Humans will cause so many mammal species to go extinct in the next 50 years that the planet’s evolutionary diversity won’t recover for 3 to 5 million years, a team of researchers has found. The Earth may be entering its sixth mass extinction: an era in which the planet’s environments change so much that most
MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russian cosmonaut Alexei Ovchinin shrugged off on Tuesday his emergency landing last week, saying there had been no time to worry as his capsule plunged back to earth. FILE PHOTO: The International Space Station (ISS) crew member cosmonaut Alexey Ovchinin of Russia gestures after donning a space suit shortly before a launch
Mercury, the blazingly hot little world at the inner edge of our solar system, largely remains the enigma it has always been. That’s mostly because it’s 88-day solar orbit makes it so tough to reach. This image from NASA’s MESSENGER spacecraft uses spectral data to highlight various minerals, features and properties on Mercury.Credit: NASA/Johns Hopkins
WASHINGTON — Paul Allen, the billionaire co-founder of Microsoft who backed the winning entry in a suborbital spaceflight competition and later funded development of a massive air-launch system, passed away Oct. 15. In a statement, Vulcan Inc., Allen’s holding company, said that Allen, 65, passed away Oct. 15 in Seattle from complications of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.
You’ve made it to the bank you work at, if a little bleary eyed, and it’s time for the morning staff meeting. Suddenly, a 1.5 metre (5 foot) python plops down from the ceiling literally inches from where you were standing. It sounds like a terrible dream, but that’s exactly what happened last Friday morning
Unassuming farmland in Østfold County, Norway, was hiding a secret for centuries – and now it’s been rumbled. Using high-resolution ground-penetrating radar, archaeologists have found an ancient Viking cemetery, complete with what appears to be a well-preserved ship burial. A popular mode of interment among the Norse Vikings, ship burials consisting of a longboat covered
Rising global temperatures affect not only our safety but what we eat and drink as well. In recent years, scientists have uncovered a link between climate change and our consumption of popular items like wine and coffee. Now, a coming study from the University of East Anglia has found a link between extreme weather and
Do you even lift? According to urbandictionary.com, it’s a condescending expression used on body building and fitness forums to question the legitimacy of someone’s fitness expertise or weight lifting routine. But if we’re paying attention to the research, maybe it’s a question we should be asking older adults and everyone for that matter. And this
The launch of the Air Force AEHF-4 satellite aboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas 5 rocket will be Brig. Gen. Schiess’ first national security mission as the commander of the world’s busiest spaceport. CAPE CANAVERAL AIR FORCE STATION, Fla. — The launch early Wednesday of a U.S. Air Force $1.8 billion communications satellite will be
It’s been several months since the late Stephen Hawking passed away, but posthumous writings by the groundbreaking scientist show the great man still had much more to tell us. Just days after Hawking’s final academic paper was published online, the world-famous physicist is back in the spotlight for a different reason: a stark, controversial prediction
(AP Photo/Charles Krupa, File) This morning’s publication of Senator Elizabeth Warren’s genetic ancestry test results, which showed she has at least one Native American ancestor many generations ago, have once again brought issues of genetics and identity to the forefront of political discourse. Senator Warren’s decision to publish these results, as well as a video discussing their
WASHINGTON — Eric Béranger, former chief executive of satellite constellation venture OneWeb, has left the company entirely, OneWeb confirmed Oct. 15. “Eric has moved on to pursue new opportunities,” OneWeb spokesperson Katie Dowd said by email. Dowd did not respond to subsequent questions about his departure. Béranger, who was named OneWeb’s CEO in July 2016,
Books are pretty amazing – gateways to other worlds, compact parcels bursting with knowledge. And if you grow up surrounded by books, you’re going to get a bit of a boost in life compared to non-readers. At least, that’s the conclusion of a new study, which found that teens who leave school before graduating, but
A video recently doing the rounds on Facebook included a segment from the BBC comedy quiz show QI. The video asks which of avocados, almonds, melon, kiwi or butternut squash are suitable for vegans. The answer, at least according to QI, is none of them. Commercial farming of those vegetables, at least in some parts
Hard as it is to believe, for the first time the life expectancy for Americans (not counting the effect of wars) has dropped for two consecutive years. Perhaps less hard to believe is that this is not true across economic levels. The richest Americans are gaining in longevity, indeed to unprecedented levels. The poor don’t
WASHINGTON — NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine said he believes launches of crewed Soyuz spacecraft will resume “on schedule” after last week’s launch failure, avoiding the possibility of leaving the International Space Station without a crew. In a series of clips from an Oct. 12 press conference in Moscow, posted to the administrator’s Twitter account Oct.
The remains of a child unearthed in a 5th century CE Italian cemetery are indicative of the unease that must have been felt in the region as a malaria outbreak ravaged the population. The 10-year-old child was given what is known as a “vampire burial” – with a large rock placed in the body’s mouth,
Elon Musk is hell-bent on colonizing Mars. That’s the spirit with which he founded SpaceX, his rocket company, in 2002. Musk was frustrated that NASA wasn’t doing more to get people to the red planet – and concerned a backup plan for humanity wasn’t being developed (for when Earth becomes an uninhabitable wasteland). Since then,
Share to facebook Share to twitter Share to linkedin Laura Sanchez and Eva Saliz Mexican Folklorico dancers with Grupo Amistad sponsored by University of the Incarnate Word helped the Randolph Hispanic Council kick off a Hispanic Heritage Month event.U.S. Air Force photo/Steve Thurow For the U.S., Hispanic Heritage Month runs from September 15 to October
Updated 6:30 p.m. Eastern with reaction. LAS CRUCES, N.M. — The Senate confirmed James Morhard to be NASA’s deputy administrator late Oct. 11. In a voice vote without debate, the Senate confirmed Morhard’s nomination to be the agency’s second-in-command. The Senate Commerce Committee had favorably reported the nomination, also on a voice vote, Sept. 5.