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TOI 700 d: Earth-sized planet found relatively nearby

NASA has announced that its planet hunter satellite TESS discovered an Earth-sized world within the habitable range of its star, which could allow the presence of liquid water. The planet, named "TOI 700 d", is relatively close to Earth: only 100 light years away, NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory s

The "China Threat" and the Future of Global Science

The United States is in the midst of a contentious trade war with China, which has spilled over to global science. The U.S. federal government has expressed increasing concern about the “China threat” with rising accusations about intellectual theft and espionage coming from China. Over

Windows: No Longer Just for Letting In the Light

Before the end of the year, employees at Ubiquitous Energy, a company in Redwood City, Calif., will gather in a window-lined conference room to stare toward the future. That’s because their new glass panes will offer more than a stunning view of the arid mountains and blues skies of the North

Color-Changing Fibers Unravel a Knotty Mystery

How can mathematical theory predict the strongest knots in real life? The answer to that question has remained elusive despite humans relying on knots for thousands of years while fishing, hunting, building shelters and harnessing animal power. By using color-changing fibers to experimentally test a

Can Secondhand Shopping Dent Fast Fashion’s Environmental Damage?

Americans chucked more than 21 billion pounds of clothing and other textiles into landfills in 2015, according to the latest available estimates from the Environmental Protection Agency, a steep increase from 12.5 billion pounds in 2000 and 4.6 billion pounds in 1980. And that growing trash pile is

Watch Out for These Science Events in 2020

2020 will see a veritable Mars invasion as several spacecraft, including three landers, head to the red planet. NASA will launch its Mars 2020 rover, which will stash rock samples that will be returned to Earth in a future mission and will also feature a small, detachable helicopter drone. China wil

The science events to watch for in 2020

Mars attack 2020 will see a veritable Mars invasion as several spacecraft, including three landers, head to the red planet. NASA will launch its Mars 2020 rover, which will stash rock samples that will be returned to Earth in a future mission and will also feature a small, detachable helicopter dro

Trump picks computer scientist to lead National Science Foundation

US President Donald Trump has chosen Sethuraman Panchanathan, a computer scientist and vice-president at Arizona State University in Tempe, to be the next head of the National Science Foundation (NSF). The president also tapped Neil Jacobs, the acting head of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Ad

In Yemen, surging climate losses make life even harder

SAWIA VALLEY - The torrential floods and brutal droughts of recent years have left their mark on this valley in southeast Yemen. A road that links Mukalla, the capital of Hadramout province, with its remote rural villages has been almost wiped out by repeated landslides. Giant boulders lie strewn a

NOAA`s 2019 Arctic Report Card :Climate change hitting top US fishery in the Arctic

WASHINGTON - Reuters news agency reported that US federal government scientists said in in its 2019 Arctic Report Card on Tuesday that Climate change is causing chaos in the Bering Sea, home to one of America’s largest fisheries, an example of how rising temperatures can rapidly change ec

New app predicts water-related conflict up to year in advance

LONDON – Conflicts over water are likely to flare up in Iraq, Mali and India in the coming year, according to the developers of an app launched on Thursday which aims to help prevent violence by flagging up potential flashpoints. They said the “groundbreaking” early warning tool,

Losing Nemo: clownfish ‘cannot adapt to climate change’

The star of Pixar’s blockbuster “Finding Nemo” may be about to vanish again — this time for good — as its peculiar mating habits put it at risk from climate change, scientists said on Tuesday. They observed the vibrantly colored clownfish — which live in anemones

Europeans fear climate change more than terrorism or migration

BRUSSELS – Almost half of all Europeans fear climate change more than losing a job, migration or of a terrorist attack, a study by the European Investment Bank (EIB) showed on Thursday 11-28-2019 as EU lawmakers declared a “climate emergency”. The symbolic vote by lawmakers was de

Are Saturn’s Rings Really the Same Age as Dinosaurs?

By Matthew Cage After the death dive of the Cassini spacecraft, researchers discovered that Saturn’s rings were much younger than they thought. However, a planetary scientist who makes statements on the subject argues that there is not enough data to make such a precise estimate. Saturn&rsqu

A third of tropical African plants face extinction

A third of tropical African plants are on the path to extinction, according to a new assessment. Much of western Africa, Ethiopia, and parts of Tanzania and the Democratic Republic of the Congo are the hardest hit regions, standing to lose more than 40% of their richness of plants. Species at risk

Afghans battle pollution that is killing more people than war

KABUL- Afghanistan is facing a “colossal” battle to cut air pollution in its capital city which is claiming tens of thousands of lives a year. Figures have revealed that more than 26,000 Afghans died from pollution-related illnesses in 2017 alone, thousands more than were killed in the

China tests Mars lander in international cooperation push

China has invited international observers to a test of its Mars lander as it pushes for inclusion in more global space projects. Thursday’s test was conducted at a site outside Beijing simulating conditions on the Red Planet, where the pull of gravity is about one-third that of Earth. China

Japan spacecraft starts yearlong journey home from asteroid

TOKYO - Japan’s Hayabusa2 spacecraft departed from a distant asteroid on Wednesday, starting its yearlong journey home after successfully completing its mission to bring back soil samples and data that could provide clues to the origins of the solar system, the country’s space agency sai

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