The International Space Station received its first shipment from Virginia in more than two years Sunday following a sensational nighttime launch observed 250 miles up and down the East Coast. Orbital ATK's cargo ship pulled up at the space station bearing 5,000 pounds of food, equipment and research. "What a beautiful vehicle," said Japanese astronaut Takuya Onishi, who used the station's big robot arm to grab the vessel. The capture occurred as the spacecraft soared 250 miles above Kyrgyzstan; Onishi likened it to the last 195 meters of a marathon. Last Monday's liftoff from Wallops Island was the first by an Antares rocket since a 2014 launch explosion. Orbital ATK redesigned its Antares rocket
A University of Maine professor has died while conducting research in Antarctica. The university says 50-year-old Gordon Hamilton died Saturday when the snowmobile he was riding hit a crevasse and he fell 100 feet. He had been in Antarctica doing research for the National Science Foundation. His work focused on the role of ice and glaciers in the climate system. Hamilton began working at the University of Maine's Climate Change Institute in 2000. He served as an assistant research professor, taught undergraduate and graduate courses and worked with a statewide initiative on science, technology, engineering and math programs for high school students. UMaine provost Jeffery Hecker released a statement
Unfortunately, not everyone made it, as at least 14 bodies were recovered and dozens more remain missing, Italian officials said. Italy's Guardia Costiera, or Coast Guard, shared two videos on Sunday from the dozens of rescue operations this weekend in the central Mediterranean. Officials said 2,400 people were rescued on Saturday by the coast guard, ships from nongovernmental organizations and the Irish Navy, according to ANSA, Italy's leading news agency.
A decade ago, environmentalists and the federal government agreed to revive a 150-mile stretch of California's second-longest river, an ambitious effort aimed at allowing salmon again to swim up to the Sierra Nevada foothills to spawn. A major milestone is expected by the end of the month, when the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation says the stretch of the San Joaquin River will be flowing year-round for the first time in more than 60 years. "I think we all had hoped we'd be further along," said Doug Obegi, an attorney with the Natural Resources Defense Council, which led the lawsuit that produced the deal with the government to bring back salmon.
The concentration of carbon dioxide (CO2) in the atmosphere has passed an ominous milestone, ushering the planet into "a new era" of climate change, the UN said Monday. For the first time on record, the amount of CO2 in the atmosphere averaged 400 parts per million (ppm) in 2015, the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) said in its latest Greenhouse Gas Bulletin. CO2, the main greenhouse gas driving climate change, has previously passed the 400 ppm threshold on certain months in specific locations but never on a globally averaged basis, WMO said.
Each week we uncover the most interesting and informative articles around, here are 10 of the coolest stories in Science this week. Roman battlefield uncovered: Sling stones and other projectiles were found outside an ancient wall in Jerusalem, which
Space X founder and CEO Elon Musk gave more details about plans to colonize Mars on Sunday during an AMA session on Reddit. Musk’s ambitious plans, laid out last month at an international space conference in Mexico, include using reusable rockets to launch a fleet of spaceships to establish a base on the Red Plant, creating a colony with 1 million people over the course of 100 years. Musk hopes to launch an unmanned mission as soon as 2018, and a manned mission in 2024. On Sunday, Musk said the first manned mission, with about a dozen people, would create a base and set up a propellant plant for refueling. His envisions Mars settlers living in glass-and-carbon-fiber geodesic domes, with robots
According to a study from the British Psychological Society, intelligent people are more likely to experience lower life satisfaction with more frequent socialization with friends. Using data from a long-term survey of 15,000 people, aged 18 to 28, psychologists determined that those who lived in cities were generally less happy than those who lived in rural areas and people tended to report higher life satisfaction when they saw their friends more often. The study justified this finding with the savanna theory of happiness.
One of the biggest accomplishments that a professor can achieve is reaching tenure, a process that is surely expedited by having your paper recognized by a scientific conference. Unfortunately, how Christoph Bartneck got to that point leaves more questions than answers, reports The Guardian. An associate professor at the Human Interface Technology laboratory at the University of Canterbury in New Zealand, Bartneck received an invitation from the International Conference on Atomic and Nuclear Physics.
MOSCOW (AP) — In a story Oct. 21 about a Russian capsule successfully reaching the International Space Station, The Associated Press misstated the names of the three astronauts who were already already aboard the station. The new crew joined Anatoly Ivanishin
If you were trying to catch up on the latest news or check out what was trending on Twitter this morning, you might have received a message that said that your browser couldn't connect to the server. Twitter, Reddit, Spotify and even news sites such as CNN experienced a widespread outage early today due to a so-called DDoS cyberattack that affected many users on the East Coast of the United States, according to several news outlets. The culprit behind the outage is what's known as a distributed denial-of-service attack, or DDoS, which was mounted against a company called Dyn DNS.
"The Terranauts" (Ecco), by T.C. BoyleEight scientists living under glass for two years in a self-sustaining, closed ecosystem constructed in the Arizona desert.Sound familiar?T.C. Boyle's latest novel was inspired by history, taking readers inside the
Senegal put into service one of sub-Saharan Africa's largest solar energy projects Saturday as it pushes to become a regional player in renewables on a continent where the majority remain off-grid. The 20-megawatt Senergy 2 project in Bokhol, close to the Mauritanian border, will serve 160,000 people with electricity, and will contribute to Senegal's target of serving 20 percent of its energy needs with renewables by the end of 2017. "With the Bokhol facility, we take a new step and Senegal enters wholeheartedly into a new, clean-energy era," he told the audience in a country where 45 percent currently lack power at home.
A group of maritime archeologists studying sea levels in the Black Sea have uncovered 41 shipwrecks this year as a “complete bonus.” The Black Sea Maritime Archeology Project has been trawling the seabed to understand how quickly the water level rose after the last Ice Age, 20,000 years ago. But their surveys ended up uncovering dozens of previously unknown wrecks. Many of the discoveries are in excellent condition, thanks to low oxygen levels below 150 meters, which slows decay. “The wrecks are a complete bonus, but a fascinating discovery, found during the course of our extensive geophysical surveys,” said Jon Adams, a University of Southampton maritime archaeologist and principal investigator
"Low-temperature fires with no visible flames are known as cool flames. In previous combustion experiments aboard the space station, researchers observed cool flame burning behaviors not predicted by models or earlier investigations. The Cool Flames Investigation examines low-temperature combustion of droplets of a variety of fuels and additives in low gravity. Data from this investigation could help scientists develop more efficient advanced engines and new fuels for use in space and on Earth. "The Lighting Effects investigation tests a new lighting system aboard the station designed to enhance crew health and keep their body clocks in proper sync with a more regular working and resting schedule.
Career site Glassdoor recently unveiled its list of the 50 highest-paying college majors. Not surprisingly, college majors focused on STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) education came out on top. Through an analysis of resumes and salary reports, Glassdoor came up with a listing of college majors that yield the most earnings during the first five years out of college.
In the movies, the prehistoric soundscape is filled with brachiosaurus bellows, velociraptor shrieks and Tyrannosaurus rex roars. But paleontologists don’t know what the dinosaurs’ world sounded like. Now researchers studying the fossilized remains of a 66-million-year-old Antarctic waterfowl called Vegavis iaai have discovered the oldest-known avian voice box, called a syrinx. The finding suggests the ancient bird honked and quacked like today’s geese and ducks.
The "Bermuda Triangle" is the stuff of legend — in both senses of the word. The area of the Atlantic Ocean between Florida, Puerto Rico, and Bermuda has seen its share, or maybe more than its share, of mysterious disappearances of ships and aircraft, leading to a popular theory that some paranormal force is at work in the triangular body of water. Two meteorologists tell the Science Channel that hexagonal cloud patterns, 20 to 55 miles across, are likely to blame for the Bermuda Triangle phenomenon. "These types of hexagonal shapes over the ocean are in essence, 'air bombs,'" said Dr. Randy Cerveny at Arizona State University. "They're formed by what are called microbursts. They're blasts of
You frequently hear about the sale of a car or a house, but it is not too often you get word of the transfer of ownership of a million dollar telescope. That’s exactly what happened on October 18, when the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) handed over control of the 3.5-meter Space Surveillance Telescope (SST) to the U.S. Air Force Space Command. Now that it is under the direct supervision of the Air Force, the military branch plans to undertake the complex project of moving the telescope from its installation at White Sands New Mexico to its new home in Australia. Operational since February 2011, the SST is capable of scanning large regions of the sky, with an affinity for detecting
One of the most successful money managers of our time may not be a household name, but he is literally living proof that despite all the technological advances in attempts to beat the marker in a march toward artificial intelligence, nothing can really beat the human mind. Will Danoff, manager of Fidelity Investments’ $108 billion Contrafund, the biggest actively managed stock or bond mutual fund run by one person, contends that living and breath investment strategists have fundamental investing advantages that no machine will ever replace: the human touch. Since Danoff took over on Sept. 17, 1990, Contrafund has averaged a 12.7% return annually, according to Morningstar, outperforming the S&P 500 index by 2.9 percentage points a year.
October 23rd marks Mole Day in the United States. Chemistry classes and chemistry enthusiasts celebrate this unofficial holiday with activities, cakes and jokes galore. Here’s what you need to know. What is a mole? A mole is a unit of measurement in chemistry. Here is the official definition: One mole of something (say, atoms, or raindrops) is equal to as many of that something as there are atoms in 12 grams of the isotope carbon-12. And… how much is that exactly? Experiments have nailed down the number as 6.02 times 10 to the 23rd power, or 6.02×1023 in mathematical notation. So, in other words, one mole of atoms of carbon-12 is 6.02×1023 carbon atoms. (Altogether, that many atoms weigh 12 grams.)
Portorož (Slovenia) (AFP) - Pro- and anti-whaling nations dug in their heels at a key meeting Monday where Japan sought to lift a 30-year-old moratorium on commercial hunts while others pushed for a sanctuary in the Atlantic. "The moratorium on commercial whaling should and could be lifted on a stock-by-stock basis based on sound scientific evidence," Japan insisted in a written submission. The commission's own advisory scientific committee "has confirmed that certain stocks of whale species are recovered", which implies the moratorium is outdated, it argued.
Are you ready for the coming era of global transparency? After two years in operation, the satellite-imaging startup Planet tells Quartz that it is now photographing more than 50 million square kilometers of the earth every single day. That’s about a tenth of the world’s surface area, or half its landmass. Indeed, in September 2016 alone, the company says it imaged 91% of earth’s landmass. Planet’s plan is to make that imagery available to the public, with free basic access and premium accounts for higher quantity and quality data. It’s likely to impact everything from finance and farming to environmental protection and human rights. The company’s goal is “to image the whole world every day,
NASA has used virtual reality for decades. Jeff Norris, mission operations innovation lead at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, told Digital Trends that his lab has active partnerships with almost every company that makes a device you can put on your head, including Valve, HTC, Microsoft, Sony, Oculus, Samsung, and others. “The difference in our work due to the consumer electronics industry’s investment in VR and AR has been profound for us,” Norris said.