Sci-tech

'Super-Earth' found orbiting Barnard's Star, six light years away

'Super-Earth' found orbiting Barnard's Star, six light years away There is hope the planet could have a thick atmosphere trapping some heat, but astronomers say it's located beyond the "snow line" where any water on the surface is probably frozen. In the 1960s, the Dutch astronomer Peter van de Kamp, working in the USA, published his evidence for a planetary companion, based on perturbations in the motion of the star. [Full Article...]

Interstellar Object `Oumuamua Might Be Derelict Alien Light-Sail

Interstellar Object `Oumuamua Might Be Derelict Alien Light-Sail Its been dubbed a comet, an asteroid and a new class of interstellar object. These researchers cogently argue 'Oumuamua might have an "artificial origin" in their recently published study "Could Solar Radiation Pressure Explain 'Oumuamua's Peculiar Acceleration?" Oumuamua , which means "messenger from afar" in Hawaiian, was first discovered in 2017 by researchers with the Panoramic Survey... [Full Article...]

Watch Rocket Lab send its first commercial rocket to space

Watch Rocket Lab send its first commercial rocket to space Rocket Lab's launches don't feature any high-drama landings like we've come to expect from SpaceX and Jeff Bezos-owned Blue Origin. It is the company's first commercial rocket launch, after several attempts to launch its "Business Time" rocket in June and July were unsuccessful, due to problems with a motor controller or bad weather. [Full Article...]

Tropical Storm Patty Could Form By End of This Week

Tropical Storm Patty Could Form By End of This Week An area of disturbed weather, known as a tropical wave, is churning toward the Lesser Antilles and being monitored to potentially become the next organized system in the Atlantic Basin. This year, the National Hurricane Center notes, October was busier than usual for tropical storms. According to records from 1851 to 2015, there have been 1619 tropical storms and 991 hurricanes. [Full Article...]

Stephen Hawking's thesis and wheelchair sell for $1 million

Stephen Hawking's thesis and wheelchair sell for $1 million His works include gravitational singularity theorems and his prediction named as Hawking radiation. It was sold for almost twenty times what it was expected to snatch at auction, and its sale will benefit both the Stephen Hawking Foundation and the Motor Neurone Disease Association. [Full Article...]

Apocalypse: What Happens When Galaxies Collide?

Apocalypse: What Happens When Galaxies Collide? With this survey, astronomers can pinpoint the type of galaxy most likely to harbor close pairs of supermassive black holes. The final stage of a union between two galactic nuclei in the messy core of the merging galaxy NGC 6240. Researcher Laura Blecha said that the fact that black holes grow faster and faster as the merging process progresses shows that such galaxy encounters are really es... [Full Article...]

United Kingdom minister Jo Johnson resigns over Brexit

United Kingdom minister Jo Johnson resigns over Brexit British PM Theresa May's office on Friday reiterated her position that there will not, under any circumstances, be a second referendum. The Sunday Times said four Remain-leaning ministers were on the brink of quitting , while the Telegraph said politicians would fall like "paper tigers". [Full Article...]

Stephen Hawking's wheelchair sells for $393,000 at auction

Stephen Hawking's wheelchair sells for $393,000 at auction It was expected to fetch £150,000 but interest from across the world saw it reach nearly four times that amount. A collection of Hawking's medals and awards fetched almost £300,000 ($392,000) more-again well above the expected price. The second most expensive item in the collection is the beloved physicist's former wheelchair, which raised $390,000. Other Hawking items up for auction include... [Full Article...]

Bionic mushroom uses bacteria and graphene to generate electricity

Bionic mushroom uses bacteria and graphene to generate electricity The bionic mushroom they created could be used as another environmentally-friendly source of energy , according to IFL Science . While one button bionic mushroom won't make a massive dent, the team is now working on a way to link them together to provide more power. [Full Article...]

Cigar-Shaped interstellar object may have been alien probe, Harvard paper claims

Cigar-Shaped interstellar object may have been alien probe, Harvard paper claims However, according to a recent article from two Havard researchers, Oumuamua could be something completely different, namely a "fully operational probe sent voluntarily near the Earth by an extraterrestrial civilization". For this to happen, however, 'Oumuamua must less than 1 mm thick and be just a few metres across - which is much smaller and thinner than previously thought. [Full Article...]

U.S. judge halts construction of Keystone XL pipeline

U.S. judge halts construction of Keystone XL pipeline In 2008, the U.S. State Department issued a presidential permit for the pipeline and TransCanada filed paperwork to expand the project. In doing so the administration overturned a ruling by then president Barack Obama in 2015 that denied a permit for the pipeline, largely on environmental grounds, in particular the United States contribution to climate change . [Full Article...]

Ozone layer finally healing after damage caused by aerosols, United Nations says

Ozone layer finally healing after damage caused by aerosols, United Nations says On Monday, the United Nations shared the findings of "Scientific Assessment of Ozone Depletion: 2018", the latest study part of a series of reports that monitor ozone recovery in the stratosphere. He noted that if nothing had been done, two-thirds of the ozone layer would have been destroyed by 2065. But the report, from the UN's environment and world meteorological organisation, said th... [Full Article...]

NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope Captured a Deep Space "Smiling Face"

NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope Captured a Deep Space NASA says the "mouth" is created by a trick of the light. By analysing the luminosity, size and formation rate of young stars in images like these, researchers at NASA hope to better understand how stars are formed in the cold and dusty corners of the Universe. [Full Article...]

Harvard Researchers: Space Object Was Alien Spacecraft

Harvard Researchers: Space Object Was Alien Spacecraft It was moving at 59,030mph when it was first tracked by scientists. However, it seems unlikely that we'll ever know if Oumuamua did, in fact, have an artificial light sail. According to Harvard scientists, we may not be alone in our solar system. "I am distinctly unconvinced and honestly think the study is rather flawed", Alan Jackson, fellow at the Centre for Planetary Sciences at the Unive... [Full Article...]

Tesla to Enter India by Next Year, Says Elon Musk

Tesla to Enter India by Next Year, Says Elon Musk American billionaire Elon Musk said that Apple uses the technique, in particular the smartphone of their production. One of the world's largest electric vehicle makers, Tesla Motors, is set to arrive in India next year, claimed a report in Carwale.com on Monday. [Full Article...]

A plan for presenting a Brexit deal?

A plan for presenting a Brexit deal? According to the Express , Mr Barnier told reporters Tuesday: "Today, we're not there yet". Whitehall sources stressed that there was "much work to do" on what was a "fabulously complicated" solution to the problem of keeping open the border of Northern Ireland with Ireland post-Brexit. [Full Article...]

NASA's Dawn Mission to Asteroid Belt Comes to End

NASA's Dawn Mission to Asteroid Belt Comes to End Associate administrator, Thomas Zurbuchen from the NASA science mission directorate in Washington, hailed Dawn's "incredible technical achievements" and "vital science". The data Dawn beamed back to Earth from its four science experiments enabled scientists to compare two planet-like worlds that evolved very differently. [Full Article...]

NASA retires Kepler Space Telescope

NASA retires Kepler Space Telescope Meaning it found more planets lurking out there than even stars. "Its discoveries have shed a new light on our place in the universe, and illuminated the tantalizing mysteries and possibilities among the stars", he added. It was an extremely clever approach to doing this kind of science", says director for astronomy and physics at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Leslie Livesay. [Full Article...]

New study shows oceans warming even faster than thought

New study shows oceans warming even faster than thought According to scientists, we underestimated the quantity of heat absorbed by the world's oceans. Previous estimates suggested that these vast bodies of water had collectively absorbed more than 90% of the excess thermal energy. The IPCC is the leading global body for the assessment of climate change, and its evaluations form the backbone of the technical guidelines used by policymakers. [Full Article...]

Russian Federation blames rocket failure on assembly error

Russian Federation blames rocket failure on assembly error That target date falls less than eight weeks after the October 11 launch anomaly, which forced the Soyuz spacecraft carrying NASA astronaut Nick Hague and cosmonaut Alexey Ovchinin to make an emergency landing on the steppes of Kazakhstan. Japan also announced today the release of its H-II Transfer Vehicle-7 (HTV-7) resupply ship, also called the Kounotori, from the station's Harmony module. [Full Article...]


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