If you've ever poured yourself some iced tea on a hot summer's day, you know that that icy goodness doesn't stick around for long. That's because (SPOILER ALERT) ice doesn't do well in heat.
Those same (wildly obvious) laws of thermodynamics that govern your refreshment also govern the rest of the world. Ice, when confronted by heat, will melt, whether it's a cube, or the ice sheets in Greenland and Antarctica.
New satellite data from the European Space Agency has revealed some puzzling findings: the Earth’s magnetic field appears to be weakening much faster than previous research would suggest. These measurements show that on the whole, the planet’s geomagnetic field is weakening about ten times faster than expected, at a rate of about 5% every decade. However, it’s also important to note that in some regions it’s actually strengthened, particularly over Asia.
These days, engineering for space has a lot to do with packaging. Your biggest, most ambitious ideas have to be deliverable in small chunks that can be reassembled later, or blow up like a balloon, or even fold up like an origami crane. Everything you want to do in space, your super-telescopes and Mars colony ships, has to fit into the tip of a rocket, either once or over and over. To move space tech forward, you’ve got to design technology for zero gravity, but build it in single gravity — it’s annoying! But what if you could get around that problem by building tech in the same environment in which it’s designed to operate?
As summer begins astronomers have discovered a group of unusual sunspots of a size bigger than that of Earth.
A cluster of sunspots titled AR 2546 was detected on May 22 with a help of telescope Sky Watcher BKP 2008 HEQ5 SynScan PRO and could be visible even with a naked eye when using safelight filters.
The future of affordable (and sustainable) housing may lie with 3D printing. The World’s Advanced Saving Project (WASP) recently unveiled the world’s largest delta-style 3D printer that can build full-size buildings out of mud and clay for nearly zero cost. The massive 12-meter-tall (40 feet) BigDelta printer made its official debut and showed off its eco-friendly printing prowess at “Reality of dream,” a three-day event in Massa Lombarda, Italy.
Plastic is all around us. It has become a necessary evil for human beings. As much as it is being advertised that using plastic is not good for the planet Earth, nothing seems to work when it comes to discouraging people from using plastic. Landfills are filled with plastic and plastic wastes.
2020 is set to be a good year for Mars exploration. The United States, China, the United Arab Emirates, Europe and Russia all have planned Mars missions that are scheduled to launch, or likely to launch, in that year.
Currently a high school senior in California, Lewis-Weber has just published a paper in the journal New Space with what he thinks could be the solution to the upcoming energy crisis: putting self-replicating solar panels in space. These solar panels would to build copies of themselves, autonomously, on the surface of the moon. Then they would enter Earth's orbit, collect the sun's energy, and wirelessly beam it to the ground.
The Universe is one such thing that seems to go on and on with its mysteries and secrets. When you think you have amassed a lot of information, something new will come up and you will feel like a novice again. There are millions and billions of things that make up this universe and we know nothing or very little about them. For example, the most basic or simple question: “How big is space?”
The MyShake app, developed by researchers at the University of California, Berkeley can enable your phone to function as both a personal seismometer and an early warning system. Now available as a free download for Android smartphones in the Google Play store, this app uses the accelerometer in your phone (the device that lets your phone adjust the screen when you turn it sideways) and GPS to measure how much shaking is happening in a given location.