The number of fires this year in the Amazon is the highest since 2010, reaching more than 90,000 active fires. Farmers and ranchers routinely use fires to clear the forest. But this year’s number reflects a worrisome uptick in the rate of deforestation, which had started to drop around 2005 before rebounding earlier this decade.
FILE PHOTO: Student walk past a screen during a live streaming of Chandrayaan-2 landing at an educational institute in Mumbai, India, September 7, 2019. REUTERS/Francis Mascarenhas/File Photo BENGALURU (Reuters) – India has located the spacecraft it was trying to land on the moon but has not been able to establish communication with it yet, the
The Senate Armed Services Committee scheduled a joint confirmation hearing on Thursday Sept. 12 for Barrett and for Ryan McCarthy, Army secretary nominee. WASHINGTON — The White House on Monday officially sent to the Senate the nomination of Barbara Barrett to be the next secretary of the U.S. Air Force. Trump announced on Twitter May
Global color mosaic of Triton, taken in 1989 by Voyager 2 during its flyby of the Neptune system. NASA/JPL/USGS The planet Neptune reaches “opposition” today. With Earth precisely between it and the Sun, the pale blue ice giant never looks brighter during the year to planet-watchers as it does this week. Last visited by Voyager
Assuming life on Earth evolved out of a hearty primordial soup spiced with organic space dust, it’s fair to ask how such life-generating molecules came about in the first place. We now have a much better idea, thanks to a new experiment. Researchers from the US Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory have shown how two relatively
Vector on Aug. 26 withdrew as the contractor for the Air Force Agile Small Launch Operational Normalizer (ASLON)-45 space lift mission. WASHINGTON — The Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center on Monday awarded a $4.9 million contract to space startup Aevum to lift experimental satellites to low Earth orbit. The Agile Small Launch Operational
Share to facebook Share to twitter Share to linkedin A 2009 photo of three beaked whales in the Nemuro Strait, Japan with the dark color and short body length characteristic of the newly identified black Baird’s beaked whale. Hal Sato For years, whalers in Hokkaido, Japan have described sitings of an unidentified whale, locally referred
When the Boknis Eck Observatory – an environmental monitoring station on the floor of the Baltic Sea off the coast of Germany – stopped sending data on 21 August, scientists thought there was a problem with the data transmission. But when they sent divers down to check, the whole 740-kilogram (1,630-pound) car-sized kit and kaboodle
Earth’s magnetic poles drift over time. This is something that every airplane pilot or navigator knows. They have to account for it when they plan their flights. They drift so much, in fact, that the magnetic poles are in different locations than the geographic poles, or the axis of Earth’s rotation. Today, Earth’s magnetic north
Sometimes, even when you’re No. 1, it pays to follow another’s lead. A case in point is the French Government’s recent announcement to develop bodyguard spacecraft to protect its satellites against Russian and Chinese robotic spacecraft capable of rendezvous and proximity operations (RPO). These spacecraft can repair and refuel satellites and remove space debris but
Hurricane Dorian, as seen from the International Space Station on Sept. 2, 2019. Spire uses radio occultation profiles to attempt to augment the accuracy of weather forecasts. NASA As the Atlantic region deals with the effects and aftermath of Hurricane Dorian, space-to-cloud-analytics company Spire Global outlined its work to increase the accuracy of weather and
Protons probably aren’t quite as big as we’d once imagined, according to the results of a sensitive physics experiment that took eight years to complete. Scientists now say our earlier measurements of proton size were off by as much as 5 percent – which might not seem like such a huge correction, but to physicists
Mathematicians have finally figured out the three cubed numbers that add up to 42. This has settled a problem that has been pondered for 65 years: namely, can each of the natural numbers below 100 be expressed as the sum of three cubes? The problem, set in 1954, is exactly what it sounds like: x3+y3+z3=k.
The Milky Way could be teeming with interstellar alien civilizations, according to a new study. We just don’t know about it because they haven’t paid us a visit in 10 million years. The study, published last month in The Astronomical Journal, posits that intelligent extraterrestrial life could be taking its time to explore the galaxy,
The White House and the Pentagon are unhappy with the Senate language because it doesn’t give DoD full legal authority to establish a space service as a sixth branch of the armed forces. WASHINGTON — As Congress returns from summer recess, the White House is ramping up pressure on House and Senate leaders to make
Multiculturalism and globalization have helped drive immigration and growth to major hubs, but in some cases, it has also caused brain-drain and damaged the economies of immigrants’ home nations. The Caribbean has experienced widespread immigration and boasts a large diaspora worldwide relative to its population . Jamaica, which is home to 2.9 million people is
About 10,000 light years away, in the constellation Centaurus, is a planetary nebula called NGC 5307. A planetary nebula is the remnant of a star like our Sun, when it has reached what can be described as the end of its life. This Hubble image of NGC 5307 not only makes you wonder about the
WASHINGTON — After a difficult year that saw its stock price plummet and the future of its geostationary satellite business questioned, the head of Maxar Technologies says he’s optimistic about the future of both that satellite business and the overall company. Speaking at the G.research Aerospace & Defense Conference Sept. 5 in New York, Dan
A deceased loggerhead sea turtle (Caretta caretta) in Jericoacoara, Brazil. Getty For some animals, climate change is expected to become a major threat to their survival. For others, a warmer world may actually be beneficial. For the loggerhead sea turtle, it’s a little bit of both. The loggerhead sea turtle’s vast range stretches across the
When it comes to knowing what kinds of minerals we might find inside the Moon, we’ve literally just scraped the surface. For one small team of Earth scientists from the US and Canada, that’s enough to suggest there’s treasure hiding deep below. Mining for riches is the last thing that’s on the researchers’ minds, though.