Sci-tech

by | January 06, 2019 | 17:40

While this didn't exactly reassure listeners that chlorine-washed chicken would not enter the United Kingdom market, Gove stressed at the Oxford Real Farming Conference (ORFC) on the same day that standards will not be lowered nor environmental protection policies dismantled, citing the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) negotiations, which failed, in part, to consumer resistance to lowering food standards which would allow chlorine-washed chicken into the United Kingdom ...

by | January 06, 2019 | 15:41

This represents a true "first", as no country has ever reached the far side of the Moon , where there is no means of direct communication with Earth. Chang'e 4 is a lander-rover combination and will explore both above and below the lunar surface. Chang'e-4's mission is to survey the moon's terrain, measure the neutron radiation and neutral atoms to study the environment of its far side.

by | January 06, 2019 | 06:08

This weekend is ideal for searching for the night sky's brightest star, Sirius, and if you have good binoculars or a telescope, you can find the faint star cluster near it. When is the next total lunar eclipse? What time the partial solar eclipse occurs depends on where you watch from. During a lunar eclipse, the sun, Earth, and the moon line up in space.

by | January 06, 2019 | 03:22

Beijing Time", Chang'e-4 team members said. Every semester, Purdue University lunar and planetary scientist Jay Melosh demonstrates how the far side gets light using a bright light as the sun and students playing the roles of the moon and the Earth.

by | January 06, 2019 | 03:08

Qatar is strategically-located in both the Northern and Eastern Hemispheres as it's positioned in the Middle East, a recognized geographical region of southwestern Asia. The best time is between midnight at about 6am in the morning. It might be hard, as it requires staying up late, although the last glimpse of the shower can be caught early in the dawn, for people who wake up early.

by | January 06, 2019 | 01:14

This process is known as photosynthesis. Scientists from the University of IL and the US Department of Agriculture's Agriculture Research Service changed how tobacco plants with the same glitch process sunlight, inserting genes from bacteria, green algae and other plants, they wrote in the journal Science .

by | January 05, 2019 | 20:46

If the meteor shower's name sounds odd, it's probably because it doesn't sound like it's related to a constellation, like other meteor showers. The Quadrantid meteor showers are known for being slow-moving and colorful, including green, yellow, pink and light blue.

by | January 04, 2019 | 12:14

It zoomed past Pluto - collecting numerous photos and reams of information about the now dwarf planet - in July 2015, and reached Ultima Thule early on New Year's Day. About thirty minutes after the probe conducted its flyby of Ultima Thule (2014 MU69), the mission controllers were treated to the first clear images ever taken of a KBO.

by | January 03, 2019 | 21:46

Arizona time (9 p.m. EDT), which could result in as many as 60-200 meteors crossing the sky each hour. But they will be most visible at their peak on January 3, according to the American Meteor Society website. Qatar is strategically-located in both the Northern and Eastern Hemispheres as it's positioned in the Middle East, a recognized geographical region of southwestern Asia.

by | January 03, 2019 | 07:50

The Chinese robotic probe Chang'e 4 has landed on the dark side of the Moon, becoming the first manmade craft to alight on the unexplored surface, according to reports from Chinese state media. While the terrain on the near side of the moon has many flat areas to touch down on, the far side is rugged and mountainous. The move marks a step towards China's ambition to become a leading power in space exploration alongside the United States and Russian Federation.

by | January 03, 2019 | 07:39

It's the smallest celestial body ever to be orbited by a spacecraft. The asteroid measures about 1,600 feet (500 meters) in diameter. Scientists are hoping the OSIRIS-Rex mission to Bennu will help uncover more about the early formation of the solar system, as well as how to find precious resources like metals and water in asteroids.

by | January 03, 2019 | 00:41

Scientists are keen to study Ultima Thule as it lives in a region that has been relatively untouched since the formation of the solar system, which in turn helps them better understand planetary formation. After it coasted through, NASA selected Ultima Thule as the next observational target and set a course. From left to right: an enhanced color image, a higher-resolution black and white image, and an overlay that combines both into a more detailed view.

by | January 02, 2019 | 05:58

Icy wilderness: The object lies in the Kuiper Belt , a huge area of mysterious chunks of ice and small planet-like objects that lies way beyond Neptune, and a billion miles further on than Pluto. Hal Weaver, a research professor at Johns Hopkins University in Maryland and a project scientist on the New Horizons mission, said: "It's a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity".

by | January 02, 2019 | 05:12

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. For those unaware, the near side of the moon was reached by USA astronauts between 1969 and 1976, while the Soviet Union achieved the feat in 1976.

by | January 01, 2019 | 09:44

Despite the partial USA government shutdown , sparked by a feud over funding for a border wall with Mexico between President Donald Trump and opposition Democrats, NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine vowed that the United States space agency would broadcast the flyby.

by | December 30, 2018 | 22:13

The 2011 Mercury and Air Toxic Standards , enacted under Barack Obama , the former USA president, led to an estimated $18 billion clean-up of mercury and other toxins from the smokestacks of coal-fired power stations. Mercury harms children and causes severe health damage. "Although an analysis of all benefits and costs in accordance with generally recognized benefit-cost analysis practices is appropriate for informing the public about the potential effects of any regulatory action.

by | December 29, 2018 | 19:41

Cosmonaut Sergei Prokopyev was one of two members of the ISS crew who went on a spacewalk a few weeks ago to investigate the hole from the outside. Kononenko, who is on his fourth mission at the International Space Station, is spending his second Christmas in space.

by | December 29, 2018 | 16:07

This area is so far from the sun, temperatures are just 35 degrees Kelvin above absolute zero. On Christmas Day, NASA's Alan Stern, the New Horizons Principal Investigator, announced that the New Horizons probe is preparing to encounter Ultima Thule - a somewhat mysterious body found in a cloud of asteroids, comets and dwarf planets that is most commonly known as the Kuiper Belt .

by | December 29, 2018 | 14:06

The withdrawal from the IWC may be a face-saving step to stop Japan's ambitious Antarctic hunts and scale down the scope of whaling to around the Japanese coasts. "We're also anxious because it's unknown how many whales Japan is intending to take". Produced by Danielle Carr, Ines Colabrese and Eunice Kim . Prior to this Japan hunted whales for "scientific research" - but also for the meat, a highly controversial practice.

by | December 28, 2018 | 18:41

A super moon is a new or full moon that happens at the time of the month when the moon is closest to Earth in its orbit. Another total lunar eclipse is happening nearly a year after 2018 Super Blue Moon Total Lunar Eclipse, only that it will not be a "blue" one this time around.