A supply ship bearing John Glenn's name arrived at the International Space Station on Saturday. Astronauts used the station's big robot arm to grab the capsule, as the craft flew 250 miles (400 kilometers) above Germany. NASA's commercial shipper, Orbital ATK, named the spacecraft the S.S. John Glenn in honor of the first American to orbit Earth. It rocketed from Cape Canaveral, Florida, on Tuesday with nearly 7,700 pounds of food, experiments and other goods. Glenn died in December at age 95 and was buried earlier this month at Arlington National Cemetery. His widow, Annie, granted permission for Orbital ATK to use his name for the Cygnus spacecraft. The company, in fact, sent up some memorabilia
Less known, though, are their underwater counterparts that rise from the ocean floor: the seamounts. Often remnants of extinct volcanoes, these underwater mountains can form ranges or stand alone. Scientists estimate that there are more than 100,000 seamounts in the oceans of the world, with more than 30,000 of them in the Pacific Ocean alone.
Co-hosting the Earth Day event, the 46-year-old musician and multi-instrumentalist (né Ahmir Khalib Thompson) spoke out against the new presidential administration’s reliance on “alternative facts” - saying that science should belong to the masses and that making it accessible to people is now more important than ever. “Without scientifically literate citizens, the United States - and country in fact - cannot compete on the world stage,” he said.
You can watch the webcast — which will feature rally speeches and entertainment by Questlove, Bill Nye, members of Congress and many others — provided through the Earth Day Network, in the window below.
The United States has a better-than-even chance of sticking with a landmark 2015 global agreement on climate change, former US Vice President Al Gore said Friday. "I think that there's an excellent chance, far better than 50-50, that the United States will decide to stay in the Paris Agreement," Gore said during a roundtable discussion at this week's spring meetings of the World Bank and International Monetary Fund.
Former President Vigdis Finnbogadottir told The Associated Press that Iceland must take steps to protect its language. Teachers are already sensing a change among students in the scope of their Icelandic vocabulary and reading comprehension. Anna Jonsdottir, a teaching consultant, said she often hears teenagers speak English among themselves when she visits schools in Reykjavik, the capital.
Since the dawn of time, mankind has known protests to be a dull and bleak affair. A camaraderie of fervent rebels trodding down the streets under the scorching heat, shouting enduringly monotonous slogans as they pass by, a flashing array of signboards and posters in their wake. Occasional reports of violence and conflict in the news, reports of the police unleashing tear gas upon wild protesters, reports of anxious protesters hurling bricks at the law enforcement. People are oft found in circles around prominent speakers in the streets, while the frustrated administration addresses a dreary nation about the frivolity of its cause. Everything we have known about protests, everything we have ever
Henrietta Lacks — her fictional HBO character (left) and the real woman behind the cells that changed science. When you get surgery or have a mole removed, and there’s leftover tissue or blood, there’s a chance that it might not be discarded. This practice went on for decades without much controversy — until the bestselling book The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot came along in 2010.
WASHINGTON -- Tens of thousands of scientists plan to mark Earth Day on Saturday by marching in hundreds of cities across the country and around the world. They’ll be protesting cuts to research and programs aimed at fighting climate change. The march comes as many Americans are pessimistic about the environment. A CBS News poll on Friday found just 12 percent believe the environment will improve for the next generation. Fifty-seven percent say it will get worse. Ahead of Earth Day, most Americans pessimistic about environment’s future Scientists have marched before, highlighting specific threats such as nuclear weapons and pollution. But Saturday marks the first time they’ve ever marched in
A group of marine scientists says collisions of whales and boats off of the New England coast may be more common than previously thought. The scientists focused on the humpback whale population in the southern Gulf of Maine, a body of water off of Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Maine. They found that almost 15 percent of the whales, which come to New England to feed every spring, had injuries or scarring consistent with at least one vessel strike. The researchers, who published their findings in the March issue of the journal Marine Mammal Science, said the work shows that the occurrence of such strikes is most likely underestimated. They also said their own figure is likely low because it
“Americans with Disabilities Act, or Ada Lovelace?” he says. It’s just shy of 9AM in Washington DC, where thousands of scientists, researchers, academics, doctors, students, and concerned citizens are gathering on the damp grass surrounding the landmark. Scientists have been planning a March on Washington since late January, shortly after Donald Trump took office.
During one of numerous failed attempts to establish himself as an environmentalist, New York Times foreign affairs columnist Thomas Friedman enthusiastically reported in 2010 that - in honour of Earth Day on April 22 - the United States Navy had test-flown a fighter jet "powered by a 50-50 blend of conventional jet fuel and camelina aviation biofuel made from pressed mustard seeds". Armed with this and other bits of trivia, Friedman concluded that the US military was thus in fact on the front line of the battle for a clean Earth. Never mind that, mustard seeds or not, the US Defense Department remains one of the top polluters on the planet. To be sure, the neoliberal media's toxic alignment with
(CNN)Germany's Neumayer Station is an active research institute in Antarctica. During the Antarctic summer, the station houses up to 50 scientific researchers and support staff. With the Antarctic winter drawing near, a very small "overwintering" team remains there to conduct research and maintain the station. On Saturday, this skeleton crew traveled out into the 20°F temperatures and 26 mph gusts to join their voices in support with crowds gathering around the world. Marches for Science have taken place on all seven continents. "Nothing in life is to be feared, it is only to be understood," reads a quote from renowned scientist Marie Curie on the banner they held. "Now is the time to understand
Facebook isn't the only one working on linking the human brain with computers. Elon Musk, the billionaire CEO of Tesla and SpaceX, on Thursday laid out a plan for his new company, Neuralink Corp. The startup is working on a way to meld the mind with a computer interface by implanting neurons in the brain, according to an interview with the website Wait But Why. The aim for now is to create a product that could help patients with severe brain injuries like stroke or paralysis. Musk hopes to release a product like that in four years. It would take about eight to 10 years to reach people without disabilities, and Musk warned that much of this depends on regulatory approval. The idea is to create
Have you ever noticed why tomato juice is such a popular drink on planes? There is a scientific reason behind it and it's all to do with the impact of cabin pressure on our senses. It’s about 30 percent more difficult to detect sweet and salty tastes, according to a 2010 study by the Fraunhofer Institute for Building Physics in Germany. In other words, at altitude, our sense of taste is dulled.
Say hello to Steve. Steve isn't a person. Steve is actually the unofficial name of a mysterious purple streak of light observed by some social media savvy skywatchers keeping an eye out for the northern lights. SEE ALSO: I am so unreasonably jealous
WASHINGTON — The world saw brain power take a different form Saturday. From the Washington Monument to Germany’s Brandenburg Gate and even to Greenland, scientists, students and research advocates took to the streets for the March for Science, conveying a global message about scientific freedom without political interference, the need for adequate spending for future breakthroughs and the general value of scientific pursuits. They came out on an often soggy Earth Day in numbers that were mammoth if not quite astronomical. “We didn’t choose to be in this battle, but it has come to the point where we have to fight because the stakes are too great,” said Pennsylvania State University climate scientist
In a few months, Ariana Clealand will begin pursuing her childhood dream of building rockets and satellites. The scientific community is battling widespread distrust, basic research could face steep cuts and “alternative facts” have emerged as a new opponent to empirical truth. “To know that we live in a society where we are blurring the line between fact and fiction … it’s a bit insane, really,” said Clealand, an 18-year-old senior at Dublin Jerome High School and soon-to-be aerospace engineering student at Ohio State University. On Saturday, Clealand was one of perhaps thousands who gathered Downtown to promote the importance of science in policymaking and everyday life, and to call for its continued support.
A carpet of bluebells bursts into flower in Belgium in a wonder of the natural world -- but one that is at risk of being trampled by tourists drawn to its beauty. At the start of spring the tall beech trees are still bare enough to let enough sunlight reach the forest floor and allow the flowers to bloom. Huge swathes of the 555-hectare (1,370-acre) woodland are covered in millions of the delicate purple flowers for as far as the eye can see.
President Donald Trump just released a statement for Earth Day, and it doesn't seem like he really loves the Earth? Along with some faint praise of America's "abundant natural resources and awe-inspiring beauty," Trump used Earth Day to talk about jobs
AUSTIN, Texas—“We are here today because the importance of science in our nation is in dispute," Dr. Art Markman told the assembled crowd outside the Texas State Capitol. "And I have to lecture a bit because I’m a professor.” Evidently, professors weren't the only ones compelled to act at this weekend's March for Science. Activists, writers, engineers, scientists, coders, kids, dogs, religious leaders, a PhD student preparing to give his dissertation next Friday, and a joke-telling robot named Annabelle gathered side-by-side among thousands ready to march at the Austin event. Everyone seemingly had a different reason to attend: support for clean energy, the banishment of junk science from Texas
As a teen, I became engrossed with deep and existential questions such as: How did the universe come into existence? What started it all? Why do things work the way they do, and does the universe have to be the way it is? Needing to know the answer to these questions is what drove me to study physics and to choose to devote my life to becoming a researcher. I simply need to know. I always needed to know. Certainly, wanting to understand the answer to these questions isn't new to me. Our earliest writings asked the same things. Over the millennia, answers were offered that were first theological and then philosophical. But, with the advent of the scientific method and the inclusion of empirical
In a unique study spanning the entire continent, scientists have found that water is gushing across Antarctica — more than they ever realized. The researchers from Columbia University’s Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory have found significant drainage of meltwater flowing across the continent’s ice sheets during summer in Antarctica. Until now, these streams of water were mainly associated only with Antarctica’s far north regions. The discovery of widespread streams across the continent is ominous news, indicating Antarctica’s ice may be much more vulnerable to melting than scientists predicted. Free-flowing water, which absorbs solar energy more than ice, puts nearby ice at greater risk of melting.
"My business model right now ... is I sell about $1 billion of Amazon stock a year and I use it to invest in Blue Origin." -- Amazon.com CEO (and Blue Origin founder) Jeff Bezos Up 46% in 52 weeks, Amazon.com (NASDAQ:AMZN) stock is one of the best performers on the stock market. That's good news for founder Jeff Bezos, who according to S&P Global Market Intelligence owns 81 million of Amazon's 428 million shares outstanding (about 19%). Amazon's exponentially expanding stock price recently catapulted Bezos all the way from No. 15 on Forbes' 2015 list of billionaires to No. 3 as of this writing -- leapfrogging Warren Buffett to land just behind Amancio Ortega (Europe's richest man) and Bill Gates