Science

  • Part of the dust accumulating in your house comes from outer space
    by Alexandra de Castro on April 16, 2021 at 5:32 am

    Some of the dust ending up in your vacuum cleaner is extraterrestrial. Astronomers call them micrometeorites, alien rocks as small as pollen grains. But don’t be fooled by their tininess: they make up most foreign material arriving on our planet. Scientists have been collecting evidence of […]

  • The survival of planetary systems
    by Francisca Concha Ramirez on April 13, 2021 at 3:19 am

    In 1992, Aleksander Wolszczan and Dale Frail rocked the astronomy community discovering the first two planets around a star other than our Sun. Until then, our solar system was the only planetary system we knew. That breakthrough planted the seed for the discovery of thousands of exoplanets. Over […]

  • Recent evidence of a possible fifth force of nature
    by Alexandra de Castro on March 31, 2021 at 2:44 am

    Scientists conducting an experiment at the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) reported evidence of a violation of the Standard Model of subatomic particles, which might indicate the existence of a fifth fundamental force of nature. Let us explore what evidence they have and what it […]

  • The neurotransmitter of passion
    by Magdalena Osial on March 25, 2021 at 6:54 am

    The brain is the master of human sexual behavior. It plays an important role in sexual desire, arousal, and orgasm. Sex is a complex process, which involves many neural networks. What chemicals are involved in capturing the pleasure of sex? What makes us stubbornly pursue it? Let’s explore what […]

  • SpaceX Aims for 3rd Crew Launch Hour Before Friday’s Sunrise
    by The Associated Press on April 22, 2021 at 5:59 pm

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla.—SpaceX aimed to launch its third crew a little before sunrise Friday, this time using a recycled capsule and rocket. The four astronauts, representing the United States, Japan, and France, were supposed to fly to the International Space Station on Thursday. But liftoff was […]

  • NASA Scores Wright Brothers Moment With First Helicopter Flight on Mars
    by Reuters on April 19, 2021 at 9:27 am

    LOS ANGELES—NASA’s miniature robot helicopter Ingenuity performed a successful takeoff and landing on Mars early on Monday, achieving the first powered, controlled flight by an aircraft over the surface of another planet, the U.S. space agency said. The twin-rotor whirligig’s debut on the Red […]

  • American, 2 Russians Return to Earth From Space Station
    by The Associated Press on April 17, 2021 at 2:06 pm

    MOSCOW—An American astronaut and two Russians have returned to Earth after six months aboard the International Space Station. A Soyuz space capsule carrying NASA’s Kate Rubins and Russians Sergey Ryzhikov and Sergey Kud-Sverchkov landed at 0455 GMT (12:55 a.m. EDT) Saturday in the steppes of […]

  • Pentagon Confirms ‘Pyramid-Shaped’ UFO Video to Be Authentic
    by Samuel Allegri on April 15, 2021 at 10:25 am

    Multiple photos and a video of Unidentified Aerial Phenomena (UAP) were leaked to the public earlier this week by reporter George Knapp and filmmaker Jeremy Corbell. The Pentagon now confirmed that the photographs were in fact taken by U.S. Navy personnel. The short night-vision video shows a […]

  • Views of Earth from Space
    by Caitlin Dempsey on April 22, 2021 at 6:31 pm

    The post Views of Earth from Space appeared first on Geography Realm. Over the decades, Earth has been captured from near and far by astronauts and spacecraft from space. The post Views of Earth from Space appeared first on Geography Realm.

  • Review | Under the Wave at Waimea
    by G.T. Dempsey on April 22, 2021 at 12:13 pm

    The post Review | Under the Wave at Waimea appeared first on Geography Realm. Set in Hawaii and with a champion surfer as its central character, "Under the Wave at Waimea" introduces us to the global geography of surfing. The post Review | Under the Wave at Waimea appeared first on Geography Realm.

  • Largest Alpine Lake in North America
    by Caitlin Dempsey on April 14, 2021 at 12:25 pm

    The post Largest Alpine Lake in North America appeared first on Geography Realm. Located in the Sierra Nevada mountain range, Lake Tahoe is a freshwater lake that straddles the border between California and Nevada. The post Largest Alpine Lake in North America appeared first on Geography Realm.

  • Geography of Hailstorms in the United States
    by Caitlin Dempsey on April 13, 2021 at 1:26 pm

    The post Geography of Hailstorms in the United States appeared first on Geography Realm. While hail can form anywhere in the United States experiencing a thunderstorm, geography influences where hailstorms are more likely to occur. The post Geography of Hailstorms in the United States appeared […]

  • What's the weather like in space? A new mission seeks to find out
    by Zahaan Bharmal on February 6, 2020 at 2:00 am

    Esa is launching a solar mission that could help forecast potentially catastrophic eventsOn the morning of 1 September 1859, the English astronomer Richard Carrington noticed something strange on the surface of the sun: two patches of intensely white light erupting from a cluster of dark sunspots. […]

  • E-cigarettes are still safer than smoking, scientists find
    by Linda Bauld and Suzi Gage on December 31, 2019 at 3:00 am

    Scare stories abound but the evidence remains consistentThe past decade in British healthcare has been disappointing: improvements in life expectancy and neonatal mortality have stalled and public satisfaction with the NHS has fallen sharply.But one positive singled out in a recent review of […]

  • What Seinfeld can teach us about science
    by Mićo Tatalović on July 12, 2019 at 4:45 am

    From micro pigs to the doping dangers of a poppy seed bagel, life may be imitating the US sitcomWhen Jerry Seinfeld starts his UK tour, listen out for a science joke. From early on in his TV career, the comedian poked fun at science. In his 1981 HBO debut, he said of weather forecasts: “And then […]

  • Can't stand the rain? How wet weather affects human behaviour
    by Jamie Flook on March 6, 2019 at 2:00 am

    Rainfall affects our mood, our propensity to commit crime and how hungry we feel – but why?It’s raining, it’s pouring, the old man is snoring. He bumped his head when he went to bed, and he couldn’t get up in the morning. This was possibly because in the absence of sunlight his body was […]

  • Astronomers release new all-sky map of Milky Way's outer reaches
    on April 21, 2021 at 9:22 pm

    The highlight of the new chart is a wake of stars, stirred up by a small galaxy set to collide with the Milky Way. The map could also offer a new test of dark matter theories.

  • NASA's Ingenuity Mars Helicopter succeeds in historic first flight
    on April 19, 2021 at 9:01 am

    The small rotorcraft made history, hovering above Jezero Crater, demonstrating that powered, controlled flight on another planet is possible.

  • Tarantula's ubiquity traced back to the Cretaceous
    on April 16, 2021 at 2:50 pm

    Tarantulas are among the most notorious spiders, due in part to their size, vibrant colors and prevalence throughout the world. But one thing most people don't know is that tarantulas are homebodies. Females and their young rarely leave their burrows and only mature males will wander to seek out a […]

  • COVID-19: Scientists identify human genes that fight infection
    on April 16, 2021 at 1:58 pm

    Scientists have identified a set of human genes that fight SARS-CoV-2 infection, the virus that causes COVID-19. Knowing which genes help control viral infection can greatly assist researchers' understanding of factors that affect disease severity and also suggest possible therapeutic options. The […]

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