Sci-tech

by | December 15, 2018 | 07:43

The ant which lives in Australia, tropical Africa and South-East Asia, gets it's name from its unusual feeding habits. "The ants use this motion to smack other arthropods, likely stunning them, smashing them against a tunnel wall or pushing them away", Professor Suarez said.

by | December 15, 2018 | 01:03

The most compelling evidence of the probe's passage across the heliopause - that is, the boundary between the heliosphere and interstellar space - came in the form of data from its Plasma Science Experiment , or PLS, an instrument that stopped working on Voyager 1 in 1980.

by | December 14, 2018 | 21:41

The resulting photo shows InSight's solar panels and deck, along with the scientific instruments on top of the deck and the lander's weather sensor. NASA says the lander is sitting in a almost rock-free "hollow" - a depression formed by a meteor impact long ago that was filled with sand. Once drilling starts, the heat-flow probe could dig as deep as 16 feet (nearly 5 meters) below the Martian surface.

by | December 14, 2018 | 18:55

The next few days will be an " extreme weather week", Senior Weatherzone meteorologist Brett Dutschke said. In Queensland , Cyclone Owen is expected to be upgraded to category three later this week, having previously been downgraded from cyclonic levels.

by | December 14, 2018 | 12:28

Emmy Simon of Goddard Space Flight Center in Maryland, Maryland, NASA said , "The presence of minerals that absorb water on the asteroid confirms that Bennu is an excellent sample for our study". Benn interesting to scientists is a class of carbon-asteroid spectral class In the same age as the Solar system. "The spacecraft is healthy and the science instruments are working better than required", he added.

by | December 14, 2018 | 09:54

This is because the lander has yet to fully deploy all of its tools, but the new images will let experts at the U.S. space agency determine where to set InSight's seismometer and heat flow probe, which they said was "the only instruments ever to be robotically placed on the surface of another planet".

by | December 14, 2018 | 09:43

When can I see the best meteor showers this December? This is when they will be high in the sky. Those willing to courageous the chilling December cold can witness the spectacular light show simply by finding a spot from where the sky is visible clearly; no extra equipment needed.

by | December 14, 2018 | 00:04

The hole appeared as a black mark or spot on the exposed metal skin of the Soyuz spacecraft . But Russian officials stated a few days after the hole was discovered that, based on its shape, it looked to have been drilled. Bits of insulation floated harmlessly into space as the cosmonauts carved away. The orbital compartment on which they worked is purposely jettisoned and destroyed during the re-entry of the Soyuz descent module into Earth's atmosphere .

by | December 13, 2018 | 22:08

It landed minutes later. "But let's not forget that space is also hard and we daily recognise the commitment and sacrifice that has been so consistently shown by our fantastic Mojave family". These missions will allow customers to experience a few minutes of weightlessness and also see the curvature of Earth against the blackness of space, company representatives have said.

by | December 12, 2018 | 20:01

They speculated that the structure may be going through a forced evolution that has helped toughen it, at least in part. Study co-author, James Cook University's Dr Andrew Hoey, said the combined footprint of the two bleaching events had killed almost half of the corals on two-thirds of the world's largest reef system.

by | December 12, 2018 | 14:07

Amid the presence of 100 ministers in this Polish city to provide political guidance, Espinosa said on Tuesday: "Many political divisions remain". But on Saturday, the United States, Saudi Arabia, Russia and Kuwait blocked language "welcoming" the landmark IPCC climate report .

by | December 12, 2018 | 14:08

China's Chang'e-4 spacecraft has been in development for years, and on Saturday it finally launched into space. The primary goals of the mission include low-frequency radio astronomical observation, the far side of the moon is particularly well suited to radio observation as it is blocked from most interference from Earth.

by | December 12, 2018 | 13:25

Clear skies, unfortunately, have been something of a rarity, but if stargazing is your thing, keep your fingers crossed for clear conditions later this week because the skies are going to light up with the biggest meteor shower of the year.

by | December 12, 2018 | 13:25

Even cooler is that the resulting debris coming off a comet this size can often spark a meteor shower! Some have theorised that said star could have, in fact, been a comet. The comet takes five and a half years to go around the sun and will be 11.5 million kilometers away from Earth, the 10th closest comet to our planet in modern times.

by | December 12, 2018 | 13:18

Circled in red, the hole in the Soyuz MS-09 spacecraft that corresponded to a pressure leak on the International Space Station in August 2018. Russian space officials wanted the site surveyed from the outside, before the capsule's return to Earth next week with Mr Prokopyev and two others.

by | December 11, 2018 | 14:36

The team suspects that these hydroxyl groups exist globally across the asteroid in water-bearing clay minerals, meaning that at some point, the rocky material interacted with water. The mission is now performing a preliminary survey of the asteroid, flying the spacecraft in passes over Bennu's north pole, equator and south pole at ranges as close as 4.4 miles (7 km) to better determine the asteroid's mass.

by | December 10, 2018 | 19:25

It is trailing Voyager 1, which reached interstellar space - the vast, mostly empty area between star systems - in 2012. Scientists maintain the solar system stretches to the outer edge of the so-called Oort Cloud . The probe, launched in 1977 to study the planets farthest from Earth, crossed the outermost edge of what's called the heliosphere - a protective bubble created by our sun - on November 5.

by | December 10, 2018 | 10:56

The marsquakes vibrations will tell the science mission about the Red Planet's deep interior. In the near future, InSight will place the seismometer tool used to detect the vibrations on the planet's surface. The solar panels on the lander's sides are flawless acoustic receivers. "Today we can see the first glimpses of our workspace". After a successful touchdown on November 26, the lander is now stretching its robotic arm and sending back some new looks that are part-selfie, ...

by | December 09, 2018 | 20:42

Its plan to soft-land Chang'e 4 on the far side of the moon is challenging because any direct communications between the Earth and the rover once it is there will be blocked by the other hemisphere, scientists have said. Friday's launch will take place at China's Xichang Satellite Launch Center in the southwestern province of Sichuan. The far side looks rather different to the more familiar near side.

by | December 09, 2018 | 11:40

China has launched a rover to the far side of the moon in an ambitious bid to become the world's first to explore the lunar " dark side ". The Chang'e-4 lunar probe was launched on a Long March 3B rocket from the southwestern Xichang launch centre, and is expected to reach its destination sometime around the turn of the year.