Florida man helped train first man on the moon

Florida man helped train first man on the moon

SARASOTA, Fla. (AP) — Few people have ever heard of Kenneth Samuels or his contributions to the Apollo 11 moon landing. He’ll tell you it’s no big deal. But the Sarasota man, now 85, who was working as an engineering grunt for Ling-Temco-Vought (the now defunct LTV Corporation) in the spring of 1969, solved the […]

What If the Earth Was Made Out of Blueberries?

What If the Earth Was Made Out of Blueberries?

In the heart of blueberry season, Billy-bodega, a user on Physics Stack Exchange, posed the question: “Supposing that the entire Earth was instantaneously replaced with an equal volume of closely packed, but uncompressed blueberries, what would happen from the perspective of a person on the surface?” the question got promptly deleted. But it didn’t stop […]

The Asteroid That Killed The Dinosaurs Also Jumbled Shark Evolution

The Asteroid That Killed The Dinosaurs Also Jumbled Shark Evolution

More than 500 different shark species roam Earth’s oceans: From zippy little cookie-cutter sharks, to the iconic great white, to nightmarish goblin sharks, to 7.5m-long, filter-feeding basking sharks. And it seems that the current equilibrium of shark species we see today arose after the Cretaceous–Paleogene mass extinction event 66 million years ago, according to new […]

"Artificial or Natural?" –Pulsing Signal of Unknown Origin Detected from the Far Reaches of the Cosmos

"Artificial or Natural?" –Pulsing Signal of Unknown Origin Detected from the Far Reaches of the Cosmos

    “Fast radio bursts are exceedingly bright given their short duration and origin at great distances, and we haven’t identified a possible natural source with any confidence,” says Avi Loeb of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics. “An artificial origin is worth contemplating and checking.” The Astronomer’s Telegram (a bulletin board of astronomical observations posted […]

University finds prominent astrophysicist Lawrence Krauss grabbed a woman's breast

University finds prominent astrophysicist Lawrence Krauss grabbed a woman's breast

Lawrence Krauss, pictured at a January press conference in Washington, D.C., is on administrative leave from Arizona State University. LEAH MILLIS/REUTERS/Newscom By Meredith WadmanAug. 3, 2018 , 6:45 PM An investigation by Arizona State University (ASU) in Tempe concluded this week that high-profile astrophysicist and atheist Lawrence Krauss violated the university’s sexual harassment policy by […]

Best time to see the August Partial Solar Eclipse

Best time to see the August Partial Solar Eclipse

Next week, people around the world will be treated to a stunning astronomical display – a partial solar eclipse . Partial solar eclipses occur when the moon , the sun and the Earth don’t align, and the moon casts the outer part of its shadow on the sun. This partial eclipse will take place in […]

1st Crewed Flights of Private Space Taxis Slip to 2019

1st Crewed Flights of Private Space Taxis Slip to 2019

Certification of both Boeing’s CST-100 Starliner (right) and SpaceX’s Crew Dragon could slip into 2020, the GAO warned in a new report, raising the risk of a gap in NASA access to the ISS. Credit: SpaceX artist’s concept and Boeing SpaceX and Boeing won’t be flying crewed test flights of their new astronaut taxis until […]

Parts of the Pacific Northwest's Cascadia fault are more seismically active than others – new imaging data suggests why

Parts of the Pacific Northwest's Cascadia fault are more seismically active than others – new imaging data suggests why

(The Conversation is an independent and nonprofit source of news, analysis and commentary from academic experts.) Miles Bodmer, University of Oregon and Doug Toomey, University of Oregon (THE CONVERSATION) The Pacific Northwest is known for many things – its beer, its music, its mythical large-footed creatures. Most people don’t associate it with earthquakes, but they […]

Perseid Meteor Shower: How To See It In Florida

Perseid Meteor Shower: How To See It In Florida

If you can catch only one meteor shower this year, it should be the Perseids. They’re zipping across the sky right now, and will peak overnight on Aug. 11-12 and Aug. 12-13. Whether you’ll be able to see it around Florida depends on weather conditions, of course, but all signs are pointing to a spectacular […]

Solar probe moves into launch position at Cape Canaveral

Solar probe moves into launch position at Cape Canaveral

Nestled inside the nose cone of its Delta 4-Heavy launcher, Parker Solar Probe departs its processing facility in Titusville, Florida. Credit: Ken Kremer / kenkremer.com / spaceupclose.com NASA’s Parker Solar Probe, fueled and buttoned up for liftoff Aug. 11 on the first mission to fly through the sun’s corona, arrived at its launch pad at […]