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.

Is That a Hand? Glitches Reveal Google Books' Human Scanners

Is That a Hand? Glitches Reveal Google Books' Human Scanners

A finger appears beside a page a Google Books scan. These glitches, collected in Andrew Norman Wilson's Scan Ops , reveal the old-school manual labor that still supports the digital age, even at the Googleplex.

How to Make Your Home Energy-Efficient in 4 Easy Steps

How to Make Your Home Energy-Efficient in 4 Easy Steps

Read on for a few tips on how to improve your home's energy efficiency, save money, and reduce your environmental footprint this year.

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.

How to Return and Exchange Your Unwanted Holiday Gifts

How to Return and Exchange Your Unwanted Holiday Gifts

When your item is received, you’ll receive a refund in the form of an Amazon gift card. Tech Retailers: Apple, Best Buy, Walmart, Target Apple will only accept returns from items that have been purchased at the Apple Store or from Apple’s website.

A SpaceX Booster Went for a Swim and Came Back as Scrap Metal

A SpaceX Booster Went for a Swim and Came Back as Scrap Metal

A SpaceX Booster Went for a Swim and Came Back as Scrap MetalSpaceXPort Canaveral, east of Orlando, was a hub of activity this past week as SpaceX officials attempted to rescue a wayward booster that had fallen into the ocean just off Florida’s space coast.

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.

Climate change, water and the spread of diseases: connecting the dots differently

Climate change, water and the spread of diseases: connecting the dots differently

A raft of work also started to emerge on the affects of changing weather patterns, heat waves, and access to clean water on people’s health. For example, health scientists came to grasp that they need anthropologists, sociologists and economists for a full understanding of the impact of climate change.

High ice and hard truth: the poets taking on climate change

High ice and hard truth: the poets taking on climate change

High up on a melting Greenland glacier, at the end of this summer from climate hell,two young women shout a poem above the roar of the wind. ‘Hoping to rouse more of the world to action’ … Jetnil-Kijiner and Niviana in Greenland with Bill McKibben Photograph: 350.org

Can Samantha Bee's Comedy Quiz App Gamify Getting out the Vote?

Can Samantha Bee's Comedy Quiz App Gamify Getting out the Vote?

But if the idea is to raise voting behavior, I'm not convinced a trivia app is the best way to do it.'University of Kansas professor Genelle BelmasTraditionally, fewer people cast ballots during midterm elections, and young people have especially low numbers when it comes to voter turnout.

Space Photos of the Week: Saturn's Mysterious Hexagon

Space Photos of the Week: Saturn's Mysterious Hexagon

They also note distinct concentrations of smaller haze particles inside compared with the outside.Jupiter’s candy-cane, red and white color scheme is eye-catching, but it turns out there is more to the story: When NASA’s Juno swung by and captured detailed photos researchers noted clumps of cyclones.

Grattan on Friday: Malcolm Turnbull’s NEG remains in snake-infested territory

Grattan on Friday: Malcolm Turnbull’s NEG remains in snake-infested territory

In Tuesday’s Coalition parties meeting, where Turnbull won strong support for his energy policy, several reserved their right to cross the floor on the emissions reduction legislation, and later more said they might do so.

Australia will honour Paris climate agreement, Simon Birmingham says

Australia will honour Paris climate agreement, Simon Birmingham says

On Sunday Birmingham said that Morrison “has made very clear we will continue to honour our commitments” including the Paris climate agreement, as Australia had done for the first and second round of Kyoto targets.

Plastic Makers' Credit Ratings May Be Hit by Pollution Rules

Plastic Makers' Credit Ratings May Be Hit by Pollution Rules

Makers of packaging for the food and beverage industry may also have similar issues, Wagner said. Moody’s analysts plan to scrutinize how the trend impacts companies, though plastic risk hasn’t prompted any change in credit ratings yet, Wagner said.