Tag: science

Astronaut Peggy Whitson Breaks Record In Space

Peggy Whitson has broken a new record for the most days in space by a U.S. astronaut. The record was previously held by Jeff Williams, who had a total of 534. She already held the record for the oldest woman to have gone to space, most spacewalks carried out by a woman, and the first…

March For Science Protests Assemble In Washington, Worldwide

Thousands of people are expected to protest Saturday in Washington, D.C., and in cities around the world in March for Science events timed for Earth Day. The rallies are intended to promote popular interest in science, recognize scientific achievements, and protest the Trump administration’s proposed cuts to research funding as well as policy-making around issues…

Trump’s First Budget Seeks Deep Cuts To Everything But Military, Border

President Trump unveiled his 2018 budget proposal Thursday, providing the clearest view yet of the policies he wants to use to deliver on his campaign promises. The plan includes a $54 billion increase in defense spending and a substantial bump for border security, while calling for deep cuts to most federal agencies, including roughly 30…

Supermoon Brightest In 68 Years

The closest supermoon since 1948 is lighting up skies. The phenomenon reached its most luminescent in North America before dawn on Monday. It then hits its peak in Asia and the South Pacific on Monday night, and after midnight Tuesday across the international dateline in New Zealand. The moon orbits the Earth on an oval…

Yoshinori Ohsumi Wins Nobel Medicine Prize [VIDEO]

Japanese cell biologist Yoshinori Ohsumi has won the Nobel Prize in medicine for his work on autophagy: how cells in the human body repair themselves and detoxify. He will nab the award for “mechanisms for autophagy.” The scientist led a series of groundbreaking experiments in the early 1990s that helped researchers to understand the process…

Earth-Like Planet Discovered Close to Solar System

In an article published by Nature World News on Wednesday, researchers announced the discovery of a new “Earth-like” planet orbiting a star not far from our sun. The planet has not been named yet, but was found circling the star Proxima Centauri—a “cool, tiny red dwarf” scientists have long suspected might be capable of having…

SpaceX Successful in Landing Rocket [VIDEO]

Elon Musk’s SpaceX successfully landed the first stage of its Falcon 9 rocket Monday, marking the first time a large rocket has delivered spacecraft to orbit and returned to earth intact. Rockets have traditionally been disposed of after they detach from spacecraft, but SpaceX’s landing and ability to recover it after an obital flight signals…

WTF Mysterious Space Debris To Hit Earth On Nov. [VIDEO]

The space object named WT1190F, has a bunch of social media users attention for its peculiarly funny name and mysterious nature. Although it is still unidentified, it is predicted by scientists to plunge into the Indian Ocean on Friday the 13th next month. Astronomers from the European Space Agency (ESA) clarified that the impact of…

Bill Nye Under Attack for Linking Texas Floods to Climate Change

Bill Nye Under Attack from science denying conservatives for Linking Texas Floods to Climate Change. Bill Nye the science guy took to Twitter to call out meteorologists for failing to link the floods earlier this week in Texas with a warming climate, and the backlash on Twitter was swift and intense. Billion$$ in damage in…

Google Marks Inge Lehmann 127th Birthday Who Discovered Earth’s Inner Core

Today’s Google Doodle honors Inge Lehmann, the female seismologist who discovered the earth’s inner and outer cores. Designed by Doodler Kevin Laughlin, the animated logo uses a glowing orb to represent Lehmann’s discovery. Born in Østerbro, Denmark, Lehmann was appointed the head of the department of seismology at Denmark’s Geodtical Institute in 1928. After intensive…

DNA Future of Data Storage [VIDEO]

Science is now looking to nature to find the best way to store data in a way that will make it last for millennia. Just one gram of DNA is theoretically capable of containing all the data of internet giants such as Google and Facebook. Researchers in Zurich wanted to find ways to combine the…

Nobel Prize In Medicine Awarded To Brain Cell GPS Research Neuroscientists

The 2014 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine was awarded on Monday to American-British neuroscientist John O’Keefe, and Norwegian scientists May-Britt Moser and Edvard Moser. The Nobel Assembly at Karolinska Institutet awards the prize annually to “the person who shall have made the most important discovery within the domain of physiology or medicine.” It is…

NASA’s Maven orbiter enters into Martian orbit

NASA’s Maven orbiter entered into the orbit of Mars after a 10-month, 442 million-mile journey on Sunday, mission managers reported. Over the next several weeks, additional maneuvers will put Maven into position for a yearlong mission to monitor Mars’ upper atmosphere where its observations are expected to help scientists determine how the planet lost its…

NASA awards contracts to Boeing, SpaceX To Create ‘Space Taxis’

NASA announced Boeing and SpaceX have been awarded contracts to ferry astronauts to and from the International Space Station. The contracts are worth a potential $6.8 billion in the long run, according to NASA administrator Charles Bolden. Kathy Lueders, the program manager of NASA’s Commercial Crew Program, said having two contracts will help NASA make…

Watchdog criticizes NASA asteroid-tracking program

An internal watchdog office criticized NASA’s efforts to track and respond to potentially dangerous asteroids in a report released on Monday. According to the report, the agency’s program that tracks objects that could cause regional devastation if they hit Earth was not well integrated and lacked proper oversight. NASA has promised to fix the problems…

[VIDEO] Rare Solar Storms Now Hitting Earth, Could Disrupt Technology

A rare double burst of magnetically charged solar storms will hit Earth Thursday night and Friday, raising concerns that GPS signals, radio communications and power transmissions could be disrupted. Individually, the storms, known as coronal mass ejections wouldn’t warrant special warnings, but their unusual close timing and direct path toward Earth spurred the National Oceanic…

Guy Descend Into Volcano To Take Selfie With GoPro Cam [VIDEO]

George Karounis went down into the Ambrum Volcano. “it was like a window into hell”. Sam Cossman and George Kourounis guided by volcanic pioneers Geoff Mackely and Brad Ambrose become among the first explorers to step foot inside the worlds most dangerous and inaccessible volcano, Marum Crater.The footage was taken with a GoPro, as well…

Neil deGrasse Tyson: We Didn’t Ask Obama to Intro Cosmos [VIDEO]

Neil deGrasse Tyson: We Didn’t Ask Obama to Intro Cosmos In an interview with Grantland, pop scientist Neil deGrasse Tyson reveals that his production crew did not approach President Obama to introduce the first episode of the Cosmos reboot earlier this year. Instead, Tyson said, the president’s camp made the request, perhaps in an attempt…

Geeks Show Obama Their Skill At White House Science Fair

Science education went to the head of the class at the White House on Tuesday, with President Barack Obama announcing a $35 million competition for teacher training programs — and checking out an all-star lineup of science fair projects. [nbcnews]

White House Report: Climate Change Is Harming The Economy

White House Report: Climate Change Is Harming The Economy Climate change “has moved firmly into the present,” as extreme weather has a negative impact on Americans’ everyday lives and the U.S. economy, a new White House report says. The congressionally mandated National Climate Assessment, produced by more than 300 experts overseen by a panel of…

Neil deGrasse Tyson Hosting Private Spaceflight

This year’s Isaac Asimov Memorial Debate at the American Museum of Natural History will be focused “selling space” and private spaceflight. It will be hosted by none other than Hayden Planetarium director Neil deGrasse Tyson, so if you can’t wait for this week’s Cosmos for your Tyson fix, watch here at 7:30PM EDT. Proceeds from…

Creationist Outrage Over Cosmos With Neil DeGrasse Tyson

A creationist has reviewed the new “Cosmos” reboot, featuring astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, and it may come as no surprise that she wasn’t terribly impressed. “If the first segment is any indication, [“Cosmos”] will attempt to package unconditional blind faith in evolution as scientific literacy in an effort to create interest in science,” said Dr.…

Happy Pi Day Smartass

Happy Pi Day math lovers. It is pie day because the date – the 14th of March – is styled March 14 or 3/14, which is the first three digits of pi.

The Ratings Are in for Cosmos and They’re Amazing

Numbers are in: 12 million Cosmos viewers in the US alone, 17.5 million with DVR! Thanks to you all! — Seth MacFarlane (@SethMacFarlane) March 11, 2014 It was pretty clear on Sunday night that a lot of people were watching Cosmos from all the tweets and Facebook updates about it, but according to a tweet…

Giant Virus Resurrected From Siberian Permafrost After 30,000 Years

A mysterious giant virus buried for 30,000 years in Siberian permafrost has been resurrected. The virus only infects single-celled organisms and doesn’t closely resemble any known pathogens that harm humans. Even so, the new discovery raises the possibility that as the climate warms and exploration expands in long-untouched regions of Siberia, humans could release ancient…