Science and Technology   Sun 9 Aug 07:36 GMT

NASA drops "insensitive" nicknames for cosmic objects

NASA drops "insensitive" nicknames for cosmic objects

The space agency will no longer use nicknames like "Eskimo Nebula" or "Siamese Twins Galaxy."

CBS News - an hour ago

Argonne National Lab Breakthrough Turns Carbon Dioxide Into Ethanol

Argonne National Lab Breakthrough Turns Carbon Dioxide Into Ethanol

Argonne National Lab says it has created a new eletrochemical process that can convert carbon dioxide and water into ethanol efficiently and at low cost.

CleanTechnica - 2 hours ago

MIT studied shaving to see why razor blades get dull

MIT studied shaving to see why razor blades get dull

One of the great mysteries of the world is why exactly razor blades cost so much. They never seem to last long as after a few shaves there so dull they basically rip the hair out instead of cutting…

SlashGear - 4 hours ago

US Astronauts Say SpaceX Capsule ‘Came Alive’ on Trip Back to Earth

US Astronauts Say SpaceX Capsule ‘Came Alive’ on Trip Back to Earth

The two American astronauts who recently completed a historic space mission have described details about their electrifying return to Earth.

VOA News - 4 hours ago

The 2020 Perseid meteor shower peaks soon: How to watch the show

The 2020 Perseid meteor shower peaks soon: How to watch the show

Each August brings nights lit up by up to 100 shooting stars and fireballs per hour.

CNET - 4 hours ago

SpaceX launches 57 new “VisorSat” Starlink satellites

SpaceX launches 57 new “VisorSat” Starlink satellites

SpaceX launched 57 new satellites in its latest push to get its Starlink cluster up and running. The company plans to start beta trials of its Internet service served by the satellites later this s…

SlashGear - 5 hours ago

New Electrocatalyst Turns Carbon Dioxide Into Liquid Fuel

New Electrocatalyst Turns Carbon Dioxide Into Liquid Fuel

New electrocatalyst efficiently converts carbon dioxide into ethanol. Catalysts speed up chemical reactions and form the backbone of many industrial processes. For example, they are essential in transforming heavy oil into gasoline or jet fuel. Today, catalys…

SciTechDaily - 6 hours ago

99-Million-Year-Old Fossil Reveals Killer Feature Of 'Hell Ants'

99-Million-Year-Old Fossil Reveals Killer Feature Of 'Hell Ants'

The amber captured the very moment that a hell ant grasped its victim using its scythe-shaped mandibles.

International Business Times - 8 hours ago

Scientists invent a new way to track space junk during the day

Scientists invent a new way to track space junk during the day

You might not see it when you gaze up at the night sky, but there’s a whole lot of junk orbiting Earth right now. Pieces of defunct satellites, discarded rocket stages, and other manmade debris cir…

New York Post - 10 hours ago

NASA offers startling view of Beirut blast damage using satellite data

NASA offers startling view of Beirut blast damage using satellite data

On August 4, the city of Beirut experienced an enormous, incredibly tragic explosion that claimed numerous lives and caused widespread damage. Many videos of this event show the explosion from diff…

SlashGear - 12 hours ago

Elon Musk gives SpaceX employees the day off after successful week of missions

Elon Musk gives SpaceX employees the day off after successful week of missions

SpaceX employees were given the day off on Friday, CNBC has learned, as a reward for a historic week

CNBC - 12 hours ago

FBM KLCI to trade at 1578-1600 next weekhealthcare, tech and small caps in focus

FBM KLCI to trade at 1578-1600 next weekhealthcare, tech and small caps in focus

KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 8 (Bernama): The benchmark FTSE Bursa Malaysia KLCI (FBM KLCI) is expected to move between 1,578 and 1,600 points next week, with healthcare, technology-related and small cap counters anticipated to be on investors’ radar.

The Star Online - 14 hours ago

Jeff Bezos and Elon Musk's plans to colonize space are even crazier than we thought

Jeff Bezos and Elon Musk's plans to colonize space are even crazier than we thought

Bezos and Musk want to colonize the cosmos — but a new book says they’re living in a dream world

New York Post - 14 hours ago

Preserved 'Hell Ant' Has Been Devouring Its Prey for 99 Million Years

Preserved 'Hell Ant' Has Been Devouring Its Prey for 99 Million Years

A prehistoric "hell ant" in the midst of grasping its prey has been found preserved in 99-million-year-old amber.

IGN - 14 hours ago

NASA Sounding Rocket Finds Helium Structures in Sun's Atmosphere

NASA Sounding Rocket Finds Helium Structures in Sun's Atmosphere

In 2009, NASA launched a sounding rocket investigation to measure helium in the extended solar atmosphere. The results, recently published in Nature Astronomy, are helping to better understand our space environment.

LatestLY - 16 hours ago

When did humans discover how to use fire?

When did humans discover how to use fire?

The answer is hotly contested.

Live Science - 16 hours ago

Simple Test Shows Which Face Masks Are Best

Simple Test Shows Which Face Masks Are Best

What masks do the best job? That would be N95 masks without valves, followed by surgical or polypropylene masks.

WebMD - 17 hours ago

Deep-sea misconceptions cause underestimation of seabed-mining impacts

Deep-sea misconceptions cause underestimation of seabed-mining impacts

A new publication on the impacts of deep-seabed mining by 13 prominent deep-sea biologists, led by University of Hawai'i at Mānoa oceanography professor Craig Smith, seeks to dispel scientific misconceptions that have led to miscalculations of the likely effe…

phys.org - 17 hours ago

Forget Tencent Risks: Asia Tech Is Still a Buy, These Funds Say

Forget Tencent Risks: Asia Tech Is Still a Buy, These Funds Say

Friday’s attack by President Donald Trump on WeChat may have pushed many investors to offload Asia’s technology shares. But for some, the selloff has presented a good buying opportunity.

Bloomberg - 18 hours ago

Programmable synthetic materials

Programmable synthetic materials

Artificial molecules could one day form the information unit of a new type of computer or be the basis for programmable substances. The information would be encoded in the spatial arrangement of the individual atoms—similar to how the sequence of base pairs d…

phys.org - 18 hours ago

Scientists Create Unbelievably Bright Fluorescent Objects

Scientists Create Unbelievably Bright Fluorescent Objects

Fluorescence is typically associated with gases or liquids, but a team of chemists has conjured a new formula that gives solid materials that characteristic fluorescent glow.

gizmodo.com - 18 hours ago

NASA to remove offensive names from planets and other heavenly bodies

NASA to remove offensive names from planets and other heavenly bodies

Political correctness has now expanded to space, where NASA says planets, galaxies and other heavenly bodies will no longer be referred to by “offensive” nicknames. In a press release T…

New York Post - a day ago

How Venus and Mars Can Teach Us About the Past and Future of Earth

How Venus and Mars Can Teach Us About the Past and Future of Earth

One has a thick poisonous atmosphere, one has hardly any atmosphere at all, and one is just right for life to flourish – but it wasn’t always that way. The atmospheres of our two neighbors Venus and Mars can teach us a lot about the past and future scenarios …

SciTechDaily - a day ago

New Zealand's Southern Alps glacier melt has doubled

New Zealand's Southern Alps glacier melt has doubled

Glaciers in the Southern Alps of New Zealand have lost more ice mass since pre-industrial times than remains today, according to a new study.

phys.org - a day ago

Skywatchers Prepare To Peep The Perseids At Their Peak

Skywatchers Prepare To Peep The Perseids At Their Peak

This weekend draws closer to prime time for the year’s best meteor shower show.

mymotherlode.com - a day ago

NASA maps the damage from the Beirut explosion

NASA maps the damage from the Beirut explosion

NASA used synthetic aperture radar data from space to map where the worst damage occurred.

CNET - a day ago

How windy is it on Mars? Sand 'megaripples' offer a clue.

How windy is it on Mars? Sand 'megaripples' offer a clue.

A new study that monitored the subtle movements of huge ripples of sand on the Martian surface suggests that Mars may actually be windier than researchers thought.

NBC News - a day ago

Dragon spacecraft arrives back into Port Canaveral after historic splashdown

Dragon spacecraft arrives back into Port Canaveral after historic splashdown

Looking a little toasty after a historic splashdown on the Gulf Coast, SpaceX’s astronaut spacecraft will arrive back at Cape Canaveral on Friday afternoon.

WKMG News 6 & ClickOrlando - a day ago

NASA Releases Images of Lightning “Superbolts” on Jupiter

NASA Releases Images of Lightning “Superbolts” on Jupiter

NASA researchers have observed "superbolts" of lightning in Jupiter's atmosphere, which form in clouds made of water and ammonia.

Nerdist - a day ago

Lava Tubes on Mars and the Moon May Be Suitable for Planetary Bases – Up to 1,000 Times Wider Than Those on Earth

Lava Tubes on Mars and the Moon May Be Suitable for Planetary Bases – Up to 1,000 Times Wider Than Those on Earth

The international journal Earth-Science Reviews published a paper offering an overview of the lava tubes (pyroducts) on Earth, eventually providing an estimate of the (greater) size of their lunar and Martian counterparts. This study involved the Universities…

SciTechDaily - a day ago

Perseid meteor shower will peak next week — here's how to watch

Perseid meteor shower will peak next week — here's how to watch

The Perseid meteor shower is expected to peak next week.

TODAY - a day ago

Toxicants in Whales and Dolphins Traced Back to Fossil Fuels & Single-Use Plastics

Toxicants in Whales and Dolphins Traced Back to Fossil Fuels & Single-Use Plastics

For the first time, researchers trace high concentrations of numerous toxicants in stranded whales and dolphins found in the coasts of Florida and North Carolina. Chemicals from fossil fuels and single-use plastics make their way into the marine environment a…

Science Times - a day ago

How to see the 2020 Perseid meteor shower, one of the best of the year

How to see the 2020 Perseid meteor shower, one of the best of the year

Each August brings nights lit up by up to 100 shooting stars and fireballs per hour.

CNET - a day ago

How Hair Strands Make Razor Blades Chip And Crack

How Hair Strands Make Razor Blades Chip And Crack

Hair is soft compared with steel, but shaving can dull a razor surprisingly quickly. A new study examines exactly how a strand of hair can chip and crack a sharp blade.

NPR - a day ago

Algorithm predicts the compositions of new materials

Algorithm predicts the compositions of new materials

A machine-learning algorithm that can predict the compositions of trend-defying new materials has been developed by RIKEN chemists1. It will be useful for finding materials for applications where there is a trade-off between two or more desirable properties.

phys.org - a day ago

Freaky 'hell ant' found frozen in 99-million-year-old amber with bug in its maw

Freaky 'hell ant' found frozen in 99-million-year-old amber with bug in its maw

"Deadly, scythe-like mandibles" would be a great heavy metal band name.

CNET - a day ago

Signs of 'missing' neutron star found in heart of supernova

Signs of 'missing' neutron star found in heart of supernova

It could be the youngest neutron star ever seen.

space.com - a day ago

DNA Study Reveals We Have a Mystery Human Ancestor

DNA Study Reveals We Have a Mystery Human Ancestor

A new method for analyzing modern and archaic human DNA has thrown up some fascinating results. It appears that modern humans (Homo Sapiens) mated earlier and more frequently with an archaic human ancestor, a species of extinct hominins.

Ancient Origins - 2 days ago

Oil prices drop due to uncertainty on US fuel demand recovery

Oil prices drop due to uncertainty on US fuel demand recovery

Oil prices have inched lower due to fears that fuel demand growth in the US will drop as a result of the resurgence of Covid-19 infections.

Offshore Technology - 2 days ago

SpaceX Starlink launch: How to watch long-delayed flight of 57 satellites live

SpaceX Starlink launch: How to watch long-delayed flight of 57 satellites live

SpaceX sends its next big batch of Starlink satellites into space and these ones are equipped with shades to reduce their brightness.

CNET - 2 days ago

Perseids meteor shower: Best days to view weather-wise, and what to expect

Perseids meteor shower: Best days to view weather-wise, and what to expect

The sky show of the summer is about to dart and hopefully flash across Michigan's sky.

mlive.com - 2 days ago

Shallow Lightning and Mushy Hail: Violent Storms on Jupiter Are Weirder Than We Thought

Shallow Lightning and Mushy Hail: Violent Storms on Jupiter Are Weirder Than We Thought

Lightning and hailstones exist on Jupiter, but they’re of a very different sort than the ones we’re familiar with on Earth, as new research suggests.

gizmodo.com - 2 days ago

Massive sunspot is turning towards Earth this can res..major solar flares that can effect electrical systems

Massive sunspot is turning towards Earth this can res..major solar flares that can effect electrical systems

These sunspots occur on the photosphere region of the sun and can be huge in size - up to 50,000 kilometres in diameter

Firstpost - 2 days ago

Astronauts made ‘prank calls’ after returning to Earth

Astronauts made ‘prank calls’ after returning to Earth

NASA astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley revealed that they had a bit of fun while they were waiting to be picked up after splashing down in the ocean. The pair apparently made some prank phone calls using the satellite phone they had on board the Crew Dra…

BGR - 2 days ago

Fossil mystery solved: Super-long-necked reptiles lived in the ocean, not on land

Fossil mystery solved: Super-long-necked reptiles lived in the ocean, not on land

A fossil called Tanystropheus was first described in 1852, and it's been puzzling scientists ever since. At one point, paleontologists thought it was a flying pterosaur, like a pterodactyl, and that its long, hollow bones were phalanges in the finger that sup…

phys.org - 2 days ago

New science behind biodegradable algae-based flip-flops

New science behind biodegradable algae-based flip-flops

As the world's most popular shoe, flip-flops account for a troubling percentage of plastic waste that ends up in landfills, on seashores and in our oceans. Scientists at the University of California San Diego have spent years working to resolve this problem, …

phys.org - 2 days ago

Your Face Mask in the Garbage Could Make a Great Biofuel

Your Face Mask in the Garbage Could Make a Great Biofuel

The world's disposable PPE doesn't have to go to waste.

Popular Mechanics - 2 days ago