Rocket Lab, a Silicon Valley company, launched the Electron rocket into space for the first time.
President Donald Trump's budget proposal would cut federal funding for an earthquake early warning system for California, Oregon and Washington state, a development that seismology experts and some local leaders say would be the end of the project. The system being developed in conjunction with various universities is intended at providing critical seconds of warning when an earthquake has started and potentially dangerous shaking is imminent. The proposed funding cuts for the next fiscal year starting Oct. 1 would come from the budget of the U.S. Geological Survey, a bureau of the U.S. Interior Department.
Monstrous cyclones are churning over Jupiter's poles, until now largely unexplored. NASA's Juno spacecraft spotted the chaotic weather once it began skimming the giant gas planet's cloud tops last year. Scientists released their first major findings Thursday. The cyclones are hundreds of miles across and clustered near the poles. The diameters of these cyclones stretch up to 870 miles (1,400 kilometers). Even bigger, though shapeless weather systems are present in both polar regions. Launched in 2011 and orbiting Jupiter since last summer, Juno is providing the best close-up views ever of our solar system's largest planet. Besides polar cyclones, Juno has detected an overwhelming abundance of
The chief of a military mortuary twice offered inspectors the chance to view the remains of John Glenn, the first American to orbit the earth.
By Ian Simpson WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The reluctance of U.S. federal regulators to require operators of nuclear reactors to spend $5 billion to enhance the security of spent fuel rods stored underground threatens the country with a potential catastrophe, scientists warned on Friday. The Nuclear Regulatory Commission greatly underestimated the risk and potential contamination of a nuclear waste fire triggered by a quake or a planned attack, experts writing in the journal "Science" said. In 2014, the NRC found the chance of a disaster caused by leaving radioactive waste in storage pools was too remote to warrant the cost of moving it to safer dry casks.
A toddler's gender influences the brain responses as well as the behavior of fathers -- from how attentive they are to their child, to the types of language that they use and the play that they engage in, a new study by Emory University finds. The journal Behavioral Neuroscience published the study, the first to combine brain scans of fathers with behavioral data collected as fathers interacted with their toddlers in a real-world setting. "When a child cried out or asked for Dad, fathers of daughters responded to that more than did fathers of sons," says Jennifer Mascaro, who led the research as a post-doctoral fellow in the lab of Emory anthropologist James Rilling, senior author of the study.
On August 21, 2017, the United States will have something happen to it that hasn't happened since Jimmy Carter was President, Sony introduced the Walkman and "M*A*S*H" was still on TV. The U.S. will go dark. Why it's important A total solar eclipse will happen on the continential U.S., due to the Moon passingbetween the Earth and the Sun. It's been 38 years since the continential U.S. has been in the shadow of the total solar eclipse, according to Dr. Tyler Nordgren, a professor & author of "Sun, Moon, Earth." In an interview with Fox News, Nordgren noted that people in Pacific Northwest may get to see the eclipse and that "this year it’s going to go from coast to coast and half the people alive
A question flamingo researchers get asked all the time — why the birds stand on one leg — may need rethinking. The bigger puzzle may be why flamingos bother standing on two. Balance aids built into the birds’ basic anatomy allow for a one-legged stance that demands little muscular effort, tests find.
As the world keeps an eye trained on loose canons like North Korea, researchers from Princeton University say the threat from nuclear fallout from within our own borders is something that needs our attention. The researchers teamed up with the Union of Concerned Scientists to issue a warning, calling out the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) for using faulty data and skewed analysis to downplay the potential impact of a nuclear disaster in the United States. The group, which published an article in Science magazine, alleges that the NRC is being lobbied and the result is a great danger to everyday citizens. “The NRC has been pressured by the nuclear industry, directly and through Congress, to low-ball the potential consequences of a fire because of concerns that increased costs could result in shutting down more nuclear power plants,” Frank von Hippel of Princeton’s Program on Science and Global Security, said.
A bus-sized sea monster that lived alongside the dinosaurs 130 million years ago has been discovered in Russia. The well-preserved 5 foot-long skull of an extinct reptile was first discovered on the bank of the Volga River in 2002, but until now had not been identified as a new species. The fossil belongs to a group of marine reptiles called plesiosaur.
President Donald Trump's budget proposal calls for saving $10 million next year by selling wild horses captured throughout the U.S. West without the requirement that buyers guarantee the animals won't be resold for slaughter. The budget proposal marks the latest skirmish in the decades-old controversy pitting ranchers and rural communities against groups that want to protect the horses from Colorado to California. The National Cattlemen's Beef Association and other interests have been urging the BLM for years to allow sales of wild horses for slaughter to free up room in overcrowded government corrals for the capture of more animals.
THURSDAY, May 25, 2017 -- Scientists exploring how the Zika virus passes from pregnant monkeys to their fetuses believe the infection may be more dangerous to human pregnancies than previously believed. "The results we're seeing in monkey pregnancies make us think that, as they grow, more human babies might develop Zika-related disease pathology than is currently appreciated," said lead researcher Ted Golos. Golos is professor of comparative biosciences and obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. The researchers came to their conclusions after infecting four pregnant macaque monkeys with levels of the virus roughly equivalent to what they'd get from a mosquito bite.
A ladybug’s protective shell opens upward like the doors of a Lamborghini before its delicate wings unfold and carry it away. The transparent cases that were grafted onto the ladybug (video below) show the bug slowly pulling in the wings. Ladybugs, also known as ladybird beetles, are beetles that are usually shorter than half an inch long with short legs and antennae and bright-colored protective cases, which are what have made them iconic.
Theodore Roosevelt, former U.S. president and renowned big-game hunter, waxed poetic about a massive bull rhinoceros in his 1910 book, "African Game Trails: An Account of the African Wanderings of an American Hunter-Naturalist," after glimpsing the rhino during a safari in British East Africa and the Belgian Congo earlier that year.
A massive, dying star that astronomers thought would explode has instead quietly collapsed into a black hole. The event, which NASA calls a “massive fail,” could be a more common pattern for giant stars than astronomers previously suspected. The star, referred to as N6946-BH1, lived in a galaxy 22 million light years away. Referred to as the “Fireworks Galaxy” for the frequent supernovae—explosions of stars—known to happen there, the star cluster has held NASA’s attention for several years. About eight years ago, N6946-BH1 started to weaken. A few years later, the telescopes aimed in its direction could no longer find it. Astronomers kept searching, probing that sliver of the universe with the
When a Greenland glacier melted in the unusually hot summer of 2012, it pushed so much water through that it warped the Earth's crust and caused a massive wave of ice and water to push its way seaward. That wave is a newly identified phenomenon for climate researchers and represents a troubling new trend in the understanding of how current sea-level rise estimates may be underestimated, according to a new study published yesterday in Geophysical Research Letters. The wave caused the amount of ice typically lost from the Rink Glacier to increase by more than 50 percent, said Eric Ivins, a scientist at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory and a co-author of the study. “We didn't know we would discover
Airline's computer systems down worldwide
Remember that “Planet Earth” clip where an iguana is ambushed by several hungry snakes? It turns out these types of group attacks aren’t always just down to chance – and snakes can coordinate their hunts with a wolf-like pack mentality. Scientists were never certain if snakes planned their hunts or just worked alone whilst attacking the same prey. But new research, recently published in Animal Behavior and Cognition, suggests that they work together. Animal psychologist Vladimir Dinets, from the University of Tennessee, made the trip to Desembarco del Granma National Park in Cuba, to watch how Cuban boas catch their dinner. He observed several snakes apparently conspiring to trap Jamaican fruit
Boeing Co.’s XS-1 (Experimental Spaceplane), which the company dubs “Phantom Express,” got a green light this week by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, or Darpa. The XS-1 is designed to quickly lift satellites as heavy as 3,000 pounds into orbit for $5 million or less, launching from the ground, deploying a small upper-stage module, and then landing like a traditional airplane—the key to reuse and lower operating expense. Darpa also has a separate program aimed at launching 100-pound satellites for less than $1 million per launch, using conventional aircraft. “The XS-1 would be neither a traditional airplane nor a conventional launch vehicle but rather a combination of the two, with the goal of lowering launch costs by a factor of ten and replacing today’s frustratingly long wait time with launch on demand,” Jess Spoonable, a Darpa program manager, said in a May 24 statement.
While students across the country are nervously awaiting end-of-school-year report cards, the Chesapeake Bay has recently received its grade from scientists — it got a C overall, which is a modest but noteworthy improvement from the C- it got last year. More encouraging, it got an A for the state of its fish populations. This is great news for the economy of the region, as well as the environment. After years marked by the twin declines of water quality and the health of fish populations, we are finally making progress in cleaning up the Bay, thanks to decades of investment in science to diagnose the problems and find solutions. Of course, a grade of C means that there is still a lot of room
Few franchises embody this better than Star Wars, existing in a universe where magic, laser swords, and faster-than-light travel are considered run-of-the-mill. All the stories that exist within the Star Wars canon are really best enjoyed with minimal thought or concern paid to realism. Screenwriters can’t fill every gap in logic within Star Wars, so we’re going to attempt to do that for them.
Scientists have long been puzzled about why the 2004 Sumatra-Andaman earthquake was so devastating, as it didn't unfold as traditional hazard models would have expected. New analyses of the sediments entering the subduction zone have allowed them to come up with a potential explanation. It was accompanied by a huge tsunami – which remains known today as Boxing Day tsunami because it occurred on 26 December.
A botulism outbreak has killed one man and sickened nine other people who ate nacho cheese sauce contaminated with the toxic bacterial protein. Heath officials traced the outbreak to a gas station in California's Sacramento County. But how did this deadly protein, known as botulinum toxin, get into the cheese sauce?
In a story May 24 about the Western snowy plover, The Associated Press reported erroneously that Oregon requires dogs to be kept on leash in snowy plover nesting areas. PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A Western snowy plover chick that hatched on an Oregon beach this spring is the first of its species to emerge successfully in that area in more than 50 years and provides hope that a management plan for the federally threatened species is working, wildlife officials said Wednesday.
Researchers at MIT have been playing with their food in the name of science, concocting a shape-shifting dining experience that could significantly reduce food shipping and packaging costs. The team from MIT’s Tangible Media Group created flat sheets of gelatin and starch that transform into 3D shapes, such as flowers and pasta forms, when submerged in water. “We did some simple calculations, such as for macaroni pasta, and even if you pack it perfectly, you still will end up with 67 percent of the volume as air,” said Wen Wang, a co-author of the research, set to be published in a paper this month at the Association for Computing Machinery’s 2017 Computer-Human Interaction Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems.