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In a lost lake 3,500 feet under the Antarctic Ice, scientists just found the carcasses of tiny creatures

Scientists have drilled 3,556 feet into the Antarctic ice to reach Lake Mercer — a subglacial lake that, until now, had only been seen with ice-penetrating radar. After drilling the hole, scientists pulled up mud, water samples, and a 5.5-foot-long ice core to study.  An analysis of the mud revealed the presence of algae, as well as the carcasses of tiny crustaceans and tardigrades. Information about Antarctica's subglacial water system helps experts understand the continent's climate history ...
Tags: Virginia, Trends, Nasa, Earth, Antarctica, Victoria, Jupiter, Europa, Antarctic, Montana State University, Skidmore, Lake Mercer, John Priscu, McMurdo Ice Station, Priscu, Ross Virginia


Watch the moon get pounded by 1 billion years' worth of big asteroids in a 1-minute animation

Asteroid impacts on Earth are hidden by erosion, but the moon keeps a pristine record of them. Researchers dated 111 larger craters on the moon to reconstruct Earth's impact history over the past 1 billion years. The team discovered that larger asteroid strikes were 2.6 times more common in the latter 300 million years of that time period. An animation illustrates the impact data with light and sound. The moon has been hiding a big secret about Earth in plain sight. Evidence of ancient aster...
Tags: Trends, Nasa, Earth, Don, Bottke, William Bottke, Southwest Research Institute, LRO


A 'super blood wolf moon' this weekend will be the last total lunar eclipse until 2021 — here's how to catch it

A total lunar eclipse will occur on Sunday, January 20.  This "super blood wolf moon" gets its name because the eclipse will occur when the moon is full (called a wolf moon in January) and closer to Earth than normal (a super-moon). The Earth's shadow will make it appear reddish. The lunar eclipse is slated to last one hour and two minutes. On Sunday, January 20, the Earth will pass between the sun and moon, block light from the sun and casting a shadow on the moon. This is a total lunar ecli...
Tags: Europe, Africa, Trends, Nasa, Earth, International Space Station, US east coast, Earth Total, North America South America Greenland Iceland


Space toilets: How astronauts boldly go where few have gone before

When nature calls in micro-gravity, astronauts must answer. Space agencies have developed suction-based toilets – with a camera built in to ensure all the waste is contained before "flushing".Yes, there have been floaters in space. The early days of space exploration were a learning curve!Amazingly, you don't need gravity to digest food. Peristalsis, the process by which your throat and intestines squeeze themselves, actually moves food and water through your digestive system without gravity at ...
Tags: Space, Science, Technology, Biology, Nasa, Innovation, Sanitation, Human body, Rocket Science, Ask an astronomer


A scrappy competitor to SpaceX and Blue Origin just secured a crucial and historic launch site in Cape Canaveral, Florida

Relativity Space is a startup focused on 3D-printed rockets that was founded by former SpaceX and Blue Origin engineers The company has secured a launch site at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. Called Launch Complex 16, it's a historic location where missiles and Space Race hardware were once tested. The US Air Force awarded Relativity Space a contract for the site, saying they "were impressed" by the company's team and technologies. Relativity Space seeks to prove that its first r...
Tags: Spacex, Elon Musk, Florida, Mississippi, US, America, Los Angeles, Trends, Tesla, Nasa, Earth, Lockheed Martin, Air Force, Boeing, United Launch Alliance, Usaf


The speed of light is torturously slow, and these 3 simple animations by a scientist at NASA prove it

The speed of light in a vacuum is about 186,282 miles per second (299,792 kilometers per second). A scientist at NASA animated how long it takes light to travel around Earth, as well as between the planet, its moon, and Mars. The physics animations show just how fast (and slow) the speed limit of the universe can be. A series of new animations by a NASA scientist show just how zippy — and also torturously slow — the speed of light can be. Light-speed is the fastest that any material object ca...
Tags: Youtube, Trends, Nasa, Earth, Albert Einstein, Mars, Princeton, Proxima, Don, Donoghue, Pablo Carlos Budassi, Goddard Space Flight Center, James O Donoghue, Earth Earth, Business Insider via Twitter When


Dreaming of Mars, the startup Relativity Space gets its first launch site on Earth

3D-printing the first rocket on Mars. That’s the goal Tim Ellis and Jordan Noone set for themselves when they founded Los Angeles-based Relativity Space in 2015. At the time they were working from a WeWork in Seattle, during the darkest winter in Seattle history, where Ellis was wrapping up a stint at Blue Origin . The two had met in college at USC in their jet propulsion lab. Noone had gone on to take a job at SpaceX and Ellis at Blue Origin, but the two remained in touch and had an idea f...
Tags: Amazon, Startups, TC, Space, Spacex, Elon Musk, Florida, Mississippi, California, Los Angeles, Tech, Nasa, United States, 3d Printing, Transport, Sun


TESS telescope has found eight new planets, six supernovae

The Kepler program closed down in August, 2018, after nine and a half years of observing the universe.Picking up where it left off, the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) has already found eight planets, three of which scientists are very excited about, and six supernovae.In many ways, TESS is already outperforming Kepler, and researchers expect it to find more than 20,000 exoplanets over its lifespan. None In 2009, we only knew of the existence of 350 exoplanets, or planets outside of...
Tags: Astronomy, Space, Nasa, Innovation, Planets, Jupiter, Kepler, Telescopes, Tess, Cosmos, George Ricker, SpaceX NASA


SpaceX Crew Astronauts, Spacesuit and Crewed Dragon

Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley will be the first two NASA astronauts to fly in the Dragon spacecraft. They will use the new SpaceX spacesuits. The SpaceX Crew Dragon will fly in mid-2019. How SpaceX’s... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
Tags: Nasa, Innovation, Bob Behnken, Doug Hurley


New videos of the farthest object humanity has ever explored show that it flips like a giant hourglass

On New Year's Day, researchers flew NASA's New Horizons probe past a snowman-shaped space rock called 2014 MU69 (or Ultima Thule). MU69 orbits the sun from about 4 billion miles away. It's the most distant object humanity has ever explored. NASA's spacecraft recorded hundreds of photos of MU69, and the images are slowly trickling back to Earth. Scientists animated a series of the images into a video that shows MU69 turns like an hourglass. The most distant object humanity has ever visited loo...
Tags: Trends, Nasa, Earth, Tennessee, New Horizons, Pluto, Kuiper Belt, Moore, Stern, Thule, Alan Stern, Applied Physics Laboratory, Ultima Thule, Jeff Moore, Cathy Olkin


China wants to launch to Mars next year — part of an ambitious plan to bring the first Martian soil samples back to Earth

China recently landed the first spacecraft on the far side of the moon and plans to launch a lunar sample-return mission at the end of the year. The China National Space Administration is also working on a robotic Mars mission that is scheduled to launch in mid-2020 and arrive in early 2021. If successful, that mission could enable future Mars missions to bring pristine samples of the red planet's soil and rocks back to Earth by 2030. China just landed a robotic mission on the far side of the...
Tags: China, Russia, US, Trends, Nasa, Earth, Tennessee, Mars, Chang, Schiaparelli, China National Space Administration, Mars Read, Mars China, Wu Yanhua, International Space Exploration Coordination Group, Fobos Grunt


These are the 577 positions SpaceX is cutting at its headquarters in a major round of layoffs

SpaceX, the rocket company founded by Elon Musk, is laying off about 10% of its workforce. In a notice required by California law, the company said it's eliminating 577 positions at its headquarters in Los Angeles. Business Insider compiled that layoff data into two charts that summarize the roles and duties of those being let go. Technicians, engineers, and machinists together make up a majority of SpaceX's terminated positions, while managers and supervisors represent about 7% of the layoffs...
Tags: Spacex, Elon Musk, Texas, Fcc, California, Los Angeles, Trends, Nasa, Virgin Galactic, Mars, Los Angeles Times, Musk, Falcon, Los Angeles County, LA Times, Hawthorne


In a first for humankind, China successfully sprouts a seed on the Moon

China's Chang'e 4 lunar lander touched down on the far side of the moon on January 3.In addition to a lunar rover, the lander carried a biosphere experiment that contains five sets of plants and some insects.The experiment is designed to test how astronauts might someday grow plants in space to sustain long-term settlements. None A plant has sprouted on the moon in a Chinese probe, marking the first time a plant has grown on the lunar surface, according to an image and statements released the Ch...
Tags: Space, China, Nasa, Moon, Innovation, Mars, Chang, Gioia Massa, South China Morning Post, Kennedy Space Center, China National Space Administration CNSA, Liu Hanlong, Hanlong


SpaceX layoffs include 577 positions in Hawthorne

Hours after launching its first rocket of the new year on Friday morning, Elon Musk’s company told stunned employees that roughly 10 percent of SpaceX’s workforce would be laid off. Workers were sent home early to await notification to their private email addresses about their fate. The vast majority of Space Exploration Technologies Corp.’s more than 6,000 employees are employed at its headquarters and rocket factory in Hawthorne; hundreds of others are based in Seattle, Florida, Washington, D....
Tags: Business, Spacex, Elon Musk, Florida, Texas, Los Angeles, Tesla, Sport, Nasa, Soccer, International Space Station, Mars, Wall Street Journal, Cnbc, Musk, Boeing Co


10 science photos that made history and changed minds

Science has given humanity an incalculable boost over the recent centuries, changing our lives in ways both awe-inspiring and humbling. Fortunately, photography, a scientific feat in and of itself, has recorded some of the most important events, people and discoveries in science, allowing us unprecedented insight and expanding our view of the world. Here are some of the most important scientific photos of history: 1. Hubble's "eXtreme Deep Field" This photo, released on September 25th, 2012, c...
Tags: Photography, Science, London, Tesla, History, Nasa, Earth, Chemistry, Physics, Innovation, Universe, Nuclear Weapons, Manhattan, Albert Einstein, Planets, Trinity


Scientists debate mysterious flash of light in space, known as ‘The Cow’

On June 16, 2018 there was an unusual flash in the sky which puzzled astronomers around the world. NASA researchers have been collecting data on the event and have shared two competing theories for what could have caused it. The post Scientists debate mysterious flash of light in space, known as ‘The Cow’ appeared first on Digital Trends.
Tags: Space, News, Trends, Nasa, Black Holes, Supernova, Emerging Tech, Neutron Star, The Cow


NASA's deep-space nuclear-power crisis may soon end, thanks to a clever new robot in Tennessee

NASA relies on plutonium-238 (Pu-238), a human-made radioactive element, to power its longest-operating and farthest-flying spacecraft. Nearly all Pu-238 was made during the Cold War, and supplies are running low. The shortage threatens to limit deep-space exploration. The Department of Energy is now making new Pu-238 and recently achieved an eight-fold increase in production with a new robot. Oak Ridge National Laboratory says its robot is "the next key step" in making enough plutonium to per...
Tags: China, US, Trends, Nasa, Earth, Tennessee, Pluto, Department Of Energy, Cassini, Wal Mart, Ellis, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Wham, Energy Department, Oak Ridge, Jason Ellis


The shutdown today: Government closure is now longest ever

By The Associated Press Here’s what’s up with the partial government shutdown on Day 22. WHAT’S NEW TODAY The shutdown officially is the longest in U.S. history, eclipsing a 21-day closure that ended Jan. 6, 1996, during President Bill Clinton’s administration. The House and Senate adjourned for the weekend, with lawmakers scattering to their states and districts before snow blankets the nation’s capital. With no negotiations expected during the weekend, the shutdown will enter its fourth week n...
Tags: Business, News, Congress, Washington, Senate, Uncategorized, Sport, Nasa, Soccer, Alaska, House, Bill Clinton, Smithsonian, Miami, Homeland Security, Donald Trump


SpaceX laid off 10% of its employees

Elon Musk's SpaceX let go 10% of its 6,000 person staff today. In May of last year, the company stated that it has had "many years" of continuing profitability and in recent weeks raised $273 million so far in a planned $500 million funding round. "To continue delivering for our customers and to succeed in developing interplanetary spacecraft and a global space-based Internet, SpaceX must become a leaner company," SpaceX president Gwynne Shotwell wrote in an email to employees. "Either of thes...
Tags: Post, Business, Space, Spacex, Elon Musk, News, Los Angeles, Nasa, International Space Station, Mars, Musk, Gwynne Shotwell, Shotwell


Over 80 US government websites have become insecure or completely inaccessible because there are no workers there to update security credentials

More than 80 US government websites have now become either insecure or inaccessible due to the sites not updating a security credential known as a TLS certificate, according to a report by Netcraft. Sites impacted include the likes of NASA, the US Department of Justice, and the US Court of Appeals. Most of these affected sites will allow users to proceed past the security warning page, but that can leave users vulnerable to cyber attacks. The US government shutdown has taken a toll on pub...
Tags: US, Trends, Nasa, National Parks, US Department of Justice, US Court of Appeals, Netcraft, Netcraft Sites, US Court of Appeals Most


NASA looks to secure flight data with blockchain tech

NASA is exploring potential use-cases for blockchain technology in a bid to safeguard the privacy and security of aircraft flight data. A research paper, published by aero-computer engineer Ronald Reisman this week, explored the viability of a blockchain network and smart contracts to overcome the aforementioned security issues. Current radar-based air traffic service providers may be able to preserve privacy for military and corporate operations by preventing the public release of information p...
Tags: Startups, US, Nasa, United States, Blockchain, Hard Fork, Ronald Reisman


Daily Crunch: Bing has a child porn problem

The Daily Crunch is TechCrunch’s roundup of our biggest and most important stories. If you’d like to get this delivered to your inbox every day at around 9am Pacific, you can subscribe here: 1. Microsoft Bing not only shows child pornography, it suggests it A TechCrunch-commissioned report has found damning evidence on Microsoft’s search engine. Our findings show a massive failure on Microsoft’s part to adequately police its Bing search engine and to prevent its suggested searches and images fr...
Tags: Social, Fundings & Exits, Startups, TC, Cloud, Apps, Asia, Hardware, Microsoft, Developer, Entertainment, Government, Halo, Samsung, Tech, Nasa


Government shutdown in Southern California: Workers, businesses prepare themselves for empty payday

When the partial government shutdown took effect just before Christmas, Mark Muñoz, father to seven daughters, braced for the worst. The 40-year-old Ontario resident, who works as a fire captain with the U.S. Forest Service, has weathered shutdowns before; he said he was always retroactively paid for wages lost. But there was never a guarantee. And there’s no guarantee now. “It brings an enormous amount of stress,” said Munoz, who works primarily in the San Bernardino National Forest but also re...
Tags: Business, California, Mexico, Sport, Economy, Nasa, Soccer, Jimmy Kimmel Live, Pasadena, Chatsworth, Donald Trump, Irs, Bay Area, Southern California, Ontario, Jpl


China releases detailed 360-degree photo from the first mission to land on the far side of the moon

China recently landed the first space mission ever, called Chang'e 4, on the far side of the moon. The mission's landing spacecraft and Yutu-2 rover were sent to probe the moon's geology, seek out water, study the night sky, and even grow silkworms on the lunar surface. Both spacecraft recently woke up from a "noon nap" to survive searing-hot temperatures. The lander took a 360-degree, wrap-around picture of the landing site after waking up on Friday. China has released a detailed panoramic i...
Tags: China, Russia, Trends, Nasa, Don, Chang, Yutu, Space News, China National Space Administration, Leicester England, CNSA, South Pole Aitken Basin, Tamela Maciel, National Space Center


Robots can now carry out plutonium production process for space exploration

Plutonium-238 is a crucial component in deep space exploration to the outer reaches of our Solar System. The only problem? We've been running low on our stockpiles. Perhaps until now. The post Robots can now carry out plutonium production process for space exploration appeared first on Digital Trends.
Tags: News, Trends, Nasa, Space Travel, Emerging Tech


How will we travel to another star?

Eventually, humanity will want to travel to a new solar system to propagate the human race, explore, and maybe find signs of alien life.But our closest neighbor, Proxima Centauri, is so far away that current methods could take tens of thousands of years.How will we surmount this incredible distance and the other challenges associated with interstellar travel? None Alpha Centauri, the closest star system to our own, isn't actually close at all. While light takes 8 minutes to travel from the sun t...
Tags: Travel, Transportation, Science Fiction, Space, Science, Nasa, Earth, Innovation, Proxima Centauri, Daedalus, British Interplanetary Society, Rocket Science, Distance Right, Proxima Centauri NASA


Asteroid that wiped out the dinosaurs caused a mile-high tsunami

The asteroid that crashed into the Yucatan caused a mile-high tsunami. The wave was 52 times higher and 2,600 times more energetic than the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami that killed over 227,000 people. Sediment was disturbed 3,700 miles from the site of the crash. None Becoming a fossil is no easy matter. There are a number of conditions that have to be met, according to Paige Williams, author of The Dinosaur Artist. You can't be eaten by scavengers; the weather must not scatter your remains; your...
Tags: Mexico, Environment, Nasa, Oceans, Innovation, Dinosaurs, Evolution, South America, North, Asteroid, North Atlantic, Indian Ocean, Derek, American Geophysical Union, Cosmos, Chicxulub


Would scientists tell us about a looming apocalypse?

NASA astronomer Michelle Thaller fields one question with a heavy heart: If scientists knew there was a catastrophic asteroid heading towards Earth, would they tell us?What about aliens? Is NASA hiding aliens from the public? Are they "in" on conspiracy theories? Scientists are, on the contrary, eager to communicate their findings to the media and the public, says Thaller. "To me it speaks to the separation that somehow scientists are this monolithic inhuman group; that we could hide things, tha...
Tags: Death, Space, Science, Nasa, Earth, Innovation, Asteroid, Michelle Thaller, Ask an astronomer


FDA inspectors, furloughed in shutdown, put food safety at risk

By Laurie McGinley and Joel Achenbach, The Washington Post The furloughing of hundreds of Food and Drug Administration inspectors has sharply reduced inspections of the nation’s food supply – one of many repercussions of the partial government shutdown that make Americans potentially less safe. The agency, which oversees 80 percent of the food supply, has suspended all routine inspections of domestic food-processing facilities, FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb said in an interview. He said he’s w...
Tags: Business, News, Congress, Washington Post, Usda, Sport, Nasa, Earth, Dhs, Soccer, United States, Food And Drug Administration, Secret Service, Fda, Tsa, Donald Trump


China's rover and lander on the moon's far side are taking a 'nap' to survive brutal surface temperatures

On January 3, China landed its Chang'e 4 spacecraft on the moon's far side — the first such mission in history. The mission's lander and Yutu-2 rover will probe the moon's geology, look for water, study the night sky for radio bursts, and even grow silkworms. However, it's now high noon on the far side of the moon, leading to blistering surface temperatures. Chinese officials have put the spacecraft into a "noon nap" to protect them, according to Space News. The maneuver also shows why the ide...
Tags: China, Trends, Nasa, Earth, Chang, Yutu, Space News, Von Karman, South Pole Aitken Basin, Zhang Yuhua



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