Professor Hawking said US President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Paris Climate Agreement, has doomed Earth to one day become uninhabitable. And repeating his warning, the physicist said climate change deniers should look to Venus which is now a boiling planet In the second episode of his Emmy-winning web series Favourite Places, which
SPACEX’S launch of a top secret US satellite appears to have failed after the spacecraft reportedly burned up in the planet’s atmosphere and fell back to Earth. But is the US satellite now lost? Official reports of what happened during launch are scarce with neither aerospace company SpaceX nor Northrop Grumman Corp – the company
At least 6 people have been killed over the past couple of days after huge amounts of heavy wet snow covered the Alps, causing numerous avalanches. Heavy snow continues falling across the mountain region, particularly in many western and southwestern parts where some areas are in lockdown after 1.5 to 2 m (4.9 – 6.5 feet)
SpaceX launched its Falcon 9 rocket, attached to the US satellite Zuma, from Cape Canaveral in Florida on Sunday at 8pm EST time following weeks of delays. The details have been shrouded in mystery but Zuma is believed to a code name for a US Government spy satellite on a mission into low Earth orbit.
The footage uploaded to YouTube has been hailed as proof of a long-running conspiracy theory that there are buildings on the Moon, which could either be occupied by aliens, or be a secret NASA outpost. Most video or images put forward in the past as proof of the conspiracy theory have shown blurry white objects
With temperatures reaching up to 44.2C in parts of New South Wales (NSW), Australia, some local wildlife is struggling to survive. Hundreds of flying foxes have dropped dead in the sky as their brains “fry” in the searing heat. In Campbelltown, NSW, at least 204 of the flying foxes have died, most of them infants.
An extraterrestrial appears to have been caught on camera in a remote snowy part of Romania near the city of Târgoviște, according to the YouTube clip. In the clip, said to have been filmed earlier this month, a spindly, large-headed creature walks awkwardly on two legs towards a flying saucer that is perched impossibly upon
A rare discovery from Queen Anne’s Revenge – the wreck of famous pirate Blackbeard’s ship – could offer some insight into the sort of reading material you might find on a pirate vessel. Scraps of decaying paper were found waterlogged and stuffed in a cannon. It’s a remarkable find, since paper extremely rarely survives
The question of where we humans come from is one many people ask, and the answer is getting more complicated as new evidence is emerging all the time. For most of recorded history humankind has been placed on a metaphorical, and sometimes literal, pedestal. Sure, modern humans were flesh and blood like other animals.
A very bright flash was seen over thousands of kilometers over Russia around 00:22 local time January 7, 2018 (20:22 UTC, January 6). The flash was followed by a ground-shaking explosion. According to witness reports, the explosion was centered west the Ural Mountains, especially over Bashkortostan, Udmurtia, and Tatarstan but was seen over a vast swath of Russia. Experts
DNA is helping solve a new type of crime scene – linking the DNA of rhino horns confiscated from poachers and traffickers to specific sites where carcasses of the murdered rhinoceroses are found. To date, the Rhino DNA Index System (RhODIS) has been used to match rhino DNA to over 120 criminal cases. “Unlike
Lightyear One, a car whose ability to use solar power has been thought of as an impossible feat, just won a Climate Change Innovator Award. Designed by the Dutch startup Lightyear, the “car that charges itself” can supposedly drive for months without charging and has a 400-800 km range. But is a solar-powered car feasible?
Astronomers from the University of South Florida have taken a keen interest in the unique traveller focusing the Submillimeter Telescope at Mount Graham on it. Astronomer Michael Mattiazzo said: ”The last notable comet with high CO was Comet Humason in 1962, so this is quite a rare sight. “It will be very interesting to watch
Franchises such as Star Trek and Star Wars were thought of as fantastical when they were first released, but now things such as lasers and robots will be a staple of militaries. The Office of Naval Research (ONR) began sponsoring research in the 1950s that helped develop the first lasers. “Lasers” are an acronym for
The high-profile mission, backed by SpaceX founder Elon Musk, has been branded a “total loss”. During the customary live stream, the feed cut out just before the key second stage of the mission which would launch the satellite into orbit to protect the top secret nature of the Zuma mission. More to follow… Source link
Snow has covered northern Algeria’s desert around the city of Ain Sefra for the second winter in a row on January 7, 2018. The last time this region saw snow before December 2016 was in 2013. The snowfall in northern Algeria was caused by the same weather system that affected the western Mediterranean over the past couple
When exposed to weightless conditions, astronauts can really pick up a temperature, new research reveals. This kind of ‘space fever’ comes on even when the body is at rest, and this strange finding is giving us more insight into how human beings cope outside of Earth’s orbit. The temperature rises don’t come on instantly
The arms race towards the development of killer robots is a growing threat to the horror and devastation of warfare, the Campaign to Stop Killer Robots group has argued. The Campaign warned that the rise of automated weapons risks unleashing “swarms” of machines that will struggle to differentiate between combatants and civilians. But Dr Simon
More than 70 people have died in India and Nepal over the weekend as intense cold wave descended upon the region. According to local media reports, lack of night shelters and amenities have already led to the death of over 70 homeless and poor people in India’s state of Uttar Pradesh, as of Saturday, January 6,
Scientists suggest the impact of warming seas has been underestimated and the impact is far worst than first thought. And melting glaciers are also a key factor putting pressure on the ocean, the papers, published by the Geophysical Research letters show. It is thought that the rising sea levels could have an impact on the
The next supermoon will be on January 31, it follows on from the last supermoon on January 1 and marks the last in the supermoon trilogy – the first happened on December 3 2017. A Blue Moon happens when two full moons occur in the same calendar month and so the January 31 supermoon will
Two rounds of very heavy snowfall hit China’s eastern and central regions since January 2, 2018, with freezing rain in Guizhou, Hunan and Jiangxi. 21 people were killed and millions affected, as of January 8, 2018. Heavy snowfall affecting the provinces of Anhui, Jiangsu, Henan, Hubei, Hunan, Shaanxi, Shanxi, and Chongqing Municipality destroyed over 700 houses and damaged nearly
The east coast of the US continues to be ravaged by a freezing cold snap while the other side of the country has been hit by wildfires. These are a signs of the times according to one professor, who says that the situation will only worsen in the next few years. Eventually, Dr Guy McPherson,
NASA scientists sparked furious a frenzy after the US space agency tweeted about finding stick like figures. They were snapped by the NASA Curiosity rover which is a droid currently exploring the surface of the planet and beaming back high-definition images. The NASA Curiosity rover Twitter account said: “Meanwhile, back on Mars… I’m checking out
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has said that a stream of solar wind will hit our magnetic field today, January 8. The stream of cosmic material stems from a hole in the sun’s atmosphere. Space Weather wrote on its website: “Solar wind flowing from … northern coronal hole should reach Earth on Jan.
A strengthening weather system currently located over the open waters of the east-central Pacific is on its way toward the southern and central California coast. It will bring heavy rain, gusty winds and mountain snow to the region through Tuesday, January 9, 2018. This may result in debris flows and mudslides due to recent wildfires,
Tropical Cyclone “Ava” reached a peak intensity of 167 km/h (103 mph), an equivalent to Category 2 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson scale, just hours before it made landfall over Toamasina, Madagascar on January 5, 2018. Heavy rain was falling across northern Madagascar since January 3 and increased with the landfall, producing deadly floods and landslides.
American Robert Miller recorded a sensational YouTube clip which he said he made to “clear his conscience” as he is “getting old.” In the video, seen by more than 300,000 people, he said he was a former marine corps pilot who was recruited to test fly a craft that had been “reverse engineered” from the
A relatively large newly discovered asteroid designated 2018 AH flew past Earth at 0.77 LD / 0.00199 AU (~297 699 km / 184 982 miles) on January 2, 2018. This is the 1st known asteroid to flyby Earth within 1 LD this year, 54th since January 1, 2017 and the largest within 1 LD since 2011. 2018 AH
Known as Comet PanSTARRS or C/2016 R2, the space body has been alerting experts who noticed it is leaving a bizarre blue trail in its wake. Astronomy photographer Michael Jäger took images of the comet from his base in St Oswald, Austria, on January 6. The comet seems to be on a strange and chaotic
Scared of snakes? The thought of Titanoboa might make you shiver even if you’re not. Imagine a snake 48 feet (14.6 metres) long. Now imagine it slithering through the jungle and eating entire crocodiles. Don’t worry – Titanoboa cerrejonensis isn’t on the loose today. But 60 million years ago, the snake reigned supreme. Now
With an ambient air temperature of -37.7 °C (-36 °F), the Mount Washington Observatory in New Hampshire (elevation 1 916 m / 6 288 feet a.s.l.) tied for the second-coldest location on Earth on Saturday, January 6, 2018. “We’re only 2 °F [1.1 °C] shy of the coldest,” the observatory said, adding that they are contending with a bit
If a cluster of small holes makes your stomach turn and your skin crawl, you are not alone. You’re one of around 16 percent of people who experience something called trypophobia – the irrational fear of holes. But, some scientists are now saying, maybe it’s not a phobia after all. That’s because, well, it
Following the first known eruption of Papua New Guinea’s Kadovar volcano that took place on January 5, 2018, the Rabaul Volcanological Observatory (RVO) believes that the eruption could become explosive, posing a risk of landslides and tsunamis. RVO said they based their belief on the chemistry of the most recent (pre-historic) cumulodome (high-silica andesite), Loop PNG reported
An increase in seismic energy was observed at Chilean Nevados de Chillán volcano in recent days, country’s National Service of Geology and Mining (SERNAGEOMIN) reported Sunday, January 7, 2018. In addition, a crack was observed at the bottom of the new crater. The eruptive activity at the volcano over the past 7 days was characterized by
2018 is already a year for extremes. While Sydney, Australia, was sweltering through one of its hottest days on record on Sunday (a blistering 47.3 degrees C or 117 degrees F), on Saturday, the award for second coldest temperature on Earth went to New Hampshire’s Mount Washington in the US. The Mount Washington Observatory
A short, sharp burst of very hot desert air hit South Australia and the southeastern States over the weekend forcing authorities to issue total fire bans and health advisories. The brunt of the heat took Penrith, west of Sydney where Sunday’s temperatures (January 7) reached 47.3 °C (117 °F) at 15:25 local time, just shy of
Decades of measurements and predictions of sea level rise could have underestimated the scale of the problem, experts warn, due to scientists not accounting for the weighty, warping effects of our ever burgeoning oceans. Existing assessments of sea level rise haven’t factored in that as the total ocean mass increases due to melting glaciers
One Laysan albatross is brazenly defying the norms for her species. Wisdom, the world’s oldest known wild bird, has returned to home port and laid an egg – at the magnificent age of 67 years old. It’s a feat that gets more impressive every year she does it – because the lifespan of Laysan
Just six years ago, more than 40 percent of Britain’s electricity was generated by burning coal. Today, that figure is just 7 percent. Yet if the story of 2016 was the dramatic demise of coal and its replacement by natural gas, then 2017 was most definitely about the growth of wind power. Wind provided
When I looked at my appointment book for the day, I thought something must be wrong. Someone who worked in the fitness industry was bringing his cat in to the Tufts Obesity Clinic for Animals. Did he confuse us for a different kind of weight management clinic? Is he looking to get muscle on
GETTY-ESA-HUBBLE-NASA The image was captured by the Hubble’s Wide Field Camera 3 The Hubble’s Wide Field Camera 3 photographed the galaxy named UGC 6093, it has beautiful arms that swirl outwards from a bar slicing through the galaxy’s centre – which is known as a barred galaxy. It is classified as an active galaxy which
GETTY Two teams have shown the existence of a fourth spatial dimension Since Albert Einstein developed the theory of relativity in 1905, the fourth dimension usually meant time. But, two teams in the US and another in Europe have shown the existence of a fourth spatial dimension. Mikael Rechtsman from Penn State University said: “Physically,
The Zuma craft, thought to be a satellite, was built by Northrop Grumman after being funded by an unknown arm of the US government for a mysterious mission to be launched into a low orbit by SpaceX. Northrop Grumman communications director Lon Rains said: “The Zuma payload is a restricted payload. It will be launched
The private space agency will launch the craft codenamed Zuma, thought to be a satellite, to carry out unknown observations and communications for the US government. The Falcon 9 rocket, which will take the satellite into orbit, has been sitting on the launch pad in Cape Canaveral Air Force Station since the launch was delayed
A very low tide was observed along the coast of Ecuador as the Earth reached perihelion on January 3, 2018. The combination of oceanographic and atmospheric factors contributed to a significant decrease in sea level, meaning that between January 2 and 5 there was pronounced sea retreat that is not that usual in some parts of
Severe thunderstorms coming from Spain to the Pyrénées Orientales and Aude have affected southern France on January 6 and 7, 2018, producing heavy rain, large hail and at least one tornado. More than 70 homes were damaged and one person injured. This weather system produced several tornadoes in Spain on January 6, of which one damaged or destroyed
The Falcon 9 rocket will deliver the Zuma spacecraft to orbit on behalf of the US Government and aerospace and defence company Northrop Grumman. The Zuma payload is shrouded in mystery but it is thought to be a code name for a US Government satellite on a mission into low Earth orbit. The SpaceX launch