British scientists have decided to close the Halley VI Research Station in Antarctica for the winter amid concerns about safety. The British Antarctic survey said Monday that changes to the ice presents "a complex glaciological picture" that causes concern about the shelf on which the station is located in the coming months. The survey says a new crack on the floating Brunt Ice Shelf in Antarctica will force them to remove people before the Antarctic winter, which runs from March to November, ends. There's no risk to the people currently at the station, but difficulties in evacuating people during the winter prompted scientists to shut the station as a precaution. The station is a platform for
Scientists allege in a recent study that menopause, when females no longer produce eggs to bear children, was an evolutionary development that helps end conflict between mothers and daughters. In the study, the researchers state that menopause helps alleviate strife between females and keeps them from being a sexual threat to their offspring. The study was conducted at the University of Exeter and examined one of only three species on the planet that undergo menopause — killer whales.
Thanks to the acclaimed new film Hidden Figures — based on a book of the same name by Margot Lee Shetterly — Katherine Johnson, Mary Jackson and Dorothy Vaughan are finally getting the widespread recognition they deserve. Empire‘s Taraji P. Henson plays Johnson, a brilliant mathematician who began working at NASA in its earliest days, beginning in the 1950s. The girl from West Virginia, born in 1918, admitted she always had an obsessive fascination with numbers.
A drop in the water levels at the Hongmen Reservoir in China's Nancheng County in the city of Fuzhou has revealed an ancient Buddha statue, which archaeologists believe is around 600 years old. The head of the structure was first discovered by villagers late last year after the water levels were brought down by more than 10 metres for a hydro-power gate renovation project. On 15 January, an archaeological team completed its underwater mission under the State Administration of Cultural Heritage and Jiangxi Provincial Research Institute of Archaeology. Based on the style of the carving, Xu Changqing, director of the Research Institute of Archaeology of Jiangxi province believes it belonged to the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644).
Called HySP or Hyper-Spectral Phasor, the technique improves on a basic technique used by medical researchers: Molecules glow differently under various wavelengths of light, notably fluorescents (think black lights), and layering these types of images together provides a picture of the molecule’s health. “By looking at multiple targets, or watching targets move over time, we can get a much better view of what’s actually happening within complex living systems,” said Francesco Cutrale, a postdoctoral fellow at USC’s Translational Imaging Center, which specializes in imaging biological systems.
Cows, much like any other animal, inhale oxygen and exhale carbon dioxide. It’s Science 101, and you would think everyone knows this. An education minister in India, however, seems to have his own theories. SEE ALSO: Millions of cows to be tagged with
Uganda's ministry for agriculture said on Sunday it had detected bird flu in two locations, one affecting wild birds and another hitting domestic birds, but it did not say whether it was a strain that has spread across Europe and the Middle East. Uganda's Agriculture, Industry and Fisheries Ministry said in a statement that in-country tests had identified "the highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI), that affects both humans and animals and which causes (a) high number of deaths in both species." But the statement did not indentify the strain. Fishermen on Jan. 2 had reported the "mass death of wild birds" on the shores of Lake Victoria, near Entebbe, which lies near the capital.
Just 20 minutes of exercise may help fight inflammation in the body, a new study suggests. In the study, 47 people walked on a treadmill at a brisk pace for 20 minutes, and had blood samples taken before and after this exercise session. The researchers found that this amount of exercise reduced markers of inflammation in the body.
In control of Congress and soon the White House, Republicans are readying plans to roll back the influence of the Endangered Species Act, one of the government's most powerful conservation tools, after decades of complaints that it hinders drilling, logging and other activities. Over the past eight years, GOP lawmakers sponsored dozens of measures aimed at curtailing the landmark law or putting species such as gray wolves and sage grouse out of its reach. Almost all were blocked by Democrats and the White House or lawsuits from environmentalists.
Elon Musk's SpaceX has successfully returned to flight after launching its first Falcon 9 rocket since the massive, expensive accident in September last year destroyed the vessel along with its payload. The Falcon 9 rocket successfully lifted a payload of 10 satellites into orbit for communications company Iridium, delivering the satellites into low-Earth orbit about an hour after launch. Shortly after the initial takeoff from the Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, SpaceX was able to land the first stage of the rocket on the "Just Read the Instructions" drone ship in the Pacific Ocean. The successful launch on Saturday (14 January) brings the Falcon 9's success rate up to 28 in 30 flights
Money invested in renewable energy is not enough to reach a climate goal of limiting global warming to 2.0 degrees Celsius, an Abu Dhabi-based green energy organisation said Sunday. Investment in renewables has increased dramatically in the last decade, but "the rate of growth is not sufficient yet to meet the climate goals", Adnan Amin, the head of renewable energy agency IRENA said.
Eugene Cernan, the last man to walk on the moon, died Monday at age 82, NASA announced. The commander of Apollo 17 became the last person to set foot on the moon when he entered the U.S. lunar module in 1972 for the return journey to Earth.
A massive, un-moving structure has been discovered in the upper atmosphere of Venus. Scientists detected the feature with the Jaxa's Akatsuki spacecraft and they believe it is some sort of gravity wave – although they do not understand how it ended up at the altitude of cloud tops. The bow-shaped structure was first spotted in December 2015 and a team led by scientists from Rikkyo University in Japan were able to observe it over several days. It measured 10,000km in length and was brighter and hotter than the surrounding atmosphere. When scientists attempted to observe it again a month later, it had disappeared. The team published their findings in the journal Nature Geoscience. The Akatsuki
A ferocious fish with razor-sharp teeth dating from the Early Cretaceous has been dug up in the Australian outback by tourists. The fossil – a lizardfish – has never been seen in Australia before. It was discovered by two fossil enthusiasts, Barbara and Gary Flewelling, while on holiday in Richmond in rural Queensland, from their home in Canada. "We hadn't been out here very long, simply turning over the layers of limestone and the first thing that showed up was just the tail," Barbara Flewelling told ABC News. "And with the next slab in front of it, we turned that up, and there was the centre of it with all the vertebrae and all of the ribs. "It was almost perfect. You could see the teeth, you
Space is one of Hollywood’s favorite settings. Over the years, countless sci-fi movies (from Star Wars to The Martian) and TV shows (Babylon 5, Battlestar Galactica, and Firefly) have taken audiences on perilous journeys through the solar system and to other planets. Here are 10 common space myths perpetuated by movies and TV. 1.
Parthenogenesis — a natural form of asexual reproduction — is something that's common amongst plant species, insects, amphibians and many other life forms. The phenomenon occurs in sharks too, but one shark has shown a remarkable ability to switch between reproduction styles. Leonie the leopard shark (also known as a zebra shark) from Reef HQ aquarium in Townsville, Australia, has stunned researchers by becoming the first of her species with a recorded mating history to switch to asexual reproduction.
PBS will broadcast Beyond a Year in Space, follow-up documentary to 2016’s A Year In Space special in November of 2017. The two specials, adapted from Time’s original digital video series about astronaut Scott Kelly’s 12-month stay on the International Space Station (ISS), explore the human limitations for space travel and what a mission to Mars will require. Beyond a Year in Space picks up where the first film left off: Scott Kelly’s last day in space and return to Earth.