Yuri Milner, a huge tech investor, will generously donate funds to the little green men initiative that has been going on for quite a while now. Physicist Stephen Hawking and astrophysicist and cosmologist Lord Martin Rees proudly communicated their support for this initiative when the announcement was made. Read more
The state of the world’s weather is complicated. It took 413 scientists from 58 nations half a year to summarize a year’s worth of knowledge. 2014 proved to be a whopper of a year when it comes to breaking records on the weathered frontlines. Read more
What’s worse than sitting in traffic? Sitting in traffic and being attacked by flames from a wildfire that forces you to flee from your car to escape from being burned alive. Read more
After nine years and over 3.26 billion miles, the New Horizons spacecraft made its closest approach to Pluto earlier today. Assuming it survived the encounter, the probe is now drifting away from the dwarf planet as it heads deeper into the Kuiper Belt. Read more
It may look like a cross between a mylar balloon, a suitcase, and an old-school gas mask, but it’s actually a highly sophisticated sensing instrument. And it’s going to tell us whether there’s water on an asteroid or not.
Hundreds of wildfires burning in Alaska and Canada are starting to have a big effect on our climate. With over 3 million acres ablaze, 600 fires in Alaska and more than 4,000 wildfires in Canada, the permafrost could be doomed to start defrosting even more than it already is. Read more
On the surface, James West and Warren Gill might not seem like the most natural pair to team up in an effort to overhaul the way the world eats. West, an associate professor at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, has spent most of his career working with human diseases — particularly lung diseases — and genetic engineering. Read more
As expected, the 2015 wildfire season has meant more bad news for drought-stricken Western states. As of June 30, 45 wildfires large active wildfires burned from Alaska down to Arizona and as far west as Colorado. Wildfires in Southern California had driven thousands from their homes, while fires in Alaska have burned more than one million acres this year.
Earlier this week, NASA released an awesome new image of the Ceres dwarf planet’s terrain as the Dawn spacecraft passed by, with a resolution of 1,400 feet per pixel. The image shows some new features, including a 3-mile tall mountain. Read more
There’s a reason why we call it the “march of progress” instead of the “moonwalk of progress.” Technology is meant to move steadily forward, but there are still plenty of times when tech has inexplicably reversed course on us. One of the most striking examples are Damascus swords.
People often wonder, is there life on other planets? The answer to that age-old question may not be so far away. It may just be on a moon we can’t see yet. McMaster researchers who have modelled planetary systems far beyond our own solar system have found that massive moons larger than Mars might be the best bet. Read more
They may not be on Facebook or Twitter, but dolphins do, in fact, form highly complex and dynamic networks of friends, according to a recent study by scientists at Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute (HBOI) at Florida Atlantic University. Dolphins are known for being highly social animals, and a team of researchers at HBOI took a closer look at the interactions between bottlenose dolphins in the Indian River Lagoon (IRL) and discovered how they mingle and with whom they spend their time. Read more
This week NASA’s Messenger spacecraft will be out of fuel and no doubt crash into Mercury.
“At the end of this month, we will lose our battle with solar gravity and we’ll come in at 3.9 kilometers a second, which is about 8,700 miles per hour,” Helene Winters, Messenger project manager, said in a statement released by NASA. Read more
Tinertia is primed and ready to launch this Fall. It’s currently in development for PS4, Xbox One and PC. The game is built on the premise of Quake-like fun, Sonic-like speed and precision controls … all without a jump button. Good luck with that! Read more