Science and Technology   Wed 8 Jul 23:36 GMT

The universe is expanding — and we may finally know just how quickly

The universe is expanding — and we may finally know just how quickly

Astronomers discovered an unlikely merger between two neutron stars which could hold clues about the rate at which the universe expands.

Inverse - 22 minutes ago

Tour a socially distanced, survivalist bunker home of the futureBusiness Insider

Tour a socially distanced, survivalist bunker home of the futureBusiness Insider

Sergey Makhno Architects designed the doomsday shelter so that owners would want to live in the space even if the world doesn't come to an end.

Business Insider - 23 minutes ago

Researchers develop mobile rapid test to assess coral thermotolerance

Researchers develop mobile rapid test to assess coral thermotolerance

Coral death is impacting oceans worldwide as a consequence of climate change. The concern is that corals cannot keep pace with the rate of ocean warming. In particular, because a temperature increase of only one degree Celsius can make the difference between …

phys.org - 2 hours ago

Some Polynesians Carry Native American DNA, Study Finds

Some Polynesians Carry Native American DNA, Study Finds

A new genetic study suggests that Polynesians made an epic voyage to South America 800 years ago.

New York Times - 2 hours ago

Vital Clues to Unsolved Mysteries in Astrophysics – Including Expansion of the Universe – From Colliding Neutron Stars

Vital Clues to Unsolved Mysteries in Astrophysics – Including Expansion of the Universe – From Colliding Neutron Stars

An important breakthrough in how we can understand dead star collisions and the expansion of the Universe has been made by an international team, led by the University of East Anglia. They have discovered an unusual pulsar — one of deep space's magnetized spi…

SciTechDaily - 2 hours ago

Airport Tech trends: Aviation leads Twitter mentions in Q2 2020

Airport Tech trends: Aviation leads Twitter mentions in Q2 2020

Aviation leads as Airport Technology lists the top five terms tweeted on airlines in Q2 2020, based on data from GlobalData’s Influencer Platform.

Airport Technology - 2 hours ago

'Bystander Effect' Holds True For Rats. They'll Help Strangers Unless Others Don't : ShotsHealth News

'Bystander Effect' Holds True For Rats. They'll Help Strangers Unless Others Don't : ShotsHealth News

Experiments in people have long shown that the presence of indifferent bystanders hurts the chances that someone will help a stranger in an emergency. Rats, it turns out, behave the same way.

NPR - 2 hours ago

Gene-editing find could point to cures for mitochondrial diseases

Gene-editing find could point to cures for mitochondrial diseases

Researchers reported Wednesday that they had turned a bacterial toxin into the world’s first editor of genes in mitochondria, the cell's power plant.

STAT - 2 hours ago

This glacier in the Alps turned pink with 'watermelon snow'—here's what a scientist says is happening

This glacier in the Alps turned pink with 'watermelon snow'—here's what a scientist says is happening

"Watermelon snow," also known as "pink snow," is common in the Alps during the summer, but one scientist says it's more prominent this year. Researcher Biagio Di Mauro thinks low snowfall and high atmospheric temperatures may have caused algal blooms to turn …

CNBC - 2 hours ago

Click to Pay credit card technology offers one-step online shopping

Click to Pay credit card technology offers one-step online shopping

Buying stuff online has become a lot easier with a payment system that does away with the need to enter card details with every purchase.

stuff.co.nz - 2 hours ago

Mysterious, gel-like substance discovered on the far side of the moon has been identified

Mysterious, gel-like substance discovered on the far side of the moon has been identified

Scientists have identified a strange, gel-like substance that was discovered on the far side of the moon.

Fox News - 3 hours ago

Robotic lab assistant is 1,000 times faster at conducting research

Robotic lab assistant is 1,000 times faster at conducting research

A mobile autonomous robotic lab assistant developed by researchers from the University of Liverpool is 1,000 times faster than human researchers at performing experiments. It uses LIDAR to navigate the lab and can handle equipment like a human.

The Verge - 3 hours ago

Ancient voyage carried Native Americans' DNA to remote Pacific islands

Ancient voyage carried Native Americans' DNA to remote Pacific islands

Finding that some Polynesians carry genetic ancestry from South America supports long-held theory that ancient populations met and interbred.

nature.com - 4 hours ago

There's pink snow in the Alps that looks stunning, but it's a very bad sign – BGR

There's pink snow in the Alps that looks stunning, but it's a very bad sign – BGR

Pink snow is appearing in the Italian Alps, offering clues as to mankind’s impacts on the planet’s climate. The snow changes color due to algae blooms which absorb even more heat and then melt more snow. It’s a slippery slope, and mankind’s gradual warming of…

BGR - 4 hours ago

NASA completes investigation on flawed Boeing Starliner capsule test flight

NASA completes investigation on flawed Boeing Starliner capsule test flight

But we still don't know when Starliner will fly again.

space.com - 4 hours ago

Spider silk made by photosynthetic bacteria

Spider silk made by photosynthetic bacteria

Spiders produce amazingly strong and lightweight threads called draglines that are made from silk proteins. Although they can be used to manufacture a number of useful materials, getting enough of the protein is difficult because only a small amount can be pr…

phys.org - 4 hours ago

Baby raptor discovered in Alaska may have been a permanent resident of the ancient Arctic

Baby raptor discovered in Alaska may have been a permanent resident of the ancient Arctic

The discovery of a baby dinosaur's jawbone helps prove that some dinosaurs made their home in the Arctic. Paleontologists may have identified a new species of dinosaur that lived, mated and nested in the Arctic 70 million years ago.

CNN - 4 hours ago

Electron Rocket's 13th Launch Failed, Destroying its Satellite Payload

Electron Rocket's 13th Launch Failed, Destroying its Satellite Payload

In what would have been the 12th successful launch of their Electron rocket, Rocket Lab

Universe Today - 5 hours ago

NZ jobs lost as Scott Technology goes into recovery mode

NZ jobs lost as Scott Technology goes into recovery mode

The company has let go of 20 per cent of its global workforce.

New Zealand Herald - 6 hours ago

Odd pink snow in the Alps is pretty, but it might also be a red flag

Odd pink snow in the Alps is pretty, but it might also be a red flag

More "watermelon snow" in the Alps could be a sign of fast-melting ice.

CNET - 6 hours ago

Linux company SUSE outbids competitors for fast-growing start-up Rancher Labs

Linux company SUSE outbids competitors for fast-growing start-up Rancher Labs

A recession isn't getting in the way of a smaller technology company picking up a fast-growing start-up.

CNBC - 6 hours ago

Plate tectonics research rewrites history of Earth's continents

Plate tectonics research rewrites history of Earth's continents

Curtin University-led research has found new evidence to suggest that the Earth's first continents were not formed by subduction in a modern-like plate tectonics environment as previously thought, and instead may have been created by an entirely different pro…

phys.org - 6 hours ago

Scientists make precise edits to mitochondrial DNA for first time

Scientists make precise edits to mitochondrial DNA for first time

Feat enables researchers to study — and perhaps treat — deadly diseases.

nature.com - 6 hours ago

Building NASA's Psyche: design done, now full speed ahead on hardware

Building NASA's Psyche: design done, now full speed ahead on hardware

Psyche, the NASA mission to explore a metal-rock asteroid of the same name, recently passed a crucial milestone that brings it closer to its August 2022 launch date. Now the mission is moving from planning and designing to high-gear manufacturing of the space…

phys.org - 7 hours ago

Animals who try to sound 'bigger' are good at learning sounds

Animals who try to sound 'bigger' are good at learning sounds

Some animals fake their body size by sounding bigger than they actually are. Maxime Garcia from the University of Zurich and Andrea Ravignani from the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics studied 164 different mammals and found that animals that lower t…

phys.org - 7 hours ago

NASA's InSight flexes its arm while its 'mole' hits pause

NASA's InSight flexes its arm while its 'mole' hits pause

NASA's InSight lander has been using its robotic arm to help the heat probe known as the "mole" burrow into Mars. The mission is providing the first look at the Red Planet's deep interior to reveal details about the formation of Mars and, ultimately, all rock…

phys.org - 7 hours ago

Watch SpaceX launch its latest batch of Starlink satellites, with two hitchhiking spacecraft

Watch SpaceX launch its latest batch of Starlink satellites, with two hitchhiking spacecraft

SpaceX is back with another launch of its internet-beaming Starlink satellites on Wednesday, July 8th. The company’s Falcon 9 rocket is slated to take off from Cape Canaveral, Florida, at 11:59AM ET, launching 57 Starlink spacecraft, as well as two hitchhikin…

The Verge - 8 hours ago

Comet NEOWISE Has Suddenly Become Visible to the Unaided Eye

Comet NEOWISE Has Suddenly Become Visible to the Unaided Eye

A comet has suddenly become visible to the unaided eye. Comet C/2020 F3 (NEOWISE) was discovered in late March and brightened as it reached its closest approach to the Sun, inside the orbit of Mercury, late last week. The interplanetary iceberg survived solar…

SciTechDaily - 8 hours ago

SpaceX could send NASA to Jupiter's potentially habitable moon Europa

SpaceX could send NASA to Jupiter's potentially habitable moon Europa

Congress has opened the door to a commercial rocket launching a NASA mission to deep space.

CNET - 8 hours ago

NASA Scientist Simulates Sunsets on Other Planets

NASA Scientist Simulates Sunsets on Other Planets

NASA scientist Geronimo Villanueva built a tool that models the colorful, alien sunsets of planets like Mars, Uranus, and Venus.

Mental Floss - 9 hours ago

Probe of failed Boeing Starliner launch finds a long list of problems

Probe of failed Boeing Starliner launch finds a long list of problems

The independent team NASA and Boeing formed to look into Starliner’s failed flight to the ISS is done with its investigation. The joint review team ended their investigation with 80 recommendations for NASA and Boeing to address, with the most notable sugges…

Engadget - 11 hours ago

Famous ‘Jurassic Park’ Dinosaur Was a Lot Bigger and More Powerful Than Scientists, or Movie Makers, Thought

Famous ‘Jurassic Park’ Dinosaur Was a Lot Bigger and More Powerful Than Scientists, or Movie Makers, Thought

From movies to museum exhibits, the dinosaur Dilophosaurus is no stranger to pop culture. Many probably remember it best from the movie "Jurassic Park," where it's depicted as a venom-spitting beast with a rattling frill around its neck and two paddle-like cr…

SciTechDaily - 12 hours ago

Hubble just sent back this incredible image of the NGC 2775 galaxy, 67 million light years away

Hubble just sent back this incredible image of the NGC 2775 galaxy, 67 million light years away

The Hubble Space Telescope is an incredible thing. Launched 30 years ago, it flies around the earth travelling at around 17,000 miles per hour snapping pictures deep into space. How deep? Well, at least 67 million light-years – or 393,867,900,000,000,000,000 …

DIYphotography - 12 hours ago

NASA Skywatching Tips for July 2020: Jupiter, Saturn, Venus, Mercury, Comets & Meteor Showers

NASA Skywatching Tips for July 2020: Jupiter, Saturn, Venus, Mercury, Comets & Meteor Showers

As summer begins, the daily periods of sunlight begin to shorten. For the Washington, D.C. area (using the location of NASA Headquarters), on the day of the full Moon (Sunday, July 5, 2020) morning twilight will begin at 4:37 a.m., sunrise will be at 5:49 a.m…

SciTechDaily - 14 hours ago

How long to play dead in order to stay alive?

How long to play dead in order to stay alive?

Many animals remain motionless or play dead after being attacked by a predator in the hope that it will give up and move onto some other unfortunate prey.

phys.org - 14 hours ago

First Direct Evidence of Gulf Stream “Blender Effect” – New Mechanism of Ocean Mixing

First Direct Evidence of Gulf Stream “Blender Effect” – New Mechanism of Ocean Mixing

University of Maryland researcher discovers important ocean blender effect that may influence climate and fisheries from Florida to Newfoundland. New research provides the first direct evidence for the Gulf Stream blender effect, identifying a new mechanism o…

SciTechDaily - 15 hours ago

Melting Arctic ice could unleash deadly waves of ancient viruses

Melting Arctic ice could unleash deadly waves of ancient viruses

Scientists say that melting permafrost has the potential to unleash viruses and bacteria that have been dormant for tens or even hundreds of thousands of years. DNA viruses would be most likely to survive long periods of time in frozen stasis. Our best defens…

BGR - 15 hours ago

Physics team observes extremely fast electronic changes in real time in a special material class

Physics team observes extremely fast electronic changes in real time in a special material class

In physics, they are currently the subject of intensive research; in electronics, they could enable completely new functions. So-called topological materials are characterized by special electronic properties, which are also very robust against external pertu…

phys.org - 18 hours ago

Where does the Milky Way get its energy? Scientists may have found the answer

Where does the Milky Way get its energy? Scientists may have found the answer

A new study provides new clues to figuring out how much energy floats through the center of our galaxy.

Inverse - 19 hours ago

Are the poles reversing? Earth’s magnetic field 10 times more volatile than expected

Are the poles reversing? Earth’s magnetic field 10 times more volatile than expected

A study by researchers from the UK and US shows that the Earth’s magnetic field, which protects it from the Sun’s destructive solar flares, may change direction 10 times faster than previously thought.

RT - 19 hours ago

Melbourne Starts 6 Week Lockdown; Ideas For How To Reopen Schools : Consider This from NPR

Melbourne Starts 6 Week Lockdown; Ideas For How To Reopen Schools : Consider This from NPR

The Australian state of Victoria, which includes Melbourne, just started a new six-week lockdown. The state just recorded a record number of new daily cases: 191. Education and public health experts agree it's important that kids get back to school …

NPR - 20 hours ago

Scientists discover core of bizarre, Neptune-sized dead planet

Scientists discover core of bizarre, Neptune-sized dead planet

It's orbiting a star 730 light-years from Earth.

Axios - 20 hours ago

NASA Teases ‘Psyche,’ A Robot To Explore An Asteroid Worth More Than Our Global Economy

NASA Teases ‘Psyche,’ A Robot To Explore An Asteroid Worth More Than Our Global Economy

Space agency reveals the hardware that will fly to its target in the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter.

Forbes - 20 hours ago

Bengaluru scientists find out where the Lithium in your smartphone came from

Bengaluru scientists find out where the Lithium in your smartphone came from

How did lithium – a metal integral to modern life, thanks to long duration batteries – come to the Earth? This has been a long-held scientific puzzle that has now been cracked by astrophysicists from Bengaluru in collaboration with their international partner…

Deccan Herald - 20 hours ago

Study reveals science behind traditional mezcal-making technique

Study reveals science behind traditional mezcal-making technique

Artisanal makers of mezcal have a tried and true way to tell when the drink has been distilled to the right alcohol level. They squirt some into a small container and look for little bubbles, known as pearls. If the alcohol content is too high or too low, the…

phys.org - 20 hours ago

Mars spacecraft Hope: How to watch UAE's historic launch to the red planet

Mars spacecraft Hope: How to watch UAE's historic launch to the red planet

The satellite aims to offer a holistic view of how Mars' climate varies during the year.

CNET - 20 hours ago

Climate explained: what the world was like the last time carbon dioxide levels were at 400ppm

Climate explained: what the world was like the last time carbon dioxide levels were at 400ppm

(MENAFN - The Conversation) CC BY-ND Climate Explained is a collaboration between The Conversation, Stuff and the New Zealand Science Media Centre to answer your questions about climate change. If you have a question you'd like an expert to answer, pl…

menafn.com - a day ago