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  • NASA's undersea mission to simulate life on Mars

    June 10, 2017 11:54 AM 45

    WASHINGTON: NASA is sending a team of four crew members to the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean, which will spend 10 days simulating a deep space mission with similar objectives to exploration on Mars. Living and working at the bottom of the ocean mimics the micro-gravity (or harsh) environment that humans will experience in space, researchers at the University

  • 5 things you can do about climate change

    June 2, 2017 11:03 PM 87

    There's been a lot of fallout over US President Donald Trump's decision to withdraw from the international Paris climate accord, which has been endorsed by nearly 200 countries. It's not a huge surprise: the populist, anti-elite American leader promised he would do just that during his presidential campaign -- although foreign and business leaders had appealed

  • Trump’s Exit from the Paris Agreement Gives Me Hope for Coral Reefs

    June 2, 2017 10:31 PM 37

    Yesterday, President Trump announced his decision to formally withdraw the U.S. from the Paris Agreement on climate change. As someone dedicated to saving coral reefs, this decision is heartbreaking news. But the national and global reaction gives me a new sense of optimism. Sure, some interests are cheering Trump’s decision. However, a broad swath of domestic

  • Leaving Paris: One and a Half Cheers for President Trump

    June 2, 2017 3:45 PM 12

    Is there really a ‘better deal’ in the offing? Mr. Trump yesterday announced that he would withdraw the U.S. from the international climate agreement reached in Paris in late 2015, but would seek to renegotiate it so as to achieve a “better deal.” And his disparagement of the “Green Climate Fund” — a planned $100 billion wealth transfer from the developed

  • NASA Sun probe team update: Watch live video here

    May 31, 2017 11:08 AM 12

    Space weather announcement, forecast: SCORCHIO +Poll Breaking with the recent focus on flinging probes and bots at our planetary neighbours, around July next year NASA will set the controls for the heart of the Sun. Actually, the plan is for the Solar Probe Plus to stop a good 6.2 million kilometres (3.9 million miles) short of Sol's surface, where the craft

  • NASA to Announce First Mission to 'Touch the Sun'

    May 31, 2017 11:08 AM 57

    NASA will reveal details Wednesday about its "extraordinary and historic" mission to "touch the sun." The mission, Solar Probe Plus, will launch in the summer of 2018 and marks the agency's first to the star at the center of the solar system. "Placed in orbit within four million miles of the sun’s surface, and facing heat and radiation unlike any spacecraft

  • Juno probe peers below Jupiter's clouds

    May 25, 2017 9:11 PM 50

    Scientists working on the American space agency's new Juno mission say its initial observations at Jupiter have taken their breath away. In particular, they have been amazed by the storms seen at the planet's poles. "Think of a bunch of hurricanes, every one the size of the Earth, all packed so close together that each hurricane touches the other," said Mike Janssen

  • U.S. astronauts declare ‘victory’ on critical spacewalk to replace power box

    May 23, 2017 9:06 PM 7

    MIAMI – Two U.S. astronauts successfully completed Tuesday what NASA described as a “critical” spacewalk to repair a failed piece of equipment that helps power the International Space Station. “We have declared victory,” NASA commentator Rob Navias said about two hours into the emergency spacewalk by space station commander Peggy Whitson, 57, and flight

  • Whale Stuck in Calif. Harbor Finds Way Back to Sea

    May 22, 2017 7:52 AM 17

    A 30-foot-long humpback whale stuck in Southern California's Ventura Harbor made its way back out to the ocean Sunday morning. The 30-foot-long whale was first spotted swimming in the harbor around 3 p.m. Saturday, said harborman George Kabris. The whale could be seen swimming into boat slips and coming right up to the edges of the docks as dozens of people

  • 35ft humpback whale trapped in California harbour

    May 21, 2017 11:50 AM 62

    Rescuers trying to save the stranded animal Rescuers are desperately trying to save a 35ft humpback whale that has become stranded in a California harbour. The beautiful whale was spotted swimming back and forth in the Ventura Harbour, southern California, on Saturday afternoon. Harbour master John Higgins said the animal had been bumping into boats