Russian emergencies 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 of the
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.
The overwhelming science linking climate change to human activity was enough to convince world leaders to ratify the Paris Agreement earlier this year. Although the US is a party to this agreement, president-elect Donald Trump has threatened to pull out of it. And it’s going to be difficult to convince him otherwise when he’s surrounded by like-minded climate deniers. Even the US Committee on Science, Space, and Technology doesn’t think climate change is a real threat. Dec. 1, the congressional committee, chaired by republican representative Lamar Smith from Texas, tweeted out a link by Breitbart, a favorite news site of the Trump-supporting alt-right, calling the mainstream media “climate alarmists.”
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
Former American astronaut Buzz Aldrin, one of the first men to walk on the moon, has been evacuated by plane from the South Pole for medical reasons, officials said Thursday. Aldrin, 86, was visiting the South Pole as part of a private tourist group when his health deteriorated, the International Association of Antarctica Tour Operators said on its website. It said he was taken as a precaution on the first available flight to McMurdo Station, a U.S. research center on the Antarctic coast.
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.
Many types of exercise are linked to a lower risk of premature death, but activities like racquet sports, swimming and aerobics seem best at improving people's chances of staving off an early demise, according to a new study. Researchers found that people in the study who regularly played racquet sports had a 47 percent lower risk of dying over the course of the nine-year study than people who did not regularly engage in such sports.
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
What do Donald Trump and a bee hive have in common? While this might sound like the setup to a bad joke or bit of political punditry, it’s an important and meaningful academic question. To a collective behavior scientist, electing a president or choosing a new nest site are both choices that arise from the interactions of a large number of individuals. When bees need to find a new nest site, scouts will visit several potential locations. When they return, if they like the site they dance excitedly in a way that tells others where it is located. This dancing may recruit more scouts to check out the site, who likewise visit the site and start dancing to express support for the location. Bees will
Thomas Edison's door key to the 19th century lab in New Jersey where he invented the phonograph goes up for auction this weekend, along with lightbulbs he perfected. Six keys in all from the famous inventor's Menlo Park home and work place will be auctioned Saturday in Dallas, along with five lightbulbs, including two that he created. The items were acquired by Charlie Knudsen, 69, of Pittsburgh and had belonged to his great-aunt.
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.
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,
* Farm ministry says H5N8 bird flu found in southwest * Case to prolong export curbs after previous outbreaks * Europe facing series of outbreaks of severe bird flu (Adds details on export restrictions, comments from foie gras makers) PARIS, Dec 2 (Reuters) - France reported a severe case of bird flu on Friday on a duck farm in the southwest, another setback for French poultry and foie gras exports which were hit by a similar outbreak a year ago. The H5N8 avian influenza virus was confirmed at a farm in the Tarn region, the agriculture ministry said, days after the virus was detected among wild birds in northern France and following outbreaks in Europe linked to migrating birds. The H5N8 virus
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
Yes, Stephen Hawking is a very smart guy. He’s tackled some of the most complex problems in theoretical physics and cosmology such as black holes (in space and not your underwear) and has made important discoveries. So, you tend to listen when he talks about a major global problem in a video produced by Gen-Pep: In the video, Hawking starts off by saying: “At the moment, humanity faces a major challenge and millions of lives are in danger…” What is it, a new giant black hole? Hawking continues: “As a cosmologist I see the world as a whole and I’m here to address one of the most serious public health problems of the 21st century.” OK, so he is venturing a bit outside his space (yes a cosmology
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).
The Los Angeles subway may not be your first thought when it comes to thriving archeological sites, but prepare to be surprised. As the Los Angeles metro is expanded, workers are constantly discovering fossils. Last month, the Los Angeles Times reported another finda shattered tusk and a mastodon toothin the same area.
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
A Viking toolbox found in Denmark has been opened for the first time in 1,000 years, revealing an extraordinary set of iron hand tools that may have been used to make Viking ships and houses, according to archaeologists. The famed 10th-century Danish king Harald Bluetooth is thought to have ordered the construction of the fortress. So far, archaeologists have found at least 14 iron tools inside a single deposit of earth excavated from a gatehouse building of the fortress.