Sci-tech


This is what a newborn planet looks like
- July 02, 2018

Known in full as Spectro-Polarimetric High-contrast Exoplanet REsearch, SPHERE made the first robust detection of a newborn planet by measuring the different wavelengths of light through its atmosphere. "The problem is that until now, most of these planet candidates could just have been features in the disc", explained Dr Keppler, who lead the team behind the discovery of the planet. (more...)
Newborn planet pictured for first time
- July 02, 2018

But PDS 70b is far from an icy space outpost: its surface temperature is a scorching 1832 degrees Fahrenheit . Despite 400 years of modern astronomy , many compelling theories, and countless supercomputer-powered simulations, we still don't know much about how a young star's disc of debris becomes an orderly solar system. (more...)
Astronomers captured the first image of a baby planet
- July 02, 2018

The newborn sits within a 5.4 million year old solar system, orbiting a star called PDS 70 at a distance of 1.8 billion miles. Despite the fact that it can take ages for a planet to fully form, actually capturing the process of planet formation has proven to be incredibly hard. (more...)
Astronomers Capture 1st-Ever Image of Newborn Planet Forming Astronomers Capture 1st-Ever Image of Newborn Planet Forming
- July 02, 2018

An worldwide team of astronomers has released the first image ever captured of a planet being born in deep space. Known in full as Spectro-Polarimetric High-contrast Exoplanet REsearch, SPHERE made the first robust detection of a newborn planet by measuring the different wavelengths of light through its atmosphere. (more...)
Start planning now for longest lunar eclipse of the century
- July 02, 2018

It will be at its brightest between July 21 and August 3. The Sun then rises in Wellington just a minute later at 7.31am, while the Moon sets a few more minutes after that at 7.38am. But you may have to travel to see it since the eclipse will only be visible in parts of South America, much of Africa, the Middle East and Central Asia. (more...)
Renowned physicist Stephen Hawking passes away, science loses a star Renowned physicist Stephen Hawking passes away, science loses a star
- July 02, 2018

That book stayed on the Sunday Times bestsellers list for 237 weeks, sold 10 million copies and was translated into 40 languages. "There's perhaps a human element of his struggle that makes people stop and pay attention". "It is complete understanding of the universe, why it is as it is and why it exists at all". "His passing has left an intellectual vacuum in his wake", deGrasse Tyson said. (more...)
New Cassini findings suggest Saturn moon could support life New Cassini findings suggest Saturn moon could support life
- July 02, 2018

Now in the plumes of the moon of Saturn was discovered complex organic matter, including molecules of at least 15 carbon atoms. Their findings were published in the Nature journal . Such large molecules can be created by complex chemical processes, including those related to life, or they can come from primordial material in some meteorites. (more...)
This month's 'blood moon' eclipse to be the longest of the century This month's 'blood moon' eclipse to be the longest of the century
- July 02, 2018

During the lunar eclipse, the full moon will be filtered by the sunlight and refracted by the atmosphere of the Earth, which will be red ting. According to Space .com, the total phase of the blood moon eclipse will last for one hour and 43 minutes, although the entire epic event will last about four hours. (more...)
Trump plans to announce Supreme Court pick July 9
- July 02, 2018

Trump himself described Supreme Court nominee selection as the most important decision he can make "outside of war and peace". "As you know, there are many presidents who never get a choice". "I'm very proud of Neil Gorsuch", Trump continued. "He has been outstanding". His opinions are so well-written and so brilliant. "I don't even think they're going to call me", Mr. (more...)
Risky heat wave hitting USA over Fourth of July weekend Risky heat wave hitting USA over Fourth of July weekend
- July 02, 2018

The heat will continue through next week, the weather service said: "Peak heat index values Tuesday through Thursday will likely range from the 90s to near 100 each day". People who are at-risk should avoid strenuous activity and avoid prolonged exposure to the heat , according to the National Weather Service and Notify NYC. (more...)
Environment Canada issues heat warning for Simcoe County Environment Canada issues heat warning for Simcoe County
- July 01, 2018

Parts of Ontario could experience temperatures that feel as high as 45 degrees Celsius with the humidex this Canada Day weekend, while southern Quebec and the Maritimes are also bracing for high heat. Drink plenty of fluids throughout the day, preferably water and limit or avoid caffeine and alcohol. - Be extra cautious when doing outdoor physical activities. (more...)
Fresh delay in launch of Nasa’s telescope Fresh delay in launch of Nasa’s telescope
- July 01, 2018

Last March, NASA's engineers admitted that the launch would not take place as scheduled and that its construction could exceed $8 billion. This week brought more bad news. But the wait, he added, will be worth it. "The valuable recommendations of the IRB support our efforts toward mission success; we expect spectacular scientific advances from NASA's highest science priority". (more...)
Households urged to conserve water amid heatwave
- July 01, 2018

Water is flowing from the taps again after it was turned off again in Bennettsbridge in Kilkenny and in the wider Ballon area of Carlow last night and the company says it will continue to be turned off overnight until the reservoir levels rise again. (more...)
SpaceX sends robot with artificial intelligence to International Space Station SpaceX sends robot with artificial intelligence to International Space Station
- July 01, 2018

It has been described as a "flying brain" by Manfred Jaumann, head of microgravity payloads at Airbus . This means that CIMON can "float" at the station, which is zooming for astronauts who call on its name and shout in response to questions. (more...)
Oumuamua found to be a comet!
- July 01, 2018

Astronomers said they closely examined the trajectory of 'Oumuamua, which measures about a half-mile (800 meters) long, as it speeds through our cosmic neighborhood after being evicted somehow from a distant star system. Together, they form a cloud of material called coma and a characteristic tail around them. However, the research team could not detect any visual evidence of outgassing. (more...)
Interstellar visitor ‘Oumuamua behaves like comet: Scientists Interstellar visitor ‘Oumuamua behaves like comet: Scientists
- July 01, 2018

In October 2017, astronomers spotted the 'Oumuamua with the PanSTARRS-1 telescope in Maui, Hawaii . According to Davide Farnocchia of the Center for Near Earth Object Studies ( CNEOS ) at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory , California, this speed boost of the interstellar object denotes similar behavior like a comet. (more...)
Government must take urgent action to meet targets on climate change Government must take urgent action to meet targets on climate change
- June 30, 2018

The Committee's Chairman, Lord Deben, said: "Although the United Kingdom seeks to lead the world in tackling climate change , the fact is that we're off track to meet our own emissions targets in the 2020s and 2030s". The ban on the sale of all petrol and diesel cars scheduled for 2040 should be brought forward by a decade, climate advisers said. "And that means the next generation will pay more for the cost of moving from a carbon intensive society to the kind of low carbon no carbon ... (more...)
Supreme Court justice nominee coming July 9, Trump says Supreme Court justice nominee coming July 9, Trump says
- June 30, 2018

Trump said he plans to interview one or two of "about five" final candidates over the weekend while in Bedminster, and he'll "probably interview six or seven" altogether before the final announcement. Republicans control the chamber but only by a slim majority, making the views of moderates, including some Democrats, important. He met Thursday evening at the White House with key senators - Republicans Chuck Grassley, Susan Collins and Lisa Murkowski and Democrats Joe Manchin, Joe Donnelly ... (more...)
India is seeking for nuclear fuel on moon India is seeking for nuclear fuel on moon
- June 30, 2018

During an address to the National Space Council in Washington, Trump said his plan included a bid to establish a permanent presence on the moon , with an eye to a future manned Mars mission. India's first lunar mission, an orbiter, with help from an instrument contributed by NASA, increased our picture of the extent of water ice on the Moon . (more...)
Trump says he'll announce Supreme Court nominee on July 9 Trump says he'll announce Supreme Court nominee on July 9
- June 30, 2018

As the 2016 presidential campaign wound down, then-candidate Donald Trump made clear that if elected, he would work to see an end to the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision on his watch. "I've got it narrowed to about five [candidates]", he told reporters, adding: "I like them all". It has emerged that the Trump administration heavily courted Kennedy to retire before the mid-term elections, giving Trump the potential to nominate a justice with a known majority in the Senate. (more...)
Trump sets date for Supreme Court announcement Trump sets date for Supreme Court announcement
- June 30, 2018

With only 99 senators now voting, the nominee can be approved by a 50-49 margin. Vice President Mike Pence can be called on to break a tie. White House officials also painted a quicker timeline for the nominee's Senate Judiciary Committee hearings and confirmation floor vote than senior Senate GOP leaders. (more...)
British parliament agrees to expand controversial Heathrow airport British parliament agrees to expand controversial Heathrow airport
- June 30, 2018

MPs voted on Monday night (25 June) to back the plans but the proposals still need to be approved by a planning inquiry before construction can proceed. The Labour party's official position was to oppose expansion but its MPs were given a free vote. One of the UK's leading Indian-origin hoteliers, Surinder Arora, today welcomed Parliament's go-ahead for the expansion of London's Heathrow Airport but also called for an independent process to determine the best project to deliver it. (more...)
Milky way full of toxic space grease Milky way full of toxic space grease
- June 30, 2018

But a recent paper, published in the journal Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society , suggests enough for 40 trillion trillion trillion packs of butter. In a lab, the researchers recreated the process by which organic molecules are produced by carbon stars-stars that contain more carbon than oxygen. (more...)
Japanese spacecraft Hayabusa 2 has reached its asteroid target Japanese spacecraft Hayabusa 2 has reached its asteroid target
- June 30, 2018

The first Hayabusa probe was unable to collect as much material as hoped but still made history by being the first probe to bring back samples from a different asteroid. This means that the journey phase of the mission is over and the exploration of the strangely shaped asteroid can begin. The Hayabusa2 probe was in good shape and now ready to start exploring the asteroid over the coming 18 months, JAXA said. (more...)
More delay, cost for NASA's next-generation space telescope | AP business More delay, cost for NASA's next-generation space telescope | AP business
- June 30, 2018

The review board's report mentions that the latest launch delay is because of anomalies in a recent acoustics test which resulted in screws and washers coming loose. "We have to get this right here on the ground, before we go to space", Zurbuchen said. "[The Webb Space Telescope] is vitally needed to perform the next generation of research beyond the Hubble Space Telescope", he says. (more...)