News/Technology&Science

How cold is it on Mars? Now you can track the red planet’s weather online

February 19, 2019

If you think the temperature swings in your part of the country are bad these days, rest assured: they don’t even approach those on Mars. As of Tuesday, you can track them and compare. NASA’s newest lander is offering daily reports on the red planet’s frigid winter. The space agency’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory is posting the highs […]

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Peter Cosgrove, photographer of more than 100 space shuttle launches, is dead at 84

February 19, 2019

A former Associated Press photographer in Florida who covered more than 100 space shuttle launches, the Elian Gonzalez saga, and the presidential recount, has died. Peter Cosgrove died of a heart attack in his sleep on Saturday in Orlando, Fla., at the age of 84. During a journalism career that spanned almost 50 years, the […]

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Why microwaving grapes creates a dazzling plasma light show

February 19, 2019

It’s a crowd-pleasing party trick: Cut a grape in half, pop it in the microwave, hit “start” — then sit back and be dazzled by the grape balls of fire. Naturally, the resulting bright sparks and balls of light, sometimes accompanied by a buzzing sound, are popular on YouTube. (Although researchers say there are good reasons […]

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‘Grandfather of climate science’ dead at 87

February 18, 2019

The climate scientist who popularized the term “global warming” has died. Wallace Smith Broecker was 87. Columbia University said the longtime professor and researcher died Monday at a New York City hospital. A spokesperson for the university’s Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory said Broecker had been ailing in recent months. Broecker brought the term “global warming” into common […]

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Scientists unlock genetic secrets of the great white shark

February 18, 2019

The great white shark, one of the most fearsome predators in the world’s oceans in both fact and fiction, is a formidable creature — right down to its genes. Scientists said Monday they have decoded the genome of Earth’s largest predatory fish, detecting numerous genetic traits that help explain its remarkable evolutionary success, including molecular adaptations […]

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Killer whales eat dolphins. So why are these dolphins tempting fate?

February 18, 2019

Killer whales are the only predators that regularly kill and devour Pacific white-sided dolphins off the B.C. and Washington coasts. So researchers were surprised when drone footage showed such dolphins playing within a few fin-spans of killer whales’ toothy jaws. “The dolphins are right in front of the killer whales, right in front of their […]

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NASA’s Mars Opportunity rover declared dead

February 13, 2019

NASA’s Mars Opportunity rover had quite the ride. But after 15 years on the Martian surface, the rover has officially been declared dead by NASA. The small rover first arrived on the Red Planet on Jan. 25, 2004. Its twin, Spirit, had arrived just three weeks earlier. The pair were part of the Mars Exploration […]

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By 2080, the climate in these Canadian cities will look nothing like it does today

February 12, 2019

The average summertime temperature in Edmonton is around 15 C. It’s comfortable and familiar for residents. But in 60 years, that temperature is forecast to rise by almost 5 C, more reminiscent of the climate just outside St. Paul, Minn. That’s just one of many specific geographic conclusions in a new study published in Nature […]

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Mars One, which offered 1-way trips to Mars, declared bankrupt

February 11, 2019

Mars One, a Dutch company that planned to send humans on a one-way trip to Mars and start the first human colony on the Red Planet, has been declared bankrupt. The declaration was made in a Swiss court on Jan. 15 — and posted on Reddit this past weekend — officially dissolving Mars One Ventures AG. Bas Lansdorp, company […]

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No more shinny? Thousands of lakes are losing their winter ice, study says

February 9, 2019

Researchers suggest that by the late 21st century, 35,000 freshwater lakes — across three continents and 50 countries — could see permanent ice loss from warming winters if the global climate warms beyond the two-degree target set by the Paris Agreement. Ice-free lakes can: Cut access to remote communities. Put an end to outdoor sports like […]

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