NASA is going to live stream the touchdown of its new Mars lander

NASA is going to live stream the touchdown of its new Mars lander

NASA has sent a number of high-tech robots to the Red Planet already, but we don’t normally hear about how things like entry and landing went until after the fact. That’s going to change with the entry of the InSight lander, which is scheduled to touch down on Mars on November 26th, because NASA is […]

Deep-time evolution of animal life on islands

Islands have been vital laboratories for advancing evolutionary theory since the pioneering work of Charles Darwin and Alfred Russel Wallace in the 19th century. Now, a new paper appearing in PLOS ONE from an international team of investigators describes two new fossil relatives of marsupials that shed light on how a unique island ecosystem evolved […]

Bad Weather Forces NASA, Northrop Grumman to Delay Cargo Launch to Space Station

Bad Weather Forces NASA, Northrop Grumman to Delay Cargo Launch to Space Station

The Northrop Grumman Antares rocket carrying the Cygnus NG-10 cargo ship stands atop Pad-0A of NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility on Wallops Island, Virginia. It is scheduled to launch on Nov. 16, 2018. Credit: Joel Kowsky/NASA The launch of a Northrop Grumman rocket carrying NASA’s next cargo flight to the International Space Station has been […]

NASA Learns More About Interstellar Visitor 'Oumuamua

NASA Learns More About Interstellar Visitor 'Oumuamua

In November 2017, scientists pointed NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope toward the object known as ‘Oumuamua – the first known interstellar object to visit our solar system. The infrared Spitzer was one of many telescopes pointed at ‘Oumuamua in the weeks after its discovery that October. ‘Oumuamua was too faint for Spitzer to detect when it […]

China's 'artificial sun' reaches 100 million degrees Celsius marking milestone for nuclear fusion

China's 'artificial sun' reaches 100 million degrees Celsius marking milestone for nuclear fusion

Posted November 15, 2018 06:20:54 Related Story: Fusion vs fission: clean, green nuclear energy options explained Related Story: China plans to launch artificial moon bright enough to replace streetlights by 2020 Chinese nuclear scientists have reached an important milestone in the global quest to harness energy from nuclear fusion, a process that occurs naturally in […]

Icy 'Super-Earth' Exoplanet Spotted Around Nearby Barnard's Star

Icy 'Super-Earth' Exoplanet Spotted Around Nearby Barnard's Star

The nearest single star to the sun apparently hosts a big, icy planet. Astronomers have found strong evidence of a frigid alien world about 3.2 times more massive than Earth circling Barnard’s Star, a dim red dwarf that lies just 6 light-years from the sun. Barnard’s Star is our sun’s nearest neighbor, apart from […]

Man-made climate change is crippling Texas's oyster industry. Can hybrid reefs help the bivalves endure?

Man-made climate change is crippling Texas's oyster industry. Can hybrid reefs help the bivalves endure?

A new project launched by the Nature Conservancy aims to rebuild oyster reefs—ones that can withstand hurricanes, flooding, overharvesting. The Gulf of Mexico is about to host a new type of oyster reef in its waters. In November, the Nature Conservancy, an environmental nonprofit, launched a unique restoration project, one that will build a […]

Scientists Are About to Redefine the Kilogram and Shake Up Our System of Measures

Scientists Are About to Redefine the Kilogram and Shake Up Our System of Measures

Locked in a vault that requires three keys to open, in the town of Sèvres just to the southwest of Paris, there is a kilogram. Actually, it’s The Kilogram, the International Prototype of the Kilogram (IPK), the kilogram against which all other kilograms must take their measure, Le Grand K. This cylinder of platinum-iridium alloy […]

Scientists behind ocean warming study say errors were made

Scientists behind ocean warming study say errors were made

(CNN) – Scientists behind a study that found the world’s oceans were warming faster than previously believed have said their work contained errors, which means they cannot reach conclusions with such certainty. The issues “do not invalidate the study’s methodology or the new insights into ocean biogeochemistry on which it is based,” said co-author Ralph […]