Science


February's Supermoon could be year's biggest and brightest
- February 18, 2019

Tuesday, according to NASA . According to USA Today , because of the time of year in the U.S., the event is called the snow moon, a Native American nickname to the monthly events, like harvest moon for September and strawberry moon in June and sturgeon moon in August, giving it the full name Super Snow Moon. (more...)
Trudeau Says Wilson-Raybould’s Move Due to Brison’s Resignation Trudeau Says Wilson-Raybould’s Move Due to Brison’s Resignation
- February 18, 2019

When she resigned from her post as Veterans Affairs Minister, she announced that she had hired Supreme Court justice Thomas Cromwell to advise her what topics she's legally able to discuss. "What's clear after the Justice Committee meeting is that the Liberals have no interest in finding the truth and are only interested in helping the Prime Minister cover this up". (more...)
New Race for the Moon Could Set Record This Year New Race for the Moon Could Set Record This Year
- February 18, 2019

The community of researchers and engineers involved in the program were in mourning over the passing of the rover, known affectionately as Oppy. Two robot rovers, Opportunity , (aka "Oppy"), and Spirit , took a long trip to Mars, arriving in January 2004. (more...)
Possible second impact crater under Greenland ice found Possible second impact crater under Greenland ice found
- February 14, 2019

Interestingly, the first subglacial impact crater buried under Greenland's Hiawatha Glacier which was discovered in November 2018 is located just 183 kilometers away from the new site. There are many more crater-shaped features on Earth than there are actual craters formed by meteorites slamming into the planet. "On the whole, the evidence we've assembled indicates that this new structure is very likely an impact crater, but presently it looks unlikely to be a twin with Hiawatha". (more...)
Mars Opportunity Rover Mission is Complete Mars Opportunity Rover Mission is Complete
- February 13, 2019

The agency will have made one final attempt to contact its Opportunity Rover late last night US time (Tuesday), eight months after the spacecraft last made contact. In the end, Opportunity set endurance and distance records that could stand for years, if not decades. Engineers speculate the rover's internal clock may have become scrambled during the prolonged outage, disrupting the rover's sleep cycle and draining on-board batteries. (more...)
Mars One Is Bankrupt And Down For The Count Mars One Is Bankrupt And Down For The Count
- February 13, 2019

Mars One CEO Bas Lansdorp says the Dutch non-profit Mars One Foundation is not affected by the bankruptcy proceedings. Among its critics are MIT researchers, who said the plan would simply kill off all the Mars settlers. The total debts of Mars One amount to CHF 1.1 million (approximately € 1 million). Experts have speculated that a mission to Mars could possibly cost hundreds of billions of dollars. (more...)
New images of the distant Ultima Thule object have surprised scientists New images of the distant Ultima Thule object have surprised scientists
- February 11, 2019

NASA's NewHorizons flew past Ultima Thule , an object located in a region of primordial objects 1 billion miles past Pluto. New data sent back to Earth has meant they'll need to rework our understanding about the shape of 2014 MU69 (aka Ultima Thule ). (more...)
Democrats in Congress propose sweeping Green New Deal Democrats in Congress propose sweeping Green New Deal
- February 11, 2019

The new plan was advanced last Thursday at a press conference by freshman Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-New York) and Sen. Ocasio-Cortez's office released the resolution to reporters on Wednesday night with a separate FAQ document that seemed to contradict some aspects of the resolution, including taking stances on nuclear energy and farming emissions that didn't appear in the official document. (more...)
What is the mysterious dark vortex NASA has just found on Neptune? What is the mysterious dark vortex NASA has just found on Neptune?
- February 10, 2019

Hubble , which captured these pictures during its routine checkup of the two planets , detected a mysterious dark storm on Neptune and a storm circling Uranus' north polar region. Now the gas giant's strongest storm, which also holds the record for the longest storm of this type, is the Great Red Spot, which scientists believe has raged for at least 400 years. (more...)
Tokyo Olympic Games medals to be made from recycled electronic waste Tokyo Olympic Games medals to be made from recycled electronic waste
- February 10, 2019

India last won a gold medal in the Olympics during the 2008 games in Beijing. Almost 50,000 tons of devices, including cameras, games consoles and laptops , plus more than five million smartphones , were collected for the Old Metals New Medals project across Japan over 18 months since it opened. (more...)
Trudeau denies his office 'directed' Jody Wilson-Raybould to help SNC-Lavalin Trudeau denies his office 'directed' Jody Wilson-Raybould to help SNC-Lavalin
- February 10, 2019

Trudeau has called the allegation false, saying nobody in his office gave direction on the case to Wilson-Raybould. McLeod said MPs were "puzzled" when Trudeau shuffled Wilson-Raybould to Veterans Affairs. "If he continues to fail to be transparent with Canadians, Conservatives will make every effort and explore every option to make sure Justin Trudeau and his office are held accountable". (more...)
Confirming Long-Term Trend, 2018 Was Fourth Warmest Year on Record
- February 09, 2019

The Earth's temperature in 2018 was more than one degree Celsius, or 1.8 degrees Fahrenheit, above the average temperature of the late 19th century, when humans started pumping large amounts of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. NASA and NOAA independently monitor the Earth's surface temperatures and changes based on observations of both land areas and oceans, using a network of satellites scattered in Earth orbit. (more...)
SpaceX, Boeing Commercial Crew flights delayed by NASA (again) SpaceX, Boeing Commercial Crew flights delayed by NASA (again)
- February 09, 2019

NASA and SpaceX are now aiming for a March debut of the first capsule from a private company created to fly astronauts to the International Space Station. "There still are many critical steps to complete before launch and while we eagerly are anticipating these launches, we will step through our test flight preparations and readiness reviews", explained CCP manager Kathy Lueders. (more...)
Mars rover named after DNA pioneer Rosalind Franklin Mars rover named after DNA pioneer Rosalind Franklin
- February 09, 2019

In the wake of WWII, Franklin moved to Paris and studied x-ray crystallography , also known as x-ray diffraction analysis, which can pinpoint the position of atoms in a crystal. "The European Space Agency is a real asset to the work - the United Kingdom is a proud founding member and will remain committed into the future", he said. (more...)
MYSTERY as NASA's 'WALL-E' and 'EVE' Go Silent After Passing Mars MYSTERY as NASA's 'WALL-E' and 'EVE' Go Silent After Passing Mars
- February 09, 2019

They were the great experiment accompanying the InSight mission , and their success was measured by survival, according to NASA . NASA, meanwhile, is still trying to contact the Mars lander Opportunity, silenced last June by a global dust storm that prevented sunlight from reaching its solar panels. (more...)
2018 was fourth hottest year on record due to global warming 2018 was fourth hottest year on record due to global warming
- February 08, 2019

NASA declared Wednesday that 2018 was the fourth-hottest year in 139 years of records as average global temperatures rose alongside surging fossil fuel emissions. NOAA said the average temperature for the contiguous U.S. in 2018 was 53.5 degrees Fahrenheit, making it a warmer-than-average year for the 22nd year in a row. (more...)
Pelosi Stops Short of Endorsing Ocasio-Cortez’s ‘Green New Deal’ Pelosi Stops Short of Endorsing Ocasio-Cortez’s ‘Green New Deal’
- February 07, 2019

The resolution introduced by Ocasio-Cortez and Massachusetts Sen. "The public is much more aware of the challenge that we face and that is a good thing", Pelosi, a California Democrat, said. But the base of the party sees the proposal as a way for its leaders to capitalize on its new power in Washington. The freshman congresswoman made the remarks alongside fellow Democratic Reps. (more...)
First 3D map of Milky Way reveals warped galaxy First 3D map of Milky Way reveals warped galaxy
- February 07, 2019

Astronomers looked at data from the WISE survey of infrared stars and noted that it contained a large sample of Cepheids . Burning their fuel quickly, those pulsating stars that live fast and die young are 100,000 times brighter than the Sun. (more...)
Nissan sparks Brexit shockwaves through U.K. auto sector Nissan sparks Brexit shockwaves through U.K. auto sector
- February 07, 2019

At the time, the government would not reveal what it had said in a letter to Nissan , but denied that financial incentives had been offered. "It will be a critical priority of our negotiation to support United Kingdom vehicle manufacturers and ensure that their ability to export to and from the European Union is not adversely affected by the U.K.'s future relationship with the European Union", he said. (more...)
Check your compass: The North pole is on the move Check your compass: The North pole is on the move
- February 06, 2019

Magnetic north is now moving more than 34 miles per year , up from just seven miles throughout the mid 1900s. It crossed the worldwide date line in 2017, and is leaving the Canadian Arctic on its way to Siberia. For example, airport runway names are based on their direction toward magnetic north and their names change when the poles move. The origin of Earth's magnetism lies in its outer core, a more than 2,000-km layer of liquid iron and some other metals like nickel, that surrounds the ... (more...)

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