Science


Boeing CST-100 Starliner takes a big step towards launch Boeing CST-100 Starliner takes a big step towards launch
- November 23, 2019

Relying on Soyuz vehicles to take crew to and from the ISS has been something of a bugbear for NASA and so for the past decade the USA space agency has been promoting its Commercial Crew program and enlisting the help of American space firms to end their dependence on Russian Federation. (more...)
'Unicorn meteor storm' could be triggered by mysterious comet tonight
- November 23, 2019

The American Meteor Society said spectators in eastern North America, western Europe and northwestern Africa are in prime areas to see the presentation. "The 1925 and 1935 outbursts reached even the level of a meteor storm with [zenithal hourly rates] of over 1000", Jenniskens and Lyytinen wrote. The astronomers recommend that people begin observing the sky an hour before the predicted time, in case the shower begins early. (more...)
Human Brain Genes to Make Monkeys Smarter Human Brain Genes to Make Monkeys Smarter
- November 23, 2019

The results suggest that the macaques performed better on short-term memory tasks than their unmodified peers and their brains developed over a longer period of time, which is typical of human development. The monkeys underwent memory tests requiring them to remember colours and shapes on a screen, and were subjected to MRI scans. " You just go to the Planet of the Apes immediately in the popular imagination ", bioethicist at University of Colorado, Jacqueline Glover, said while speaking ... (more...)
First global geologic map of Saturn's largest moon, Titan, completed First global geologic map of Saturn's largest moon, Titan, completed
- November 22, 2019

Interestingly, the data revealed that liquid on the surface of Titan, making it the only world in the Solar System besides Earth with the known formation of liquid. And for all that talk about Titan being " habitable " and "Earth-like", recent images from Cassini are proof of a mesmerising resemblance to our home planet that one simply can not deny. (more...)
What Time Is The Unicorn Meteor Shower Tonight In Florida?
- November 22, 2019

With its dreamy illuminations, the Geminids Meteor Shower will be visible in Florida skies this December & across the USA - here's what you need to know to see it. Skywatchers in the eastern US could enjoy a spectacular, but brief "unicorn meteor" shower on Thursday night. The Monoceros constellation, the unicorn, will be the center of attention on Thursday, November 21 as a meteor storm will be visible for only 15-45 minutes beginning at around 10:15 PM Central Time. (more...)
Some Asteroid With Sugar Started Life on Earth? Some Asteroid With Sugar Started Life on Earth?
- November 22, 2019

In other words, meteorites may have delivered more ribose to early Earth than deoxyribose , which may explain why RNA appeared before other genetic molecules. According to NASA, discovery has become another argument in favor of the hypothesis that life on Earth arose as a result of bombardment by asteroids. (more...)
Astronomers Detect Strongest Gamma-Ray Bursts Ever Recorded Astronomers Detect Strongest Gamma-Ray Bursts Ever Recorded
- November 22, 2019

After verifying that the GRB noticed emitted photons within the TeV vary, scientists realized the method used to clarify and mannequin these bursts couldn't account for such a excessive power. Shock waves that are created from such explosions accelerate electrons nearly to the speed of light and create magnetic fields. Both of its 17-meter telescopes automatically turned to the site of the fading burst. (more...)
‘Pokémon Sword & Shield’ had the best-selling launch of the series ‘Pokémon Sword & Shield’ had the best-selling launch of the series
- November 22, 2019

Nintendo has also seen a spike in the sales of Switch hardware, with over 180,000 consoles sold in Japan between November 11-17. With six million units sold, Sword & Shield are already the eighth best-selling Switch game (if treated as a single title). (more...)
SpaceX Starship pressure test blows up Musk's Mars rocket prototype SpaceX Starship pressure test blows up Musk's Mars rocket prototype
- November 22, 2019

Referring to the latest failed prototype, Musk stated: "This had some value as a manufacturing pathfinder , but flight design is quite different". LabPadre , a YouTube channel that provides a live feed of the Boca Chica test site, captured raw footage of the explosion, showing the top section of the rocket flying off into the sky and plummeting back to the ground. (more...)
Deforestation in Brazil's Amazon rainforest is highest since 2008 Deforestation in Brazil's Amazon rainforest is highest since 2008
- November 22, 2019

The rainforest lost 3,769 square miles of its vegetation between August 2018 and July 2019, INPE said - a 30% increase from the year-to-year rate prior and an 11-year high. Salles' recognition that deforestation is indeed on the rise comes after months of the government casting doubt on preliminary monthly data showing destruction was skyrocketing. (more...)
Data Shows We're Living Through Earth's Second Hottest Year on Record Data Shows We're Living Through Earth's Second Hottest Year on Record
- November 21, 2019

Today's forecast shows the greatest chance at 91 percent, while the most snow is expected on Sunday at 0.71 inches. The government agency noted that the average global land and ocean surface temperature last month was 1.76 degrees above the 20th-century average of 57.1 degrees Fahrenheit. (more...)
Initial Worldwide Geologic Map Of Saturn's Biggest Moon Titan Concluded Initial Worldwide Geologic Map Of Saturn's Biggest Moon Titan Concluded
- November 21, 2019

When NASA's Cassini orbiter spent over a decade orbiting Saturn, the planet at the core of its mission wasn't the only target of its observations. "Organics are very important for the possibility of life on Titan , which many of us think likely would have evolved in the liquid water ocean under Titan's icy crust", said planetary geologist Rosaly Lopes of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in California. (more...)
Weather Authority: Meteor Outburst Possible Thursday Night Weather Authority: Meteor Outburst Possible Thursday Night
- November 21, 2019

West Coast. Best viewing for this potential meteor outburst (also sometimes called a Unicorn Meteor Shower ) will be outside of city limits and away from lights, in addition to looking toward the east southeastern sky and just to the southwest of the Orion's Belt. (more...)
Listen to the eerie magnetic 'song' Earth sings during a solar storm Listen to the eerie magnetic 'song' Earth sings during a solar storm
- November 21, 2019

Then, above the atmosphere and biosphere , there's Earth's magnetic field , or magnetosphere , which protects both from harmful space radiation . It is a fast process, taking around 10 minutes from the wave being generated at the foreshock to its energy reaching the ground. The archive provides access to all data obtained during Cluster's ongoing mission over nearly two decades. (more...)
Scientists Find Water Vapor on Jupiter’s Moon Europa Scientists Find Water Vapor on Jupiter’s Moon Europa
- November 19, 2019

The team of researchers spotted sufficient water flooding from Europa to fill a swimming pool the size used in the Olympics, in just a few seconds. But no one has been able to confirm the presence of water in these plumes by directly measuring the water molecule itself. (more...)
Leonids Meteor Shower to Soon Light Up in The Sky Leonids Meteor Shower to Soon Light Up in The Sky
- November 18, 2019

The Leonids are amongst essentially the most spectacular of your total annual meteor showers which illuminate our skies as soon as a year. While we're not expected to see such a storm in 2019, Russian astronomer Mikhail Maslov is predicting possible "activity enhancements" Friday night and Saturday morning. (more...)
Curiosity rover reveals oxygen spikes on Mars Curiosity rover reveals oxygen spikes on Mars
- November 17, 2019

The orbiter's Compact Reconnaissance Imaging Spectrometer for Mars Instrument, called CRISM, was key to finding carbonates on the rim, according to the study published Tuesday in the journal Icarus . Concentrated in a "bathtub ring" around Jezero, these newly discovered carbonates may have been deposited by an ancient lake-and could be home to the preserved remains of microbial Martian life. (more...)
Chandrayaan-3: Second bid to land on Moon by November 2020 Chandrayaan-3: Second bid to land on Moon by November 2020
- November 16, 2019

The Indian Space Research Organisation ( ISRO ), which suffered heartbreak in its bid to land a probe on Moon , i.e Chandrayaan-2, in its first attempt in September, has started working on the next iteration of the project, tentatively called Chandrayaan-3, according to various reports . (more...)
Ohio State’s Chase Young suspended 2 games, will return for Penn State Ohio State’s Chase Young suspended 2 games, will return for Penn State
- November 16, 2019

But Young won't miss the November 23 game against Penn State, nor the regular season finale against MI. News broke about Young's suspension last Friday, and reports varied greatly about how long the end would be out. Young admitted he accepted a loan from a family friend and paid it back last summer. "I appreciate the expediency to which the NCAA reviewed and responded to our request for reinstatement", Smith said. (more...)
Leonid meteor shower lights up the sky this weekend Leonid meteor shower lights up the sky this weekend
- November 16, 2019

When the sky is dark and clear, moonless meteors are easier to see. Every 33 years, this comet visits the inner solar system and leaves a stream of dusty debris in its orbital track. For reference, the cream of the crop meteor showers, the Persieds and Geminids, typically produce about 60 meteors an hour, so this could truly be an event for the ages. (more...)

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