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
It's well known that Pope Francis and President Donald Trump don't exactly see eye-to-eye on global climate change. The pope recognizes the issue as a moral and religious challenge that must be addressed in order to make progress in alleviating
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
Oceaneos wants to dump iron dust into water to catalyze phytoplankton growth. The effects of "ocean seeding" haven't been proven to work.
Rescuers have retrieved the bodies of two Indian climbers who died on Mount Everest last year but whose remains could not be moved due to bad weather, an official said Thursday. A team of Nepali climbers retrieved the bodies of Goutam Ghosh and Paresh Nath from the balcony, an area just below the summit of the 8,848-metre (29,029-foot) mountain. "Both the bodies are now in camp two in a place from where they can be airlifted.
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
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.
The Pentagon's research and development shop is moving one step closer toward building a hypersonic space plane that could shuttle satellites or people into space in record time. In an announcement on Wednesday, DARPA said that Boeing, which was selected for phase one of the project, would keep working on its advanced design for the Experimental Space plane (XS-1) program with additional funding for phases two and three. While Phase One of XS-1 was more of a drawing board/concept phase, phases two and three are all about actually building a space plane and conducting flight tests, demonstrations, and hopefully, delivery of a satellite into orbit.
A toddler's gender influences the brain responses as well as the behavior of fathers -- from how attentive they are to their child, to the types of language that they use and the play that they engage in, a new study by Emory University finds. The journal Behavioral Neuroscience published the study, the first to combine brain scans of fathers with behavioral data collected as fathers interacted with their toddlers in a real-world setting. "When a child cried out or asked for Dad, fathers of daughters responded to that more than did fathers of sons," says Jennifer Mascaro, who led the research as a post-doctoral fellow in the lab of Emory anthropologist James Rilling, senior author of the study.
At every stop in Donald Trump's whirlwind of summit meetings in Europe, the issue of climate change -- and the US president's threat to ditch the 196-nation Paris Agreement -- is never far from the surface. "I am still trying to convince the doubters," German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Tuesday at informal 30-nation climate talks in Berlin, where China's climate tzar, Xie Zhenhua, also urged the United States to stay the course.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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
May 23 (UPI) -- Snakes are surprisingly social animals. They lounge, sun and hibernate in groups. But they're mostly thought of as solitary predators. New research, however, suggests some snakes coordinate hunts. The Cuban boa, Chilabothrus angulifer, is Cuba's largest endemic terrestrial predator. When scientists observed the hunting techniques of boas near bat caves, they found specimens sometimes team up to increase their likelihood of securing a meal. Cuban boas regularly gather at the mouth of bat caves at dawn and dusk with hopes of snagging a bat traveling out or into their home base. Scientists at the University of Tennessee observed boas hanging from the top of the cave entrance and
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.
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.
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.
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.
Women who can't wait to have their glass of wine at the end of the day, take note: A new report concludes that even one small drink daily can raise a woman's risk of breast cancer. The report includes data gathered from more than 12 million women worldwide — 260,000 of whom had breast cancer — during nearly 120 studies. In the report, which was published today (May 23), researchers cut through the clutter of breast cancer studies, and offer a clear set of recommendations to help women reduce their risk of the disease.
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.