Science

  • ABC News

    Nations OK European Space Agency's Mission to Mars in 2020

    Nations have approved an additional 440 million euros ($469 million) to fund the European Space Agency's next mission to Mars. As part of the ExoMars mission, the agency this year sent an orbiter and a test lander to the red planet. The Trace Gas Orbiter was successfully deployed but the Schiaparelli lander malfunctioned and a href='https://www.apnews.com/57477f19a45b4751a27ab57971e4d4b9/Hard-crash-landing-may-have-wrecked-Europe's-Mars-probe'crashed on the surface/a of Mars, raising fears about the next stage of the mission. Despite the crash, officials meeting in Lucerne, Switzerland, on Friday approved the budget that ESA said it requires to send a rover to Mars in 2020. In all, member states

  • United Launch Alliance’s RocketBuilder Is the Best Online Configurator Yet
    The Drive

    United Launch Alliance’s RocketBuilder Is the Best Online Configurator Yet

    United Launch Alliance has launched (no pun intended) a new online configurator that lets you design and build the rocket of your dreams on your home computer. To be fair, ULA’s online configurator for its Atlas V rocket—which you can access here—is a little more complex than your average automaker’s build-your-own website.

  • Professor fatally stabbed on USC campus, student arrested
    Associated Press

    Professor fatally stabbed on USC campus, student arrested

    A graduate student arrested on suspicion of stabbing to death the professor who oversaw his work at the University of Southern California was being held on $1 million bail Saturday as their shocked colleagues began processing the news. David Jonathan Brown, a 28-year-old brain and cognitive science student, was arrested in the Friday afternoon attack in the heart of the Los Angeles campus. Brown was among just five students who worked in Tjan's lab that studied vision loss.

  • Teen eco activist spurs hope at children's peace prize award
    AFP

    Teen eco activist spurs hope at children's peace prize award

    Award-winning teen environmental activist Kehkashan Basu said Friday ecologists should "not lose hope" in their battle to fight climate change, despite scepticism from world leaders including US President-elect Donald Trump. "These are uncertain times, but I want to tell people to continue their work and not bother about it," Basu, born in Dubai to Indian parents, told AFP in The Hague, where she was awarded the prestigious International Children's Peace Prize. World leaders, CEOs, negotiators and activists attending a UN conference earlier this month in Marrakesh voiced concern following the election of Trump, who has vowed to withdraw the US from a hard-won global agreement on climate change.

  • Bernie Sanders Roasts House Republicans for Tweeting Out a Climate Change Denial Article from Breitbart
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    Bernie Sanders Roasts House Republicans for Tweeting Out a Climate Change Denial Article from Breitbart

    Bernie Sanders  promised to oppose Trump on a number of issues, but climate change was certainly near the top of that list. Now, Sanders has taken his defense of climate change to the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology, which tweeted out a link to a Breitbart News article that attacked global warming. Breitbart, the former home of Trump chief strategist Steve Bannon, argued in the piece that the data suggesting 2016 was the warmest year on record is just propaganda. James Delingpole, the writer of the piece, is not a scientist, and his claim is contradicted by NASA's climate data findings. Of course, the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology oversees NASA, so it should

  • Four new elements on the periodic table now have names
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    Four new elements on the periodic table now have names

    It’s now time to say hello, officially, to the four new additions to the Periodic Table of Elements. This week, the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC) approved the names of the four new elements, whose existence was first confirmed to the public back in January.  The names for elements 113, 115, 117, and 118 are: Nihonium (Nh), Moscovium (Mc), Tennessine (Ts), and Oganesson (Og), respectively. The announcement comes after a five-month public review period of the element names, which were proposed by their discoverers, IUPAC said.  “Overall, it was a real pleasure to realize that so many people are interested in the naming of the new elements, including high school students,

  • Buzz Aldrin: Altitude Sickness Forced South Pole Evacuation
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    Buzz Aldrin: Altitude Sickness Forced South Pole Evacuation

    Buzz Aldrin said he was evacuated from the South Pole last week because he became short of breath and began showing signs of altitude sickness. The 86-year-old adventurer, who was the second man to walk on the moon, released details on Sunday of his dramatic medical evacuation from Antarctica. He is continuing to recuperate in a hospital in Christchurch, New Zealand. Because of the thick ice that blankets Antarctica, the South Pole sits at an elevation of 2,835 meters (9,300 feet). Aldrin said in a statement he still has some congestion in his lungs and so has been advised to rest in New Zealand until it clears up and to avoid the long flight back to the U.S. for now. Aldrin, his son Andrew and

  • NASA photo reveals a startling 300-foot-wide rift in Antarctic Ice Shelf
    Mashable

    NASA photo reveals a startling 300-foot-wide rift in Antarctic Ice Shelf

    The breakup of the massive Larsen C Ice Shelf in Antarctica is getting closer and will eventually produce an iceberg the size of Delaware prowling the Southern Ocean, according to new NASA data.  On Friday, NASA released an astonishing new image taken

  • The Cheat Sheet

    7 Ways That 'Star Trek' Changed the World

    The idea that Star Trek has changed the world might sound as farfetched as some of the USS Enterprise’s spacefaring missions, but the truth is that the science fiction series has directly or indirectly impacted both our present and future. It seems like an absurd statement — when creator Gene Roddenberry was first kicking around the idea in 1964, he probably never imagined that Star Trek would still be around in 2016 with reboots in the pipeline. Here are seven ways that Star Trek changed the world. 1.

  • The Electric Blue Polar Cloud Season Came Early This Year
    NPR.org

    The Electric Blue Polar Cloud Season Came Early This Year

    Each year, a glowing mass of clouds forms over the South Pole, high in the atmosphere, trapped between Earth and space. From the ground they look wispy and shimmery, like a blue-white aurora borealis. From space, they look like an electric-blue gossamer haze. Scientists call them noctilucent, or night-shining, clouds, and this year the noctilucent cloud season came early to the Southern Hemisphere. In the decade since NASA launched a satellite that can take images of the ice crystals that make up such clouds, the clouds have usually started showing up over the South Pole in late November or early December. Composite satellite images posted on NASA's website today show Antarctica under noctilucent

  • Accesswire

    ChroMedX Collaboration with Biointerface Institute Receives OCE Grant for HemoPalm Biosensor Development

    TORONTO, ON / ACCESSWIRE / December 2, 2016 / ChroMedX Corp. (CSE:CHX) (MNLIF) (FSE:EIY2) (the "Company"), developer of the HemoPalm Handheld Blood Analyzer System, is pleased to announce that it's collaboration with Dr. Leyla Soleymani and the Biointerface Institute of McMaster University has received a Voucher for Innovation and Productivity I (VIP I) grant from Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE) for continued HemoPalm biosensor development. The VIP I program helps eligible companies develop, implement and commercialize technical innovations by supporting partnerships between Ontario's industry and publicly funded post-secondary institutions. Projects funded through VIP I enable the development of new products and/or processes, facilitate productivity improvements, and help generate new revenues and high-value jobs for Ontario.

  • Smart sensor can tell you exactly which devices are wasting power in your home
    Digital Trends

    Smart sensor can tell you exactly which devices are wasting power in your home

    Whether it’s for money-saving purposes or just good old-fashioned curiosity, it would be great to have a gadget able to tell us the precise amount of electricity that’s used by our everyday household appliances, light fixtures, and other devices. Well, thank your lucky stars for the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Office of Naval Research, then, because researchers from both establishments have just designed such a portable, low-cost smart sensor. The portable sensor system is comprised of five postage stamp-sized sensors, which can be placed over the incoming power lines in a house.

  • WTO seeks trade deal on 'green' products
    AFP

    WTO seeks trade deal on 'green' products

    The heavyweights of world trade, including the United States, China and Japan, meet in Geneva this weekend to establish a list of environmentally friendly products for which tariffs can be eliminated or reduced. The green products include solar panels, wind turbines and air quality monitors "that can help achieve environmental and climate protection goals," the World Trade Organization said. EU Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmstroem is expected at the WTO talks on Saturday along with senior officials of 17 countries, including US Trade Representative Michael Froman.

  • Drone Usage in Agriculture Could Be a $32 Billion Market -- The Motley Fool
    The Motley Fool

    Drone Usage in Agriculture Could Be a $32 Billion Market -- The Motley Fool

    You might be familiar with the idea of drones delivering consumer packages or monitoring security areas, but did you know that drones were first used commercially in Japan for agricultural purposes? In fact, agricultural efficiency is poised to take a big leap with drone technology now that the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration is streamlining regulations for unmanned aerial vehicles. A recent report from PwC pegs the addressable market for agricultural drones to be worth a whopping $32.4 billion, second only to infrastructure. That's a big number. And the interesting part is that PwC isn't the only one expecting drones to revolutionize agriculture. Bank of America Merrill Lynch projects agriculture

  • The Death Star would cost $7.8 octillion a day to run
    VentureBeat

    The Death Star would cost $7.8 octillion a day to run

    The British energy supplier Ovo has put some very well-spent hours into a comprehensive calculation of the operating costs of the Death Star, which will return to the spotlight in the December 16th movie Rogue One. To put that absurdly large number in perspective, $7.8 octillion is more than 100 trillion times the $70 trillion annual global economic activity of Earth, or 30 trillion times the roughly $200 trillion in wealth on our little blue planet. Ovo’s analysis, conducted in collaboration with physics blogger Stephen Skolnick and Dartmouth mathematics Professor Alexander Barnett, approaches the granularity of a good business model (if your business is blowing up planets to intimidate a rebellious populace).

  • What are the top 5 colleges for women studying STEM?
    USA TODAY College

    What are the top 5 colleges for women studying STEM?

    Editor’s Note: This article was originally published in USA Today College Guide. College Factual uses data from the Department of Education to rank these schools both on their overall quality when it comes to education and by how well the schools are doing in attracting and graduating women in STEM majors. Some of the quality factors that are taken into consideration are graduation rates, student loan default rates and average salaries of graduates. Additionally, to determine if each school was a good one for female STEM students, we also looked at the total number of female students and professors at the school as well as the growth in females who have graduated from STEM programs in the past eight years.

  • Buzz Aldrin gets visit from NASA after polar evacuation
    Associated Press

    Buzz Aldrin gets visit from NASA after polar evacuation

    Buzz Aldrin had an unexpected bedside visit from NASA Deputy Administrator Dava Newman on Saturday as he continued to recover in a New Zealand hospital from his medical evacuation from the South Pole. Aldrin, the second man to walk on the moon, posted a picture of himself with Newman on Twitter. Aldrin, who was wearing pajamas and sitting up in bed, was giving a thumbs-up sign, as was Newman.

  • Human ancestor "Lucy" was a tree climber, evidence suggests
    CBS News

    Human ancestor "Lucy" was a tree climber, evidence suggests

    She was discovered 42 years ago, but the 3-million-year-old human ancestor dubbed “Lucy” is still providing new insights on the human origin story. Now, new research suggests this predecessor to modern humans was an adept tree climber.  The evidence of Lucy’s tree-climbing habits was found in high-resolution CT scans of her fossilized bones, according to scientists from the Johns Hopkins University and the University of Texas at Austin. Those CT scans were intricately 3D printed, allowing for direct comparisons to the bones of early hominids, modern humans, and modern chimpanzees. The researchers’ work was published this week in the journal PLOS ONE.  Lucy’s arms were heavily toned, supporting

  • Russia hunts for debris of crashed spacecraft
    CBS News

    Russia hunts for debris of crashed spacecraft

    MOSCOW — Russian emergency workers are combing the mountains near the border with Mongolia for the debris of a cargo spaceship that crashed minutes after its launch. The Emergencies Ministry’s branch in the republic of Tuva said Friday it’s using drones to search for fragments of the unmanned Progress MS-04 craft that crashed Thursday less than 7 minutes after its launch from Russia’s space complex in Baikonur, Kazakhstan. There has been no indication of any damage in the sparsely populated area. The craft was carrying 2.5 metric tons of supplies to the International Space Station. Russian space officials haven’t yet identified the reason for the crash, but believe it was caused by the failure

  • Strange-Looking Map Shows the Real Shape of the Suburbs
    Popular Mechanics

    Strange-Looking Map Shows the Real Shape of the Suburbs

    Maps don't just show you a picture of the land. They can give new ways of viewing the world. A perfect example is this new look at the megaregions of the United States out of the University of Sheffield and Darmouth. Looking at over four million commuter patterns gives a sense of how interconnected these regions are. Among the other things Garret Dash Nelson and Alasdair Rae were studying was if megaregions, and regionalization, even existed in the United States. "The detection of recognizable communities through this computational analysis suggests that human geography, "they say, "does in fact display statistically-significant patterns of structured regionalization." Commutes of 50 miles or

  • Like parents from the 1950s, AI still can’t understand comics. Here’s why
    Digital Trends

    Like parents from the 1950s, AI still can’t understand comics. Here’s why

    More recently, however, the bar has been raised — and a new research project carried out at the University of Maryland and University of Colorado has another recognition task in its sights: whether or not an AI can read comic books. As it happens, there’s nothing straightforward about comic books. “The task requires a lot of common sense and inference,” Mohit Iyyer, a fifth year Ph.D. student in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Maryland, College Park, told Digital Trends.

  • Swiss firm acquires Mars One private project
    AFP

    Swiss firm acquires Mars One private project

    A British-Dutch project aiming to send an unmanned mission to Mars by 2018 announced Friday that the shareholders of a Swiss financial services company have agreed a takeover bid. "The takeover provides a solid path to funding the next steps of Mars One's mission to establish a permanent human settlement on Mars," the statement added. Mars One consists of two entities: the Dutch not-for-profit Mars One Foundation and a British public limited company Mars One Ventures.

  • Reuters

    Germany detects H5N1 bird flu on poultry farm in Brandenburg

    Germany reported a first case of the contagious bird flu strain H5N1 on Friday on a small poultry farm in the northeastern state of Brandenburg, the state's consumer protection ministry said. The farm in the Oberhavel district was sealed off and some 500 chicks, ducks and geese were culled, a spokeswoman for the consumer protection ministry of Brandenburg said. "It's the first time in the current season that this type of bird flu was detected on a poultry farm in Brandenburg," the spokeswoman said.

  • This video of precipitation in slow motion is strangely captivating and impossible to stop watching
    Hello Giggles

    This video of precipitation in slow motion is strangely captivating and impossible to stop watching

    The classes of our youth could’ve definitely learned a lesson from some of the amazing visual breakdowns of scientific processes, like this slow-motion video of precipitation we spotted at Atlas Obscura. Seriously, we could’ve used material from the creators of this video and the NASA comic book about the water cycle when we were struggling to stay awake in class. Despite our overt bitterness, creative projects like this up close and personal look at precipitation have given us a new appreciation for science (which also won cool points for confirming that being hangry is our strongest motivating force).