Sci-tech


Sterile Neutrino Theory Boosted After Fermilab Experiment Suggests New Elementary Particle
- June 05, 2018

Initially, these unusual particles were detected many decades ago. With many experiments contradicting those old results. That means there's something unusual happening in the universe that is making humanity's most cutting-edge physics experiments contradict one another. (more...)
Soyuz space capsule brings ISS crew back after five month mission Soyuz space capsule brings ISS crew back after five month mission
- June 05, 2018

Anton Shkaplerov , who was the first to be lifted and carried from the capsule, told the camera crew: "We are a bit exhausted but happy with what we have accomplished and happy to be back on Earth. Their Soyuz spacecraft undocked and travelled away from the ISS for a couple of hours, before igniting its engines which took it out of Earth's orbit. (more...)
How the Moon's movements could leave us with a 25-hour day How the Moon's movements could leave us with a 25-hour day
- June 05, 2018

They discovered the moon's effect on the Earth meant a day lasted just over 18 hours back then. Because the Earth rotates around its axis three hours faster than the moon does, so-called tidal bulges created by the Moon's gravity pull on the heavenly body to speed up the moon. (more...)
Boulder-size asteroid, on collision course with Earth, disintegrates into fireball
- June 05, 2018

An asteroid is pictured in space in this artist's impression. Think again. Humanity has only detected an asteroid on a collision course a handful of times - and only one other of these sightings took place with ample time to spare before it hit us. (more...)
Whale dies after eating more than 17 lbs of plastic
- June 05, 2018

The largest collection of ocean garbage in the world, known as the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, is twice the size of Texas, according to a scientific study published in the journal Nature . A study published a year ago found that 83 percent of water samples from more than a dozen nations were contaminated with plastic fibers. The oceans' toxic plastic soup is becoming an increasing threat to marine life. (more...)
NASA’s Twin CubeSats Heading Towards Mars NASA’s Twin CubeSats Heading Towards Mars
- June 05, 2018

However, CubeSats will not collect data with InSight. Officially called trajectory correction maneuver, the successive firing of the satellites' propulsion systems was required to put the two tiny machines on the right path towards an encounter with Mars . (more...)
Ailing weather satellite produces sharp snapshot of Earth Ailing weather satellite produces sharp snapshot of Earth
- June 05, 2018

The image was created using two visible bands of blue and red along with one near-infrared "vegetation" band. Aside from the aforementioned photos, NASA also released a video that features several of the photos taken by GOES-17, stitched together to show how the sun's rays "dance across Earth's surface" while the rest of the world is covered by the darkness of night. (more...)
Pint-sized asteroid spotted just hours before slamming into Earth’s atmosphere
- June 05, 2018

After a closer look at the space rock's trajectory, it "was determined to be on a collision course with Earth , with impact just hours away", NASA officials said in a statement . Meteorites likely reached the ground as the asteroid broke apart, Brown said. It's quite rare for astronomers to catch asteroids on their way to Earth. (more...)
Pre-Flown SpaceX Rocket Launches Commercial Communications Satellite Pre-Flown SpaceX Rocket Launches Commercial Communications Satellite
- June 04, 2018

Air Force and weather officials predict a 70 percent chance of good launch weather. SpaceX has successfully launched a satellite using a pre-flown rocket yet again. The rocket will carry the SES-12 satellite to orbit for the Luxembourg-based telecom company SES. "SES-12's high throughput capabilities are SES's answer to soaring connectivity demand in the aeronautical and maritime segments in the Asia-Pacific region", SES representatives wrote in a statement . (more...)
Trump throws ailing U.S. coal, nuke plants a lifeline, triggers backlash Trump throws ailing U.S. coal, nuke plants a lifeline, triggers backlash
- June 04, 2018

The Trump Administration has determined coal-fired are vital to the protection of the nation's energy grid, according to a statement released Friday by White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders. "Above all, the subsidy would be a major victory for First Energy as it negotiates with bondholders over the value of coal and nuclear plants owned by its bankrupt First Energy Solutions subsidiary". (more...)
NASA probe close to the planet Ceres NASA probe close to the planet Ceres
- June 04, 2018

Dawn will capture gamma-ray and neutron spectra, both of which assist astronomers to determine changes in the chemical makeup of Ceres' surface layer. Engineers charted over 45,000 different potential routes before developing a project plan that would provide the best possible science observations. (more...)
Trans Mountain seeks stricter injunction at terminals in British Columbia Trans Mountain seeks stricter injunction at terminals in British Columbia
- June 03, 2018

Hundreds of people gathered Thursday evening to protest the federal government's purchase of the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain Pipeline . The Conservatives were not alone in their thinking. Kinder Morgan Canada estimates the pipeline deal is worth about $12 per restricted voting share, after capital gains tax - about three-quarters of its total share price. (more...)
After Earth And Mars, Pluto Shows The Presence Of Dune Formation After Earth And Mars, Pluto Shows The Presence Of Dune Formation
- June 03, 2018

The likely source of the dune grains is methane ice blown from nearby mountains, although nitrogen ice can not be ruled out, as a source. Scientists know this because of the shape of the piles of sand whose dark streaks allowed them to retrace the direction from which the wind blew. (more...)
China invites United Nations members to utilise its upcoming space station China invites United Nations members to utilise its upcoming space station
- June 02, 2018

Developed by a team of 11 students, the initial ground experiments proved successful, as the broccoli grew faster and significantly larger than the control study. In cooperation with the UNOOSA, the China Manned Space Agency (CMSA) will utilise the CSS to promote worldwide cooperation in manned space flight and exploration, providing flight experiments and space application opportunities on board the space station for the United Nations member states. (more...)
Science with Jonathan Webb: Dunes on Pluto, the first lizards, face recognition
- June 02, 2018

The study's lead author , Matt Telfer of Plymouth University in the United Kingdom, noted there were dunes on the scorching surface of Venus under a dense atmosphere and in the distant reaches of the solar system at minus 230 degrees Celsius under a thin atmosphere. (more...)
SpaceX Rocket Launch Of SES-12 Set For June 4, 2018 SpaceX Rocket Launch Of SES-12 Set For June 4, 2018
- June 02, 2018

The Falcon 9 launch window is expected to open just after midnight in the wee hours of the morning, from 12:29 a.m.to 2:57 a.m. The Falcon 9 tapped to launch the SES-12 communications satellite had been slated to launch on May 31, then it slipped to June 1 at 12:29 a.m. (more...)
How do astronauts poop in space? NASA astronaut Peggy Whitson explains How do astronauts poop in space? NASA astronaut Peggy Whitson explains
- June 02, 2018

She gained fame for her 665 days in space, including 288 days on her most recent mission. "The space station is not really a hotel yet", she told Business Insider . There are times when the whole process goes awry or maybe the toilet stops functioning properly and then the toilet waste does come back and floats around in the space station. (more...)
Storms causing flash flooding concerns for DC area Storms causing flash flooding concerns for DC area
- June 02, 2018

But by about 7:30 p.m. Sunday, the newspaper reports, much of the water had subsided and rescue officials were walking around the downtown area while making sure people evacuated. No injuries have been reported. The focus of the heavy rain and gusty winds has primarily been near and west of I-65. US forecasters said rain could still cause unsafe flash floods in the coming days in northern Alabama and large areas of Georgia, Tennessee and the Carolinas. (more...)
Liberal government buying Trans Mountain project Liberal government buying Trans Mountain project
- June 02, 2018

The Liberal government will buy the Trans Mountain pipeline and all of Kinder Morgan Canada's core assets for $4.5 billion. However, Dwight Newman, a University of Saskatchewan law professor, said turning Trans Mountain into a federal corporation could somewhat immunize the pipeline from provincial and municipal interference. (more...)
Researchers have found an old ancestor to lizards and snakes Researchers have found an old ancestor to lizards and snakes
- June 02, 2018

An incredibly diverse group of land vertebrates, scientists had struggled to match up a 70 million-year gap between the fossil record and DNA-based evolutionary history predictions. The study suggested that the early lizards skittered among the first dinosaurs. Currently, there are 10,000 species of lizards and snakes around the world-twice as many different species as mammals. (more...)
'Mother of All Lizards' Slithered Around Italy 240M Years Ago
- June 01, 2018

The fossils alongside the CT scans and DNA evidence form the basis of this probe into squamates . Researchers were able to identify the fossil as Megachirella after performing a detailed analysis of the fossil. "When I saw the fossil for the first time, I realized that some of its characteristics could be the closer of the first lizards", explains the researcher. (more...)
Growing livestock numbers to drive increase in agriculture's GHG emissions
- June 01, 2018

Agriculture emissions are projected to increase by between 3% and 4% by 2020, while an increase of between 6% and 7% is expected by 2030. "A decline in emissions is projected from 2025 to 2030, resulting from an acceleration in the number of electric vehicles on Irish roads". (more...)
Lions and tigers break out of zoo cages in western Germany Lions and tigers break out of zoo cages in western Germany
- June 01, 2018

A video posted to social media showed floodwaters turning streets near the zoo into raging torrents of muddy water that levelled fences. In addition, wild animals have broken out of the zoo. This June 2016 image shows lion Malor (behind) and the mother Lira in their enclosure in the Eifel Zoo, eastern Germany . One of the lions was shot dead while the other was eventually brought back into captivity. (more...)
The Red Planet's Rocks Hold The Proof Of The Existence Of Life The Red Planet's Rocks Hold The Proof Of The Existence Of Life
- June 01, 2018

This means that, with a 75x magnifying telescope, the Red Planet's disc will be as big as the full Moon's disc when watched with the naked eye. Sounds interesting, isn't it! It is already known that NASA along with the other space agencies and independent researchers is working hard for the red planet colonization. (more...)
Japanese hunters kill 120 pregnant minke whales Japanese hunters kill 120 pregnant minke whales
- June 01, 2018

This involved shooting the whales with grenade-tipped harpoons - a controversial killing method that results in instant death only 50 to 80 percent of the time - hauling the slain whales aboard a research vessel and cutting them apart on-site. (more...)