September 23, 2019

Hypersonic test plane disappears over the Pacific

The Falcon Hypersonic Technology Vehicle (HTV-2) has disappeared while flying over the Pacific Ocean today. US military scientists launched the hypersonic aircraft from California aboard a Minotaur IV rocket. The Defence Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) says the unmanned test was … [Read more...]

Italian scientists arrested for not predicting deadly earthquake

Seven scientists who serve on the Italian governments Great Risks commission have been ordered to stand trial on manslaughter charges for not predicting the 2009 earthquake in L'Aquila that killed 308 people. Judge Giuseppe Romano Gargarella, has ordered the comission members - who are … [Read more...]

10 Jupiter sized ‘Orphan’ planets found by researchers

Japanese astronomers working with scientists in the United States and New Zealand claim to have found free-floating "Orphan planets" which do not seem to orbit a star. Publishing their findings in Nature magazine, they say they have found 10 Jupiter-sized objects which they could not connect to … [Read more...]

Crab Nebula unleashes huge gamma ray flares

The Crab Nebula has surprised astronomers by emitting an unprecedented blast of gamma rays, in early April. Gamma rays are the highest energy light in the solar system, and the cause of the massive 12th April gamma-ray flare, is a mystery. The event has been detailed at the Third Fermi … [Read more...]

NASA Space probe proves Einstein correct

Gravity Probe B the NASA space probe launched in 2004 has produced evidence that some key consequences of Albert Einstein's Theory of General Relativity are correct. It has taken seven years for Gravity Probe B's data to be carefuly analysed by scientists before it was released. The … [Read more...]

Record damage to Arctic ozone layer

The ozone layer above the Arctic has suffered record damage. In the year to the end of March, 40 percent of the ozone in the stratosphere has been destroyed. This is due to cold weather in the upper atmosphere and the continuing damage of years of ozone depleting industrial chemicals. For … [Read more...]

3D Earth gravity map may help predict earthquakes

The European Gravity and Ocean Circulation Explorer spacecraft has mapped the Earth's gravity and produced a 3D model that may help scientists predict earthquakes. The five-metre GOCE spacecraft has been orbiting Earth at an altitude of 250km since its launch two years ago. It has been mapping … [Read more...]

Sabre-tooth vegetarian animal discovered

Scientists in Brazil have discovered the remains of a sabre-toothed vegetarian animal that lived around 260 million years ago. The leaf-crunching creature, about the size of a large dog, lived in what is now Brazil. Its upper canine teeth were nearly 12.7 centimetres long. This is not standard … [Read more...]

NZ Christchurch earthquake mapped from space

Last months devastating earthquake in Christchurch, New Zealand has been mapped from space using new radar imagery. The shallow magnitude 6.3 tremor killed over 200 people and shattered a modern city just geting back on its feet after a 7.1 earthquake in September 2010. Data gathered by the … [Read more...]