Investigators believe a piece of debris found on the French island of Réunion in the Indian Ocean could be from Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, which disappeared in March 2014.
Comet Churyumov-Gerasimenko poses new riddles: Surface material measurements performed by the Philae landing module indicate that the near surface material might have changed since its formation. Up to now, many researchers had assumed that it has remained in virtually the same state since its formation about 4.5 billion years ago. —> Read More
Astronomers have teased out a secret planetary system hiding in the arms of Cassiopea, just 21 light years away from us. The remarkable system, named HD219134, hosts one outer giant planet and three inner super-Earths, one of which transits in front of the star. The transiting super-Earth has a density similar to the Earth. It is by far the closest transiting planet known today. It provides the ideal candidate for follow-up studies and a deeper understanding of planetary formation, internal composition, and atmospheres. The system is so close that astronomers already dream about taking pictures of the new “Stars.” —> Read More
NPR’s Melissa Block speaks with the AP’s Brazil bureau chief Brad Brooks about the investigation, which found high levels of dangerous viruses in water venues for the 2016 Summer Olympics.
Royal Dutch Shell has announced plans to eliminate 6,500 jobs as slumping oil prices force the industry to make adjustments. Shell’s profits fell by more than 30 percent in the second quarter.
As Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko approaches perihelion, the sun is heating up its nucleus and the solar wind is causing its tail to evolve. And the Rosetta mission has a ringside seat. —> Read More
Skywatchers are in for a rare treat tomorrow in the form of a blue moon.
Of course, a blue moon isn’t actually blue. That’s just the term used to describe the moon when it’s full for the second time in a single calendar month–in this case July.
The month’s first full moon occurred on July 2. Its second occurs officially at 6:43 a.m. EDT tomorrow, according to the U.S. Naval Observatory. If you don’t want to get up early, Slooh Space Camera will live-stream the moon at 8:30 p.m. EDT.
In a typical year, there are 12 full moons–one every 29.5 days or so. But this year there are 13 (including tomorrow’s blue moon).
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How did Earth get its moon in the first place? Check out the “Talk Nerdy To Me” episode below to find out.
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GM owners advised to stop using OnStar app after hackers use it to remotely unlock cars and start engines
Hackers say the mobile app for General Motors Co’s OnStar vehicle communications system can be exploited to remotely unlock cars and start engines. —> Read More
Wild chimpanzees of the Sonso community in the Budongo forest, Uganda, are increasingly eating clay to supplement the minerals in their diet, says a team of scientists led by Prof Vernon Reynolds of Oxford University, UK. Prof Reynolds and his colleagues from the UK, the Netherlands, and Switzerland, observed the eastern chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes schweinfurthii) [...] —> Read More
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – They look alike, act alike and long have been considered to be the same species. But, in the case of the golden jackals found across parts of Africa, the Middle East, Asia and Europe, it turns out that appearances can be deceiving.