Sci-tech

by | October 10, 2018 | 15:27

In April, Bob Smith, the head of Jeff Bezos's Blue Origins space company, told CNBC the firm still hoped to send tourists to the edge of space by the end of the year. Sir Richard also revealed this week that his space venture is "weeks away" from sending one of its rockets into space for the first time. When asked about consumer demand for space travel, he told CNBC: "I think the market for people who would love to become astronauts and go to space is huge".

by | October 10, 2018 | 02:44

It singled out Kolkata, the capital of India's West Bengal State, as well as Karachi, the capital of Pakistan's Sindh province, as the areas likely to be most affected by the sweltering temperatures. Their concerns meant a pledge to pursue efforts to limit temperature rises to 1.5C was included - after tough negotiations - alongside the commitment to keep them "well below" 2C in the global Paris climate agreement in 2015.

by | October 10, 2018 | 00:58

Mark Wallheiser via Getty Images People line up for gasoline outside Tallahassee, Florida , on Monday as Hurricane Michael bears down on the northern Gulf coast. Either way, residents should "be prepared like you would with any approaching storm", he said . In a Facebook post Monday, the Wakulla County Sheriff's Office said no shelters would be open because Wakulla County shelters were rated safe only for hurricanes with top sustained winds below 111 miles per hour.

by | October 09, 2018 | 18:29

On Friday, NASA's iconic Hubble Space Telescope , our window into the universe since 1990, went into a protective safe mode after one of its gyroscopes failed. Even if that particular gyroscope stays out of order, Hubble can get back to work - while it works best with three gyroscopes, the telescope can run on just one without losing too much scientific power.

by | October 09, 2018 | 17:15

Lighting up the evening sky, a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket streaked away from Southern California, boosting an Argentine environmental satellite into orbit. SpaceX CEO Elon Musk had tweeted the previous day: "This won't be subtle". SAOCOM 1A 3,000-kilogram satellite built by INVAP and this deployment was done in conjunction with Argentina's space agency with the goal of radar-imaging the earth.

by | October 09, 2018 | 01:08

The storm is aiming at a region that stretches from Mobile, Alabama, through the Florida Panhandle and into the Big Bend area of northern Florida. Steady to rapid strengthening is expected for the next day or so. "We can take quite a bit of rain, but the folks in the Carolinas can't right now", Orrock said. "We know that a storm like Michael can be devastating and deadly".

by | October 08, 2018 | 21:13

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti cleared up the confusion with stunning photos of the launch on Twitter . After it separated from the second stage, the first stage of the Falcon 9 rocket arrested its forward movement, and began falling back toward Earth.

by | October 08, 2018 | 11:11

Graphic showing the heliosphere and where the Voyager spacecrafts are located. Now, the team is watching for the probe to exit the heliosphere and reaching the heliopause. The team behind Voyager 2 knows that the spacecraft is now nearly 11 billion miles (17.7 billion kilometers) away from Earth. Heliosphere is a bubble-shaped region of space that encases all the planets in our solar system and effectively protects them against radiation.

by | October 08, 2018 | 06:37

The unnamed man reportedly came into possession of the 22-pound rock when he bought a farm from a family who said that the object was a meteorite . In the morning, the farmer and his father found the crater and dug out the still-warm meteorite. A man has discovered that a rock he's been using as a doorstop for 30 years is a meteorite worth $100,000.

by | October 08, 2018 | 06:20

SpaceX first started leasing the California landing space from the Air Force in 2015 but only recently received an approval from the Federal Aviation Administration to make a return landing of this sort, Wired reports. Elon Musk put it a little more bluntly: "This won't be subtle", he wrote on Twitter. The mission could also create a spectacular light show visible across the Southland, depending on weather conditions.

by | October 07, 2018 | 00:47

However, forecasters believe conditions will become less hostile for tropical cyclone development when Invest 91 moves near or north of the Yucatan Peninsula by Monday. Everyone along the northern Gulf from Louisiana to Florida should monitor this system through the next few days. But since the hurricanes that do develop typically originate from the western Caribbean, the Bay of Campeche and the southern Gulf of Mexico , the Gulf Coast states, including Florida, are at greater risk than other ...

by | October 06, 2018 | 12:28

In the Kepler exoplanet catalog, there are only a few Jupiter-size planets that are farther from their star than Earth is from the sun - good candidates for moons due to the distance. This would be the first moon found outside the Solar System, as indicated by a new study distributed in the journal Science Advances . "We saw little deviations and wobbles in the light curve that caught our attention", Kipping said in a news release .

by | October 06, 2018 | 03:34

He points out that our moon - the one with the astronaut footprints - does more than just inspire poets. The candidate moon, with the designation Kepler-1625b-i, is unusual because of its large size - comparable to the huge, icy planet Neptune in our solar system.

by | October 05, 2018 | 21:41

An examination found that the rock is an iron-nickel meteorite composed of mostly iron with 12 percent nickel. "Within seconds, I knew it was a real one", Sirbescu said when she saw the meteorite. The man said that the original farmer said he heard the meteorite come crashing down, "and it made a heck of a noise when it hit ". He kept it for 30 years - also using it as a doorstop and sending it to school with his children for show and tell.

by | October 05, 2018 | 20:40

A MI man recently learned that a rock he's been using as a doorstop is a meteorite worth $100,000. A man has discovered a rock he's been using as a doorstop for 30 years is a meteorite worth more than $100,000. The then owner told the man it was part of the property, and he could keep it. Scientists studied this space rock at Central Michigan University. He then kept the meteorite with him for the next years, and even allowed his children to bring it to school for show and tell.

by | October 05, 2018 | 19:14

She conducted her Nobel-winning research while still a PhD student working with Mourou in 1985 at the University of Rochester in NY. GREENFIELDBOYCE: So half of the award went to Frances Arnold . Prof. Ada Yonath , who won a Nobel in chemistry in 2009, is a former member of the council. Dorothy Crowfoot Hodgkin , a British chemist, won in 1964 "for her determinations by X-ray techniques of the structures of important biochemical substances", according to the Nobel website.

by | October 05, 2018 | 16:57

But NASA said today that Rogosin's statement did not necessarily mean the hole was caused by sabotage. The puncture has since been patched with tape and sealant, halting the oxygen leak, and officials said the current crew, consisting of three US astronauts, two Russian cosmonauts and one German, were never in any danger.

by | October 05, 2018 | 08:43

Lockheed presented the lunar lander concept to the International Astronomical Congress (IAC ) in Germany yesterday. The arrangement could mesh with OHB's participation in a project to build a European-built module for the global lunar orbital platform known as the Gateway, which is due to take shape in the mid-2020s.

by | October 05, 2018 | 06:29

Shell operates in 70 countries and reported profits of $12 billion past year. The United States could become the largest LNG exporter in the world by 2025 as almost a dozen new projects seek regulatory approval, King said, but he added Canada can compete because the Canadian West Coast is much closer to customers in Asia and its gas supply is cheaper.

by | October 05, 2018 | 05:00

Flash flooding and heavy rainfall called for several water rescues as Valley fire crews rescued people trapped in their vehicles from floodwaters. The soldiers planned to build flood berms and erect barriers and sandbags. "Rosa brought more rain in just the past two days (Monday and Tuesday) then what we saw for the monsoon season this year", said Andrew Deemer, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Phoenix .