NASA's Mars robot can now decide which discoveries are most important to send back to Earth.
"I don't want to just hope the wind blows to light up your homes and your factories," Trump said at a rally in Cedar Rapids. The wind energy criticism was odd given that Iowa has policies aimed at encouraging the development of wind power in the state.
The number of people moving to Britain from Eastern Europe has fallen by around a third since the Brexit vote, according to a study released Wednesday that suggested the plunge in the pound could be to blame. The analysis by the Migration Observatory at the University of Oxford pointed to official data showing a fall in allocations of National Insurance numbers to the lowest level since the countries joined the EU. National Insurance numbers are required by people looking to work or claim social welfare in Britain.
Millions of people across the U.S. will be treated to a breathtaking . A total of 14 states stretching coast to coast from Oregon to South Carolina will see a total eclipse, which'll include the somewhat eerie experience of more than two minutes of darkness in the middle of the day as the moon monetarily blocks the sun. Even better, if the sky's clear and you're in the right location, you'll be able to witness the awe-inspiring diamond ring moment where only a tiny part of the sun is visible. But what if you can't make it to any of the best spots to view the eclipse, or you're living in a part of the world where you won't even notice it? In that case, NASA can help. In a special online show to
Millions of strange-looking glowing sea creatures called pyrosomes have started to "bloom" off the coast of the Pacific Northwest of the US and Canada, filling up fishing nets, clogging hooks and research gear, and befuddling scientists who have no idea why populations of the tube-like organisms are exploding, flooding the water column. "Call it the invasion of the pyrosomes," writes Michael Milstein in a post on the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) Northwest Fisheries Science Center website. Pyrosomes are odd creatures — they're technically tunicates, colonies of individual organisms known as zooids that feed off of plankton and other small organisms.
Few aviation mysteries have captivated the public as much as the disappearance of Amelia Earhart, whose plane vanished over the Pacific Ocean in 1937 as she was attempting to become the first female pilot to fly around the world. In the decades since, conspiracy theories about what really happened to Earhart and her navigator, Fred Noonan, have abounded. Some speculate that their Lockheed Model 10 Electra crashed and sank to the bottom of the Pacific. Others claimed the Japanese captured the pair, thinking they were spies. Last year, a Pennsylvania-based group called International Group for Historic Aircraft Recovery (TIGHAR) repositioned the spotlight on an alternate theory: With their fuel
The highest court of the European Union ruled Wednesday that courts can consider whether a vaccination led to someone developing an illness even when there is no scientific proof. The decision was issued on Wednesday in relation to the case of a Frenchman known as Mr. J.W., who was immunized against hepatitis B in late 1998-99. About a year later, Mr. J.W. was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis.
A team of international scientists are transporting samples of ice from a melting glacier in Bolivia to Antarctica, for study and preservation before the glacier disappears. The international "Ice Memory" expedition of 15 scientists took samples from the glacier on Illimani Mountain in the Andes and will store them in Antarctica at the French-Italian base of Concordia. The scientists were helped by local guides and porters, who live near the base of Illimani.
Air guns used to explore for oil below the seabed appears to kill off vast amounts of plankton and krill – upon which much of the marine food chain depends – up to 1,200m from the site of the blast, according to a new study. The research was published shortly after the US National Marine Fisheries Service announced it was considering allowing oil exploration off America’s Atlantic coast for the first time to the outrage of conservationists. The Southern Environmental Law Centre warned the air guns – compared to “dynamite-like blasts going off every 10 seconds for weeks or months on end” – would do “significant harm” to the fishing industry and endangered whales in the region.
A government plan to secure growth in the UK's £13.7bn space industry is laid out in the Queen's Speech. The stated purpose of the new Bill is to make the UK the most attractive place in Europe for commercial space - including launches from British soil. It would help increase the UK share of the global space economy from 6.5% today to 10% by 2030. Officials and stakeholders are keen to ensure the space sector does not lose out when the UK leaves the EU. Spaceports have been an important sticking point. Previous feasibility work has already identified a number of aerodromes that might make suitable spaceports - from Cornwall to Scotland. But as the law stands, rocket planes and other launch systems
British billionaire Richard Branson said business leaders were left dumbfounded by President Trump's decision to withdraw the U.S. from the Paris Climate Agreement. "Whether it's GE, or whether it's the big oil companies... I haven't come across one business person who doesn't want to get out there and do everything they can to try to compensate for the [Trump] administration's very strange stance," Branson said on a Wednesday call with reporters.
The options are seemingly endless, but perhaps one of the most natural options is the burial or spreading of ashes with organic matter where a tree or plant can then grow with the remains. Companies like Bios Urn are focusing on just that, to help people return their bodies to organic matter and create something beautiful and lasting in the process. The idea for the Bios Urn, a biodegradable urn for ashes, planted itself in founder and designer Gerard Moliné’s mind when he was just a boy.
The only tremors from a reported major earthquake off the California coast came on the internet. Seismologists said Wednesday's automatically generated report of a magnitude 6.8 quake in the Pacific Ocean 10 miles west of Santa Barbara was a false alarm based on a quake that happened in the same area nearly a century ago. "The quake did happen, but it happened in 1925," said Rafael Abreu, a geophysicist from the US Geological Survey.
Renowned astrophysicist Stephen Hawking has been extremely vocal in recent months about his feelings that humanity needs to get off of Earth as soon as possible. With a troubled climate, ever growing population, and mounting risks of apocalypse at our own hands, Hawking has taken the stance that we'll need a new place to live as soon as 100 years from now. Now, the 75-year-old scientist is pushing for a return trip to our closest cosmic neighbor: the moon. Speaking via live stream this week at the Starmus Festival, Hawking claimed that now is the time to start planning moon colonies, and that Mars should be the immediate successor once we've accomplished that. "We are running out of space, and
Paris Air Show: A look at the four coolest aircraft showcased, including C-130J, Scorpion attack jet, RACER helicopter and the X6 Military Helicopter
A pair of chemicals—prized for their antimicrobial properties—rose to become superstars in industry. Triclocarban is used in various soaps, while triclosan additionally appears in thousands of items of daily use in the United States and around the world, including pencils, clothing, toiletries, toys and yoga mats. But a growing chorus of researchers has raised serious questions regarding both the efficacy and safety of these products. These voices have now culminated in the Florence Statement on Triclosan and Triclocarban, a declaration signed by more than 200 scientists and medical professionals from around the world. Their claim, supported by extensive peer-reviewed research, is that these
On Glassdoor's just-released list of the highest-rated CEOs, SpaceX founder and CEO Elon Musk was ranked for the first time, catapulting to the eighth-place spot with a 98% CEO approval rating from employees. Since he is simultaneously serving as CEO at electric-car company Tesla (NASDAQ:TSLA), Musk's high approval rate vouches for his ability to juggle two important positions. Here's a look at how Musk earned this spot, as well as some quotes from Glassdoor's interview with the CEO. SpaceX employees have good reasons to be happy Given SpaceX's recent track record with rocket launches (and rocket landings), it's not surprising that employees approve of Musk's leadership. Following an explosion
Patrick McGovern is the scientific director of the Biomolecular Archaeology Project at the University of Pennsylvania Museum and the author of the recent book "Ancient Brews: Rediscovered and Re-created." In this video, he shares his knowledge on how India Pale Ales were first created and how it got its name. Following is a transcript of the video. For IPAs, India Pale Ale, they would use a lot of hops in them, coming from Northern England.
Eight new satellites have been ordered for Galileo - Europe's global positioning system. As before, they will be made by the German-UK consortium comprising OHB-System of Bremen and SSTL of Guildford. The industrial contract was signed at the Paris Air Show on Thursday by OHB and the European Space Agency, which is procuring Galileo on behalf of the EU. Europe's GPS has enough spacecraft for a full constellation already but this order ensures sufficient spares. It will provide leeway as some of the first satellites that were launched into the network are retired. This is the third straight contract win for OHB-SSTL. There are even options in the new order to add further units - of two, four or
A U.S. coal company is firing back at John Oliver after the Last Week Tonight host slammed its CEO in a June 18 show. On Wednesday, Murray Energy filed suit against Oliver, HBO, and Time Warner for defamation. The lawsuit accuses Oliver of hosting a "false and malicious broadcast" and of carrying out a "meticulously planned attempt to assassinate the character and reputation" of Bob Murray, the Ohio company's chief executive.
Thai wildlife officers have arrested a Malaysian man attempting to smuggle two baby orangutans, 51 tortoises and six raccoons into the kingdom across its southern border, officials said Thursday. The animals were packed into plastic boxes and suitcases loaded into Ismail Bin Ahmad's car, officials said. The 63-year-old was stopped Wednesday as he was attempting to drive through a border checkpoint in Thailand's southern Songkhla province -- part of an insurgency-torn region known as a funnel for drugs, weapons and other contraband.
The safety record at the U.S. laboratory that created the atomic bomb is facing intensifying criticism as work ramps up to produce a key component for the nation's nuclear weapons cache. A series published this week by the Center for Public Integrity cites numerous internal reports and other documents outlining federal regulators' concerns about safety lapses at Los Alamos National Laboratory over the years, including spilled plutonium and workers positioning plutonium rods in a way that could have been disastrous. In an internal memo obtained by The Associated Press, Los Alamos officials took aim at critics and reassured employees of the safety of the lab's facility for making plutonium cores used to trigger the explosions in nuclear bombs.
He may be part of the bipartisan Climate Leadership Council to fight global warming, but Stephen Hawking also wants humans to prepare for the possibility that Earth is a lost cause. During a speech at the Starmus Festival in Norway, the legendary theoretical physicist urged world leaders to send astronauts back to the moon and construct a base there within 30 years. He added that humans should be on Mars within the next 15 years, with a base following within a few decades. “Spreading out into space will completely change the future of humanity,” Hawking said. “It would unite competitive nations in a single goal, to face the common challenge for us all.” That “common challenge” is humanity’s survival—Hawking
Carried out by a team from King's College London along with The Seaver Autism Center for Research and Treatment at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in the USA, the large-scale study looked at behavioral and cognitive data from 15,000 UK-based twin pairs in the Twins Early Development Study (TEDS). The researchers found that sons of older fathers were more likely to demonstrate the "geek-like" traits, care less about what their peers thought of them, and spend more time on their special interests. Although previous research has found that older fathers have children with a higher risk of negative health outcomes, including autism and schizophrenia, the new study suggests that children with older dads may have some advantages when it comes to education and career.
From the pages of Playboy Magazine to the lightsaber from "Star Wars" and KFC's fried chicken sandwich, here are 5 weird objects that were sent to space or are going up in space this year.