A population of Hood Island giant tortoises, which once dwindled to just over a dozen, has recovered on the Galapagos island of Española, says a team of scientists led by Prof James Gibbs of the State University of New York’s College of Environmental Science and Forestry. The Hood Island giant tortoise (Chelonoidis hoodensis or Chelonoidis [...] —> Read More Here
WASHINGTON, Oct. 30 (UPI) — Could Martian bacteria become a public health menace? Could alien organisms become environmental hazards? Yes and no, experts say. —> Read More Here
An animation showing the new supernova in the galaxy M61 photographed on October 30, 2014 paired with an older archive photo Credit: Ernesto Guido, Martino Nicolini, Nick Howes
I sat straight up in my seat when I learned of the discovery of a possible new supernova in the bright Virgo galaxy M61. Since bright usually means close, this newly exploding star may soon become visible in smaller telescopes. It was discovered at magnitude +13.6 on October 29th by Koichi Itagaki of Japan who holds the supernova discovery record with 94 discoveries or co-discoveries to his credit. Itagaki used a CCD camera and 19.6-inch (0.50-m) reflector to spy the new star within one of the galaxy’s prominent spiral arms. Comparison with earlier photos showed no star at the position. Itagaki also nabbed an earlier supernova in M61 in December 2008.
The possible supernova in the bright galaxy M61 in Virgo is located 40″ east and 7″ south of the galaxy’s core at right ascension (RA) 12 h 22′, declination (Dec) +4º 28′ It’s currently magnitude +13.4 and visible in the morning sky before dawn in 8-inch and larger telescopes. Credit: Ernesto Guido, Martino Nicolini, —> Read More Here
Under the CJS spending bill approved by the Senate Appropriations Committee in June but derailed by election-year politics that had nothing to do with space, NASA would get $17.9 billion for 2015, some $250 million more than in 2014.
The UNDERWATER sports car: £1.2 million submarine inspired by James Bond’s Lotus glides along the seabed at 75mph
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As the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Committee on Coverage studies the decision to cover lung cancer screening for eligible individuals, today’s Online First section of the journal CHEST published Components for High Quality Lung Cancer Screening: American College of Chest Physicians and American Thoracic Society Policy Statement. —> Read More Here
NASA’s bold asteroid-capture mission is an expensive distraction that does little to advance the agency’s overarching goal of getting humans to Mars, one prominent researcher argues. —> Read More Here
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