Tesla and Starman

So it's been a year since Starman the mannequin was launched into space in his cherry red Tesla Roadster with Hot Wheels model Tesla on the dash. The car is 226 million miles from Earth now. There is a really cool website run by Programmer Ben Pearson that counts Starman's distance as he travels at... Continue Reading →

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Ocean water too warm to cool ship’s engine

On October 22, it was reported that Canadian Coast Guard Ship Hudson was carrying out its annual fall ocean conditions survey and sailing through water measuring 20 to 24 C. For us Fahrenheit people, that's 68-75.2 degrees. That's room temperature water. Near Novia Scotia. In Fall. The four-engine Hudson slowed from 14 to 10 knots,... Continue Reading →

New Constellations

Sure, you can pick out Orion, the big and little dippers, and the North star. Maybe you even know your other zodiac constellations, but those are all in the sky visible to our naked eye. But if you are mapping gamma rays, you can see many more stars in space than from Earth. Scientists using... Continue Reading →

Telomerase – Breakthroughs begin with small steps

  Picture caption: Telomerase (bottom structure), a complex of proteins and RNA, adds DNA to telomeres (green caps), the ends of chromosomes (blue X’s). The telomeres shorten when cells divide. This week biologists got a better look at telomerase using cryo-electron microscopy to view this enzyme residing deep inside certain cells. It's function is to... Continue Reading →

Could Dragons Have Breathed Fire?

Dragons are always pinned and penned as mythical creatures, beasts of fancy fought by knights, honored by Chinese Monks, and ridden by Vikings. No one has see a dragon skeleton, though this dinosaur fossil is pretty close. Nature has provided some clues as to possible ways a dragon might actually breathe fire. Pyrophoric molecules burst... Continue Reading →

Alan Bean

The fourth man to walk on the moon, alongside the third man Pete Conrad, Alan Bean first went into aboard Apollo 12 and was the lunar module pilot. However, he worked at NASA for years sitting on his flight experience and bragging about his intelligence without a flight assignment. "Pete [Conrad], who knew me from... Continue Reading →

TESS

Hawk and Young  eagerly watched the launch of TESS on a Falcon 9 rocket on Wednesday, April 18, 2018. TESS stands for Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite. "She" is looking for dimming stars that would signal the presence of exoplanets eclipsing them. By orbiting between the Earth and the Moon, unaffected by orbital debris and space... Continue Reading →

Atlas V

We'd be remiss not to mention the Atlas V launch yesterday. https://youtu.be/N8rZSSZfcSM The Atlas V EELV (Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle) was established by the U.S. Air Force to provide assured access to space for Department of Defense and other government payloads. The Atlas V rocket lifted off at 7:13 p.m. EDT (2313 GMT) from Space... Continue Reading →

Alien Megastructure Star Dims Again

Kepler, which is running out of fuel, has identified over 2,000 exoplanets (2,342 + 307 by K2) in the Milky Way by studying the twinkling of stars. This particular star doesn't follow the rules... KIC 8462852, or Tabby’s Star, or the “Alien Megastructure Star” has been exhibiting rapid fluctuations in brightness. Tabby’s Star first gained... Continue Reading →

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