American explorer Colin O’Brady became the first person to cross Antarctica alone and unaided on December 26, when he reached the Ross Ice Shelf. The 33-year-old skied 932 miles (1,500 kilometres) across the southern continent in 54 days without getting resupplied – which required him to carry everything he’d need throughout the journey on a
Dogs, cats, or goldfish probably can’t have conversations with each other about times long gone by – it’s a feature we’ve thought was pretty much exclusive to humans. But a recent study is shaking up that idea, showing that orangutan mothers wait on average seven minutes after a potential predator is out of sight, before
Electric car maker Tesla will expand its network of Superchargers to provide service for all of Europe by the end of 2019, CEO Elon Musk tweeted Wednesday. If the plans come to fruition, the vast expansion will represent not just a coup for Tesla but also for the growing global infrastructure that supports practical transportation
The first few bites of that delicious meal are triggering an irresistible double tap of dopamine in your brain, suggests new research. Understanding this repetitive pleasure cycle helps explain why curbing cravings and cutting calories is so difficult, especially around the holidays when we’re surrounded by delectable delights. Researchers at the Max Plank Institute in Germany used a new
In a year-end email to clients, the investment bank Morgan Stanley asked: “Could 2019 Be the Year for Space?” “On National Security” appears in every issue of SpaceNews magazine. This column ran in the Dec. 17, 2018 issue. It’s that time of the year when predictably hyperbolic headlines flood our inbox, when analysts dust off
Evolution is a fascinating field but can be rife with misunderstanding. One misconception is that evolution has some innate sense of direction or purpose. In reality, evolution is a mindless, plan-free phenomenon, driven into endless possibilities by random mutations, the most successful of which win out. People also often think that every aspect of every
Each year the London-based data science company Altmetric releases a ranking of the 100 most popular research articles of the past 12 months – based on their analysis of “online activity around scholarly literature”. Instead of just looking at the number of academic citations and other stuff that researchers deem important within their own circles,
2018 was a busy year for important developments in cancer research, but what can we expect to see in 2019? Photo Credit: Getty Royalty FreeGetty 2018 was a remarkable year for cancer research, with great strides made in diagnosing and treating various types of cancer as well as important breakthroughs looking at the health of
“Foust Forward” appears in every issue of SpaceNews magazine. This column runs in the Dec. 17, 2018 issue. At least Wall Street is paying attention to the space industry again. In December, CNBC profiled Adam Jonas, a former automotive industry analyst at Morgan Stanley who has shifted to analyze the space industry. His coverage of
After months of fruitless searching, one of the most endangered birds on the planet has finally been spotted once more. It’s not particularly flashy, nor large. Stresemann’s Bristlefront is a medium-sized, long-tailed bird with distinctive bristles on its forehead – but scientists think there are only a handful of these creatures left in the world.
Start a bullet journal? Finally quit smoking? Be nicer to others? Whatever you’ve decided to achieve next year, you know all too well that you’re probably going to fail, and that list of beautiful, aspirational goals is staying unfulfilled. Sorry. For this very reason some people forgo making any resolutions altogether, so we’re here to
woman at the restaurant choosing what to eat between two platesGetty New research reveals that a meal can trigger reward signals in the brain twice: first when the food is ingested and again when the food reaches the stomach. The study, published this week in the journal Cell Metabolism, highlights how close interactions between the
This article originally appeared in the Dec. 17, 2018 issue of SpaceNews magazine. With its Chang’e-4 spacecraft now orbiting the moon in preparation for the first-ever landing on the far side of Earth’s nearest neighbor, China is poised to reap the prestige and scientific payoffs that are part and parcel of achieving a space first.
Marsel van Oosten slipped and stumbled over logs, struggling to lug his camera gear through the verdant mountain forests of China. Undeterred, he pressed on, finally capturing a stunning photo of a pair of golden snub-nosed monkeys, an eye-catching shot that would win him £10,000. Breathtaking photos of the natural world can bring attention to
The fall from grace wasn’t exactly swift, but it was stunning. Among stem cell researchers, Piero Anversa’s work trying to regrow the human heart in the 1990s and 2000s was legendary. That was then. In October, his former institutions, Harvard Medical School and its affiliate Brigham and Women’s Hospital, asked journals to retract 31 of
One minute, you’re chilling on a mountain. The next you’re being dwarfed by the biggest Moon you’ve ever seen – one that seems to be coming right down to rest on Earth’s surface. That’s what appears to be happening in this video on NASA’s Astronomy Picture of The Day (APOD) site for 4 June 2018.
You can add river erosion to the list of geological triggers capable of setting off an earthquake, according to new research: and it could help explain the reason why so many earthquakes occur far away from the edges of tectonic plates. Those slabs of rock, and the friction and pressure that builds up as they
An Antarctic minke whale (Balaenoptera bonaerensis)Getty In a move that drew widespread condemnation, Japan has announced that it plans to withdraw from the International Whaling Commission and resume commercial whaling. Conservationists reacted with alarm. The IWC was established in the 1980s after the populations of many whale species had declined precipitously, with the aim of
WASHINGTON — A startup designing a constellation of orbiting cloud data centers has arranged a $100 million investment from Hughes China Holdings Company Limited (HCH Group) of Hong Kong. Cloud Constellation CEO Cliff Beek said the commitment from HCH Group, though not yet finalized, is awaiting the “final strokes” and should close in the first
According to one of the astronauts aboard NASA’s 1968 Apollo 8 mission, it would be “stupid” and “almost ridiculous” to pursue a crewed mission to Mars. “What’s the imperative? What’s pushing us to go to Mars? I don’t think the public is that interested,” said Bill Anders, who orbited the Moon before returning to Earth