Space is an incredible place, not just for the breathtaking views from new angles, but no doubt for the sheer feeling of insignificance the visions of our universe must give for astronauts lucky enough to blast off up and out of the atmosphere. The International Space Station is in regular orbit around the Earth. Not only serving as a home to astronauts and cosmonauts but also functioning as a unique science laboratory. Circling the Earth at roughly 250 miles up, travelling at 17,500 mph and orbiting the planet every 90 minutes, the space stations bares witness to some pretty incredible views. We've gathered some of the most impressive for you to see. Scandinavia at nightThe nighttime views of our planet are something special. These astounding views of our humble home not only show the twinkling lights below, but often feature a glowing hue from the sun and the dancing colours of auroras too.This photo captured from ISS shows a view … [Read more...] about 35 breath-taking images from the International Space Station
Great barrier reef from space
Tech & Science Great Barrier Reef Coral You may well have heard that Australia’s iconic Great Barrier Reef is dying as warmer and more acidic waters bleach the system’s vibrant coral reefs. In fact, a heatwave killed nearly a third of the system’s corals in 2016. Now, scientists writing in the journal Nature Geoscience have discovered the reef has bounced back from near-extinction five times in the last 30,000 years. The current stresses, however, are probably far more intense than those felt in the past. "I have grave concerns about the ability of the reef in its current form to survive the pace of change caused by the many current stresses and those projected into the near future," study author Jody Webster from the University of Sydney said in a statement. The international team looked beyond the boundaries of today’s reef to find places where ancient coral may have grown. Then, they drilled down into the sea floor, collecting 30,000 … [Read more...] about Great Barrier Reef Has Bounced Back From Near Extinction Five Times in the Last 30,000 Years
Sometimes the world can be a much more revealing place if you take the time to see things from different angle. These incredible angled images captured by Planet Labs SkySat satellites reveal the world from 280 miles up, showing off the contours of our amazing planet.This fantastic imagery gives the impression of 3D mapping rather than photos and some will make you look twice.Planet does some incredible work when it comes to satellite imagery. The company operates a mass of satellites in regular orbit of the planet capturing and broadcasting photos in near real-time. This also allows for some pretty impressive time-lapse imagery like this video of the Apple Campus being constructed.We've gathered 18 of the best images to show you just how impressive our planet is, even from all those miles above the surface. Deccan Traps, IndiaThe Deccan Traps in India are said to be one of the largest volcanic features on our planet. It is thought that these features began to form … [Read more...] about 18 incredible images of our world snapped from space
NASA has teamed up with the US Department of Energy to develop a new kind of reactor to be used for a variety of space exploration missions.NASA's Kilopower project works to build the kind of technology that could be used for an affordable fission nuclear power system so that astronauts can have longer trips to planets.Kilopower is a small, lightweight fission power system that can deliver 10 kilowatts of electrical power. That's enough to power several average households continuously for at least 10 years.The prototype system uses a solid, cast uranium-235 reactor core, roughly around the size of a paper towel roll. Sodium heat pipes transfer reactor heat to the high-efficiency Stirling engines, which then convert the heat to electricity. Kilopower has previously been tested by NASA at the Nevada National Security Administration site from November 2017 through March 2018, successfully demonstrating that this new nuclear reactor power system could enable long-duration crewed missions … [Read more...] about NASA wants to use this nuclear reactor for space missions
Julie Bort, provided by Published 4:14 pm, Monday, April 30, 2018 Jae C. Hong/Associated Press The 34th annual Space Symposium recently took place in Colorado. It was full of excitement, ranging from a visit from Vice President Pence to the rockets being built by tech billionaires like SpaceX CEO Elon Musk and Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos. There were four themes that were obvious at this year's Space Symposium conference in Colorado Springs, Colorado. 1) The rising influence of tech billionaires like Bezos, SpaceX's Elon Musk and Virgin Group's Richard Branson; 2) The fact that between trade shows and the space industry, augmented reality and virtual reality have found their business use case — especially both, together. LATEST BUSINESS VIDEOS Now Playing: Now Playing Why Alphabet Investors Shouldn't Worry About Regulation Cheddar TV Heatwave Kills One Third of Great Barrier Reef, New Study Shows Veuer Japanese Women are Turning to VR for … [Read more...] about Billionaires, costume designers and beer: I spent a day at the Space Symposium and learned about how the tech elite will conquer the final frontier
Ellen Stofan's career reads like a lifelong date with destiny. Her mother was a science teacher and her father a NASA rocket scientist. Growing up, she witnessed fiery rocket launches and fell in love with geology while on a field trip with her mom. Put the two together and you get a planetary geologist. Finding her life's passion was just the beginning for Stofan, who went on to work on NASA's Magellan mission to Venus, the Saturn-studying Cassini mission and a proposed project to send a floating lander to Saturn's fascinating moon Titan. Stofan served as NASA's chief scientist from 2013 to 2016. Stofan will take the helm at one of the world's most visited museums on April 30 when she steps in as director of the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum, with locations in Washington DC and Chantilly, Virginia. Stofan will be the first woman to lead the museum. I caught up with Stofan to talk about why she never wanted to become an astronaut, her challenges as a woman in … [Read more...] about Ellen Stofan soars from NASA to first female head of Smithsonian space museum
By Alyssa Pereira, SFGATE Published 11:27 am, Friday, April 6, 2018 Who says television is a waste of time? For Natalie Belisto, a student and soccer player at Central Michigan University, it helped her save a squirrel's life after her friend found the unfortunate animal drowning in a pond. "It definitely was drowning because it was really slow when we saw it and it started to dip its head under the water" Belsito told her school newspaper. "I went down there with a hockey stick to try to pull it out, but that wasn't really working." After another student was able to fish out the animal, Belisto gave it CPR by pressing its chest while holding it in a towel, according to NBC Dallas-Fort Worth. RELATED: On the way home, boater rescues dog from SF Bay As she explained to her university newspaper, she knew what to do not because of a CPR class or medical show, but because of "The Office." In one Season 5 episode, the Dunder Mifflin staff learns to do chest compressions … [Read more...] about College student saves drowning squirrel using technique she learned from ‘The Office’
This is part of CNET's series, "Rebooting the Reef," on efforts to save one of the world's greatest natural wonders. Scientists know why the Great Barrier Reef is dying, but they don't know how to stop it. That's why they're replicating nature. Building an artificial reef, they hope, might help save the real one. Ocean warming and extreme weather are devastating the Great Barrier Reef. In 2016 alone, 29 percent of shallow-water coral was lost. Parts of the reef have been razed by cyclones or eaten alive by crown-of-thorns starfish. Worst of all, they have been decimated by back-to-back bleaching events in 2016 and 2017, when mile after mile of corals expelled the algae that live within them and that keep them alive. There's still time to save the Great Barrier Reef from dying Mapping the Great Barrier Reef with cameras, drones and NASA tech But just 30 miles west of the centre of the reef, at the Australian Institute of … [Read more...] about Can a man-made Great Barrier Reef help save the real one?
Last year we saw some gobsmackingly gorgeous blockbusters explode into movie theaters. This weekend, the Academy Award for Best Visual Effects will recognize the movie magic that created these stunning scenes -- and this year it's the battle of the digital characters, as every film features a major role that was conjured by computer-generated imagery. Rachael in "Blade Runner 2049". Groot and Rocket in "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2". Kong in "Skull Island". Snoke in "Star Wars: The Last Jedi". Caesar and chums in "War for the Planet of the Apes". Which of these CG creations will bag the Oscar? The 90th annual Academy Awards take place in Los Angeles this Sunday, March 4 (but while you're waiting, you can watch some of the nominated pictures on Netflix). And the 2018 nominees are... 'Blade Runner 2049' Nominees: John Nelson, Gerd Nefzer, Paul Lambert and Richard R. Hoover Also up for best cinematography, best production design and two sound gongs, the hauntingly beautiful … [Read more...] about And the visual effects Oscar will go to — a CG character?
2017 saw some gobsmackingly gorgeous blockbusters explode into movie theatres. This weekend the Academy Award for Best Visual Effects will recognise the movie magic that created these stunning scenes -- and this year it's the battle of the digital characters, as every film features a major role that was conjured by computer-generated imagery. Rachael in "Blade Runner 2049". Groot and Rocket in "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2". Kong in "Skull Island". Snoke in "Star Wars: The Last Jedi". Caesar and chums in "War for the Planet of the Apes". Which of these CG creations will bag the Oscar? The 90th annual Academy Awards take place in Los Angeles this Sunday, 4 March 4. And the nominees are... 'Blade Runner 2049' Nominees: John Nelson, Gerd Nefzer, Paul Lambert and Richard R. Hoover Also up for best cinematography, best production design and two sound gongs, the hauntingly beautiful "Blade Runner 2049" takes us to a future of flying cars and androids. Like most of today's … [Read more...] about Which CG character will win the 2017 visual effects Oscar?