For the first time, astronomers have discovered a planetary ring system outside the solar system – and it’s one of enormous proportions – 200 times bigger than Saturn’s rings.
Using a specialized hot-water drill to cleanly bore through half a mile of ice, scientists found fish populations thriving in the dark, cold Antarctic. The WISSARD research project is focused both on the geology and biology of the area and will yield valuable information about the mechanics of ice sheets and their potential effects on sea-level rise.
We often say that you only see 10% of the iceberg, the rest being underwater. US photographer Alex Cornell actually got the chance to see that – during a trip to Antarctica, he managed to take pictures of an extremely rare phenomenon: a flipped iceberg.
SpaceX, the company responsible for shipping cargo on and off the International Space Station, which wants to implement global access to the internet with a swarm of satellites, has confirmed a $1 billion investment from Google and Fidelity.
A federal judge decided this week that British Petroleum will pay a maximum of $13.7 billion for its 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill, saying that the oil spill was not as extensive as United States officials claimed. The sum is several billions lower than all parties involved were expecting – except for BP, of course.
NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft has officially begun its six month approach to the planet Pluto. This is the first time a human shuttle will flyby the icy dwarf planet.
In a groundbreaking analysis based on data extracted from hundreds of studies, scientists concluded that humans are on the verge of causing unprecedented and irreparable damage to the ocean environments. The patterns are clear, and extremely worrying, researchers say – but we still have time to act.
According to a report issued by the Solar Foundation, jobs in the solar industry were added at a rate 20 times that of the national average. In absolute numbers, 31,000 solar jobs were added in the U.S. between November 2013 and November 2014, bringing the total number of employees to 173,807, 87 percent more than five years ago. Solar catching up The report
The threat of a possible ammonia leak in the US sector of the International Space Station (ISS) forced the American astronauts to abandon their research and relocate to the Russian quarters. The hatch was reopened hours later after no leak was detected, NASA reported. Mission control, NASA/ESA confirmed there was no ammonia leak, hoping to get astronauts back into USOS as soon
The 2011 earthquake and subsequent tsunami in Japan was one of the worst geological events ever experienced by humanity. The 9.0 magnitude earthquake lasted approximately six minutes. An American tourist in Japan captured amazing footage of the earth opening up and then closing during the earthquake.