Researchers have discovered something massive lurking underneath the far side of the moon: a mysterious blob with the mass akin to a pile of metal five times the size of the Big Island of Hawaii.
This NatGeo article contains tons of related links, images, and video.
Wednesday, Jun 12th 2019 (12:00am)
In the hope of finding a new way to fight malaria, scientists have used a spider gene to genetically engineer a fungus to produce a venom that can quickly kill mosquitoes.
The modified fungus was a highly effective mosquito killer in the first tests mimicking conditions in sub-Saharan Africa, where malaria remains a major public health problem, researchers reported Thursday in the journal Science.
Friday, May 31st 2019 (12:02am)
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Emerging studies show that air pollution is linked to impaired judgement, mental health problems, poorer performance in school and most worryingly perhaps, higher levels of crime.
Friday, Apr 19th 2019 (7:06am) | Thanks: volsh
An experiment conducted by two scientists injected 40 American alligators with ketamine and set each one up with a set of headphones in order to gain a better understanding of their dinosaur ancestors' auditory systems. The focus of the study was centered on interaural time difference (IDT) - a concept that interprets the gap in arrival time of a sound to each ear.
Monday, Mar 25th 2019 (12:00am)
Birds and whales navigate their migration paths according to our planet's magnetic fields. Why have humans lost the ability to sense this?
No issue. Fortunately, dogs put it to good use by crapping in the proper direction.
Friday, Mar 22nd 2019 (3:03am)
NASA has issued a warning about space herpes after a study found the virus was reactivating in crew aboard Space Shuttle and International Space Station missions.
Thursday, Mar 21st 2019 (12:00am) | Thanks: bash
Oh, what a view.
Dramatic in-flight video from Virgin Galactic shows the dazzling view Earth from above from the private spaceflight company's SpaceShipTwo vehicle, the VSS Unity, during its historic first flight to space Thursday (Dec. 13) over California's Mojave Desert.
Sunday, Dec 16th 2018 (12:00am)
As global warming and doomsday threats continue to expose our vulnerabilities here on Earth, scientists are looking to Mars as a potential refuge for humanity. Mars: Making the New Earth outlines the mission to convert this inhospitable planet into our future home.
This conversion process is known as terraforming, a collection of processes by which a planet is reconditioned to resemble Earth. Currently, Mars is a frozen wasteland incapable of sustaining human life. How do you populate endless planes of red dust and rock into fertile soil and teeming forestation? How can you warm the planet's temperature from its current climate of eighty below zero? Would it be possible to transform its radioactive atmosphere into an oxygen-rich environment where humans can thrive?
These are just a few of the challenges that face planetary scientists here on Earth. NASA scientist Chris McKay is one of the believers. The film follows McKay as he attempts to replicate the conditions on Mars, and determine how much warmer the climate needs to be before trees, grass and other vegetation can begin to grow. He conducts these tests alongside a volcano in Mexico, which stands at a towering height of 18,000 feet. This is the closest approximation we have of the temperature and arid conditions found on the red planet.
It will likely take many generations to produce the ideal conditions by which humanity can exist on Mars, but McKay and others are convinced it can be done. But as eager as they are to populate the planet, their mission does come with a caveat. Even if we can achieve this monumental feat, we must stop to consider whether we should.
The film outlines a potential ethical conflict. What if we discover the presence of life on Mars, even of the microbial variety? Should we invade the functioning bio system of an existing life form, or leave it untarnished by human manipulation? The filmmakers include the opinions of experts from both sides of this debate.
Mars: Making the New Earth dazzles with impressive animations from acclaimed visual artist Dan Mass. These images, and the insights that accompany them, give life to complicated science.
Monday, Dec 3rd 2018 (12:37am)
In a remarkable bit of science and technology, some of the driest areas of the world can now pull moisture out of thin air. Fog-harvesting system developed by MIT and Chilean researchers could provide potable water.
The system is passive (requires only fog and wind) and remarkably effective.
Wednesday, Nov 21st 2018 (12:53am)
We’ve taken giant leaps and left our mark in the heavens. Now we’re building the next chapter, returning to the Moon to stay, and preparing to go beyond. We are NASA – and after 60 years, we’re just getting started. Special thanks to Mike Rowe for the voiceover work.
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Hubble’s Law no more. It turns out that Edwin Hubble's work expanded upon calculations made by another astronomer, Belgian physicist (and priest) George Lemaitre, published two years earlier.
Friday, Nov 2nd 2018 (12:01am)
On board each of the two Voyager spacecraft that explored the gas giants of our solar system and are now still sending data back to Earth, were the golden records. What was on the cover? What was on the record? How was it made?
Go digging into the site and find the images, music, sounds, and greetings in 55 different languages.
Tuesday, Oct 16th 2018 (12:00am)
Humans like to brag about how we invented agriculture around 12,000 years ago, perhaps somewhere in the fertile crescent of Southwest Asia. We also like to boast about how we pioneered antibiotics some 80 years ago. However, like most things, nature beat us to the punch millions of years ago.
Friday, Oct 12th 2018 (12:00am)
So I just got back from a little vacation that briefly put me in the Great White North for the first time, and I took the opportunity to visit the Dominion Astrophysical Observatory in Victoria BC where the visitor's center has dubbed itself the Centre of the Universe. It's a nifty little observatory of significant historical and scientific interest that is sadly now in a state of disrepair, woefully underfunded by the Canadian government and looking to restore itself to the point where it can at least contribute to the astrological community again and open itself back up to schools and the general public.
Monday, Sep 24th 2018 (12:00am)
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Dante's Peak (1997)
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