New images from a NASA satellite indicate that the European Space Agency's experimental Schiaparelli lander created a shallow crater on Mars when it plummeted to the surface last week. ESA lost communication with Schiaparelli shortly before the probe was supposed to touch down on Oct. 19. Two days later, pictures taken by NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter showed a black spot at the landing site — indicating that the probe crashed at speed and may have exploded. ESA said Thursday that more detailed images from the orbiter indicate that Schiaparelli dug a crater some 50 centimeters (nearly 20 inches) deep and about 2.4 meters (7.9 feet) across. It's still analyzing asymmetrical dark markings around
The countries that decide the fate of Antarctica's waters reached an historic agreement on Friday to create the world's largest marine protected area in the ocean next to the frozen continent. The agreement comes after years of diplomatic wrangling and high-level talks between the U.S. and Russia, which has rejected the idea in the past. The U.S. and New Zealand have been pushing for a marine reserve for years.
As Iraqi forces fight to retake Mosul from the so-called Islamic State (ISIS), clouds of toxic fumes are spreading across northern Iraq. The acrid smoke, which is so significant it is visible from space, is threatening to harm Iraqis' health just as hundreds of thousands of people are fleeing Mosul for their lives. Militants from the Islamic State blew up the Al-Mishraq sulfur processing plant over the weekend and set fire to 19 oil wells in an effort to hamper the advance of Iraqi and U.S. forces.
The world's whaling watchdog moved Thursday to curtail Japan's annual whale hunt, conducted under scientific licence but blasted by critics as a commercial meat haul. A resolution on "improving" the review of deadly research programmes, which Japan alone conducts, split the 70-year-old International Whaling Commission (IWC) into familiar camps -- pro- and anti-whaling. It garnered 34 "yes" votes to 17 cast by the camp that includes Japan and commercial whalers Norway and Iceland.
Scientists on Wednesday released new footage of the widespread devastation across Australia's Great Barrier Reef. The reef's northern section suffered the worst coral bleaching event in history earlier this year following an extreme underwater heatwave
Florida's fourth- and eighth-grade students boosted their showing on science tests taken as part of "the nation's report card," posting strong gains in 2015 after a lackluster performance six years ago, according to results released today. The state's fourth graders beat the national average and eighth graders kept pace with it, both improvements from 2009. That year's science test release prompted then education commissioner to lament, "We have significant ground to capture." Florida followed the national trend on the most-recent test, as scores for the nation's fourth and eighth graders also moved up in 2015 compared with 2009. That was the last time students at both grade levels took the National
KIC 8462852 is one of the most unusual stars ever spotted in the night sky. It was discovered as early as the 1980s, but it remained quietly out of the limelight until September 2015, when Tabetha S. Boyajian, then a postdoctoral researcher at Yale University, published a study highlighting something unusual going on with the KIC 8462852. The star, which became known as Tabby's Star after Dr. Boyajian's paper was published, has become one of the most intriguing astronomical mysteries in the night sky. While scientists still suspect that the mysterious flickering has some kind of natural explanation, one theory that seems to fit the facts of the case is that Tabby's Star may be surrounded by orbiting pieces of alien technology.
Last Tuesday, Fossil Free Sweden finally received confirmation from the Nobel Foundation that it does not intend to adopt rigid sustainable investment guidelines which entirely exclude investments in the least sustainable companies on the planet—those driving climate change through the exploitation of fossil fuels. Divest Nobel We at Divest Nobel love the work the Nobel Foundation does in lifting the greatest achievements of mankind for mankind into the public consciousness. There is, to be frank, no other award on this planet is valued or respected more. But this is an intervention—we do not want the institution we love and which has done so much good for mankind, to be linked to an industry
This event will feature more than 40 different speakers from the food and agriculture field. Researchers, farmers, chefs, policymakers, government officials, and students will come together for interactive panels, networking, and delicious food, followed by a day of hands-on activities and opportunities for attendees. Food Tank recently had the opportunity to speak with Fred Kirschenmann, Distinguished Fellow at the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture and President of the Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture, who will be speaking at the summit.
A shipwreck graveyard of more than 40 vessels which lay perfectly preserved for centuries has been discovered by scientists at the bottom of the Black Sea. Researchers came across the ghostly wrecks by chance while mapping the sea floor at depths of between 1,000ft and almost 6,000ft. At those depths there is so little oxygen that the timbers hardly decay – meaning wooden structures and even intricate carvings that are many hundreds of years old are still intact. And they have been brought back to life with 3D imaging technology that reveals detailed pictures of the wrecks without disturbing the seabed. Archaeologists have long believed there was a “dead zone” beneath the surface but had not
The next time you’re in the mood to enjoy an alcoholic beverage, you might want to think twice about ordering a Red Bull and vodka, which is apparently like liquid cocaine. That sounds extreme, but unfortunately, we’re not exaggerating: A recent study says the popular drink is just as bad on your brain as cocaine, and TBH, that’s a rather frightening realization that might make you want to leave your signature drink to fictional characters. We already know that routine consumption of energy drinks isn’t good for you, but this study published in science journal PLoS ONE might make you file Red Bull and vodka in the “DO NOT WANT” category. Researchers at Purdue University used adolescent mice to
Richard Hoagland told his wife he was going to the hospital in 1993 and never came back. Badly eroded and in happier times Rick certainly and then little boy's fantasy foreign vacations in beautiful within the and it lit. In the Americas. What did you
On current trends, that plunge in stocks of global wildlife could extend to two-thirds by 2020, an annual decline of two percent, conservation group WWF and the Zoological Society of London warned in their joint biennial Living Planet report. "This should be a wake-up call to marshal efforts to promote the recovery of these populations," said Ken Norris, director of science at the Zoological Society of London.
About 100 demonstrators protested on the steps of New York's City Hall on Nov. 15, 1985, as a City Council committee considered legislation to bar pupils and teachers with the AIDS virus from public schools.
Jamie Hiscock of East Sussex, England has a knack for spotting incredibly preserved remnants of life. Five years ago, he and his brother, both fossil enthusiasts, were walking along the beach when they noticed a remarkable piece of amber. “I noticed there was something odd about the preservation,” he said in a statement.
Messing with a cave lion could well have been a Stone Age hunter’s last act. At up to 880 pounds, these Pleistocene predators were some of the biggest cats that ever lived. But now scientists say humans did indeed pursue these massive beasts — and may have contributed to their extinction. Deep inside a pitch-black cave, researchers have found the remains of a cave-lion pelt used to cover a ritual hut built some 16,000 years ago. The discovery astonished the scientists. Until now, there’s been almost no evidence prehistoric humans dared kill and make use of the imposing carnivores. “Hunting a lion was very dangerous,” says study author Marián Cueto of Spain’s University of Cantabria. “It probably
Before the "hearts-for-eyes" face, the praying hands and the notorious eggplant, there was the very first set of emoji — an assortment of small and now-primitive pictographs that include a green coffee mug, a blue airplane and a purple face with two carets for eyes and a tiny rectangle for a mouth. The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York City announced yesterday (Oct. 26) that it has acquired the original 176 emoji for its permanent collection, reported The New York Times. MoMA will feature the emoji in the museum's lobby starting in December, as part of an exhibit that includes other graphics and animations.
Now that General Electric Co. CEO Jeff Immelt has moved to Boston, he doesn’t want anyone else to leave. Speaking Tuesday night at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute’s Joint Visiting Committee Symposium, which brings together and educates the hospital’s donors and community ambassadors, Immelt said he moved his company to Boston to be immersed in "a sea of ideas." Now he wants to make sure the people behind Boston’s health care ecosystem aren’t leaving. “One of our hypotheses in moving here was … this was kind of a wasted ecosystem — if you look at Silicon valley, Sand Hill Road, everything around Stanford. There’s no reason all of that couldn't be, in some shape or form, here,” Immelt said. “I think
On Tuesday night, the northern lights put on quite a show for people as far south as Minnesota and Wisconsin, and tonight could bring even more aurora action. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Space Weather Prediction Center is forecasting that a "moderate" geomagnetic storm will continue through Wednesday, possibly bringing the cosmic light show as far south as New York and Idaho. Photographers around the world posted their views of the northern and southern lights on Instagram.
Marijuana is an ancient plant with borderline mystical properties — just ask the 266 million people who smoke it every year. Hemp, the industrial strain of Cannabis sativa, has been used for many purposes — food, fuel and textiles among them — for tens of thousands of years. Unlike its sister strain, hemp can’t get you high. But much like the drug, it has extraordinary qualities. America is no stranger to hemp. In fact, Betsy Ross sewed the first American flag with hemp and George Washington farmed it at Mt. Vernon. Unfortunately, its full potential was never realized; drug restrictions that banned marijuana suppressed hemp, too. This spurious conflation quashed the industry for about 60 years,
This misshapen pebble is actually the first ever dinosaur brain fossil ever found. On a dark winter night in 2004, Jamie Hiscocks spotted an oddly shaped stone on a beach by his home in Sussex, England. “I could see in my torchlight structured detail on the surface of the object,” Hiscocks, a fossil hunter by trade, told me in an email.
While thousands of people the world over continue to go solar to generate alternative energy, a lab at the University of Wisconsin-Madison just made a major breakthrough on a completely unique new conductive material: wood pulp. While the mention of wood pulp mention leave many scratching their head, the lab found a way to manufacture floorboards out of the commonly wasted material, and did so in a manner that took advantage of its composition of cellulose nanofibers. In other words, the team of engineers managed to develop a flooring material capable of generating electricity by something as simple as a footstep.
High-powered laser light will be used to protect crops from pests in a trial funded by the European Commission. Researchers at Liverpool John Moores University hope a "fence" of laser light will scare rats and other pests, proving an alternative to poison. The technology will be trialled in Scotland, the Netherlands and Spain starting in November. The National Farmers' Union (NFU) said innovation was important to support the farming industry following Brexit. The European Commission has contributed 1.7m euros ($1.85m, £1.5m) to support the research, the Register reports. "The laser has already been produced," Dr Alex Mason, project co-ordinator of the Life Laser Fence project, told the BBC. "It's
Think autism and an image of an awkward boy typically emerges. The developmental disorder is at least four times more common in boys, but scientists taking a closer look are finding some gender-based surprises: Many girls with autism have social skills that can mask the condition. The gender effect is a hot topic in autism research and one that could lead to new ways of diagnosing and treating a condition that affects at least 1 in 68 U.S. children.
The launch next month of a Soyuz spacecraft carrying three astronauts to the International Space Station has been postponed by 48 hours, Russia's space agency said Friday, reportedly to ensure better docking conditions. The delay came after the previous manned launch to the ISS set for September was postponed for almost a month due to technical issues. The Soyuz space capsule carrying astronauts from Russia, France and the United States is set to blast off for the orbiting space lab from the Baikonur cosmodrome at 2020 GMT on November 17, the Roscosmos agency said in a statement.