Japan forced to delay touchdown of asteroid probe because it's too darn rough

Japan forced to delay touchdown of asteroid probe because it's too darn rough

Japan’s Hayabusa-2 asteroid probe has already completed a number of scientific firsts. It successfully entered orbit around the Ryugu asteroid, deployed a pair of rovers and a sensor-packed instrument cube to send back data about the rock, and delivered the very first images snapped from the surface of an asteroid. Unfortunately, those anticipating the probe […]

The Silence of the Bees

The Silence of the Bees

The researchers found that in the minutes before the sunlight disappeared, the bees were active. During the darkness, which lasted about three minutes, nada. The devices recorded just one buzz during totality in all of the monitoring stations. The bees, it turns out, had reacted to the total solar eclipse as they would to nightfall. […]

The threat of Centaurs for the Earth

The threat of Centaurs for the Earth

The astrophysicists Mattia Galiazzo and Rudolf Dvorak from the University of Vienna, in collaboration with Elizabeth A. Silber (Brown University, USA) investigated the long-term path development of Centaurs (solar system minor bodies which originally have orbits between Jupiter and Neptune). These researchers have estimated the number of close encounters and impacts with […]

Scientists present new clues to cut through the mystery of Titan's atmospheric haze

Scientists present new clues to cut through the mystery of Titan's atmospheric haze

Saturn’s largest moon, Titan, is unique among all moons in our solar system for its dense and nitrogen-rich atmosphere that also contains hydrocarbons and other compounds, and the story behind the formation of this rich chemical mix has been the source of some scientific debate. Now, a research collaboration involving scientists in the Chemical Sciences […]

The most damning conclusions from the UN's special climate change report

The most damning conclusions from the UN's special climate change report

A grim dose of climate change news has arrived, and top scientists are urging us to deal with it — now.   The United Nation’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) — the global agency tasked with providing objective analyses of the societal impacts of climate change — released a powerful report Sunday evening.  It […]

New Horizons sets up for New Year's flyby of Ultima Thule

New Horizons sets up for New Year's flyby of Ultima Thule

NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft carried out a short engine burn on Oct. 3 to home in on the location and timing of its New Year’s flyby of the Kuiper Belt object nicknamed Ultima Thule. Word from the spacecraft that it had successfully performed the 3 0.5-minute maneuver reached mission operations at the […]

King tides are back, flooding South Florida streets

King tides are back, flooding South Florida streets

The annual king tides are right on time, flooding coastal streets with salty seawater that experts say will get higher with each decade. And this year, the water may be tinged with red tide, the toxic algae that kills fish and causes respiratory problems in people. Beaches from Miami to Lake Worth and beyond have […]

Flying on the moon an unidentified object videotaped

Flying on the moon an unidentified object videotaped

Images captured by a budding astronomer. 24 Sep Amateur astronomer from the UK and look through a telescope, equipped with a camera. Suddenly the man saw an object on the background of the lunar disc, which resembled a spaceship. Weird video commented on the world-famous ufologists, in particular Scott Waring, reports the Chronicle.info with reference […]

Debut of SpaceX, Boeing crew capsules off until next year

Debut of SpaceX, Boeing crew capsules off until next year

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — The debut of SpaceX and Boeing crew capsules is off until next year. NASA said this week that the first commercial test flights have slipped from late this year into next. SpaceX is shooting for a January shakedown of its Dragon capsule, without anyone on board. Boeing is aiming for […]