Spacewalking astronauts completed urgent repairs at the International Space Station on Tuesday, replacing equipment that failed three days earlier and restoring a backup for a vital data-relay system. It took commander Peggy Whitson much longer than expected to install the spare unit. Success finally came after her spacewalking partner, Jack Fischer, blasted the area with nitrogen gas to clear away flecks of metal. Mission Control noted that the failure occurred only 2 days, 21 hours, 38 minutes earlier, "and we are already back in a good position, so excellent work. " Testing confirmed the new unit worked, restoring full redundancy to the system that operates the space station's solar panels,
CANNES, France (AP) — Donald Trump cannot stop the climate movement despite the president's efforts to roll back environmental protections, former U.S. Vice President Al Gore said Monday.Gore painted a hopeful picture for environmentalists at the Cannes
A new species of snake that lived roughly 5 million years ago has been discovered at a fossil site in Tennessee. A study published in the Journal of Herpetology says the snake has been named Zilantophis schuberti, which roughly translates to "Schubert's Winged Snake." The snake is named in part after Blaine Schubert, the executive direct of the Gray Fossil Site where the discovery was made. Steven Jasinski, lead author of the study, and co-author David Moscato, were students of Schubert's. Jasinski says the snake didn't have wings, but what makes it different is that its vertebrae have pronounced projections toward the front of its body. The Gray Fossil Site is one of the richest fossil localities
In October, unexpected meltwater “flooded” its entrance. Update, Monday 3:07 p.m.: It turns out that the flood at the Svalbard Global Seed Vault in Norway first reported Friday by The Guardian happened in October, not last week. A spokesperson for Statsbygg, the Norwegian operation that runs the seed vault, confirmed this to both CNN and Popular Science.
You’re forgiven if the name KIC 8462852 doesn’t ring a bell. The star has continually exhibited extremely odd behavior, and has been repeatedly observed experiencing huge dips in brightness that don’t seem to have any readily available explanation. Normally, the dimming of a star at regular intervals would indicate the presence of a planet in orbit, but there doesn’t seem to be any pattern to the of dimming exhibited by KIC 8462852.
Egyptian authorities say they caught looters digging up an ancient stone block carved with an image of a pharaoh. In the city of Abydos, antiquities authorities say they were inspecting an old two-story, mud-brick house when they found that the owner had excavated a hole in the floor. The block was at the bottom of the hole, about 13 feet (4 meters) below the floor, according to an announcement from the Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities.
If you take a walk through the halls of the Department of Commerce, you’ll notice among scientists and administrators a handful of uniformed officers. You won’t recognize the insignia as a branch of the military — these officers are nonmilitary, although they play a vital role in defense. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Commissioned Officer Corps, known as the NOAA Corps, is one of just two uniformed services with no enlisted or warrant officers. The corps is made up of engineers, oceanographers, geologists and meteorologists (among others) who support federal departments in earth science projects. There are two clear advantages of having nearly 400 uniformed specialists.
The history of human evolution continues to evolve. Up until now, experts have believed human lineage split from apes some 7 million years ago in Africa. But now scientists have traced the first hominid species to Europe instead some 7.2 million years ago. An international team of researchers shook up the science books with two studies published Monday in the journal Plos One. Their findings are based on two fossils of species discovered in Greece and Bulgaria. The creature they discovered, named Graecopithecus freybergi, is nicknameded "El Graeco." The findings shift the location of the last common ancestor of both chimpanzees and humans, what some refer to as the Missing Link, to the Mediterranean.
A team of researchers working to perfect 3D–printed ovaries for infertile women have successfully tested their creation in mice. The mice, whose real ovaries were surgically replaced with the 3D–printed variety, successfully conceived and gave birth to healthy pups. The lab–created ovaries even triggered lactation. 3D–printed organs have been made before. However, these new ovaries–created by a team from Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine and McCormick School of Engineering– are the first to be made with a 3D–printed gelatin scaffolding. Perfecting this scaffolding has proven diffult– the structure had to be durable enough to hold together through the implantation procedure
An international committee is embarking on a three-year effort to establish globally-recognised ground rules for space warfare, in anticipation of a future in which battles are not only fought on Earth, but above it. A coalition of scientists, lawyers, academics and government representatives from around the world will come together to draft a document that will outline the legal parameters for military operations in space and its governance during war time. The Manual on International Law Applicable to Military Uses of Outer Space – or MILAMOS – seeks to determine the rules of engagement during space combat and whether current treaties regarding warfare could be applied to conflicts taking place miles above the Earth.
Given his role in alternative energy, it's no surprise that Musk is in favor of the 2016 treaty. The Paris agreement was negotiated under former president Barack Obama. @BigDAK54 I spoke directly with The President three weeks ago about Paris.
Two photographers have crisscrossed North America to escape the light pollution of occupied areas and capture the original beauty of the night sky. Gavin Heffernan and Harun Mehmedinović traveled more than 150,000 miles to a staggering 500 locations across North America in order to capture these images, which feature millions of stars, far-off galaxies and areas of extreme darkness that offer an almost primeval contrast to glowing cities. Heffernan, 37, said the aim of the series, called Skyglow, was to show off the incredible vastness of the night sky, in the hope of inspiring people to care about dark skies.
(Krishna Yeshwant, a GV general partner.GV) Major tech companies are eyeing the healthcare world. Amazon is seriously considering entering the pharmacy business, according to CNBC, while Apple reportedly has been working on a noninvasive glucose monitor
China plans to expand its scientific research in Antarctica in coming years amid worries over the area's susceptibility to climate change, but has no immediate plans to mine or develop natural resources that could be exposed as the ice cap shrinks, government officials said Monday. China's growing interest in the frozen continent is in the spotlight as it hosts a meeting of more than 40 nations that oversee management of Antarctica under a 1959 treaty. Human activity in Antarctica is governed by agreements designating it as a natural reserve.
In the past years, the AAP has said that children younger than 6 months old should not consume any fruit juice, and has recommended limits for older infants and children. One reason behind the recommendation is that fruit juice offers no nutritional benefit for young children, according to a statement from the group, published online today (May 26) in the journal Pediatrics. It is still fine for children older than 1 to drink fruit juice in small quantities, the group said.
In the future, your clothes will be lined with living cells. Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology developed Biologic, a biohybrid technology behind workout clothes that ventilate when a wearer sweats thanks to a lining of microbes. “We found that microbial cells are sensitive to moisture change in the environment,” Wen Wang, a biotech researcher who led the study, told Digital Trends.
Nepal destroyed thousands of valuable animal skins and other parts seized from poachers on a giant bonfire Monday in a symbolic gesture against the illegal wildlife trade. More than 4,000 animal parts, including endangered tiger skins and rhino hides, were burned in a large pyre at Chitwan National Park, the nation's most important conservation area. "As a country committed to conservation of wildlife and biodiversity, Nepal has destroyed animal parts stored over 20 years," Maheswor Dhakal from the Department of National Parks and Wildlife Conservation told AFP.
Is spending money at the NIH a good deal? It’s clear from the Trump administration’s 2018 budget proposal: The administration doesn’t think spending at the National Institutes of Health is a very good deal. The budget suggests cutting $6 billion from the NIH — or nearly a quarter of the agency’s total budget.
Psychopathy is a psychological disorder in which seemingly charming, normal people actually have no conscience or empathy, “making him manipulative, volatile and often (but by no means always) criminal,” Psychology Today explains. Scientists have considered the role of the amygdala — which is associated with emotional reactions and decision-making — in a psychopathic brain, especially as it seems psychopaths have less function in that region, but the source of the condition is not known. According to Live Science, psychopaths comprise about 1 percent of the population — although they account for about a quarter of the federal male prison population.
There is no such thing as a clean-sheet vehicle design in 2017. To translate between the two—to trace vehicle behaviors back to the tuning knobs at their disposal—engineers need to find the correlations.
Building a better battery is the holy grail for people who want better technology. Now researchers at the University of Texas, Austin say they may have found that battery — or something close. But their claims have sparked controversy. At the center of this debate is a towering figure in the world of science — John Goodenough, who teaches material science at the university. In 1980, his work led to the invention of the lithium-ion battery — now crucial to powering everything from cellphones and laptops to electric cars. For a lot of people, that would probably be enough. But at 94 years old, he's still at it. "All the young people that I had as postdocs are getting ready to retire," he says,
Updated May 20 at 9 a.m. Eastern. WASHINGTON — More than $560 million in budget cuts will be spread across many NASA programs, from science to human spaceflight, when the White House releases its complete fiscal year 2018 budget proposal next week. The White House is expected to release its full 2018 budget proposal May 23, more than two months after issuing a "budget blueprint" that provided highlights of the proposal. Individual agencies, including NASA, will also provide greater details about the budget for the fiscal year that begins Oct. 1. However, on May 18 the policy think tank Third Wave published a spreadsheet that it said it received from an anonymous source, dated May 8, that provided
If they are, then zoinks are you going to want everything from Coach's new NASA-themed collection, Coach Space, which is riddled with retro designs and colors. Is your look is more "I'm 8 years old and my dad made us spend winter alone in a haunted hotel, also I love space"?
Shortly after Neil Armstrong took "one giant leap for mankind" by stepping on the surface of the moon, he did what any tourist does: He collected a souvenir. Armstrong, the first person to set foot on the lunar surface, scooped some lunar rocks into a bag, then placed it into another bag, and put it in the pocket of his space suit. From there, the outer sample bag, containing traces of moon dust, took a long and torturous path before it was mistakenly put out to public auction and scooped up by a suburban Chicago lawyer for $995. Now, the incredibly rare artifact will go on auction, and auctioneers expect it to fetch $2 million to $4 million. Because NASA's lunar objects generally are prohibited
Swelling hopes for a baby panda in Tokyo have bumped up the stock price of a Chinese restaurant chain in the area, with locals setting their sights on a flurry of tourists. Eleven-year-old Shin Shin, who was brought to Ueno Zoo from China, has been showing signs of pregnancy since last week after mating with male Ri Ri in February, according to zoo officials. Giant pandas are notoriously clumsy at mating, with males said to be bad at determining when a female is in the right frame of mind and often befuddled at knowing what to do next.