Early U.S. space history is fading with the deaths of Gene Cernan, the last man to walk on the moon, John Glenn, the last of the Mercury 7 astronauts, and Neil Armstrong, the first man to walk on the moon. But others survive, veterans of a time when Americans were glued to their television sets to watch their heroics, from fiery Saturn V launches to ocean splashdowns. More than half of the first 30 astronauts NASA hired have died. "There's going to come a time and it's probably going to be in the next decade or so when none of the moonwalkers are going to be left," said National Air and Space Museum associate director Roger Launius. "As this history recedes into the background and fewer and fewer
The first humans to arrive in North America may have migrated thousands of years earlier than previously thought, according to new research. Anthropologists from the University of Montreal, along with a radiocarbon dating expert from Oxford, determined that humans lived in what is now Yukon, Canada, near the border with Alaska, as early as 24,000 years before present. Scientists had previously estimated that the first humans crossed the Bering Strait only 14,000 years ago.
The outgoing Barack Obama administration announced Tuesday a contribution of half a billion dollars to the UN Green Climate Fund, just three days before Donald Trump takes over the White House. The $500 million payment, announced by State Department spokesman John Kirby in a statement, is the second from the United States to support the United Nations Green Climate Fund, which aims to mitigate the effects of climate change in the world's poorest countries. The Obama administration had announced in 2014 -- a year before the COP 21 agreement was adopted -- a $3-billion pledge for the fund.
The first stage of a SpaceX rocket that landed on a platform floating in the Pacific Ocean after a weekend launch has arrived in the Port of Los Angeles. Spectators watched Tuesday as the landing barge entered the harbor with the first stage of the Falcon 9 rocket standing vertically. Justin Everhart of nearby Long Beach described it to the Daily Breeze newspaper (http://bit.ly/2jGXkqg) as "a testament to human achievement." The Falcon 9 put 10 satellites into orbit Saturday after being launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base northwest of Los Angeles. When the rocket's second stage took over to complete the trip into orbit, the first stage descended toward the ocean and fired its engines to land
The FBI in Seattle has recruited a band of amateur sleuths to help solve its 45-year-old head-scratcher of America’s most notorious skyjacker – D.B. Cooper. The amateur scientists, who call themselves Citizen Sleuths, are asking for the publics’ assistance as they gather new leads that may link Cooper to The Boeing Company as either an employee or a contractor hired by the tech giant in the 1970s. The Citizen Sleuths analyzed the clip-on tie discovered aboard the hijacked Northwest Orient passenger jet in November 1971.
One moment, Jayson Thomas was on the Oregon beach with his 3-year-old son. The next, they were gone, swept away by a "sneaker wave" as his wife looked on. The man and his boy were but the latest to be lost to a sneaker wave, which are prevalent in the Pacific Northwest.
Finding a message in a bottle is every romantic's dream and it recently happened IRL for one woman on a Scottish island. Rhoda Meek, who lives in Tiree in the inner Hebrides, was alerted by a friend that one of those special messages had came ashore.
Last year, Samsung recalled an entire line of phones because the lithium-ion batteries had a habit of exploding, and they were far from the first ones to do so. A group of Stanford researchers are trying to fix this problem by developing a lithium-ion battery with a built-in fire extinguisher.
On July 5, 2016, Kate Rubins, 38, was an earth-dwelling microbiologist with degrees in molecular biology and cancer biology studying infectious diseases. On July 6, 2016, she blasted off into space for the first time, and spent the next 115 days living and working on the International Space Station.
The deep-sea sonar search for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 may not have found the plane but will reveal more about how land beneath the Indian Ocean formed over millions of years and where oil fields could lie. National geoscience agency Geoscience Australia will soon release detailed sonar mapping of 120,000 square kilometers (46,000 square miles) of seabed that was searched for the wreckage of the Boeing 777 that vanished with 239 passengers and crew on March 8, 2014. The unique information about plate tectonics would interest geoscientists as well as oil and gas explorers, said Australian National University marine geologist Neville Exon, who has advised Geoscience Australia on the sonar data.
It’s official: 2016 was the hottest year on record in 122 years of record-keeping, according to independent analyses by NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The 1.78-degree jump over the mid-20th-century average marks the third year in a row that global temperatures have reached record-shattering levels. Earth’s average surface temperature has risen about 2 degrees since the late 19th century, about the time when such records were first kept, scientists with NASA and NOAA said. “It was really global warmth that we saw in 2016,” Derek Arndt, chief of the monitoring branch at NOAA’s National Centers for Environmental Information, said in a news briefing. The findings
Archeologists believe that an ancient Buddha statue discovered by villagers in China’s Jiangxi Province is about 600 years old, dating back to the Ming Dynasty, state news agency Xinhua reported last week. The top of the statue was spotted last month when villagers noticed a Buddha’s head sticking out of the Hongmen Reservoir. According to Xinhua, water levels in the reservoir had fallen due to a recent construction project, revealing a sculpture. After an underwater expedition, researchers confirmed that the statue was about 12 feet long and carved into the cliffside. They also found the base of a hall beneath the statue and a 30-character inscription, which archeologists believe indicate that
He lies frozen inside a thermal sleeping bag immersed in liquid nitrogen in an aluminum pod he shares with three other preserved humans within a giant vacuum flask known as a dewar. James Bedford’s dewar is stacked vertically along with 145 other frozen people in the Alcor Life Extensions Foundation in Scottsdale, Arizona, a luxury suburb of Phoenix on the edge of the Sonoran Desert. Outside the squat concrete Alcor building, the temperatures can rise to more than 100 degrees for eight months of the year. Inside the Alcor facility, Bedford and the other humans, with enough ongoing financial support to remain frozen indefinitely, are kept at 328 degrees below zero. Bedford was a twice married
Emily's List works to get more women elected. Vote Vets helps veterans run for public office. And now “STEM the Divide” will push to have more scientists involved in politics. The initiative, which officially launches Tuesday, was set up by the political action committee 314 Action ("314" for the first three digits of pi, in case it wasn't already clear that nerds are behind this). Inspired by political action committees such as Emily's List, the group says its goal is to connect people with backgrounds in science, technology, engineering and math to the expertise and funds needed to run a successful campaign. “There's nothing in our Constitution that says we can only be governed by attorneys,”
Syngenta, the Swiss pesticides and seeds group being taken over by ChemChina, does not expect antitrust regulators to force the Chinese state-owned company to put its subsidiary Adama up for sale, Syngenta's CEO said on Tuesday. "Adama will not need to be sold. There will be some remedies in both the U.S. and the EU but I can't speak to any details," Erik Fyrwald told Reuters on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum in Davos.
About 90 people are now stationed on the research platform located on the floating Brunt ice shelf, including 16 people who were scheduled to stay over winter to monitor scientific experiments, the U.K. science office said Monday in a news release. While the scientists aren't immediately at risk, the BAS said there was "sufficient uncertainty" as to how safe the crew would be during the coming Antarctic winter. "We want to do the right thing for our people," Captain Tim Stockings, director of operations for BAS, said in the press release.
In control of Congress and soon the White House, Republicans are readying plans to roll back the influence of the Endangered Species Act, one of the government's most powerful conservation tools, after decades of complaints that it hinders drilling, logging and other activities. Over the past eight years, GOP lawmakers sponsored dozens of measures aimed at curtailing the landmark law or putting species such as gray wolves and sage grouse out of its reach. Almost all were blocked by Democrats and the White House or lawsuits from environmentalists.
VANCOUVER, BC / ACCESSWIRE / January 17, 2017 / Asiamet Resources Limited (ARS.V) ("ARS" or the "Company") is pleased to advise that Resource evaluation drilling being undertaken as part of the feasibility study at the Beruang Kanan Main ("BKM") copper
In a paper published in the European Journal of Work and Organizational Psychology in September, University of Haifa researchers Keren Turgeman-Lupo and Michal Biron looked at the relationship between workplace problems and dangerous behavior during commutes.
Sure, it's easy to label selfie-takers as self-obsessed, but a new small study finds that those who snap photos of themselves aren't necessarily narcissists. Instead, the researchers found that selfie-takers fall into three categories: communicators
Astronaut Eugene Cernan, commander of Apollo 17 and the last man to walk on the moon, died Jan. 16, 2017. Cernan was one of 14 astronauts selected by NASA in October 1963. In May 1969, he was the lunar module pilot of Apollo 10, the first comprehensive lunar-orbital qualification and verification test of the lunar lander.
Car headrests are designed to give us something to rest the back of our skull on as we drive, but they may soon have an altogether more cutting-edge use-case — courtesy of a company called Freer Logic. New technology developed by Freer Logic involves a so-called “non-contact neuro bio monitor headrest.” In everyday terms, that means a car headrest which can monitor your brain activity as you drive, and make sure that your full focus is on the road in front of you. “The brain is the organ responsible for driver distraction, attention, awareness, data processing, and problem solving,” founder Peter Freer told Digital Trends.
A 4,000-year-old Stone Age selfie has been unearthed from one of Britain’s spookiest areas. Stunned Gordon Holmes, 64, discovered the ancient picture of a face etched into a rock on Baildon Moor in Yorkshire. Gordon said: “I realised that I was looking at a Stone Age selfie.” “It also shows a stick figure, which I presume is the artist, sitting or standing in the local landscape or round a fire with almost like a speech bubble above their head showing Cassiopeia above him. It is as if he has carved a selfie of himself.” The jury’s out on whether it can rival Kim Kardashian’s pout pics – which will set you back £445 a piece. Ironically, Cassiopeia – which the artist appears to have drawn himself