NEW YORK, July 4 (UPI) — The French frigate Hermione and other replica warships sailed down the Hudson and past Manhattan as part of an Independence Day parade. —> Read More
Carrying more than 6,100 pounds of food, fuel, and supplies for the International Space Station crew, the unpiloted ISS Progress 60 cargo craft launched at 12:55 a.m. EDT (10:55 p.m. local time in Baikonur) from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.
A new cosmic portrait taken at an observatory in Chile reveals a cluster of blue and white stars. —> Read More
Chances are, your smartphone is broadcasting sensitive data to the world, says Glenn Wilkinson, who hacks people’s phones to demonstrate the risk (full text available to subscribers)
Greece is short on cash, but rich in heritage. That’s got to be worth something. —> Read More
New Horizons scientists combined the latest black and white map of Pluto’s surface features (left) with a map of the planet’s colors (right) to produce a detailed color portrait of the planet’s northern hemisphere (center). The color is what you’d see if you were riding along with New Horizons. “Ralph” is a visible/infrared imager.
Hey, Mars, you’ve got company. Looks like there’s a second “red planet” in the Solar System — Pluto. Color images returned from NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft, now just 10 days from its encounter with the dwarf planet, show a distinctly ruddy surface with patchy markings that strongly resemble Mars’ appearance in a small telescope.(…)
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A popular zoo in China has become the focus of an unusual new earthquake prediction experiment. The belief that some animals possess the ability to se… —> Read More
It turns out that spiders are able to traverse expanses of water using their silk as a makeshift sail. Researchers led by Dr Morito Hayashi of the Nat… —> Read More
TUCSON, July 4 (UPI) — A new study suggests that some Temnothorax rugatulus worker ants, a species native to the forests of the American West, are consistently lazy. —> Read More
Swiss pilot André Borschberg still has a long flight ahead. He took off Sunday afternoon from Nagoya, Japan, in the Solar Impulse 2, an experimental craft powered only by sunlight that is attempting to set a record as the first plane of its kind to circumnavigate the globe.
After several weather delays, Borschberg is finally en route to Hawaii, on the most difficult leg of the expedition, dubbed the “Earhart Leg” because it is roughly the same path on which Amelia Earhart disappeared 77 years ago. Borschberg is expected in Honolulu by Friday or Saturday.
We spoke with Borschberg via satellite uplink from his cramped cabin in the Solar Impulse 2.
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