Science

by | January 16, 2019 | 18:33

Reasons for the persistent smog include combustion exhaust from traffic-strewn roads, the burning of fields by farmers outside the city, and pollutants from factories. "We must take strong, urgent action". Almost a week since the PM2.5 level in Bangkok rose significantly, forming a thick layer of smog over the city, the air in Bangkok yesterday remained severely polluted.

by | January 16, 2019 | 00:27

Currently, the Antarctic ice sheet holds about 90 percent of the world's ice, and if it were all to melt, sea level would rise some 240 feet , according to the U.S. Accordign to a study the yearly loss of ice from Antartica has increased by an alarming rate of 280 per cent between 2001 and 2017. Antarctica contains enough ice to raise global sea levels by 57 metres if it ever all melted, a process that would require far higher temperatures than now and thousands of years.

by | January 15, 2019 | 22:01

Although only the picture of the cotton sprouts was released by the space agency, Professor Hanlong said that rapeseed and potato seeds were sprouting. Once the probe landed, the Chinese space agency sent it a signal to begin watering the seeds. The experiments designed by Chongqing University Crops have been successfully grown on the International Space Station, but they have never before been grown on the moon.

by | January 14, 2019 | 13:29

The machines took each other's portraits. "The No. 4 mission is the first mission of the fourth phase of China's lunar exploration project", CNSA said in the press release . Scientists have made a preliminary analysis on the terrains and landform surrounding the probe according to the panoramic pictures. The probe's mission has been declared a complete success by the China National Space Administration.

by | January 13, 2019 | 13:14

In the Arctic, the warming oceans are also causing a serious decline in sea ice , which only compounds the ongoing threats of climate change such as sea level rise. Overall, temperatures in the ocean down to 2,000 metres rose about 0.1 degree Celsius (0.18F) from 1971-2010, he said. If, however, humans act and can reach the goals set by the Paris agreement , ocean warming could be cut in half by 2081-2100, the authors said.

by | January 10, 2019 | 17:37

Some investors and major banks believe May's deal will be defeated on Tuesday but that eventually it will be approved. "He is not impartial on this or frankly any other issue". Brexit supporters are anxious that there is no mechanism for Britain to unilaterally withdraw, meaning it could end up indefinitely stuck in the union, hampering its ability to strike deals with the rest of the world.

by | January 09, 2019 | 10:28

HD 21749b has the longest orbit of the three planets that TESS has discovered so far making a trip around its host star once every 36 days. The other two planets it has discovered are Pi Mensae c, a super-Earth that zips around its star in 6.3 days, and LHS 3844b, a rocky planet that flies around its planet in a whopping 11-hour orbit.

by | January 08, 2019 | 22:28

Fortunately, most of the stings were caused by so-called bluebottle colonies, which are not life threatening. Stings from Portuguese man o' war are notoriously painful and coastguard association Surf Life Saving said a " whopping " 3,595 people had been stung, although other estimates put that number at more than 5,000.

by | January 08, 2019 | 06:15

The United States and the Soviet Union have made a "soft landing" on the moon - China landed a rover there in 2013 - but no other country has touched down on the dark side of the moon, which always faces away from the Earth. The rover and lander are carrying instruments to analyse the unexplored region's geology. Unlike the near side of the moon, which offers many flat areas to touch down on, the far side is mountainous and rugged.

by | January 06, 2019 | 19:15

A Chinese space probe successfully touched down on the far side of the moon on Thursday, China's space agency said , hailing the event as a historic first and a major achievement for the country's space program. Wu Weiren, the chief designer of the China Lunar Exploration Project, called the landing a trailblazing milestone. The lander has now descended into the 13 kilometre (8.1 mile)-deep South Pole-Aitken Basin in what was described as a soft landing, and will release a 140kg rover ...

by | January 06, 2019 | 03:13

The meteors are also larger than those in other showers throughout the year, and often give a colourful "fireball" look as they pass overhead. If you missed the full moon-meteor shower combo over Christmas , don't fret. Compared to other meteor showers such as Geminids or Orionids, the Quadrantids can be harder to observe due to their small peak time. However, as Earthsky reports, with the Quadrantids it's different, as the peak can last only a couple of hours.

by | January 05, 2019 | 20:46

EST Thursday, according to the International Meteor Organization . While most meteor showers have two-day peak, Quadrantids only peak for a few hours, so plan accordingly. Like the Geminid meteor shower , the Quadrantid comes from a mysterious asteroid or "rock comet", rather than an icy comet, which is unusual. Once you're warmly dressed and in the dark, allow for your eyes to adjust.

by | January 05, 2019 | 03:40

ET Friday from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center in southwest China using a Long March 3B rocket. So far, the spacecraft appears to be in good health. Chang'e 4 features a total of eight scientific instruments. "A farside landing is a big deal, because nobody's ever done it", says Roger Launius, NASA's former chief historian.

by | January 04, 2019 | 21:45

The first detailed picture from Tuesday's flyby of the world reveals a double body shape - or snowman shape as scientists have called it. "Meet #UltimaThule! What you're seeing is the 1st contact binary ever explored by a spacecraft", tweeted Nasa .

by | January 03, 2019 | 04:11

While you'd think something named " Ultima Thule " would be a challenger to Thanos for galactic superiority in Avengers 4: Endgame , or doing drag, the name fittingly means "beyond the borders of the known world". Moore said "we're basically looking at the first planetesimals", which served as building blocks for what would eventually become planets. Carly Howett, New Horizons co-investigator, said: "We can definitively say that Ultima Thule is red".

by | January 01, 2019 | 23:14

NASA's New Horizons probe is ringing in the new year by swinging by Ultima Thule , a small object in the Kuiper asteroid belt. Once it enters the peripheral layer of the belt, containing icy bodies and leftover fragments from the solar system's creation, the probe will get its first close-up glance of Ultima Thule , a cool mass shaped like a giant peanut, using seven on-board instruments.

by | December 31, 2018 | 17:17

Consequently, the Trump Administration's EPA is leaving the current MATS rule in place while undercutting the justification for the rule in such a way that could preclude more stringent mercury standards in the future, and could possibly set the stage for looser rules in the future .

by | December 29, 2018 | 21:27

The triple lunar phenomenon will be seen from late evening on January 20 and will continue until the early hours on January 21. Together, the events will create a phenomenon known as the "super blood wolf moon " - a nod to a Native American term for full moons in January.

by | December 27, 2018 | 04:56

In his mind, a single lap around the moon would suffice. The crew of Apollo 8 spent 20 hours in orbit, before returning to Earth. Later that evening, the crew did a live TV broadcast , showing images of the Earth and moon to what has been described as the largest TV audience in history at the time .

by | December 27, 2018 | 03:41

According to the SAFAR, the overall air quality over Delhi is "very poor". The air quality index (AQI), the overall marker for the city's air pollution was 409 while on Monday it had touched 450. At Lodhi road, the AQI (Air Quality Index) was 315 with PM (Particulate Matter) 2.5 at 8.30 am. The agencies concerned have also been asked to ensure strict action against illegal industries, intensify ground action and make all efforts to control polluting activities, particularly waste burning.

by | December 27, 2018 | 01:28

The successful launch is a significant victory for Elon Musk's privately held rocket company, which has spent years trying to break into the lucrative market for military space launches dominated by Lockheed and Boeing Co. The next will launch in the middle of next year. "By this time next year, we expect to also have a second GPS III on orbit and users should be receiving signals from this first satellite".

by | December 23, 2018 | 19:24

In India, winter solstice will take place at 3.53 a.m. on December 22 and will be marked by a host of religious observances and celebrations. What is the winter solstice? This occurs when Earth's North Poles has its maximum tilt away from the Sun.

by | December 22, 2018 | 13:39

Anti-whaling groups have expressed concern after reports Japan is considering withdrawing from the International Whaling Commission to resume commercial whaling . But, according to Kyodo News , Japan plans to stop these controversial expeditions anyway, and instead will direct its commercial whalers to seas near the country and to its exclusive economic zone.

by | December 21, 2018 | 23:40

Today, that means the Southern Hemisphere is pointing toward the sun and catching more rays. The full moon will actually occur on Saturday, Dec. 22, at 12:49 p.m., according to Space.com , but it will appear full both Friday night and Saturday night to the casual stargazer.

by | December 21, 2018 | 13:14

The live stream typically starts about 15 minutes before the launch window opens and is available on the SpaceX website as well as on YouTube, or below. Elon Musk's rocket company SpaceX Corp is set to raise US$500 million at a US$30.5 billion valuation, the Wall Street Journal reported on Tuesday (Dec 18), citing people familiar with the fundraising plan.