An international team of astronomers has discovered seven potentially habitable exoplanets -- or planets outside our solar system -- that could have liquid water on their surfaces, according to a paper published Wednesday in the journal Nature. It is unclear whether any of the newly discovered planets can harbor life. However, scientists pointed out that the new planetary system orbits TRAPPIST-1, a dwarf star that is much younger than our sun and that will continue to burn for another 10 trillion years -- more than 700 times longer than the universe has existed so far. Astronomers said that is "arguably enough time for life to evolve," the article reported. TRAPPIST-1 is about 39 light-years
Sid Miller, the state's agriculture commissioner, just approved a pesticide — called "Kaput Feral Hog Lure" — for statewide use. "The 'hog apocalypse' may finally be on the horizon," Miller said in a statement on Tuesday. Texas's agriculture commission estimates that feral hogs cause $52 million in damage each year to agricultural businesses by tearing up crops and pastures, knocking down fences and ruining equipment.
A SpaceX capsule carrying more than 5,000 pounds of cargo aborted its attempt to dock at the International Space Station early Wednesday because of an “easily correctable” GPS error, officials said. Hawthorne-based SpaceX scuttled its planned launch Saturday because of a potential issue with the Falcon 9 rocket meant to propel the Dragon capsule into space. The Dragon spacecraft, which launched Sunday from Kennedy Space Center in Florida, was en route to the space station to deliver supplies and research materials, including biological materials to be grown in crystals in space and an instrument that would survey Earth’s upper atmosphere, according to a NASA blog post. The Dragon was about seven-tenths of a mile below the space station, heading toward its final approach for “grapple” — capture by a robotic arm — when, at about 12:25 a.m. Pacific time, its onboard computers automatically triggered an abort, NASA spokesman Rob Navias said on NASA TV.
South Dakota legislators are weighing whether to let teachers decide how much skepticism to work into lessons on contentious scientific topics such as evolution and climate change. A House committee on Wednesday is set to consider the measure, which would give legal protection to teachers who want to discuss "in an objective scientific manner the strengths and weaknesses" of the subjects. South Dakota is one of at least three states, along with Texas and Oklahoma, considering such a bill.
The clock is ticking to save Central Africa's forest elephants. Within Gabon's Minkébé National Park, poachers likely killed about 25,000 forest elephants for their ivory tusks between 2004 and 2014, according to a Duke University-led study in the journal Current Biology.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says strong atmospheric rivers can transport 7.5 to 15 times the average water flow at the mouth of the Mississippi River. These flowing columns of condensed water vapor produce "significant levels of rain and snow," and can account for 30-50% of the Pacific Coast's rain and snow.
On Sunday, Elon Musk 's SpaceX made history, successfully completing the first commercial rocket launch from the NASA launch pad that also sent astronauts to the moon. The win comes after multiple failures for the SpaceX and Tesla (TSLA) CEO, who wants to change the way people travel and send humans to Mars. Since his childhood, books have played a crucial role in fueling Musk's ambitions.
Bacteria live on everyone's skin, and new research shows some friendly germs produce natural antibiotics that ward off their disease-causing cousins. In one early test, those customized creams guarded five patients with a kind of itchy eczema against risky bacteria that were gathering on their cracked skin, researchers reported Wednesday. "It's boosting the body's overall immune defenses," said Dr. Richard Gallo, dermatology chairman at the University of California, San Diego, who is leading the work.
The Smithsonian’s prized Apollo 11 command module will leave the National Air and Space Museum for the first time in 46 years when it becomes the star attraction of a two-year, four-city touring exhibition, “Destination Moon: The Apollo 11 Mission.” The module Columbia – the only piece of the spacecraft to complete the first mission to land a man on the moon and return him to Earth – will be the centerpiece of the exhibition that will open Oct. 14 in Houston before moving to St. Louis, Pittsburgh and Seattle. The artifacts will be on the road for the first part of a planned, multi-year renovation of the Air and Space Museum and for the 50th anniversary of the historic mission. “It did things
Wednesday marks the 20th anniversary of the announcement of Dolly the sheep, the first mammal cloned from an adult cell. Her creation left a lasting impact on both the public and the field of developmental biology, experts say. At the time, other researchers had managed to clone mammals by splitting embryos in a test tube and implanting them in adults. However, none had successfully used an adult somatic (body) cell to clone a mammal. Researchers at the Roslin Institute in Scotland were finally able to produce Dolly — cloned from the udder cell of an adult sheep — after 276 attempts, according to the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI). “For a developmental biologist, the ability
Climate change may have surprising and wide-ranging effects on mental health, experts say. That's because climate change is both a root cause of mental health crises and a "threat multiplier," meaning that it makes existing mental health problems worse, said Dr. Lise Van Susteren, a psychiatrist in private practice and an advisory board member for the Center for Health and the Global Environment at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Van Susteren spoke about the connection between climate change and mental health yesterday (Feb. 16) here at the Climate & Health Meeting, a gathering of experts from public health organizations, universities and advocacy groups that focused on the health impacts of climate change.
The planets have been nicknamed "Earth's seven sisters." Big news is that around a very nearby. Cold small star be found seven rocky earth size planet. All of which could potentially have with the water. For me it's mind blowing. The first night's what
A newfound solar system just 39 light-years away contains seven warm, rocky planets, scientists say. The discovery, reported Wednesday in the journal Nature, represents the first time astronomers have detected so many terrestrial planets orbiting a single star. Researchers say the system is an ideal laboratory for studying distant worlds and could be the best place in the galaxy to search for life beyond Earth. The newly discovered solar system resembles a scaled-down version of our own. The star at its center, an ultra-cool dwarf called TRAPPIST-1, is less than a tenth the size of our sun and about a quarter as warm. Its planets circle tightly around it; the closest takes just a day and a half
Simba the lion and Lula the bear are the Mosul zoo's only survivors -- the other animals were killed by shelling, starved to death or ate each other during the fighting. Federal forces retook that side of Mosul last month from the Islamic State group after more than two years of tyrannical rule by the jihadist group and weeks of bitter combat. Until Amir Khalil, a kind of 'roving war zone veterinarian', and his team of volunteers from the Four Paws animal welfare charity visited on Tuesday, nobody had entered the cages in weeks.
Boeing's (BA) plant in Charleston, S.C., just had the most dramatic week in its history, a week that made it seem that the sky is the limit for the future of the five-year-old plant. On Feb. 15, plant workers voted overwhelming not to join the International Association of Machinists, seemingly reaffirming right-to-work South Carolina's success in 2009 in luring Boeing here, far from the Washington workers who had built all of its legacy commercial aircraft for decades. On Feb. 17, the first Boeing 787-10 rolled off the assembly line -- marking the debut of the first airplane produced exclusively in Charleston. President Trump showed up for the rollout, a testament to Boeing's diplomacy -- a year ago, Trump said that Boeing would leave South Carolina and make all its planes in China -- and also, it must be said, to Trump's ability to recognize that something worthy of a presidential visit has happened in Charleston.
To help us gain a better understanding of air quality around the world, BreezoMeter, an air quality analytics provider, is visually breaking things down with a new interactive air pollution map. The map delivers real-time information on air pollution along with hourly forecasts and helpful weather-related health and fitness recommendations. Its data is drawn from "official air quality sensors" placed across cities that monitor airborne particles and combined with information on wind, weather and traffic conditions.
Feb. 21 (UPI) -- Scientists at Kyoto University in Japan have identified another chimpanzee with trisomy 22, a Down syndrome-like chromosomal disorder. It's the second case of chimpanzee Down syndrome known to science. Healthy human cells contain a total of 46 chromosomes, 23 pairs. The cells of humans with Down syndrome feature an extra chromosome -- a third copy of chromosome 21, or trisomy 21. Apes have 48 chromosomes, one more pair than humans. When chimpanzees, gorillas or orangutans are born with an extra copy of chromosome 22, they're diagnosed with the disorder known as trisomy 22. The name of the newly diagnosed chimp is Kanako. She was born in captivity in 1992. In 2011, the facility
The Apollo 11 command module, which traveled more than 950,000 miles to take Americans to the moon and back in 1969, is going on a road trip, leaving the Smithsonian for the first time in more than four decades. The capsule, named "Columbia," went on a tour of U.S. capitals following its historic role in the mission to the moon. On Wednesday, officials announced a four-city road tour ahead of the 50th anniversary of the moon landing in 2019.
Twenty years ago, British scientists introduced the world to Dolly the Sheep - the first mammal to be cloned using nuclear transfer. She only lived for seven years, but the scientific advances that came from her creation still live on. Dolly died prematurely in 2003, after developing osteoarthritis and a lung infection, raising concerns that cloned animals may age more quickly than normal offspring. But 20 years on, researchers have allayed those fears by reporting that 13 cloned sheep, including four genomic copies of Dolly, are still in good shape at between seven and nine years of age, or the equivalent of 60 to 70 in human years. Professor Kevin Sinclair, a professor of developmental biology
The number of people dying from cocaine overdoses in the United States is on the rise, and a new study suggests why: People are using cocaine and opioids together. The study researchers analyzed information on people who died due to drug overdoses in the U.S. from 2000 to 2015, looking at deaths that involved just cocaine as well as those involving both cocaine and opioids. This 2015 increase occurred despite a continued drop in cocaine use since 2006, the researchers said.
This essay appears in today’s edition of the Fortune Brainstorm Health Daily. Get it delivered straight to your inbox. Nature was once a "separate and wild province" from human civilization, as Bill McKibben wrote in his famous 1989 call-to-arms, The
Kenneth J. Arrow, a Nobel Prize-winning economist and mathematical theorist who made seminal contributions to fields as varied as social science, election theory and health economics and was one of the most influential economists of his generation, died Feb. 21 at his home in Palo Alto, Calif. He was 95. His son Andrew Arrow confirmed the death but he did not know the immediate cause. Dr. Arrow, who spent the majority of his career at Stanford University as an economics professor, was the youngest recipient of the Nobel Prize for Economic Sciences. He was 51 when he shared the Nobel with British economist Sir John Hicks in 1972 for their contributions to welfare economics and general equilibrium
One of Washington's most popular residents left town on Tuesday: Bao Bao, the National Zoo's uber-popular young female panda, headed to her new home in China. Bao Bao left Dulles International Airport outside the US capital on a specially outfitted cargo plane for a 16-hour nonstop flight to the Chinese city of Chengdu, home to a special research base for giant panda breeding. Once in China, the 3.5-year-old Bao Bao -- born in August 2013 at the National Zoo -- will stay in quarantine for about a month, before entering the breeding program.
It isn’t easy to marshal the will to create a human colony on Mars. It’s an expensive project, and to pull it off, you need a vision. To build that vision, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) turned to a video game company. Blackbird Interactive, a Canadian game developer, has built an interactive art demo that illustrates NASA’s vision for a human settlement on Mars. It unveiled the demo, dubbed Project Eagle, at the DICE Summit, the elite game event in Las Vegas this week. It is the brainchild of Jeff Norris, founder and director of the Mission Operations Innovation Office at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. He and Blackbird studied the work of the original moon exploration
Russian Instagram model Viktoria Odintcova wows millions of followers with death-defying photo shoot, dangling off ledge of 1,000-foot building. 22-year-old faces legal action back on the ground