A New Theory Explains What’s Driving Antarctica’s Fastest Melting Glacier – Seeker

A New Theory Explains What’s Driving Antarctica’s Fastest Melting Glacier – Seeker

New analysis indicates that local weather conditions, not continental winds as previously thought, could be driving the rapid retreat of the Pine Island Glacier, the fastest melting glacier in Antarctica. Scientists from the University of East Anglia used records between 2009 and 2014 to determine how local atmospheric conditions are directly affecting the ocean conditions […]

Winston Churchill’s views on aliens revealed in lost essay – BBC News

Winston Churchill’s views on aliens revealed in lost essay – BBC News

Image copyright Hulton Archive/Getty Images Image caption Churchill wrote the first draft in 1939, as Europe headed towards war A newly unearthed essay by Winston Churchill reveals he was open to the possibility of life on other planets. In 1939, the year World War Two broke out, Churchill penned a popular science article in which […]

SpaceX Launching Lightning Tracker, ‘Three-Eyed’ Raven, Deadly Superbug for NASA – Space.com

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — SpaceX is gearing up to launch its 10th commercial cargo mission on Saturday morning (Feb. 18), ferrying supplies and an assortment of science investigations to the International Space Station — including a deadly superbug, an advanced lightning sensor, a tool for new autonomous rendezvous capabilities and more. Perched […]

India Launches Record-Breaking 104 Satellites on Single Rocket – Space.com

The Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) achieved a major milestone last night (Feb. 14) with a successful record-setting launch of 104 satellites on a single rocket. The Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) blasted off from India’s Satish Dhawan Space Centre at 10:58 p.m. EST (0358 GMT on Feb. 15) with three satellites […]

Forget eggs. 245 million years ago, this long-necked sea creature gave birth to live babies. – Washington Post

Artist’s conception of a pregnant Dinocephalosaurus. (Dinghua Yang) A quarter of a billion years ago, when a shallow sea covered what is now southwest China, a large, long-necked aquatic reptile got pregnant. That is an unusual fact by modern standards — many reptiles, such as birds, turtles and crocodiles, do not get pregnant, which is […]

Ethicists advise caution in applying CRISPR gene editing to humans – Washington Post

An artist’s rendering of the powerful genome editing tool, CRISPR-Cas9. (Stephen Dixon) Ethicists have been working overtime to figure out how to handle CRISPR, the revolutionary gene-editing technique that could potentially prevent congenital diseases but could also be used for cosmetic enhancements and lead to permanent, heritable changes in the human species. The latest iteration […]

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