Dr. Mae Jemison, the first woman of color in space, describes her current work bringing space-age techniques to foreign countries and the limits of human achievement if we were properly committed.
Japan’s likely discovery of melted fuel inside the wrecked Fukushima nuclear power plant is seen as a critical step in hastening the $72 billion, 40-year cleanup of one of the worst atomic disasters in history. Images released on Saturday by Tokyo Electric Power Co. Holdings Inc., Japan’s biggest utility and owner of the plant, showed for the first time what is likely melted fuel at the bottom of the containment vessel of the No. 3 reactor at Fukushima. Pictures released Friday showed fuel possibly hanging from the top of the pressure vessel inside the same reactor.
On Aug. 21, the moon will block out the sun completely, as seen from the United States, following a narrow band across the country while the shadow of the moon moves from the west coast to the east. If you plan to watch the eclipse too, either by traveling to a place from where it is visible in its entirety, or by remaining where you are to see a partial eclipse (the partial eclipse will be visible from every state in the country), you should keep in mind some safety tips. NASA has offered a helpful list of things to do and not do for viewing the eclipse.
Two young elephants washed out to sea were saved from drowning Sunday by the Sri Lankan navy in the second such incident off the island in as many weeks. The navy said the pair of wild elephants were brought ashore after a "mammoth effort" involving navy divers, ropes and a flotilla of boats to tow them back to shallow waters. Photos showed the elephants in distress, barely keeping their trunks above water in the deep seas about one kilometre off the coast of Sri Lanka.
St. Louis, Missouri broke a record high this weekend with temperatures soaring to 108 degrees F Saturday, July 22nd. An article caught my attention earlier in the week by Jon Erdman. It discussed a video of prisoners in St. Louis screaming for help in their sweltering facility earlier in the week when temperatures were “just” in the nineties. Imagine being in a building with the temperature at 108 deg F without adequate air conditioning. The inmates at the 1966 medium-security facility in Missouri did not have to imagine it. They lived it, and they probably are not alone. A 2016 Washington Times article noted that only 30 of 109 prison units in Texas were fully air-conditioned at the time of
Could your sweat (or saliva) be a clue to a successful weight loss regime? The weight-loss app Lose It and Silicon Valley DNA analytics start-up Helix on Monday released embodyDNA, a service that analyzes 16 different traits as they relate to weight loss, nutrition, fitness and sensitivities to certain foods. It measures everything from body mass index and the metabolism of nutrients to muscle mass and gluten tolerance to give people insights into their genetic makeup, says Kevin McCoy, senior vice president of business development at the Boston-based Lose It. 23AndMe provides ancestry information, but there several other companies provide DNA analysis and nutrition programs to help with weight loss, including DNAFit, Fitness Genes and Nutrigenomix.
Business minister Greg Clark will launch the first phase of a $320 million investment into battery technology on Monday, part of the government’s industrial strategy to boost productivity and spread wealth in Britain. Prime Minister Theresa May published her government’s industrial strategy in January, putting forward proposals for a more hands-on approach to developing key industries to help protect the economy as Britain leaves the European Union. Clark will use a speech to unveil “the Faraday Challenge”, a competition to establish a center for battery research which “will – quite literally – power the automotive and energy revolution where, already, the UK is leading the world”.
Gravity, friction and magnets aren’t just the stuff of science class. They’re also responsible for the addictive thrill of pinball. Now you can explore the science behind the arcade classics at a new exhibition that exposes the playful secrets of pinball tables. It’s called “The Art and Science of Pinball,” and it’s the newest exhibition at the Chabot Space & Science Center in Oakland, Calif. You might not realize it, but there’s plenty of technological history embedded in those buzzers, bumpers and balls. Over the years, pinball machines evolved from simple mechanical devices to complex technological ones — and you can find everything from basic physics to electrical engineering within. Of course,
A house that forms a vital piece of scientific history is on the market. It is the former home of Joseph Priestley, the scientist and radical thinker who discovered oxygen while working as a librarian for the Earl of Shelburne. Priestley lived at the property in the 1770s, after writing treatises on Unitarianism and a book about electricity – and inventing soda water.
The lab-coat liberals are marching on Washington. Dismayed by President Donald Trump’s perceived hostility to climate science and other areas of research, a surge of scientists is entering the public arena and running for political office for the first time. What began with rogue Twitter accounts and protest marches has graduated into candidacies in House races in places as varied as California, Texas, Pennsylvania and New York. The handful of scientists who have formally announced their candidacies so far — and the others who are preparing to join them — have cast themselves as a counterforce to the Trump administration’s dismissal of climate science and de-prioritization of innovation funding.
Three Apollo 11 astronauts went to the moon (two landed) and safely returned to Earth in July 1969. NASA knew the mission was very risky, so the White House prepared remarks in case the astronauts died. President Nixon's speechwriter, William Safire, drafted the backup speech, titled "IN EVENT OF MOON DISASTER", which was publicly released 30 years later.
For almost a half-century there’s been a clear speed limit on most commercial air travel: 660 miles per hour, the rate at which a typical-size plane traveling at 30,000 feet breaks the sound barrier and creates a 30-mile-wide, continuous sonic boom. The ground-level disturbances that result—shattered windows, cracked plaster, maddened farm animals—have kept supersonic travel mostly off-limits since 1973, when the Federal Aviation Administration banned its use over U.S. soil. In August, NASA says, it will begin taking bids for construction of a demo model of a plane able to reduce the sonic boom to something like the hum you’d hear inside a Mercedes-Benz on the interstate.
A punishing drought that stretches across much of the U.S. Northern Plains could cause farmers to lose 64 million bushels of wheat production this year, according to federal officials. The federal government has declared numerous counties in the three-state region to be disaster areas and authorized haying and grazing on land meant for conservation to help alleviate the conditions. Federal agriculture officials have labeled as poor or very poor more than half of Montana's 2017 crops of spring wheat, lentils and durum.
Game of Thrones is back for its penultimate season, and as ever, it promises to break the hearts of viewers up and down the land – and maybe, just maybe, give them a little bit of rare hope too. I’ll admit it: I’m a casual viewer of the series, not a dedicated fan. I watch it when I can, while lamenting the fact that I’m too far behind the curve to properly catch up. The Internet – something which I’m never quite able to pull myself away from – spoils stuff far too quickly anyway. Nevertheless, I recognize that it’s a seminal TV series, with a rich backstory and a diverse mythological world, fleshed out by the original novels. It’s got dragons, White Walkers, Children of the Forest, and dragonglass.
Rumi, the 13th-century Sufi poet, famously compared emotions—”a joy, a depression, a meanness”—to “unexpected visitors.” His advice was to let them in laughing, but that’s not what we do. Instead, we pretend not to notice, or even hide. We want to bury resentment and anger, or trade loneliness in for the more fashionable gratitude. In a cultural age that’s decidedly pro-positivity, the pressure to suppress or camouflage negative feelings is real. However, psychological studies have shown that acceptance of those negative emotions is the more reliable route to regaining and maintaining peace of mind. Whether practiced through the lens of ancient Eastern philosophies, or in increasingly popular
VANCOUVER, BC / ACCESSWIRE / July 24, 2017 / Endurance Gold Corporation (EDG.V) ("Endurance") is pleased to report the results of the induced polarization ("IP") and ground magnetic surveys that were undertaken on the Elephant Property located 76 miles (123 kilometres ("km")) northwest of Fairbanks within the Rampart-Eureka-Manley Hot Springs placer gold mining district near Eureka, Alaska. The surveys successfully identified four prioritized resistivity and chargeability anomalies that warrant drill testing. The 2017 resistivity survey is dominated by a linear east-west trending low that entirely bisects the survey area.
Republican Rep. Dana Rohrabacher of Costa Mesa is a member of the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology's subcommittee on sp...
The number of rhinos killed for their horns by poachers in South Africa dipped slightly in the first half of this year, but more than 500 were still slaughtered, the government announced Monday. South Africa is battling a scourge of rhino poaching fuelled by insatiable demand for their horn in Asia. Most of the demand emanates from China and Vietnam, where the horn is coveted as a traditional medicine, an aphrodisiac or as a status symbol.
August 21 is a big day in the American celestial calendar, its the 2017 solar eclipse. Referred to by some as the “Great American Eclipse” its track across the entire continental United States gives millions the opportunity to see the sun disappear for a few minutes — in some places, completely — behind the moon. What makes the 2017 solar eclipse all the more special is it’s a total eclipse, which blocks out the sun more completely than a more common annular eclipse.
Research is the lifeblood of modern universities, but there are very few ways for those behind the academic output to show the real creativity and emotion that underpins it. Researchers are creative by nature – and at Swansea University we wanted to give them the opportunity to communicate their work in a different way, as art. The striking images entered into the competition are the hook to draw the audience in, but the text is the researcher’s opportunity to engage with people.
To what lengths would you go to stay forever young? For vampires, just a sip of human blood is enough to do the trick. And according to some scientists, young blood could potentially work for the rest of us, reports MIT Technology Review. The hopeful notion that we can turn back the clock and combat aging isn’t new, and the possible anti-aging procedure that's gaining steam isn’t really that new either. The procedure that some think can be used for anti-aging purposes — or at least the regeneration of old and deteriorated tissues — is what’s called parabiosis. Parabiosis is an experimental surgery that was first utilized in the 1864 by physiologist Paul Bert, according to Nature. Bert sought
Perhaps of all the biblical stories and tales from ancient times, the legends of the Flood are the best known. To most people, these legends are exactly that, mere stories told over the ages and certainly nothing more than fiction. However, for quite a while, some researchers have offered that the Flood was not merely a myth but a very real event. Initially, the fact that the same story was found in the ancient pasts of various cultures all over the world was the only morsel of proof put forward. But as the world becomes ever smaller due to improved travel, advanced technology, and the Internet, more finds suggest that the Flood may actually have happened! 10 The Presence Of Chevrons Well Above
Jonathan Denn Jonathan has been a hotel chain CEO, ran an adaptive leadership program for 12 yrs, and now chairs private advisory boards for awesome CEOs When you turn a puzzle or problem upside down, it can become much easier to solve. I’ve had back problems on and off for a long time. It probably began in my early hospitality career and continued when I started a series of desk jobs. Why does my back go out? Yes, I sit too much while driving, coaching and writing. But the better question is to invert it to, “How won’t my back go out?” The answer I came up with was to reverse the negative effects of gravity first. The solution was inverting not only the question but my body, too. Because of
When the shy, dark-haired boy met with clinicians for a full psychiatric evaluation two years ago, almost everything about him pointed to autism. W. had not spoken his first words until age 2. He was at least 4 before he could form sentences. As he got older, he was unable to make friends. He struggled to accept changes to his routine and maintain eye contact. And despite having an average intelligence quotient, he was unusually attached to objects; at age 11, he still lugged a bag of stuffed animals with him everywhere he went. But something else was clearly at work, too. “He had these things that he would call day dreams,” recalls Jennifer Foss-Feig, assistant professor of psychiatry at the
“You can build planets!” exclaims Neil deGrasse Tyson. The reason why is that, in addition to his current duties serving as the director of the Hayden Planetarium, hosting his popular podcast StarTalk, and lecturing around the world, he is helping guide the development of a new video game, Space Odyssey, that’s currently raising financing on Kickstarter. Space Odyssey, which describes itself as “an awe-inspiring gaming experience of galactic exploration and colonization” where users can “explore space, colonize planets, and create and mod in real time,” has quite the team behind it. In addition to Tyson, who is serving as the game’s scientific expert, there are the concept artists behind games like God of War and Final Fantasy, as well as a few people you may know by the names of Bill Nye, Neil Gaiman, and George R.R. Martin, the architect of Game of Thrones, who are aiding in the creation of several of the game’s galaxies.