New images from a NASA satellite indicate that the European Space Agency's experimental Schiaparelli lander created a shallow crater on Mars when it plummeted to the surface last week. ESA lost communication with Schiaparelli shortly before the probe was supposed to touch down on Oct. 19. Two days later, pictures taken by NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter showed a black spot at the landing site — indicating that the probe crashed at speed and may have exploded. ESA said Thursday that more detailed images from the orbiter indicate that Schiaparelli dug a crater some 50 centimeters (nearly 20 inches) deep and about 2.4 meters (7.9 feet) across. It's still analyzing asymmetrical dark markings around
On current trends, that plunge in stocks of global wildlife could extend to two-thirds by 2020, an annual decline of two percent, conservation group WWF and the Zoological Society of London warned in their joint biennial Living Planet report. "This should be a wake-up call to marshal efforts to promote the recovery of these populations," said Ken Norris, director of science at the Zoological Society of London.
Before the "hearts-for-eyes" face, the praying hands and the notorious eggplant, there was the very first set of emoji — an assortment of small and now-primitive pictographs that include a green coffee mug, a blue airplane and a purple face with two carets for eyes and a tiny rectangle for a mouth. The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York City announced yesterday (Oct. 26) that it has acquired the original 176 emoji for its permanent collection, reported The New York Times. MoMA will feature the emoji in the museum's lobby starting in December, as part of an exhibit that includes other graphics and animations.
Richard Hoagland told his wife he was going to the hospital in 1993 and never came back. Badly eroded and in happier times Rick certainly and then little boy's fantasy foreign vacations in beautiful within the and it lit. In the Americas. What did you
Well, rather than begging your designated driver to go on a beer run, you may be able to call on a self-driving truck to keep the fridge stocked. A self-driving truck, developed by the Uber-owned startup Otto, recently made the first autonomous commercial delivery by driving 120 miles (200 kilometers) across Colorado to deliver 2,000 cases of Budweiser beer. On Oct. 20, the truck departed the Anheuser-Busch facility in Loveland, Colorado, and drove itself on Interstate 25 through Denver — alongside regular car traffic — to Colorado Springs.
The countries that decide the fate of Antarctica's waters reached an historic agreement on Friday to create the world's largest marine protected area in the ocean next to the frozen continent. The agreement comes after years of diplomatic wrangling and high-level talks between the U.S. and Russia, which has rejected the idea in the past. The U.S. and New Zealand have been pushing for a marine reserve for years.
Florida's fourth- and eighth-grade students boosted their showing on science tests taken as part of "the nation's report card," posting strong gains in 2015 after a lackluster performance six years ago, according to results released today. The state's fourth graders beat the national average and eighth graders kept pace with it, both improvements from 2009. That year's science test release prompted then education commissioner to lament, "We have significant ground to capture." Florida followed the national trend on the most-recent test, as scores for the nation's fourth and eighth graders also moved up in 2015 compared with 2009. That was the last time students at both grade levels took the National
LONDON — Sky gazers from across the UK are posting photos they snapped Wednesday night during a breathtaking display of the northern lights, otherwise known as the aurora borealis. SEE ALSO: The northern lights might put on a serious show tonight The
This misshapen pebble is actually the first ever dinosaur brain fossil ever found. On a dark winter night in 2004, Jamie Hiscocks spotted an oddly shaped stone on a beach by his home in Sussex, England. “I could see in my torchlight structured detail on the surface of the object,” Hiscocks, a fossil hunter by trade, told me in an email.
To find out, the University of California, Berkley and Breakthrough Initiatives, an organisation established to fund the search for alien life, will use radio telescopes to “listen” for signals of an alien civilisation in the Breakthrough Listen project. The Green Bank Observatory in the US and Parkes Observatory in Australia will be the project’s primary “ears” for radio signals that could indicate life. Specifically, Breakthrough Listen will focus on Tabby’s star – more properly called KIC 8462852 – a curious object with a peculiar light pattern. The Kepler space telescope, which analyses the light signatures of stars to determine if it has orbiting planets, found Tabby’s star significantly dimmed several times – up to 22% at a time – over the past five or so years.
The world's whaling watchdog moved Thursday to curtail Japan's annual whale hunt, conducted under scientific licence but blasted by critics as a commercial meat haul. A resolution on "improving" the review of deadly research programmes, which Japan alone conducts, split the 70-year-old International Whaling Commission (IWC) into familiar camps -- pro- and anti-whaling. It garnered 34 "yes" votes to 17 cast by the camp that includes Japan and commercial whalers Norway and Iceland.
An hour car journey from the Italian city of Florence, through the green and luxuriant Tuscan landscape is all it takes for visitors to reach the thick stone walls of Volterra. The town has been on top of the hills for the past 3,000 years and abounds with archaeological treasures. Inhabited since the Iron Age, Volterra's early history is tied to Etruscan and Roman settlements. Many of the structures built at the time remain in place today – including parts of the city walls that have Etruscan origins. The rich medieval history of Volterra is also impossible to ignore when you stroll along its streets. The old stone buildings and the precious artefacts from very distinct eras are the pride of
For decades, citizens of the world have handled many threats — perceived or real — to our society and planet. But we’ve always kept it together, stayed vigilant, and watched the latest Sci Fi movie to prepare for the next potential attack. Here are some of the most sensational threats over the past few decades. Nuclear Warfare During the Cold War era, the United States, Soviet Union, and a bunch of other countries packing heat had their citizens living in constant anxiety. Especially post-U.S. A-bombing Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the fear of a nuclear war obliterating Earth felt real. So much so that school children were taught to hide under their desks, and sirens and safety shelters were in place.
An Israeli firm says a super-efficient engine it has created could drastically reduce fuel consumption and help power an auto industry revolution as manufacturers search for environmentally sound alternatives. Industry analysts, however, question the reinvented internal combustion engine's chances of success at a time when purely electric car technology is advancing and attracting investors. The invention from Israeli-based Aquarius Engines is currently being discussed by France's Peugeot, the firm said.
About 75 million years ago, a mosasaur — a dolphin-like, predatory, marine reptile that lived during the dinosaur age — bit another mosasaur so hard that it left its tooth behind, embedded in its foe's face, new research finds. Now, paleontologists are studying the remains of the victim, a creature that sustained not one, but two attacks on its face, likely from different adversaries, said paleontologist Takuya Konishi, an assistant professor at the University of Cincinnati. "The specimen represents the first direct, unequivocal evidence of nonlethal biting, and not predation, between mosasaurs," Konishi told Live Science, here at the 76th annual meeting of the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology.
Last Tuesday, Fossil Free Sweden finally received confirmation from the Nobel Foundation that it does not intend to adopt rigid sustainable investment guidelines which entirely exclude investments in the least sustainable companies on the planet—those driving climate change through the exploitation of fossil fuels. Divest Nobel We at Divest Nobel love the work the Nobel Foundation does in lifting the greatest achievements of mankind for mankind into the public consciousness. There is, to be frank, no other award on this planet is valued or respected more. But this is an intervention—we do not want the institution we love and which has done so much good for mankind, to be linked to an industry
Now that General Electric Co. CEO Jeff Immelt has moved to Boston, he doesn’t want anyone else to leave. Speaking Tuesday night at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute’s Joint Visiting Committee Symposium, which brings together and educates the hospital’s donors and community ambassadors, Immelt said he moved his company to Boston to be immersed in "a sea of ideas." Now he wants to make sure the people behind Boston’s health care ecosystem aren’t leaving. “One of our hypotheses in moving here was … this was kind of a wasted ecosystem — if you look at Silicon valley, Sand Hill Road, everything around Stanford. There’s no reason all of that couldn't be, in some shape or form, here,” Immelt said. “I think
A mass extinction may drop the number of the planet’s wild animals by two-thirds before the year 2020, a new report claims. According to the researchers, the falling numbers are being caused by hunting, destroyed wild habitats, and pollution. The comprehensive analysis compiled by scientists from WWF and the Zoological Society of London found that animal populations dropped by 58 percent between 1970 and 2012. That same loss is on track to hit 67 percent by 2020. Those animals range from vultures and salamanders, to elephants and gorillas. “The richness and diversity of life on Earth is fundamental to the complex life systems that underpin it,” said Marco Lambertini, director general of WWF.
The disappearance of snakes’ limbs is more than a story of loss—it is a complex history detailed in their DNA. Hoping to understand how and why evolution shaped the snake as it did—and what happened to its genome when it stopped walking—a team of scientists is using the gene-editing CRISPR/Cas9 system to produce the same change in mice. Advances in genetic technology have accelerated the study of evolution via genomics, says Axel Visel, a geneticist at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. His team hopes to better understand the evolution of morphology, or the way animals physically look. “We decided to look at one of the most dramatic morphological adaptations that happened in vertebrate
Global warming is likely to change the environment of the Mediterranean region in ways unseen in the past 10,000 years, reshaping forests and turning parts of Europe into desert, researchers warned Thursday. The Mediterranean is known as a hotspot for biodiversity, and it is warming up fast. Already its regional temperatures are 1.3 degrees Celsius higher than the period 1880-1920, said the study in the journal Science.
Marijuana is an ancient plant with borderline mystical properties — just ask the 266 million people who smoke it every year. Hemp, the industrial strain of Cannabis sativa, has been used for many purposes — food, fuel and textiles among them — for tens of thousands of years. Unlike its sister strain, hemp can’t get you high. But much like the drug, it has extraordinary qualities. America is no stranger to hemp. In fact, Betsy Ross sewed the first American flag with hemp and George Washington farmed it at Mt. Vernon. Unfortunately, its full potential was never realized; drug restrictions that banned marijuana suppressed hemp, too. This spurious conflation quashed the industry for about 60 years,
The mosquito Aedes aegypti is infamous for carrying Zika and dengue fever. The quest to kill it has consumed enormous amounts of money, time, and effort. So it seems counterintuitive that a team of scientists and health workers have just received $18 million to release these mosquitoes over densely populated parts of Brazil and Colombia. Their insects are no ordinary mosquitoes, though. They’ve been implanted with a bacterium called Wolbachia, which stops them from spreading the viruses behind Zika, dengue, yellow fever, chikungunya, and other diseases. It's not totally clear how it does this, but it may be by competing with the viruses for nutrients or boosting the insects' immune system. With
Researchers at the University of Calgary have created a new bionic hybrid neuro chip, able to to record the activity in animal brain cells for a period of weeks or months — at a much higher resolution than any similar chip that has come before. In doing so, it will help shed more light on how the brain functions, including the origins of neurological diseases and other conditions. “We hope that this technology will really be central to any implantable device directly in the brain,” Dr. Naweed Syed, scientific director of the University of Calgary, told Digital Trends.
Rockwell Collins Begins Consolidation Phase amid Industry Jet Lag PART 4 OF 6 Revenue synergies During its announcement of the deal with B/E Aerospace, Rockwell Collins (COL) highlighted several areas in which it expects to realize revenue synergies, although it did not quantify these areas. For example, B/E Aerospace (BEAV) does not have a presence in many military programs that Rockwell Collins currently serves. The acquisition will allow greater access to B/E Aerospace, and Rockwell Collins would be able to pitch a broader product portfolio. Rockwell Collins has a stronger relationship with original equipment manufacturers, whereas airlines constitute a key customer base of B/E Aerospace.