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A decade on, smartphone-like software finally heads to space

Once a traditional satellite is launched into space, its physical hardware and computer software stay mostly immutable for the rest of its existence as it orbits the Earth, even as the technology it serves on the ground continues to change. Just as some aerospace start-ups are developing technologies to repair, modify or refuel satellites to prolong their lives, some satellite manufacturers are looking at a complementary solution -- hoping to install smartphone-like software with more computin...
Tags: Science, US, Earth, Lockheed Martin


Rare super worm moon will loom large as it coincides with equinox

Phenomenon last occurred in spring 1905 and won’t happen again until the year 2144Those gazing up into the sky on Wednesday night are set to witness an unusual event: a super worm moon that coincides with the equinox.It will be the third time this year a full moon has occurred near to the moon’s closest approach to the Earth – making it a supermoon – and will be the last such event in 2019. Those venturing out can expect to see the moon looming larger than usual in the night sky. Continue readin...
Tags: Astronomy, Science, UK News, Earth, Moon, The moon


Geothermal plant 'triggered earthquake' in S. Korea

A rare earthquake in South Korea was triggered by the country's first experimental geothermal power plant, a team of government-commissioned experts said Wednesday. The southeastern port city of Pohang was rattled by a 5.4-magnitude earthquake in November 2017 -- the second-most powerful tremor ever in the normally seismically stable South. The plant works by injecting high-pressure water deep underground to tap heat from the Earth's crust, but the process had produced micro-sized seismic acti...
Tags: South Korea, Science, Earth, Korea, Pohang, Lee Kang kun


Scientists are trying to make the International Space Station’s bathroom a little less gross

The International Space Station is like no other place on Earth, and not just because it's not actually on Earth at all. The orbiting laboratory is inhabited by crews of scientists that live there for months before being changed out for fresh faces, and this poses a huge challenge when it comes to cleanliness.It's not that astronauts are any messier than the rest of us, but they're definitely still human, and being human means carrying a whole host of microorganisms with you on a dai...
Tags: Science, Earth, International Space Station, Iss, Grohmann, AGXX, Elisabeth Grohmann


NASA’s InSight lander still has a big problem, and nobody is quite sure how to fix it

One of NASA's most exciting ongoing missions is that of the InSight lander that currently calls Mars home. The robotic lander has the potential to teach scientists a great deal about the Red Planet and its history, but first NASA has to figure out what to do with one of its important, but underperforming, instruments.The tool, which is described as a "self-hammering mole" is designed to dig several meters into the planet in order to take temperature readings and paint a more complete picture...
Tags: Science, Nasa, Earth, Mars, Dlr, Red Planet, Tilman Spohn


Equinox Supermoon March 2019: 7 Things for Stargazers to Know

Things begin to bloom in March and it's happening with more beauty than before in 2019 with the equinox "supermoon" happening tomorrow evening for stargazers to enjoy.Source: Shutterstock They're calling it the equinox supermoon because the vernal equinox -- which marks the beginning of spring -- and a supermoon -- a phenomenon in which the moon appears bigger and brighter -- will happen on the same evening. Here are seven things to know ahead of the Wednesday astronomical event: * The ...
Tags: Science, Earth


NASA photos capture immense flooding of a vital U.S. Air Force base

In 1948, Air Force Secretary Stuart Symington stationed the United States' long-range nuclear bombers at Offutt Air Force Base in eastern Nebraska, a location safe in the middle of the nation and well-insulated from the coast. But 70 years later, the base — now home to the U.S. Strategic Command which deters "catastrophic actions from adversaries and poses an immediate threat to any actor who questions U.S. resolve by demonstrating our capabilities" — isn't safe from historic and recor...
Tags: Science, California, Nasa, Earth, United States, Cbs, Nebraska, Air Force, Digitalglobe, Fisher, National Weather Service NWS, U S Air Force, Offutt Air Force Base, Missouri River, Offutt Air Force, U S Strategic Command


The powerful meteor that no one saw (except satellites)

A meteor is the luminous phenomenon that results when an asteroid or other celestial body enters the Earth's atmosphere. One of the first researchers to detect the event was Peter Brown, a meteor scientist at the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Western Ontario.
Tags: Science, Earth, Peter Brown, Department of Physics and Astronomy


'Rubble pile' asteroid holds clues to Earth's water story

An asteroid described as a "pile of rubble" is rich in hydrated minerals that could help solve the mystery of how Earth got its water, scientists said Tuesday. The Ryugu asteroid, around 300 million kilometres (185 million miles) from Earth, is estimated to be between 100 million and one billion years old. It appears to have broken off from a parent body, according to observations from a Japanese probe that landed on the space rock.
Tags: Science, Earth


Experiment proves that humans can actually sense Earth’s magnetic field

Everyone knows that when you hold a compass in your hand the needle will point north thanks to Earth's magnetic field, but aside from simple navigation you probably don't spare much thought for our planet's magnetism. However, that doesn't mean that your body isn't still sensing the geomagnetic forces, and a new study suggests that humans, like many other animals, can indeed sense the magnetic field.The research, which was carried out by scientists at Caltech, reveals that hu...
Tags: Science, Earth, Caltech, ERD


Apparently even NASA is wrong about which planet is closest to Earth

Earth is the third planet from the Sun, so our closest neighbor must be planet two or four, right?Wrong! Neither Venus nor Mars is the right answer. Three scientists ran the numbers. In this YouTube video, one of them explains why our nearest neighbor is... Mercury! Did Musk pick the wrong planet to die on? By 2024, Elon Musk wants to land humans on Mars – the billionaire entrepreneur has said that he himself wants to go to the Red Planet, and even wants to die there (just not on impact, he qui...
Tags: Astronomy, Space, Spacex, Elon Musk, Science, Youtube, Nasa, Earth, Physics, Innovation, Sun, Planets, Mars, Map, Saturn, Jupiter


Think of the closest planet to Earth... Wrong! Think again!

Earth is the third planet from the Sun, so our closest neighbor must be planet two or four, right?Wrong! Neither Venus nor Mars is the right answer. Three scientists ran the numbers. In this YouTube video, one of them explains why our nearest neighbor is... Mercury! Did Musk pick the wrong planet to die on? By 2024, Elon Musk wants to land humans on Mars – the billionaire entrepreneur has said that he himself wants to go to the Red Planet, and even wants to die there (just not on impact, he qui...
Tags: Astronomy, Space, Spacex, Elon Musk, Science, Youtube, Nasa, Earth, Physics, Innovation, Sun, Planets, Mars, Map, Saturn, Jupiter


A Huge Asteroid Exploded Above Earth, and You Totally Missed It

The second-largest asteroid to hit Earth in the last 30 years went undetected, until now.Read more...
Tags: Astronomy, Science, Nasa, Earth, Asteroids, Meteors, NEOWISE, NEOCam


UN's 'dire' warning: Act now on Earth's environment as human health 'increasingly threatened'

A United Nations report said 'damage to the planet is so dire that people’s health will be increasingly threatened unless urgent action is taken.'
Tags: Science, Earth, United Nations, Un


Some Humans Can Sense Earth’s Magnetic Field, Fascinating Experiment Suggests

The ability to sense the Earth’s magnetic field—a trait known as magnetoreception—is well documented among many animals, but researchers have struggled to show that humans are also capable of the feat. Until now.Read more...
Tags: Science, Biology, Neuroscience, Earth, Biophysics, Magnetoreception, Magnetism, Human Magnetoreception, Vestigial Traits


Pole position: human body might be able to pick up on Earth's magnetic field

Scientists say there are signs of humans having a subconscious magnetic senseIt sounds like a power to be boasted of by the X-Men, but researchers say humans might have the ability to pick up on Earth’s magnetic field.Many animals, from pigeons to turtles, use it to navigate, while research has shown cattle prefer to align themselves with the field when standing in, well, a field. Even dogs make use of it – albeit when defecating. Continue reading...
Tags: Science, Animals, Neuroscience, UK News, World news, US news, Earth


83 Gargantuan Black Holes Spotted Guzzling Down Dinner at the Edge of the Universe

Astronomers have discovered 83 supermassive black holes birthed by the universe in its infancy.More precisely, the researchers have detected quasars, or huge, luminous disks of gases and dust that surround supermassive black holes. (The black holes themselves emit no light or energy, of course, though friction from the matter that swirls around and ultimately into a black hole's "mouth" does spit out immense light.) The quasars and their central black holes are 13 billion light-years away fr...
Tags: Japan, Science, Earth, Hawaii, Stephen Hawking, Mauna Kea, Subaru Telescope, Astrophysical Journal Letters, Matsuoka, National Astronomical Observatory of Japan, Ehime University, Yoshiki Matsuoka


Early Earth's Spin Helped Shape Its Molten Magma Ocean

The early Earth was an infernal place: hot, roiling, rapidly rotating and bombarded by space debris, including a Mars-size body whose impact created the moon.That same impact also turned the entire surface of the newly formed Earth into a molten magma ocean. Now, new research finds that the rapid spin of the planet may have influenced how this molten sea cooled.The speed of the Earth's rotation may have affected where the mineral silicate crystallized and settled as the magma ocean solidifie...
Tags: Science, Germany, Earth, North, Mount Everest, Maas, Earth and Planetary Science Letters, University of Münster, Ocean Hidden Beneath Earth, Molten Magma Ocean, Christian Maas


Branson-backed OneWeb lands $1.25bn to provide global internet coverage from space

Sir Richard Branson-backedOneWeb has raised $1.25bn in new funding to help it develop a space-based worldwide internet system. SoftBank, Grupo Salinas, Qualcomm and the Government of Rwanda led the latest round, taking the  seven-year-old startup's total funds to $3.4bn. OneWeb, founded in 2012 in the US and now headquartered in London, hopes to bring internet connectivity to the most rural parts of the world by establishing a network of hundreds of satellites in space. The company’s recent ...
Tags: Spacex, Elon Musk, Florida, Science, London, US, Earth, Richard Branson, Airbus, Richard, Branson, Rwanda, Greg Wyler, SoftBank Grupo Salinas Qualcomm


NASA administrator Bridenstine wants everyone to know he still has faith in the SLS

Well, that certainly didn't take long! Just a day after NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine alluded to the possibility of flying the new Orion crew capsule's first experimental trip around the Moon using a pair of commercial rockets instead of NASA's own Space Launch System which is still in development, he's issued a new statement assuring everyone that the SLS is still a major part of NASA's future.In a new memo sent to all NASA employees and contractors, Bridenstine clarifi...
Tags: Science, Nasa, Earth, Orion, Jim Bridenstine, Bridenstine


Here's a running list of all the ways climate change has altered Earth in 2019

Earth is now the warmest it's been in some 120,000 years. Eighteen of the last 19 years have been the warmest on record. And concentrations of carbon dioxide -- a potent greenhouse gas -- are likely the highest they've been in 15 million years. The consequences of such a globally-disrupted climate are many, and it's understandably difficult to keep track. To help, here's a list of climate-relevant news that has transpired in 2019, from historically unprecedented disappearances of...
Tags: Texas, Science, California, Washington, White House, China, India, New York City, Nasa, Earth, Afghanistan, United States, Harvard University, International Space Station, House, Antarctica


What's the Closest Planet to the Earth? It's Not the One You Think

A new calculation provides a new way to think about our solar system.
Tags: Science, Earth


Tropical Tectonic Collisions May Have Unleashed Ancient Ice Ages

Massive tectonic collisions in the tropics may have caused Earth's last three great ice ages.Before each of these ice ages, new research finds, collisions between continents and island arcs built long chains of mountains in the tropical latitudes. These mountains may have set the stage for a cooling climate: As they eroded into the seas, they would have altered the chemistry of the ocean so that it could have absorbed more carbon from the atmosphere. Because atmospheric carbon traps heat, le...
Tags: Science, Earth, Miami, Continental, Antarctic, National Science Foundation, Massachusetts Institute Of Technology, Oliver Jagoutz, Permo, Jagoutz, Ways the Earth Changes


The ocean keeps gulping up a colossal amount of CO2 from the air, but will it last?

The ocean has proved to be an exceptionally selfless and dependable planetary companion. With no benefit to itself, Earth's vast sea has gulped up around 30 percent of the carbon dioxide humans emitted into Earth's atmosphere over the last century. Critically, scientists have now confirmed that the ocean in recent decades has continued its steadfast rate of CO2 absorption, rather than letting the potent greenhouse gas further saturate the skies. Their research, published Thursday in the ...
Tags: Science, Nasa, Earth, Marine, Alaska, Hawaii, Great Barrier Reef, University of Washington, Deutsch, Willis, National Center for Atmospheric Research, Mathis, Matthew Long, Josh Willis, Curtis Deutsch, Jeremy Mathis


Watch the crew of 2018’s failed Soyuz launch blast off again live right here

When Astronaut Nick Hague and cosmonaut Alexey Ovchinin were last strapped into a Russian-made Soyuz spacecraft in late 2018, things didn't exactly go as planned. A last-second abort sent the pair careening back towards Earth, which is obviously not where they intended to end up. Today, they'll get a second chance.Both Hague and Ovchinin will once again be perched atop a Russian rocket as it speeds into space, and this time they'll be joined by Hague's colleague, fellow NASA astr...
Tags: Science, Russia, Nasa, Earth, International Space Station, Hague, Christina Koch, Alexey Ovchinin, Ovchinin, Nick Hague, Both Hague, Earth Everyone


Mercury, Not Venus, Is the Closest Planet to Earth

A team of scientists just demonstrated something that might shock you: Mercury, not Venus, is the closest planet to Earth on average.Read more...
Tags: Astronomy, Science, Earth, Physics, Planets, Venus, Mercury, Planetary Science, The Best Planet


Earth at 2°C hotter will be horrific. Now here’s what 4°C will look like.

The best-case scenario of climate change is that world gets just 2°C hotter, which scientists call the "threshold of catastrophe".Why is that the good news? Because if humans don't change course now, the planet is on a trajectory to reach 4°C at the end of this century, which would bring $600 trillion in global climate damages, double the warfare, and a refugee crisis 100x worse than the Syrian exodus.David Wallace-Wells explains what would happen at an 8°C and even 13°C increase. These predict...
Tags: Death, Science, Climate Change, Future, War, Earth, Innovation, Refugees, Fear, Natural Disaster, David Wallace Wells


U.K. Royal Mint honors Stephen Hawking on new 50p coin

Stephen Hawking, cosmologist, theoretical physicist and popular science educator, died on March 14, 2018.The Royal Mint is celebrating his work and life with a collector's coin that's selling for 10 pounds.Hawking's younger son said he imagined his dad reacting to the news with "one of his huge, wide smiles." None The U.K. Royal Mint has issued a 50-pence coin commemorating the late physicist Stephen Hawking, who died nearly one year ago at age 76. The collector's coin, which is selling online f...
Tags: Space, Science, Money, Earth, Physics, Innovation, Stephen Hawking, Charles Darwin, Isaac Newton, Tim, Ellis, Cosmos, U K Royal Mint, Lucy Hawking Stephen Hawking, Edwina Ellis, Tim Hawking Stephen


Crew of last year’s failed Soyuz rocket will try again tomorrow

It seems like only yesterday the world watched as a Russian Soyuz rocket experienced a last-second launch abort that sent NASA astronaut Nick Hague and cosmonaut Alexey Ovchinin careening back down to Earth. Both men survived the ordeal with little more than rattled nerves and now, five months later, they're ready to try again.The launch has been schedule for Thursday, March 14th, at 3:14 p.m. EDT, and the two men who had their plans for a trip to the International Space Station cut abruptly...
Tags: Science, Russia, Nasa, Earth, International Space Station, Koch, Hague, Christina Koch, Alexey Ovchinin, Ovchinin, Nick Hague, Hague Koch, ISS Expeditions


The Atlantic Ocean is rising and 11-year-old Levi is worried

Levi Draheim is an 11-year-old kid who lives on a barrier island separating the coast of Florida from the Atlantic Ocean. "I don't even know if the Earth is going to be around when I'm older at the rate that we're going," Levi told AFP in a phone interview before his swim class in Indian Harbour Beach, just south of Cape Canaveral. Levi is the youngest of 21 plaintiffs in legal action launched in 2015 by two associations, Our Children's Trust and Earth Guardians, against the US government -- a...
Tags: Florida, Science, US, Earth, Levi, Atlantic Ocean, Afp, Levi Draheim, Indian Harbour Beach, Cape Canaveral Levi



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