Sci-tech


Chinese scientist says a second pregnancy is underway Chinese scientist says a second pregnancy is underway
- December 03, 2018

In this October 9, 2018 photo, Zhou Xiaoqin, left, loads Cas9 protein and PCSK9 sgRNA molecules into a fine glass pipette as Qin Jinzhou watches at a laboratory in Shenzhen in southern China's Guangdong province. He's claim would "be considered irresponsible ", Baltimore said. He also claimed that the off-target edit was not seen in the babies' DNA after birth, suggesting it may have been an error that occurred when analyzing the embryonic DNA . (more...)
Virgin Galactic will take people to space by Christmas, says Richard Branson Virgin Galactic will take people to space by Christmas, says Richard Branson
- December 03, 2018

Founded in 2000, Blue Origin also plans to offer paying customers suborbital flights. As Crane noted, Virgin Galactic has a track record of promising that the company is close to transporting people to space only to fall short. "So none of us will race to be the first". If Virgin Galactic reaches space before the year is done, it'll put Branson's venture ahead of its direct competitor, Jeff Bezos's Blue Origin. (more...)
All of Africa served as the cradle of humankind All of Africa served as the cradle of humankind
- December 02, 2018

The tools were unearthed near dozens of fossilized animal bones which contained cut marks, as if relics of prehistoric butchers. The findings suggest that the ancestors of modern people were present in north Africa at least 600,000 years earlier than scientists thought. (more...)
Unusual seismic waves have been detected around Earth with no apparent source Unusual seismic waves have been detected around Earth with no apparent source
- December 01, 2018

It seems that only devices like the real-time seismogram in the US Geological survey detected them. He noticed a " most odd and unusual seismic signal " on data from Kilimambogo, Kenya; Lusaka, Zambia, Mount Furi, Ethiopia; San Pablo, Spain; and Wellington, New Zealand. (more...)
Global Warming Leading to Death, Disease & Loss of Labour
- December 01, 2018

And higher temperatures seem to be curbing the maximum harvest from farmland in all regions of the world, reversing an earlier trend toward ever-larger harvests, the report noted. The report revealed that among the biggest threats is heat stress. As a result of the increased heat, 153 billion hours of labour (3.2 billion weeks of work) were lost in 2017, this is an increase of more than 62 billion hours since 2000. (more...)
Whales stranded in Chatham Islands Whales stranded in Chatham Islands
- December 01, 2018

When staff arrived at first light Friday, they said they found up to 40 of the whales had refloated themselves but another 50 had died on the beach. In addition to a rise in strandings, she said a number of species had appeared that were not normally seen in New Zealand waters, including gargantuan blue whales in the Hauraki Gulf near Auckland. (more...)
Trump says doesn't believe own government's climate warning Trump says doesn't believe own government's climate warning
- December 01, 2018

Trump also said, "One of the problems that a lot of people like myself, we have very high levels of intelligence but we're not necessarily such believers". "Climate change is happening here and everywhere else in the world". Katharine Hayhoe, co-author of the current assessment and director of the Climate Science Center at Texas Tech University, took to twitter to defend her predictions."I wrote the climate scenarios chapter myself, so I can confirm it considers ALL scenarios, from those ... (more...)
NASA's Mars InSight is landing today NASA's Mars InSight is landing today
- December 01, 2018

Just minutes later, the room erupted again as the InSight lander beamed its first image of the red planet 100 million miles back to Earth. InSight now sits on a vast plain known as Elysium Planitia , close to the planet's equator, from which it will help develop an understanding of Mars's inner workings. (more...)
Highlights of Ontario's climate-change plan Highlights of Ontario's climate-change plan
- December 01, 2018

Although estimates on the emissions reduction potential vary, some 19 billion tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent (GtCO2e) could be reduced by their actions by 2030. Ontario is now joining Saskatchewan in a court battle against the move to impose a federal carbon pricing scheme on provinces that don't have one of their own. (more...)
Temperatures Set To Be Among Hottest On Record Temperatures Set To Be Among Hottest On Record
- December 01, 2018

On Sunday, the most important United Nations climate conference since Paris opens in Katowice, Poland , in one of the most polluted coal-mining regions in Europe. Even more concerning, the organization predicts a 5 to 9 degree temperature rise by the end of the century. Sea level around the United Kingdom will continue to rise to 2100 under all emission pathways, the report states, with sea levels in London potentially up 1.15m by 2100. (more...)
Greenhouse gas emissions gap wider than ever: U.N Greenhouse gas emissions gap wider than ever: U.N
- December 01, 2018

In a statement, Environment Minister Melissa Price said Australia would meet its Paris commitments. Seasoned negotiators are calling the meeting, which is expected to draw 25,000 participants, " Paris 2.0" because of the high stakes at play in Katowice. (more...)
NASA Administrator reveals new commercial plan to explore the Moon NASA Administrator reveals new commercial plan to explore the Moon
- December 01, 2018

The U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration , or NASA, has announced that private companies will make America's next moon landing. "The vehicle sits slightly tilted (about 4 degrees) in a shallow dust- and sand-filled impact crater known as a 'hollow, '" NASA said in a statement. (more...)
Spider Milk? Researchers Make Surprising Discovery Spider Milk? Researchers Make Surprising Discovery
- December 01, 2018

The study came about after Chen Zhanqi, a scientist from Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Garden at the Chinese Academy of Science in China's Yunnan Province, noticed that young Toxeus magnus , a species of jumping spider native to southeastern Asia, seemed slow to leave the nest, suggesting that the mother was providing some sort of extended child care. (more...)
China halts work by team on gene-edited babies China halts work by team on gene-edited babies
- November 30, 2018

The Southern University of Science and Technology in Shenzhen, where He was employed has said that he was on unpaid leave since February and that the university was unaware of his experiments. The organizer's of a Hong Kong Conference, where He announced his gene-editing claims, described his work on Thursday as "deeply disturbing" and "irresponsible". (more...)
NASA Announces the Companies Competing to Put us Back on the Moon NASA Announces the Companies Competing to Put us Back on the Moon
- November 30, 2018

The selected companies will compete on "cost and innovation", NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine said at the press conference today. Robotic CLPS payload deliveries on Peregrine will be a vital bridge to a future human return to the Moon , and an important capability in NASA's Moon to Mars exploration campaign. (more...)
More than 50 whales dead after another mass stranding
- November 30, 2018

When staff arrived at the scene about 30 to 40 pilot whales had re-floated themselves and returned to sea, however 51 whales remained. More than 50 pilot whales have perished in another mass stranding in New Zealand , taking the death toll of beached marine mammals to over 200 in the past week, wildlife authorities said on Friday. (more...)
NASA spacecraft lands on Mars after six-month journey NASA spacecraft lands on Mars after six-month journey
- November 30, 2018

Once deployed on the surface, the HP3 self-penetrating heat flow probe-aptly nicknamed "the mole" -will pound the ground tens of thousands of times to eventually burrow as much as 5 meters below the surface. The InSight mission, which cost around $814 million , plans to study Mars' deep interior. Many Mars-bound spacecraft launched by the U.S., Russian Federation and other spacefaring countries have been lost or destroyed over the years, with a success rate of just 40 percent, not counting ... (more...)
Giant Siberian Rhinoceros Lived alongside Early Modern Humans | Paleontology Giant Siberian Rhinoceros Lived alongside Early Modern Humans | Paleontology
- November 30, 2018

A study publishedMonday in the journal Nature Ecology & Evolution says that the shaggy creature once roamed among humans, surviving in Eastern Europe and Western Asia until at least 39,000 years ago, around the same time of Neanderthals and early modern humans. (more...)
NASA looks to outsource Moon delivery services NASA looks to outsource Moon delivery services
- November 30, 2018

NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine and Associate Administrator Thomas Zurbuchen welcome representatives from nine private companies that will be involved in NASA's future missions to the moon and Mars. Next year will be the 50th anniversary of the first manned moon landing. As soon as 2022, NASA expects to begin construction on a new space station laboratory that will orbit the Moon and act as a pit stop for missions to deeper parts of our solar system, such as Mars. (more...)
This epic NASA handshake was inspired by NFL players This epic NASA handshake was inspired by NFL players
- November 28, 2018

The camera's transparent dust cover is still on in this image, to prevent particulates kicked up during landing from settling on the camera's lens. InSight's twin solar arrays are each 7 feet (2.2 meters) wide; when they're open, the entire lander is about the size of a big 1960s convertible. (more...)
Investigation launched into 'monstrous' claims scientist has genetically edited humans Investigation launched into 'monstrous' claims scientist has genetically edited humans
- November 28, 2018

Some scientists at the International Summit on Human Genome Editing , which began on Tuesday in Hong Kong, said they were appalled the scientist had announced his work without following scientific protocols, including publishing his findings in a peer-reviewed journal. (more...)
China Vows to 'Seriously Investigate' Genetically Altered Baby Claim
- November 28, 2018

The babies' names are Lulu and Nana, He said in one video . The claim has yet to be independently confirmed, and the findings haven't been published to a peer-reviewed journal; outside experts haven't had an opportunity to corroborate the claims, or assess the efficacy or safety of the procedure. (more...)
Aboard the global space station have discovered antibiotic-resistant bacteria
- November 27, 2018

Scientists have discovered aboard the worldwide space station (ISS) bacteria Enterobacter , strains of which can infect people with weakened immune systems, reports Science Alert. Enterobacter species are commonly found in the human intestinal tract, as well as in sewage and soil, but they have also been implicated in a wide array of hospital-acquired infections, including endocarditis and bacteremia in addition to skin and soft tissue, urinary tract, lower respiratory tract, and ... (more...)
'Yellow Vests' Movement Has Led to Major Rallies, Unacceptable Violence - Macron 'Yellow Vests' Movement Has Led to Major Rallies, Unacceptable Violence - Macron
- November 27, 2018

He warned that images of Saturday's violence on the Champs-Elysees could hurt France's reputation overseas - and the foreign investment that Macron has tried to lure back to the French economy. "I refuse to accept a two-speed France", he said, adding that he does not want those with the most modest incomes to have to fork out more because they don't have the money to make the shift to greener cars and sources of heating - known as the "ecological transition". (more...)
Musk considers move to Mars despite ‘good chance of death’ Musk considers move to Mars despite ‘good chance of death’
- November 27, 2018

SpaceX is now working on a vessel named Starship, which was previously codenamed Big F***ing Rocket. "If not this timeframe, I think pretty soon thereafter", he wrote in an article for the New Space journal in September. "They like doing it for the challenge". He said the price of a ticket to Mars would cost hundreds of thousands of dollars, with no guarantee of return or even survival during the trip or upon landing. (more...)