Sci-tech

Chinese Chang’e 4 lunar lander cotton seeds are growing

Chinese Chang’e 4 lunar lander cotton seeds are growing The Chinese Moon lander was carrying among its cargo soil containing cotton and potato seeds, yeast and fruit fly eggs. The plans underscore China's ambitions in space at a time when the United States is curtailing NASA's budget and increasingly handing over space exploration to commercial adventurers, the Washington Post reported on Monday. [Full Article...]

World’s oceans are heating up at quickening pace

World’s oceans are heating up at quickening pace Ocean heating is critical marker of climate change because an estimated 93 percent of the excess solar energy trapped by greenhouse gases accumulates in the world's oceans. The first scenario falls in line with the Paris Climate Agreement's goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions to keep the average global temperature from rising no more than 2 degrees Celsius above preindustrial levels. [Full Article...]

Minister receives death threats over unprecedented mass fish death

Minister receives death threats over unprecedented mass fish death In the town itself, the stench from rotting fish carcasses near the main boat ramp wafts into the Burke and Wills Menindee Motel. The duo blame state and federal governments for the "environmental disaster" affecting the golden perch, Murray cod and bony herring. [Full Article...]

More Mysterious Stuff Coming From Deep Space

More Mysterious Stuff Coming From Deep Space The telescope is protected in a federally, legally enforced zone of no manmade radio signals, to ensure that the ordinary interferences that cause false observations are omitted. Using a series of four semicircular dishes, the telescope stays pointed consistently in the same direction, waiting to pick up signals. "[We now know] the sources can produce low-frequency radio waves and those low-fr... [Full Article...]

"Unexplored!" --China Releases First Photos of Moon's Far Side

The photos reveal a seemingly endless horizon of grey, rocky terrain. After making a soft landing on January 3 at 10:26 am, Chang'e 4 released a lunar rover to roam and survey its surroundings in the Von Karman crater, the moon's largest, oldest and deepest one, located in the South Pole-Aitken basin. [Full Article...]

Radio signals coming from deep space detected in Canada

Radio signals coming from deep space detected in Canada The radio telescope was still in its pre-commissioning phase and operating with only a small amount of its full capacity in the summer of 2018 when it detected this and 12 singular fast radio bursts . The FRBs were detected first by accident in 2007 as a burst signal in radio astronomy data collected in 2001 was spotted. "And that's why finding more FRBs is so exciting for us". [Full Article...]

'Repeating' radio waves from deep space baffle scientists

Out in the depths of space , there are radio signals that astronomers don't understand. "Knowing that there is another suggests that there could be more out there", Ingrid Stairs , CHIME researcher and an astrophysicist at the University of British Columbia , said in a news release . [Full Article...]

British PM suffers fresh Brexit defeat

British PM suffers fresh Brexit defeat Theresa May has suffered another significant defeat in the House of Commons that will force her to reveal her "Brexit Plan B" within days if MPs vote against her deal. Conservative MP David Morris accused Bercow of behaving like "Oliver Cromwell, the Lord Protector" - a stinging insult considering Cromwell's treatment of Parliament. [Full Article...]

NASA Probe Discovers Third New Planet Outside Solar System

NASA Probe Discovers Third New Planet Outside Solar System The nearby exoplanet , HD 21749b , orbits a bright neighboring star in the Reticulum constellation, with a 36-day orbit and a surface temperature of 300 degrees Fahrenheit. Citizen scientists have discovered a potentially habitable exoplanet roughly twice the size of Earth, NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory said Monday. [Full Article...]

Invasion of the jellyfish: 13,000 beach goers stung in just one week

Invasion of the jellyfish: 13,000 beach goers stung in just one week About 13,000 stings were recorded in the past week - three times more than in the corresponding period previous year. People can be stung in the water or on sand. Surf Life Saving Queensland issued a "major bluebottle warning" and a spokesperson said that if stung, remove stingers, take a very hot shower and apply ice. [Full Article...]

Chinese rover begins exploring far side of the moon

Chinese rover begins exploring far side of the moon China's mission is to learn more about the little-understood region of the moon and compete with the U.S. and Russian Federation as a powerhouse of space exploration. "It means our science and technology ability is getting stronger and the country is becoming more powerful". The head of the Russian state space corporation Roscosmos, Dmitry Rogozin, Thursday congratulated the Chinese colleagues... [Full Article...]

Chinese Rover Lands on Dark Side of the Moon, First Photos Released

Chinese Rover Lands on Dark Side of the Moon, First Photos Released As China's space agency CNSA explains in a new post on its website, the Chang'e 4 lander arrived on schedule on the Moon's surface and quickly deployed the Yutu rover. The spacecraft, which blasted off into the heavens on December 7, was in an elliptical orbit around the Moon, swinging within 15 kilometres (nine miles) of the lunar regolith. [Full Article...]

This is the best time to see tonight’s Quadrantid meteor shower

This is the best time to see tonight’s Quadrantid meteor shower The last time that Qatar had an encounter with meteor showers was back in November a year ago when annual meteors "Taurid and Leonid" appeared in the skies of Doha. That said, the best viewing times will be between midnight and dawn. 'Most meteor showers have a two-day peak, which makes catching sight of these other meteors much more possible, ' it added. [Full Article...]

Annual meteor shower should be visible in southern Colorado

For viewers in North America, the Quadrantids will peak at the wrong time relative to Earth's rotation. Unlike the Perseids and Geminids, the peak for this particular shower only lasts several hours. Don't give up hope if you don't live in those areas. The Quadrantids show will begin late Thursday and run through dawn Friday in a dark sky unlit by a moon, and the southwestern and central USA w... [Full Article...]

NASA’s New Horizons Shows Image of Snowman-Like Object

NASA’s New Horizons Shows Image of Snowman-Like Object NASA researchers promised fresh announcements would drop Thursday, including on the composition and atmosphere of Ultima Thule , as new images with even more precise resolution have come through. Also of interest is the apparent lack of craters, hinting at a surface built through accretion rather than the violent impacts seen in the inner solar system. [Full Article...]

'Bright fireball' meteor shower visible from Singapore on Friday morning

The Quadrantids are notoriously known as having a very short window for peak viewing. Signs of the Quadrantid meteor shower began in the tail end of December, but the event peaks in early January. "It is going to be a good year because the moon is going to be such a small slice that the skies will be dark", said Ron Nyberg of the High Desert Astronomy Club. [Full Article...]

Chinese spacecraft makes first landing on moon's far side

Chinese spacecraft makes first landing on moon's far side China, which is investing billions in its military-run space programme, has previously said it hopes to have a crewed space station by 2022. While past missions have been to the Earth-facing side, this is the first time a craft has landed on the unexplored far side. [Full Article...]

Success! NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft ‘phones home’ from 4 billion miles away

Success! NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft ‘phones home’ from 4 billion miles away Now, it is heading towards the edge of the solar system and will shortly reach Ultima Thule , where it will complete a historic flyby . Scientists say there are two possibilities for this: Ultima Thule is either one object with two connected lobes, sort of like a spinning bowling pin or peanut still in the shell, or two objects orbiting surprisingly close to one another. [Full Article...]

China's Lunar Lander To Explore Moon's Far Side

China's Lunar Lander To Explore Moon's Far Side The CNSA said that the control center still has to choose a proper time to land the probe on the far side of the moon. The mission is groundbreaking for a number of reasons but the most notable is that it'll be the first soft landing on the far side of the Moon, and China's second Moon landing overall. [Full Article...]

Pluto explorer ushering in new year at more distant world

Pluto explorer ushering in new year at more distant world NASA's unmanned New Horizons spacecraft , now zooming into outer space beyond Pluto , will fly by a small space rock known as Ultima Thule on New Year's Day. Scientists say Ultima is like a big frozen mummy born in the distant galaxy and should act like a time capsule because its frozen terroir should preserve its history. [Full Article...]


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