Divide and Preserve: Reclassifying Tigers to Help Save Them From Extinction

Divide and Preserve: Reclassifying Tigers to Help Save Them From Extinction

By Rachel Nuwer, New York Times Fewer than 4,000 tigers remain in the wild. New research aims to give conservationists an improved understanding of their genetics to help save them. After years of debate, scientists report in the journal Current Biology that tigers comprise six unique subspecies. One of those subspecies, the South China tiger, […]

Mars May Be Loaded With Dissolved Subsurface Oxygen

Mars May Be Loaded With Dissolved Subsurface Oxygen

Mars may be rife with dissolved oxygen in a liquid water subsurface, a team of geochemists at Caltech and NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory now say. Mars captured by the Viking orbiter.Credit: NASA/JPL/USGS Their findings, just published in the journal Nature Geoscience, appear to upend the long-held view that the Red Planet was largely devoid of […]

'Gene Kranz Day' honors flight director, funds Mission Control revival

'Gene Kranz Day' honors flight director, funds Mission Control revival

October 24, 2018 — A NASA legend who led the team that landed humans on the moon almost 50 years ago was saluted in Houston on Tuesday (Oct. 23) for his current role preserving the historic site where the Apollo 11 mission was managed. Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner proclaimed Oct. 23, 2018 “Gene Kranz Day,” […]

Mutation in common protein triggers tangles, chaos inside brain cells

Mutation in common protein triggers tangles, chaos inside brain cells

A pioneer in the study of neural cells revealed today (Oct. 23, 2018) how a single mutation affecting the most common protein in a supporting brain cell produces devastating, fibrous globs. These, in turn, disturb the location of cellular processing units, harm the flow of energy and signals through the brain, and reduce the formation […]

Hubble Space Telescope Nearly Ready for Action Again

Hubble Space Telescope Nearly Ready for Action Again

NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope, which launched to Earth orbit in 1990. Credit: NASA It looks like NASA’s famous Hubble Space Telescope has recovered from the glitch that knocked the observatory offline more than two weeks ago. On Oct. 5, Hubble went into a protective “safe mode” after one of its orientation-maintaining gyroscopes failed. Mission team members tried […]

Mesmerizing Deep-Sea “Headless Chicken Monster” Filmed in the Southern Ocean

Mesmerizing Deep-Sea “Headless Chicken Monster” Filmed in the Southern Ocean

Enipniastes eximia, the “headless chicken monster” Image: NOAA A mesmerizing deep-sea dancer by the name of Enypniastes eximia is enjoying a moment in the limelight after being filmed in the Southern Ocean off East Antarctica for what officials describe as the first time in that region. The footage of the sea cucumber, which is colloquially […]

Five scientific predictions by Professor Stephen Hawking

Five scientific predictions by Professor Stephen Hawking

Gene editing In his recently published posthumous collection of articles and essays, Brief Answers to the Big Questions, Stephen Hawking forecast that genetic editing techniques will give rise to a breed of “superhumans” – “a race of self-designing beings who are improving at an ever-increasing rate”. Artificial intelligence In 2017, the professor told Wired magazine […]

12-pound lunar meteorite sells for more than $600000

12-pound lunar meteorite sells for more than $600000

A 12-pound chunk of the moon that fell to the Earth as a lunar meteorite has been sold at auction for more than $600,000. Boston-based RR Auction announced Friday the $612,500 winning bid for the meteorite, composed of six fragments that fit together like a puzzle, came from a representative working with the Tam Chuc Pagoda complex […]

BepiColombo Spacecraft on 7-Year Trek to Mercury for Europe and Japan

BepiColombo Spacecraft on 7-Year Trek to Mercury for Europe and Japan

A joint European-Japanese mission to the tiniest planet, Mercury, blasted off from French Guiana on its long journey tonight (Oct. 19, Oct. 20 GMT). That mission, BepiColombo, will spend seven years cruising toward its target, where it will separate into two spacecraft and orbit Mercury for a year — or two, if the mission […]

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