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Freaky ‘hell ant’ found frozen in 99-million-year-old amber with bug in its maw

Freaky ‘hell ant’ found frozen in 99-million-year-old amber with bug in its maw

This worker "hell ant" was captured in amber 99 million years ago. It's holding a Caputoraptor elegans nymph. NJIT, Chinese Academy of Sciences and University of Rennes, France Murder hornets. Deadpool "assassin" flies. Zombie cicadas. This year has been weird when it comes to insects, but I have some good news. At least "hell ants"…
Indian schoolgirls discover asteroid moving towards Earth

Indian schoolgirls discover asteroid moving towards Earth

Indian schoolgirls discover asteroid moving towards Earth - CNN
The bizarre dimming of bright star Betelgeuse caused by giant stellar eruption

The bizarre dimming of bright star Betelgeuse caused by giant stellar eruption

Home News Science & Astronomy Betelgeuse's odd recent dimming was caused by a huge cloud of material that the supergiant star blasted into space, a new study suggests.The bright star Betelgeuse, which forms the shoulder of the constellation Orion (The Hunter), is about 11 times more massive than the sun but 900 times more voluminous.…
SLS Green Run test-firing to verify Core Stage design, analysis before first launch

SLS Green Run test-firing to verify Core Stage design, analysis before first launch

The Green Run test campaign for NASA’s first Space Launch System (SLS) Core Stage will culminate in two critical tests that will demonstrate the real-world performance of the large, complicated vehicle. The last two of the eight test cases of the campaign at the Stennis Space Center in Mississippi will finally load the stage with…
New species of dinosaur related to Tyrannosaurus rex discovered

New species of dinosaur related to Tyrannosaurus rex discovered

A new species of dinosaur related to Tyrannosaurus rex has been discovered in the U.K.Paleontologists at the University of Southampton identified the new species after studying four bones that were recently uncovered on the Isle of Wight. The bones belong to a new species of theropod dinosaur, the group that includes Tyrannosaurus rex, the experts said.“The dinosaur…
Exploding Black Dwarfs Could Be the ‘Last Interesting Thing to Happen in the Universe’

Exploding Black Dwarfs Could Be the ‘Last Interesting Thing to Happen in the Universe’

Artistic conception of a dark brown dwarf, which could resemble hypothetical black dwarfs, which are predicted to exist in the far future. Image: NASA / JPL-Caltech“This is the way the world ends,” said T. S. Elliot in his famous poem, “Not with a bang but a whimper.” These days, scientists consider the heat-death of the…
Ariane 5 Rocket Launches 3 Spacecraft Into Orbit From Europe’s Spaceport in French Guiana

Ariane 5 Rocket Launches 3 Spacecraft Into Orbit From Europe’s Spaceport in French Guiana

On August 15, 2020, Ariane 5 flight VA253 lifted off from Europe’s Spaceport in French Guiana and delivered two telecom satellites Galaxy-30 and BSAT-4B, and the Mission Extension Vehicle (MEV-2), into their planned transfer orbits. Europe’s Ariane 5 has delivered two telecom satellites Galaxy-30 and BSAT-4B, and the Mission Extension Vehicle (MEV-2), into their planned…
NASA drops racially charged nicknames of celestial bodies

NASA drops racially charged nicknames of celestial bodies

(CNN)Grocery store items, pro sports teams, and country music bands have all removed racially insensitive names. Now, NASA is adding celestial bodies to the list that includes Aunt Jemima, the Washi…
Looking Back on The First-Ever Photo of Quantum Entanglement

Looking Back on The First-Ever Photo of Quantum Entanglement

This stunning image captured last year by physicists at the University of Glasgow in Scotland is the first-ever photo of quantum entanglement - a phenomenon so strange, physicist Albert Einstein famously described it as 'spooky action at a distance'. It might not look like much, but just stop and think about it for a second:…
A new lens on the world: Improving the metalens with liquid crystal

A new lens on the world: Improving the metalens with liquid crystal

An illustration of how a metalens refracts light. Credit: Giuseppe Strangi & Federico Capasso For more than 500 years, humans have mastered the art of refracting light by shaping glass into lenses, then bending or combining those lenses to amplify and clarify images either close-up and far-off. But in the last decade or so, a…
Second Rehearsal Puts OSIRIS-REx on a Path to Sample Collection

Second Rehearsal Puts OSIRIS-REx on a Path to Sample Collection

Second Rehearsal Puts OSIRIS-REx on a Path to Sample Collection - NASA
NASA’s Mars rover loaded up with nuclear power ahead of next week’s launch

NASA’s Mars rover loaded up with nuclear power ahead of next week’s launch

NASA’s Perseverance rover destined for Mars next week has completed another step in preparation for launch – installation, and activation of its nuclear power source. “The #MarsPerseverance MMRTG [multi-mission radioisotope thermoelectric generator] is installed and doing well. This Red Planet dune buggy is fueled and ready to go!” wrote Tory Bruno, CEO of launch provider…
8 Thrilling Martian Postcards to Celebrate NASA Curiosity Mars Rover’s Anniversary

8 Thrilling Martian Postcards to Celebrate NASA Curiosity Mars Rover’s Anniversary

The Mast Camera, or Mastcam, on NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover used its telephoto lens to capture Mount Sharp in the morning illumination on Oct. 13, 2019, the 2,555th Martian day, or sol, of the mission. The panorama is composed of 44 individual images stitched together. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS The NASA rover touched down eight years ago,…
Scientists solve puzzle surrounding reptile with neck half of its entire length which lived about 242…

Scientists solve puzzle surrounding reptile with neck half of its entire length which lived...

Home / It's Viral / Scientists solve puzzle surrounding reptile with neck half of its entire length which lived about 242 million years ago A reptile species, which lived during the Middle Triassic period about 242 million years ago, named Tanystropheus with a really long neck has been puzzling scientists ever since a fossil was…
Asteroid 2020: 2018VP1 headed toward Earth on November 2, just before Election Day, NASA says -TV

Asteroid 2020: 2018VP1 headed toward Earth on November 2, just before Election Day, NASA...

Well, 2020 keeps getting better all the time.Amid a pandemic, civil unrest and a divisive US election season, we now have an asteroid zooming toward us.On the day before the presidential vote, no less.Yep. The celestial object known as 2018VP1 is projected to come close to Earth on November 2, according to the Center for…
‘Mummified’ plants give glimpse of Earth’s future

‘Mummified’ plants give glimpse of Earth’s future

Image copyright Jennifer Bannister / Uni Otago Image caption A 23-million-year-old leaf: still visible are veins, holes gnawed by insects and scar tissue Fossil leaves from the remains of a 23 million-year-old forest suggest some plants may adapt to grow more quickly as CO2 levels rise, a study says.Scientists recovered the very well-preserved leaves from…
Researchers Discover Unexpected Magma Systems Lurking Beneath ‘Boring’ Volcanoes

Researchers Discover Unexpected Magma Systems Lurking Beneath ‘Boring’ Volcanoes

Not all volcanoes are suddenly explosive. Some spew steady rivers of gloppy, slow-moving lava for millennia on end, like those in the Hawaiian or Galápagos islands.These are what volcanologist Michael Stock from Trinity College Dublin in Ireland calls the 'boring' volcanoes – yet underneath their monotonous exterior, lurks a bombshell that Stock and his colleagues have…
Sleeping microbes wake up after 100 million years buried under the seafloor

Sleeping microbes wake up after 100 million years buried under the seafloor

Home News A magnified image shows the revived microbes. (Image: © JAMSTEC) Microbes found themselves buried in the dirt 101.5 million years ago, back before even Tyrannosaurus rex when Earth’s biggest meat-eating dinosaur, called Spinosaurus roamed the planet. Time passed, continents shifted, oceans rose and fell, great apes emerged, and eventually human beings evolved with…
New Research Is Rewriting The Very Timeline of How Earth Was Born

New Research Is Rewriting The Very Timeline of How Earth Was Born

In the very early days of the Solar System, baby Earth may have taken a much shorter time to form than we previously thought.According to an analysis in February 2020, there's evidence that most of Earth took just 5 million years to come together - several times shorter than current models suggest. This revision is…
The 2020 Perseid meteor shower peaks soon: How to watch the show

The 2020 Perseid meteor shower peaks soon: How to watch the show

Some 2019 Perseids, as seen from Macedonia. Spaceweather.com/Stojan Stojanovski It's early August, and that means the annual Perseid meteor shower is active and about ready to peak. The Perseids are one of the best, brightest batches of shooting stars, and it feels like we could use them now more than ever to add a little wonder…
Planetary Perfection: Scientists Find Best Place On Earth To See Stars

Planetary Perfection: Scientists Find Best Place On Earth To See Stars

SYDNEY, Australia — When you look up at the night sky, which constellations can you make out? Can you spot the Big Dipper? Do you see Orion’s Belt? Counting stars is pretty difficult in areas with lots of light, like major cities. A study says even in the clearest skies, you’re still seeing turbulence in the…
Scientists to Explore a Deep Blue Hole Off Florida

Scientists to Explore a Deep Blue Hole Off Florida

(Newser) – Scientists are on the hunt for undiscovered phenomenon inside a 425-foot-deep "blue hole" off the Florida coast. Little is known about such holes, which are similar to sink holes on land and are "scattered across Florida's Gulf continental shelf" but very difficult to access, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. What…
Astronaut spots California wildfires from space, sends ‘thoughts and prayers’ to victims

Astronaut spots California wildfires from space, sends ‘thoughts and prayers’ to victims

Home News In an image NASA astronaut Chris Cassidy shared on Aug. 21, 2020, smoke billows above California, which is fighting more than 360 fires. (Image: © NASA) California is on fire, with more than 360 individual blazes scorching across the state.Unsurprisingly, the effects are visible from space, as NASA astronaut Chris Cassidy shared images…
Rainbow meteorite discovered in Costa Rica may hold building blocks of life

Rainbow meteorite discovered in Costa Rica may hold building blocks of life

Home News A cross section of a small Aguas Zarcas fragment shows colorful clays that might include complex organic compounds. (Image: © Laurence Garvie/Center for Meteorite Studies/Arizona State University) A small, soft space rock smacked into Costa Rica on April 23, 2019. And it may have carried building blocks for life.The washing machine-sized clay fireball…
Heavy atom spills its guts in decade-long experiment

Heavy atom spills its guts in decade-long experiment

Home News Equipment at the ISOLDE proton-blasting laboratory where astatine was isolated and studied. ISOLDE is part of CERN, the European particle physics research collaboration. (Image: © ISOLDE/CERN) Wielding proton beams and lasers, physicists have for the first time unlocked one of the key secrets of the rarest naturally occurring element on Earth: astatine.Astatine is…
DNA Study Reveals We Have a Mystery Human Ancestor

DNA Study Reveals We Have a Mystery Human Ancestor

A new method for analyzing modern and archaic human DNA has thrown up some fascinating results. It appears that modern humans ( Homo Sapiens ) mated earlier and more frequently with an archaic human ancestor, a species of extinct hominins. Moreover, they have found evidence the DNA of this mysterious archaic human ancestor is still…
Rocket Report: Astra sets launch date, SpaceX reaches a record valuation

Rocket Report: Astra sets launch date, SpaceX reaches a record valuation

Enlarge / A rendering of Isar Aerospace's proposed Spectrum rocket.Welcome to Edition 3.09 of the Rocket Report! This week two missions, built by the UAE and China, launched successfully toward Mars. Last but not least for this year's Martian launch window comes NASA with Mars Perseverance, which remains on track for a July 30 launch…
Happy anniversary, Curiosity! NASA rover marks 8 years on Mars

Happy anniversary, Curiosity! NASA rover marks 8 years on Mars

Home News Science & Astronomy A self-portrait of NASA's Curiosity Mars rover taken on June 15, 2018. A Martian dust storm had reduced sunlight and visibility at the rover's location in Gale Crater at the time. (Image: © NASA/JPL-Caltech) NASA would be thrilled if its newly launched Mars rover ended up matching its predecessor's longevity.The…
China launches ambitious unmanned Mars mission

China launches ambitious unmanned Mars mission

A powerful Long March 5 rocket blasted off Thursday carrying a Chinese orbiter, lander and rover on a seven-month voyage to Mars, the second of three high-stakes missions to the red planet and one that, if successful, will put China on the front lines of interplanetary exploration. China did not announce the launch date or…
Aurora, Meet Airglow: Two of Earth’s Most Colorful Atmospheric Phenomena Meet in Stunning Photo From Space Station

Aurora, Meet Airglow: Two of Earth’s Most Colorful Atmospheric Phenomena Meet in Stunning Photo...

March 16, 2020 Two of Earth’s most colorful upper atmospheric phenomena, aurora and airglow, met just before dawn in this photo shot by an astronaut on the International Space Station (ISS). Wavy green, red-topped wisps of aurora borealis appear to intersect the muted red-yellow band of airglow as the ISS passed just south of the…
SpaceX Starlink launch mission is a go for Tuesday morning

SpaceX Starlink launch mission is a go for Tuesday morning

SpaceX is scheduled to launch its 11th group of Starlink satellites on Tuesday morning. As of today, the weather has been ruled a go for launch with the weather cooperating. Currently, the launch is forecast at 70% for go according to the US Air Force. The weather could change that as there are some fears…
Mind-controlling fungus makes zombie cicadas lure other cicadas to a zombie fate

Mind-controlling fungus makes zombie cicadas lure other cicadas to a zombie fate

Home News Male cicadas infected by a particularly gruesome parasitic fungus become zombies with an undercover mission: They broadcast a female's sexy come-hither message to other male cicadas, luring their unsuspecting victims to join the zombie cicada horde.Researchers recently discovered this unusual twist to the cicada's already horrific zombification story. As the parasitic fungus called…
Quantum researchers create an error-correcting cat

Quantum researchers create an error-correcting cat

Credit: Pixabay/CC0 Public Domain Yale physicists have developed an error-correcting cat—a new device that combines the Schrödinger's cat concept of superposition (a physical system existing in two states at once) with the ability to fix some of the trickiest errors in a quantum computation. It is Yale's latest breakthrough in the effort to master and…
SpaceX and NASA plan to launch first full length astronaut mission in late October

SpaceX and NASA plan to launch first full length astronaut mission in late October

NASA's SpaceX Crew-1 crew members seated in the company's Crew Dragon spacecraft during training. From left to right: NASA astronauts Shannon Walker, Victor Oliver and Mike Hopkins, and JAXA astronaut Soichi Noguchi.SpaceXNASA and SpaceX plan to launch the company's first full mission with astronauts no earlier than Oct. 23, the agency announced on Friday.Known as…
Scientists are about to explore a mysterious ‘blue hole’ in the ocean

Scientists are about to explore a mysterious ‘blue hole’ in the ocean

Researchers are setting out to explore one of the ocean’s greatest mysteries: A type of sinkhole in the ocean floor known as a “blue hole.” Blue holes are huge caverns beneath the seafloor that are carved out by some unknown force, though scientists believe there may be freshwater springs within them. The expedition is being…
A Crispr Calf Is Born. It’s Definitely a Boy

A Crispr Calf Is Born. It’s Definitely a Boy

The calf was late. His due date, March 30, had come and gone. At first, Alison Van Eenennaam chalked it up to male calves tending to arrive a day or two on the tardy side. As the week wore on, the animal geneticist reminded herself that gene-edited embryos—like the one that had been growing inside…
The eerie green ‘nightglow’ of Mars pulses in ultraviolet light in new NASA views

The eerie green ‘nightglow’ of Mars pulses in ultraviolet light in new NASA views

Home News Science & Astronomy New images of green, pulsing ultraviolet flashes of Mars' "nightglow" are illuminating circulation patterns in the Martian atmosphere.NASA's Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution mission (MAVEN for short), has been studying Mars since it launched to orbit and study the Red Planet in 2013. Now, new images from MAVEN have revealed…
How To Photograph Comet NEOWISE, Our Most Spectacular Comet For 23 Years

How To Photograph Comet NEOWISE, Our Most Spectacular Comet For 23 Years

Comet Neowise streaks over the ancient stone circle and lone silhouette figure in Wiltshire, UK A ... [+] very rare astronomical event - a spectacular sight streaking across the skies over the UK and around the world. Comet Neowise - officially called C/2020 F3 – first appeared towards the end of March. Getty What’s got…
New Atomtronic Device to Probe Weird Boundary Between Quantum and Everyday Worlds

New Atomtronic Device to Probe Weird Boundary Between Quantum and Everyday Worlds

Clouds of supercooled atoms offer highly sensitive rotation sensors and tests of quantum mechanics. A new device that relies on flowing clouds of ultracold atoms promises potential tests of the intersection between the weirdness of the quantum world and the familiarity of the macroscopic world we experience every day. The atomtronic Superconducting QUantum Interference Device…
Steps toward room-temperature superconductivity

Steps toward room-temperature superconductivity

Layers of molybdenum carbide and molybdenum sulfide allow superconductivity at 50 percent higher temperatures. Credit: Elizabeth Flores-Gomez Murray/ Penn State The possibility of achieving room temperature superconductivity took a tiny step forward with a recent discovery by a team of Penn State physicists and materials scientists. The surprising discovery involved layering a two-dimensional material called…
Watch SpaceX boat catch falling payload fairing in giant net (video)

Watch SpaceX boat catch falling payload fairing in giant net (video)

Home News SpaceX just plucked another payload fairing out of the sky, and you can see video of the dramatic cosmic catch.The net-equipped SpaceX boat GO Ms. Tree snagged half of a falling payload fairing Tuesday (Aug. 18), shortly after a two-stage Falcon 9 rocket launched 58 Starlink internet satellites and three Earth-observation spacecraft into…
Ultra-black nightmare fish reveal secrets of deep-ocean camouflage

Ultra-black nightmare fish reveal secrets of deep-ocean camouflage

A deep-sea dragonfish has ultra-black skin capable of absorbing bioluminescent light. It also has great teeth. Karen Osborn, Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History Goths know black is cool. Some scary-looking fish swimming the ocean depths know it too. Researchers are unlocking the deep, dark secrets of blacker-than-black fish that have developed special skin characteristics…
‘Potentially hazardous’ asteroid to zoom past Earth today

‘Potentially hazardous’ asteroid to zoom past Earth today

The asteroid name 2020 ND is bigger than the London Eye and would zoom past Earth on July 24th DH Web Desk, Jul 24 2020, 16:14 istupdated: Jul 24 2020, 16:49 istThe National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has sent out a warning about a “potentially hazardous” asteroid that would cross by planet Earth today. The asteroid,…
U.S. Probes Former NASA Official’s Contacts With Boeing Executive on Lunar Contracts

U.S. Probes Former NASA Official’s Contacts With Boeing Executive on Lunar Contracts

Federal prosecutors have opened a criminal probe into whether a senior NASA official improperly told a high-ranking Boeing Co. executive about the status of a lunar-lander contract, spurring the company to revise its bid, according to people familiar with the investigation. The grand-jury investigation, which hasn’t been previously reported, is being led by the U.S.…
This Is the Best Spot on Earth for Stargazing—If You Can Handle It

This Is the Best Spot on Earth for Stargazing—If You Can Handle It

A differential image motion monitor, which the scientists used to observe potential turbulence in the Antarctic skies. Image: Zhaohui ShangGood news, everyone! Astronomers have pinpointed the best location on Earth for studying the stars. But if you’re an amateur astronomer hoping to take advantage of this astronomical sweet spot, you’ll have to bundle up, as…
Ultra-black fish discovered in depths of ocean, new study says

Ultra-black fish discovered in depths of ocean, new study says

In the dark depths of the ocean, where camouflage can be lifesaving, scientists have discovered the blackest fish ever documented.Researchers have found 16 species of so-called ultra-black fish, which by definition absorb more than 99.5 percent of light, making them mere shadows as they swim, scientists wrote in a study published Thursday in the journal Current Biology,…
Astrophysicists unveil biggest-ever 3D map of Universe

Astrophysicists unveil biggest-ever 3D map of Universe

Geneva (AFP) Astrophysicists on Monday published the largest-ever 3D map of the Universe, the result of an analysis of more than four million galaxies and ultra-bright, energy-packed quasars.The efforts of hundreds of scientists from around 30 institutions worldwide have yielded a "complete story of the expansion of the universe", said Will Percival of the University…
Asteroid flyby: How Earth’s gravity changed record-breaking space rock’s path forever

Asteroid flyby: How Earth’s gravity changed record-breaking space rock’s path forever

Home News Science & Astronomy The circled streak in the center of this image is asteroid 2020 QG, which came closer to Earth than any other non-impacting asteroid on record. It was detected by the Zwicky Transient Facility on Sunday (Aug. 16), six hours after its closest approach, which took place that day at 12:08…
Low-wage workers in SoCal face retaliation for demanding COVID-19 safety measures at work

Low-wage workers in SoCal face retaliation for demanding COVID-19 safety measures at work

by: Los Angeles Times Posted: Aug 15, 2020 / 09:25 AM PDT / Updated: Aug 15, 2020 / 09:27 AM PDT Lizzet Aguilar said that after she participated in a strike in June 2020 at a McDonald’s location in Boyle Heights over unsafe working conditions, a supervisor retaliated against her by making her job more…
The Anglerfish Deleted Its Immune System to Fuse With Its Mate

The Anglerfish Deleted Its Immune System to Fuse With Its Mate

There are few animals more bizarre than the anglerfish, a species that has so much trouble finding a mate that when the male and female do connect underwater, males actually fuse their tissue with the females for life. After the merger, the two share a single respiratory and digestive system.Now scientists have discovered that the…
The reason we’re shooting laser beams between Earth and the moon

The reason we’re shooting laser beams between Earth and the moon

The reason we're shooting laser beams between Earth and the moon - CNN
SpaceX launches and lands prototype of its Mars rocket Starship in key short flight test

SpaceX launches and lands prototype of its Mars rocket Starship in key short flight...

SpaceX's prototype Starship launches in a short first flight test at the company's facility in Boca Chica, Texas.SpaceXThe fifth prototype of SpaceX's next-generation Starship rocket passed its most critical test yet, taking off and landing in a short flight on Tuesday at the company's facility in Texas.Starship prototype Serial Number 5, standing at about 100…
Scientists Just Discovered Another Trick Bacteria Use to Avoid The Immune System

Scientists Just Discovered Another Trick Bacteria Use to Avoid The Immune System

(4X-image / E+ / Getty Images) For their own self-preservation, infectious bacteria often try their best to stay out of the way of the immune system in our bodies – and scientists have found a surreptitious and previously undiscovered way that they do this. What happens is that the bacteria release toxins to disarm the…
SpaceX building almost 1500 Starlink satellites per year

SpaceX building almost 1500 Starlink satellites per year

SpaceX has revealed a few key details about its burgeoning Starlink satellite internet constellation in a recent regulatory presentation, touching on overall investment, user terminal development, and its spacecraft manufacturing capabilities. Already the single largest satellite constellation in the world by a factor of three or more, Starlink is more than 500 operational satellites strong…
Transparent solar panels for windows hit record 8% efficiency

Transparent solar panels for windows hit record 8% efficiency

Credit: Unsplash/CC0 Public Domain In a step closer to skyscrapers that serve as power sources, a team led by University of Michigan researchers has set a new efficiency record for color-neutral, transparent solar cells. The team achieved 8.1% efficiency and 43.3% transparency with an organic, or carbon-based, design rather than conventional silicon. While the cells…
Student Rover Explores The Backyard In Tribute

Student Rover Explores The Backyard In Tribute

Three students were a little sad when NASA’s Opportunity rover went silent after 15 years on the Martian surface. So they decided to build their own rover inspired by Opportunity to roam their backyards using an off-the-shelf robot chassis, a Raspberry Pi, and the usual list of parts like motors, H-bridges, and batteries. Like the…
NASA shows off Mars spacecraft’s wildest images from across 15 years

NASA shows off Mars spacecraft’s wildest images from across 15 years

This false-color image shows rippling wind-blown dunes on Mars in 2009. NASA/JPL-Caltech/University of Arizona This story is part of Welcome to Mars, our series exploring the red planet. NASA's Mars rovers might be glamorous attention-getters, but they have a quieter sibling in the martian skies. The Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) left Earth 15 years ago on…
Perseids meteor shower: Best days to view weather-wise, and what to expect

Perseids meteor shower: Best days to view weather-wise, and what to expect

The sky show of the summer is about to dart and hopefully flash across Michigan’s sky. Here’s what to expect this coming week.The peak of the Perseids meteor shower is expected on the night of August 11 and the early morning of August 12, according Todd Slisher at Flint’s Longway Planetarium. But you can see…
Human-linked Earth vibrations dropped 50% during Covid-19 lockdown | Earth

Human-linked Earth vibrations dropped 50% during Covid-19 lockdown | Earth

Between March and May 2020, many people across Earth went into lockdown. During those months, seismographs recorded a drop in human-linked vibrations in the solid Earth, by an average of 50%. You can see the human signal fall away as the world goes into lockdown. The first clip shows the ‘wave’ of noise dampening as…
Russian cosmonaut Ivan Vagner captures video of “space guests”

Russian cosmonaut Ivan Vagner captures video of “space guests”

One of the crew members currently aboard the International Space Station is Russian cosmonaut Ivan Vagner. Recently he was capturing video of the Earth from the International Space Station. What he intended to capture in his timelapse video was the beautiful auroras that you can see from the station. However, he also captured something else…
Don’t miss Comet NEOWISE in the evening sky now. It won’t be back for 6,800 years.

Don’t miss Comet NEOWISE in the evening sky now. It won’t be back for...

Home News Skywatching An amazing comet that thrilled early-morning stargazers earlier this month is now visible in the evening sky, and it's a sight you won't want to miss. After all, this comet won't be back for 6,800 years, NASA says. Comet NEOWISE can now be seen just after sunset for observers in the Northern Hemisphere,…
NASA’s inspector general raises questions with cost management of Orion spacecraft

NASA’s inspector general raises questions with cost management of Orion spacecraft

Home News Spaceflight An artist's illustration of NASA's Orion crew capsule heading to the moon. (Image: © NASA) NASA's Office of Inspector General (OIG) released a report yesterday (July 16) scrutinizing the management of the agency's Orion Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle Program.Among the findings, the OIG determined that Orion — the next-gen capsule that will carry NASA…
Human immune systems could struggle to fight off ‘alien’ bacteria and viruses from other planets

Human immune systems could struggle to fight off ‘alien’ bacteria and viruses from other...

Discovery of pulsarsBritish astronomer Dame Jocelyn Bell Burnell was the first person to discover a pulsar in 1967 when she spotted a radio pulsar.Since then other types of pulsars that emit x-rays and gamma rays have also been spotted.Pulsars are essentially rotating, highly magnatised neutron stars but when they were first discovered it was believed…
How SpaceX won the race against Boeing to send NASA astronauts to space

How SpaceX won the race against Boeing to send NASA astronauts to space

When NASA started the Commercial Crew Program in 2010, the goal was to get private-sector companies to produce the most cost-effective, innovative and safe way to get astronauts to the International Space Station. The program was structured as a multi-tiered competition, with companies bidding for NASA contracts to build the space transportation systems under specific parameters…
SpaceX Breakthrough as Mars ‘Starship’ Prototype Rocket Aces Successful Test Flight

SpaceX Breakthrough as Mars ‘Starship’ Prototype Rocket Aces Successful Test Flight

SpaceX on Tuesday successfully completed a flight of less than a minute of the largest prototype ever tested of the future rocket Starship, which the company hopes to use one day to colonize Mars. "Mars is looking real," SpaceX founder Elon Musk tweeted in response to a fan.The current Starship prototype is fairly crude: it's…
A ‘Devonian’ aquarium: Modern mutant fishes replicate creatures of ancient oceans

A ‘Devonian’ aquarium: Modern mutant fishes replicate creatures of ancient oceans

Skeleton of a mutant (top) and normal zebrafish, showing the structural differences with the jaw. Credit: Tetsuto Miyashita Zebrafish are a common aquarium species, of value to hobbyists and scientists alike. Researchers have now engineered an unusual change in them that has echoes of Jurassic Park—but looks alone are deceiving. A research team studying jaw…
A Meta-Theory of Physics Could Explain Life, the Universe, Computation, and More

A Meta-Theory of Physics Could Explain Life, the Universe, Computation, and More

You may think of physics as a way to explain the behaviors of things like black holes, colliding particles, falling apples, and quantum computers. But a small group physicists today is working on a theory that doesn’t just study individual phenomena; it’s an entirely new way to describe the universe itself. This theory might solve…
You can see Comet NEOWISE this month. Here’s what we know about it

You can see Comet NEOWISE this month. Here’s what we know about it

You can see Comet NEOWISE this month. Here's what we know about it - CNN
Greenland’s ice sheet has melted to a point of no return, according to new study

Greenland’s ice sheet has melted to a point of no return, according to new...

Greenland's ice sheet has melted to a point of no return, according to new study - CNN
NASA is almost ready to touch down on asteroid Bennu and grab a sample

NASA is almost ready to touch down on asteroid Bennu and grab a sample

NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft has been investigating asteroid Bennu since it arrived there in 2018, sharing pictures of the distant body. But the craft didn’t just travel there to snap photos — it will also touch down onto the surface of the asteroid and take a sample to be returned to Earth. This week, OSIRIS-REx performed…
NASA Announces Astronauts to Fly on SpaceX Crew-2 Mission

NASA Announces Astronauts to Fly on SpaceX Crew-2 Mission

NASA Announces Astronauts to Fly on SpaceX Crew-2 Mission - NASA
Nasa SpaceX mission: How we got to this point

Nasa SpaceX mission: How we got to this point

Image copyright SpaceX Elon Musk's SpaceX is flying people to the International Space Station (ISS) using the Crew Dragon vehicle. But why is a private company carrying astronauts to space and back for Nasa?To understand the background to the historic first mission to the ISS with the Crew Dragon, we need to go back almost…
NASA chief says he’s “very confident” in a 2021 launch date for SLS, but…

NASA chief says he’s “very confident” in a 2021 launch date for SLS, but…

SLS slips — The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic is flaring up around several NASA centers. Eric Berger - Jul 17, 2020 10:20 pm UTC Four reusable RS-25 engines will power NASA's SLS rocket as it ascends into space, and then they'll be discarded.NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine said Friday he is "very confident" in a potential November…
Small asteroid becomes closest ever seen passing Earth: NASA

Small asteroid becomes closest ever seen passing Earth: NASA

An asteroid the size of an SUV passed 1,830 miles (2,950 kilometers) above Earth, the closest asteroid ever observed passing by our planet, NASA said Tuesday.If it had been on a collision course with Earth, the asteroid -- named 2020 QG -- would likely not have caused any damage, instead disintegrating in the atmosphere, creating…
Primate voice boxes are evolving at rapid pace

Primate voice boxes are evolving at rapid pace

3D image of a gorilla larynx. Credit: Copyright Dr Jacob Dunn, Anglia Ruskin University (ARU) Scientists have discovered that the larynx, or voice box, of primates is significantly larger relative to body size, has greater variation, and is under faster rates of evolution than in other mammals. Published in the journal PLOS Biology and led…
“Our Solar System May Be Unusual”: Rogue Planets Unveiled With NASA’s Roman Space Telescope

“Our Solar System May Be Unusual”: Rogue Planets Unveiled With NASA’s Roman Space Telescope

High-resolution illustration of the Roman spacecraft against a starry background. Credit: NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center New simulations show that NASA’s Nancy Grace Roman Space Telescope will be able to reveal myriad rogue planets – freely floating bodies that drift through our galaxy untethered to a star. Studying these island worlds will help us understand…
If you’ve never gazed upon the bald butt of a baby tarantula, now’s your chance

If you’ve never gazed upon the bald butt of a baby tarantula, now’s your...

Home News The bald bum of LIl' Kim, an adopted Brazilian whiteknee tarantula (Image: © courtesy Gwen Pearson) Tarantulas, like all things hairy, sometimes go bald. And for the Brazilian whiteknee tarantula (Acanthoscurria geniculata), baldness starts with the butt.On Thursday (Aug. 6), entomologist Gwen Pearson tweeted a photo of what that looks like. Pearson and…
‘Sturgeon Moon’ Shines Above the Skies of Tehran

‘Sturgeon Moon’ Shines Above the Skies of Tehran

https://cdn1.img.sputniknews.com/img/07e4/08/03/1080044802_0:167:3072:1895_1200x675_80_0_0_b883b7e3eb1300d2c940f2c0cf653038.jpgSputnik Internationalhttps://cdn2.img.sputniknews.com/i/logo.pngSputnikhttps://cdn2.img.sputniknews.com/i/logo.pnghttps://sputniknews.com/middleeast/202008031080044756-sturgeon-moon-shines-above-the-skies-of-tehran/The August Full Moon is often called the Sturgeon Moon due to the great number of huge freshwater fish that could once be found in rivers and lakes in Northern America and Europe.A live broadcast video shows a bird's-eye view of the Iranian capital city with an extraordinary look at an eclipsed "Sturgeon Moon".…
A stowaway helicopter on NASA’s Mars rover will attempt the first flight on another world

A stowaway helicopter on NASA’s Mars rover will attempt the first flight on another...

When NASA’s latest Mars rover, Perseverance, launches this week, the robot will have a tiny stowaway on board: a small box-shaped helicopter. If the copter manages to successfully hover above the Martian terrain, it’ll be the first time that a human-made vehicle has ever flown on another world — and it could open up a…
Frog Eats Beetle. Beetle Crawls Through Guts to Escape

Frog Eats Beetle. Beetle Crawls Through Guts to Escape

The nice thing about being a frog is that you don’t have to chew your food—just gulp, and down the hatch. The problematic thing about being a frog is that you don’t have to chew your food, which means that if you’ve happened to nab the aquatic beetle Regimbartia attenuata, your food might come out…
Six reasons for optimism about COVID-19

Six reasons for optimism about COVID-19

Therapeutic treatments (in addition to what we already have for the most sick patients) will arrive before vaccines. When someone contracts the novel coronavirus, his or her body’s immune system launches a defense, including producing antibodies that circulate in the blood to help identify infectious invaders. These circulating antibodies offer some protection against future infection…
SpaceX’s next astronaut launch for NASA now targeted for late September

SpaceX’s next astronaut launch for NASA now targeted for late September

Home News Spaceflight The four astronauts that will fly on SpaceX's Crew-1 mission to the International Space Station train for their spaceflight inside a Crew Dragon mockup. (Image: © SpaceX) SpaceX's next crewed mission won't launch next month after all.Crew-1, which will send four astronauts to the International Space Station (ISS) aboard a SpaceX Crew…
NASA drops “insensitive” nicknames for cosmic objects

NASA drops “insensitive” nicknames for cosmic objects

NASA is joining the ever-growing list of organizations and companies reexamining its naming system, removing names that are "insensitive" and "harmful" from its vocabulary. Aunt Jemima, The Chicks, Lady A, Mrs. Butterworth's, the Washington Football Team — and now, celestial objects — are all undergoing a rebrand.  "Eskimo Nebula" and "Siamese Twins Galaxy" are just…
Astronomers capture close-up images of breathtaking SPACE BUTTERFLY

Astronomers capture close-up images of breathtaking SPACE BUTTERFLY

Newly taken pictures show an interstellar phenomenon fluttering its ethereal wings in stunning detail. The spectacular display comes from a highly symmetrical gas nebula known as NGC 2899. The image was captured as part of the European Southern Observatory's (ESO) Cosmic Gems program, for the purposes of education and public outreach.Peering into deep space through…
Ariane 5 rocket launches robotic space tug into orbit alongside 2 communications satellites

Ariane 5 rocket launches robotic space tug into orbit alongside 2 communications satellites

Home News Spaceflight A new space tug, only the second-ever to extend the life of older satellites, launched into orbit Saturday on a European rocket after weeks of delays due to weather and rocket checks. An Arianespace Ariane 5 rocket hefted the Mission Extension Vehicle-2 (MEV-2) into space Sunday (July 31), putting the vehicle en route…
Three easy steps to finding the Neowise Comet

Three easy steps to finding the Neowise Comet

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Multiple star explosions may have contributed to a mass extinction on Earth

Multiple star explosions may have contributed to a mass extinction on Earth

(CNN)Simultaneous explosions of stars, called supernovae, may have led to one of Earth's mass extinctions 359 million years ago, according to new research. Several global extinction events occurred…
Are the Earth’s magnetic poles about to swap places?

Are the Earth’s magnetic poles about to swap places?

Earth’s previous polar reversal happened 780,000 years ago. Are we facing another one soon? Hear from the authors of a new study, on a strange anomaly that might be a clue. Earth’s magnetic field extends from the Earth’s interior out into space, surrounding our planet like an invisible force field , protecting life from harmful…
China moves rocket into place for upcoming Mars mission

China moves rocket into place for upcoming Mars mission

BEIJING (AP) — China has moved a rocket into position to launch a rover to Mars in one of three upcoming missions to the red planet, one from the U.S. and another by the United Arab Emirates.The Long March-5 carrier rocket is China’s heaviest-lift launch vehicle and has been used experimentally three times, but never…
Starship SN5 survives Hanna, waits for Static Fire test

Starship SN5 survives Hanna, waits for Static Fire test

Starship SN5 is aiming to succeed were its predecessors have failed by passing all the required testing required for the 150 meter hop. While Starhopper still holds the claim for being the only vehicle to take flight at Boca Chica, SN5 will be the first Starship prototype to take to the air, at least in…
Science Confirms Plato’s Theory: Earth Is Made of Cubes

Science Confirms Plato’s Theory: Earth Is Made of Cubes

Photo credit: Print Collector / Contributor / GettyFrom Popular MechanicsA new analysis suggests rocks are likely to break into their Plato-assigned shape: cubes.The Platonic solids are 3D shapes that Plato also gave a "classical element" value.Participating scholar Gábor Domokos discovered the first real "self-righting" gömböc.New research shows a Platonic ideal may be true after all:…
Saturn-Sized Exoplanet Discovered by the Gravitational “Wobble” in the Small, Cool Star It Orbits

Saturn-Sized Exoplanet Discovered by the Gravitational “Wobble” in the Small, Cool Star It Orbits

Illustration shows how the star’s motion around the center of mass between it and the planet causes a “wobble” in its motion through space. The VLBA’s ability to detect this minuscule effect revealed the presence of the planet. Credit: Bill Saxton, NRAO/AUI/NSF Using the supersharp radio “vision” of the National Science Foundation’s continent-wide Very Long…
COVID-19 gave the planet a break. Now’s the time to keep up the momentum

COVID-19 gave the planet a break. Now’s the time to keep up the momentum

You've seen the tweets or witnessed the changes firsthand. With COVID-19 lockdowns in place, skies over cities around the world were bluer. The notoriously dirty air in New Delhi was cleaner, and the canals in Venice were so clear you could see the marine life swimming through them. The catchphrase "The Earth is healing, we are…
Low-Cost Second-Generation Ethanol Production Powered by Genetically Engineered Enzyme Cocktail

Low-Cost Second-Generation Ethanol Production Powered by Genetically Engineered Enzyme Cocktail

Trichoderma reesei fungus RUT-C30 strain, which was engineered to produce high-yield enzymes. Credit: LNBR-CNPEM Brazilian researchers used genetic engineering to develop a low-cost platform for the production of enzymes that break down sugarcane trash and bagasse for conversion into biofuel. The novel molecules have many potential industrial applications. Researchers at the Brazilian Center for Research…
SpaceX scraps Florida Starship Mk2 prototype

SpaceX scraps Florida Starship Mk2 prototype

SpaceX has scrapped the lone Starship prototype built in Florida in 2019, surprising very few. Beginning a few months after work began on Starship Mk1 at SpaceX’s South Texas production facilities, a separate team in Cocoa, Florida was tasked with building a similar Starship Mk2 prototype. Not much is known about Mk2 relative to its…
Dinosaur Diagnosed With Malignant Cancer for the First Time – Cancerous Bone From 77 Million Years Ago

Dinosaur Diagnosed With Malignant Cancer for the First Time – Cancerous Bone From 77...

The main tumor mass is at the top of the bone, and can be seen on the 3D reconstruction in yellow; red gray is the normal bone and red denotes the medullary cavity. Credit: Centrosaurus diagram by Danielle Dufault. Courtesy of Royal Ontario Museum. © Royal Ontario Museum/McMaster University Royal Ontario Museum and McMaster University…
100 million-year-old sea microbes are alive and thriving, study finds

100 million-year-old sea microbes are alive and thriving, study finds

100 million-year-old sea microbes are alive and thriving, study finds - CNN
First image of 2 exoplanets orbiting a sun-like star captured by scientists

First image of 2 exoplanets orbiting a sun-like star captured by scientists

First image of 2 exoplanets orbiting a sun-like star captured by scientists - CNN
Dwarf planet Ceres is an ocean world with salty water under the surface, NASA mission finds

Dwarf planet Ceres is an ocean world with salty water under the surface, NASA...

Dwarf planet Ceres is an ocean world with salty water under the surface, NASA mission finds - CNN
Latest SpaceX Starlink satellite launch sets another flight record

Latest SpaceX Starlink satellite launch sets another flight record

The booster flown Tuesday had been used five times before. SpaceX SpaceX sent another batch of Starlink broadband satellites on their way to orbit from Florida on Tuesday, along with a few Earth-observing metal birds, and made history once again in the process.The Falcon 9 booster that Elon Musk's space company used for the ride share…

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