NASA scientist 'optimistic' space fragments found off Washington coast

NASA scientist 'optimistic' space fragments found off Washington coast

Scientists believe they found and recovered fragments of a meteorite off the coast of Grays Harbor County on Monday. “I’m cautiously optimistic, not ready to be definitive about it but the first look at the samples, it looks like we got what we came for,” said Dr. Marc Fries, a cosmic dust curator with NASA […]

Jet Propulsion Laboratory Collaborates with Local Company to Build First Drone to Fly on Mars

Jet Propulsion Laboratory Collaborates with Local Company to Build First Drone to Fly on Mars

Engineers at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena are currently working on a project to build the first drone helicopter that will fly on Mars in less than three years. In collaboration with AeroVironment Inc., a Monrovia-based company which specializes in unmanned aircraft systems and tactical missile systems, JPL has built two Engineering Development Model […]

Lab-made embryos may save near-extinct rhino species

Lab-made embryos may save near-extinct rhino species

There’s a lot of risk involved. The researchers will test their approach using southern rhinos as surrogates, but a complicated procedure (the females need to be anaesthetized for two hours) and a limited amount of northern sperm (just four dead males) doesn’t give the scientists many chances. If they run out of supply or the […]

Why astronaut Chris Hadfield isn't afraid of death

Why astronaut Chris Hadfield isn't afraid of death

Get the Mach newsletter. SUBSCRIBE Former astronaut Chris Hadfield is not afraid of death. That might seem surprising, given the safety record of human spaceflight. To date, 565 men and women have ventured into space, and 32 have died while going up, coming down or preparing for flight. Do the math, and that means an […]

Hawaii sunscreen ban to protect coral may be signed this week

Hawaii sunscreen ban to protect coral may be signed this week

In May, Hawaii passed a bill that would ban sunscreen products that cause harm to coral reefs, a move to address the growing number of dying coral. At the heart of the matter are two chemicals used within certain sunscreen products, both that have been found to cause damage to coral. According to a new […]

TV coverage of cycling races can help document the effects of climate change

TV coverage of cycling races can help document the effects of climate change

Tour of Flanders archive footage screengrab. Credit: Flanders Classics Analysing nearly four decades of archive footage from the Tour of Flanders, researchers from Ghent University have been able to detect climate change impacts on trees. Their findings were published today in the journal Methods in Ecology and Evolution. Focusing on trees and shrubs growing around […]

In Search of New Rules to Protect Other Worlds From Earth's Cooties

In Search of New Rules to Protect Other Worlds From Earth's Cooties

NASA has to start protecting planets better. The international treaty governing space—there is one—and the laws and regulations that follow it date back to the Cold War. That was before scientists knew about the oceans on moons around other planets, before they knew about how tough microorganisms get here on Earth (and so maybe in […]

How to Watch SpaceX's Dragon Ship Deliver Coffee, Experiments, and a Smiling Robot to the International Space Station

How to Watch SpaceX's Dragon Ship Deliver Coffee, Experiments, and a Smiling Robot to the International Space Station

Early Monday, a SpaceX Dragon spacecraft that launched Friday will reach the International Space Station. When it arrives, a spindly robotic arm, operated by astronauts on board the station, will snag it from space and attach it to a port before unloading a cargo that includes a smiling, spherical assistant droid, replacement parts, and scientific […]

60 Years Ago You Couldn't Stargaze in London. Now You Can.

60 Years Ago You Couldn't Stargaze in London. Now You Can.

Nick Ansell/PA Wire via ZUMA Press Looking for news you can trust?Subscribe to our free newsletters. This story was originally published by Slate and appears here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. The famed Royal Observatory in Greenwich, United Kingdom, is reopening more than 60 years after London’s smog forced its closure in 1957. The Royal Observatory was […]

NASA HISTORY: 110th Anniversary of the Tunguska Impact Over Siberia

NASA HISTORY: 110th Anniversary of the Tunguska Impact Over Siberia

By NASA  //  June 30, 2018 Happened on June 30, 1908 ABOVE VIDEO: History channel’s feature of the Tunguska Explosion. JUNE 30, 1908 – This #InternationalAsteroidDay falls on the 110th anniversary of the Tunguska Impact, which occurred on this day (June 30) in 1908 over Siberia. An intense, heated blast took down nearly 1,300 square […]

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