How to Land a Busted Airliner in a Russian Cornfield

How to Land a Busted Airliner in a Russian Cornfield

Ural's flight 178 has already been dubbed the “Miracle on the Ramenskoe,” for the part of Moscow where the plane came down—echoing the 2009 “Miracle on the Hudson,” when a US Airways Airbus A320 lost both engines after taking off from LaGuardia Airport in New York City and landed safely on the river nearby .Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger and Jeffrey Skiles were at about 2,800 feet when a flock of geese wiped out their power.

The Biomechanical Perfection of Simone Biles in Flight

The Biomechanical Perfection of Simone Biles in Flight

And then, pow pow, Biles is in the air, a möbius loop of motion 10 feet off the ground at the apex, more than a second in the air, twisting around her head-to-toe axis three times and flipping over her side-to-side axis twice before, bang!

Icy Waterfalls Are Roaring as a Heat Wave Sizzles Greenland

Icy Waterfalls Are Roaring as a Heat Wave Sizzles Greenland

As a glaciologist who studies the plumbing system of Greenland’s ice sheet, Gulley is one of the foremost explorers of these melt caves, called moulins. The study also projected that Greenland’s ice sheet will completely melt in the next 1,000 years unless society drastically reduces carbon emissions and bends the climate curve.

Lunar Mysteries That Science Still Needs to Solve

Lunar Mysteries That Science Still Needs to Solve

Zellner says the best way to settle the lunar cataclysm debate will be to visit craters where samples aren’t likely to have been contaminated by the Imbrium impact, such as the south pole or the far side of the moon.

Space Photos of the Week: This Apollo Went to 11

Space Photos of the Week: This Apollo Went to 11

Today marks the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing . Our lunar adventures are nowhere near done, though it might be a some time until we can all collectively share the awe that the world felt 50 years ago.

The Best of Amazon Prime Day, Twitter's Redesign, and More News

The Best of Amazon Prime Day, Twitter's Redesign, and More News

The Best of Amazon Prime Day, Twitter's Redesign, and More News. Amazon has a ton of deals for Prime Day, Twitter redesigned its website, and scientists have an idea to make Mars habitable.

Space Photos of the Week: Chaotic, Gassy Mars

Space Photos of the Week: Chaotic, Gassy Mars

Earth has dune fields like this too in our deserts—just one more thing we have in common with Mars. This comet run-in was surprising to astronomers because the general thought was that impacts like these didn’t happen in the outer solar system this long after the formation of the solar system.

Forget the Moon—We Should Go to Jupiter’s Idyllic Europa

Forget the Moon—We Should Go to Jupiter’s Idyllic Europa

Jupiter's moon Europa is like the Brigadoon of the solar system: an idyllic moon with an ice-covered ocean that may hide some form of life, even though plans to send a spacecraft there keep receding farther and farther away into the Jovian mists.

NASA Will Send a Helicopter to Hunt for Life on Saturn's Biggest Moon

NASA Will Send a Helicopter to Hunt for Life on Saturn's Biggest Moon

The Dragonfly mission will spend two years flying around the surface of Titan, studying the moon’s composition and searching for signs of life. On Wednesday, NASA announced it will send a spacecraft to the surface of Titan , Saturn’s largest moon and one of the leading candidates for finding extraterrestrial microbial life in our solar system.

Apollo 11: Mission Out of Control

Apollo 11: Mission Out of Control

Shortly after noon on July 20, 1969, as they orbited some 70 miles above the surface of the moon, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin detached their lunar lander from the Apollo 11 command module in preparation for descent.

Change Your Life: Bestride the Bidet

Change Your Life: Bestride the Bidet

“I got to not stress every time I went to the bathroom.” Tushy was founded a year later, promising, as Agrawal variously calls it, “the Model T of bidets” and “an iPhone next to your toilet.” It sits atop your existing john, a sleek control panel to the right and a nozzle hanging at the back of the bowl, just outside the average pooping radius.

Space Photos of the Week: X-Rays, Binary Stars, and Mars Moles

Space Photos of the Week: X-Rays, Binary Stars, and Mars Moles

Space Photos of the Week: X-Rays, Binary Stars, and Mars Moles. After touching down on the Martian surface, InSight laid research instruments on the ground, including the HP3 instrument, also known as the Heat Flow and Physical Properties Package, to begin drilling.

Monterey Bay Is a Natural Wonder—Poisoned With Microplastic

Monterey Bay Is a Natural Wonder—Poisoned With Microplastic

For one, microplastic is swirling in Monterey Bay’s water column at every depth they sampled, sometimes in concentrations greater than at the surface of the infamous Great Pacific Garbage Patch.

Space Photos of the Week: How Stars Get 86’d

Space Photos of the Week: How Stars Get 86’d

If you have to leave one place, remember this: There’s always another party, just like WIRED has more space photos, right here .My glorious, boring, almost-disconnected walk in Japan What do Amazon's star ratings really mean.

Thermal images reveal heat levels in New Zealand’s glaciers

Thermal images reveal heat levels in New Zealand’s glaciers

The surface temperature of debris on the glacier was 21.6ᵒC when the photo was taken, while the surface temperatures of the lake and surrounding rock ranged from 3.5ᵒC to 30.2ᵒC [Image: Andrew Lorrey, NIWA].

Scientists hoping to solve great eel mystery

Scientists hoping to solve great eel mystery

NIWA freshwater scientists are pinning their hopes of solving an age-old mystery on 10 female longfin eels who are about to begin an epic journey to their spawning grounds somewhere in the Pacific Ocean.

Scientists study how to predict marine heatwaves

Scientists study how to predict marine heatwaves

Periods of extremely warm sea surface temperatures persisted for a prolonged period of time and extended thousands of kilometres [Photo: Dave Allen, NIWA]. For the past two summers, the Tasman Sea has experienced a marine heatwave, where periods of extremely warm sea surface temperatures persisted for a prolonged period of time and extended thousands of kilometres.

Jeff Bezos Unveils Blue Origin's Prototype of a Lunar Lander

Jeff Bezos Unveils Blue Origin's Prototype of a Lunar Lander

As detailed by Bezos, the plan is to send the lunar lander, called Blue Moon, to Shackleton Crater at the moon’s south pole. According to Bezos, the Blue Moon lander will be able to soft land on the lunar surface with up to 6.5 metric tons of payload weight.

Seafloor Maps Reveal Underwater Caves, Slopes—and Fault Lines

Seafloor Maps Reveal Underwater Caves, Slopes—and Fault Lines

Greene and colleagues explored the Salish Sea with multibeam sonar sensors attached to the bottom of the research ship and seismic sensors on a small torpedo-like instrument towed 100 feet off the seafloor.

Climate Change Threatens Ice Roads. Satellites Could Help

Climate Change Threatens Ice Roads. Satellites Could Help

For a few months each winter, Canada’s Tibbitt to Contwoyto Winter Road is the world’s longest ice highway, a 300-plus-mile network of frozen lakes that connects lucrative diamond mines in Canada’s Northwest Territories to supplies from the nation’s not-quite-so-far north.

The Real Reason You See Earthworms After Rain

The Real Reason You See Earthworms After Rain

It is probably one of the first “nature lessons” we learned at school: earthworms have to come to the surface after rain because they’re drowning. Another common explanation for worm emergence is that rain sounds like predators, so the worms come to the surface to escape.

Space Photos of the Week: The Moon Needs Sunscreen

Space Photos of the Week: The Moon Needs Sunscreen

This region on Mars, called Mawrth Vallis, is of extreme interest to scientists who want to study the rich clays and minerals that exist on the Martian surface.

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: 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.

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.

A Bug-Like Robot Uses Electricity to Walk Upside Down

A Bug-Like Robot Uses Electricity to Walk Upside Down

“The idea is with three legs on the ground, it's always statically stable,” says Wyss roboticist Neel Doshi, coauthor on a Science Robotics paper describing HAMR’s new power.About that static: Think of the robot as sticking to the surface like a magnet, only the forces here are electric.

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 View From the Control Room: How InSight Landed on Mars

The View From the Control Room: How InSight Landed on Mars

As the final hours ticked by before InSight breached Mars’s atmosphere and headed to the surface, there was not much to do except wait, and worry.Engineers had sent the landing sequence commands to the spacecraft days ago, where they now sat onboard like little bombs, waiting for the proper time to execute themselves.

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!

Star Designer Dieter Rams Thinks We're Buying Too Much Stuff

Star Designer Dieter Rams Thinks We're Buying Too Much Stuff

He was there to introduce a movie, of which he is begrudgingly but indisputably the star.“The film has my name, but it’s less about me, and more about my chief concerns,” the 86-year-old said with characteristic self-effacing charm.Rams, who is famous for his clean-lined designs for home goods companies like Braun and Vitsoe, has many concerns—the state of the world, the state of design, the way our appetite for shiny, new things is leading us down a gluttonous path of destruction—and he voices all of them in the new documentary Rams.The film is the newest from Gary Hustwit, who serves as the design world’s de-facto documentarian having made the lauded Urbanized, Objectified, and Helvetica.

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