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Almost a quarter of West Antarctica's ice is unstable

Fri, 05/17/2019 - 13:26
May 17 (UPI) -- West Antarctica's glaciers are increasingly vulnerable to collapse, according to a new survey of the Southern Continent's ice. According to the latest calculations of scientists at the Center for Polar Observation and Modelling, based at the ...

Dog DNA Find Could Aid Quest to Help Breeds Breathe More Easily

Fri, 05/17/2019 - 13:10
Scientists have discovered a DNA mutation linked to breathing problems in popular dog breeds. Breathing difficulties are most often associated with flat-faced breeds, such as French bulldogs and pugs, but scientists have found the mutation is also carried by ...

Radical idea proposes how Earth could avoid being swallowed by the sun

Fri, 05/17/2019 - 13:00
In an extreme case of future planning, an engineer has proposed a solution to help Earth change orbit and avoid being destroyed by a dying sun. If humanity still exists in 5bn years' time, it will either need to have become an interplanetary species that has left ...

SpaceX will launch its first 60 satellites to deliver internet from space

Fri, 05/17/2019 - 12:59
(CNN) — SpaceX wants to beam cheap broadband internet all over the planet. It's gearing up for the first crucial step toward making that a reality. Elon Musk's rocket company will try to deliver a batch of 60 satellites into low-Earth orbit, the first for a ...

A 'high-heeled' dinosaur that walked on its tiptoes

Fri, 05/17/2019 - 12:39
An artist's impression of Rhoetosaurus brownei, (c) Queensland Museum 2014. Credit: Konstantinov, Atuchin & Hocknull. Credit: University of Queensland. A 24-tonne dinosaur may have walked in a 'high-heeled' fashion, according to University of ...

May's Full Flower Moon Saturday Is, Somehow, a Blue Moon. Here's Why

Fri, 05/17/2019 - 12:39
We usually associate the term "Blue Moon" with a month containing two full moons. Nothing of that sort happens this month, and yet May 18 brings a Blue Moon nonetheless — at least according to rules drawn up by an almanac's editor nearly a century ago.

NASA Awards $45.5 Million for Private Moon Lander for Work on Project Artemis

Fri, 05/17/2019 - 12:32
NASA is serious about making its next moonshot a joint public-private project. The space agency is granting a total of $45.5 million to 11 U.S. companies, including Elon Musk's SpaceX and Jeff Bezos' Blue Origin, to help them develop spacecraft that can get ...

Humans and Neanderthals Evolved from a Mystery Common Ancestor, Huge Analysis Suggests

Fri, 05/17/2019 - 12:21
Modern humans and Neanderthals may have diverged at least 800,000 years ago, according to an analysis of nearly 1,000 teeth from humans and our close relatives. This new estimate is much older than previous estimates based on ancient DNA analyses, ...

Bedbugs survived the impact event that wiped out the dinosaurs

Fri, 05/17/2019 - 12:20
Bedbugs are notoriously difficult to eradicate. Not even the fiery asteroid impact that wiped out the dinosaurs could rid Earth of its bedbug infestation. DNA analysis of some 30 different bedbug species showed the insect has been around for at least 115 ...

A quarter of glacier ice in West Antarctica is now unstable

Fri, 05/17/2019 - 12:20
By combining 25 years of ESA satellite data, scientists have discovered that warming ocean waters have caused the ice to thin so rapidly that 24% of the glacier ice in West Antarctica is now affected. A paper published in Geophysical Research Letters ...

Galaxy Blazes with New Stars Born from Close Encounter

Fri, 05/17/2019 - 12:20
The irregular galaxy NGC 4485 shows all the signs of having been involved in a hit-and-run accident with a bypassing galaxy. Rather than destroying the galaxy, the chance encounter is spawning a new generation of stars, and presumably planets. The right ...

Ready Your Recorders! NASA Wants Your Apollo Moon Landing Memories

Fri, 05/17/2019 - 12:20
NASA wants the public's help to create an oral history of the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing. Apollo 11's lunar module touched down safely on the moon on July 20, 1969, carrying astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin. With the big anniversary ...

NASA selects 11 companies for lunar lander studies

Fri, 05/17/2019 - 12:17
WASHINGTON — NASA announced May 16 it has selected 11 companies to begin studies and initial prototype development of portions of lunar landers the agency hopes can help it meet its 2024 human landing goal. The awards are part of NASA's Next ...

How a year in space affected Scott Kelly's health

Fri, 05/17/2019 - 11:45
For nearly a year, identical twins Scott and Mark Kelly lived in different worlds — literally. Mark enjoyed Earth-bound retirement in Tucson, Ariz. Meanwhile, Scott floated in microgravity aboard the International Space Station some 400 kilometers (250 miles) ...

NASA teams up with SpaceX, Blue Origin to design a human lunar lander

Fri, 05/17/2019 - 10:55
NASA has revealed its efforts to create a human landing system shortly after it announced the Artemis lunar exploration program. The space agency has teamed up with 11 private space companies, including SpaceX and Blue Origin, to conduct studies and ...

Swatch Group 2019 Release: The Jaquet Droz Grande Seconde Monopusher Chronograph

Fri, 05/17/2019 - 10:38
The Swatch Group decided to forgo Baselworld in 2019 and have its 12 exhibiting brands release their latest novelties on their own terms. While we've seen a number of releases slowly trickle out over the past six months, it's all led up to this week for the ...

Owning a dog is influenced by genetic make-up

Fri, 05/17/2019 - 10:28
A team of Swedish and British scientists have studied the heritability of dog ownership using information from 35,035 twin pairs from the Swedish Twin Registry. The new study suggests that genetic variation explains more than half of the variation in dog ...

Researchers find breathing problems in dogs is linked to DNA mutation

Fri, 05/17/2019 - 10:12
Popular dog breeds often suffer with breathing issues, something that could be down to their genetics. A particular DNA mutation linked to breathing problems has been found by researchers. And while the problems are often associated with flat-faced breeds ...

Experimental brain-controlled hearing aid can pick out voices in a crowd

Fri, 05/17/2019 - 10:04
Buzz buzz secret hmmm hmmm don't tell anyone garble garble layoffs … The brain is unsurpassed in its ability to pick out juicy tidbits and attention-grabbing voices against a cacophony of background noise. Hearing aids, however, stink at this “cocktail party ...

Blue Flower Moon 2019 Livestream: Watch May's Full Moon Live Online

Fri, 05/17/2019 - 10:00
A “blue moon” will appear in the night sky on May 18. This relatively rare celestial event, involving the third full moon in an astronomical season with four full moons, will not happen again until August 2021. Viewers wishing to watch the blue moon live online ...

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