Time to re-think the climate change challenge

Time to re-think the climate change challenge

There is likely to be much more at stake in transgressing the Paris climate targets than just a slightly warmer planet. (Photo: Shutterstock) The climate change challenge has fallen into a familiar pattern – more research papers on climate change, another COP (Conference of the Parties) meeting, more pledges by the world’s governments to do […]

Russian cosmonauts prep for spacewalk

Russian cosmonauts prep for spacewalk

Clad in pressurized spacesuits, Russian cosmonauts plan to head outside the International Space Station on Wednesday to hand-release four tiny CubeSats and install hardware for a German experiment to track animal migration. Russian flight engineers Oleg Artemyev and Sergey Prokopyev are set to head out of the station’s Pirs airlock at 1558 GMT (11:58 a.m. EDT) […]

Venus and Jupiter visible this week, near the moon

Venus and Jupiter visible this week, near the moon

— If you missed the Perseid meteor shower over the weekend, no fear, the moon will guide you to two planets this week. SkyWitness7 In the evening hours, after sunset around 8:30 p.m., head outside and look west/southwest. As the sun sets this week, Venus and Jupiter will follow. The darker the sky gets, the […]

Moon pairings for next 11 days offer post-Perseid consolation

Moon pairings for next 11 days offer post-Perseid consolation

This past weekend was stormy enough to spoil New Jersey’s views of the great Perseid meteor shower — and of Mars. The summer of 2018 has often been cloudy and therefore frustrating for those of us who want to see Mars at its closest in 15 years. What consolation do I have to offer? Well, […]

'Touch the sun': NASA spacecraft hurtles toward our star

'Touch the sun': NASA spacecraft hurtles toward our star

By MARCIA DUNN, AP Aerospace Writer CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Embarking on a mission that scientists have been dreaming of since the Sputnik era, a NASA spacecraft hurtled Sunday toward the sun on a quest to unlock some of its mysteries by getting closer than any object sent before. If all goes well, the […]

What Astronauts Really Think About Having Tourists in Space

What Astronauts Really Think About Having Tourists in Space

Many modern-day, adventurous travelers who have “Been there, done that” on Earth have set their sights on space. Officially, seven private citizens have already been there, each paying from $20 million to $40 million between 2001 and 2009 (before the trips were put on hold) for a ride on a Russian spacecraft and a stay […]

Man stumbles upon rare 25-million-year-old teeth of mega-toothed shark

Man stumbles upon rare 25-million-year-old teeth of mega-toothed shark

Great Jagged Narrow-Toothed Shark teeth, found in Australia. (Photo provided by CNN) Copyright 2018 Cable News Network/Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. Great Jagged Narrow-Toothed Shark teeth, found in Australia. (Photo provided by CNN) AUSTRALIA (CNN) – Amateur fossil enthusiast Phil Mullaly knew he […]

Space Shuttle astronaut says he thought he saw an alien in the cargo bay

Space Shuttle astronaut says he thought he saw an alien in the cargo bay

NASA astronauts are usually pretty dismissive of conspiracy theorist claims of aliens hanging out around Earth. You see a lot of weird stuff when you’re in space, and not everything is easily explained, but trained scientists are usually pretty skeptical and rarely jump to conclusions. That’s what makes new claims by ex-NASA Space Shuttle astronaut […]

Reversing global warming requires nothing short of a 'total reorientation'

Reversing global warming requires nothing short of a 'total reorientation'

This article is drawn from the VERGE Weekly newsletter from GreenBiz, running Wednesdays. Headlines are heated this week in response to Monday’s publication of a new report from the National Academy of Sciences of the United States, suggesting that we are perilously close to the tipping point for a “Hothouse Earth,” in which natural feedback loops crank up the warming of the […]

Mysterious 'Alien' Radio Signal: Here's What You Need to Know

Mysterious 'Alien' Radio Signal: Here's What You Need to Know

The CHIME telescope under construction Photo: Mateus A. Fandiño – The CHIME collaboration (Wikimedia Commons) You may have seen recent headlines about a strange radio signal picked up by a Canadian telescope. Some go as far as to say it was caused by all-caps ALIENS.  It probably wasn’t from aliens, as far as we can […]

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