Science


A comet is visible this month: NASA has these tips for skywatchers A comet is visible this month: NASA has these tips for skywatchers
- July 09, 2020

Astronaut Bob Behnken shared several pictures of the comet captured by the ISS camera, which are now being shared widely on social media. And after brushing the sun, NEOWISE has brightened to a level equivalent to the stars in the Big Dipper, making it one of the few comets of the 21st century that is visible to the unaided eye, and also one of the rare few with a long, visible tail. (more...)
Dinosaur ancestors 'may have been tiny' Dinosaur ancestors 'may have been tiny'
- July 08, 2020

And no, there's no reference to plastic figures that we all liked to play with when we were kids. The evidence comes from a newly described fossil relative found on Madagascar that lived some 237 million years ago and stood just 10cm tall. (more...)
An Italian glacier is turning pink due to ice-melting algae An Italian glacier is turning pink due to ice-melting algae
- July 07, 2020

Citizens and tourists in Italy were surprised by the appearance of pink glacial ice in the Alps, a phenomenon that is usually caused by algae that speed up climate change. Now, the algae darken the ice to an extent that it absorbs heat and makes it melt easily. More of these organisms will appear when the ice melts more quickly, providing air and water, as well as adding the color to the white-coated alps at Passo Gavia. (more...)
Independence Day Eclipse: Watch This Weekend's Penumbral Lunar Eclipse Independence Day Eclipse: Watch This Weekend's Penumbral Lunar Eclipse
- July 07, 2020

What is a total lunar eclipse? The eclipse will be visible from all of North America. July is going to be a busy month for stargazers, with everything from a lunar eclipse this weekend to a double meteor shower at the end of the month. (more...)
NASA postpones historic SpaceX rocket launch on bad weather NASA postpones historic SpaceX rocket launch on bad weather
- July 07, 2020

This mission marks the first time since the retirement of the space shuttle in 2011 that humans will fly to the space station from USA soil. More than two years behind schedule , SpaceX is nevertheless delivering the Crew Dragon spacecraft and launch system for roughly $2.6bn, while Boeing has taken in some $4.2bn for its troubled Starliner effort. (more...)
U.S. launch service provider fails to deploy satellites U.S. launch service provider fails to deploy satellites
- July 07, 2020

The unfortunate event led to the loss of seven satellites aboard the rocket. It has also started testing out methods to re-use the first stage of its rocket by collecting it in midair with a helicopter, and is exploring other recycling techniques involving parachutes and soft landings in the ocean. (more...)
Court Rules Dakota Access Pipeline Must Be Emptied For Now Court Rules Dakota Access Pipeline Must Be Emptied For Now
- July 06, 2020

The latest legal decision comes amid a wave of successful challenges by environmental groups that have blocked permits for at least three major pipeline projects this year in U.S. "I'm not quite sure what they're cheering except for perhaps the loss of jobs all throughout America", U.S. Energy Secretary Dan Brouillette said during an interview on Fox Business Network. (more...)
Eclipse 2020: When is the next Full Moon? Eclipse 2020: When is the next Full Moon?
- July 06, 2020

ET, with peak darkening taking place just right after midnight. During a total lunar eclipse, the Full Moon passes right through the middle of the darkest part of the shadow (the umbra), which turns it a dusky red colour. Jupiter will top the triangle, with Earth's moon at the bottom right and Saturn toward the bottom left of the triangle. It also coincides with the US Independence Day which is good news for US residents as they are among the people who will get to witness this celestial ... (more...)
NOAA: 40% Chance Tropical Cyclone Forms Near Florida NOAA: 40% Chance Tropical Cyclone Forms Near Florida
- July 06, 2020

Recent satellite and radar observations indicate that a small low-pressure system has formed within a broader area of low pressure near the northern Gulf Coast (marked with an orange "X"). There is still a chance for the tropical depression to organize into a tropical storm, which would give it the name Edouard. "(The) current earliest fifth named storm formation on record in the Atlantic is Emily on July 12 in 2005". (more...)
Satellite-carrying rocket ‘lost’ after New Zealand launch Satellite-carrying rocket ‘lost’ after New Zealand launch
- July 05, 2020

Mr Beck apologised on Twitter this morning, saying he was "incredibly sorry that we failed to deliver our customers satellites today". "The issue occurred late in the flight during the 2nd stage burn". "The financial loss here is generally covered from our customers by insurance", Beck said. "We won't put another vehicle into the sky until we are really, really happy, and we have got thousands and thousands of channels of data to trawl through to figure out route cause and make any ... (more...)
A scientific measure of dog years A scientific measure of dog years
- July 05, 2020

Further down the line, the researchers say, this new method could help test anti-ageing treatments, as well as giving us a better understanding of how pooches grow up and get older. These are modifications that do not change the DNA sequence but can toggle genes on or off. Ideker considers these marks like wrinkles in the genome. (more...)
Mississippi's Flag Is History Mississippi's Flag Is History
- July 04, 2020

The removal of the flag came after the Mississippi Legislature voted to take down the flag and create a commission that will be responsible for creating a new design for Mississippians to vote on in November. Flags were raised a final time over the state Capitol domes on Wednesday afternoon. A groundswell of young activists, college athletes and leaders from business, religion, education and sports called on MS to make this change, finally providing the momentum for legislators to vote. (more...)
New PS5 Games To Feature 'Indie' Themes, Sony Confirms New PS5 Games To Feature 'Indie' Themes, Sony Confirms
- July 04, 2020

In fact, it may be that such announcements and marketing might be the main drive, visibly at least, for the new branding. Yoshida explained that PlayStation Indies is meant to "spotlight and support the best of the best indie games being published on PlayStation and the entire indie community as a whole". (more...)
Aboriginal artefacts reveal first ancient underwater archaeological sites in Australia Aboriginal artefacts reveal first ancient underwater archaeological sites in Australia
- July 04, 2020

In Cape Bruguieres Channel, divers identified 269 artefacts dating to at least 7,000 years old, and a single artefact was identified in a freshwater spring in Flying Foam Passage, dated to at least 8,500 years old. That land would have been owned and lived on by generations of Aboriginal people . This site is estimated to be at least 8,500 years old. Based on these findings, Professor Ulm said the research team is confident that many other submerged sites will be found in the years to come, ... (more...)
Astronomers finally get to see what's inside a gas giant planet Astronomers finally get to see what's inside a gas giant planet
- July 03, 2020

Neptune-sized planet may be remnant core of a much larger planet. "Although photoevaporation charges cannot account for the mass decline needed to minimize a Jupiter-like gas giant , they can take out a compact (a number of Earth masses) hydrogen and helium envelope on timescales of a number of billion years, implying that any remaining atmosphere on TOI-849b is most likely to be enriched by water or other volatiles from the planetary interior". (more...)
NASA pushes back Mars rover again, citing 'launch vehicle processing delays' NASA pushes back Mars rover again, citing 'launch vehicle processing delays'
- July 03, 2020

The Tianwen-1 Mars rover is scheduled to blast off from Hainan island, off China's south coast, between July 20 - 25, according to the Xichang Satellite Launch Centre. One of NASA's ambitious missions includes sending astronauts to Mars, with the launch taking off from the Moon. As well as the pressure to meet the relatively tight launch window, there are other significant challenges involved in preparing for a mission to Mars. (more...)
Golden State Killer Pleads Guilty to 13 Murders Golden State Killer Pleads Guilty to 13 Murders
- July 03, 2020

In addition, Paul Haynes , who helped McNamara with her research into the Golden State Killer , shared , "There's something richly poetic in the image of Joseph DeAngelo, who committed all his crimes while wearing a mask to hide his face, admitting guilt while wearing a mask that's transparent". (more...)
How to watch this weekend's shadowy Penumbral Lunar Eclipse How to watch this weekend's shadowy Penumbral Lunar Eclipse
- July 03, 2020

The third lunar eclipse of the year will occur on July 5. When this happens, the earth blocks the sunlight that normally is reflected by the moon. This will be a penumbral lunar eclipse , which will begin at 8:37 AM IST according to timeanddate.com and will end at 11:22 AM IST. (more...)
Democratic panel to float climate plan ahead of November election Democratic panel to float climate plan ahead of November election
- July 03, 2020

None of the Republicans on the select committee endorsed the plan and it was unclear Tuesday whether committee Republican will issue a counter report . Similarly to the Green New Deal , it calls for regulations on everything from infrastructure to updated building codes to increase energy efficiency. (more...)
South Pole warming three times faster than rest of Earth South Pole warming three times faster than rest of Earth
- July 02, 2020

Researchers in the United States, New Zealand and Britain while analysing weather data of the past 60 years concluded that the South Pole was experiencing "accelerated warming". Is the local weather crisis to blame? The team said the cold period is to a natural climate pattern that occurs in cycles of 20 to 30 years. Then the trend flipped quickly "and all of a unexpected we have approximately 2 levels of warming at the switch of the century", Clem said. (more...)

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