A new report published in The Lancet finds that “tackling climate change could be the greatest global health opportunity of the 21st century.”
Discovery of largest-ever winged dino in China, from 125 million years ago. It was sleek and birdlike with feathers on its arms and torso, but it could not fly.
NASA’s Dawn mission to Ceres today released some colorful new maps of the dwarf planet, showcasing a diverse topography, with height differences between crater bottoms and mountain peaks as great as 9 miles (15 km). Dawn is now making its way to its third mapping orbit, and results are coming out of the mission, but still no confirmation on the mysterious bright spots on Ceres. However, the crater that contains them now has a name.
A Boston University biology professor says the movie is “a turning point for ants in cinema,” although he has a few quibbles with the science.
The National Optical Astronomy Observatory (NOAO) today (July 27, 2015) announced the densest galaxies yet found. They said these galaxies are reminiscent of the ordinary globular star clusters that orbit the centers of our galaxy and others. But the ultra-dense galaxies are 10,000 to a million times denser than in the neighborhood of our sun.
The images from New Horizons’ July 14 sweep past Pluto continue to come in. Among the recent discoveries: flowing nitrogen ice on Pluto! These exotic ices flow across Pluto’s at one edge of its bright heart-shaped area. Scientists had hoped to find signs of an active surface on Pluto, but, still, they were wowed by evidence of flowing ice.
Here’s something no one on Earth has ever seen before. NASA released this new image today (July 24, 2015). It’s the night side of Pluto with the hazy atmosphere scattering light from a distant sun.
White shark populations are growing. Here’s why that’s good news.
Here’s a new image just released of a second range of ice mountains on Pluto. The New Horizons spacecraft using the LORRI (LOng Range Reconnaissance Imager) camera captured this image when it swept closest on July 14, 2015. There are images coming shortly that will be about four times sharper than this one!
Pluto has five known moons, and it’s a bit surprising that New Horizons hasn’t found any new ones yet. Newly released images show small moons Nix and Hydra.