NASA’s new planet-hunting telescope, TESS (Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite), just found its first Earth-sized world. Though the Earth-sized planet, and its hot sub-Neptune companion, were first observed by TESS in January 2019, it’s taken until now to confirm their status with ground-based follow-up observations. The discovery is published in The Astrophysical Journal Letters. When TESS was
The Pacific Ocean off the California coast is mixed up, and so are many of the animals that live there. The violet, thumbnail-size snails washing up here in Horseshoe Cove have never been seen this far north. By-the-wind sailors, a tiny relative of warm-water jellyfish, sprinkle the tideline by the dozen. And in the tide
Meet what may be causing a Listeria outbreak. (Photo: Getty Images) Getty This is not just a bunch of baloney. It also isn’t simply cheesy. According to a new warning from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there is now a Listeria monocytogenes outbreak linked to deli-sliced meats and cheeses. As the CDC investigation notice from April
The WGS-11 satellite is being funded with money that Congress inserted into the fiscal year 2018 budget for satellites the Air Force never intended to buy. WASHINGTON — Boeing received a $605 million contract for the production of the Air Force’s 11th Wideband Global Satellite Communication satellite that Congress funded more than a year ago.
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Dr. James Bridges, aeronautics researcher at NASA’s Glenn Research Center in Cleveland, describes how chevrons, one of the most recent noise-reducing technologies shepherded through the research process by NASA, is making commercial jet engines quieter.
Boston Dynamics’ latest video of its four-legged robot, SpotMini, is just over a minute long. But that’s all the time it takes to impress upon viewers that the technology company has developed machines capable of pulling a full-size box truck up a slight incline. An individual SpotMini can carry 31 pounds, but the crew of
Kit Harington as Jon Snow and Emilia Clarke as Daenerys Targaryen in ‘Game of Thrones’ HBO According to science it’s not yet clear whether spoilers ruin our enjoyment of stories or even make us angry. Based on my own anecdotal evidence, I prefer to know as little as possible about a plot. If you’re like
COLORADO SPRINGS and FREMONT, Calif. – Rocket Lab is preparing to launch in late April three U.S. military satellites including the Army Harbinger mission as part of the Defense Department’s Rapid Agile Launch Initiative. Harbinger is designed to test whether an inexpensive commercial satellite equipped with a synthetic aperture radar can quickly deliver Earth imagery
On 22 March 2015, NASA’s Chandra X-ray observatory recorded a blip in its data. Not far from the southern constellation of Fornax, something brightened, then slowly faded away. Thanks to a new technique, now we know that blip was two neutron stars colliding, 6.6 billion light-years from Earth. We also know that when neutron stars
Scientists have developed a first-of-its-kind device that generates electricity from nothing other than the natural phenomenon of snowfall. Based upon the principles of the triboelectric effect, in which electrical charge is generated after two materials come into contact with one another, the researchers’ new technology exploits the fact that snow particles carry a positive electrical
Yale study graphic on climate change, Feb.,2019 Yale University A Yale University study reported this year that “Six in ten Americans are now either “Alarmed” or “Concerned” about global warming,” and that “the proportion of “Alarmed” more than doubled” in five years. However, only 38% are discussing it, according to the study. 70% said environmental protection was
WASHINGTON — The European Space Agency’s 22 member states agreed April 17 to a workaround to get Ariane 6 production in full swing despite a dearth of public sector launch contracts. ArianeGroup had reached an impasse with ESA, which is paying the Franco-German company to design and build the Ariane 6 rocket, after the number
In 1869, a Siberian called Dmitri Mendeleev presented a brand new version of the periodic table of elements to his peers at the Russian Chemical Society. He had tabulated the elements in order of their atomic weight, forming the basis for a fascinating chart that revealed patterns amongst the primary building blocks of matter. It’s been
Beresheet, the unlikely lander built with donations to a non-profit group, crashed into the Moon. But that doesn’t mean it wasn’t a historic accomplishment in its own way. Now SpaceIL, the non-profit behind Beresheet, wants to send another lander to the Moon. The Beresheet lander crashed into the Moon last week, on its final descent.
After years of chastising us for failing to safely eject USB drives from computers, Microsoft has done the unthinkable: finally acknowledging it’s okay to yank that sucker out and live your best life. Ever since USB drives became a thing, the Windows maker has warned and admonished computer users for not safely removing external hardware
Share to facebook Share to twitter Share to linkedin Different day, same black hole. EHT Collaboration Everybody loves black holes. They’re kind of scary. They do weird things to the fabric of space-time. They will completely and totally obliterate you should you happen to fall into one. And they have a really awesome name that’s also
WASHINGTON — Fleet operator Intelsat said its first high-throughput satellite, Intelsat-29e, is a “total loss” after attempts to save the malfunctioning satellite proved unsuccessful. Intelsat-29e suffered a fuel leak April 7 after just three years in geostationary orbit. Most geostationary communications satellites last 15 years if not longer. After the fuel leak, a subsequent problem
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The Mayan calendar explained! The world is safe from rogue planets, solar flares and other imagined calamities! Watch this NOW to learn why NASA Science says you’ll be here Dec. 22 to view it again! Visit http://science.nasa.gov/ for breaking science news.
The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has entered into an agreement with Blue Origin to let the Jeff Bezos-owned private space company use a historic test stand for rocket engine test. As per the deal, Blue Origin will upgrade and refurbish Test Stand 4670, at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Centre in Huntsville, Alabama, to
Working on an oil rig, hundreds of kilometres out to sea, things can get a bit lonely. Visitors of any sort are unusual. Those on four legs even more so. Last Friday, workers on a Chevron oil rig in Thailand were shocked to discover a lost dog, swimming in the ocean 220 kilometres from the
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – When Ohio University integrative biologist Nancy Stevens peered into a drawer in the wooden cabinets on the top floor of a Nairobi museum in 2010, she saw a chunk of rock containing massive teeth and knew she had come across something important. Simbakubwa kutokaafrika, a gigantic mammalian carnivore that lived 22 million
The old space order is tumbling and a new economic and physical environment will be created. (Photo: Pixabay) Pixabay In the event someone, somewhere, has missed it – let this column be the first to tell you that a revolution is upon the world, centered around the intersection of rapidly advancing space technologies, unprecedented entrepreneurial
WASHINGTON — British and Israeli satellite antenna developer Satixfy says it is nearing the release of flat-panel products designed first for connecting internet of things devices, with variants for other markets following shortly. Rajanik Mark, Satixfy’s chief operating officer, said the company has created its own chipsets that it can build in-house to bring down
There’s something about the meandering streak of lightning that implies random chaos. Yet bolts from the blue not only hit the same places with regularity, but successive discharges often reuse the exact same channel. It’s never been entirely clear how the path laid down by one bolt sticks around for repeat performances, but new research
Two incredible tombs in Egypt have been discovered in such an exceptional state of preservation that even the murals on the walls have retained their dazzling hues. One of the tombs is in the Akhmim necropolis in the province of Sohag – discovered because a gang of tomb robbers carrying out an illegal excavation was
The road to reusable space rockets was always going to be a bumpy one, such are the technical challenges involved. SpaceX has been making excellent progress, but just had its latest bump – having its central Falcon Heavy booster fall over in choppy seas off the coast of Florida. The booster rocket had successfully touched
(Reuters) – Yale University scientists have succeeded in restoring basic cellular activity in pigs’ brains hours after their deaths in a finding that may one day lead to advances in treating human stroke and brain injuries, researchers reported on Wednesday. The scientists emphasized that their work did not even come close to reawakening consciousness in
New Zealand landscapes are famed the world over. But is the environment really as healthy as it looks from the outside? (Photo Credit: Getty) Getty New government report shows just how bad things have gotten in recent years. When I first moved to New Zealand 2.5 years ago, I was struck by a few things.
To receive FIRST UP Satcom, a weekly SpaceNews newsletter for satellite and telecom professionals, sign up here. TOP STORIES Iridium moved closer to launching an emergency maritime communications service by signing a public services agreement with the International Mobile Satellite Organization. The agreement sets the regulatory framework for IMSO to oversee Iridium’s provision of Global Maritime Distress
Just when you think orcas couldn’t possible be any more awesome, they get even better. New evidence shows these whales are really good at scaring off the most feared beast in the sea. Yep. Orcas have toppled the great white shark off their ‘apex predator’ throne. A team of marine scientists has found that great
After decades of searching, scientists have finally detected in space the first molecular bond that would have formed in the early Universe after the Big Bang. The unambiguous discovery of the helium hydride ion HeH+ in the planetary nebula NGC 7027 brings to a close an epic hunt to locate the elusive molecule in outer
Why was America so much more motivated to explore space in the 1960s than we are today? originally appeared on Quora: the place to gain and share knowledge, empowering people to learn from others and better understand the world. Answer by James Donovan, Author of Shoot for the Moon, on Quora: The origins of that
WASHINGTON — A Northrop Grumman Antares rocket successfully launched a Cygnus spacecraft April 17 carrying nearly three and a half tons of cargo bound for the International Space Station. The Antares lifted off from the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport at 4:46 p.m. Eastern after a countdown marred by only a brief issue with the rocket’s transporter/erector
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On behalf of the President, Vice President Mike Pence directed NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine to accelerate the agency’s lunar exploration plans during a National Space Council meeting held at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville, Alabama, March 26. Administrator Bridenstine said NASA accepts the challenge to land humans on the Moon in 2024.
Using artificial intelligence to pinpoint tumour cells with reduced ability to repair their own DNA can help identify tens of thousands of patients who would benefit from treatment with drugs from AstraZeneca and GlaxoSmithKline, researchers said. Analysing genetic tests with a machine-learning algorithm helps target cancers that are vulnerable to treatment with drugs called PARP
The “over versus under” toilet paper argument has been waged in bathrooms everywhere since it was first invented. Plenty of space online in the form of polls and listicles has been dedicated to the proper way to orient our toilet paper. The subject even has its own section on Wikipedia filled with arguments for “over”
As Earth makes its annual passage through the tail of comet C/1861 G1, or Thatcher, we’re treated to the spectacular sight of meteors burning up in the atmosphere. This is the Lyrid meteor shower, and it comes around every April. This year, the lovely team at the Giant Magellan Telescope has put together a beautiful
JINCHANG, China (Reuters) – About 100 excited Chinese teenagers completed a five-hour tour of a space colony against a desolate backdrop not unlike the desert planet of Tatooine, the home world of Luke Skywalker. Students approach the C-Space Project Mars simulation base in the Gobi Desert outside Jinchang, Gansu Province, China, April 17, 2019. REUTERS/Thomas
Electrical consumption Pixnio Much attention has been paid to how the energy we use is generated, and rightly so. The energy industry is one of the world’s largest producers of carbon emissions. However, by focusing our attention so heavily on transitioning towards renewable energy production (something I wholeheartedly support), we risk ignoring the million-tonne elephant
NASA intends to waste billions on a ‘Lunar Orbit Tollbooth.’ Private spacecraft could put boots on the moon faster and cheaper. This op-ed originally appeared in the April 8, 2019 issue of SpaceNews magazine. NASA has proposed to build a lunar orbiting space station, called the lunar Gateway, to use as a base for lunar
When it comes to the kinds of technology needed to contain a sun, there are currently just two horses in the race. Neither is what you’d call ‘petite’. An earlier form of fusion technology that barely made it out of the starting blocks has just overcome a serious hurdle. It’s got a long way to
Britain was something of a late bloomer as far as the Neolithic Revolution goes. While Europe sweated it out growing crops and dragging stones into circles, communities over the channel were still happily foraging and hunting for food. An analysis of ancient remains by an international team of researchers has filled in missing details on
It was unprecedented. In 2017, astronomers discovered the first known interstellar object in our Solar System: ‘Oumuamua, a mysterious cigar-shaped enigma, identified as our first visitor from outer, outer space. But just because ‘Oumuamua was the first detected interstellar object, doesn’t mean it was the first ever. Just five years ago, in fact, Earth’s atmosphere
The world watched in horror Monday night while flames tore through the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris. As fire consumed the roof and toppled its iconic central spire, it seemed as though the historic church could be lost forever – but it’s possible, thanks to cutting-edge imagining technology, that all hope may not be lost.
A meteor during the peak of the 2009 Leonid Meteor Shower. The photograph shows the meteor, afterglow, and wake as distinct components. Credit: Wikipedia Using a NASA catalog of documented meteor strikes on Earth’s atmosphere, two Harvard University researchers report the detection of the first interstellar meteor ever observed in our solar system. The one-meter