Research


Tech: Last of universe's missing ordinary matter Tech: Last of universe's missing ordinary matter
- June 22, 2018

It was led by Fabrizio Nicastro (Istituto Nazionale di Astrofisica (INAF), Italy, Osservatorio Astronomico di Roma and the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics). Study co-author Michael Shull, an astrophysicist at CU Boulder , chimed in on the importance of this discovery. " This intergalactic medium contains filaments of gas at temperatures from a few thousand degrees to a few million degrees ". (more...)
Air Force Certifies SpaceX Falcon Heavy Rocket, Awards $130 Million Contract
- June 22, 2018

The Falcon Heavy rocket is due to launch with the government's AFSPC-52 satellite in 2020 from Kennedy Space Center in Florida . This is a vote of confidence in the company's most powerful rocket system, which it successfully demonstrated in February by launching founder Elon Musk's personal Tesla Roadster into space. (more...)
European Union to uplift shares of renewables energy European Union to uplift shares of renewables energy
- June 22, 2018

The deal reached on June 20 means that four out of the eight legislative proposals in the 2016 Clean Energy for All Europeans package have been agreed by the co-legislators after the agreement of June 19 on Energy Efficiency and the agreements of June 14 and May 14 on the revised Renewable Energy Directive and the Energy Performance in Buildings Directive, the Commission said, The EU Executive added that these four pieces of legislation complement the revision of the Emissions Trading ... (more...)
Volvo sets goal of 25 percent recycled plastics in cars from 2025 Volvo sets goal of 25 percent recycled plastics in cars from 2025
- June 22, 2018

Earlier in the company Volvo Cars announced the complete rejection of the use of disposable plastic products in offices and at events until the end of 2019. The XCTO was unveiled at the Ocean Summit in Gothenburg at the Volvo Ocean Race stopover, which raises awareness of sustainability with the United Nations Environment Clean Seas Campaign. (more...)
Mysterious ‘crashed UFO’ on Mars ‘could have formed in life-giving explosion’ Mysterious ‘crashed UFO’ on Mars ‘could have formed in life-giving explosion’
- June 22, 2018

The Medusae Fosse Formation has baffled scientists since it was spotted by the Mariner spacecraft in the 60s (as well as inspiring lots of bonkers YouTube videos). This enormously affected Mars' potential for supporting life, rendering it virtually inhabitable since then. Every so often, UFO fans get their knickers in a twist about a "crashed spaceship" on the surface of Mars - as images surface of a unusual rock formation near the equator. (more...)
Poisonous plant that causes blisters and scars spreading across the south Poisonous plant that causes blisters and scars spreading across the south
- June 22, 2018

This week, Emma's instincts were proven right. Mark Sutphin, an agricultural extension agent with Virginia Tech, said he wrangled a piece of Emma's giant hogweed while wearing a Tyvek suit and goggles, then brought it back to the lab for identification. (more...)
Mars, Earth: 15 Years Since Planets Have Been This Close Mars, Earth: 15 Years Since Planets Have Been This Close
- June 21, 2018

As we speak, Curiosity is examining the Gale Crater on Mars which is an over 100 kilometers wide valley that, according to NASA's scientists, it could've housed a giant lake in the distant past of the Red Planet . While Mars opposition happens every two years, this time it will be a special occasion as the planet will also reach its closest point to the sun, the perihelion in its orbit. (more...)
300000 coastal homes, valued at $120 billion, at risk of chroni 300000 coastal homes, valued at $120 billion, at risk of chroni
- June 21, 2018

Across the country, the coastal US could lose up to 2.5 million homes and businesses, totaling $1 trillion by the end of the century, according to the report , and are unlikely to recover because of the significant damage or complete inundation. (more...)
Venus revolves faster when it starts sunrise - scientists Venus revolves faster when it starts sunrise - scientists
- June 21, 2018

The team behind the mission hypothesised that this persistent structure is the result of a wave produced when the planet's speedy winds run up against its mountains, like water flowing over a big rock in a river. This is longer than it takes to orbit the Sun - around 225 Earth days - which in turn means that a Venusian day is longer than a Venusian year. In such circumstances, the existence of a stable gravitational waves would be impossible. (more...)
Invasive plant can cause severe burns, blindness
- June 21, 2018

Giant hogweed, or Heracleum mantegazzianum , is a Southwest Asian plant that was brought to the United States for ill-advised ornamental purposes in 1917. When the sap combines with moisture and is exposed to sunlight, it can cause severe skin and eye irritation, painful blistering, permanent scarring and even blindness. (more...)
Heat warning issued ahead of hot forecast Heat warning issued ahead of hot forecast
- June 20, 2018

Toronto and the GTA were under a heat warning for a third consecutive today, with humidex values hovering around 40. Environment Canada says the heat won't last for long. While extreme heat affects everyone, the most susceptible are children, pregnant women, older adults and people working outdoors or with chronic illnesses. (more...)
Ferry Sunk For Delaware Artificial Reef Ferry Sunk For Delaware Artificial Reef
- June 20, 2018

The ferry, which started operations over 40 years ago, has joined the 327 subway cars from New York City and several military vessels that form the Del-Jersey-Land artificial reef. The sinking was facilitated by Norfolk, Virginia marine contractor Coleen Marine, which had previously purchased the ferry from the DRBA in 2017 for use in the artificial reef system. (more...)
UN Secretary-General Alarmed by Antarctic Ice Losses
- June 20, 2018

Scientists have always been eyeing the West Antarctic ice sheet as the least stable region of the continent, and a NASA-lead study confirmed that ice losses were accelerating there earlier this year. If this continues, then any time soon there may cause a drop down to the ice, and sea level could potentially rise. There's enough frost stacked on top of Antarctica that is enough to raise the sea level worldwide by approximately 200 feet. (more...)
The World's Oldest Known Sumatran Orangutan Has Died at Age 62 The World's Oldest Known Sumatran Orangutan Has Died at Age 62
- June 19, 2018

She was awarded a Guinness Book of Records title in 2016 for being the oldest verified Sumatran orangutan in the world. She well exceeded the life expectancy of Sumatran orang-utans, with most not living past the age of 50. Hart paid a moving tribute to Puan, who she described as a "quiet, dignified lady" who would "tap her foot to make you hurry along" if a zookeeper was late with dinner. (more...)
Weed that can cause blindness found in Virginia
- June 19, 2018

The plant is native to Asia and was introduced into the U.S.in the early 1900s for use in ornamental gardens, according to the USDA . This was a bad idea. "There have been reports from VDOT of sightings of Giant Hogweed in the Staunton area and Middlesex County". A number of plants are often confused with giant hogweed, including cow parsnip, angelica, Queen Anne's lace, wild parsnip, and poison hemlock. (more...)
Hawking plea ‘to save planet beamed to black hole Hawking plea ‘to save planet beamed to black hole
- June 18, 2018

One thousand members of the public from more than 100 countries, including some in wheelchairs, attended Friday's ceremony, after a ballot attracted over 25,000 applications for tickets. The physicist's voice will also be sent into space by the European Space Agency. "It is a message of peace and hope , about unity and the need for us to live together in harmony on this planet". (more...)
Scientists trace ice sheets in history of West, East Antarctica Scientists trace ice sheets in history of West, East Antarctica
- June 17, 2018

From 2012 to 2017, the melt rate increased to more than 241 billion tons a year (219 billion metric tons), according to the study Wednesday in the journal Nature . Before 2012, ice loss held steady at 76 billion tonnes (approximately 83.78 billion USA tons) per year, for 0.2 millimeters (approximately 0.008 inches) of sea level rise. (more...)
NASA Mislaid Contact with Opportunity Mars Rover, Yet There is Expectation NASA Mislaid Contact with Opportunity Mars Rover, Yet There is Expectation
- June 17, 2018

In addition to measuring the storms size and opacity, like NASA's other spacecraft, the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, or MRO, can measure wind speed. "Out of those seasonal storms that do occur only about a dozen or so have ever, in the historical record or the modern record, expanded to circle the planet or cover the globe". (more...)
Astronomers see how black hole rips apart star Astronomers see how black hole rips apart star
- June 17, 2018

Researchers believed that black holes eat stars fairly regularly, but previously had not witnessed the act. Supermassive black holes that are millions to billions times the mass of the sun are thought to lurk in the hearts of most , if not all, large galaxies. (more...)
Humans are Making Mammals Return to the Night Life Humans are Making Mammals Return to the Night Life
- June 16, 2018

Its results highlight the powerful and widespread process by which animals alter their behavior alongside people: human disturbance is creating a more nocturnal natural world. "Humans are now this ubiquitous terrifying force on the planet and we are driving all the other mammals back into the night-time", she says. The information was collected by remotely triggered cameras, Global Positioning System and radio collars and direct observation. (more...)