A University of Maine professor has died while conducting research in Antarctica. The university says 50-year-old Gordon Hamilton died Saturday when the snowmobile he was riding hit a crevasse and he fell 100 feet. He had been in Antarctica doing research for the National Science Foundation. His work focused on the role of ice and glaciers in the climate system. Hamilton began working at the University of Maine's Climate Change Institute in 2000. He served as an assistant research professor, taught undergraduate and graduate courses and worked with a statewide initiative on science, technology, engineering and math programs for high school students. UMaine provost Jeffery Hecker released a statement
Each week we uncover the most interesting and informative articles around, here are 10 of the coolest stories in Science this week. Roman battlefield uncovered: Sling stones and other projectiles were found outside an ancient wall in Jerusalem, which
"Saturday Night Live" spoofed presidential candidates Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton in their latest debate parody with some help from Tom Hanks.
A decade ago, environmentalists and the federal government agreed to revive a 150-mile stretch of California's second-longest river, an ambitious effort aimed at allowing salmon again to swim up to the Sierra Nevada foothills to spawn. A major milestone is expected by the end of the month, when the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation says the stretch of the San Joaquin River will be flowing year-round for the first time in more than 60 years. "I think we all had hoped we'd be further along," said Doug Obegi, an attorney with the Natural Resources Defense Council, which led the lawsuit that produced the deal with the government to bring back salmon.
Pro- and anti-whaling nations clashed at a key meeting Monday where Japan sought to ease a 30-year-old moratorium on commercial hunts while others pushed for an Atlantic whale sanctuary. Host Slovenia urged compromise the sake of the marine mammals -- some species of which were hunted to near-extinction in the 20th century -- but member states of the International Whaling Commission (IWC) soon split into familiar factions. Japan, which conducts a yearly whale hunt in the name of science, which its detractors say is for meat, insisted that stocks of some species have recovered sufficiently to make them fair game.
Unfortunately, not everyone made it, as at least 14 bodies were recovered and dozens more remain missing, Italian officials said. Italy's Guardia Costiera, or Coast Guard, shared two videos on Sunday from the dozens of rescue operations this weekend in the central Mediterranean. Officials said 2,400 people were rescued on Saturday by the coast guard, ships from nongovernmental organizations and the Irish Navy, according to ANSA, Italy's leading news agency.
A Cygnus cargo spacecraft arrived at the International Space Station on Sunday (Oct. 23), delivering science experiments and supplies for the station's six-person crew. The Cygnus spacecraft was captured by the station's robotic arm at 7:28 a.m. EDT (1128 GMT) in order to be attached to an open berthing port later this morning The cargo ship is delivering more than 5,100 lbs. (2,300 kilograms) of supplies and science gear to the station. The ship is named the S.S. Alan Poindexter in honor other of the late NASA astronaut Alan Poindexter, who died in 2012. Built by the aerospace company Orbital ATK, Cygnus spacecraft are not designed to independently dock with the station. Instead, astronauts
Space X founder and CEO Elon Musk gave more details about plans to colonize Mars on Sunday during an AMA session on Reddit. Musk’s ambitious plans, laid out last month at an international space conference in Mexico, include using reusable rockets to launch a fleet of spaceships to establish a base on the Red Plant, creating a colony with 1 million people over the course of 100 years. Musk hopes to launch an unmanned mission as soon as 2018, and a manned mission in 2024. On Sunday, Musk said the first manned mission, with about a dozen people, would create a base and set up a propellant plant for refueling. His envisions Mars settlers living in glass-and-carbon-fiber geodesic domes, with robots
According to a study from the British Psychological Society, intelligent people are more likely to experience lower life satisfaction with more frequent socialization with friends. Using data from a long-term survey of 15,000 people, aged 18 to 28, psychologists determined that those who lived in cities were generally less happy than those who lived in rural areas and people tended to report higher life satisfaction when they saw their friends more often. The study justified this finding with the savanna theory of happiness.
The International Space Station received its first shipment from Virginia in more than two years Sunday following a sensational nighttime launch observed 250 miles up and down the East Coast. Orbital ATK's cargo ship pulled up at the space station bearing 5,000 pounds of food, equipment and research. "What a beautiful vehicle," said Japanese astronaut Takuya Onishi, who used the station's big robot arm to grab the vessel. The capture occurred as the spacecraft soared 250 miles above Kyrgyzstan; Onishi likened it to the last 195 meters of a marathon. Last Monday's liftoff from Wallops Island was the first by an Antares rocket since a 2014 launch explosion. Orbital ATK redesigned its Antares rocket
On Sunday, SpaceX and Tesla (TSLA) CEO Elon Musk hosted an AMA Reddit chat that was meant to supplement Musk's presentation about sending humans to Mars at the International Astronautical Congress. (See also, Musk Lays Out Vision for Travel to Mars) The bulk of questions answered were about the Interplanetary Transport System's (ITS) vehicle specifications and Musk showcased his depth of knowledge with his answers. However, one question did touch upon what form of permanent habitation on Mars Musk foresees. He replied, "Initially, glass panes with carbon fiber frames to build geodesic domes on the surface, plus a lot of miner/tunneling droids. With the latter, you can build out a huge amount
One of the biggest accomplishments that a professor can achieve is reaching tenure, a process that is surely expedited by having your paper recognized by a scientific conference. Unfortunately, how Christoph Bartneck got to that point leaves more questions than answers, reports The Guardian. An associate professor at the Human Interface Technology laboratory at the University of Canterbury in New Zealand, Bartneck received an invitation from the International Conference on Atomic and Nuclear Physics.
The concentration of carbon dioxide (CO2) in the atmosphere has passed an ominous milestone, ushering the planet into "a new era" of climate change, the UN said Monday. For the first time on record, the amount of CO2 in the atmosphere averaged 400 parts per million (ppm) in 2015, the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) said in its latest Greenhouse Gas Bulletin. CO2, the main greenhouse gas driving climate change, has previously passed the 400 ppm threshold on certain months in specific locations but never on a globally averaged basis, WMO said.
If you believe what has been touted by several news outlets over the past week, UNESCO seems to have given short shrift to the Temple Mount, the most holy site in Jerusalem. During that time, media outlets all over the world have published stories saying that UNESCO (U.N. Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization), an agency of the UN that deals with cultural heritage issues, has denied that the Temple Mount was ever the home of Jewish temples. The situation stems from an Oct. 12 resolution that was passed by UNESCO's executive board, comprising representatives from 58 states.
"The Terranauts" (Ecco), by T.C. BoyleEight scientists living under glass for two years in a self-sustaining, closed ecosystem constructed in the Arizona desert.Sound familiar?T.C. Boyle's latest novel was inspired by history, taking readers inside the
A group of maritime archeologists studying sea levels in the Black Sea have uncovered 41 shipwrecks this year as a “complete bonus.” The Black Sea Maritime Archeology Project has been trawling the seabed to understand how quickly the water level rose after the last Ice Age, 20,000 years ago. But their surveys ended up uncovering dozens of previously unknown wrecks. Many of the discoveries are in excellent condition, thanks to low oxygen levels below 150 meters, which slows decay. “The wrecks are a complete bonus, but a fascinating discovery, found during the course of our extensive geophysical surveys,” said Jon Adams, a University of Southampton maritime archaeologist and principal investigator
At least, that is according to recent research on ovary transplants in mice. A recent study found that swapping older ovaries for younger ones can increase longevity and reduce the risk of developing age-related health problems, such as a weakened immune system and heart disease. Ovaries produce the female hormones oestrogen and progesterone, as well as producing and releasing eggs during our menstrual cycle.
Google has a new doodle on their homepage today, celebrating the, er, 384th birthday of Antoni van Leeuwenhoek, the Dutch textile salesman considered the first microbiologist. Van Leeuwenhoek designed a single-lens microscope which he used to observe what he famously called "little animals" - single cell organisms that we now know as bacteria and other microbes. The famous phrase came from a letter to the Royal Society of London, in which van Leeuwenhoek marveled at what he had seen in a sample of water from a nearby lake. On its Doodle page, Google says, "In his rooms on the Market Square in Delft, Netherlands, van Leeuwenhoek was a DIY-er supreme.
There were so many things going on in space this week I almost forgot about Earth! There were three rocket launches (two crewed), a mission to Mars, and all sorts of space science results announced at the Division of Planetary Sciences and the European Planetary Science Congress that took place this past week in Pasadena, CA. Let’s begin with things that started on Earth and went to space. The only uncrewed launch of the week was Orbital ATK’s long awaited launch of their Antares rocket carrying a Cygnus resupply module to the International Space Station. Orbital ATK (along with Space X) are the two major resuppliers of the space station since the retirement of the Space Shuttle. This launch
Less than a month ago, Elon Musk shared his audacious plan to launch a million people to Mars and beyond, all in hopes of backing up humanity for if and when some future apocalyptic calamity dooms Earth. Musk's 63-minute presentation showed off intricate computer renderings of rockets and spaceships, all parts of his so-called Interplanetary Transport System. Because he had to skip over a lot of technical details, however, Musk logged on to Reddit on Sunday afternoon to let his most discerning fans squeeze information from him in an "Ask Me Anything" session.
New research shows that the part of the brain that is activated during dishonesty responds less and less as we “get used” to cheating — and that could make us lie even more. Brain scans of the participants confirmed that lying can be a slippery slope: people did lie more over time. When we deceive someone, the part of the brain that regulates emotion — called the amygdala — is activated, and we often feel shame or guilt.
Senegal put into service one of sub-Saharan Africa's largest solar energy projects Saturday as it pushes to become a regional player in renewables on a continent where the majority remain off-grid. The 20-megawatt Senergy 2 project in Bokhol, close to the Mauritanian border, will serve 160,000 people with electricity, and will contribute to Senegal's target of serving 20 percent of its energy needs with renewables by the end of 2017. "With the Bokhol facility, we take a new step and Senegal enters wholeheartedly into a new, clean-energy era," he told the audience in a country where 45 percent currently lack power at home.
Between 2000 and 2013, there were more than 18,000 reports of snakebites in children in the U.S., the researchers wrote in their study, which was published Oct. 20 in the journal Pediatrics. About half the snakebites that were reported were from venomous snakes, according to the study. Bites from cottonmouths (Agkistrodon piscivorus) accounted for 6 percent of bites, while 3 percent came from coral snakes and 1 percent came from exotic venomous snakes, the researchers found.
Career site Glassdoor recently unveiled its list of the 50 highest-paying college majors. Not surprisingly, college majors focused on STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) education came out on top. Through an analysis of resumes and salary reports, Glassdoor came up with a listing of college majors that yield the most earnings during the first five years out of college.