Decades ago, Wally Funk was denied a chance to become an astronaut because of her gender. She finally achieved her dream of making it to space. Norah O'Donnell has more on Funk's journey to get there.
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In this Blue Planet II clip, David Attenborough shows how a Portuguese man o' war hunts down prey using its venomous tentacles. The post Portuguese Man O’ War Video Shows Its Alien Hunting Tactics appeared first on Nerdist.
Spanish animator MetaBallStudios has made a super enlightening comparison of both the fastest and slowest things in the universe. The post A Comparison of the Fastest Things in the Universe appeared first on Nerdist.
Here’s one: NASA saved at least $548 million, and perhaps more, thanks to just one contract with Elon Musk’s SpaceX. Last week, the US space agency tapped the company’s Falcon Heavy rocket to launch a space probe to one of Jupiter’s moons, Europa, in 2024. The much-awaited Europa Clipper mission will fly by and assess the evidence of water—and extra-terrestrial life—on the astronomical body.
Neuroscientists from Seattle’s Allen Institute and other research institutions have wrapped up a five-year, multimillion-dollar project with the release of a high-resolution 3-D map showing the connections between 200,000 cells in a clump of mouse brain about as big as a grain of sand. The data collection, which is now publicly available online, was developed as part of the Machine Intelligence From Cortical Networks program, or MICrONS for short. MICrONS was funded in 2016 with $100 million in
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NASA JPL engineers are designing a new type of rover that could finally explore Venus’ hellish conditions 👀
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NASA has delayed Boeing's spaceship flight after a Russian module pushed the space station out of position
Boeing needs to show that its spaceship is safe for astronauts after failing its last test flight. But Russia's spacecraft glitch delayed the launch.
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Scientists warn that glaciers are rapidly shrinking, mainly due to human-released greenhouse gas emissions, which could release ancient viruses and bacteria into the environment.
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A Canadian geologist may have found the earliest fossil record of animal life on Earth, according to a report published Wednesday in the journal Nature. Around a billion years ago, a region of northwest Canada now defined by steep mountains was a prehistoric marine environment where the remains of ancient sponges may be preserved in mineral sediment, the paper says. Geologist Elizabeth Turner discovered the rocks in a remote region of the Northwest Territories accessible only by helicopter, where she has been excavating since the 1980s.
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Ingenuity has traveled more than a mile in total. Its recent flights have taken the little drone over more treacherous terrain.
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Boeing will once again try to fly its spaceship to the space station for NASA on Friday, after failing its first attempt
Last time the Starliner spacecraft tried to fly to the International Space Station, software issues came up. Now Boeing is ready to try again.
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Russian and Chinese activity in space is causing daily threats, the Chief of the Air Staff has revealed. Air Chief Marshal Sir Mike Wigston said Moscow and Beijing were engaging in “questionable” activity such as flying satellites within “close proximity” of others, as well as more “dangerous activity” that could destroy other satellites, on a daily basis. He also said that they were gathering intelligence, and that future conflicts would be “won or lost in space”. “Reckless” behaviour from the
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A newly arrived Russian science lab briefly knocked the International Space Station out of position Thursday. For 47 minutes, the space station lost control of its orientation when the Russian lab accidentally fired its thrusters after docking, pushing the complex from its normal configuration. The station's positioning is key for getting power from solar panels and communications.
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This desalination plant in Carlsbad, California - the largest in the Western Hemisphere - produces 50 million gallons of drinking water daily… enough for 400 thousand homes in San Diego County.And now, as Western states face an epic drought, Poseidon Water - which operates the plant - could soon get approval to build another desalination plant… this time, near a power plant in Huntington Beach.And environmentalists aren’t happy about it."It's great to be water independent, and we should be striving for that. But we should be doing it in a responsible way. And desalinated water is not the way to go.”Andrea Leon-Grossmann is with the ocean conservation group Azul.“This is the most expensive way to source water, it's the most energy intensive way to do it. And the way it decimates the ocean, both by the intake and by how we're dumping brine back into the ocean, is really, it should be the last resort, not the first way for sourcing water.”Desalination - at its most basic - removes salt water from ocean water, making it fresh and drinkable.But the intake method is problematic, according to environmentalists, who say that tiny organisms such as larvae and plankton get killed in the process.Poseidon is now required to add finer intake screens to protect more fish. Poseidon - which has been trying to build the Huntington plant for 22 years and some $100 million has been spent navigating state regulations - insists the new project will actually help the environment. VP of Poseidon Water, Scott Maloni:“In the case of Huntington Beach, the total quantity of impact would be no more than 0.02 percent of the plankton at risk of being entrained. There's no threatened or endangered species that are at risk, and the mitigation that's in place will ensure that the project will be a net environmental benefit, by producing more habitat that will be impacted by the operation of the facility.”A regional water board has approved a permit for the project on condition that the company increase its commitment to rehabilitate a nearby wetlands reserve and build an artificial reef. There is one last major regulatory hurdle; the California Coastal Commission, which is expected to vote before the end of the year.Despite the opposition from conservationists, the company feels confident enough to talk of breaking ground by the end of 2022 on the $1.4 billion plant that would produce tens of millions of gallons of drinking water daily… Much needed good news for communities struggling with the ravages of drought.For Poseidon’s Scott Maloni, it’s a no brainer… telling Reuters: The Pacific Ocean is the largest reservoir in the world and it's always full.
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Contrary to claims shared on social media, Jeff Bezos' Blue Origin rocket launch on July 20 did not emit carbon dioxide, a major greenhouse gas.
The two-seat electric buggies were developed in part by General Motors and Boeing and had to weigh under 500 pounds but handle about 1,200 pounds of payload. According to NASA, it was driven about 17 miles, which would've taken a fair bit of time as the rover had a top speed of 8.7 mph. The second two trips saw mileage counts of 16.5 and 22 miles respectively.
A new moon is coming on Aug. 8, and with it comes a chance to catch a clearer glimpse of the night sky's most brilliant galaxies and star clusters.
Astronomers have detected a powerful gamma-ray burst coming from a collapsing star that went supernova 6.6 billion years ago. The post Scientists Detect Powerful Energy Burst from Exploding Star appeared first on Nerdist.
Rocket Lab is back in business launching rockets after an issue during its last launch in May caused a total loss of the payloads on board. The launch today, which took off from the company's Launch Complex 1 in New Zealand, was an important one to get right: It delivered a satellite for the U.S. Space Force to low Earth orbit. This is the second Space Force mission that Rocket Lab has provided launch services for.
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Don’t worry. Late July isn’t the only time to spot them.