Sci-tech

NASA's InSight lander "hears" Martian winds

NASA's InSight lander InSight's robotic arm, which records vibrations that move over the landers 7 metre solar panels. An internal air pressure sensor whose job it is to collect meteorological data, recorded the air vibrations directly. They are so small that the human ear to perceive them can not, however, pass the locator probe. It's been less than two weeks since InSight touched down on the surface of the Red... [Full Article...]

First Ministers meeting reveals division Trudeau has fostered

First Ministers meeting reveals division Trudeau has fostered Ontario government house leader Todd Smith said the agenda doesn't deal with the concerns of the provinces, which include the carbon tax , the GM plant closure and the oil-price crisis. All three continued to criticize Trudeau's agenda. Back in the fall of 2015, a little over 1,000 days ago, Premier Rachel Notley was the fresh-faced newcomer at the table as Canada's first ministers gathered i... [Full Article...]

Running on water added to gecko's impressive list of capabilities

Running on water added to gecko's impressive list of capabilities But the gecko is of intermediate size: at about 6 grams (one-fifth of an ounce, or the weight of a sheet of paper), they are too large to float above the surface, but too light to keep their bodies above water by slapping forces only. For all the ingenuity of this multi-tasking approach, geckos can only keep their head and torso fully above the water, leaving their tails dragging underneath. [Full Article...]

China launches mission to explore dark side of the moon

China launches mission to explore dark side of the moon The launch took place from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center in Sichuan Province on a Long March 3B rocket today, December 7, at 1:23 pm Eastern time (2:23 am local time in China). There are also few of the "mare" - dark basaltic "seas" created by lava flows - that are evident on the near side. Chang'e 4 will also conduct some radio-astronomy work, taking advantage of the peace and quiet on th... [Full Article...]

The Geminid meteor shower kicks off tonight

The Geminid meteor shower kicks off tonight The outer-space website says that the meteors will be cutting stripes of light en-masse this year, with more than 1 meteor appearing per minute and up to 100 meteors passing per hour. Since then, the shower has only grown as Jupiter's gravity has pulled the stream of particles that follow asteroid 3200 Phaethon - which comprises the meteor shower - and moved them closer to Earth over time. [Full Article...]

New theory could explain missing 95 percent of the cosmos

Under negative mass, the rules of the game are switched: for example, if you push an object it accelerates towards you. The dark fluid theory also predicts the behavior of dark matter halos - a theoretical component that protects a galaxy that spins rapidly from ripping itself apart. [Full Article...]

China launches Chang'e-4 lunar probe

China launches Chang'e-4 lunar probe It's mission will be to explore the composition of the lunar surface. Scientists will study the data it collects in order to see how it compares to samples from the near side of the Moon . During the lunar night - which lasts 14 earth days - temperatures will drop as low as minus 173 degrees Celsius (minus 279 Fahrenheit). Instruments must withstand those fluctuations and generate enough ener... [Full Article...]

Watch SpaceX blast off to the ISS live online HERE

Watch SpaceX blast off to the ISS live online HERE Musk added that the Falcon 9 appears to be undamaged and is transmitting data. The mission had been a complete success until the aborted landing. LZ 1 was built on the former site of Space Launch Complex 13, a Cold War-Era U.S. Besides smoked turkey breast and all the other fixings for Christmas dinner, the delivery includes 40 mice and 36,000 worms for aging and muscle studies, respectively... [Full Article...]


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