Sci-tech


Limiting mercury from USA coal plants not 'necessary' Limiting mercury from USA coal plants not 'necessary'
- December 30, 2018

The Environmental Protection Agency proposed a rule to change the way the government calculates benefits of restricting mercury emissions from coal plants. this does not mean that equal consideration of all benefits and costs, including co-benefits, is appropriate for the specific statutory appropriate and necessary finding called for under CAA section 112 (n)(1)(A)." The EPA on Friday proposed a new rule that challenges the basis for the Obama regulation. (more...)
New Horizons set for humanity's first ever Kuiper Belt rendezvous New Horizons set for humanity's first ever Kuiper Belt rendezvous
- December 29, 2018

And it's happening amid a partial government shutdown that initially threw a curveball into how the New Horizons team will share the flyby with the public. The success of the mission will only be known ten hours after the spacecraft starts sending a signal back to Earth, with the first pictures appearing up to 20 months later because of the spacecraft's low processing power. (more...)
Japan Will Resume Commercial Whaling, Defying International Ban Japan Will Resume Commercial Whaling, Defying International Ban
- December 29, 2018

Yet the issue has an out-sized presence in the national psyche, which the foreign ministry official compared to matters like gun control and abortion in the U.S. She said: "This is the path of a pirate whaling nation, with a troubling disregard for worldwide rule". Prior to this Japan hunted whales for "scientific research" - but also for the meat, a highly controversial practice. (more...)
Super blood wolf moon happening January 20 Super blood wolf moon happening January 20
- December 28, 2018

The rare lunar phenomenon will begin to appear on the night of the 20th and will slowly emerge into being just before midnight and continue as the calendar shifts to the 21st. It turns it a rusty, red color. Put the three together, and you have the "Super Blood Wolf Moon Eclipse". The "wolf" moon was named after the wolves that would howl out of hunger in the dead of winter. (more...)
Fog disrupts air, rail traffic; air quality 'severe' in Delhi Fog disrupts air, rail traffic; air quality 'severe' in Delhi
- December 26, 2018

The Centre-run System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting (SAFAR) also showed an AQI (Air Quality Index) of 468 for Delhi. While, the national capital has been battling air pollution for quite a few years now, air quality in Kolkata has dropped significantly over the last few months and in November it was the most polluted city in India. (more...)
Ultima Thule: NASA spacecraft hurtles toward historic New Year's flyby Ultima Thule: NASA spacecraft hurtles toward historic New Year's flyby
- December 26, 2018

It took New Horizons almost a decade to reach Pluto , even though it rocketed from Earth at up to 36,000 miles per hour, faster than any mission before it. It is the most distant objected that humanity tried to explore and the journey towards it won't be easy. Oriented in such a way that its pole is facing the approaching spacecraft? "I expect the detailed flyby images coming soon to give us many more mysteries, but I did not expect this, and so soon". (more...)
US Air Force´s most powerful Global Positioning System satellite launched US Air Force´s most powerful Global Positioning System satellite launched
- December 26, 2018

This next-generation Global Positioning System satellite is three times more accurate than previous versions and eight times better at anti-jamming, Heather Wilson, secretary of the Air Force says. The SUV-size Vespucci, which weighed 9,700 lbs. The satellite is the first of 10 built by Lockheed Martin and has major improvements including a redesigned Nuclear Detonation Detection System and a search-and-rescue payload. (more...)
Japan says it will leave International Whaling Commission to resume commercial whaling Japan says it will leave International Whaling Commission to resume commercial whaling
- December 26, 2018

Japanese ambassador Masaki Saito was visiting earlier this year. "The government of Japan must urgently act to conserve marine ecosystems, rather than resume commercial whaling", he added. Ms Fuchs says Japan carries great influence in other whaling countries, and its withdrawal from the IWC could encourage South Korea and Russian Federation to make the same move. (more...)
ESA Spacecraft Captures Image Of 'Winter Wonderland On Mars' ESA Spacecraft Captures Image Of 'Winter Wonderland On Mars'
- December 25, 2018

It is an especially well-preserved example of a martian crater, according to ESA and its snowy contents is actually a mound of water ice at least 1.8 km thick, which lies in the crater all year round. The crater is known as a "cold trap" since the chilly barrier persists even in the summer. Apart from space being very cold, which was my first guess, the crater's lip traps the "thin Martian air" in the crater, where it settles over the ice like an insulating blanket. (more...)
Winter Trifecta: Solstice, Full Moon, Meteor Shower On Friday, Saturday Winter Trifecta: Solstice, Full Moon, Meteor Shower On Friday, Saturday
- December 24, 2018

Friday marks the winter solstice , the day with the least amount of sunlight in 2018. The winter solstice in 2018 will occur at 10.23pm in London, at this time the sun will be directly overhead of the Tropic of Capricorn in the Southern Hemisphere. (more...)
Local veteran remembers witnessing Apollo 8 landing Local veteran remembers witnessing Apollo 8 landing
- December 24, 2018

On Christmas Eve , Frank Borman, Jim Lovell , and Bill Anders were the first humans to orbit the Moon and the first to see an Earthrise above its surface. As they're approaching the terminator on their fourth orbit, they see the Earth coming up over the moon's barren horizon. "Oh my God, look at that picture over there!" In later missions to the moon, astronauts were quarantined after returning to Earth. (more...)
Whaling focus shifts to waters near Japan with exit from IWC Whaling focus shifts to waters near Japan with exit from IWC
- December 24, 2018

Japan's request for a resumption of commercial whaling was most recently denied at the IWC meeting in September. A USA group dedicated to the protection of whales and dolphins criticized Japan's decision on Thursday. However, Japan kills 333 whales each year for so-called "scientific research", due to a loophole in the whaling ban, though most meat goes on sale for human consumption. (more...)
Winter solstice marks shortest day, longest night of year Winter solstice marks shortest day, longest night of year
- December 23, 2018

On the day of the winter solstice , the North Pole is as far from the sun as it will be all year, resulting in just nine or 10 hours of daylight in many parts of the Northern Hemisphere . Yes, temperatures get colder while the days get longer. Hot baths are a way of life in Japan, and a common practice at the time of the winter solstice is to infuse the baths with yuzu, a fruit which is believed to ensure good health. (more...)
What has Stonehenge got to do with the winter solstice? What has Stonehenge got to do with the winter solstice?
- December 23, 2018

At this time, the Earth's North Pole is pointing away from the sun (which is why it is so much colder in the Northern hemisphere). Friday also marks the first day of winter in the Northern Hemisphere when it will pass through its longest night of the year. (more...)
Winter Solistice 2018: Google Doodle celebrates the shortest day of the year Winter Solistice 2018: Google Doodle celebrates the shortest day of the year
- December 22, 2018

Donning their swimwear, the fearless group were seen jumping around in the chilly water with some retaining their woolly hats for the adventurous gathering. The December full moon is called the "cold moon". Fremont Art Council is holding a winter solstice feast , complete with decorations and costumes. (more...)
The rings of Saturn disappear The rings of Saturn disappear
- December 22, 2018

Saturn rings and with their major subdivisions. "While [the spectrometer] was created to investigate gases, we were able to measure the ring particles because they hit the spacecraft at such high velocities they vaporized", said Hunter Waite, principal investigator for the spectrometer on Cassini's nose and lead author of the study published in the journal Science. (more...)
This is how Sheffield bin collections will change this Christmas This is how Sheffield bin collections will change this Christmas
- December 22, 2018

Other than Christmas Day and New Year's Day, rubbish and recycling will be picked up on normal calendar days. Those due between January 1-4 January will also be made one day later (between January 2-5). With the countdown to Christmas fast approaching Northampton Borough Council are reminding residents how they can watch their waste-line during the festive season. (more...)
Solar system’s most distant object is ‘Farout’ pink dwarf planet Solar system’s most distant object is ‘Farout’ pink dwarf planet
- December 21, 2018

Sheppard from the Carnegie Institution for Science tells George Dvorsky at Gizmodo . For the study, the researchers utilized Japanese Subaru 8 metre long telescope in the location of Hawaii to carry out the initial observation. Sheppard and his colleagues discovered dwarf planet Farout while searching for extremely distant solar system objects, which include a potential Planet X scientists think could be five to 10 times bigger than the Earth. (more...)
The Winter Solstice Arrives Today; Here's What That Means The Winter Solstice Arrives Today; Here's What That Means
- December 21, 2018

Yes, today is the "shortest" day of the year - or a least, it has the least daylight. After that moment, the sun will stop moving southward and will begin its trek northward in the sky - hence the name " solstice ", which means "sun stands still" in Latin, according to NASA . (more...)
A mile-deep ice crater and marsquakes A mile-deep ice crater and marsquakes
- December 21, 2018

The lovely Christmas card image and two others are "an excellent celebration of such a milestone", according to ESA. The pictures that make up this image were recorded by the European Space Agency's Mars Express orbiter which has been snapping pictures of the Martian surface since 2003. (more...)
Google Marks Winter Solstice, Shortest Day Of The Year With A Doodle Google Marks Winter Solstice, Shortest Day Of The Year With A Doodle
- December 21, 2018

The Sun seems to stand still in the winter sky, marking the shortest day and longest night of the year. You can determine the exact time of the solstice according to your location, here. Scientists are not absolutely sure how this happened, but they think that billions of years ago, as the solar system was taking shape, the Earth was subject to violent collisions that caused the axis to tilt. (more...)
Japan to resume commercial whaling after leaving IWC Japan to resume commercial whaling after leaving IWC
- December 21, 2018

Japan has chose to pull out of the International Whaling Commission (IWC), officials told AFP on Thursday, as Tokyo reportedly gears up to resume commercial whaling activity next year. But the IWC has continued to invoke the moratorium. The IWC was established in 1946 to conserve and manage the world's whale and cetacean population. (more...)
Producers will pay full cost of recycling under new proposals Producers will pay full cost of recycling under new proposals
- December 20, 2018

Businesses and producers, according to the report, will "pay the full cost" of recycling or disposing of their packaging waste. He added: "It's absolutely vital we make sure, in particular when it comes to food waste which is an environmental, moral and economic scandal, that we do take the steps necessary in order to ensure that we use the material that all of us generate far more responsibly". (more...)
Rocket Glitch Delays Spy Satellite Launch Again Rocket Glitch Delays Spy Satellite Launch Again
- December 20, 2018

It's the fourth time the launch was postponed in the past two weeks. The launch also was scrubbed Tuesday because of high winds and on December 7 and December 8 because of technical problems. This will be ULA's second Delta IV Heavy launch in under four months, and the private space launch company's 132nd mission overall. "We are proud to launch this critical payload in support of our nation's national security mission", Gary Wentz, vice president of government and commercial programs at ... (more...)
Christmas Comet - Viewable Now! Christmas Comet - Viewable Now!
- December 20, 2018

It was discovered on January 17, 1948, by astronomer Carl Wirtaren at the Lick Observatory in Santa Clara County, California. Unfortunately, the full moon will act as somewhat of a party pooper, adding a bit of lunar noise that will make the comet's greenish hue a little more hard to see in all its glory, despite it being the brightest comet visible in 2018. (more...)