NASA's asteroid-chasing spacecraft is swinging by Earth on its way to a space rock. Launched a year ago, Osiris-Rex will pass within about 11,000 miles (17,700 kilometers) of the home planet Friday afternoon. It will use Earth's gravity as a slingshot to put it on a path toward the asteroid Bennu. If all goes well, Osiris-Rex should reach the small, roundish asteroid next year and, in 2020, collect some of its gravel for return to Earth. Friday's close approach will occur over Antarctica. It will be a quick hello: The spacecraft will speed by at about 19,000 mph (31,000 kph). NASA has taken precautions to ensure Osiris-Rex does not slam into any satellites. Ground telescopes, meanwhile, have
Mexico waited anxiously on Thursday for signs of life in the rubble of collapsed buildings as a desperate search for survivors of a devastating earthquake entered a third day. Authorities put the death toll following Tuesday's 7.1 magnitude quake at more than 250 people, with the number expected to rise. Authorities put the overall death toll at 272 -- 137 in Mexico City, 73 in Morelos state, 43 in Puebla, 13 in Mexico state, five in Guerrero and one in Oaxaca.
The war of words continues to escalate between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, who on Thursday referred to the head of state as a “mentally deranged U.S. dotard.” This most recent barb followed Trump’s remarks at his debut address to the U.N. General Assembly in New York, where he warned that the U.S. would “totally destroy North Korea” if forced to defend itself or its allies. It is rare to hear such language from an American leader, but not so from Pyongyang. State-run Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) has been the vessel for many an insult over the years, directed toward world leaders, close relatives and Hollywood stars.
Winds from Hurricane Irma have toppled a tiny tree that orbited the moon and later grew at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex in Florida. Florida Today reports the sycamore tree, also known as a "Moon Tree," was toppled by hurricane winds. In 1971, hundreds of tree seeds were carried into space by Apollo 14 astronaut Stuart Roosa. When the Apollo 14 returned to Earth, a mishap caused them to mix. They were deemed unusable for experiments, but were grown anyway. A NASA report says hundreds of the trees were planted across the country to celebrate the nation's 200th birthday, though all their locations weren't properly documented. The visitor complex says the spirit of the Moon Tree lives
A geophysics professor from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) claims he’s just run the math … and we’re on our way to what he refers to as a mass extinction event. According to MIT’s research paper, the five previous mass extinction events which have taken place over the last 540 million years all involved “thresholds of catastrophe” in the carbon cycle that, once exceeded, lead to an unstable environment that is ultimately bad for things which enjoy living. “The study identifies two thresholds for major carbon cycle change,” Daniel Rothman told Digital Trends.
If you search "official height of Mount Everest," the Internet will churn out an instant answer of 29,029 feet. But that might not be the case, according to government of Nepal, which announced on Friday it will conduct a new measurement of the mountain, citing possible changes due to seismic activity. "There are reports that changes are noticed in the height of the Everest due to the recent earthquakes," Nepalese Survey Department Deputy Director General Neeraj Manandhar said Friday (via the Telegraph), pointing to the 7.8-magnitude earthquake that struck the region in April 2015. The earthquake caused havoc to Everest, causing massive avalanches and other issues that left 18 climbers dead at
Dozens of students interrupted a speech made by former FBI director James Comey at the 150th opening convocation of Howard University in Washington, D.C. Video footage from the scene Friday shows Comey attempting to speak to the audience amid considerable
Peggy lives along the edge of Saturn and is an anomaly from which researchers have been unable to unearth the source. The bizarre disturbance was first noticed in 2013 by London researcher Carl Murray, who named it after his mother-in-law after making the discovery on her birthday.
Climate change is a big problem, and it's not an easy one to understand. Experts spend years building complex models of our planet and its atmosphere, in order to predict what average temperatures are going to be years or decades from now. Those models have been incredibly accurate in the past, and the picture they paint of the future is pretty grim. That might be why a recent study published in the Nature Geosciences journal caught the eye of many right-wing tabloids. According to those tabloids, this new study upends those models that experts have spent years building, and instead suggests that the planet is warming much more slowly than previously thought. "Fear of global warming is exaggerated,"
A manhunt has begun for the killer of a giant saltwater crocodile in Australia, as authorities warned its death would trigger more aggressive behaviour among younger crocs in the area. The carcass of a 5.2-metre (17-foot) adult male was found in the Fitzroy River in central Queensland on Thursday with a single gunshot wound to the head, the environment department said. "It is illegal to 'take' and kill a crocodile without authority and police will work closely with (the environment department) to locate the person responsible," Queensland police said.
In a bout of blistering invective rare even for cantankerous North Korea, Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un has taken personal aim at Donald Trump, vowing to “surely and definitely tame the mentally deranged U.S. dotard with fire,” in response to the U.S. President’s threat during his inaugural speech at the U.N. General Assembly on Tuesday to “totally destroy” the Hermit Kingdom if it did not halt its weapons program. Kim’s tirade came just as Trump signed a new executive order ramping up sanctions against the secretive regime, authorizing the U.S. Treasury to target firms and financial institutions conducting business there. The former reality TV star has, however, added some trademark bluster, personally mocking Kim as “Rocketman” both on Twitter and before world leaders at the U.N. “Rocketman is on a suicide mission,” Trump told the General Assembly.
In early 2015, a team of scientists from the United Kingdom, Bulgaria, Sweden, the United States and Greece set off to investigate the effects of climate change and the impact of sea level changes in the Black Sea since the end of the Earth’s last glacial cycle 12,000 years ago. What they discovered by chance during their studies was more than they could have ever imagined: 60 shipwrecks dating back 2,500 years, including artifacts from the Byzantine Era, the Middle Ages and the Ottoman Empire. This week, after nearly three years at sea, the scientists who participated in the Black Sea Maritime Archaeology Project docked their research vessel in the port of Burgas, Bulgaria, and displayed dramatic 3-D printed replicas of those shipwrecks, which represent more than a thousand years of maritime history.
All airline service has been put on hold throughout Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria devastated the island Wednesday. Airlines are working on determining when they can resume services to and from Puerto Rico. Here is when the airliners are hoping to bring flight service back to the U.S. territory.
Friday, Sept. 22 marks the beginning of fall in the U.S. on the autumnal equinox at 4:02 pm EDT in the Northern Hemisphere. The equinox is defined as when day and night are the same length, approximately 12 hours each. 3. According to Dictionary.com, before the 1600s, the term "harvest" was used to describe fall, as farmers would reap what they had sowed in the spring and prepare for the coming winter. 4. NASA says that the chance of seeing the stunning aurora borealis or "northern lights" increases after the fall equinox.
On Friday, Massachusetts Institute of Technology scientists reported in a Science Advances paper that they might be able to use engineering models to do so. Using a series of engineering formulas, the researchers developed an algorithm for computing the precursors of extreme events in complicated systems with lots of turbulence. “Currently there is no method to explain when these extreme events occur,” says Themistoklis Sapsis, associate professor of mechanical and ocean engineering at MIT and co-author on the new paper, in a news release.
The Mediterranean Sea is not only cradle for many cultures, but also an area prone to earthquakes. It’s located at the juncture of two large tectonic plates: the European plate and the African plate, as well as some minor plates, including the Adriatic plate. Consequently, various fault systems cross the sea and adjacent land in the region. Many ancient buildings show damage caused by past earthquakes along these faults and some ancient myths, like the terrible Minotaur on the island of Crete, may be rooted in tectonic activity. Research done in the past decades suggests that ancient cultures were well aware of the seismic nature of the land and actively incorporated it into their religion. For
Archaeologists on the Greek island of Euboea have uncovered a temple dedicated to Artemis, the goddess of hunting and the moon, after a century of searching for the long-lost classical sanctuary dedicated to the ancient deity. The Swiss-led team discovered the site at the foot of the a hill near the fishing town of Amarynthos, which lies on the western shore of the island, just off the Greek mainland. While the first excavators began looking for for Amarynthos’s temple to Artemis at the start of the 20th century, this most recent successful dig began in 2007, the Swiss news outlet SRF reported.
Sept. 22 (UPI) -- A team of researchers at the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University in Japan want to make the ocean an affordable source of renewable energy. Engineers at OIST have already harnessed the energy of ocean currents using underwater turbines. Now, the group is targeting the kinetic power of waves. The team is preparing to install turbines where the energy of the ocean is most apparent. "Particularly in Japan, if you go around the beach you'll find many tetrapods," Tsumoru Shintake, a professor at OIST, said in a news release. Tetrapods are pyramid-like concrete structures designed to dampen the force of incoming waves and protect beaches from erosion. Shintake
Western consumer giants are polluting oceans by selling products packaged in cheap, disposable plastic to Filipinos, Greenpeace has claimed -- naming Nestle, Unilever and Procter & Gamble among the worst offenders. The environmental group ranked the Philippines as the "third-worst polluter into the world's oceans" after China and Indonesia in a report released Friday in Manila. Single-use plastics from products sold by conglomerates, such as bags, bottle labels, and straws, stood out during a week-long Greenpeace clean-up campaign held on Manila Bay this month, it said.
The Trump Administration is considering limiting U.S. ties with Myanmar’s military in response to its recent violence against the country’s Rohingya Muslims, a White House official tells TIME. “Until Burma’s security forces act in accordance with the rule of law and stop the violence and displacement, moving forward with such engagement will be difficult,” a National Security Council spokesperson tells TIME.
Not many people — and certainly not many government agencies — have the opportunity to say "no" to the president. However, NASA's acting director, Robert M. Lightfoot Jr., might be living your wildest fantasy: he just outright denied Donald Trump something he requested. According to The New York Times, Lightfoot and his team at NASA recently rejected Trump's desire to add more crew to its Space Launch System's first flight. Citing cost and time, Lightfoot conceded that the White House's request was "technically feasible," but it would set the mission back considerably: additional crew members would cost an extra $600 to $900 million. NASA's investigation into whether additional astronauts could
The demonstration is the latest of several since Friday, when a judge acquitted former police officer Jason Stockley, who is white, of fatally shooting a 24-year-old black man, Anthony Lamar Smith. Protest organizer Cori Bush said people of many races are upset and angry about the treatment of blacks in St. Louis. Jennifer Sherer, a demonstrator from St. Louis, said the city remains badly segregated.
Thursday, September 21, 2017: The sun shines down on Hurricane Maria in this photo taken by NASA astronaut Randy Bresnik at the International Space Station. Beneath the mammoth storm, it was anything but sunny, as Puerto Rico got pummeled by dangerous winds, heavy rain and floods. "Far too many times this year we’ve been looking into the eye of monsters," Bresnik tweeted this morning. "Puerto Rico we look forward to seeing your beautiful shores again!" — Hanneke Weitering
David Meade was touted as the new doomsday conspiracy theorist, but he denied knowing the date for the end of the world. “People tend to read sensationalistic headlines, and not go to the source. My book is the source. They don’t even read it. My book’s updates are on my Planet X News.com site – they don’t read those, either,” Meade told International Business Times in an email Thursday. While Saturday, Sept. 23 might not be Armageddon, Meade argued the recent environment catastrophes, like the earthquakes in Mexico and hurricanes in Caribbean, are related to the metaphorical end of the world as people know it today.