But this is what we want to know now, because astronaut Peggy Whitson just broke the record for spending the longest time in space, and you know what called to congratulate her and discuss the future of interest plplanetary travel. Take a look. Tell me, what do you think is the actual time to send humans to Mars? I think it will approximately be during the 2030s. We want to do it during my first term or at worst during my second term so we'll have to speed that up a little bit, okay? Is he going to go? Bye. Did you just wave bye? Bye-bye to him. They would just send him back. Yeah, they'll send him back. They'll be like, don't send that up in here. We don't want that up in here either. It's like
The UN's environment chief is confident that the United States will not pull out of the Paris climate deal and expects a decision from Washington next month. Erik Solheim told AFP in an interview on Monday that even if the United States withdraws, China and the European Union will step in and take the lead to implement the global agreement on reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
A startling new report asserts that the first known Americans arrived much, much earlier than scientists thought — more than 100,000 years ago. And maybe they were Neanderthals. If true, the finding would far surpass the widely accepted date of about 15,000 years ago. Researchers say a site in Southern California shows evidence of human-like behavior from about 130,000 years ago, when bones and teeth of an elephant-like mastodon were evidently smashed with rocks. With an age that old, the bone-smashers were not necessarily members of our own species. The researchers speculate they could instead have been some species known only from fossils in Europe, Africa and Asia, like Neanderthals. No remains
A white oak tree that has watched over a New Jersey community and a church for hundreds of years began its final bow Monday as crews began its removal and residents fondly remembered the go-to spot for formal photos, landmark for driving directions and the remarkable piece of natural history. Crews at the Basking Ridge Presbyterian Church in Bernards began taking down the 600-year-old tree that was declared dead after it began showing rot and weakness during the last couple of years.
Languages are constantly evolving, and many have come and gone during the course of human history. “The revered Icelandic language, seen by many as a source of identity and pride, is being undermined by the widespread use of English, both for mass tourism and in the voice-controlled artificial intelligence devices coming into vogue,” the AP said. Iceland is in danger of losing its language because robots cannot speak the island's tongue.
The human brain evolved to have two halves — and a new review of previous research suggests that this dual design may confer special benefits. Scientists have long known that the differnt halves of human brains perform different functions. For example, the left half — or left hemisphere — is generally responsible for language and speech, whereas the right one generally handles emotions and facial recognition . (This division of functions is real, and is separate from the popular, but wrong , notion that people who are logical or analytical are "left brained" while those who are creative or artistic are "right brained.") In the new review , published today (April 19) in the journal Neuron, researchers
If there is one thing social media teaches us today, it's not to leave naming rights up to the hive mind. Move over Boaty McBoatface — a group of aurora enthusiasts have given a newly discovered atmospheric phenomenon the name "Steve", because... well what else are we going to call a mysterious glowing light in the sky? Before you assume Steve is named after Professor Hawking or the theoretical physicist Steven Weinberg, the Facebook group Alberta Aurora Chasers were instead inspired by a scene in the animated movie "Over the Hedge", in which one of the characters gives a hedge that name to make it seem less scary. Not that there is anything terrifying about this Steve — a number of stunning images of the ribbon of flickering light in the northern hemisphere were shared on the Facebook group last year, considered by some of the members to be a proton aurora.
A new species of ant discovered in the Venezuelan Amazon has been named after Radiohead, Phys.org reports. Ana Ješovnik and Ted R. Schultz from the Smithsonian Institution’s Ant Lab recently discovered three new ant species from the genus Sericomyrmex, and named one species Sericomyrmex radioheadi.
It’s spring, and we all know what that means: UFO sightings across the country are about to spike. Written by two UFO experts—one a former aerospace analyst and the other a former librarian at the National Academy of Sciences and NASA—the new UFO Sightings Desk Reference compiles 14 years of data culled from the National UFO Reporting Center and the Mutual UFO Network, and analyzes it into more than 370 pages of charts, tables, graphs, and analysis. The resource is the first of its kind and unveils all sorts of interesting trends about close encounters in the U.S., drilling down into timing, geographical location, county—and even shape of unidentified flying objects reported. Los Angeles County alone reported about 3,200 sightings, much more than many other entire states.
U.S. astronaut Peggy Whitson is smashing records left and right. Whitson, 57, broke the record for the most cumulative time in space by an American astronaut early Monday, streaking past the 534-day record previously held by Jeff Williams. The 879-day global record, held by Russian cosmonaut Gennady Padalka, still stands.
A federal court on Tuesday removed an obstacle to the U.S. government's plan to release more endangered wolves in New Mexico over the state's objections, but it was not clear whether additional animals would be reintroduced under the Trump administration. The Denver-based 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals lifted a temporary order issued by a lower court that stopped the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service from releasing more Mexican gray wolves after New Mexico refused to agree to the plan. The state Game and Fish Department is disappointed, but it will keep pursuing the case in federal court in New Mexico, where it was originally filed, spokesman Lance Cherry said.
In Edvard Munch's famous painting, "The Scream," a figure with an agonized expression holds his face while the sky behind him is composed of colorful, wavy lines. Why is the figure screaming? It turns out, it could be due to those frightening clouds. Norwegian scientists have theorized that Munch was inspired by a sky filled with mother-of-pearl clouds — also called nacreous clouds — a rare, unforgettable phenomenon. “Mother-of-pearl clouds appear irregularly in the winter stratosphere at high northern latitudes, about 20-30 km above the surface of the Earth," said the researchers in a presentation made at the European Geosciences Union (EGU) General Assembly. "The size range of the cloud particles
Amid the highly Instagrammable sludge of a million Starbucks Unicorn Frappucinos, one true champion has emerged: a one-horned creature that was recently found in Iceland. Farmers at the Hraunkot farm in southern Iceland spotted a ram with one horn in the mountains, the Iceland Monitor reported Monday, and he has been named Einhyrningur, which translates to "unicorn." "The shepherds saw him through binoculars and had no idea what this thing was," his owner, Erla Þórey Ólafsdóttir, told the Monitor. "Thought at first it was a billy goat with this high horn. Then when they got closer they saw it to be a sheep, with such a peculiar horn. Both horns grow together like one and split at the end."
Trace Gallagher reports from Los Angeles
DENVER – Deep snow is melting into Western mountain streams, but some farmers and ranchers on the high plains are struggling amid a lengthy dry spell and the aftermath of destructive wildfires. A swath of Colorado, Kansas, Oklahoma and Texas has been in a drought or near-drought condition for six months, putting some of the winter wheat crop in doubt. The March fires burned nearly 2,100 square miles (5,400 square kilometers) in the four states. Six people died. Agriculture officials say the fires also killed more than 20,000 cattle and pigs and damaged or destroyed about $55 million worth of fences. "The first word you think of is devastating, financially," said David Clawson, a farmer and rancher
Locals accidentally uncovered an ancient Mayan artefact while clearing debris on privately-owned land in the Mexican state of Chiapas. Archaeologists of the National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH) identified the authenticity and antiquity of the artefact. The Maya civilisation emerged from the Yucatan Peninsula, in the south of what is now Mexico and parts of Belize and Guatemala.
“Cooper’s Treasure” is currently being discovered by viewers, and there’s good reason to board the sea-bottom series. The Discovery show follows the underwater expeditions of Darrell Miklos, who just might have the most valuable and unique treasure map in the world — or rather, from out of this world. Here’s the backstory: Miklos’ friend Gordon Cooper was one of NASA’s first seven astronauts in the 1950s.
Mosquitoes choose their prey — you, perhaps — based on a bunch of factors. But there's good news: Some things that might make you attractive to them can actually be changed. Scientific research has found evidence supporting several factors that encourage
WASHINGTON — In a conversation with NASA astronauts on the International Space Station April 24, President Donald Trump called for a human mission to Mars by the end of his second term in 2024, a timeframe most in the industry do not consider feasible. Trump discussed his Mars exploration aspirations in a 20-minute conversation with astronauts Peggy Whitson and Jack Fischer, currently on the station. Trump, sitting in the Oval Office at the White House, asked the astronauts about when NASA would be ready to send humans to the planet. "What do you see a timing for actually sending humans to Mars?" he asked. "Well, I think as your bill directed, it will be approximately in the 2030s," responded
The world's last male northern white rhino has joined the Tinder dating app as wildlife experts make a last-chance breeding effort to keep his species alive. The campaign called "The Most Eligible Bachelor in the World," by a Kenyan wildlife conservancy and the dating app, focuses on the rhino named Sudan. Ol Pejeta Conservancy and the app aim to raise $9 million for research into breeding methods, including in-vitro fertilization, in an effort to save the species from extinction.
As societies become wealthier, they don’t necessarily become happier. It’s called the Easterlin paradox, named for happiness economist Richard Easterlin. He observed in 2012 that people in China appeared to be experiencing the paradox. They had reported more happiness overall in 1990, before the country’s economic transition, than they did two decades later, perhaps due to a growing inequality in happiness itself—in 2010, a far smaller share of people in the lowest income group reported high life satisfaction than previously. Easterlin’s theories have been much debated (and according to some, debunked) over the decades since he first published his findings. But other studies and surveys that
That got them thinking about the environmental effects of all that light. The International Dark-Sky Association says that light pollution can disrupt wildlife, mess with humans' cicadian rhythms and increase energy consumption. A study last year found that about one-third of people around the world -- including 80% of Americans and 60% of Europeans -- can't see the Milky Way because the haze of light from street lights, buildings and other sources drowns out the starlight. The pair decided to write a book and, after raising money through Kickstarter, spent three years criss-crossing the country to tell the story of the dark skies. "By the end of it all, I think we visited about 45 of the 50
April 25 (UPI) -- A recent survey of seafood offerings from six restaurants in Washington, D.C., found a third of the offerings were mislabeled. However, the George Washington University researchers found no evidence of outright fraud. Previous studies have shown rates of mislabeling and fraud vary between 26 to 87 percent at seafood and sushi restaurants, as well grocery stores, across the United States. Scientists at GW wanted to find out how District eateries stacked up in the honesty and accuracy department. Of the 12 tested seafood samples, scientists found four were mislabeled. However, the four samples featured closely related species or acceptable substitutes for the listed fish. "Diners
Michael Bloomberg, an outspoken environmentalist and former New York City mayor, had some harsh words for carbon capture and storage, the unproven technology that proponents say will turn fossil fuels into "clean" energy sources. "Carbon capture is total bullshit" and "a figment of the imagination," Bloomberg said on Monday, addressing a crowd at the Bloomberg New Energy Finance summit in New York. Carbon capture involves taking the emissions from coal and natural gas-burning power plants and industrial facilities, then burying the carbon deep underground or repurposing it for fertilizers and chemicals.
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- NASA’s Cassini spacecraft faced one last perilous adventure around Saturn. Cassini flew past Saturn’s mega moon Titan early Saturday for a gravity-assisted, orbit-tweaking nudge. “That last kiss goodbye,” as project manager Earl Maize called it, pushed Cassini onto a path no spacecraft has gone before — into the gap between Saturn and its rings. It’s treacherous territory. A particle from the rings — even as small as a speck of sand — could cripple Cassini, given its velocity. Cassini made its first pass through the relatively narrow gap early Wednesday, NASA said. Twenty-two crossings are planned, about one a week, until September, when Cassini goes in and never comes