numbers are nearly keeping pace with the 2016 election. In past presidential years, two-thirds to three-fourths of voters cast early ballots, de Leon said. The county operates 46 early voting locations, and more than 700 polling places will be open Tuesday. (more...)
NASA's Parker Solar Probe breaks two all-time space records NASA's Parker Solar Probe breaks two all-time space records
- November 03, 2018

It launched in August, flew past Venus in early October and has now claimed two incredible space records just months into a seven-year journey. The previous record for closest solar approach was at a distance of 43.432 million km, set by the German-American Helios 2 spacecraft in April 1976. (more...)
NASA declares dead elite planet-hunting spacecraft NASA declares dead elite planet-hunting spacecraft
- November 02, 2018

Before retiring Kepler, NASA pushed the telescope to its fullest potential, and successfully completed many observations and downloaded the valuable data , after initial low fuel warnings. "It was like trying to detect a flea crawling across a vehicle headlight when the auto was 100 miles away", said Borucki said. Kepler discovered more than 2,600 of them. (more...)
NASA bids goodbye to planet-hunting Kepler space telescope NASA bids goodbye to planet-hunting Kepler space telescope
- November 02, 2018

NASA made a sad announcement this afternoon: its planet hunting spacecraft Kepler has been retired after running out of fuel. Project scientist Jessie Dotson, who works at NASA's Ames Research Centre in California, told Space.com: "Kepler has taught us that planets are ubiquitous and incredibly diverse". (more...)
Business Giants, Governments Announce Global Commitment to Eliminating Plastic Pollution Business Giants, Governments Announce Global Commitment to Eliminating Plastic Pollution
- November 02, 2018

Reducing the leakage from these five countries alone could reduce plastic waste by about 23 percent, the research found. In fact, Indonesia which has the world's highest levels of marine biodiversity and sundry variety of marine animals that live in and around its coral reefs are at risk due to the high levels of plastic pollution . (more...)
NASA Solar Probe Becomes Closest Spacecraft to the Sun NASA Solar Probe Becomes Closest Spacecraft to the Sun
- November 01, 2018

You can also read about how NASA equipped the probe so it could fly at a record close distance to the hot star. The Parker Solar Probe on Monday reached closer to the Sun than any other man-made object ever has, said the United States' National Aeronautics and Space Administration. (more...)
Camera footage of Soyuz MS-10 launch failure released Camera footage of Soyuz MS-10 launch failure released
- November 01, 2018

Russian Federation suspended all launches after the accident on October 11, unprecedented for Russia's post-Soviet manned launches, that saw the rocket fail minutes after blast-off. It's relied upon by NASA, Europe, Russia, and other partners. Secondly, it's great to see that the Soyuz rocket's safety abort system works so well, and it should be a great comfort to space travelers who will soon be riding the hardware to space once more. (more...)
60% of wildlife wiped out — WWF 60% of wildlife wiped out — WWF
- November 01, 2018

It added that that the current rates of species extinction are 100 to 1,000 times higher than those before human pressure became a prominent factor. - Too many people on the planet? Holding the mirror of truth, the WWF has also pointed out, in its May report , that the humankind has already destroyed 83% of all mammal since the dawn of civilisation. (more...)
93% of children breathe polluted air 93% of children breathe polluted air
- October 31, 2018

The EPCA's report suggested measures such as cleaning up vehicles through technology and to reduce and restrain the growth of individual vehicles through massively augmented public transport systems, so as to re-check the sources of pollution . (more...)
Oscar now Atlantic hurricane, no threat to land Oscar now Atlantic hurricane, no threat to land
- October 30, 2018

Hurricane Oscar has gained a little strength, but forecasters say the storm is curving away from land over the Atlantic Ocean. The estimated minimum central pressure is 995 mb (29.39 inches). Hurricane season runs through November 30. "Environmental conditions appear conducive for further development and this system will likely become a tropical or subtropical cyclone later today or tonight while it moves generally northward over the central Atlantic". (more...)
Second tremor at Cuadrilla site Second tremor at Cuadrilla site
- October 29, 2018

Operations have been paused for 18 hours, during which seismicity levels will continue to be measured. The tremor occurred at the Preston New Road site at Little Plumpton, Lancashire. A previous earth tremor earlier this week registered 0.4 magnitude and temporarily halted Cuadrilla's operations for 24 hours. Environmental activists failed in early October in Britain's High Court to keep Cuadrilla's fracking from proceeding. (more...)
Tropical Storm Oscar Forms in Atlantic, Expected to Become Hurricane Tropical Storm Oscar Forms in Atlantic, Expected to Become Hurricane
- October 29, 2018

TS Oscar was said to be about 927 miles east south east of Bermuda at midnight. This storm is about 730 miles southeast of Bermuda with sustained winds of 75 mph. At press time, the National Hurricane Center forecast for the storm system put the likelihood of it developing into a tropical cyclone during the next 48 hours at 90 percent. (more...)
Hawaiian island disappeared after the hurricane Hawaiian island disappeared after the hurricane
- October 27, 2018

Hurricane Walaka, which struck East Island earlier this month, has been recorded as the second-strongest tropical cyclone to wreak havoc on the central Pacific. East Island, part of French Frigate Shoals in the Papahanaumokuakea marine conservation area, was a crucial habitat for Hawaiian monk seals and green sea turtles . (more...)
Hunter's Full Moon occurs Wednesday night Hunter's Full Moon occurs Wednesday night
- October 27, 2018

It is also known as the Travel Moon or Dying Grass Moon . Hunter's Full Moon rising from southeast England via our friend. Hunters would use the moonlight to track down deer which had fattened up over the summer. When will the full moon take place? First quarter: The moon appears half-illuminated from Earth and has travelled about a quarter of the way around Earth since the New Moon, giving it its name. (more...)
A chance for rain this weekend with gusty winds Sunday A chance for rain this weekend with gusty winds Sunday
- October 27, 2018

Some patchy fog possible overnight. Highs are only expected to top off in the 40s for most across Charlotte and it's surrounding areas! THURSDAY: Partly to mostly cloudy skies will develop, with a few rain showers, and a mild high temperature of 62 degrees. (more...)
Federal carbon tax rebate a 'vote-buying scheme:' Saskatchewan premier Federal carbon tax rebate a 'vote-buying scheme:' Saskatchewan premier
- October 27, 2018

Most studies suggest that to be effective, a carbon tax has to reach $200 to $400 a year by the middle of this century, said Mark Jaccard, a professor of sustainable energy in the School of Resource and Environmental Management at Simon Fraser University in B.C. (more...)
U.S Space Force expected to launch by 2020, Pence announces U.S Space Force expected to launch by 2020, Pence announces
- October 26, 2018

Pence further said that the question of nuclear weapons is " the president's determination ", and that while it's in the interest of every nation to keep nukes out of space for now, at some point this may prove to be an way to show more "strength". (more...)
China to launch artificial moon by 2020. Here's what it will do China to launch artificial moon by 2020. Here's what it will do
- October 25, 2018

A city in China is planning to launch its own "artificial moon" by 2020 to replace street lamps and to lower electricity costs in urban areas, according to reports coming out of the country. If it succeeds, it will be the first rover to explore the "dark side" of the moon. The satellite would be able to light an area between six to 50 miles (10 to 80 kilometers) across and be controlled "within a few dozen meters", according to the newspaper. (more...)
You Could Own Stephen Hawking's Thesis, Wheelchair You Could Own Stephen Hawking's Thesis, Wheelchair
- October 24, 2018

Also being auctioned off is the wheelchair Hawking used from the late 1980s to the early 1990s, before he lost the ability to use his hands. The 22 lots will be a part of the online sale On the Shoulders of Giants , which will feature rare and important autograph letters and manuscripts by Isaac Newton, Charles Darwin and Albert Einstein, and other leading scientific forebears. (more...)
Europe, Japan ready spacecraft for 7-year journey to Mercury Europe, Japan ready spacecraft for 7-year journey to Mercury
- October 24, 2018

Once on station, the spacecraft will have to endure blistering 660-degree temperatures at Mercury's average distance of 37 million miles from the sun. "BepiColombo will build on the discoveries and questions raised by NASA's Messenger mission to provide the best understanding of Mercury and solar system evolution to date , which in turn will be essential for understanding how planets orbiting close to their stars in exoplanet systems form and evolve, too", he added. (more...)
This rectangular iceberg in Antarctica is near flawless This rectangular iceberg in Antarctica is near flawless
- October 24, 2018

This iceberg probably recently calved from the ice shelf , NASA says. They shared a striking image of the giant block, known as a tabular berg, after it was captured off the east coast of the Antarctic Peninsula, near the Larsen C ice shelf, according to The Sun . (more...)