The Pyrenean ibex went extinct 21 years ago this month — and then again 3 years laer. By Joseph Wolf – https://www.biodiversitylibrary.org/page/9370240#page/322/mode/1up and http://www.petermaas.nl/extinct/speciesinfo/pyreneanibex.htm, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=17631279 21 years ago this month, a wild goat species went extinct — and kicked off a bizarre but ultimately hopeful scientific adventure. The Pyrenean ibex became extinct in
Space Command crews will attempt to track as many as 143 commercial and government satellites that Transporter-1 will deploy. WASHINGTON — U.S. Space Command’s traffic watchers have been working with SpaceX and satellite operators in recent days in preparation for Transporter-1, a rideshare mission scheduled to launch Jan. 23 that could set a new record
GRUENHEIDE, GERMANY – SEPTEMBER 03: Tesla head Elon Musk talks to the press as he arrives to to have a look at the construction site of the new Tesla Gigafactory near Berlin on September 03, 2020 near Gruenheide, Germany. Musk is currently in Germany where he met with vaccine maker CureVac on Tuesday, with which
Apple adds more functions to the iPhone every year, but the more it can do, the more complicated it gets. If you recently got a new iPhone after sitting out several generations — or maybe just don’t fiddle around with your phone a lot — you might be missing out on some easy ways to
A melanin-like pigment (far left) can assume a range of colours depending on the specific amino acid added to it. Credit: Ayala Lampel Chemistry 22 January 2021 An adaptation to the body’s pigment formula produces particles that outshine melanin. A laboratory method that mimics how melanin is made in the skin yields pigments in a
Measuring the mass and diameter of a planet reveals its density, which can give scientists clues … [+] about its composition. Scientists now know the density of the seven TRAPPIST-1 planets with a higher precision than any other planets in the universe, other than those in our own solar system. NASA/JPL-CALTECH The nearby TRAPPIST-1 star
WASHINGTON — A proposal to replace the giant radio telescope at Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico with a new facility suggests it could be used for tracking space objects as well as for scientific research. Plans for a potential replacement of the 305-meter radio telescope at Arecibo, whose observing platform collapsed Dec. 1, are still
Hydrogen is set to play a major role in the global energy markets over the coming decades, supplanting a large chunk of oil demand, according to Bank of America’s head of global thematic research. Speaking to CNBC’s “Squawk Box Europe” on Friday morning, Haim Israel accepted that while oil and gas would still be needed
Vehicles pass the Tesla Inc. assembly plant in Fremont, California, U.S., on Monday, May 11, 2020. David Paul Morris | Bloomberg | Getty Images Tesla is suing a former employee and software engineer named Alex Khatilov, alleging trade secret theft and breach of contract. In the complaint, the company accuses Khatilov of grabbing code and
WHO director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus is reviewing how the world responded to the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic during an executive board meeting this week.Credit: Fabrice Coffrini/Reuters The World Health Organization (WHO) sounded its highest alarm on 30 January 2020 — a declaration called a ‘public health emergency of international concern’, or PHEIC, signalling
A white dwarf isn’t your typical kind of star. While main sequence stars such as our Sun fuse nuclear material in their cores to keep themselves from collapsing under their own weight, white dwarfs use an effect known as quantum degeneracy. The quantum nature of electrons means that no two electrons can have the same quantum state.
SARS-CoV-2 variant B.1.1.7 is more lethal than earlier viruses according to a new study getty In December, a new fast-spreading variant of SARS-CoV-2 was reported in Great Britain. There is now evidence that it is more lethal. Today, prime minister Boris Johnson addressed the world with the news. GOV.UKPrime Minister’s statement on coronavirus (COVID-19): 22
Northrop Grumman’s and L3Harris’ satellite designs were selected from a field of four competitors. WASHINGTON — Northrop Grumman and L3Harris were selected by the Defense Department’s Missile Defense Agency to each build a prototype sensor satellite capable of tracking hypersonic and ballistic missiles. The Missile Defense Agency awarded Northrop Grumman a $155 million contract Jan.
SpaceX owner and Tesla CEO Elon Musk poses as he arrives on the red carpet for the Axel Springer Awards ceremony, in Berlin, on December 1, 2020. Britta Pedersen | AFP | Getty Images Elon Musk tweeted Thursday he will be “donating $100 million towards a prize for best carbon capture technology.” The Tesla and
Ivan Provorov #9 of the Philadelphia Flyers plays the puck against Brad Marchand #63 of the Boston Bruins during the first period in a Round Robin game during the 2020 NHL Stanley Cup Playoff at Scotiabank Arena on August 02, 2020 in Toronto, Ontario. Mark Blinch | National Hockey League | Getty Images The NBC
The triangular holes in this material make it more likely to crack from left to right than vice versa. Credit: N. R. Brodnik et al./Phys. Rev. Lett. Materials science 22 January 2021 Precise engineering generates a structure that fractures more easily in one direction than the other. Researchers have demonstrated a material that is more
Topline The World Health Organization said Friday that it still recommends the use of the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 shot with an expert panel it convened finding no evidence implicating it in the deaths of elderly people, after Norway’s medicines authority said there was no certain connection when 23 elderly patients died shortly after receiving the vaccine.
HELSINKI — French startup ThrustMe has performed the first on-orbit tests of an innovative iodine-fueled electric propulsion system, proving its ability to change a CubeSat’s orbit. ThrustMe’s NPT30-I2-1U, the first iodine electric propulsion system sent into space, is aboard the Beihangkongshi-1, a 12U CubeSat developed by Chinese commercial satellite maker Spacety. A Long March 6
This essay originally appeared in Food Weekly. Sign up for your free subscription. Last week, I mentioned a project in the Netherlands that puts circular thinking at the heart of plans for a more sustainable food system. Afterward, I realized that the project jumped out at me partly because this kind of thinking is so rare,
Westend61 | Westend61 | Getty Images Four major firms signed a letter of intent Friday to develop a “mega-electrolyser” in the German city of Hamburg that would produce so-called “green” hydrogen. An announcement from the city’s press service said the prospective 100 megawatt (MW) facility would be located on the site of the Moorburg coal-fired