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.
More than 100 of Britain's top climate scientists on Monday urged Prime Minister Theresa May to press US President-elect Donald Trump to safeguard government-led research on global warming. "We stand ready to support and assist our counterparts in the United States... in resisting any political attempts to prevent, hamper or interfere with vital research on climate change," they wrote in an open letter to May, sent to AFP. A senior advisor to Trump has called for an end to climate research programmes at NASA, which provides vital data to scientists in the US and around the world.
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).
In his day, Benjamin Franklin was Steve Jobs, Thomas Edison, Mark Zuckerberg, and Henry Ford, all rolled into one. Like the above-mentioned people, Franklin invented his own widely used devices, or found innovative ways to improve on other people’s inventions. The British, after Franklin endorsed revolution against the crown, considered him a dangerous traitor with a price on his head.
SpaceX two-stage Falcon rocket launched 10 satellites and then its first stage section returned to earth. China's Landspace Technology will soon launch a satellite for Danish company Gomspace. Landspace CEO Zhang Changwu said his company could not have won recognition from the overseas client without decades of efforts by Chinese workers in the aerospace industry, which has been developing for 60 years.
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
We will do some crazy things to look and feel young. The latest bonkers trend is apparently replacing your blood supply with the blood of the young, vampire-style, for a mere $8,000. Ambrosia, founded by entrepreneur Jesse Karamazin, is conducting a trial to study the effects of receiving blood and plasma from teens and young adults. The idea was inspired by studies on mice who had their veins conjoined that showed some effects of aging were reversed or accelerated when older mice received blood from young mice. However, many say the study is poorly-designed and not scientific. Also, they claim there are ethics violations in running a study that requires participants to pay and that will generate
A group of amateur detectives may have discovered a key component behind the mystery of the only unsolved skyjacking in U.S. history. In 1971, a man in a suit known as "D.B. Cooper" took control of a Northwest Orient flight and demanded $200,000 in exchange, eventually fleeing the plane by jumping out the back with a parachute. Neither he nor the money were ever found, nor was he ever positively identified. Now a group called Citizen Sleuths claims to have uncovered new evidence, The Washington Post reports, that points to Cooper being an aerospace engineer or a manager, based on particle analysis of a clip-on tie he wore on the plane. "A tie is one of the only articles of clothing that isn't
VANCOUVER, BC / ACCESSWIRE / January 17, 2017 / Asiamet Resources Limited (ARS.V) ("ARS" or the "Company") is pleased to advise that Resource evaluation drilling being undertaken as part of the feasibility study at the Beruang Kanan Main ("BKM") copper
Here be dragons. And more than anyone ever knew existed. Researchers at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California San Diego and the Western Australian Museum have confirmed the existence of a previously unknown third species of seadragon — the ruby seadragon, aka Phyllopteryx dewysea. It’s a relative of the well-known leafy seadragon (Phycodurus eques) and common seadragon (Phyllopteryx taeniolatus), both of which are found off the southern and western coasts of Australia. But before 2015, their ruby cousin wasn’t known to exist, thanks to its habitat — deeper than recreational SCUBA diving limits — and its close resemblance to the common seadragon. Researchers began
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.
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.
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.
We Americans tend to think of the British as infinitely more refined and cultivated than we are (despite the Brexit vote), but England almost eliminated art history as a field of study for high school students. This would have cut it off at the knees and crippled it as a field of study altogether, because in the UK, high school students must choose their study subject when applying to university — if they’ve had no art history in high school, they are unlikely to choose it at uni. But after much protest from the liberal intellectual establishment, art history was “saved” and will stay on British curricula. If the cultured British nearly did away with art history, then what hope have we Americans?
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.
The findings were published in the Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology by researcher Takahiro Shimada from James Cook University in Townsville, Australia. To catch and tag these sea turtles, they used the rather intense sounding "rodeo method" to get the job done. Once we spot a turtle, we get close to them and jump on a turtle if the turtle is not moving," Shimada told Mashable.
In mid-January, an annual ritual takes place in the climate science and media world. Four independent government organizations that keep global temperature records—NOAA, NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS), the UK Met Office, and the Japanese Meteorological Agency (JMA)—are all expected to make their much-anticipated findings available this week. Every year, journalists ask if a new global temperature record has been set, and scientists scramble to explain the statistics and their analysis of the data. The current long-term bull market (if you are buying global warming shares) will continue, There is no doubt that all the surface temperature indexes will shatter the old 2015 record this week, which blew out the previous record set in 2014.
A spongy new super-material could be lighter than the flimsiest plastic yet 10 times stronger than steel. The new super-material is made up of flecks of graphene squished and fused together into a vast, cobwebby network. The fluffy structure, which looks a bit like a psychedelic sea creature, is almost completely hollow; its density is just 5 percent that of ordinary graphene, the researchers said. What's more, though the researchers used graphene, the seemingly magical properties of the material do not totally depend on the atoms used: The secret ingredient is the way those atoms are aligned, the scientists said. "You can replace the material itself with anything," Markus J. Buehler, a materials
This story originally appeared on High Country News and is reproduced here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. On a Saturday morning in December, Henry Warwick trudged through the slushy streets of Toronto, Canada, to attend an event at the University of Toronto’s towering Robarts Library. He took the elevator to a room on the fourth floor where 150 people— mostly IT specialists, hackers, scholars, and activists—had assembled for the auspiciously titled “Guerrilla Archiving Event: Saving Environmental Data From Trump.” Sign up to our daily newsletter for your chance to win. For the rest of the day, the group would comb the Internet for key climate and environmental data from the Environmental
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.
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
3D printed plastics tend to remain pretty stable over time. For example, your 3D-printed Yoda won’t turn into a Chewbacca head without some severe plastic trauma… until now. Scientists at MIT have created a 3D printing technique that allows you to change the polymers in an object after printing. This means you can grow or shrink and object, change its color, and even change its shape completely. “The idea is that you could print a material and subsequently take that material and, using light, morph the material into something else, or grow the material further,” said Jeremiah Johnson, Associate Professor of Chemistry at MIT. Postdoc Mao Chen and graduate student Yuwei Gu led the research and
Astronomers have discovered an immense surge of energy coming from a cosmic particle accelerator located about 2 billion light years from Earth. It’s powered by interactions between a supermassive black hole and the colliding galaxy clusters Abell 3411 and Abell 3412. Using several telescopes, researchers have traced extremely energetic particles back to a giant black hole shooting out matter, and this material is then caught up in the galaxy merger, flinging the particles away with even more power. The research team compared the process to launching a rocket into low-Earth orbit and then sending that rocket out of the solar system with another rocket blast. “We have seen each of these spectacular