We humans have officially entered uncharted territory. In the roughly 2.5 million years our kind has walked the Earth, never before have we endured such an atmosphere. New research on ancient soil has now confirmed that carbon dioxide levels in the past sixty years are the highest we’ve experienced in all of human history. Throughout
There is such a thing as not enough chaos. In a new study, scientists have discovered that complex calculations performed by computers can be off by as much as 15 percent, due to a “pathological” inability to grasp the true mathematical complexity of chaotic dynamical systems. “Our work shows that the behaviour of the chaotic
WASHINGTON — The Senate Appropriations Committee approved a bill Sept. 26 that would give $22.75 billion for NASA, but expressed some frustration about the lack of details in the agency’s plans to return humans to the moon. The committee voted 31–0 to advance the commerce, justice and science (CJS) spending bill to the full Senate,
Comet Borisov seen by the Gemini Observatory in Hawaii in September 2019. Gemini Observatory/NSF/AURA Scientists have performed one of the first studies of our second interstellar visitor, and discovered that it looks just like comets in our own Solar System. At the end of last month, what is now known as 2I/Borisov was spotted flying
Like the deserts of the Antarctic, or the deepest parts of the sea, Mono Lake in California is an inhospitable place for most life forms. Apart from bacteria and algae, it appears only brine shrimp and diving flies can put up with its super-salty waters. But there’s more to this body of water than meets
These days we’re used to jaw-dropping photos getting snapped from the International Space Station, but the latest one NASA astronaut Christina Koch recently posted to Twitter comes with a special message, too. The image shows the Soyuz MS-15 spaceflight taking three people to the ISS: Roscosmos cosmonaut Oleg Skripochka and NASA astronaut Jessica Meir as part
Global warming has put a glacier in the Italian Alps at risk of collapse, officials warned, leading to road closures, travel restrictions, and evacuations in the immediate vicinity. Municipal officials issued the order after surveyors observed a significant increase in the sliding speed of the Planpincieux glacier, which rests on the Italian side of the
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Scientists are expressing surprise after discovering a solar system 30 light-years away from Earth that defies current understanding about planet formation, with a large Jupiter-like planet orbiting a diminutive star known as a red dwarf. An artistic impression of the gas giant planet GJ 3512b orbiting its red dwarf host star, released
In 1991, soon after Operation Desert storm commenced bombing Iraq, the director of the National Reconnaissance Office — the U.S. spy satellite agency whose very existence would remain a state secret for another year — got a call from Colin Powell. The media-savvy general wanted to show news reporters satellite images of Iraqi targets U.S.
Share to facebook Share to twitter Share to linkedin Members of the NASA Mars Helicopter team attach a thermal film to the exterior of the flight model of the Mars Helicopter inside the Space Simulator vacuum chamber at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech NASA is planning to launch its next Mars
KEY WEST, Fla. (Reuters) – Emily Hower, a research assistant at Nova Southeastern University doing field work on coral off Key West in Florida, bobs up out of the water and removes her diving mask. The news is not good. Most of the pillar coral that her team have been monitoring for years are dead.
To receive FIRST UP Satcom, a weekly SpaceNews newsletter for satellite and telecom professionals, sign up here. TOP STORIES The launch of two commercial spacecraft on a Proton scheduled for Sept. 30 has been delayed. International Launch Services said Sept. 24 that the launch was postponed because of “an issue encountered during electrical testing,” but didn’t elaborate
A general view of atmosphere seen at Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer and Columbia Pictures Los Angeles premiere of ‘Robocop’, on Monday, Feb, 10, 2014 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Eric Charbonneau/Invision/AP Images) Eric Charbonneau/Invision/AP It’s not quite Robocop. Turns out security in the Blade Runner era (yes, that dystopia was set in 2019) takes less of a humanoid
In the search for the earliest life on Earth, it can be hard to tell whether you’re looking at an actual fossil, or crinkles in the rock itself. Such doubts have long shadowed the 1980s discovery of 3.5 billion-year-old fossils in the Australian desert. Now, scientists think they have finally put the matter to bed.
After months of debate, the Australian Capital Territory has become the very first jurisdiction in the nation to pass a law allowing the recreational use of marijuana. Starting sometime in the new year, adults living in Australia’s capital city Canberra and its surrounding territory will be allowed to personally possess and grow small amounts of
Autonomous driving will bring us a number of freedoms. Passengers will be able to watch movies, read newspapers – if they still exist – or play video games while the AI drives. But BMW thinks being chauffeured by a self-driving car can get a whole lot more exciting than that. The German carmaker released –
NEW YORK (Reuters) – Scientists behind a landmark study of the links between oceans, glaciers, ice caps and the climate delivered a stark warning to the world on Wednesday: slash emissions or watch cities vanish under rising seas, rivers run dry and marine life collapse. Chair of IPCC Hoesung Lee addresses a news conference to
WASHINGTON — The Federal Communications Commission’s most vocal official on C-band spectrum rebuffed critics of a satellite industry proposal to repurpose some of the spectrum for cellular 5G through a private auction. FCC Commissioner Michael O’Rielly on Sept. 24 defended a private auction like what C-Band Alliance members Intelsat, SES and Telesat have proposed as
Tshering Tobgay is sweating. I meet the young, earnest monk while in a hallway of a referral hospital in the Bhutanese border town of Gelephu. He’s here after contracting dengue in another Bhutanese town that borders India, Phuentsholing. He wasn’t aware of the latest lethal outbreak because there’s limited access to news in the temple
As beautiful as Machu Picchu is, it’s not the easiest place to get to, high up in the Andes with steep drops to the Urubamba River on three sides. Now researchers think they might know why the site was chosen. The secret may lie deep below this iconic Incan city, in the faults where tectonic