Sci-tech


‘Touch the sun': NASA spacecraft hurtles toward our star ‘Touch the sun': NASA spacecraft hurtles toward our star
- August 15, 2018

The launch of the United Launch Alliance Delta IV Heavy rocket carrying the spacecraft was scrubbed on Saturday due to a violation of a launch limit, resulting in a hold. It will fly directly through the Sun's atmosphere, as close as 3,8-million miles from its surface, closer to the surface than any spacecraft before it. (more...)
India aims to send astronauts into space by 2022, Modi says India aims to send astronauts into space by 2022, Modi says
- August 15, 2018

When we came to power, we took the decision to provide them OROP. " India has always advanced in space science but we have decided that by 2022 when India completes 75 years of independence, or even before that, a son or daughter of India will go to space with a national flag in their hands", he said. (more...)
France to set penalities on non-recycled plastic France to set penalities on non-recycled plastic
- August 15, 2018

Asked whether it was sufficient to count on the goodwill of industry to reach Macron's target of 100 percent plastic recycling by 2025, Poirson said that imposing new regulation too quickly would lead to defensive reactions. She noted that glass, unlike plastic, is "infinitely recyclable". Chatel added that while focusing on recycling is absolutely needed and is a welcome move, it is not enough. (more...)
Starstruck: Perseid meteor shower returns to night sky
- August 15, 2018

Skywatchers across the Northern Hemisphere had the best views of the Perseid meteor shower, which produced around 60 to 70 "shooting stars" per hour over the weekend. People lie on the ground to watch the Perseid meteor shower as an airplane flies over the Al Qudra desert, in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Aug. 12, 2018. (more...)
State of emergency declared over Florida’s red tide State of emergency declared over Florida’s red tide
- August 14, 2018

Gov. Rick Scott , a man who over the past eight years cut almost $ 700 million from Florida's environmental agencies (many of whom oversee algae outbreaks) declared a state of emergency today to combat our current algae outbreak. Scott is ordering $100,000 for additional scientists to help with clean-up efforts and another $500,000 to help local communities and businesses struggling with lost income as tourists flee. (more...)
NASA second attempt at solar probe launch NASA second attempt at solar probe launch
- August 14, 2018

Over the next two months, Parker Solar Probe will fly towards Venus, performing its first Venus gravity assist in early October - a maneuver a bit like a handbrake turn - that whips the spacecraft around the planet, using Venus's gravity to trim the spacecraft's orbit tighter around the Sun. (more...)
Nasa spots ghuge and mysterious hydrogen 'wall' around our solar system Nasa spots ghuge and mysterious hydrogen 'wall' around our solar system
- August 13, 2018

NASA researchers trust they have discovered new proof of a odd "divider" encompassing our close planetary system. Of course, the team acknowledges that similar findings from the Voyager spacecraft and the New Horizon probe are not enough evidence to definitively confirm the presence of a hydrogen wall. (more...)
Largest meteor shower of the year to appear in Sweden’s skies Largest meteor shower of the year to appear in Sweden’s skies
- August 13, 2018

No doubt some of you witnessed the stunning natural display caused by the Perseid meteor shower last night . This time the shower will be especially visible thanks to the August 11 new moon, leaving a dark and hopefully clear sky. The Perseids take their name from the constellation Perseus, the constellation from which they are thought to have originated. The phase of the moon (new moon) will make viewing even better, because the light from the moon will not ruined any visibility of the ... (more...)
Map shows best places to watch weekend meteor shower Map shows best places to watch weekend meteor shower
- August 12, 2018

Every year, our planet passes through a cloud of dust left behind a huge comet, and this year we're passing through from Monday 6 August to Sunday 19 August, but the night of the best and brightest of the meteor shower hitting our atmosphere will be Sunday 12 August! It takes 133 years to ellipse the Sun and this is the first year it has passed into the inner solar system since 1991. (more...)
Red tide kills sea turtles, thousands of fish on Gulf Coast Red tide kills sea turtles, thousands of fish on Gulf Coast
- August 12, 2018

Now there's concern that the red tide that's to blame could be moving further north. Now Pinellas county is wondering if it's next in line. Red is a higher-than-normal concentration of algal bloom (microscopic plantlike organisms) that can be toxic. (more...)
NASA blasts off historic spaceship to Sun NASA blasts off historic spaceship to Sun
- August 12, 2018

The $1.5 billion (£1.2 billion) probe, which is the size of the auto, will play a vital role in our understanding of the solar system. The probe will dip inside this tenuous atmosphere, sampling conditions, and getting to just 6.16 million km (3.83 million miles) from the Sun's broiling "surface". (more...)
Man finds 25-million-year-old shark teeth Man finds 25-million-year-old shark teeth
- August 11, 2018

The pair of fossilized teeth are from a prehistoric great jagged narrow-toothed shark nearly twice the length of today's great white. Most of the teeth belonged to Carcharocles angustidens , but in addition, they found something even more surprising - several teeth of a smaller shark, the sixgill shark (genus Hexanchus ). (more...)
How to See the Amazing Perseid Meteor Shower in August 2018 How to See the Amazing Perseid Meteor Shower in August 2018
- August 11, 2018

Unlike most meteor showers, the Perseids have a very broad peak, lasting until 4 a.m. ET on August 12. Usually, on these peak nights it will produce 60-70 meteors an hour, but in bursts the rate can go up to 200 an hour. The best time to view is in the pre-dawn hours. The Perseids actually got their name from the constellation Perseus. The Perseid meteor shower is an August treat every year because the Earth passes through a trail left by the 16-miles-wide comet of dust, ice, rock and ... (more...)
Parker Solar Probe launch delayed until Sunday Parker Solar Probe launch delayed until Sunday
- August 11, 2018

Nasa is planning to launch the $1.5bn probe towards the sun, with an aim to offer the closest-ever glimpse of the star at the centre of the solar system. The launch time is 3:31 am EDT. "The Parker Solar Probe will help us do a much better job of predicting when a disturbance in the solar wind could hit Earth", said Justin Kasper, a project scientist and professor at the University of MI. (more...)
Air quality advisory issued in Clark County Air quality advisory issued in Clark County
- August 11, 2018

The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency Wednesday put much of northwestern and north-central Minnesota under an air quality alert through Thursday morning as a smoke plume makes its way southeast out of western Canada. These potential negative health impacts may be exacerbated by prolonged smoke or ozone exposure. Due to active wildfires and changing wind patterns, air quality throughout the Bay Area is likely to be impacted through most of the week. (more...)
Last-minute technical problem delays NASA's flight to sun
- August 11, 2018

If it launches successfully at the same time on Sunday, the probe will reach speeds of up to 430,000 miles per hour (700,000 km/h). The reason for the delay was not immediately clear, but was called for after a gaseous helium alarm was sounded in the last moments before liftoff, officials said. (more...)
Prehistoric leftovers of colossal shark feast uncovered after shark teeth discovery Prehistoric leftovers of colossal shark feast uncovered after shark teeth discovery
- August 11, 2018

A Victorian schoolteacher's fossil find has provided a grisly insight into the life of colossal prehistoric sharks that once stalked Australia's coastline . Majority belonged to the Carcharocles angustidens and others to a smaller species called Sixgill shark, an animal that still inhabits the coasts of Victoria state. (more...)
Team Gives Medication To Sick Killer Whale At Sea Team Gives Medication To Sick Killer Whale At Sea
- August 11, 2018

Tahlequah is part of the Southern Resident population which the NOAA Fisheries says is critically endangered. If that goes well, they say they will try feeding her Chinook salmon filled with other medication. "If they're travelling, it's challenging", said Hanson. "That's what this is really all about". It was hearing initial recommendations focused on three main threats to the orcas: lack of food, toxic contamination and boat noise and disturbance. (more...)
Stargazing conditions prime for meteor shower Stargazing conditions prime for meteor shower
- August 11, 2018

That's more than a meteor per minute. The moon light won't fade them out either, because there will only be a sliver left in as it approaches the new moon stage. Meteor showers are named after the constellation of stars the meteors radiate from. If you're out looking for meteors in the city, it's worth finding the darkest spot you can, far from streetlights, and getting your eyes used to the dark for a half hour or so. (more...)
Lunar Exploration Tech Tops NASA’s Lunar Exploration Tech Tops NASA’s "Tipping Point" Funding List
- August 11, 2018

One of NASA's longtime partners, United Launch Alliance , will get almost $14 million for a cryogenic upper stage system, which could be used in a lunar lander as well, and a system for mid-air retrieval on a vehicle returning to Earth from orbital velocity. (more...)
Weekend Forecast Looks Great To View Peak Of Perseid Meteor Shower
- August 11, 2018

Meteor showers are caused by dust breaking off of a comet. The shower that we see from Earth is the little bits of ice and dust - that are usually no bigger than a pea - hitting the Earth's atmosphere at a staggering 134,000 miles per hour. (more...)
Hothouse Earth Scenario Threatens To Make The Planet Uninhabitable Hothouse Earth Scenario Threatens To Make The Planet Uninhabitable
- August 10, 2018

Currently, the global average temperature is slightly one degree higher than that of the pre-industrial era and increases 0.17 degrees each decade. The study led by Will Steffen from the Australian National University (ANU) warned that this situation could result in temperatures rising to approximately five degrees over pre-industrial levels and sea level rising up by 10-60 metres in the long term, reports Efe news. (more...)
Perseid meteor shower to peak over Canada this weekend Perseid meteor shower to peak over Canada this weekend
- August 10, 2018

During this time , you'll see an incredible number of meteors. This year, the show will be particularly great, since there's a new moon August 11, meaning there'll be practically no moonlight to interfere with the show . The particles that cause the Perseids are travelling at around 60 km per second, which is why the meteors we see are typically very fast and bright. (more...)
Hurricane Hector threatens Hawaii, John targets Mexico Hurricane Hector threatens Hawaii, John targets Mexico
- August 10, 2018

The National Weather Service says the system will continue to weaken in the coming days as it moves westward. John, which absorbed a tropical storm called Ileana, is already dumping heavy rain on states in western Mexico, the National Water Commission said. (more...)
NASA counts down to launch of first spacecraft to ‘touch Sun’ NASA counts down to launch of first spacecraft to ‘touch Sun’
- August 10, 2018

The car-sized probe, which will fly closer to the sun than any other man-made object, is set to blast off at 3:33am eastern daylight time (8:33am BST) from Cape Canaveral, Florida on August 11. Additionally, the Sun is the only star we can study up-close, and any insights we glean from the Parker Solar Probe could help us better understand how other stars function. (more...)