NASA moves to buy more Soyuz seats for late 2019, early 2020 – Ars Technica

NASA moves to buy more Soyuz seats for late 2019, early 2020 – Ars Technica

Enlarge / The Soyuz MS-10 spacecraft is seen in this false-color infrared image as it launched with Expedition 57 Flight Engineer Nick Hague of NASA and Flight Engineer Alexey Ovchinin of Roscosmos, on Thursday, October 11, 2018. NASA While NASA’s commercial crew program continues to demonstrate progress—the first test flight of SpaceX’s Crew Dragon may […]

SpaceX calls ULA NASA launch contract “vastly” overpriced in official protest – Teslarati

SpaceX calls ULA NASA launch contract “vastly” overpriced in official protest – Teslarati

SpaceX has filed an official protest with the US Government Accountability Office (GAO) after NASA awarded competitor United Launch Alliance a launch contract for Lucy, an interplanetary probe meant to explore a belt of unique asteroids clustered around Jupiter’s orbital swath. Announced on January 31st, SpaceX believes that NASA made a decision counter to the best […]

Rare Spider Fossil Preserves 100-Million-Year-Old Glowing Eyes – Gizmodo

Rare Spider Fossil Preserves 100-Million-Year-Old Glowing Eyes – Gizmodo

This is a carbon map showing where on the specimen carbon molecules are located, Selden explained to Gizmodo. Photo: Tae-Yoon S Park A new spider fossil discovery included a surprising find: remnants of reflective eye tissue. Though common today, spiders don’t appear much in the fossil record because their soft bodies don’t preserve well, according […]

Startling Interactive Map Shows What Climate Change Will Do to Your City by 2080 – ScienceAlert

Startling Interactive Map Shows What Climate Change Will Do to Your City by 2080 – ScienceAlert

When you’re older, your hometown will feel different. That’s true for everybody. But for people living today, the changes will be impossible to ignore. We usually measure climate change in terms of rising temperatures. But scientists say there’s another way of thinking about it: spatial displacement.   In a new study, researchers say cities in […]

Researchers Use AI to Discover Evidence of Unknown Human Ancestor In Our DNA – Motherboard

Researchers Use AI to Discover Evidence of Unknown Human Ancestor In Our DNA – Motherboard

Scientists discovered evidence pointing to a previously unknown ancestor to humans after scouring the human genome using artificial intelligence. According to a paper published in Nature Communications by a team of researchers in Spain and Estonia, the human ancestor existed around 80,000 years ago. This new evidence could help to explain the genetic links between […]

'Catastrophic collapse': Plunging insect numbers threaten 'survival of mankind' – Newshub

'Catastrophic collapse': Plunging insect numbers threaten 'survival of mankind' – Newshub

Insect numbers are collapsing around the world, which could cause the “catastrophic collapse of nature’s ecosystems” and threaten “the survival of mankind”. The first global scientific meta-analysis, published in the journal Biological Conservation, looked at 73 studies conducted around the world. And the results were disturbing. More than 40 percent of insect species are declining […]

Nasa's New Horizons: 'Space snowman' appears squashed – BBC News

Nasa's New Horizons: 'Space snowman' appears squashed – BBC News

Image copyright NASA/JHU-APL/SWRI/NOAO Image caption Images taken of Ultima Thule as New Horizons passed behind the object It seems the “space snowman” is more like a “gingerbread man”. Scientists studying the distant object known as Ultima Thule are revising ideas about its shape after examining the latest images downlinked to Earth. The pictures, taken by […]