Research


Research: 'Bionic mushrooms' fuse nanotech, bacteria and fungi Research: 'Bionic mushrooms' fuse nanotech, bacteria and fungi
- November 09, 2018

Despite research projects examining how cyanobacteria could be used to make electricity , their use in power generation is limited by the fact that they cannot survive for long on artificial surfaces. The mushrooms essentially serve as a suitable environmental substrate with advanced functionality of nourishing the energy producing cyanobacteria. (more...)
USA court halts construction of Keystone XL oil pipeline USA court halts construction of Keystone XL oil pipeline
- November 09, 2018

However, President Donald Trump reversed the decision shortly after taking office, saying it would bring thousands of jobs. The administration overturned a ruling by the previous Barack Obama administration in 2015 that denied a permit for the pipeline, largely on environmental grounds. (more...)
Ozone layer hole will ‘totally heal within 50 years’ Ozone layer hole will ‘totally heal within 50 years’
- November 09, 2018

Rolando Garcia, a senior scientist at the National Center for Atmospheric Research, told National Geographic that it would have been possible for skin to "literally" burn in just five minutes if an agreement hadn't been met about the ozone layer. (more...)
China Unveils New 'Heavenly Palace' Space Station China Unveils New 'Heavenly Palace' Space Station
- November 09, 2018

The results are in, one year after the Hewlett Packard Enterprise sent an off-the-shelf supercomputer to the International Space Station to test if mass-produced hardware could survive, basically unmodified, in the harsh environment of space. (more...)
Earth's protective ozone layer is finally healing Earth's protective ozone layer is finally healing
- November 08, 2018

Scientists discovered the the ozone layer, particularly over the Antarctic region and as far up as Australia, had depleted in the 1970s. The ozone layer's increasing health has been put down to the 1987 Montreal Protocol - an worldwide treaty banning ozone-depleting chemicals, including chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs), alongside new technology. (more...)
Nasa shares picture of a 'flying saucer that crash-landed from space' Nasa shares picture of a 'flying saucer that crash-landed from space'
- November 07, 2018

It turns out that sensational frame shows the capsule of the spacecraft "Genesis", which was launched on 8 August 2001 to study the Sun. "Flying saucer" photo released by NASA as it revisits old project's demise NASA has reiterated its confirmation that a flying saucer crash-landed in the Utah desert in 2004 after being tracked on radar and pursued by multiple helicopters, but alas, it's not what ufologists might think. (more...)
Harvard Researchers: Space Object Was Alien Spacecraft Harvard Researchers: Space Object Was Alien Spacecraft
- November 07, 2018

A "unique object" was discovered travelling at 196,000 miles per hour on October 19, 2017 by the Pan-STARRS 1 telescope in Hawaii. But its "flattened, elongated shape and the way it accelerated on its way through the solar system set it apart from conventional asteroids and comets", reports NBC News. (more...)
NASA Detects Smiley in New Galaxy Through Its Hubble Space Telescope NASA Detects Smiley in New Galaxy Through Its Hubble Space Telescope
- November 07, 2018

In an image posted to NASA's website, two yellow orbs could be seen above an arc of light, painting a smiley face in the middle of a sea of stars. "Lower bow-shaped galaxy has a shape which is characteristic of gravitational lensing ". (more...)
Hold tight for a Brexit breakthrough, May tells Cabinet Hold tight for a Brexit breakthrough, May tells Cabinet
- November 06, 2018

May spokesperson said it was likely that a further cabinet meeting would be held before a deal was agreed, hinting that this could happen later in the week. Mr Baker said: "If we are going to regulate our own economy, if we are going to have our own independent trade policy, if we are going to be a normal independent country - which is what I understood the referendum result to have decided - then we need to be out of the customs union and we need to get out of the customs union in a timely ... (more...)
Tesla’s Starman And Roadster Have Crossed Mars And Gone Beyond Tesla’s Starman And Roadster Have Crossed Mars And Gone Beyond
- November 06, 2018

The SEC charged in a lawsuit that Mr. Musk had misled investors, and Tesla and Mr. Musk agreed last month to each pay $20-M and have Mr. Musk ousted as Chairman of the Board. They show what the posters claim are piles of scrapped parts such as sub-frames and plastic panels, built in a rush to hit quarterly production targets. (more...)
NASA's Dawn Mission to Asteroid Belt Comes to End NASA's Dawn Mission to Asteroid Belt Comes to End
- November 05, 2018

The 11-year mission to investigate "time capsules from the solar system's earliest chapter" in the asteroid belt concluded after Dawn finally ran out of hydrazine fuel, which meant it could no longer turn to face Earth, to communicate, or the sun , to recharge. (more...)
Planet Stalking Kepler Space Telescope Meets Its End Planet Stalking Kepler Space Telescope Meets Its End
- November 05, 2018

The agency announced on October 30, 2018, that Kepler has run out of fuel and is being retired within its current and safe orbit, away from Earth. Engineers on both missions knew their ends were looming, since they could calculate remaining fuel estimates. (more...)
Oceans Have Soaked Up 60 Percent More Heat Than We Thought Oceans Have Soaked Up 60 Percent More Heat Than We Thought
- November 04, 2018

First author Laure Resplandy, an assistant professor of geosciences and the Princeton Environmental Institute, said that her and her co-authors' estimate is more than 60 percent higher than the figure in the 2014 Fifth Assessment Report on climate change from the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). (more...)
Delhi’s air quality near ‘severe’, three most polluted cities from NCR Delhi’s air quality near ‘severe’, three most polluted cities from NCR
- November 03, 2018

In the meeting, it was emphasized that all necessary steps should be taken to ensure that air quality levels are not allowed to go into the severe category in the next one week.Teams for Clean Air Week compriseof the local SDM as the team leader, senior official from MoEFCC and representatives from CPCB , MCD and DPCC. (more...)
Parker Solar Probe breaks speed record, becomes closest spacecraft to sun Parker Solar Probe breaks speed record, becomes closest spacecraft to sun
- November 03, 2018

The Parker Solar Probe is now the closest spacecraft to the sun-it passed the current record of 26.55 million miles from the sun's surface at 1:04 p.m. Parker Solar Probe employs a host of autonomous systems to keep the spacecraft safe without guidance from Earth - including automatic retraction of the solar panels to regulate their temperature, attitude control using solar limb sensors that ensures all of the instruments remain in the heat shield's shadow, and a sophisticated guidance ... (more...)
Our Milky Way holds a galactic secret Our Milky Way holds a galactic secret
- November 02, 2018

The observed stars in particular are now passing by our solar neighborhood. We are so deeply embedded in this collection that its stars surround us nearly completely, and so can be seen across most of the sky. Measurements of heavy elements were essential, as we know that these are formed when stars explode as supernovae , filling the interstellar medium of a galaxy. (more...)
Colored bird eggs traced to dinosaurs Colored bird eggs traced to dinosaurs
- November 02, 2018

Then, in 2015, Jasmina Wiemann and colleagues reported the presence of two pigments, one blue-green and one red, in oviraptor eggs. "As with many other characteristics, this is an attribute that evolved deep within the dinosaur tree and long before the spectacular radiation of modern birds". (more...)
Research: Targeted neurotechnology restores walking in humans with spinal cord injury Research: Targeted neurotechnology restores walking in humans with spinal cord injury
- November 02, 2018

Sebastian Tobler's spinal cord injury was so severe that doctors were not able to offer him a walking rehabilitation program, so he built himself a recumbent hand tricycle - which has since had electrical stimulation technology added. This device, manufactured by Medtronic, is already on the market for deep brain stimulation for Parkinson's disease. David Mzee, 28, suffered full paralysis of his left leg after an accident in 2010, but after the five-month program, he can walk for up to ... (more...)
Earth’s last wilderness areas may soon be lost, study warns Earth’s last wilderness areas may soon be lost, study warns
- November 02, 2018

Scientists say the last wild areas left on the planet are rapidly disappearing, with explicit global conservation targets "critically needed" to protect them. Researchers from the University of Queensland (UQ) and the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) have for the first time produced a global map that sets out which countries are responsible for nature that is devoid of heavy industrial activity. (more...)
After finding thousands of planets, NASA’s Kepler mission ends After finding thousands of planets, NASA’s Kepler mission ends
- November 02, 2018

The old telescope has been running low on fuel for the past months, so scientists were waiting for this moment to come, preparing to download all the data gathered in the last months. Calling Kepler's mission "stunningly successful", TESS project scientist Padi Boyd told AP that the retired telescope has shown us that "we live in a galaxy that's teeming with planets". (more...)
NASA spacecraft sets record for closest approach to sun NASA spacecraft sets record for closest approach to sun
- November 01, 2018

EDT): Closest approach to the sun . Solar probe Solar Probe Parker approached the Sun at a record close distance. It also emerged on Monday that the mission set the speed record for spacecraft traveling relative to the Sun, surpassing 153,454 miles per hour (shy of 247,000 km/h) and breaking the record set by Helios 2 back in 1976. (more...)
Russia's Next Mission to ISS May Launch on December 3 Russia's Next Mission to ISS May Launch on December 3
- November 01, 2018

The rocket had been transporting two personnel, one Russian and one American, to the International Space Station (ISS) when they had to abort. It was the third launch of a Soyuz rocket from Russia's northern Plesetsk launch pad this year, the military said. (more...)
Plastic waste elimination pledge by 2025 attracts more big firms Plastic waste elimination pledge by 2025 attracts more big firms
- November 01, 2018

The pledge by 250 organisations included numerous world's biggest packaging producers, leading consumer brands , retailers and recyclers, as well as governments and NGOs. PepsiCo said it had made a number of pledges in a bid to "build a PepsiCo where plastics need never become waste". Eliminating problematic or unnecessary plastic packaging and move from single-use to reuse packaging models. (more...)
NASA tested the parachute for Mars NASA tested the parachute for Mars
- November 01, 2018

During the ultrafast inflation, the huge Technora and Kevlar-fiber parachute created nearly 70,000 pounds of force. Last month, the 180-pound parachute, plus a camera created to watch it deploy, was launched on a sounding rocket from NASA's Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia. (more...)
NASA Retires Its Planet Hunter, the Kepler Space Telescope NASA Retires Its Planet Hunter, the Kepler Space Telescope
- October 31, 2018

Kepler has been running out of fuel for months , according to Space.com. The telescope has now gone silent, its fuel tank empty. As Dr Andrew Rushby, a former scientist at NASA's Ames Research Centre told ten daily earlier this year , one of Kepler's greatest contributions was the concept there are more planets than stars in our galaxy. (more...)
Parker Solar Probe smashes record for closest approach to Sun
- October 30, 2018

During its 7-year mission, the probe will complete 24 orbits of the Sun, coming within 3.8 million miles of its surface, and dip into the corona, the plasmic aura that is even hotter than the surface. The Parker Solar Probe team periodically measures the spacecraft's precise speed and position using Nasa's Deep Space Network, or DSN. The measurements were last made on October 24, and the information was used to calculate the speed and position in the following days. (more...)
Skies clearing over Mars Opportunity rover Skies clearing over Mars Opportunity rover
- October 30, 2018

The planet was 36.9 million miles from Earth . A global dust storm has been raging on the planet for almost two months. "Now there is a hierarchy to each of those faults , and we will have to unwrap each one of them as we go". One of the things that set the 2018 dust storm event is that it parked itself right over the Martian equatorial latitudes, which means that it was essentially sitting right on top of where Opportunity is now stationed. (more...)
Oscar strengthening, forecast to become hurricane later Sunday Oscar strengthening, forecast to become hurricane later Sunday
- October 30, 2018

Under the heading Hazards Affecting Land, the hurricane center said: "None". It's the eighth hurricane this season. The Atlantic basin includes the Atlantic Ocean, Caribbean Sea, and the Gulf of Mexico. It had 75 mph maximum sustained winds that extended outward only 15 miles. Additional strengthening is forecast during the next several days, and Oscar is expected to make a transition to a tropical storm on Sunday. (more...)
NASA's InSight Lander Nearing Mars Touchdown NASA's InSight Lander Nearing Mars Touchdown
- October 29, 2018

NASA's InSight lander is scheduled to make contact with Mars on November 26th. A team led by scientists from the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) and NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), calculated that if liquid water exists on Mars, it could - under specific conditions - contain more oxygen than previously thought. (more...)
Subtropical Storm Oscar to Strengthen in Central Atlantic Subtropical Storm Oscar to Strengthen in Central Atlantic
- October 28, 2018

Sub-Tropical Storm Oscar has maximum sustained winds of 50 miles per hour (85 km/h), with higher gusts. There are no coastal watches or warnings in effect, according to the agency. There is one disturbance several hundred miles east-northeast of the Lesser Antilles that has a high chance to transition into a subtropical or tropical depression or storm over the next couple of days. (more...)