Science


Trump says may attend SpaceX manned rocket launch Trump says may attend SpaceX manned rocket launch
- May 23, 2020

SpaceX ran into trouble during Crew Dragon testing, including a series of failed parachute tests and the fiery disintegration in April 2019 of one Crew Dragon vehicle during a test of the capsule's launch-abort engines, an escape system not needed on the crewless model. (more...)
Iron Man VR demo out now, PlayStation VR bundles incoming Iron Man VR demo out now, PlayStation VR bundles incoming
- May 22, 2020

Pre-orders start today. A demo featuring multiple playable missions is hitting PlayStation 4 today, and giving it a shot will net you the exclusive "Molten Lava Armor Deco" for use in the full release. A demo for Marvel's Iron Man VR is now available for PlayStation VR via the PlayStation Store , publisher Sony Interactive Entertainment and developer Camouflaj announced . (more...)
China to take strict steps against the sale of wild animal meat China to take strict steps against the sale of wild animal meat
- May 22, 2020

Wuhan , located in Hubei province, is a city of around 11 million people. The wet markets had been banned back in March, but evidence came out that they were continuing to operate. The initial rollout covers 14 species of farmed wildlife and offers farmers subsidies for each species, such as $88 per porcupine; $84 per civet cat; $17 per kilogram of cobra, king rattle, or rat snakes; $10 per kilogram of bamboo rat; $53 per wild goose; and $346 per Chinese muntjac deer. (more...)
Renewable energy will show Renewable energy will show "resilience" to coronavirus pandemic
- May 22, 2020

Growth for 2020 and 2021 combined is expected to be 10% lower than the IEA had previously forecast before the coronavirus outbreak. Meanwhile, both the United States and China are expected to boost their renewable capacity this year and next, as firms rush to complete projects before the expiry of government incentives. (more...)
NASA’s head of human spaceflight steps down citing ‘mistake’ NASA’s head of human spaceflight steps down citing ‘mistake’
- May 22, 2020

The astronauts that will fly in this historic launch will be Joint Operations Commander Bob Behnken and Spacecraft Commander Doug Hurley both have prior experience in the military and have flown on the Space Shuttle. SpaceX and NASA are inviting graduating students from around the world to submit a photo that will be printed and assembled in a mosaic that will go to space. (more...)
Climate change is turning Antarctica green, study finds Climate change is turning Antarctica green, study finds
- May 22, 2020

Researcher Andrew Gray geo-tagging snow algae blooming on Anchorage Island, near Davis Station, Antarctica . In photos shared by the university team, the typically crisp white landscapes are tinted green by new algae growth, which they believe could create a source of nutrition for other species, their research says. (more...)
Wuhan Bans Hunting and Eating Wild Animals Amid COVID-19 Pandemic Wuhan Bans Hunting and Eating Wild Animals Amid COVID-19 Pandemic
- May 22, 2020

To mitigate the ban's effect on the farmers who breed wildlife animals, the authorities in Wuhan are providing them with cash, CBS reported . The only exception for hunting would be for "scientific research, population regulation, monitoring of epidemic diseases and other special circumstances", the report said. (more...)
Astronomers spot first potential evidence of new planet being born Astronomers spot first potential evidence of new planet being born
- May 21, 2020

When new planets form, these clumps of material create wave-like perturbations in the gas- and dust-filled disk around a star , "somewhat like the wake of a boat on a lake", Di Folco said. Gas and dust first form the star and what remains forms the planets. An worldwide team of astronomers led by Anthony Boccaletti of the Observatoire de Paris has found what may be the first images of a planet being born. (more...)
Carbon Emissions Fall by the Most in History During Coronavirus Pandemic Carbon Emissions Fall by the Most in History During Coronavirus Pandemic
- May 21, 2020

Early indications of the global impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic show a dramatic fall in global greenhouse gas emissions, and particularly in transport as the shift to working from home drive and the cut-back in worldwide travel delivered massive cuts in transport emissions. (more...)
Tropical Storm Arthur hits North Carolina coast with rain Tropical Storm Arthur hits North Carolina coast with rain
- May 21, 2020

Tropical Storm Arthur moved out to sea Monday after dumping heavy rain on North Carolina as forecasters warned that the first named storm of the Atlantic hurricane season could continue to whip risky surf and rip currents for another day or more along the U.S. (more...)
Astronauts arriving for NASA’s 1st home launch in decade Astronauts arriving for NASA’s 1st home launch in decade
- May 21, 2020

If all goes well, NASA and SpaceX will be sending a crewed mission next month to the International Space Station (ISS). (Peruvian time), this mission marks the first astronaut flight fully organized by the United States since the last launch of the space shuttle on July 8, 2011. (more...)
Carmel to conduct antibody testing for city employees Carmel to conduct antibody testing for city employees
- May 21, 2020

Most experts think that gives people some protection from the virus. A new test to determine if someone has been infected with coronavirus has been released onto the market. COVID-19 has affected much of the world for many months and has resulted in collapses of medical systems, business shutdowns, and stay-at-home lockdowns. (more...)
Patients Who Test Positive Again Don't Share Virus — Korea CDC Patients Who Test Positive Again Don't Share Virus — Korea CDC
- May 20, 2020

In a reminder that returning to normalcy won't be easy, students in some schools near Seoul were quickly asked to leave and return home after two students were found to have contracted the virus. Signs that read "No outsiders are allowed to enter the school premises" were set up. "I am here to see students returning to school while praying that there won't be any coronavirus patients among our students in 2,200 schools" in Seoul, Cho told reporters. (more...)
US military's mystery space plane rockets back into orbit US military's mystery space plane rockets back into orbit
- May 20, 2020

Saturday's launch marked the start of the X-37B's sixth mission, which will involve more experiments than any previous mission thanks to a new service module added to the aft of the vehicle. The X-37B will also host two National Aeronautics and Space Administration experiments that will study how seeds used for food products are impacted by the effects of radiation and the space environment. (more...)
NASA human spaceflight head Loverro leaves agency NASA human spaceflight head Loverro leaves agency
- May 20, 2020

William Gerstenmaier, a NASA veteran who had held the position since 2005, was reassigned to a special adviser role in July 2019, reportedly amid internal tension over whether he was trying to delay the White House's efforts to kill Gateway, a planned Moon-orbiting space station that would serve as a launching point for lunar operations. (more...)
Vladimir Putin’s spokesman in hospital with coronavirus Vladimir Putin’s spokesman in hospital with coronavirus
- May 20, 2020

Since early in the outbreak, the Russian president minimized meetings and switched to holding daily video calls with Cabinet members and aides. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov says he is now hospitalized with COVID-19 - a revelation that came as Russian Federation hopes to emerge from a shutdown despite a spike in new cases. (more...)
Tropical Storm Arthur Crawls Closer to North Carolina Coast Tropical Storm Arthur Crawls Closer to North Carolina Coast
- May 20, 2020

Okulski said Horry County and the Grand Strand area face the greatest chance of bands of showers caused by Tropical Storm Arthur . The warning was issued for an expanse of coastline extending from Surf City to Duck, N.C., and the Pamlico and Albemarle Sounds. (more...)
Military spaceplane live for its sixth mission Military spaceplane live for its sixth mission
- May 19, 2020

The most recent mission ended in October 2019, after 780 days in orbit, bringing the X-37B programme's time in space to more than seven years. Space Force propelled the Boeing-built space plane atop a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket from Launch Complex 41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, which is adjacent to Kennedy Space Center. (more...)
Mars Once Had a lot more Water than Scientists Thought Mars Once Had a lot more Water than Scientists Thought
- May 19, 2020

Each of these cones has a small crater on top of them. "In other words, there must be, or must have been, a kind of aquifer containing liquid water to mobilize the fine-grained sediments and bring them to the surface of Mars". Eventually, he came around to the idea, and that led him to wonder how mud - if it really does spew from the ground on Mars - would behave in the extreme cold and low-pressure conditions that persist there. (more...)
Tropical Storm Arthur becomes the first Atlantic-named storm in 2020 Tropical Storm Arthur becomes the first Atlantic-named storm in 2020
- May 19, 2020

The strongest winds will arrive early Monday and persist through Monday afternoon before diminishing later in the day. Tropical Storm Arthur is getting closer to the North Carolina coast. The timing of Arthur coincided with North Carolina's first phase of its reopening strategy amid the coronavirus pandemic. While some strengthening is forecast during the next 24 hours, Arthur is likely to lose its tropical characteristics beginning late tonight or Tuesday. (more...)

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