Science and Technology   Sat 18 Jan 00:36 GMT

436-Million-Year-Old Scorpion Was Among the Planet's First Air Breathers

436-Million-Year-Old Scorpion Was Among the Planet's First Air Breathers

A newly described scorpion dating back to the early Silurian period is answering important questions about the first arachnids and the adaptations that enabled some of the earliest animals on Earth to migrate from aquatic to terrestrial habitats.

gizmodo.com - an hour ago

A new class of objects discovered orbiting Sagittarius A black hole

A new class of objects discovered orbiting Sagittarius A black hole

Astronomers from the UCLA Galactic Center Orbits Initiative have discovered a new class of objects that are orbiting the supermassive black hole at the center of our galaxy. That black hole is call…

slashgear.com - an hour ago

At the Bottom of the Sea, They Wait to Feast on Alligators

At the Bottom of the Sea, They Wait to Feast on Alligators

Usually the large reptiles feed on other creatures. But scientists found a surprise at the bottom of the Gulf of Mexico.

nytimes.com - an hour ago

The Debate Over Cold Dark Matter Warms Up As Astronomers Take Its Temperature

The Debate Over Cold Dark Matter Warms Up As Astronomers Take Its Temperature

Astronomers take the temperature of dark matter, and find it could be warm as well as cold.

universetoday.com - 2 hours ago

Highly Sensitive Gas Sensor for Monitoring Human Health and the Environment

Highly Sensitive Gas Sensor for Monitoring Human Health and the Environment

According to scientists at Northeastern University and Penn State, a new wearable and highly sensitive gas sensor for monitoring human health and the environment may soon be available on the market.

azosensors.com - 2 hours ago

Astronauts on the moon and Mars may grow their homes there out of mushrooms, says NASA

Astronauts on the moon and Mars may grow their homes there out of mushrooms, says NASA

Astronauts on the moon or Mars may be growing their homes, rather than building them, according to NASA.

CNN - 2 hours ago

DeSantis announces Made in Space HQ moving to Jacksonville

DeSantis announces Made in Space HQ moving to Jacksonville

During a visit to the Made in Space, Inc. facility on Philips Highway, DeSantis announced that the company, which develops space manufacturing technology, will relocate its corporate headquarters from Silicon Valley to Jacksonville.

news4jax.com - 2 hours ago

Where Australia's smoke goes to die

Where Australia's smoke goes to die

Some of it lives for a long time.

Mashable - 3 hours ago

Material developed which is heat-insulating and heat-conducting at the same time

Material developed which is heat-insulating and heat-conducting at the same time

Styrofoam or copper—both materials have very different properties with regard to their ability to conduct heat. Scientists at the Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research (MPI-P) in Mainz and the University of Bayreuth have now jointly developed and characte…

phys.org - 3 hours ago

Oceans Were Hottest on Record in 2019

Oceans Were Hottest on Record in 2019

The world’s oceans were the hottest in recorded history in 2019, scientists said on Tuesday, as manmade emissions warmed seas at an ever-increasing rate with potentially disastrous impacts on Earth’s climate. Oceans absorb more than 90 percent of excess heat …

newdelhitimes.com - 3 hours ago

What Are PERC Silicon Solar Cells (And Do You Need To Care?)

What Are PERC Silicon Solar Cells (And Do You Need To Care?)

Australian-designed technology will soon be responsible for 5% of all solar energy produced globally. And it's thanks to the PERC cell.

lifehacker.com.au - 4 hours ago

Death of 1 Million Seabirds Tied to Massive ‘Blob’ of Hot Water in the Pacific

Death of 1 Million Seabirds Tied to Massive ‘Blob’ of Hot Water in the Pacific

An expanse of uncommonly warm seawater in the Pacific Ocean created by a marine heatwave led to a mass die-off of one million seabirds.

ecowatch.com - 5 hours ago

Mass seabird die-off on West Coast tied to ocean ‘blob’

Mass seabird die-off on West Coast tied to ocean ‘blob’

Warm water impacted the ocean food chain from the bottom up. The fish the birds needed to eat simply were not there.

kgw.com - 5 hours ago

Study traces evolution of acoustic communication

Study traces evolution of acoustic communication

Imagine taking a hike through a forest or a stroll through a zoo and not a sound fills the air, other than the occasional chirp from a cricket. No birds singing, no tigers roaring, no monkeys chattering, and no human voices, either. Acoustic communication amo…

phys.org - 5 hours ago

Dinosaur extinction: 'Asteroid strike was real culprit'

Dinosaur extinction: 'Asteroid strike was real culprit'

A team of scientists discounts the idea that large-scale volcanism drove the demise of the dinosaurs.

bbc.com - 5 hours ago

Amazing photo of the Quadrantid meteor shower… from space!

Amazing photo of the Quadrantid meteor shower… from space!

The recent Quadrantid meteor shower in early January was something of a bust for most people; while it did produce shooting stars, it was not quite up to the rate predicted (absolute max of 100/hour, though for most people about half that). I hope to eventual…

syfy.com - 6 hours ago

SpaceX is about to destroy a rocket in a critical Crew Dragon test flight. Here's why.

SpaceX is about to destroy a rocket in a critical Crew Dragon test flight. Here's why.

Liftoff is set for Saturday, Jan. 18, at 8 a.m. EST (1300 GMT).

space.com - 6 hours ago

Unprecedented gene study suggests giant squids may be massively intelligent

Unprecedented gene study suggests giant squids may be massively intelligent

There is more to these ocean-dwelling giants than legend would suggest.

inverse.com - 7 hours ago

SpaceX Will Blow Up a Falcon 9 Rocket to Prove It's Safe for People

SpaceX Will Blow Up a Falcon 9 Rocket to Prove It's Safe for People

On Saturday, Elon Musk's space company will attempt its last big test before it can begin launching humans from US soil.

Wired - 7 hours ago

In death of dinosaurs, it was all about the asteroid—not volcanoes

In death of dinosaurs, it was all about the asteroid—not volcanoes

Volcanic activity did not play a direct role in the mass extinction event that killed the dinosaurs, according to an international, Yale-led team of researchers. It was all about the asteroid.

phys.org - 8 hours ago

Violent solar storms are happening closer to Earth than anyone thought was possible

Violent solar storms are happening closer to Earth than anyone thought was possible

The spectacular solar storms that paint the polar skies in beautiful greens and pinks have a darker side

space.com - 8 hours ago

SpaceX faces its final test before it can fly astronauts to orbit

SpaceX faces its final test before it can fly astronauts to orbit

Want to see a rocket explode?

qz.com - 9 hours ago

From microbes to man: Muck-dwelling organism found off Japanese coast could help explain how complex life arose on Earth

From microbes to man: Muck-dwelling organism found off Japanese coast could help explain how complex life arose on Earth

A strange microbe found buried deep in the mud off Japan’s southern coast may finally unravel one of evolution’s most pressing mysteries, helping scientists understand how complex lifeforms emerged from the primordial ooze.

RT - 9 hours ago

What will NASA's Mars 2020 rover be called? There's 155 names on the shortlist.

What will NASA's Mars 2020 rover be called? There's 155 names on the shortlist.

The semifinalists run the gamut, from Excelsior to Dusty.

space.com - 9 hours ago

Review: All-New Subaru Forester Driven In Thailand – Excelling Through Steady EvolutionReviewsCarlist.my

Review: All-New Subaru Forester Driven In Thailand – Excelling Through Steady EvolutionReviewsCarlist.my

It would seem, that in more recent times, there’s been great pressure for all manufacturers to unveil groundbreaking new technology with each new model or ...

carlist.my - 10 hours ago

After 15 Years, Scientists Finally Solve Huygens Landing Spin Mystery

After 15 Years, Scientists Finally Solve Huygens Landing Spin Mystery

Fifteen years ago, ESA’s Huygens probe made history when it descended to the surface of Saturn’s moon Titan and became the first probe to successfully land on another world in the outer Solar System. However, during its descent, the probe began spinning the w…

scitechdaily.com - 11 hours ago

Scientists discovered a new ‘super-Earth,’ and want to know if it could sustain life

Scientists discovered a new ‘super-Earth,’ and want to know if it could sustain life

Scientists studying data from the Alpha Centauri star system on Wednesday announced what they believe is a second Earth-like planet orbiting the star closest to the sun. The finding, announced via …

bgr.com - 13 hours ago

Complex, porous, chiral nano-patterns arise from a simple linear building blocks

Complex, porous, chiral nano-patterns arise from a simple linear building blocks

Nanoscience can arrange minute molecular entities into nanometric patterns in an orderly manner using self-assembly protocols. Scientists at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) have functionalized a simple rod-like building block with hydroxamic acids at…

phys.org - 13 hours ago

Mycelium Might Help NASA Build Bases on the Moon and Mars

Mycelium Might Help NASA Build Bases on the Moon and Mars

The mycelium, a fungus absorbs nutrients from its environment, and the vegetative part of it could maybe help to build lunar bases and Mars outposts. “Right now, traditional habitat designs...

webbyfeed.com - 14 hours ago

The end of the checkout signals a dire future for those without the right skills

The end of the checkout signals a dire future for those without the right skills

There have always been winners and losers from new technology, but this time it's different.

commercialrealestate.com.au - 14 hours ago

Ageing: how our 'epigenetic clocks' slow down as we get older

Ageing: how our 'epigenetic clocks' slow down as we get older

Research suggests that scientists' understanding of biological age may not be as robust as we thought.

theconversation.com - 15 hours ago

Comets may have delivered 'essential element for life' on Earth, scientists say

Comets may have delivered 'essential element for life' on Earth, scientists say

A new study suggests that comets had a huge hand in helping life form on Earth, bringing integral elements such as phosphorus, “an essential element for life,” to the planet. The resear…

nypost.com - 17 hours ago

A Tale of Two Rovers: How does Mars 2020 compare to Curiosity?

A Tale of Two Rovers: How does Mars 2020 compare to Curiosity?

NASA’s next Mars rover is almost ready to launch. Engineers recently took it for a test spin, before shipping it off to its Cape Canaveral launch site. The six-wheeled rover will blast off this July; once it arrives on Mars, it will scour the red planet for s…

teslarati.com - 18 hours ago

Microsoft moves to erase its carbon footprint from the atmosphere in climate push

Microsoft moves to erase its carbon footprint from the atmosphere in climate push

Microsoft will invest US$1 billion over the next four years to speed up the development of carbon removal technology

Financial Post - 19 hours ago

A rare chemical that helped DNA form may have come to Earth on comets from newborn stars, astronomers find

A rare chemical that helped DNA form may have come to Earth on comets from newborn stars, astronomers find

Phosphorus is key in forming DNA, but the element is rare in the universe. Astronomers found molecules forming with the element around newborn stars

Business Insider - 19 hours ago

Ancient Scorpion Offers Clues to How Animals Moved From Sea to Land

Ancient Scorpion Offers Clues to How Animals Moved From Sea to Land

400-million-year-old arachnid fossils show early cardiovascular, respiratory systems similar to modern land-dwelling counterparts’

The Wall Street Journal - 20 hours ago

Legendary, mysterious giant squid's genome revealed

Legendary, mysterious giant squid's genome revealed

A team of scientists is analyzing the genes of ancient sea monsters.

cnet.com - 20 hours ago

‘PigeonBot,’ first robot to bend its wings like a real bird, is unveiled

‘PigeonBot,’ first robot to bend its wings like a real bird, is unveiled

Could pigeons be the model for a new generation of flying robots?

Fox News - 20 hours ago

Massive asteroid 'could be dangerous to life on Earth' if it breaks up

Massive asteroid 'could be dangerous to life on Earth' if it breaks up

A massive mile-long double asteroid linked to a one-inch meteor that streaked a fireball over Japan three years ago could threaten humanity in millions of years if it eventually breaks up, scientis…

nypost.com - 20 hours ago

Weird dust clouds orbiting our galaxy’s central black hole may be weirder than we thought

Weird dust clouds orbiting our galaxy’s central black hole may be weirder than we thought

At the center of our Milky Way galaxy sits a supermassive black hole — which astronomers named Sgr A* — with over 4 million times the Sun's mass. But it's not alone. Lots of other stuff is there, too, orbiting that black hole, including stars, gas, and dust. …

syfy.com - 20 hours ago

Giant jet engines aim to make our flying greener

Giant jet engines aim to make our flying greener

How much more efficiency can be wrung out of the jet engine - technology which is over 70 years old?

BBC News - 21 hours ago

'Strange,' mysterious objects spotted orbiting Milky Way's black hole

'Strange,' mysterious objects spotted orbiting Milky Way's black hole

Astronomers have spotted four "strange" objects orbiting the massive black hole at the center of the Milky Way galaxy, according to a new study.

Fox News - a day ago

Study: 'Blob' of hot water killed a million seabirds in Pacific

Study: 'Blob' of hot water killed a million seabirds in Pacific

The birds – a species known as the common murre – likely died of starvation due to the warm water, which severely disrupted the birds' food supply.

USA Today - a day ago

Scientists uncover how an explosion of new genes explain the origin of land plants

Scientists uncover how an explosion of new genes explain the origin of land plants

The new study, led by scientists from the universities of Bristol and Essex and published today in Current Biology, challenge the established view of the origin of plants on land, and reveal that compared to the origin of animals, plants are better at inventi…

phys.org - a day ago

A research team builds robots from living cells

A research team builds robots from living cells

They can do simple tasks, and one day might reproduce themselves

economist.com - a day ago

A SpaceX Falcon 9 Will Blow Up Very Soon, And That's OK

A SpaceX Falcon 9 Will Blow Up Very Soon, And That's OK

They say you can’t make an omelette without breaking a few eggs, and there are few fields where this idiom is better exemplified than rocketry. It’s a forgone conclusion that when you d…

hackaday.com - a day ago