A supply ship bearing John Glenn's name arrived at the International Space Station on Saturday. Astronauts used the station's big robot arm to grab the capsule, as the craft flew 250 miles (400 kilometers) above Germany. NASA's commercial shipper, Orbital ATK, named the spacecraft the S.S. John Glenn in honor of the first American to orbit Earth. It rocketed from Cape Canaveral, Florida, on Tuesday with nearly 7,700 pounds of food, experiments and other goods. Glenn died in December at age 95 and was buried earlier this month at Arlington National Cemetery. His widow, Annie, granted permission for Orbital ATK to use his name for the Cygnus spacecraft. The company, in fact, sent up some memorabilia
President Donald Trump just released a statement for Earth Day, and it doesn't seem like he really loves the Earth? Along with some faint praise of America's "abundant natural resources and awe-inspiring beauty," Trump used Earth Day to talk about jobs
Less known, though, are their underwater counterparts that rise from the ocean floor: the seamounts. Often remnants of extinct volcanoes, these underwater mountains can form ranges or stand alone. Scientists estimate that there are more than 100,000 seamounts in the oceans of the world, with more than 30,000 of them in the Pacific Ocean alone.
He may live in L.A. and favor hardware over algorithms, but Elon Musk is nonetheless the poster boy for Silicon Valley's culture of techno-positivism. The serial entrepreneur has founded a gaggle of companies meant to save the world: Tesla Motors Inc. (TSLA), SolarCity Corp. (acquired by Tesla), Neuralink, The Boring Company. Failing that mission, he's working on a Martian insurance policy in the form of SpaceX. But as Musk often reminds us, he's only doing all this because the world needs so much saving. His trademark cocktail of voice-crying-out-in-the-desert pessimism and there's-an-app-for-that optimism has received astonishing uptake: Tesla just surpassed General Motors Co. (GM) to become
The United States has a better-than-even chance of sticking with a landmark 2015 global agreement on climate change, former US Vice President Al Gore said Friday. "I think that there's an excellent chance, far better than 50-50, that the United States will decide to stay in the Paris Agreement," Gore said during a roundtable discussion at this week's spring meetings of the World Bank and International Monetary Fund.
(CNN)Germany's Neumayer Station is an active research institute in Antarctica. During the Antarctic summer, the station houses up to 50 scientific researchers and support staff. With the Antarctic winter drawing near, a very small "overwintering" team remains there to conduct research and maintain the station. On Saturday, this skeleton crew traveled out into the 20°F temperatures and 26 mph gusts to join their voices in support with crowds gathering around the world. Marches for Science have taken place on all seven continents. "Nothing in life is to be feared, it is only to be understood," reads a quote from renowned scientist Marie Curie on the banner they held. "Now is the time to understand
Former President Vigdis Finnbogadottir told The Associated Press that Iceland must take steps to protect its language. Teachers are already sensing a change among students in the scope of their Icelandic vocabulary and reading comprehension. Anna Jonsdottir, a teaching consultant, said she often hears teenagers speak English among themselves when she visits schools in Reykjavik, the capital.
Henrietta Lacks — her fictional HBO character (left) and the real woman behind the cells that changed science. When you get surgery or have a mole removed, and there’s leftover tissue or blood, there’s a chance that it might not be discarded. This practice went on for decades without much controversy — until the bestselling book The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot came along in 2010.
NASA's Cassini spacecraft faces one last perilous adventure around Saturn. Cassini swings past Saturn's mega moon Titan early Saturday for a gravity-assisted, orbit-tweaking nudge. "That last kiss goodbye," as project manager Earl Maize calls it, will push Cassini onto a path no spacecraft has gone before — into the gap between Saturn and its rings. It's treacherous territory. A particle from the rings — even as small as a speck of sand — could cripple Cassini, given its velocity. Cassini will make its first pass through the relatively narrow gap Wednesday. Twenty-two crossings are planned, about one a week, until September, when Cassini goes in and never comes out, vaporizing in Saturn's atmosphere.
Co-hosting the Earth Day event, the 46-year-old musician and multi-instrumentalist (né Ahmir Khalib Thompson) spoke out against the new presidential administration’s reliance on “alternative facts” - saying that science should belong to the masses and that making it accessible to people is now more important than ever. “Without scientifically literate citizens, the United States - and country in fact - cannot compete on the world stage,” he said.
During one of numerous failed attempts to establish himself as an environmentalist, New York Times foreign affairs columnist Thomas Friedman enthusiastically reported in 2010 that - in honour of Earth Day on April 22 - the United States Navy had test-flown a fighter jet "powered by a 50-50 blend of conventional jet fuel and camelina aviation biofuel made from pressed mustard seeds". Armed with this and other bits of trivia, Friedman concluded that the US military was thus in fact on the front line of the battle for a clean Earth. Never mind that, mustard seeds or not, the US Defense Department remains one of the top polluters on the planet. To be sure, the neoliberal media's toxic alignment with
Have you ever noticed why tomato juice is such a popular drink on planes? There is a scientific reason behind it and it's all to do with the impact of cabin pressure on our senses. It’s about 30 percent more difficult to detect sweet and salty tastes, according to a 2010 study by the Fraunhofer Institute for Building Physics in Germany. In other words, at altitude, our sense of taste is dulled.
Every April, as the weather warms, the Lyrids meteor shower comes around promising the chance to see a wave of shooting stars. Luckily, the Moon is currently waning, which will make it easier to see the meteors because it won’t provide as much light pollution. The Lyrids are one of the oldest known annual meteor showers.
A carpet of bluebells bursts into flower in Belgium in a wonder of the natural world -- but one that is at risk of being trampled by tourists drawn to its beauty. At the start of spring the tall beech trees are still bare enough to let enough sunlight reach the forest floor and allow the flowers to bloom. Huge swathes of the 555-hectare (1,370-acre) woodland are covered in millions of the delicate purple flowers for as far as the eye can see.
As a teen, I became engrossed with deep and existential questions such as: How did the universe come into existence? What started it all? Why do things work the way they do, and does the universe have to be the way it is? Needing to know the answer to these questions is what drove me to study physics and to choose to devote my life to becoming a researcher. I simply need to know. I always needed to know. Certainly, wanting to understand the answer to these questions isn't new to me. Our earliest writings asked the same things. Over the millennia, answers were offered that were first theological and then philosophical. But, with the advent of the scientific method and the inclusion of empirical
In honor of Earth Day, Bill Maher went on a rant about the fetishization of Mars, calling out Hollywood and billionaires like Jeff Bezos and Richard Branson for putting resources into exploring and colonizing the red planet instead of fixing our own planet. "We need to quash this stupid fantasy that Mars is a perfectly reasonable planetary backup," Maher said. "Movies, TV shows, and magazines have a constant drumbeat to get to Mars, explore Mars, colonize Mars." Even Budweiser is trying to brew good beer on Mars. But why? Why are we obsessed with a planet with an atmosphere that is far from inhabitable when we have a lush, green, human-friendly home already? Even President Donald Trump signed
A group of marine scientists says collisions of whales and boats off of the New England coast may be more common than previously thought. The researchers, who published their findings in the March issue of the journal Marine Mammal Science, said the work shows that the occurrence of such strikes is most likely underestimated.
The laser, known as the European XFEL, will one day let scientists capture images of atomic elements on a previously unimaginably tiny scale. The milestone hit this week involved successfully firing electrons through a particle accelerator measuring a whopping 2.1 kilometers in length. “The European XFEL’s particle accelerator is the first superconducting linear accelerator of this size in the world to go into operation,” Helmut Dosch, chairman of the DESY board of directors, said in a statement.
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Regular readers of this column know my general response to science is: I'm not buyin' it. A bunch of "intelligent" people can tell me trees don't make wind, but I can create a website called TreesMakeWind.com and form a religion based solely on the mystical truth of tree-generated breezes. Who's to say who's correct? They have their science, I have my website. Sounds like, at best, a draw. I bring all this up because the knowledge nerds in the science community are mad that we finally have a president who doesn't read books and believes rising ocean levels mean greater opportunities to sell oceanfront property in Nebraska. The scientists and their groupies will be taking to the streets Saturday
Prior to the march in Washington, D.C., famed American scientist Bill Nye, an honorary co-chair of the event, delivered a speech to a huge crowd in pouring rain. Some were clad in white lab coats while others carried handmade signs calling for funding for scientific research. At least 27,000 Facebook users said they were attending the march in Washington, D.C.
Scientists at Nasa have placed space probe Cassini into a new orbit of Saturn that will mean it is destroyed by the gas giant's harsh atmosphere in September 2017. For the next five months, Cassini will explore the region between Saturn and its rings, where no man-made artefact has ever previously been. After 12 years of exploration and incredible discoveries Cassini's fuel reserves are almost empty and scientists don't want to risk it crashing on either Titan or Enceladus in case there is life on either moon that might be contaminated.
In a unique study spanning the entire continent, scientists have found that water is gushing across Antarctica — more than they ever realized. The researchers from Columbia University’s Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory have found significant drainage of meltwater flowing across the continent’s ice sheets during summer in Antarctica. Until now, these streams of water were mainly associated only with Antarctica’s far north regions. The discovery of widespread streams across the continent is ominous news, indicating Antarctica’s ice may be much more vulnerable to melting than scientists predicted. Free-flowing water, which absorbs solar energy more than ice, puts nearby ice at greater risk of melting.
The Guardians of the Galaxy are a misfit bunch of universe-saving renegades brought together by fate — and a penchant for being a bit good and bad. After the colossal success of their first movie, the Guardians have made a resurgence in the comics world, but, as the team’s quickly learned, being a hero isn’t exactly all unicorns and sunshine. With two versions of the team and decades of adventures to draw on, Star-Lord, Gamora, Drax the Destroyer, Rocket Raccoon, and Groot — not to mention Mantis, Starhawk, and the rest of the team’s revolving roster — have seen their fair share of terrible things. And, tangling with the more cosmic elements of the Marvel Universe as they do, some of those terrible