Sci-tech

by | July 12, 2019 | 15:56

First, they CT-scanned both fossils and generated 3D reconstructions in an attempt to get a better picture of what the skulls looked like. The remains were dug up with a second skull estimated to be 170,000 years-old - with the same features as our primitive relatives.

by | July 12, 2019 | 11:22

India heads to the moon on a robotic mission like never before. This is the most complex mission ISRO has undertaken. Those bright orange flames were missing, as was the earth-shaking roar of rocket engines, but the task was successfully completed as Indian space scientists carried out the first full dress rehearsal ahead of launch of Chandrayaan-2, India's second probe to the Moon, ahead of its flight on Monday, July 15, onboard the very big GSLVMkIII rocket, from Satish Dhawan Space ...

by | July 12, 2019 | 05:15

Astronomers don't have to wait much longer for their first glimpse of one of the biggest supermassive black holes collision in the cosmos. Enlisting the help of gravitational wave physicists, the monster black holes 2.5 billion light years away help to refine the estimates of how common supermassive black hole pairs like this actually are.

by | July 11, 2019 | 16:39

The situation is so bad that it could happen even under present-day ice-melting rates. Antarctica's Thwaites Glacier is the at the forefront of the dire warning as it slowly crumbles away into the Atlantic Ocean. Current sea level rise is about 20cm above pre-global warming levels, and has been blamed for increased coastal flooding. But as ocean temperatures increase, warmer water at the base of these ice sheets is leading them to melt from underneath.

by | July 11, 2019 | 14:16

In the final landing phase on Thursday, Hayabusa2 hovered at the height of 30 metres (100ft) above the asteroid and quickly found its landing marker left from the earlier mission. Hayabusa2 fired an " impactor " at Ryugu's surface in April in preparation for this touchdown, creating a crater in order to expose layers of the rock that were previously hidden.

by | July 11, 2019 | 03:28

Now after years of early planning, NASA finally awarded SpaceX a contract to launch the black hole spacecraft. NASA has selected some heliophysics missions for the upcoming Small Explorer mission after IXPE. The engineers of IXPE mission assumed that the aircraft will be launched on Northrop Grumman's air-dropped Pegasus XL rocket. The most recent to be announced was for a NASA mission, one that serves to demonstrate that the company's 74 Falcon 9 and Falcon Heavy flights - has not ...

by | July 10, 2019 | 18:28

The orbit of asteroid 2019 LF6 (white) falls entirely within the orbit of Earth (blue). The asteroid measures 1km (0.6miles) in diameter making it relatively big for an asteroid. Both of the objects orbit basically perpendicular to the essentially flat plane of the solar system that the planets inhabit. Like the grooves on a vinyl record, most planets align along a flat disk.

by | July 10, 2019 | 02:08

In fact, Saturn would rank as the seventh-brightest star if it was compared to the 21 brightest stars, according to Space.com. If you don't have a telescope, you could still see Saturn with the naked eye - it will look like a bright yellow-white star, according to Space.com.

by | July 10, 2019 | 00:01

Below are various forecast model guidance outputs for what may occur later this week - it's important to note that many atmospheric variables can change between Monday and Thursday/Friday. A majority of the Euro (see Fig. 2) and GFS (see Fig. 3) ensemble members show a projected landfall of a strong topical storm somewhere between the upper-Texas coast and Louisiana by the weekend.

by | July 07, 2019 | 16:08

Worldwide condemnation followed Japanese whaling boats as they left port on for-profit expeditions for - supposedly - the first time in 31 years earlier this week. Japan set an annual quota of more than 600 whales while in the IWC. Japan will stick to a very strict catch quota with respect to the IWC findings, and will continue conducting research, said Hideki Moronuki, a Fisheries Agency official and a chief negotiator at the IWC.

by | July 06, 2019 | 20:25

The results show an area of the world roughly equivalent to Russia, Canada, the United States and Australia - or almost a third of all land area in the world - is covered in forest. However, not everyone was as effusive about the new study. It finds that there is likely to be an increase in the area of northern boreal forests in re-gions such as Siberia, but tree cover there averages only 30 to 40 percent.

by | July 05, 2019 | 14:30

The Orion space capsule, tested for years at NASA Langley to survive water impact upon return to earth, has passed another major test as NASA ramps up efforts to return to the Moon by 2024. NASA is slowly but surely inching its way towards its ultimate goal of being able to launch astronauts from US soil. Last October, a launch abort system on a Russian rocket saved the lives of two astronauts.

by | July 03, 2019 | 18:40

Whaling has long proved a diplomatic flashpoint for Tokyo, which says the practice is a Japanese tradition that should not be subject to global interference. "It is totally false that commercial whaling will not be viable as demand is declining", he said. The whaling "will be conducted within Japan's territorial waters and Exclusive Economic Zone", Hideki Moronuki of the Japanese fishing ministry told the BBC .

by | July 03, 2019 | 15:26

The eight teams will be part of NASA's SSERVI, the Solar System Exploration Research Virtual Institute, an association whose aim is to help conduct the agency's exploration activities associated with NASA's human research ambitions, and more precisely lunar samples from and on Earth and Mars' moons.

by | July 03, 2019 | 14:56

Vessels left from other ports, including in Shimonoseki in the west of the country, and whalers and government officials hailed the resumption of the hunts. The industrial whaling shall be conducted by two groups. But with the official restart of commercial whaling, Japanese boats will now hunt in the country's territorial waters.

by | July 02, 2019 | 17:53

The Space and Missile Systems Center's Rocket Systems Launch Program procured the launch vehicle, called the Abort Test Booster, powered by a refurbished Peacekeeper intercontinental ballistic missile solid rocket motor. NASA plans to send the first woman and next man to the moon in 2024 - laying the foundation for future manned, deep-space missions. NASA will test a critical safety element of the Orion spacecraft on Tuesday July 2, launching the module into the atmosphere on the back of a ...

by | July 02, 2019 | 07:55

THIS WEEK a total solar eclipse will take place, the only one of 2019. The late timing for tomorrow's eclipse means that totality occurs will occur about one hour and 18 minutes before sunset, when the sun is low in the sky - just 13 degrees above the horizon.

by | July 01, 2019 | 23:05

From there, the total eclipse will travel to the southeast, ending near Chascomús in the eastern Buenos Aires province of Argentina, at 4:44 p.m. local time. The Exploratorium museum in San Francisco will host a livestream of the view from the National Science Foundation's Cerro Tololo Observatory in Chile, with the eclipse beginning at 12:23pm Pacific Time.

by | July 01, 2019 | 08:49

We can only hope the Supreme Court will view the case with clearer eyes than the majority at the Ontario Court of Appeal. Last month in a split decision, the Saskatchewan Court of Appeal sided with Ottawa in a similar challenge. The federal government maintains the levy in Ontario - now four cents a litre on gasoline - is a regulatory charge created to change behaviour in favour of lower greenhouse gas emissions.

by | June 29, 2019 | 21:59

After trying to trace fast radio bursts (FRBs) back to their sources for years, for the first time, scientists have managed to track a mysterious fast radio burst to its origin, a galaxy far away. When an FRB passes the array, each satellite picks up the burst's signal a fraction of a millisecond apart. ASKAP is an array of multiple dish antennas and the burst had to travel a different distance to each dish, reaching them all at a slightly different time.