Taking a vacation from your daily routine and a break from all the excitement (and horror) of the latest science happenings is certainly very healthy. But a lot happens in science, even in only a few days, so we’ve put together the top 9 science highlights you may have missed over summer. 1. Space is
Hurricanes can cause immense damage due to the winds, waves and rain, not to mention the chaos as the general population prepares for severe weather. The latter is getting more relevant, as the monetary damage from disasters is trending up. The growing coastal population and infrastructure, as well as rising sea level, likely contribute to
Hubble has embarked on a new observation mission: to study the farthest reaches of the Universe, using some of the most massive objects in the Universe – galaxy clusters. And this newly released picture shows how. At the centre is Abell 370, a cluster of a few hundred galaxies located around 4 billion light-years from
Breaking from a conversation in Spanish and turning it into a discussion in German is a two-step process that requires a degree of cognitive effort. Until now, researchers have never been sure which part required more work: ending the first language or starting with the second. A new study reveals just what’s going on upstairs
REIMS, France (Reuters) – Usain Bolt sprinted through thin air and sipped champagne floating on his back as he enjoyed near zero-gravity conditions in an aircraft performing stomach-lurching parabola dives. The eight-times Olympic champion grinned as he experienced weightlessness in the modified plane normally used for scientific research, but on this occasion to showcase a
Building a bubble out of a floating drop of liquid may sound like weird sci-fi, but that’s exactly what physicists have just achieved. They manipulated sound waves to levitate a droplet in mid-air, then close it around an air pocket. Unlike the ephemeral soap bubbles you might know from your childhood, the resulting bubble was
Share to facebook Share to twitter Share to linkedin Apple Inc. iPhone XR and iPhone XS smartphones are displayed during an event at the Steve Jobs Theater in Cupertino, California, U.S., on Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2018. Apple Inc. took the wraps off a renewed iPhone strategy on Wednesday, debuting a trio of phones that aim
The tiny pressure leak in the International Space Station (ISS) may have been found and fixed, but it is still causing all sorts of problems. After the leak was discovered on the Russian spacecraft attached to the ISS, it was determined that the 2 millimetre hole was made by a human hand. A special commission
Alexander Gerst, a German astronaut orbiting Earth from 250 miles (402 kilometres) up, has a warning for humans on the planet below him. “Watch out, America!” Gerst, who joined the crew of the International Space Station in June, said Wednesday in a tweet featuring pictures he took of Hurricane Florence. “This is a no-kidding nightmare coming
The Northern Hemisphere is facing an onslaught of hurricanes and typhoons, seemingly overnight. With three storms spinning in the North Atlantic – Hurricane Florence one of them – the tropics have exploded to life at the peak of the annual season. At the same time, in the tropical Pacific, Super Typhoon Mangkhut is the most
Sexual pleasure was once thought to be a cure for female hysteria – a totally fabricated disease meant to explain fainting, anxiety, sleeplessness and, of course, a woman’s “tendency to cause trouble“. As little as 100 years ago, it was routine practice for doctors in the Victorian era to bring their female patients to orgasm
As an expert within the field of meteorology, I have been fielding calls from media much of the day about Hurricane Florence. A recurring theme of my response has been how strange the storm is from a meteorological perspective. I have 3 degrees in meteorology from Florida State University, served as President of the American
SPACEPORT AMERICA, New Mexico (Reuters) – The U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) launched and tested a new umbrella-like heat shield on Wednesday, opening the door to landing humans on Mars. FILE PHOTO: Tourists take pictures of a NASA sign at the Kennedy Space Center visitors complex in Cape Canaveral, Florida April 14, 2010.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A small stone flake marked with intersecting lines of red ochre pigment some 73,000 years ago that was found in a cave on South Africa’s southern coast represents what archaeologists on Wednesday called the oldest-known example of human drawing. A stone flake discovered in Blombos Cave with red ochre markings that archeologists
Within near-Earth space, there are over 18,000 asteroids whose orbit occasionally brings them close to Earth. Over the course of millions of years, some of these Near-Earth Objects (NEOs) – which range from a few meters to tens of kilometers in diameter – may even collide with Earth. It is for this reason that the
Several hundred kilometres to the east of what is today Cape Town, South Africa, stands one of the world’s oldest art galleries. The cave is already known for ancient inscriptions, but one art-piece discovered back in 2011 stands out from the rest. It consists of a handful of intersecting red lines on the side of
A Russian cosmonaut aboard the International Space Station (ISS) posted a video Monday showing that a hole found in the Russian part of the station earlier this month had been sealed. The video, featuring cosmonaut Sergei Prokopyev on Monday, showed the two-millimetre hole now covered with a black sealant and hidden behind a fabric flap.
Although our planet is covered in water, the freshwater portion humanity can use for its purposes is exceedingly small – and we need to make sure we don’t waste this essential resource. A new study from researchers at the Directorate for Sustainable Resources in Italy has investigated how diet impacts our individual water footprints, and
A literal pot of gold has been found not at the end of a rainbow, but in the basement of an old, abandoned Italian theatre. During an archaeological dig last week, historians discovered a broken soapstone amphora – a kind of stone urn – at the bottom of the Cressoni Theatre in Como, northern Italy.
Hurricane Florence may be the strongest storm ever to make landfall north of Florida if predictions hold. The Category 4 storm is located 905 miles (1456 km) east of Cape Fear, North Carolina and has maximum wind speeds of 130 mph (209 km/h), according to the National Hurricane Center. Only four Category 4 hurricanes have