Sci-tech


NASA astronauts start spacewalk to install high-def cameras NASA astronauts start spacewalk to install high-def cameras
- June 17, 2018

They accomplished everything, but a small item managed to slip away. Wrapping up the ninth spacewalk of his career, Feustel moved into third place on the all-time spacewalking list, which is topped by a Russian. NASA says the cameras will help commercial crew vehicles align with the global docking adapter at the forward end of Harmony . Boeing and SpaceX are completing the final touches on their respective crew capsules, and are expected to begin regularly transporting astronauts to the ... (more...)
Scientists Find Ancient Frog Trapped in Amber Scientists Find Ancient Frog Trapped in Amber
- June 17, 2018

Blackburn, a co-author of the new study and the associate curator of amphibians and reptiles at the Florida Museum of Natural History , told Gizmodo . Then, the next step was to date the four frogs preserved in amber. The fossils are now at the Dexu Institute of Paleontology in Chaozhou, China, with a 3D-printed replica of Electrorana limoae at the Florida Museum . (more...)
Antarctic Ice Sheet losses fueling sea level rise, study shows Antarctic Ice Sheet losses fueling sea level rise, study shows
- June 17, 2018

Andrew Shepherd from the University of Leeds in the United Kingdom and Erik Ivins from NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) led a group of 84 scientists from 44 worldwide organizations in the research that gives us the most complete picture to date of the changes going on with the Antarctic ice sheet. (more...)
Mars Opportunity: Rover 'Should Ride Out Storm' Mars Opportunity: Rover 'Should Ride Out Storm'
- June 17, 2018

NASA says it will be several days after the storm abates before Opportunity's fate becomes clear. But the pace at which the storm grew is unprecedented. That would trigger a "clock fault", when the rover loses track of time entirely. While the weather has forced the Opportunity rover to bunker down and suspend all scientific activities , several other spacecraft are taking the opportunity to study the storm. (more...)
Doug Ford Says Scrapping Ontario's Cap-And-Trade System Is 1st Priority
- June 17, 2018

The current scheme adds 4.42 cents per litre on regular gasoline. "After 15 years of being gouged at the pumps, gouged by high taxes and cap and trade, the people of Ontario want relief", Ford said Friday. He did not set a date for a return of the Legislature, expected to take place in July after his June 29 swearing in. Ford also said he's not happy that gasoline prices "mysteriously" rise for consumers as the weekend approaches. (more...)
Scientists see black hole eating star for first time Scientists see black hole eating star for first time
- June 16, 2018

An global group of astronomers has directly imaged the eruption resulting from a violent encounter between a supermassive black hole 20 million times more massive than our sun and a much smaller star, some 150 million light-years away. Many radio telescope antennas around the world are used for the goal of catching a TDE. Spanish scientists have tracked a supermassive black hole that is 20 million times greater than the Sun. (more...)
Many animals are shifting from day to night to avoid people Many animals are shifting from day to night to avoid people
- June 16, 2018

She continues, "It is likely that we are going to need to preserve wilderness areas that are entirely free of [human] disturbance to protect really vulnerable species, and for species that can't shift their activity to the night-time or where increased nocturnal activity is having negative consequences, we may need to restrict human activity to certain times of the day so we leave some daylight hours for animals to do their thing". (more...)
Monster black hole's jet has 125B times more energy than sun
- June 16, 2018

The scientists tracked the event with radio and infrared telescopes, including the National Science Foundation's Very Long Baseline Array (VLBA), in a pair of colliding galaxies called Arp 299, almost 150 million light-years from Earth. (more...)
Farmer, ethanol producers rally during Pruitt visit Farmer, ethanol producers rally during Pruitt visit
- June 15, 2018

According to Vox , longtime Pruitt ally Senator James Inhofe (R-OK) talked to Ingraham about Pruitt on Wednesday during an interview on her radio show. Federal ethics rules prohibit public officials from using their posts for private gain or receiving free services or other gifts from their subordinates. (more...)
New star has three infant planets growing around it New star has three infant planets growing around it
- June 15, 2018

The scientists detailed their discoveries in 2 documents released Wednesday in the journal Astrophysical Journal Letters . "We looked at the localized, small-scale motion of gas in a star's protoplanetary disk ". Pinte and colleagues, which more directly measured the flow of the gas, is better suited to studying the outer portion of the disk. Now, two teams have independently discovered three different exoplanets forming in a star's protoplanetary disk. (more...)
Woman Sues NASA to Keep Moon Dust Woman Sues NASA to Keep Moon Dust
- June 15, 2018

When Armstrong stepped onto the lunar surface, he said: " That's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind ". I have it, ' " Cicco said. Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey . "At this point, it would be hard to rule out lunar origin", writes the scientist in his report , included as an exhibit to the suit. In other words, it is a preemptive attempt from her side to prevent NASA officials from repeating such action. (more...)
Antarctica Loses Trillions of Tons of Ice Since 1992, Report Reveals Antarctica Loses Trillions of Tons of Ice Since 1992, Report Reveals
- June 15, 2018

Before 2010, Antarctica was contributing a relatively small proportion of the melting that is causing global sea levels to rise, says study co-leader Andrew Shepherd of the University of Leeds . It's located in one of the world's safest and most economically vibrant communities and is Orange County's second-largest employer, contributing $5 billion annually to the local economy. (more...)
ON Premier-Designate Ford Announces End of Carbon Tax ON Premier-Designate Ford Announces End of Carbon Tax
- June 15, 2018

A Ford cabinet's first act will be to cancel the Liberals' Kathleen Wynne plan and notify the federal government that Ontario will fight any proposal to impose a carbon tax on it, he said. He said he will also instruct the new attorney general to begin a challenge of the federal government's rules requiring provinces to have carbon pricing in place. (more...)
Benedict Cumberbatch leads tributes to Stephen Hawking at Westminster Abbey service Benedict Cumberbatch leads tributes to Stephen Hawking at Westminster Abbey service
- June 15, 2018

She said the broadcast will be directed toward "the nearest black hole , 1A 0620-00, which lives in a binary system with a fairly ordinary orange dwarf star ", according to multiple outlets. "We believe it to be vital that science and religion work together to seek to answer the great questions of the mystery of life and of the universe", said the Dean of Westminster, the Very Rev. (more...)
Particles from early solar system found Particles from early solar system found
- June 15, 2018

The Earth's upper atmosphere contains particles that were deposited by comets. An global team of scientists, led by Hope Ishii , director of advanced electron microscopy centre at the University of Hawaii , spotted this so-called interstellar dust in the upper parts of Earth's atmosphere. (more...)
Albert Einstein's travel diaries from 1920s reveal racist views, "unpleasant" comments
- June 15, 2018

The controversial travel diaries, translated and published for the first time as a standalone volume by Princeton University Press , reportedly revealed his prejudiced views towards the different races he met in Asia. And so, Rosenkranz writes, "Einstein's diary entries on the biological origin of the alleged intellectual inferiority of the Japanese, Chinese, and Indians are definitely not understated and can be viewed as racist - in these instances, other peoples are portrayed as being ... (more...)
Albert Einstein's travel diaries from 1920s reveal racist views, "unpleasant" comments
- June 15, 2018

The controversial travel diaries, translated and published for the first time as a standalone volume by Princeton University Press , reportedly revealed his prejudiced views towards the different races he met in Asia. And so, Rosenkranz writes, "Einstein's diary entries on the biological origin of the alleged intellectual inferiority of the Japanese, Chinese, and Indians are definitely not understated and can be viewed as racist - in these instances, other peoples are portrayed as being ... (more...)
CAPP predicts Canadian oil production expected to rise CAPP predicts Canadian oil production expected to rise
- June 15, 2018

The U.S.is increasing its oil exports to the same emerging markets Canada is targeting. An oil pump jack pumps oil in a field near Calgary , Alberta, Canada July 21, 2014. Western Canada accounts for roughly 95 percent of Canada's oil production, with the bulk coming from Alberta's oil sands, but an exodus of global oil majors has prompted doubts over whether the region can compete with USA shale plays. (more...)
Antarctica's ice sheet is melting 3 times faster than before Antarctica's ice sheet is melting 3 times faster than before
- June 15, 2018

Another component of the East Antarctic Ice Sheet, marine-based ice, sits below sea level and is thus directly affected by the ocean. That loss made global oceans rise about three-tenths of an inch, or 7.6 millimeters. "The length of the satellite record now makes it possible for us to identify regions that have been undergoing sustained ice loss for over a decade". (more...)
United States, Canada and Mexico awarded 2026 World Cup
- June 14, 2018

Canada will likely host 10 of the tournament's 80 games, with another 10 to be played in Mexico and the remaining 60 held in the United States. "We're got a lot of players that aren't actually representing Canada and I think this people a very front-sight focus of-it's here". (more...)
Melting of Antarctica is speeding up, worrying scientists Melting of Antarctica is speeding up, worrying scientists
- June 14, 2018

They discovered that Antarctica is now losing ice about three times faster than it did until 2012, climbing to a rate of more than 241 billion tons (219 billion metric tons) per year. "We can not count on East Antarctica to be the quiet player, and we start to observe change there in some sectors that have potential and they're vulnerable, " said Velicogna. (more...)
Antarctic ice melting faster Antarctic ice melting faster
- June 13, 2018

Get what you need today in this early-morning email. The study is the product of a large group of Antarctic experts who collectively reviewed 24 recent measurements of Antarctic ice loss, reconciling their differences to produce the most definitive figures yet on changes in Antarctica. (more...)
SpaceX seeks to expand at Kennedy Space Center SpaceX seeks to expand at Kennedy Space Center
- June 13, 2018

While clearly serving SpaceX's manufacturing needs, it's hard to ignore just how flashy these plans are. Over the course of 2018, the company has planned 30 launches, which in itself is a record for any single country, let alone a single company. (more...)
NASA scientists announced a giant sandstorm on Mars NASA scientists announced a giant sandstorm on Mars
- June 13, 2018

Science operations remain suspended. And now with the dust storm blocking the sky, the sum of sunlight Opportunity can utilize to recharge has decreased. "Ultimately, the storm subsided and Opportunity prevailed", NASA said. Opportunity, which was designed for a 90-day mission, has survived on Mars for 15 years, and if it can somehow circumvent this massive dust storm as well, it would be a great compliment to its unwavering tenacity. (more...)
Democratic lawmakers ask for corruption investigation of EPA chief Scott Pruitt Democratic lawmakers ask for corruption investigation of EPA chief Scott Pruitt
- June 13, 2018

Kaptur told her committee colleagues that "taxpayers entrust us to spend their money wisely, and I can not imagine there are many of our citizens who think that $130 vanity pens are worthy investments". Pruitt eventually spoke with the company's legal department about his wife, Marilyn, opening a franchise, the Post reported . Although the fund would be useful if he faced a criminal investigation, ethics experts see it as potentially another ethical minefield , because federal law says he ... (more...)