Space Photos of the Week: The Trail of Opportunity and More

Space Photos of the Week: The Trail of Opportunity and More

The Trail of Opportunity and More Eye Candy From Space The long and Martian road: In August 2010, the Opportunity rover looked back and took a photo of its tracks in the Red Planet’s sand.

R.I.P., Opportunity Rover: the Hardest-Working Robot in the Solar System

R.I.P., Opportunity Rover: the Hardest-Working Robot in the Solar System

R.I.P., Opportunity Rover: the Hardest-Working Robot in the Solar System NASA announced that, after 15 years and 5,000 charge cycles, the Mars rover Opportunity is officially dead.

Space Photos of the Week: The Galaxy Next Door

Space Photos of the Week: The Galaxy Next Door

If you’re able to divert your eyes from the big show in the upper right, take a look at the object in the center of the image: That blue cloud is LHA 120-N 180B, likely an active star-forming region.

The World Might Actually Run Out of People

The World Might Actually Run Out of People

“Once that decline begins, it will never end.” Penguin Random House But Empty Planet is not a book about statistics so much as it is about what’s driving the choices people are making during the fastest period of change in human history.

How to Stream the Super Bowl, Kitten Bowl, and Puppy Bowl

How to Stream the Super Bowl, Kitten Bowl, and Puppy Bowl

How to Stream All the Bowls For a complete day of baby-animal cuteness and Super Bowl insanity, you'd normally need a cable subscription that includes CBS for the Super Bowl, Animal Planet for the Puppy Bowl, and the Hallmark Channel for the Kitten Bowl.

And Now, the Weather: Mars-like, With a Chance of Apocalypse

And Now, the Weather: Mars-like, With a Chance of Apocalypse

In 2004, Meehl and Claudia Tebaldi predicted that climate change would lead to worse, more frequent heat waves; turns out they were right. “The cold air kind of pinches and stretches into two border vortices,” says Judah Cohen, a climatologist with Atmospheric and Environmental Research.

How to Stream the Super Bowl, Kitten Bowl, and Puppy Bowl

How to Stream the Super Bowl, Kitten Bowl, and Puppy Bowl

How to Stream All The Bowls For a complete day of baby animal cuteness and Super Bowl insanity, you'd normally need a cable subscription that includes CBS for the Super Bowl, Animal Planet for the Puppy Bowl, and the Hallmark Channel for the Kitten Bowl.

This App Lets Kenya's Farmers Monitor Crops From Eyes in the Sky

This App Lets Kenya's Farmers Monitor Crops From Eyes in the Sky

Using free satellite data from the UN, PlantVillage can monitor biomass on a plot of land, giving small-scale farmers insight into how their crops are developing.

Space Photos of the Week: Jupiter Is a Storm-Eat-Storm World

Space Photos of the Week: Jupiter Is a Storm-Eat-Storm World

NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter and its HiRISE camera capture the surface of the planet in unprecedented detail, and that includes dunes like the ones seen here. Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, stars, and galaxies aren’t even the half of it.

Our children’s planet: What does their education have to do with climate change?

Our children’s planet: What does their education have to do with climate change?

Helping with that transition is an especially important challenge for the World Bank because most of the population growth in the coming decades will be in developing countries. I like to think that Korea’s embrace of sustainability was in part facilitated by World Bank supported environmental education programs in the 1990s.

A Strange Kind of Data Tracks the Weather—and Pirate Ships

A Strange Kind of Data Tracks the Weather—and Pirate Ships

A Strange Kind of Data Tracks the Weather—and Pirate Ships Spire A group of apes is called a shrewdness; a group of ferrets is called a business; a group of small satellites is called a constellation.

What Is the Dark Side of the Moon?

What Is the Dark Side of the Moon?

(In the case of our moon, astronomers think it once whirled faster about its axis.) But over time, gravity from our planet exerted torque on bulges in the lunar surface, forcing its rotation into synchronization with its orbital period.

3.5 Billion-Year-Old Fossils Challenge Ideas About Earth’s Start

3.5 Billion-Year-Old Fossils Challenge Ideas About Earth’s Start

In the past year, separate teams of researchers have dug up, pulverized and laser-blasted pieces of rock that may contain life dating to 3.7, 3.95 and maybe even 4.28 billion years ago.

Space Photos of the Week: Juno Spies Jupiter's Mesmerizing Clouds

Space Photos of the Week: Juno Spies Jupiter's Mesmerizing Clouds

Space Photos of the Week: Juno Spies Jupiter's Mesmerizing Clouds Take a second with this one. This is Io. This infrared image taken by the Juno spacecraft from some 290,000 miles away, reveals what looks like a bad case of space chicken pox, but those bright spots, all of them, are actually volcanoes.

Save Us From Superheroes—Because They Can't Save Us

Save Us From Superheroes—Because They Can't Save Us

Night Shyam­alan realized the need to break form years ago when he made Unbreakable. (One reason: ­people in real life using their great power with great irresponsibility.) Shyamalan followed Unbreakable with 2016’s Split, featuring a bald James McAvoy with 20-odd personalities that semi-cohere into a frightening super-crazy.

The SpaceX 'Clown Car' Launch Actually Worked—Here's How

The SpaceX 'Clown Car' Launch Actually Worked—Here's How

“I am still very concerned.” He later cited another launch of 31 objects, of which only 18 had been identified three and a half days in.“We put our plan in front of all the regulators and in front of the Combined Space Operations Center,” Blake says, referring to the relevant part of the Air Force.

Space Photos of the Week: Packing for Mars

Space Photos of the Week: Packing for Mars

At the south pole, the thawing of water and carbon dioxide ices create odd metallic-looking patterns, while at the north pole, an intricate array of polygons appears when the planet transitions from winter to spring.Enjoying being a temporary Martian?

The Climate Apocalypse Is Now, and It’s Happening to You

The Climate Apocalypse Is Now, and It’s Happening to You

“Over the last 20 years of doing this, we’ve gotten better at thinking about the economic costs,” says John Furlow, a development and aid expert at Columbia University’s International Research Institute for Climate and Society and an author of NCA4.

Digging the cold gold for the most vulnerable

Digging the cold gold for the most vulnerable

Today, we can implement efficient, sustainable cold chains to keep our food fresh and safe and preserve medicine and vaccines, while at the same reducing greenhouse emissions.

Touchdown on Mars! NASA Lands Its InSight Spacecraft

Touchdown on Mars! NASA Lands Its InSight Spacecraft

NASA Lands Its InSight SpacecraftNASA/JPL-CaltechAfter a six-month journey across hundreds of millions of miles of deep space, NASA's InSight spacecraft—a mission nearly ten years and close to $1 billion in the making—landed successfully on the surface of Mars on Monday, touching down on the planet's surface just a few minutes before 12:00 pm PT.In the final moments of the spacecraft’s descent, the mission control room at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory was silent as updates on InSight's status blared over the PA system: "Altitude 300 meters… 200 meters… 80 meters… 60 meters … 50 meters, constant velocity 37 meters… 30 meters … 20 meters… 17 meters… standing by for touchdown… Touchdown confirmed!

Watch Live as NASA's InSight Lander Descends to Mars

Watch Live as NASA's InSight Lander Descends to Mars

The 1500-pound robot will enter the planet's atmosphere around 12:00 PST in excess of 12,000 miles per hour, its protective aeroshell shielding it from heat-generating friction and treacherous sandstorms on its descent toward the Martian surface.

Space Photos of the Week: Thanks, Solar System Voyagers

Space Photos of the Week: Thanks, Solar System Voyagers

But there was one fantastic finale for the Voyager probes as they wrapped up work in the solar system.On February 14, 1990—Valentines Day—Voyager 1 turned back to face Earth from 4 billion miles away, and took its final photo.

How and Where to Watch NASA's InSight Finally Land on Mars

How and Where to Watch NASA's InSight Finally Land on Mars

How and Where to Watch NASA's InSight Finally Land on MarsNASA/JPL-CaltechOn Monday, November 26th, following a six-month journey across hundreds of millions of miles of deep space, NASA's InSight spacecraft will arrive at Mars in suitably dramatic fashion, hitting the top of the planet's atmosphere at 12,300 miles per hour—several times faster than a speeding bullet—shortly before 12:00 pm PST (3:00 pm EST).If all goes as planned, it will take InSight (short for Interior Exploration using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy, and Heat Transport) just seven minutes to decelerate completely and alight on Mars' surface.

NASA Will Land InSight on Mars With Cunning—and Lots of Cork

NASA Will Land InSight on Mars With Cunning—and Lots of Cork

On Monday, November 26th, it will attempt its eighth, when it endeavors to land the $830-million InSight spacecraft on Elysium Planitia, a vast plain just north of the Martian equator.If NASA is successful, InSight (short for Interior Exploration using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy, and Heat Transport) will be the first mission to investigate Mars' deep interior with thermal probes and seismometry, an approach scientists think will address questions about the red planet's formation and composition.

Stop Worrying About Buying Carbon Offsets for Your Flights

Stop Worrying About Buying Carbon Offsets for Your Flights

You can also use the cash to invest in wind farms, or contribute to international aid projects with environmental benefits, like distributing clean-burning cooking stoves in India.Good marketers of offsets will disclose what they’re funding, and how they calculate the emissions saved.

How Trumpy Bear Divided the World—and Conquered the Internet

How Trumpy Bear Divided the World—and Conquered the Internet

They are meant to: If you’re a Trump supporter, Trumpy Bear—who sports the President’s signature blond coiffure and red tie, and is stuffed with an American flag you can pull out the back of his fuzzy neck—is a hilarious gift that is, as the commercial says, “great for all American holidays.” If you’re not, it’s the sort of stupendously baffling object that makes you wonder what aliens would think if they visited Earth today.

Making a Stormtrooper Out of Bodies Is Easier Than You'd Think

Making a Stormtrooper Out of Bodies Is Easier Than You'd Think

In 2009, they launched an entire Shadowland show, all based on the shapes people could act out with their bodies and maybe a few stretch-y pieces of clothing."Limitations are awesome for creativity," says Renee Jaworski, one of Pilobolus’ artistic directors "They are super helpful, because if the world is your oyster then it’s really hard to make a decision.

Midterm Election Voters Shot Down a Carbon Tax, But It'll Rise Again

Midterm Election Voters Shot Down a Carbon Tax, But It'll Rise Again

Initiative 1631 was technically a fee, not a tax; It would’ve charged many emitters $15 per metric ton of carbon, increasing every year until emissions declined—and the money would pay for green infrastructure like clean power generation, environmental remediation, and projects in communities most affected by pollution.

Five takeaways for better nutrition in South Asia—and beyond

Five takeaways for better nutrition in South Asia—and beyond

Overall, the event underscored how governments and health authorities in many developing countries face the dilemma of how to feed their growing population while ensuring their food is nutritious and discussed relevant strategies to transform nutrition security challenges into opportunities. As rice prices increase, relative to nutrient-rich foods, people will diversify their diets away from rice.

An Equator Full of Hurricanes Shows a Preview of End Times

An Equator Full of Hurricanes Shows a Preview of End Times

It’s the sign of a planet in the throes of change, and those changes don’t look good for the future.Humans are used to the idea of some parts of their homeworld being all but uninhabitable.

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