Sci-tech


NASA's Mars Curiosity rover takes images of Haze from Martian Dust Storm NASA's Mars Curiosity rover takes images of Haze from Martian Dust Storm
- June 24, 2018

As of NASA's latest update on Mars, on June 20, this dust storm had grown to completely wrap around the planet! Ground controllers last received a signal from Opportunity on June 10, and engineers believe the rover tripped a low-power level and went into sleep mode, waiting for its batteries to charge sufficiently to radio engineers on Earth. (more...)
Can Einstein's biggest theory be proven on the grandest of scales? Can Einstein's biggest theory be proven on the grandest of scales?
- June 23, 2018

While this lensing effect of whole galaxies has occasionally been put to practical use, nobody had measured the phenomenon with a view to put a precise figure on the absolute curvature they produced. Since then GR has passed a series of tests within the Solar System , but there have been no highly precise tests of GR on large astronomical scales . (more...)
Subway lines to Pickering, Markham, in the long-term, says Doug Ford Subway lines to Pickering, Markham, in the long-term, says Doug Ford
- June 23, 2018

Exhibitor Randy Fillmore, national sales manager for Ontario-based Fusetek, which imports and sells electric fuses, said he's willing to give the Ford government a chance to prove that cancelling the previous government's policies will create a more business-friendly environment that will allow everyone to prosper. (more...)
Federal government and First Nations to approve BC fish farms: province Federal government and First Nations to approve BC fish farms: province
- June 23, 2018

The federal government has the bulk of responsibility for ocean-based aquaculture on all coasts of Canada , including assessing risk for disease and parasite transmission. "The main step forward here is the recognition of First Nations rights, and the steps towards reconciliation", said Wristen. Brian Riddell, head of the Pacific Salmon Foundation and a Canadian representative on the Pacific Salmon Commission, said great progress is being made in studying the impact of fish farms on wild ... (more...)
Awareness on Air Quality for National Clean Air Day Awareness on Air Quality for National Clean Air Day
- June 23, 2018

If everyone makes a small change it will add up to a very big difference for local air quality. "Yes, the people in this country need to know more about pollution levels and the associated risks, but they also need the Government to actually do something about them". (more...)
Preparing for asteroids from above Preparing for asteroids from above
- June 22, 2018

In 2016, NASA opened a new office to track asteroids and comets that come too close to Earth , known as the Planetary Defense Coordination Office (PDCO). What is hard to detect are rocks that have already zipped past the sun and are heading out of the solar system, approaching from the day side. A giant space rock wiped out the dinosaurs when it smacked into Mexico's Yucatan peninsula 65 million years ago. (more...)
'Lizard king' could not stick out its tongue
- June 22, 2018

To make their discovery, an global team of researchers from The University of Texas at Austin (UT) and the Chinese Academy of Sciences compared the hyoid bones-bones which support the tongue-of extinct dinosaurs, pterosaurs and crocodilians to those of modern birds and crocodilians. (more...)
Fossils of 2 new creatures from dawn of animal life Fossils of 2 new creatures from dawn of animal life
- June 22, 2018

There are at least nine creatures that have been named after the former US president. Over 500 million years ago, deep in the dark, vast ocean, lived a creature that would one day have a connection to a 21st century American president. (more...)
Mystery of Universe's Hidden Matter Finally Solved Mystery of Universe's Hidden Matter Finally Solved
- June 22, 2018

Researchers have just revealed the last vestiges of matter that belongs to this universe we are now inhabiting. The finding is a major step for astrophysics. In 2012, Shull and Charles Danforth, a research associate at CU Boulder , proposed the possibilities for the baryons to be in a web-like pattern in space known as the warm-hot intergalactic medium (WHIM), which is a wild terrain. (more...)
Energy Union: deals on efficiency targets and governance Energy Union: deals on efficiency targets and governance
- June 22, 2018

The comments made on this by Commissioner for Climate Action and Energy, Miguel Arias Cañete convey a strong sense of optimism in terms of delivering this important aspect of European Commission policy, for clean energy and to save money for consumers. (more...)
SpaceX wins US Air Force contract for Falcon Heavy launch
- June 22, 2018

The nearly knee-jerk certification of Falcon Heavy for USAF launches makes for an extraordinary contrast when compared with the certification of SpaceX's Falcon 9 workhorse rocket, a tedious political minefield that took more than two years, led SpaceX to (successfully) sue the federal government, and forced the Air Force to critically reexamine its internal processes after they delayed SpaceX's certification by six or more months. (more...)
Volvo wants 25 percent recycled plastic in its cars by 2025 Volvo wants 25 percent recycled plastic in its cars by 2025
- June 22, 2018

A move like this is not just environmentally friendly but also makes "business sense", Stuart Templar director for sustainability at Volvo Cars, said. Ford has been using components made from EcoLon, a plastic derived from recycled carpet developed in 2009, for cylinder head covers for its Escape, Fusion, Mustang and F-150 models for years thanks to a partnership with Wellman Engineering Resins and Dana Cover . (more...)
Colorado to adopt California's stricter auto pollution rules Colorado to adopt California's stricter auto pollution rules
- June 22, 2018

Hickenlooper said the strict standards are important to Colorado, citing climate change and noting the state's elevation makes pollution worse. "It's critical for Coloradans' health and Colorado's future that we meet these challenges head-on". (more...)
Martian rock formation: Scientists open out the mystery box Martian rock formation: Scientists open out the mystery box
- June 22, 2018

The Medusae Fossae Formation is a vast, unusual deposit of soft rock comprising hills and valleys, which extends for more than 3,100 miles across Mars's equator. Previous radar measurements suggested an unusual composition, but researchers were unable to tell whether it was made up of low-density, porous rockets or a mixture of ice and rock. (more...)
Woolworths Australia ban on single-use plastic bags come into force
- June 22, 2018

Woolworths is, from today, implementing their much-vaunted ban on all plastic shopping bags in a move that affects all the chain's stores across the nation. "While we understand that some customers may be frustrated by this change, there is no excuse for abusive or violent behaviour towards retail staff", Mr Dwyer said. (more...)
Province scraps Green Ontario Fund Province scraps Green Ontario Fund
- June 22, 2018

The rebates were available through the Green Ontario Fund, a non-profit provincial agency funded by proceeds from the province's cap on pollution and carbon market. The Liberal government launched the program in 2017 with $377 million in revenues from its cap-and-trade program, which premier-designate Doug Ford has vowed to scrap. (more...)
Poisonous giant Hogweed spotted in Virginia Poisonous giant Hogweed spotted in Virginia
- June 21, 2018

The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services confirmed on Tuesday that giant hogweed, a toxic weed that can grow up to 15 feet tall and resembles the less unsafe cow parsnip, was identified at a private home in Clarke County. (more...)
Engineering Plastics Market Expected to Witness a Steady Growth by 2024 Engineering Plastics Market Expected to Witness a Steady Growth by 2024
- June 21, 2018

The drivers and restraints are actually put together after complete awareness of the global Recycled Plastics industry growth. In additional, this report introduces market competition situation among the vendors and company profile, besides, market price analysis and value chain features are covered in this report . (more...)
World’s first manta ray nursery found
- June 21, 2018

Baby mantas are nearly absent from nearly all manta people around the planet, so less is understood concerning the juvenile life span. Stweart agrees. These coral towns have grown in addition to hard substrate thrust from the seafloor from the maturation of salt domes. Specific Types of zooplankton are abundant in those deeper Habitats and are proven to be a favourite prey item for mantas. (more...)
Cape Homes At Risk of Chronic Flooding Cape Homes At Risk of Chronic Flooding
- June 21, 2018

Nationwide, residential and commercial properties valued at almost $140 billion are at risk from the impact of sea level rise . The UCS analysis combined data from Zillow with a peer-reviewed methodology developed by UCS for assessing areas at risk of frequent flooding . (more...)
Extreme Weather on Venus Might Change the Length of Its Days Extreme Weather on Venus Might Change the Length of Its Days
- June 20, 2018

A full rotation takes Venus 243 Earth days , while a single orbit around the Sun takes 225 days. According to calculations, this impacts the duration of the Venusian day can increase or decrease for a few minutes. "Over several days of observation, the bow-shaped structure remained relatively fixed in position above the highland on the slowly rotating surface, despite the background atmospheric superrotation ", Japanese researchers wrote in the 2017 paper that described the wave for ... (more...)
Heat warning in effect for Hamilton Heat warning in effect for Hamilton
- June 20, 2018

Counties surrounding Middlesex, including Lambton, Elgin, Oxford and Huron are also under an alert. A warm and humid air mass is expected to move into southern Ontario for Sunday, driving temperatures as high as 31 degrees with lows around 20 degrees on Sunday night. (more...)
DE ferry intentionally sunk to become a reef DE ferry intentionally sunk to become a reef
- June 20, 2018

As recalled by CBS Philadelphia , Twin Capes was previously part of the Cape May-Lewes Ferry fleet before it was decommissioned, and when it was christened in 1975, it was one of the first three vessels of the Delaware River and Bay Authority's fleet in the 1970s. (more...)
UN Secretary-General Alarmed by Antarctic Ice Losses
- June 20, 2018

Between 1992 and 1997, it was losing ice at an average rate of 49 billion metric tons (49 gigatons) a year. That's an 146-billion-metric-ton leap. In the early 90s, they conducted analysis of the state of the ice cover of Antarctica using satellite imagery. (more...)
Invasive plant can cause severe burns, blindness
- June 20, 2018

In Ohio, giant hogweed is typically found in northeast Ohio, especially in counties bordering Pennsylvania. Jordan Metzgar, a curator at Virginia Tech's Massey Herbarium , tells Moyer of the Post that Virginia residents should not try to cut down giant hogweeds themselves, but instead contact the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Affairs or a local extension office . (more...)