NASA has ordered up urgent spacewalking repairs at the International Space Station. On Tuesday, two astronauts will venture out to replace a data relay box that broke over the weekend. The job falls to the two Americans on board: commander Peggy Whitson and Jack Fischer. The failed unit was installed not quite two months ago. It is one of two that control the station's radiators and solar panels, among other critical systems. NASA said everything is still safe in orbit because one relay box is still working, and no operations have been affected. But officials want the bad one quickly replaced, in case the good one also goes down. Astronauts performed a similar spacewalk in 2014. This so-called
Given his role in alternative energy, it's no surprise that Musk is in favor of the 2016 treaty. The Paris agreement was negotiated under former president Barack Obama. @BigDAK54 I spoke directly with The President three weeks ago about Paris.
Researchers don't think a frozen arctic will always be as stable or as safe as we thought it would be.
From ELLEDear E. Jean: How can things just go "poof"? The guy I fell for, not just any guy-the guy-met someone else and my heart broke into tiny pieces. I've tried so hard to move on, but it's as if the universe does
The history of human evolution continues to evolve. Up until now, experts have believed human lineage split from apes some 7 million years ago in Africa. But now scientists have traced the first hominid species to Europe instead some 7.2 million years ago. An international team of researchers shook up the science books with two studies published Monday in the journal Plos One. Their findings are based on two fossils of species discovered in Greece and Bulgaria. The creature they discovered, named Graecopithecus freybergi, is nicknameded "El Graeco." The findings shift the location of the last common ancestor of both chimpanzees and humans, what some refer to as the Missing Link, to the Mediterranean.
A young Chinese woman has drawn criticism on social media after unfavourably comparing her homeland's air and politics to those in the US during her graduation speech at an American university. Speaking at the University of Maryland, Yang Shuping said that coming to the United States had been a breath of "fresh air" after growing up in China. "The moment I inhaled and exhaled outside the airport, I felt free," she continued, drawing a parallel between China's notorious air pollution and its similarly choking restrictions on political speech.
A new species of snake that lived roughly 5 million years ago has been discovered at a fossil site in Tennessee. A study published in the Journal of Herpetology says the snake has been named Zilantophis schuberti, which roughly translates to "Schubert's Winged Snake." The snake is named in part after Blaine Schubert, the executive direct of the Gray Fossil Site where the discovery was made. Steven Jasinski, lead author of the study, and co-author David Moscato, were students of Schubert's. Jasinski says the snake didn't have wings, but what makes it different is that its vertebrae have pronounced projections toward the front of its body. The Gray Fossil Site is one of the richest fossil localities
Two photographers have crisscrossed North America to escape the light pollution of occupied areas and capture the original beauty of the night sky. Gavin Heffernan and Harun Mehmedinović traveled more than 150,000 miles to a staggering 500 locations across North America in order to capture these images, which feature millions of stars, far-off galaxies and areas of extreme darkness that offer an almost primeval contrast to glowing cities. Heffernan, 37, said the aim of the series, called Skyglow, was to show off the incredible vastness of the night sky, in the hope of inspiring people to care about dark skies.
Egyptian authorities say they caught looters digging up an ancient stone block carved with an image of a pharaoh. In the city of Abydos, antiquities authorities say they were inspecting an old two-story, mud-brick house when they found that the owner had excavated a hole in the floor. The block was at the bottom of the hole, about 13 feet (4 meters) below the floor, according to an announcement from the Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities.
President Trump’s $19.1-billion budget proposal for NASA will allow the space agency to continue its long-term efforts to explore the universe, including sending humans to the moon and to Mars. The 2018 funding plan, released Tuesday, includes support for about 100 space missions even as it cuts some well-known programs, including one aimed at inspiring future generations of scientists and engineers. “We’ve got $19.1 billion as an agency, and it really reflects the president’s and the administration’s confidence in us,” said NASA’s acting administrator, Robert M. Lightfoot. The James Webb Space Telescope, one of NASA’s marquee projects, is on track to launch next year and fill some of the void left by the hobbled Hubble Space Telescope, Lightfoot said.
We can't all be winners in Trump's America. President Donald Trump's proposed budget for NASA makes clear exactly who is likely to win and who to lose favor at the space agency in the coming years of his administration. Specifically, NASA's Earth scientists and, yes, even kids interested in space will probably be the losers if Congress approves this version of the budget. SEE ALSO: The planet Donald Trump doesn't want you to see The NASA budget request calls for the cancellation of the space agency's office of education, a relatively small piece of the agency devoted to getting kids and underrepresented groups involved in space science research and STEM (science, technology, engineering and
A team of researchers working to perfect 3D–printed ovaries for infertile women have successfully tested their creation in mice. The mice, whose real ovaries were surgically replaced with the 3D–printed variety, successfully conceived and gave birth to healthy pups. The lab–created ovaries even triggered lactation. 3D–printed organs have been made before. However, these new ovaries–created by a team from Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine and McCormick School of Engineering– are the first to be made with a 3D–printed gelatin scaffolding. Perfecting this scaffolding has proven diffult– the structure had to be durable enough to hold together through the implantation procedure
If you take a walk through the halls of the Department of Commerce, you’ll notice among scientists and administrators a handful of uniformed officers. You won’t recognize the insignia as a branch of the military — these officers are nonmilitary, although they play a vital role in defense. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Commissioned Officer Corps, known as the NOAA Corps, is one of just two uniformed services with no enlisted or warrant officers. The corps is made up of engineers, oceanographers, geologists and meteorologists (among others) who support federal departments in earth science projects. There are two clear advantages of having nearly 400 uniformed specialists.
A rare solar eclipse is happening across the US on August 21. It will be the first time since 1918 that a solar eclipse has crossed the country from coast-to-coast. Actually, August 21st is the date when there's going to be a total solar eclipse across the United States.
Nepal destroyed thousands of valuable animal skins and other parts seized from poachers on a giant bonfire Monday in a symbolic gesture against the illegal wildlife trade. More than 4,000 animal parts, including endangered tiger skins and rhino hides, were burned in a large pyre at Chitwan National Park, the nation's most important conservation area. "As a country committed to conservation of wildlife and biodiversity, Nepal has destroyed animal parts stored over 20 years," Maheswor Dhakal from the Department of National Parks and Wildlife Conservation told AFP.
China plans to expand its scientific research in Antarctica in coming years amid worries over the area's susceptibility to climate change, but has no immediate plans to mine or develop natural resources that could be exposed as the ice cap shrinks, government officials said Monday. China's growing interest in the frozen continent is in the spotlight as it hosts a meeting of more than 40 nations that oversee management of Antarctica under a 1959 treaty. Human activity in Antarctica is governed by agreements designating it as a natural reserve.
There is no such thing as a clean-sheet vehicle design in 2017. To translate between the two—to trace vehicle behaviors back to the tuning knobs at their disposal—engineers need to find the correlations.
The number of surgeries done to confirm a person's gender identity, also referred to as sex reassignment surgeries, has increased in recent years, according to the first report on the topic from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS). In 2016, more than 3,200 gender-confirmation surgeries were performed in the U.S., according to the report. The organization began collecting data on gender-confirmation surgeries in 2015.
An international committee is embarking on a three-year effort to establish globally-recognised ground rules for space warfare, in anticipation of a future in which battles are not only fought on Earth, but above it. A coalition of scientists, lawyers, academics and government representatives from around the world will come together to draft a document that will outline the legal parameters for military operations in space and its governance during war time. The Manual on International Law Applicable to Military Uses of Outer Space – or MILAMOS – seeks to determine the rules of engagement during space combat and whether current treaties regarding warfare could be applied to conflicts taking place miles above the Earth.
Not many people — and certainly not many government agencies — have the opportunity to say "no" to the president. However, NASA's acting director, Robert M. Lightfoot Jr., might be living your wildest fantasy: he just outright denied Donald Trump something he requested. According to The New York Times, Lightfoot and his team at NASA recently rejected Trump's desire to add more crew to its Space Launch System's first flight. Citing cost and time, Lightfoot conceded that the White House's request was "technically feasible," but it would set the mission back considerably: additional crew members would cost an extra $600 to $900 million. NASA's investigation into whether additional astronauts could
Mount Everest is a grueling, deadly place for many adventurers. Beyond the steep terrain, bone-chilling temperatures, and fierce weather, the air is so thin that your body can begin to shut down. That is, unless you're a Sherpa. Members of the Nepalese
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted last week to start dismantling 2015 rules that regulated internet service providers the same way as utilities. The debate swirls around two related issues: whether the internet is a public utility, and how (or if) to ensure a concept known as net neutrality. Net neutrality is the framework for an internet in which all data is treated equally.
(Krishna Yeshwant, a GV general partner.GV) Major tech companies are eyeing the healthcare world. Amazon is seriously considering entering the pharmacy business, according to CNBC, while Apple reportedly has been working on a noninvasive glucose monitor
Swelling hopes for a baby panda in Tokyo have bumped up the stock price of a Chinese restaurant chain in the area, with locals setting their sights on a flurry of tourists. Eleven-year-old Shin Shin, who was brought to Ueno Zoo from China, has been showing signs of pregnancy since last week after mating with male Ri Ri in February, according to zoo officials. Giant pandas are notoriously clumsy at mating, with males said to be bad at determining when a female is in the right frame of mind and often befuddled at knowing what to do next.
Amazon has conquered American retail — now it’s aiming for the stars. Company chief Jeff Bezos wants to colonize the moon — and he wants to be the one to deliver everything needed to build the new city. “I think we should build a permanent human settlement on one of the poles of the moon,” Bezos told kids at Seattle’s Museum of Flight, per Geekwire. “It’s time to go back to the moon, but this time to stay.” Bezos has his own spaceship company, Blue Origin, which he hopes an Amazon-like service for all the parts needed for humans to settle in space. He’s already pitched the idea to NASA. “We would like to set up a cargo service for that. We have architecture and technologies that would allow us