Ronald Dantowitz has been looking forward to Monday's solar eclipse for nearly 40 years. An astronomer who specializes in solar imaging, he's been photographing eclipses for more than three decades, and will be using 14 cameras to capture the Aug. 21 celestial event. The cameras have solar filters to capture the eclipse in its partial phases, along with custom modifications that can photograph the corona and light wavelengths that are invisible to the human eye, allowing scientists to view and study the sun's temperature and composition in a way only possible during a total eclipse, he said. Dantowitz, who is based at Dexter Southfield School in Brookline, Massachusetts, is lending his expertise to NOVA's "Eclipse Over America," airing at 9 p.m. EDT Monday on PBS.
Space X successfully launched the Dragon cargo capsule into space on August 14 and it’s headed towards the International Space station.
Could Elon Musk become Captain America, defender of the homeland? The SpaceX CEO weighed in on the North Korean missile crisis Monday afternoon, saying his rocket company could help defend against long-range missile attacks. Musk responded to a question from a fan about SpaceX focusing on defending against North Korea’s intercontinental ballistic missiles. The space entrepreneur noted the company could help, but said he was confident the Department of Defense and intelligence agencies “have this covered.” “The danger is def high for South Korea, due to proximity, but much less for distant targets like the US. (South Korea) anti-missile tech is excellent,” Musk tweeted. Tensions between North
Scientists have solved the puzzle of the so-called "Frankenstein dinosaur", which seems to consist of body parts from unrelated species. A new study suggests that it is in fact the missing link between plant-eating dinosaurs, such as Stegosaurus, and carnivorous dinosaurs, like T. rex. The finding provides fresh insight on the evolution of the group of dinos known as the ornithischians. The study is published in the Royal Society journal Biology Letters. Matthew Baron, a PhD student at Cambridge University, told BBC News that his assessment indicated that the Frankenstein dinosaur was one of the very first ornithischians, a group that included familiar beasts such as the horned Triceratops, and
Lisbon (AFP) - Forest fires cut off a village of 2,000 people in Portugal, as firefighters struggled Thursday to control two major blazes in the centre of the country, local officials said.And with another wave of hot weather forecast, the government
The growing tension and threats between the United States and North Korea have suddenly thrown the U.S. territory, Guam into the limelight. Even though North Korean leader Kim Jong Un outlined his plans to rain "an enveloping fire" around the U.S. territory of Guam and then opted not to fire missiles at this point of time, Guam’s office of Civil Defence has still carefully laid out a new set of guidelines on Aug. 11, that teach how to take cover before an explosion along with facts like avoiding hair conditioner after a nuclear explosion. According to the new guidelines, in case of exposure to radioactive material, don’t reach for hair conditioner as it could bind radioactive material to your
SeaWorld euthanized one of the entertainment company's last killer whales to come from the wild, marking the third orca death this year at one of its marine parks. Kasatka died Tuesday evening "surrounded by members of her pod, as well as the veterinarians and caretakers who loved her," after battling lung disease for years, the company said in a statement. Veterinarians at its San Diego park made the difficult decision to euthanize her after her health started to decline in recent days despite treatment, which included a custom-built inhaler that allowed the medicine to go directly to her lungs.
Updated at 10:55 a.m. ET It's a common refrain from whiskey enthusiasts: Add a few drops of water to a glass to open up the flavors and aroma of the drink. For example, hard-liquor expert Alice Lascelles said in a demonstration for the Sunday Times that "if you're tasting with a master blender, they will always add some water at some stage." But the science behind this claim has been murky. A couple of chemists in Sweden set out to figure out why adding a little water would improve the drink's taste. They say the taste improvement happens because alcohol molecules and those that determine whiskey's taste tend to stick together. Their findings were published today in Scientific Reports. First,
Department of Justice seeks 1.3 million IP addresses, user photos and contact info for visitors to a website that organized protests against President Trump; reaction from Fox News senior judicial analyst Judge Andrew Napolitano
You've probably heard by now to watch out for a total solar eclipse in the United States on Aug. 21. What is a total solar eclipse? To truly understand a total solar eclipse, you must be familiar with the different types of eclipses.
Archeologists in Egypt have uncovered ancient rock tombs, carved almost two-and-half millennia ago during the time of the pharaohs, as they excavated chambers, two of which were hidden down burial shafts. The tombs from the 27th dynasty and the Greco-Roman era contain a number of sarcophagi, a type of ancient Egyptian coffin typically adorned with a sculpture or inscription, of different shapes and sizes, as well as a collection of clay fragments, the Egyptian Ministry said in a statement. The location of the dig, in the El-Kamil El-Sahrawi archaeological site, in central Egypt near the banks of the Nile, previously unearthed 20 tombs in a series of ancient catacombs in 2015.
Several "probably man-made" objects were floating near the suspected crash site of MH370 just weeks after it vanished, Australian researchers revealed Wednesday, more than six months after the hunt for the doomed jet was called off. A massive underwater search for the Malaysia Airlines plane, which disappeared in March 2014 with 239 people on board, ended in January after no trace of the aircraft was found in a 120,000 square kilometre (46,000 square mile) zone in the remote southern Indian Ocean off Australia's west coast. On Wednesday, two new studies said photos taken by French military satellites two weeks after the plane's disappearance, but not released to the public, showed at least 70 identifiable objects floating close to the so-called "northern area".
An oddball, vegetarian dinosaur with the silhouette of a flesh-ripping velociraptor, whose fossilised remains were unearthed in southern Chile 13 years ago, is a missing link in dino evolution, researchers said Wednesday. A revised assessment of the kangaroo-sized Chilesaurus, reported in the journal Biology Letters, bolsters a theory unveiled earlier this year that threatens to upend a long-standing classification of all dinosaurs. "Chilesaurus genuinely helps fill an evolutionary gap between two big dinosaur groups," said co-author Paul Barrett, president of Britain's Palaeontographical Society and a researcher at the Natural History Museum.
Sierra Leone began a week of mourning Wednesday as it emerged that 105 children were among more than 300 people who perished in mudslides and torrential flooding, in one of the country's worst natural disasters. With 600 people still missing in Freetown, President Ernest Bai Koroma described the humanitarian challenge ahead as "overwhelming". Officials at Freetown's central morgue said Wednesday that 105 of the more than 300 officially dead were children.
Conspiracy theories became big news last year as ‘fake news’ sites spread misinformation during the election – including conspiracy theories about Hillary Clinton. It could be a sense that they are unique – and not part of the herd, according to researchers at Grenoble Alps University. The researchers found that people who agreed with the statement, ‘You’re unique’ more than the statement, ‘We’re all the same,’ were more likely to believe in conspiracy theories.
A corn-themed tourist destination in South Dakota will have enough corn to decorate murals despite a dry summer. Scott Schmidt, director of the Corn Palace in Mitchell, told the Daily Republic that the city has enough corn to create the nine corn murals surrounding the facility thanks to recent rain. About 275,000 ears of corn are needed for the building, which is currently adorned with 2-year-old dilapidated murals.
QUEEN MAUD GULF, NUNAVUT, CANADA — In 1846, in perilous seas to the north of here, the two steam-propelled ships of British explorer Sir James Franklin, the Erebus and the Terror, froze in the ice. It was the beginning of the end of the Franklin mission, in which more than 100 men perished in the cold despite the launch of scores of ships to try to rescue them — the greatest disaster in a long and troubled history of trying to uncover the Northwest Passage. In the past several years, the Erebus and the Terror have been discovered beneath the waves — but not where the ships first got stuck. Rather, the vessels wound up in the relatively shallow waters of the Queen Maud Gulf region. It remains
At the University of Trento in Italy, a team of researchers led by Professor Nicola Pugno has developed stronger spider silk by feeding spiders a diet of the 2D wonder material graphene. The nanomaterial-laced silk is up to three times the strength and 10 times the toughness of the silk the spiders produce in the wild. “For this study, we created a solution of water and nanomaterials, carbon nanotubes, and graphene,” Pugno told Digital Trends.
“We were told to pick a planet to do a report on and I picked Jupiter and it was the first time I started reading into space and once I realized the planets were out there and we were all suspended in this solar system, I couldn’t wrap my head around it but I loved that. “I can't think of a more genuine and interesting person to be in the spotlight surrounding something as rare and wonderful as an eclipse,” the groom said of his beautiful bride-to-be.
In early August, a Google engineer named James Damore posted a document titled “Google’s Ideological Echo Chamber” to an internal online discussion group. His memo was a calm attempt to point out all the ways Google has gone wrong in making gender representation among its employees a corporate priority. And then, on August 5, the memo jumped the fence. Nobody else was calm about it. It wasn’t a screed or a rant, but, judging by his document, Damore clearly feels that some basic truths are getting ignored—silenced, even—by Google’s bosses. So in response, the engineer adopted a methodology at the core of Google’s culture: He went to look at the data. “Google’s Ideological Echo Chamber” wants to
The moon and the sun will (literally) align on Aug. 21 in one of the biggest eclipse events in the United States in about 100 years. And along with it comes a pitch-perfect alignment of a different kind: 1980s songstress Bonnie Tyler is set to perform her big hit, "Total Eclipse of the Heart" ... at the exact same time as the eclipse, of course. The event comes courtesy of Royal Caribbean's "Total Eclipse Cruise," which is setting sail Friday, with plans to give guests prime viewing of the eclipse from the water, Time reported. Royal Caribbean International president and CEO Michael Bayley called Tyler "a natural choice for this once-in-a-lifetime moment." Song purists will notice a slight change
Archaeologists have uncovered new pieces of an ancient Roman villa as well as artifacts that are telling them more about both this particular site and the economic system of Sicily as a whole. Durrueli, near the coastal town of Realmonte on the Italian island Sicily, finding new sections of the estate and clues about what happened within its walls.
A giant tortoise that made a break from a Japanese zoo has been found safe and sound two weeks after it escaped -- just 140 metres from the park. Zoo keepers, unable to trace the truant tortoise, offered a reward of 500,000 yen ($4,500) for her safe return. "We were so relieved that she came back safely as she is so popular among children," said zoo staffer Yoshimi Yamane, describing Abuh -- who weighs 55 kilogrammes (121 pounds) -- as having a "gentle" disposition.
I’m on vacation, trying to ignore the world’s madness, but I just spotted “Why I Was Fired by Google” in The Wall Street Journal, by software engineer James Damore, and I can’t let it pass. Google canned Damore for a memo in which he attributes “the gender gap in tech” to biological differences between men and women. 81 percent of Google’s employees are male. In his memo, Damore says females are on average less ambitious and more prone to “neuroticism” than males and “have a stronger interest in people rather than things.” Damore claims these male-female differences are “exactly what we would predict from an evolutionary psychology perspective.” That is, the differences are innate, bred into
University of Rhode Island and Harvard University professors are collaborating through a new research center to study chemicals that have contaminated water at sites nationwide. The chemicals, called perfluorinated chemicals, have been linked to cancer and other illnesses but aren't federally regulated in drinking water. Water has been contaminated near sites of industrial facilities and U.S. military bases.