Here’s a hypothetical: a telescope detects an asteroid between 100 and 300 meters in diameter racing through our solar system at 14 kilometres per second, 57 million kilometres from Earth. Astronomers estimate a one percent risk the space rock will collide with our planet on April 27, 2027. What should we do? It’s this potentially
#HowTheUniverseWorks | Tuesdays at 10/9c on Science Full Episodes Streaming FREE on Science GO: //www.sciencechannelgo.com/how-the-universe-works/ When two black holes are near each other, they will slowly orbit in a death circle. The larger black hole will eventually devour the other resulting in an enormous discharge of energy akin to the Big Bang Subscribe to Science
Titan is a mystery as mighty as its namesake. A thick haze of atmospheric nitrogen conceals the moon’s surface from view, hiding a giant and ancient geological oddity that scientists have only just unmasked. In new research, scientists report the discovery of a massive ‘corridor’ of ice-rich bedrock that spans almost halfway around Saturn’s largest
Retrofitted air-conditioners could convert substantial quantities of CO2 into hydrocarbon fuel, propose researchers. Adobe Photo Stock, Henry Noel What if retrofitted air-conditioners could convert carbon dioxide (CO2) into hydrocarbon fuel? And what if this model, adopted collectively and globally, could help put energy in the hands of the people? That’s what Roland Dittmeyer, from the Karlesruhe
Vice commander of Air Force Space Command Lt. Gen. Thompson: “We have to understand we’re on the cusp of an explosion in commercial space.” WASHINGTON — In the contentious Space Force debate, many of the questions have been about its cost and whether a separate military branch would do a better job than the Air
A strange encounter between fishermen and a mysteriously geared-up white beluga whale in the Barents Sea off the coast of Norway has raised suspicions the animal might be a trained recruit from a Russian military facility. The whale (Delphinapterus leucas), which was discovered near the island of Ingøya in Arctic Norway, appeared tame and well-adapted
In the bewildering quagmire that is the gas between the stars, the Hubble Space Telescope has identified evidence of ionised buckminsterfullerene, the carbon molecule known colloquially as “buckyballs”. Containing 60 carbon atoms arranged in a soccer ball shape, buckminsterfullerene (C60) occurs naturally here on Earth – in soot. But in 2010, it was also detected in
The push away from needless plastic use is a noble and necessary one, but new research casts doubt over just how environmentally friendly some forms of biodegradable plastic actually are. Researchers found that bags labelled biodegradable and compostable were still able to carry a full load of shopping after being left to degrade in the
Red Cross aid helps resident, from GlobalChange.gov, the 2018 National Climate Assessment Globalchange.gov “We moved into our new house and three weeks later, lost it all in Hurricane Harvey.” My heart sank for when the pleasant man sitting next to me at a legendary local D.C. bar and restaurant recently recounted his family’s experience relocating to Houston.
COLLEGE PARK, Md. — Scientists used an appearance by the NASA administrator at a conference April 29 to press him to fund additional missions that support the agency’s work in discovering and characterizing near Earth objects. In an opening keynote at the Planetary Defense Conference here, NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine said the agency was taking
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NASA’S SHUTTLE ENDEAVOUR LAUNCHES TO COMPLETE JAPANESE MODULE CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — Space shuttle Endeavour and its seven-member crew launched at 6:03 p.m. EDT Wednesday from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The mission will deliver the final segment to the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency’s Kibo laboratory and a new crew member to the International
Some 7,800 light-years away, in the constellation of Cygnus, lies a most peculiar black hole. It’s called V404 Cygni, and in 2015, telescopes around the world stared in wonder as it woke from dormancy to devour material from a star over the course of a week. That one event provided such a wealth of information
SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy was among the highlights of a great month for space. SpaceX In years to come people will look back on April 2019 and think “wow, I’m sure glad I didn’t go on holiday that month.” It had something for everyone, from football supporters to Game of Thrones fans. But perhaps none will
Basketball began with a peach basket and a soccer ball on a court in Springfield, Massachusetts. Baseball evolved organically, with early iterations appearing in cities and school yards across colonial America. American football grew out of rugby in the mid-19th century among colleges along the East Coast. Despite being wildly different forms of competition, America’s
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New Horizons spots its next flyby target, Administrator Bridenstine visits our west coast facilities, and using data from space to fight a life-threatening disease … a few of the stories to tell you about – This Week at NASA! This video is available for download from NASA’s Image and Video Library: //images.nasa.gov/details-NHQ_2018_0831_New%20Horizons%20Detects%20Next%20Flyby%20Target%20on%20This%20Week%20@NASA%20%E2%80%93%20August%2031,%202018.html
Within half a century, it’s possible that Facebook could be overrun by the dead, with more deceased users making up the world’s largest social network than living, active people, a new study suggests. This provocative projection comes from a pair of researchers at the University of Oxford, who ran the numbers on Facebook’s massive audience
It came out of nowhere. Just a few short weeks ago – in an alternate reality otherwise identical to our own – it popped up on our screens: a giant asteroid hurtling through space, and headed straight for us. At least, maybe it is. Nobody really knows. In this hypothetical scenario, the facts on the
Conducting research on the movements of sharks is not easy. The animals move around a lot, spend their entire lives underwater, and can be difficult to find – particularly in areas where they face the threat of overfishing. What about finding support, funds, and partners to enable the work in the first place? Also, challenging.
At the end of Avengers: Infinity War half the people (including heroes and villains) in the universe were gone in the snap of a finger from Thanos (Josh Brolin). So how can Avengers: Endgame (in cinemas from this week) try to bring them back? Well, with that tried and tested movie plot device: time travel.
On the Moon right now, there lies an aluminium sculpture of an astronaut with a beautiful message. Called the Fallen Astronaut, it was placed there by Apollo 15 commander David Scott on 1 August 1971 to commemorate all the humans who have died advancing space exploration. The little figurine lies next to a plaque listing
It may soon be legal for the dead to push daisies, or any other flower, in backyard gardens across Washington state. The state legislature recently passed a bill that, if signed by the governor, allows human bodies to be composted – and used for mulch. As the nation ages, US funeral practices are changing. Rates
Disposable waste plastic on wooden background. Getty The production of plastics has quadrupled in the past 40 years, such that it is a ubiquitous component of our lives – from packaging to electronics to construction. Bio-plastic products, such as those made from vegetable oils or wood chips, have been suggested as an eco-friendly alternative. But, it is unclear how this and other
WASHINGTON — Space tourism company Space Adventures has reached a settlement in a lawsuit brought nearly two years ago by a man who signed up for the company’s proposed mission around the moon but later sought a refund of his deposit. The suit, filed by Harald McPike, was formally dismissed by the U.S. District Court
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Psyche is both the name of an asteroid orbiting the Sun between Mars and Jupiter — and the name of a NASA space mission to visit that asteroid, led by Arizona State University. Join the Psyche team to explore why this mission was selected for NASA’s Discovery Program, how we’ll get to the asteroid, what
For the northernmost herbivores on Earth, foraging for food has never been easy. Bound to the icy tundras of an Arctic archipelago, the wild Svalbard reindeers of Norway (Rangifer tarandus platyrhynchus) are accustomed to sparse vegetation. But what they are dealing with now is far beyond that. With global warming causing more rain and less snow,
In February of 2016, scientists at the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory (LIGO) announced the first-ever detection of gravitational waves (GWs). Since then, multiple events have been detected, providing insight into a cosmic phenomena that was predicted over a century ago by Einstein’s Theory of General Relativity. A little over a year ago, LIGO was taken
Belarusian flag Getty More than 65,000 children in rural areas and villages across Belarus will benefit from an education programme aimed at promoting collaborative learning and science education. The Education Minister Igor Karpenko and World Bank Office Country Manager in Belarus, Alex Kremer, signed an agreement on additional financing of the Belarus Education Modernization Project.
House Armed Services Committee Chairman Adam Smith is said to be unsatisfied with the Air Force’s response to his concerns about the Launch Service Procurement competition. WASHINGTON — A war of words between the chairman of the House Armed Services Committee and the Air Force over a multibillion-dollar national security launch services competition appears to
Photo Credit: Jim Watson/ AFP SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket with the unmanned Crew Dragon capsule on its nose A NASA safety panel said on Thursday that Saturday’s accident on a SpaceX astronaut capsule happened after eight engines were test fired, but offered scant details on what caused the mishap or the extent of the damage.
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Actor William Shatner narrates this thrilling video about NASA’s Curiosity rover, from its entry and descent through the Martian atmosphere to its landing and exploration of the Red Planet in NASA’s hardest planetary science mission to date.
You can be thankful that we orbit a placid, main sequence, yellow dwarf star. Astronomers recently spied a massive superflare on a diminutive star, a powerful, radiation spewing event that you wouldn’t want to witness up close. The ‘star’ was ULAS J224940.13-011236.9, an L-type sub-stellar brown dwarf near the Aquarius-Pisces border. The cumbersome, phone number-style
Math can be a difficult subject. In school, I remember being fairly good at math but it seemed a lot of my fellow students were not. There were times when I helped to tutor other students in the class and I found that helping someone understand mathematical concepts was quite rewarding. Once a student understood
WASHINGTON — NASA will establish an independent committee to review its planetary protection policies to reflect new developments in human space exploration and commercial spaceflight. In an April 23 statement, the agency said it will create an independent Planetary Protection Review Board to recommend any updates to existing regulations intended to prevent contamination of potentially
The U.S. Navy is working on new guidelines for its personnel to report sightings and other encounters with “unidentified aircraft,” Politico reports. It sounds like a major step toward taking UFO encounters more seriously: the Navy’s new process would create formalized guidelines for sailors and pilots alike to report and analyze each one of the
The oceans hide all kinds of secrets and unknowns in the deep – like the 195,728 viruses that scientists just found lurking underwater, during the course of a pole-to-pole expedition carried out to survey marine life. The researchers say the vast majority have never been seen before. Prior to this, we only definitively knew about
Basically no part of this is fun. ICRAR/University of Amsterdam Yes, black holes get all of the attention. They’re mysterious, they lurk in the shows of interstellar space, they break the laws of known physics, they can trap you forever, they have a cool-sounding and easy-to-understand name. They’ve got great branding. But some things are
HELSINKI — Two Chinese launch startups have successfully carried out tests of technology demonstration rockets as part of quests to develop reusable launch vehicles. New Chinese launch firm Space Transportation carried out a test April 22 in northwest China in cooperation with Xiamen University, launching a 3,700-kilogram technology demonstrator named Jiageng-1. Launch took place at
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NASA’s most advanced Mars rover Curiosity has landed on the Red Planet. The one-ton rover, hanging by ropes from a rocket backpack, touched down onto Mars Sunday to end a 36-week flight and begin a two-year investigation. The Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) spacecraft that carried Curiosity succeeded in every step of the most complex landing
Given the fervour with which naturalists scoured Southeast Asia in the 19th century looking for new bird species, you’d think the region would be tapped out. But nature can still find ways to sneak up on us: Two previously undescribed species have only just been discovered in Indonesia. They both belong to the genus Zosterops,
Pulsars are possibly the most useful object in the sky. Dead stars, rotating incredibly fast and pulsing out a beam of radiation from their poles, often on precise millisecond scales. It’s this incredibly precise beat that makes them so amazing. We use them to calculate distances, to understand the interstellar medium, to probe the curved
The three valence quarks of a proton contribute to its spin, but so do the gluons, sea quarks and antiquarks, and orbital angular momentum as well. The electrostatic repulsion and the attractive strong nuclear force, in tandem, are what give the proton its size, and the properties of quark mixing are required to explain the
WASHINGTON — NASA has updated a planned call for proposals for lunar landers to enable a human mission in 2024, broadening the scope to include integrated lander concepts. In a procurement filing issued late April 26, NASA updated an earlier notice published April 8 that announced plans to solicit proposals for an ascent stage for