It's hard work hauling water into space. Having water on the moon would make future space missions a lot more efficient — if we can get to that water.
Ever since Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) administrator Scott Pruitt and other Trump administration officials raised the idea of putting climate science up for debate, it's been an open question as to where the participants who doubt mainstream climate science would come from. Now that is becoming clearer, and the answer is sure to further convince many that this entire exercise is a set up to discredit some of the most basic, rigorously studied climate science conclusions. SEE ALSO: EPA chief wants his useless climate change 'debate' televised, and I need a drink The Washington Examiner reported on Monday that the EPA has reached out to the controversial Heartland Institute for help
Fifty years ago humans walked on the moon. Twenty years ago humans started living in orbit for months at a time. Where will we go next? For NASA, one of the most promising proposals is to build a space habitat for astronauts that will orbit the moon. To help NASA achieve such a complicated endeavor, Lockheed Martin, one of the contractors for the habitat, is building a full-scale prototype out of an old cargo container designed to fly on the Space Shuttle. An orbiting moon station has a number of unique challenges that the International Space Station doesn't have. Chief among them is that a moon habitat would be much farther away. The crew of such a station would have to operate much more independently
A man accused of accidentally sparking a massive Utah wildfire that forced some 1,500 people from their homes last month and cost about $34 million to fight was charged Tuesday. Iron County prosecutor Scott Garrett told The Associated Press that his office charged Robert Ray Lyman, 60, with two misdemeanors. Garrett declined further comment, but authorities have said the fire started when a man set a pile of weeds on fire and it raged out of control near a cabin in the ski town of Brian Head on June 17.
Scientists have long been able to make specific changes in DNA, but some researchers are now pursuing the more radical route of building an organism’s DNA from scratch, a stepping stone to tackling human DNA. (July 26)
Bormes-les-Mimosas (France) (AFP) - Over 10,000 people, including thousands of holidaymakers, were evacuated from campsites and homes in southern France as firefighters on Wednesday battled the latest in a string of huge blazes along the Mediterranean coast. The new fire broke out Tuesday night after France asked for Europe's help to tackle the flames already raging in several spots on the tinder-dry south, including near the popular Riviera resort of Saint-Tropez. Firefighters are also battling fires on the French Mediterranean island of Corsica and in Portugal.
Lemons were the acai bowls of the ancient Romans — prized by the privileged because they were rare, and treasured for their healing powers. In fact, this coveted fruit, as well as the citron, were the only citrus fruits known in the ancient Mediterranean — it took centuries for other fruits, such as oranges, limes and pomelos to spread westward from their native Southeast Asia, a new study finds. However, the citrus fruits that followed in later years weren't as exclusive as lemons and citrons, said the study's lead researcher, Dafna Langgut, an archaeobotanist at Tel Aviv University in Israel.
They say money can’t buy happiness, but science begs to differ. An international research team has demonstrated that you really can make yourself happier by paying other people to do your time-consuming chores. It doesn’t matter whether you’re rich or poor, the new study suggests. If you feel pressed for time, your life satisfaction can be improved by trading money for minutes that you can use as you wish. The researchers, led by Ashley Whillans, a new professor at the Harvard Business School, began with survey data from nearly 4,500 people from the United States, Canada, Denmark and the Netherlands. Survey-takers were asked whether they paid other people to do “unenjoyable daily tasks” in order
The total solar eclipse being called the “Great American Eclipse” will pass through 14 states from Oregon to South Carolina on August 21. Fortunately, NASA and other experts are here to help. Watching an eclipse can be a mesmerizing, unforgettable event, but it can also cause permanent eye damage without the proper safety precautions.
Using money to free-up time is linked to increased happiness, a study says. In an experiment, individuals reported greater happiness if they used £30 ($40) to save time - such as by paying for chores to be done - rather than spending the money on material goods. Psychologists say stress over lack of time causes lower well-being and contributes to anxiety and insomnia. Yet, they say even the very wealthy are often reluctant to pay people to do the jobs they dislike. "In a series of surveys we find that people who spend money to buy themselves more free time are happier - that is they have higher life satisfaction," said Dr Elizabeth Dunn, a psychologist professor at the University of British Columbia,
The US Navy has taken another step closer to swapping powder for electrons with the Office of Naval Research (ONR) announcing that its electromagnetic railgun has moved out of the laboratory. At the 2017 Naval Future Force Science and Technology Expo in Washington DC, an ONR spokesman revealed that the weapon is ready for field demonstrations at the Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Division's new railgun Rep-Rate Test Site at Terminal Range. The ElectroMagnetic RailGun (EMRG) is one of a new generation of hypersonic weapons being developed by the major powers. With muzzle velocities of over Mach 6 (3,970 kts, 4,570 mph, 7,350 km/h) and a range of over 100 nm (115 mi, 185 km), the projectiles
Elon Musk has got to be kidding. Let's start with the technical ones: That superfast train, known as the hyperloop, exists only as a prototype, and a tunnel from New York to Washington would be more than twice as long as the longest tunnel ever drilled, and more than five times longer than the longest rail tunnel. As far as anyone can tell, all Musk has done on that front is start a tunneling company that owns a used drilling machine.
Girl Scouts from tiny Daisies to teen Ambassadors may earn 23 new badges focused on science, technology, engineering and math. The effort takes a progressive approach to STEM and also nudges girls to become citizen scientists using the great outdoors as their laboratory. Among the new badges are those that introduce kindergarten and first graders to the world of robots and engineering.
July 25 (UPI) -- Scientists at the University of Washington are considering the prospects of a controversial climate change solution called "marine cloud brightening." Most agree the best solution to climate change is the curbing of carbon emissions -- by reducing the burning of fossil fuels, as well as increasing the adoption of renewable energy sources. But if efforts to curb emissions fall short or prove insufficient, emergency solutions may be necessary to avoid the most catastrophic consequences of global warming. Enter marine cloud brightening, a climate engineering solution. Clouds form when water droplets condense on particles in the air and coalesce in the atmosphere. Higher concentrations
There’s just one problem with the theory of the ‘deadly’ Triangle, Australian science communicator Karl Kruszelnicki revealed this week in an interview – it’s actually no more deadly than any other stretch of sea. ‘According to Lloyds of London and the US coast guard, the number of planes that go missing in the Bermuda Triangle is the same as anywhere in the world on a percentage basis,’Dr Kruszelnicki said.
A morning visual check by museum staff revealed that Snooty was missing, and he was later discovered caught in a duct behind the tank he shared with three young manatees, Jeff Rodgers, the museum's provost and chief operating officer, said at a news briefing in Bradenton yesterday (July 23).
As investors, our natural impulse when faced with arresting news or growing uncertainty is to react. There is an abundance of great research on this topic, however one of the most relevant was a study by Barber & Odean which shows a clear link between portfolio turnover and the results generated by individual investors.
NASA is giving Lockheed Martin the permission to go where no company has gone before. To deep space — using recycled material. As part of its NextSTEP program, NASA will allow Lockheed Martin to use repurposed pieces of space shuttle for the habitat that could be used on Mars missions. First, the company will build a full-scale prototype and then start testing the technologies at NASA's Kennedy Space Center. In addition to using recycled material from the container space shuttles, it will also rely on virtual and augmented reality to design the prototype. "It is easy to take things for granted when you are living at home, but the recently selected astronauts will face unique challenges," said
On Monday August 21, a solar eclipse will cut across the entire United States. And wherever you are, you will be able to see it. Even though the “totality” — the area where the sun is completely blocked out by the moon — is only 70 miles wide, the whole country (even Alaska and Hawaii) will experience a partial eclipse. This is what you’ll see, and the time you’ll see it, in your zip code. We recommend punching in a few different ones to see how the eclipse experience will vary across the country. Salem, Oregon (97301), is going to see a total eclipse. Downtown Los Angeles (90012) will see 62 percent of the sun blocked at the peak. In Lake Charles, Louisiana (70601), it’ll be 71 percent. The
“The likelihood of a door being ripped open by a human being is very low,” said Dennis Tajer, a pilot who’s been working for American Airlines for 25 years. “The higher interior pressurization actually seals the door to the frame,” said Douglas Moss, a pilot for United Airlines for 20 years.
Elon Musk has slammed Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s “limited” understanding of artificial intelligence. Musk was responding to Twitter user Darren Cunningham, who shared an article with recent comments from Zuckerberg.
Japan's capital says it will start collecting suggestions this week for the name of a recently born giant panda cub. Tokyo's Ueno Zoo, Japan's oldest, has not shown the cub directly to the public. ShinShin's last cub was born in 2012 and survived only six days.
If you want to feel like an astronaut without leaving Earth, ISS-Above is a Raspberry Pi-based device that calculates where the International Space Station is at all times, displaying its location and a live video feed directly to your TV, or blinking when the ISS is nearby.ISS-Above is the brainchild of Liam Kennedy; PCMag met up with him at a recent gathering of makers and entrepreneurs at Supplyframe DesignLab in Pasadena, California. He was fixated on two monitors behind him—one with ISS data feeds, constantly being refreshed, and the other showing a live video feed from the ISS camera as it orbited overhead. The views of Earth were crisp, glorious, and truly inspiring. Kennedy was also wearing
The growth of dark algae on the Greenland ice sheet may cause it melt “faster and faster”, scientists have warned. Warmer weather has caused algae to appear on the sheet’s surface, changing the very complexion of the country’s landscape. Unlike white ice, dark algae absorbs the sun’s heat, accelerating the melting process.
The archaeologists eventually plan to excavate the new tomb, which is located near the tomb of the pharaoh Ay (1327-1323 B.C.) in Egypt's Valley of the Kings, Hawass told Live Science. "We are sure there is a tomb there, but we do not know for sure to whom it belongs," Hawass told Live Science in an email. On July 7, National Geographic Italia published an article in Italian suggesting that a team led by Hawass had found a new tomb in the Valley of the Kings, and Hawass confirmed that discovery to Live Science.