British scientists have decided to close the Halley VI Research Station in Antarctica for the winter amid concerns about safety. The British Antarctic survey said Monday that changes to the ice presents "a complex glaciological picture" that causes concern about the shelf on which the station is located in the coming months. The survey says a new crack on the floating Brunt Ice Shelf in Antarctica will force them to remove people before the Antarctic winter, which runs from March to November, ends. There's no risk to the people currently at the station, but difficulties in evacuating people during the winter prompted scientists to shut the station as a precaution. The station is a platform for
Scientists allege in a recent study that menopause, when females lose the ability to no longer produce eggs to bear children, was an evolutionary development that helps end conflict between mothers and daughters. In the study, the researchers state that menopause helps alleviate strife between female species and keeps them from being a sexual threat to their offspring. The study was conducted at the University of Exeter and examined one of only three species on the planet that undergo menopause — killer whales.
Thanks to the acclaimed new film Hidden Figures — based on a book of the same name by Margot Lee Shetterly — Katherine Johnson, Mary Jackson and Dorothy Vaughan are finally getting the widespread recognition they deserve. Empire‘s Taraji P. Henson plays Johnson, a brilliant mathematician who began working at NASA in its earliest days, beginning in the 1950s. The girl from West Virginia, born in 1918, admitted she always had an obsessive fascination with numbers.
A team of scientists selected by federal officials in Seattle have come across new evidence in the mystery of D.B. Cooper. The Citizen Sleuths have been analyzing particles found on the clip-on-tie that Cooper left behind after he hijacked a Northwest Orient airplane in November 1971. Tom Kaye, the lead researcher of the group, told King 5 on Friday that a powerful microscope used in their investigation has found more than 100,000 particles on the JCPenny tie. He added that the group has been trying to identify where some of the particles, including Cerium, Strontium, Sulfide and titanium, may have come from. More on this... One place where the different elements were being used was at Boeing
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
We will do some crazy things to look and feel young. The latest bonkers trend is apparently replacing your blood supply with the blood of the young, vampire-style, for a mere $8,000. Ambrosia, founded by entrepreneur Jesse Karamazin, is conducting a trial to study the effects of receiving blood and plasma from teens and young adults. The idea was inspired by studies on mice who had their veins conjoined that showed some effects of aging were reversed or accelerated when older mice received blood from young mice. However, many say the study is poorly-designed and not scientific. Also, they claim there are ethics violations in running a study that requires participants to pay and that will generate
Cows, much like any other animal, inhale oxygen and exhale carbon dioxide. It’s Science 101, and you would think everyone knows this. An education minister in India, however, seems to have his own theories. SEE ALSO: Millions of cows to be tagged with
Called HySP or Hyper-Spectral Phasor, the technique improves on a basic technique used by medical researchers: Molecules glow differently under various wavelengths of light, notably fluorescents (think black lights), and layering these types of images together provides a picture of the molecule’s health. “By looking at multiple targets, or watching targets move over time, we can get a much better view of what’s actually happening within complex living systems,” said Francesco Cutrale, a postdoctoral fellow at USC’s Translational Imaging Center, which specializes in imaging biological systems.
A drop in the water levels at the Hongmen Reservoir in China's Nancheng County in the city of Fuzhou has revealed an ancient Buddha statue, which archaeologists believe is around 600 years old. The head of the structure was first discovered by villagers late last year after the water levels were brought down by more than 10 metres for a hydro-power gate renovation project. On 15 January, an archaeological team completed its underwater mission under the State Administration of Cultural Heritage and Jiangxi Provincial Research Institute of Archaeology. Based on the style of the carving, Xu Changqing, director of the Research Institute of Archaeology of Jiangxi province believes it belonged to the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644).
Uganda's ministry for agriculture said on Sunday it had detected bird flu in two locations, one affecting wild birds and another hitting domestic birds, but it did not say whether it was a strain that has spread across Europe and the Middle East. Uganda's Agriculture, Industry and Fisheries Ministry said in a statement that in-country tests had identified "the highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI), that affects both humans and animals and which causes (a) high number of deaths in both species." But the statement did not indentify the strain. Fishermen on Jan. 2 had reported the "mass death of wild birds" on the shores of Lake Victoria, near Entebbe, which lies near the capital.
Money invested in renewable energy is not enough to reach a climate goal of limiting global warming to 2.0 degrees Celsius, an Abu Dhabi-based green energy organisation said Sunday. Investment in renewables has increased dramatically in the last decade, but "the rate of growth is not sufficient yet to meet the climate goals", Adnan Amin, the head of renewable energy agency IRENA said.
SpaceX ended a four-and-a-half month hiatus in its operations by successfully launching a Falcon 9 rocket from the Vandenberg Air Force Base in California on Saturday. The 10 satellites are the first of at least 70 that SpaceX will launch for Iridium's global satellite constellation, Iridium NEXT, over the next 14 months. In addition to clinching the launch, SpaceX also successfully landed the first stage of the Falcon 9 rocket, setting it down on a drone ship named “Just Read the Instructions” off the coast of California.
Everyone remembers the first computer they ever used. And Joyce Wheeler is no exception. But in her case the situation was a bit different. The first computer she used was one of the first computers anyone used. The machine was Edsac - the Electronic Delay Storage Automatic Calculator - that ran for the first time in 1949 and was built to serve scientists at the University of Cambridge. Joyce Wheeler was one of those scientists who, at the time, was working on her PhD under the supervision of renowned astronomer Fred Hoyle. "My work was about the reactions inside stars," she said. "I was particularly interested in how long main sequence stars stay on their main sequence. "I wanted to know how
Just 20 minutes of exercise may help fight inflammation in the body, a new study suggests. In the study, 47 people walked on a treadmill at a brisk pace for 20 minutes, and had blood samples taken before and after this exercise session. The researchers found that this amount of exercise reduced markers of inflammation in the body.
SpaceX's founder, Elon Musk, envisions sending people to Mars aboard a fleet of rockets as early as 2024. Spacex lifted off from the launch pad in southern California. Everything going exactly as planned according to Elon Musk, founder of spacex, tweeting, mission looks good.
In mid-January, an annual ritual takes place in the climate science and media world. Four independent government organizations that keep global temperature records—NOAA, NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS), the UK Met Office, and the Japanese Meteorological Agency (JMA)—are all expected to make their much-anticipated findings available this week. Every year, journalists ask if a new global temperature record has been set, and scientists scramble to explain the statistics and their analysis of the data. The current long-term bull market (if you are buying global warming shares) will continue, There is no doubt that all the surface temperature indexes will shatter the old 2015 record this week, which blew out the previous record set in 2014.
This story originally appeared on High Country News and is reproduced here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. On a Saturday morning in December, Henry Warwick trudged through the slushy streets of Toronto, Canada, to attend an event at the University of Toronto’s towering Robarts Library. He took the elevator to a room on the fourth floor where 150 people— mostly IT specialists, hackers, scholars, and activists—had assembled for the auspiciously titled “Guerrilla Archiving Event: Saving Environmental Data From Trump.” Sign up to our daily newsletter for your chance to win. For the rest of the day, the group would comb the Internet for key climate and environmental data from the Environmental
A ferocious fish with razor-sharp teeth dating from the Early Cretaceous has been dug up in the Australian outback by tourists. The fossil – a lizardfish – has never been seen in Australia before. It was discovered by two fossil enthusiasts, Barbara and Gary Flewelling, while on holiday in Richmond in rural Queensland, from their home in Canada. "We hadn't been out here very long, simply turning over the layers of limestone and the first thing that showed up was just the tail," Barbara Flewelling told ABC News. "And with the next slab in front of it, we turned that up, and there was the centre of it with all the vertebrae and all of the ribs. "It was almost perfect. You could see the teeth, you
Electronic waste is rising sharply across Asia as higher incomes allow hundreds of millions of people to buy smartphones and other gadgets, with serious consequences for human health and the environment, according to a UN study released Sunday. "For many countries that already lack infrastructure for environmentally sound e-waste management, the increasing volumes are a cause for concern," said Ruediger Kuehr, the report's co-author and head of the UN University's Sustainable Cycles Programme. For many years, China and some other parts of Asia have been a dumping ground for discarded electronics from the developed world, recycling the waste in often unsafe but ultracheap backyard factories.
We Americans tend to think of the British as infinitely more refined and cultivated than we are (despite the Brexit vote), but England almost eliminated art history as a field of study for high school students. This would have cut it off at the knees and crippled it as a field of study altogether, because in the UK, high school students must choose their study subject when applying to university — if they’ve had no art history in high school, they are unlikely to choose it at uni. But after much protest from the liberal intellectual establishment, art history was “saved” and will stay on British curricula. If the cultured British nearly did away with art history, then what hope have we Americans?
A spongy new super-material could be lighter than the flimsiest plastic yet 10 times stronger than steel. The new super-material is made up of flecks of graphene squished and fused together into a vast, cobwebby network. The fluffy structure, which looks a bit like a psychedelic sea creature, is almost completely hollow; its density is just 5 percent that of ordinary graphene, the researchers said. What's more, though the researchers used graphene, the seemingly magical properties of the material do not totally depend on the atoms used: The secret ingredient is the way those atoms are aligned, the scientists said. "You can replace the material itself with anything," Markus J. Buehler, a materials
Full moons are thought to be about winding down and completing projects. Think again. Thursday’s lunar blast lights up a Cardinal Cross. This means that the sun and moon are at cross purposes with three unpredictable planets, Uranus, Pluto and Jupiter. The best way to navigate the minefield is to stop and refocus. Stay on your toes and don’t forget those resolutions. Aries (March 20-April 18) Ancient history is rarely an Aries favorite. Love among the ruins hardly qualifies as love at all. Yet when the full moon lights up your root cellar, what’s a Ram to do but play old tapes and review early programming? Taurus (April 19-May 19) People know where they stand with you, but is that always such
International treasure hunters face a number of practical challenges: unfriendly locals, hostile international trade agreements that frown on grave robbing, inclement weather, dangerous travel conditions in unfamiliar terrain, and, of course, the vengeful curses of ancient deities. I jest, but a pervasive theme in popular stories of archeological discovery and exploration is the idea of tomb raider curses: curses that afflict those who dare disturb the peace of the ancient dead. But what lies behind stories of ‘the Mummy’s Revenge’? The best-known story of tomb raider curses is the curse of the pharaohs. The curse is so well-known that it inspired a horror movie, a video game, and an episode
Astronomers have discovered an immense surge of energy coming from a cosmic particle accelerator located about 2 billion light years from Earth. It’s powered by interactions between a supermassive black hole and the colliding galaxy clusters Abell 3411 and Abell 3412. Using several telescopes, researchers have traced extremely energetic particles back to a giant black hole shooting out matter, and this material is then caught up in the galaxy merger, flinging the particles away with even more power. The research team compared the process to launching a rocket into low-Earth orbit and then sending that rocket out of the solar system with another rocket blast. “We have seen each of these spectacular
Nara Visa was never big to begin with, but fewer than 100 people remain. This near emptiness, however, has attracted a new business to the community, one that promises, like a honey-toned traveling salesman, to bring jobs — and maybe even a grocery store — by way of the nuclear waste industry. The U.S. Energy Department, Quay County and two energy development companies say the nation's latest nuclear waste experiment could inject as much as $40 million into the county's economy. Nara Visa residents just have to agree to let the companies drill a three-mile-deep borehole — seven times deeper than the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant in Carlsbad — into the crystalline, granite crust of the earth a few miles outside of town, on land currently occupied by fat, black cattle.