Two sisters from Seattle, Washington, are turning their family science project into the opportunity of a lifetime: working with NASA during the historic total solar eclipse. Rebecca and Kimberly Yeung are participating in NASA’s Eclipse Ballooning project in conjunction with the University of Montana on Aug. 21. Rebecca, 12, and Kimberly, 10, built their own balloon craft that they will launch from Casper, Wyoming, into the eclipse's path of totality.
This team of University of Maryland students is hoping to prove it can win SpaceX’s hyperloop capsule competition and bring in a new form of transportation to life. It may take years to see if Elon Musk’s dream of a hyperloop will lead to humans zipping between cities at hundreds of miles an hour aboard pods packed inside low-pressure tubes, but one team of college students is sure they can help lead the way there.
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. Summer has seen a record number of fires and Portugal's Interior Minister Constanca Urbano de Sousa has blamed arsonists and human negligence for most of them.
NASA has launched the last of its longtime tracking and communication satellites. The end of the era came with Friday morning's liftoff of TDRS-M (T-driss-M), the 13th satellite that's part of the Tracking and Data Relay Satellite network. An unmanned Atlas V rocket provided the lift from Cape Canaveral, Florida. NASA has been launching TDRS satellites since 1983. The 22,300-mile-high constellation links ground controllers with the International Space Station, the Hubble Space Telescope and other low-orbiting craft. This newest satellite cost $408 million. The price tag jumps to $540 million with the rocket. The flight was delayed two weeks after a crane hit one of the satellite's antennas last
At the same time, these genetic tests may actually be exciting to white supremacists because it gives them a scientific argument for the diversity of the European “race,” which helps them appropriate the language of diversity and multiculturalism for hateful purposes. The findings, presented at the American Sociological Association this week and to be published in a forthcoming journal article, are a sober reminder that it takes a lot more than genetic proof of multiethnic ancestry to dissuade hard-core racists from their hateful ideology. “We can’t rely on genetic information to turn white nationalists away from their views,” researcher Aaron Panofsky wrote in an email to HuffPost.
South Africa said Friday it would oppose an online auction of rhino horns due to start next week, as outraged conservationists said the sale would undermine the global ban on rhino trade. The three-day auction by South African John Hume, who runs the world's biggest rhino farm, comes after a ban on domestic trade in the country was lifted three months ago. The government said it would fight Hume's court application to be granted sale permits.
Babbitt is a loose term for a metal alloy used in bearings. Consider the crankshaft in a combustion engine: It rotates and is subject to thousands of pounds of force. The modern solution is a hydrodynamic shell bearing, a replaceable piece of metal that sits between engine block and crank.
For the past six months, ABC News' "20/20" traveled the country tracking political violence and following extremists.
When just one person does it it's not a big deal, but when dozens or hundreds of people all unwisely dispose of the grease from their Thanksgiving turkeys it creates a big problem. Many of the largest fatbergs occur in the U.K., because they have lax regulations on grease traps. Most cities in the U.S. require restaurants to use and maintain their own grease traps, but the rules in the U.K. make implementing similar regulations difficult.
With the solar eclipse just three days away, there is growing concern about a shortage in the special glasses needed to view the event without damaging your eyes. NBC’s Tom Costello reports for TODAY from NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Maryland
A founder of modern neuroscience who studied Einstein's brain has died. The University of California, Berkeley says Marian Cleeves Diamond was 90 when she died July 25 at her home in Oakland. She was the first to show that the brain can change with time and improve with enrichment. Diamond discovered evidence of this by examining preserved slices of Einstein's brain. She was a UC Berkeley professor emerita of integrative biology. She found in 1984 that Einstein's brain had more support cells than average. Working with rats, she showed that an enriched environment changed the anatomy of the brain. The implication was that the brains of all animals including humans benefit from enriched environments
Almost 20 years ago, Berkshire Hathaway (NYSE:BRK-B) vice-chairman Charlie Munger gave a talk called "The psychology of human misjudgment" at Harvard. He's given dozens of talks since, but I don't think any match its wisdom and usefulness. I recently came found the talk on video. You can listen to the whole thing here, and I highly encourage you to if you have an hour to spare. For the impatient, the talk discusses about 18 separate biases that cause people to fool themselves make bad decisions. I've summarized them here, along with a few comments from Munger. 1. Under-recognition of the power incentives. "I think I've been in the top 5% of my age cohort all my life in understanding the power
Researchers say they have found a new clue into the mysterious exodus of ancient cliff-dwelling people from the Mesa Verde area of Colorado more than 700 years ago: DNA from the bones of domesticated turkeys. The DNA shows the Mesa Verde people raised turkeys that had telltale similarities to turkeys kept by ancient people in the Rio Grande Valley of northern New Mexico — and that those birds became more common in New Mexico about the same time the Mesa Verde people were leaving their cliff dwellings, according to a paper published last month in the journal PLoS One.
Roberto Altamirano has the lake to himself as he casts his glistening net onto the still water in a perfect circle, lets it sink, then slowly pulls it in. It comes back bearing a large haul of tilapia and carp -- and that is exactly the problem. Altamirano is one of just 20 or so fishermen who remain in the floating gardens of Xochimilco, an idyllic network of lakes, canals and artificial islands improbably tucked into the urban sprawl of Mexico City.
Missouri State Parks officials on Friday said they can't verify that solar eclipse glasses and viewers the agency sold across the state meet safety standards and are warning people not to use them when viewing Monday's eclipse. Renee Bungart, spokeswoman for the Department of Natural Resources, which oversees Missouri State Parks, said it's unclear how many of the PMS Promo Mart glasses and viewers were sold, but the agency purchased 25,000. Those who bought that type of eclipse eyewear from parks and historic sites can return them for a full refund. "Missouri State Parks apologizes for any inconvenience this may cause but we want to take all possible steps to make sure everyone can safely view
A new research paper suggests Oklahoma’s earthquake hazard might not taper off as quickly or as significantly as scientists previously predicted. The energy industry practice of pumping toxic waste-fluid byproducts of oil and gas production into underground disposal wells is thought to be fueling Oklahoma’s earthquake surge. This activity peaked in 2015 and slowed due to regulations and low oil prices. A November 2016 study by Stanford University geophysicists predicted fewer earthquakes and less-damaging shaking would soon follow, but newly published research is less optimistic. In a newly published paper in the journal Science Advances, a team of scientists from University of California Santa
The Super Soaker was a game changer when came to squirt guns and summer fun. The man behind one of the most popular toys of all time is an engineer who has worked for Oak Ridge National Laboratory, the Air Force, and NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Now he's working on a few other inventions that he hopes will change the world. Following is a transcript of the video.
The death of the 13 North Atlantic right whales in the past few months has raised concern over the future of the endangered species, only around 500 of which exist in the world. The latest death was reported from about 160 miles east of Cape Cod by the U.S. Coast Guard on Monday. This was the third right whale death in the U.S. waters this summer and comes a week after the last death was reported in Martha’s Vineyard in Massachusetts.
There’s a total solar eclipse somewhere on Earth once every 18 months or so. And whether it’s passing over a barren, ice-cragged coast of Antarctica, a remote African desert, or a lonely patch of ocean, you can be sure there will be an umbraphile — a shadow-loving eclipse chaser — there to see it. Eclipse chasers are people who plan their lives around (and spend small fortunes on) eclipse travel. This year, of course, they’ll be joining millions of people in the United States to see the total solar eclipse on August 21. We wanted to know: What’s so special about total solar eclipses that you would chase them around the world? So we called up eight eclipse chasers and talked to them for hours,
On 21 August, more than seven million people across the US are expected to witness the first total solar eclipse to cross the North American continent from ocean to ocean since 1918. Due in part to some cosmic geometry, the Moon will momentarily obscure the Sun and cast a lunar shadow across the Earth's surface, blanketing parts of the US in darkness, causing temperatures to drop and illuminating stars and planets in the middle of the day. The last time the US experienced a solar eclipse was 1979, but it has been 99 years since the celestial event crossed the entire continent. The 2017 eclipse will also mark the first solar eclipse exclusive to the US since before the nation's founding in 1776,
An abortion can be an emotional experience that raises questions about a woman's relationships, past regrets, and future. To vividly and persuasively make their case, anti-abortion rights activists often point to scientific research that makes dubious connections between the medical procedure and long-term psychological turmoil or suffering.
If the world is free of flat tires a couple decades from now, you may have researchers from the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences to thank for it. “We have a made a new type of rubber with an exceptional combination of toughness and self-healing ability,” Liheng Cai, a postdoctoral fellow in applied physics, told Digital Trends. “We did so by developing a new way to mix two intrinsically immiscible bonds, reversible and covalent bonds, in a dry rubber.
Researchers at Google have found a vulnerability in the way watermarks are used by stock imagery sites like Adobe Stock that makes it possible to remove the opaque stamp used to protect copyright. The consistent way in which the watermarks are placed on photos can be exploited using an algorithm trained to recognize and automatically remove them. “As often done with vulnerabilities discovered in operating systems, applications or protocols, we want to disclose this vulnerability and propose solutions in order to help the photography and stock image communities adapt and better protect its copyrighted content and creations,” research scientists Tali Dekel and Michael Rubenstein wrote in a blog post today.
The timeline has been stretched and the pot sweetened. Putting a robot on the surface of the moon won’t be a cake walk, and the finalist teams in the Google Lunar XPrize competition have just received a deadline extension and a tweak to the terms of the tilt. Previously, the rules required launch of robotic landers moon-ward on the last day of this year. Now, the prize-winning team will have to complete its moon mission by March 31 next year, to win grand prizes. “The teams must demonstrate that their vehicles can land gently on the Moon, and then move up to 1,640 feet (500 meters) across the lunar surface, taking pictures and video that can be sent back to Earth,” tech website The Verge reported.
Classy whiskey drinkers like to add a few drops of water to their glass. Now chemists have explained why that makes it taste better. Whiskeys and other liquors start out as sugary slurries. Yeast eat the sugar and make alcohol. Distillers heat up that alcoholic mixture, isolating ethanol (the alcohol that gets us drunk) along with some of the molecules that give whiskeys their taste and smell. Unlike vodka, whiskeys are aged, often in oak barrels, which add even more flavor compounds. At that point, the whiskey is somewhere between 55% and 65% ethanol, water making up most the rest. Most whiskey makers will add more water to bring the ethanol concentration down to 40%—80 proof in liquor lingo.