California-based company Rocket Lab said Thursday it had launched a test rocket into space from its New Zealand launch pad, although the rocket didn't reach orbit as hoped. The company said its Electron rocket lifted off at 4:20 p.m. Thursday and reached space three minutes later. "It was a fantastic flight and we are really, really happy with the performance of the vehicle," said company founder Peter Beck. Beck, a New Zealander, said the early stages of the mission went to plan, right up to the final separation. He said his team would be working through terabytes of data over the coming weeks to find out why the rocket didn't reach orbit. He said a second test rocket has been built but it would
Oceaneos wants to dump iron dust into water to catalyze phytoplankton growth. The effects of "ocean seeding" haven't been proven to work.
Alaska averages 40,000 earthquakes per year, with more large quakes than the other 49 states combined, and America's shakiest state is about to have its ground examined like never before. A federal agency that supports basic science research is completing installation in Alaska of an array of seismometers as part of its quest to map the Earth's upper crust beneath North America. When the magnitude 9.2 Great Alaska Earthquake ripped through the state in 1964, there were two seismometers in Alaska. At the end of this summer, there will be 260, swathing the state with instruments that record seismic waves and give geologists a picture of the upper 50 miles (80 kilometers) of the Earth. Alaska state
Authorities in Nepal have been unable to confirm the identities of four bodies found on Mount Everest, officials said Wednesday, raising speculation the climbers may have died years ago. The climbers were found at camp four -- at 7,950 metres (26,085 feet) -- on Tuesday by a rescue team who were there to retrieve the body of a Slovak climber who died on the mountain on Sunday. Nepal's tourism department said late Wednesday they had been unable to identify the bodies.
Betsy Asher Hall / Gervasio Robles | JPL-Caltech | SwRI/MSSS | NASA Scientists just released a pile of more than 40 scientific papers discussing some stunning data from NASA's mission to Jupiter. The Juno mission has observed huge cyclones at Jupiter's poles, and a magnetic field around the planet that is both larger than scientists expected, and surprisingly irregular in shape. The findings are the first of likely several papers revealing an unprecedented amount of information about the largest planet in the solar system. The researchers published two papers Thursday in the journal Science, and 44 papers in the journal of Geophysical Research Letters. "There is so much going on here that we
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.
Dads not only act differently in their daily interactions with the children, but scans of their brains also revealed different patterns of activity depending on whether they have a boy or a girl. In recent years, a number of studies has shown that fathers treat girls and boys differently – suggesting in some cases that their behaviours could reinforce gender stereotypes in their children. For instance, studies often rely on parents' self-reports of their interactions with their children.
On Aug. 21, 2017, people across the United States will see the sun disappear behind the moon, turning daylight into twilight, causing the temperature drop rapidly and revealing massive streamers of light streaking through the sky around the silhouette of the moon. On that day, America will fall under the path of a total solar eclipse. Read our latest story! May 24: Do you have your eclipse glasses yet? And if you do, are you sure they're safe to use? Don't burn your retinas! Read everything you need to know about proper eye protection here: Solar Eclipse Glasses: Where to Buy the Best, High-Quality Eyewear | All Eclipse News Bonus: Check out our new Solar Eclipse Books Guide! Best Books
Nearly 50 years ago, astronaut Neil Armstrong famously made his mark on the moon. When Armstrong returned from the Apollo 11 mission, he had a bag containing rock fragments and dust he collected from the moon's surface. Cassandra Hatton, a vice president at Sotheby's, explained that NASA unknowingly lost track of the bag, which protected the Earth and space craft from lunar pathogens, while clearing out items in the Johnson Space Center in Texas.
Flamingos can stand on one leg for far longer than humans can. They can even do it while asleep. Now scientists have shed some more light on just how these pink birds manage such a balancing act without getting tired. The researchers from the Georgia Institute of Technology in the US focused on one of the main theories used to explain this behaviour, the muscle fatigue hypothesis. The more a muscle is used, the more likely it is to become tired and so most animals standing on one leg need to regularly switch. But flamingos can use one leg for much longer periods of time without needing to switch. So the theory is that the leg holding them up doesn’t get fatigued. SEE ALSO: Pink flamingo receives
Fear of earthquakes is part of life in California. But people experience this anxiety in different ways. For some, the fear prompts them to take steps to protect themselves: strapping down heavy furniture, securing kitchen cabinets and retrofitting homes and apartments. For others, the fear prompts denial — a willful ignorance of the dangers for years until the ground starts shaking. Seismologist Lucy Jones has spent her career trying to understand public attitudes about earthquakes, with a focus on moving people past paralysis and denial. Jones said the way experts like her used to talk about earthquakes wasn’t very effective. They tended to focus on the probability of a major earthquake striking
A gigantic new research submarine designed by Russia will travel underneath ice floes, mapping its underwater surroundings with a pair of huge plane-like wings. The Arctic Research Submarine was designed by the famous Rubin Design Bureau, which was also responsible for the Typhoon-class missile submarines, the largest subs ever built. This vessel will weigh in at 13,280 tons, making easily the largest civilian research submersible ever built, and will be 442 feet long.
Maj. Gen. Roger W. Teague, director of Space Programs for the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Acquisition, and Dr. David A. Hardy, acting deputy under secretary of the Air Force for Space, told reporters at the Pentagon the request is an effort to protect the space domain and aspects of missile defense. With space now considered a war-fighting domain, Teague said potential adversaries have been “quietly watching” and preparing their own anti-satellite systems that could destroy U.S. satellites and ground stations. But when asked if U.S. officials have considered deploying missiles, interceptors or technology to shoot down or render inoperable adversary spacecraft — offensive capabilities
The science is in: working 18-hour days, six to seven days a week will actually make you less productive. However, many of us still convince ourselves that putting in more hours will make us more successful. This belief is especially prevalent in the United States, where over half (55 percent) of people don't take all their vacation time. Some people may think that foregoing vacation for their career will make them a better employee. However, scientific research has found that the opposite is true. As a human behavior scientist and author of The 2 AM Principle, I have spent over a decade traveling around the world. One of the many things that I have learned along the way is that the human body
Vancouver, British Columbia--(Newsfile Corp. - May 24, 2017) - Jaxon Minerals Inc. (TSXV: JAX) (FSE: 0U3) ("Jaxon" or the "Company") is pleased to announce that it has purchased and received data from the 2012 Geotech VTEM resistivity/conductivity and magnetics airborne survey (464 line kilometre) flown at the company's Hazelton VMS target, 50 kms northwest of Smithers, British Columbia. Jaxon has provided the survey data to contracted geophysical experts for review, interpretation and further processing. The company has received first phase preliminary plots and expects final modelling results (Maxwell plate) over the course of the next several weeks.
Scientists have long known that learning shapes the brain. Speaking multiple languages, accruing new skills or even just quitting a habit can forge new neural pathways. Literacy, it turns out, changes ancient regions of the brain that researchers never suspected played a role in reading.
Earlier this month, people around the world gawked at viral photos of a massive sea monster that had washed up on an Indonesian beach. Aside from looking like a grotesque, melting, Dalí-worthy nightmare, part of what was so strange and horrifying about the carcass was the size — the beast from the deep stretched nearly 50 feet in length. Unfortunately, reality is always a little disappointing: The remains belonged to a baleen whale. But there is certainly something rather mythical and monstrous about cetaceans, and how exactly they became so colossal compared to everything else on Earth. The blue whale, for example, can stretch over 80 feet and weigh 380,000 pounds. A study published Tuesday
NEW YORK (AP) — A new marijuana study joins a limited record of scientific knowledge about the harms and benefits of pot.The research published Wednesday is the first rigorous test of a marijuana compound in treating a certain form of severe epilepsy.
Nearly a year since the Zika virus outbreak arrived in Miami, scientists say they've learned new details about how the mosquito-born virus emerged and spread throughout the Americas. Researchers sequenced nearly 200 Zika virus genomes to see how the virus mutated and traveled over time. All studies found the virus spread unnoticed for many months before transmission was detected.
The plane probably used plasma jet engines and they are being developed on Earth right now. A team of researchers from the Technical University of Berlin spoke to New Scientist about their plasma jet fuel engine that can propel a plane into the air, to the edge of space, using nothing but electricity and air. Well, “nothing but” is a bit too mildly put, as the electricity that the engines would use will have to come from somewhere, like a battery.
NASA’s Cassini orbiter was the first to deliver a really clear look at the eye-catching, hexagonal storm swirling on Saturn’s north pole, so it’s only fitting that the craft has now delivered a photo of the peculiar phenomenon that adds a new layer of awe. As part of Cassini’s recent photo sweep, the orbiter took a nice long look at Saturn’s northernmost point once more and discovered that it has almost completely changed color. Saturn’s seasons are really, really long.
If congress agrees with Trump’s latest budget proposal, NASA will have about $561 million less to work with in 2018 than it did in 2017. With that said, significant programs will meet the chopping block because of it: NASA’s education program will completely shut down, along with at least four other missions related to studying asteroids or understanding Earth’s changing climate. NASA's acting administrator, Robert M. Lightfoot Jr., didn’t sound all that concerned.
The ExoMars test lander Schiaparelli crashed onto the Red Planet because of a combination of poor modelling, problems managing subcontractors and inadequate navigation software. An independent external inquiry into mission has concluded that conflicting information in the computer caused the descent sequence to end before the lander had reached the ground. The module was a test run for the ExoMars 2020 mission, when the partnership of Roscosmos and the European Space Agency (ESA) hope to get their first lander on Mars. Everything seemed to be going well on October 16 last year, when the demonstrator module separated from its mothership, the Trace Gas Orbiter, and coasted towards Mars. The module
When Pioneer 10 and Pioneer 11 went to the skies in the early 70's, they carried with them gold plaques attempting to explain humanity to an alien race designed by one of the best teachers in species history, Carl Sagan. The person behind the Kickstarter, Duane King, was inspired by Sagan's legendary Cosmos: A Personal Journey, which aired eight years after Pioneer 10's launch.