An international team of astronomers has discovered seven potentially habitable exoplanets -- or planets outside our solar system -- that could have liquid water on their surfaces, according to a paper published Wednesday in the journal Nature. It is unclear whether any of the newly discovered planets can harbor life. However, scientists pointed out that the new planetary system orbits TRAPPIST-1, a dwarf star that is much younger than our sun and that will continue to burn for another 10 trillion years -- more than 700 times longer than the universe has existed so far. Astronomers said that is "arguably enough time for life to evolve," the article reported. TRAPPIST-1 is about 39 light-years
Finally — some good news. NASA has found what pretty much appears to be a backup solar system a mere 40 light-years away. And not a moment too soon. SEE ALSO: NASA may put astronauts on the first flight of its new mega-rocket Scientists discovered
Foam body armor? Even armor-piercing bullets cannot get through this foam. And the foam doesn’t just stop bullets. It destroys them…this foam decimates bullets into dust. North Carolina State University Professor Afsaneh Rabiei led the team that created the amazing foam. This is not ordinary foam like the kind used for shaving, for example. This is a special type of foam called composite metal foams, or CMF. The military and law enforcement could use this kind of foam for advanced, ultra light body armor to protect personnel. And this research team has other foams up its sleeve that have the potential to keep military and first responders safe from radiation and extreme heat too. BULLET V. FOAM
Bacteria live on everyone's skin, and new research shows some friendly germs produce natural antibiotics that ward off their disease-causing cousins. In one early test, those customized creams guarded five patients with a kind of itchy eczema against risky bacteria that were gathering on their cracked skin, researchers reported Wednesday. "It's boosting the body's overall immune defenses," said Dr. Richard Gallo, dermatology chairman at the University of California, San Diego, who is leading the work.
The face of a 1,400-year-old murder victim is seeing the light of day, now that scientists have digitally reconstructed his features. Archaeologists found the man’s remains — placed in an odd, cross-legged position with rocks pinning down his arms and legs — during the excavation of a cave in the Black Isle, Ross-shire, in the Scottish Highlands. The archaeologists sent the man’s bones to the Centre for Anatomy and Human Identification (CAHID) at the University of Dundee in Australia. The team there, led by forensic anthropologist Sue Black, analyzed the bones and identified the horrific injuries the man had sustained, including five impacts that led to the fracturing of the man’s face and skull.
Simba the lion and Lula the bear are the Mosul zoo's only survivors -- the other animals were killed by shelling, starved to death or ate each other during the fighting. Federal forces retook that side of Mosul last month from the Islamic State group after more than two years of tyrannical rule by the jihadist group and weeks of bitter combat. Until Amir Khalil, a kind of 'roving war zone veterinarian', and his team of volunteers from the Four Paws animal welfare charity visited on Tuesday, nobody had entered the cages in weeks.
Sid Miller, the state's agriculture commissioner, just approved a pesticide — called "Kaput Feral Hog Lure" — for statewide use. "The 'hog apocalypse' may finally be on the horizon," Miller said in a statement on Tuesday. Texas's agriculture commission estimates that feral hogs cause $52 million in damage each year to agricultural businesses by tearing up crops and pastures, knocking down fences and ruining equipment.
The planets have been nicknamed "Earth's seven sisters." Big news is that around a very nearby. Cold small star be found seven rocky earth size planet. All of which could potentially have with the water. For me it's mind blowing. The first night's what
It’s hard to imagine anything more despised than mosquitos. They menacingly buzz about, swoop in to feast on your blood, and often leave behind an annoying, itchy lump. But by far the worst bit is that they spread throngs of pathogens—dengue, Zika, chikungunya, yellow fever, West Nile, malaria… the list goes on. Their bites cause hundreds of millions of infections each year. Dengue alone infects around 390 million people a year globally. Malaria strikes around 214 million. What if there was a vaccine that could, in one fell swoop, prevent all of those infections? As a bonus, what if it could also prevent itchy responses to mosquito bites and even knock back the bug’s populations? It sounds like
February 22, 2017 —The International Space Station has a busy few days ahead, with two robotic spacecraft closing in on the orbiting outpost. The first one, launched on Wednesday and scheduled to arrive Friday morning, is Russia’s Progress-66 cargo mission, carrying nearly three tons of food, clothing, fuel, and other supplies for the astronauts onboard. The other is a SpaceX Dragon capsule carrying more cargo and several experiments, including an ozone monitor and a lightning imager. It aborted its first approach on Wednesday because of a GPS error, and could try again as early as Thursday. While these missions might seem like typical, 249-mile-high delivery runs, they also bring together the
NASA's Jupiter-circling spacecraft is stuck making long laps around the gas giant because of sticky valves. It currently takes Juno 53 days to fly around the solar system's biggest planet. That's almost four times longer than the intended 14-day orbit. After repeated delays, NASA decided late last week to forego an engine firing that would have shortened the orbit. Officials say the maneuver poses too much risk. NASA says the quality of science won't be affected. But it will take more time to gather the data, given Juno's longer loops. The mission will have to be extended at tens of millions of extra dollars if scientists are to collect everything under the original plan. It's already a billion-dollar
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says strong atmospheric rivers can transport 7.5 to 15 times the average water flow at the mouth of the Mississippi River. These flowing columns of condensed water vapor produce "significant levels of rain and snow," and can account for 30-50% of the Pacific Coast's rain and snow.
First impressions are key — and that’s why so many of us agonize over how to conclude our emails, especially when we’re job hunting. (*Raise your hand if you’ve ever typed and deleted your signoff about ten times in 30 seconds*)
Wednesday marks the 20th anniversary of the announcement of Dolly the sheep, the first mammal cloned from an adult cell. Her creation left a lasting impact on both the public and the field of developmental biology, experts say. At the time, other researchers had managed to clone mammals by splitting embryos in a test tube and implanting them in adults. However, none had successfully used an adult somatic (body) cell to clone a mammal. Researchers at the Roslin Institute in Scotland were finally able to produce Dolly — cloned from the udder cell of an adult sheep — after 276 attempts, according to the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI). “For a developmental biologist, the ability
Ivory Coast, which has seen a 90 percent decrease in its chimpanzees in just 20 years, is to host international talks in July in a bid to save the primates. Some 200 experts are due in the economic capital Abidjan from July 24 to 27 "to share experiences on chimpanzee conservation across Africa," Inza Kone, who heads a Swiss Scientific Research Centre (CSRS) in Ivory Coast, told AFP. The Wild Chimpanzee Foundation, which works to safeguard chimpanzees in west Africa, says less than 2,000 chimpanzees are left in the country compared to 12,000 in 2002.
On the mainland U.S., swaths of forests are steadily disappearing, too. The forests themselves are growing farther and farther apart, researchers say. Think of each forest patch as a sanctuary or transit hub for migratory animals and other species.
Boeing's (BA) plant in Charleston, S.C., just had the most dramatic week in its history, a week that made it seem that the sky is the limit for the future of the five-year-old plant. On Feb. 15, plant workers voted overwhelming not to join the International Association of Machinists, seemingly reaffirming right-to-work South Carolina's success in 2009 in luring Boeing here, far from the Washington workers who had built all of its legacy commercial aircraft for decades. On Feb. 17, the first Boeing 787-10 rolled off the assembly line -- marking the debut of the first airplane produced exclusively in Charleston. President Trump showed up for the rollout, a testament to Boeing's diplomacy -- a year ago, Trump said that Boeing would leave South Carolina and make all its planes in China -- and also, it must be said, to Trump's ability to recognize that something worthy of a presidential visit has happened in Charleston.
The number of people dying from cocaine overdoses in the United States is on the rise, and a new study suggests why: People are using cocaine and opioids together. The study researchers analyzed information on people who died due to drug overdoses in the U.S. from 2000 to 2015, looking at deaths that involved just cocaine as well as those involving both cocaine and opioids. This 2015 increase occurred despite a continued drop in cocaine use since 2006, the researchers said.
Twenty years ago, British scientists introduced the world to Dolly the Sheep - the first mammal to be cloned using nuclear transfer. She only lived for seven years, but the scientific advances that came from her creation still live on. Dolly died prematurely in 2003, after developing osteoarthritis and a lung infection, raising concerns that cloned animals may age more quickly than normal offspring. But 20 years on, researchers have allayed those fears by reporting that 13 cloned sheep, including four genomic copies of Dolly, are still in good shape at between seven and nine years of age, or the equivalent of 60 to 70 in human years. Professor Kevin Sinclair, a professor of developmental biology
The Smithsonian’s prized Apollo 11 command module will leave the National Air and Space Museum for the first time in 46 years when it becomes the star attraction of a two-year, four-city touring exhibition, “Destination Moon: The Apollo 11 Mission.” The module Columbia – the only piece of the spacecraft to complete the first mission to land a man on the moon and return him to Earth – will be the centerpiece of the exhibition that will open Oct. 14 in Houston before moving to St. Louis, Pittsburgh and Seattle. The artifacts will be on the road for the first part of a planned, multi-year renovation of the Air and Space Museum and for the 50th anniversary of the historic mission. “It did things
Hardware is spread across the New Shepard assembly area. Blue Origin, the space venture founded by Amazon billionaire Jeff Bezos, has out-of-this-world ambitions – with expansion plans to match. Permit filings at the city of Kent, Wash., reveal plans for a 236,000-square-foot warehouse complex and 102,900 square feet of office space, southwest of Blue Origin’s current 300,000-square-foot headquarters and rocket production facility in an industrial area of the city.
When Elon Musk sets his sights on an industry, he does so with purpose and with the intention of completely turning said industry on its head. While most people are readily familiar with Musk’s efforts at Tesla, the groundbreaking work being done by SpaceX, Musk’s other company, has only recently started to attract attention from the mainstream. To be sure, Elon Musk was bold for thinking that Tesla could revolutionize the auto industry.
Like a fingerprint, the connections of the human brain render us distinct from one another. In a study just published in Nature Neuroscience, researchers from the University of Oslo revealed that such a unique, fingerprint-like pattern evolves during development and is sensitive to mental health. These findings suggest that such brain network maturation during the course of childhood and adolescence reflects an important aspect of healthy brain development, and may help develop better tools for finding the right diagnosis and treatments of mental illness. Understanding why some children develop mental illness later in life is a major research task with important implications for patients and
Average sunshine in the northern hemisphere and the time since the last break between ice ages is all that's needed to predict when the next warm period will be. The finding, published in the journal Nature, reconciles a long-standing puzzle between the frequent warm periods, or interglacials, that happened before 1 million years ago, and the less frequent interglacials more recently. Between 2.6 and 1 million years ago, interglacials happened about every 41,000 years. Then something happened to change the rate at which the warmer periods came. After 1 million years ago, interglacials happened roughly every 100,000 years. What changed was the threshold of sunshine needed to melt the ice sheets
Imagine standing on a world 40 light-years from Earth. You look up, and see other planets slowing moving through the sky, sisters to the world you find yourself on. You notice that it's relatively dark, because the star you're orbiting is dim, and far smaller than the sun. But you're still warm, thanks to the infrared light emitted by the ultracool dwarf star. SEE ALSO: Seven Earth-sized planets orbit an alien star only 40 light-years away This could be a vision of what we'd see if we traveled to one of the seven Earth-sized planets orbiting TRAPPIST-1, a small, dim star about 235 trillion miles from our home. Thoughts of these newly-discovered planets outside of our solar system are enough