NASA's Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite to launch April 16th

NASA's Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite to launch April 16th

« Older: Nashville Predators take game one with win over Colorado Avalanche 5-2 April 13, 2018 |   NASA Headquarters Washington, D.C. – On a mission to detect planets outside of our solar system, NASA’s Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) is scheduled to launch no earlier than 6:32pm EDT Monday, April 16th. Prelaunch […]

Magnetic Fields Are A Big Predictor Of A Loggerhead Turtle's Genes

Magnetic Fields Are A Big Predictor Of A Loggerhead Turtle's Genes

Loggerhead sea turtle hatchlings are packed into containers at the Gumbo Limbo Nature Center before being taken to a U.S. Coast Guard vessel for release in Boca Raton, Fla. Wilfredo Lee/AP hide caption toggle caption Wilfredo Lee/AP Loggerhead sea turtle hatchlings are packed into containers at the Gumbo Limbo Nature Center before being taken to […]

Fossil study identifies 200 million-year-old insect colour

Fossil study identifies 200 million-year-old insect colour

Washington: An international team led by Chinese scientists has revealed the wing colour of a 200 million-year-old insect via fossil scales. The study, published on Wednesday in the journal Science Advances, found that tiny photonic structures of lepidopterans could produce metallic bronze to golden colour appearances in the insect wings, reports Xinhua. Structural colours in […]

Europe plans remote update to keep aging Mars probe stable

Europe plans remote update to keep aging Mars probe stable

The European Space Agency plans to remotely update the software on its Mars Express probe to ensure the aging spacecraft remains stable. The probe arrived at Mars in late 2003 for a two-year mission , but almost 15 years later it’s still operating. ESA said Wednesday four of Mars Express’ six gyroscopes — used to […]

Pinson Valley High School makes contact with astronaut on International Space Station

Pinson Valley High School makes contact with astronaut on International Space Station

By Nathan Prewett For the Tribune PINSON — Traveling thousands of miles per hour and orbiting several hundred miles above the earth’s surface, astronaut Richard Arnold aboard the International Space Station was patched through HAM radio in the auditorium of Pinson Valley High School, where he spoke to members of the school’s Amateur Radio Club. […]

Hundreds of ancient viruses discovered

Hundreds of ancient viruses discovered

A team of researchers has discovered more than 200 viruses in fish, frogs and other reptiles, some of which carry diseases such as influenza and haemorrhagic fevers. The researchers also traced the origin of these RNA viruses, which have been dated to hundreds of millions of years ago, when most modern animals began to […]

New NASA Planet Hunter Is Launching One Week from Today

New NASA Planet Hunter Is Launching One Week from Today

An artist’s illustration of NASA’s Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite, which is scheduled to launch on April 16, 2018. Credit: Chris Meaney/NASA Goddard NASA’s next exoplanet-hunting spacecraft will take to the skies one week from today (April 9), if all goes according to plan. TESS will do this via the “transit” method, noting the […]

'Harpoon-ed' spacecraft to clear space debris: Scientists to begin testing

'Harpoon-ed' spacecraft to clear space debris: Scientists to begin testing

A European satellite launched this week to try out ways of tackling the growing amount of garbage in space will use technology as familiar to the ancient Romans as astronauts — nets and harpoons. Engineers who have designed and created harpoons for two pioneering space debris clearing projects said the appeal of such time-tested concepts […]

Science's dream of swapping people's heads may one day be a reality

Science's dream of swapping people's heads may one day be a reality

Screenshot: “All The Presidents’ Heads” (Futurama) With more than 5.6 million articles, Wikipedia is an invaluable resource, whether you’re throwing a term paper together at the last minute, or researching whether your family name is really Fronkensteen. We explore some of Wikipedia’s oddities in our 5,607,767-week series, Wiki Wormhole. This week’s entry: Head transplant What […]