15.09.2018 - 19:46 [ NASA ]

Cassini’s Final View of Titan’s Northern Lakes and Seas

„We expected more symmetry between the southern and northern summer,“ said Elizabeth („Zibi“) Turtle of the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Lab and the Cassini Imaging Science Subsystem (ISS) team that captured the image. „In fact, atmospheric models predicted summer clouds over the northern latitudes several years ago. So, the fact that they still hadn’t appeared before the end of the mission is telling us something interesting about Titan’s methane cycle and weather.“

„Titan is a fascinating place that really teases us with some of its mysteries,“ said Turtle.

15.09.2018 - 19:42 [ NASA ]

ICESat-2 Successfully Launched on Final Flight of Delta II Rocket

NASA’s Ice, Cloud and land Elevation Satellite-2 (ICESat-2) is embarking on a three-year mission to measure the ice of Earth’s frozen and icy areas after a successful liftoff today at 6:02 a.m. PDT (9:02 a.m. EDT) from Space Launch Complex-2 at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.

14.09.2018 - 22:06 [ Sea Shepherd ]

Icelandic Whaling Company Kills Endangered Blue Whale

Although the first 21 whales killed were endangered Fin whales – which the Icelandic government has permitted Loftsson’s company to slaughter despite an international moratorium on whaling and the endangered status of the fin whale – they do not have a permit to kill endangered Blue whales.

23.08.2018 - 18:00 [ KBS ]

Taifun Soulik trifft Freitag auf Südkoreas Westküste

Südöstlich von Soulik bewegt sich ein weiterer Taifun, Cimaron, in Richtung Norden. Beide beeinflussen ihren Kurs gegenseitig, deshalb nimmt das Tempo von Soulik ab.

In Küstengebieten der Insel Jeju weht derzeit starker Wind mit fast 40 Sekundenmeter Geschwindigkeit. In Küsten- und Bergregionen wird starker Wind mit einer Spitzengeschwindigkeit von 50 Sekundenmetern oder 144 Stundenkilometern erwartet.

23.08.2018 - 17:55 [ Hawaii State Department of Education ]

HIDOE closing all Hawaii Island, Maui County schools and offices ahead of impacts from Hurricane Lane

All Hawaii State Department of Education (HIDOE) schools and offices on Hawaii Island and in Maui County will be closed Wednesday, Aug. 22, until further notice, in anticipation of dangerous storm conditions from Hurricane Lane.

22.08.2018 - 04:45 [ teleSUR ]

Large Earthquake Off Northern Venezuelan Coast

According to the University of the West Indies Seismic Research Centre, the quake measured 6.8 in the Richter Scale and struck at latitude 10.51 N, longitude 62.76 W, at a depth of 73 km in Trinidad and Tobago. The country’s Minister of Communication, Stuart Young said in a national address that its tsunami warning has been called off, but electricity remains down in parts of the two islands, including the capital, Port-of-Spain. The Minister of Police asked that all officers come out to help in clean up efforts. There are reports of damaged buildings throughout the country.

22.08.2018 - 01:53 [ Junge Welt ]

Aussterbende Art

Obwohl die Biodiversitätsforschung jede Menge zu tun hätte, steckt das Fach in der Krise. Die Disziplin ist Opfer marktorientierter Wissenschaftspolitik

19.08.2018 - 20:50 [ National Center for Biotechnology Information / National Institutes of Health ]

Cosmic Influence on the Sun-Earth Environment

(Dezember 2008) Since the early days of human civilization we have looked at the sky and tried to understand the environment of the Earth and the Universe [1, 2, 3, 4, and 5]. We are continuously collecting data for different environmental parameters. Sudden heat or cold waves, tornados, erratic rainfall and snowfall are being observed and their forewarning has been attempted. Efforts have been made to understand the influence of stars and the Sun, which, although they are distant objects in space, can influence the environment of the Earth. Extragalactic cosmic rays measured as neutron counting rate, represent an energy spectrum, which is being received by the solar system from the distant stars; the particles of cosmic rays are atom –nuclei with almost light velocity [6, 7]. The effects of the Sun on the environment of the Earth were found to be modulated by the geomagnetic field and the ionizing potential of the cosmic rays [8]. Earth directed Coronal Mass Ejection (CME) and its effects on the thermosphere, ionosphere and atmosphere have been studied. During Earth directed CME a beam of electrons (plasma) is pumped towards the Earth [9]. This beam of electrons is highly conductive and generates an electric field that is transmitted to Earth’s natural plasmosphere and ionosphere. This thin layer of changed electric field further influences the ionosphere and atmosphere of the earth [24]. Since a beam of electrons is carried by an electric current, a magnetic disturbance would be produced. Starbursts are caused by a special variety of neutron star known as a magnetar. These fast-spinning, compact stellar bodies create intense magnetic fields that trigger explosions, which are known as starbursts. Starbursts cause the Sun to develop low Planetary Indices (Kp) and low Electron flux (E-flux) conditions for the Sun-Earth Environment.
If the electron flux from the sun is low, with the subsequent rise in cosmic rays simultaneously anomalous snowfall and lowering of the atmospheric temperature has been observed. It would be possible to understand the movement of clouds and snowfall, as well as atmospheric moisture, if we could efficiently calculate the influence of space weather and cosmic influence on the thermosphere and atmosphere of the Earth [12]. Based on the same hypothesis it was found that an abnormal rise and sudden fall in E-flux, Kp index and atmospheric temperature has the possibility of triggering earthquakes in active fault areas of the Earth due to temporary changes in the magnetic field of the Earth. The whole process was expressed as a precursor of earthquakes in active fault areas.

19.08.2018 - 20:00 [ ]

Weakest solar cycle in more than a century now heading towards next solar minimum

(1.2.2016) The current solar cycle, #24, is the weakest solar cycle in more than a century and it is now heading towards the next solar minimum phase which would be the beginning of solar cycle #25. The last solar minimum phase lasted from 2007 to 2009 and it was historically weak. In fact, it produced three of the most spotless days on the sun since the middle 1800’s (bar graph below).

19.08.2018 - 19:38 [ ]

The Sun Is Turning Blank And We’re Not Quite Sure Why

(3.5.2018) We do know the Sun goes through variations, so there’s nothing to be too worried about. But it is quite unusual, especially as we’re not even really sure what causes solar cycles. Maybe the Sun is just taking some well-deserved time off. After 4.6 billion years, who could blame it?

19.08.2018 - 19:23 [ ]

Declining solar activity linked to recent warming

(6.10.2010) An analysis of satellite data challenges the intuitive idea that decreasing solar activity cools Earth, and vice versa. In fact, solar forcing of Earth’s surface climate seems to work the opposite way around — at least during the current Sun cycle. (…)

Contrary to expectations, the net amount of solar energy reaching Earth’s troposphere — the lowest part of the atmosphere — seems to have been larger in 2007 than in 2004, despite the decline in solar activity over that period.

The spectral changes seem to have altered the distribution of ozone molecules above the troposphere.

19.08.2018 - 19:08 [ ]

On the solar cycle dependence of winds and planetary waves as seen from mid-latitude D1 LF mesopause region wind measurements

(März 1998)

Two mechanisms of the development of the wave are discussed: Salby (1981a,b) proposes that the quasi-2-day wave is a resonant ampliÆcation of the antisymmetric (3,3)-normal mode. Plumb (1983), however, suggests that the wave appears due to baroclinic instability near the summer stratospheric wind jet. The climatology of the quasi-2-day wave at Collm was described in detail by Jacobi et al. (1997c), who also pointed out that an influence of the 11-year solar cycle on its amplitude could be seen.

In the following, mesopause wind data measured at the Collm Observatory of the University of Leipzig are investigated with respect to a possible solar cycle dependence.

19.08.2018 - 19:07 [ Leibniz-Institut für Atmosphärenphysik e.V. an der Universität Rostock ]

Influence of the 11-year solar cycle on planetary wave structures in the stratosphere and mesosphere

(2011) The stationary wave structures in the spatial distribution of stratospheric ozone have a significant influence on the local radiative heating and therefore on planetary wave propagation, temperature, circulation and trace gas distributions in the stratosphere and mesosphere. We show that these effects of O3* , which is the zonally asymmetric component of ozone, are modified by the 11-year cycle in solar irradiation,

19.08.2018 - 17:25 [ Potsdam Institute / Youtube ]

Rossby waves and extreme weather

(15.4.2016) Learn how giant airstreams high in the sky get trapped sometimes – leading to devastating weather extremes on the ground. Copyright: Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research PIK and Climate Media Factory. This video was supported by the German Research Foundation (DFG) and the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF). PIK research on the subject: – Evidence for wave resonance as a key mechanism for generating high-amplitude quasi-stationary waves in boreal Summer

19.08.2018 - 17:09 [ National Center for Atmospheric Research, University Corporation for Atmospheric Research / ]

Scientists link California droughts, floods to distinctive atmospheric waves

(6.4.2017) Wavenumber-5 consists of five pairs of alternating high- and low-pressure features that encircle the globe about six miles (10 kilometers) above the ground. It is a type of atmospheric phenomenon known as a Rossby wave, a very large-scale planetary wave that can have strong impacts on local weather systems by moving heat and moisture between the tropics and higher latitudes as well as between oceanic and inland areas and by influencing where storms occur.

The slow-moving Rossby waves at times become almost stationary. When they do, the result can be persistent weather patterns that often lead to droughts, floods, and heat waves.

19.08.2018 - 16:56 [ University Corporation for Atmospheric Research . ]

Planetary waves, first found on Earth, are discovered on Sun

(27.3.2017) for a brief period, from 2011 to 2014, scientists had the unprecedented opportunity to see the Sun’s entire atmosphere at once. During that time, observations from NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO), which sits between the Sun and Earth, were supplemented by measurements from NASA’s Solar TErrestrial RElations Observatory (STEREO) mission, which included two spacecraft orbiting the Sun. Collectively, the three observatories provided a 360-degree view of the Sun until contact was lost with one of the STEREO spacecraft in 2014. McIntosh and his co-authors mined the data collected during the window of full solar coverage to see if the large-scale wave patterns might emerge.

„By combining the data from all three satellites we can see the entire Sun, and that’s important for studies like this because you want the measurements to all be at the same time,“ said Dean Pesnell, SDO project scientist at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland. „They’re pushing the boundary of how we use solar data to understand the interior of the Sun and where the magnetic field of the Sun comes from.“

19.08.2018 - 16:02 [ ]

The big heatwave: from Algeria to the Arctic. But what’s the cause?

(22.7.2018) “Yes, it is hard not to believe that climate change has to be playing a part in what is going on round the globe at present,” said Dann Mitchell of Bristol University. “There have been some remarkable extremes recorded in the past few weeks, after all. However, we should take care about overstating climate change’s influence for it is equally clear there are also other influences at work.”

19.08.2018 - 15:53 [ ]

Are Rossby waves to blame for Earth’s magnetic field drifting westward?

(16.5.2018) Humans first became aware of the Earth’s magnetic field over 400 years ago, and since that time, have been taking measurements of it. As time passed, it became clear that the field was moving in a westerly direction—and nobody knew why. The actual reason is still not known—Bardsley is proposing a new idea: Somehow, Rossby waves in the Earth’s outer core cause the magnetic drift.

19.08.2018 - 15:51 [ Massachusetts Insitute of Technology ]

Study: Hole in ionosphere is caused by sudden stratospheric warming

(6.8.2018) Geospace research has long established that certain changes in the atmosphere are caused by the sun’s radiation, through mechanisms including solar wind, geomagnetic storms, and solar flares. (…)

One of the more scientifically interesting large-scale atmospheric events is called a sudden stratospheric warming (SSW), in which enormous waves in the troposphere — the lowermost layer of the atmosphere in which we live — propagate upward into the stratosphere. These planetary waves are generated by air moving over geological structures such as large mountain ranges; once in the stratosphere, they interact with the polar jet streams.

19.08.2018 - 14:39 [ Wikipedia ]

Upper-atmospheric models: Planetary waves

According to a report in New Scientist[4] many researchers are in consensus that Rossby waves are acting against the jet stream’s usual pattern and holding it in place. Upper atmospheric studies using National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) data indicates that during July 2010 these upper air stream patterns were most frequently observed in the Northern Hemisphere.[5] Examination of the climatology data over the same period of time indicates that these wild planetary wave meanderings[6] are not a normal aspect of our regional climate patterns. Meanwhile, ongoing research studies at the University of Reading show that unusual patterns in the polar jet stream are more common during a period of low activity in the solar cycle when the observed sun spot activity and their associated solar flares are at their minimum.

19.08.2018 - 13:32 [ National Snow and Ice Data Center ]

New study explains Antarctica’s coldest temperatures

(25.6.2018) That preliminary study has been revised with new data showing that the coldest sites actually reach -98 degrees Celsius (-144 degrees Fahrenheit). The temperatures are observed during the southern polar night, mostly during July and August.

When the researchers first announced they had found the coldest temperatures on Earth five years ago, they determined that persistent clear skies and light winds are required for temperatures to dip this low. But the new study adds a twist to the story: Not only are clear skies necessary, but the air must also be extremely dry, because water vapor blocks the loss of heat from the snow surface.

19.08.2018 - 13:31 [ ]

Coldest temperature ever recorded makes Earth „almost like another planet“

Nearly 15 degrees colder than the previous record-breaking coldest temperature, which was -128 degrees in 1983 near the South Pole, the temperature in Antarctica dropped to -144 degrees Fahrenheit.

Temperatures this low make Antarctica „almost like another planet,“ says lead researcher Ted Scambos at the National Snow and Ice Data Center in Boulder, Colorado, quoted in Forbes.

Taking just a few breaths of air this cold would kill you.

19.08.2018 - 12:57 [ National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) ]

Watching the Sun for Space Weather

(10.8.2018) “Space weather occasionally occurs in tandem with extreme terrestrial weather,” according to scientists from NCEI, Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES), and other institutions in an open access Space Weather journal article. “When it does, the struggle to mitigate the impacts to life and property can be dramatically intensified. This one-two punch landed on the socioeconomically and technologically diverse communities of the Caribbean islands during the September 2017 hurricane season.”

19.08.2018 - 12:26 [ ]

Atmosphere MYSTERY: Researchers BAFFLED by strange clouds in the mesosphere

(16.8.2018) Still, it remains unclear why there is so much water vapour so late in the year.

One theory is to do with the upcoming solar minimum.

The sun follows cycles of roughly 11 years where it reaches a solar maximum and then a solar minimum.

During a solar maximum, the sun gives off more heat and is littered with sunspots. Less heat in a solar minimum is due to a decrease in magnetic waves.

19.08.2018 - 10:32 [ Korea Broadcasting System (KBS) ]

Erstmals seit fast einem Monat keine tropische Nacht in Seoul

In Seoul hat in der Nacht auf Freitag erstmals seit fast einem Monat keine tropische Nacht vorgeherrscht.

Laut dem Wetteramt fiel die Temperatur in der Hauptstadt in der Nacht auf 22,1 Grad. Eine tropische Nacht herrscht vor, wenn die Temperatur ab 18.01 Uhr bis 9 Uhr am nächsten Tag nicht unter 25 Grad sinkt.

07.08.2018 - 00:19 [ Bayrischer Rundfunk ]

Perseiden-Sternschnuppen 2018: Der große Meteor-Regen im August

2018 ist ein besonders lohnendes Jahr für die Perseiden, denn anders als im vergangenen Jahr stört diesmal der Mond das Schauspiel nicht mit seinem Licht: Seine dünne Sichel geht bereits um halb zehn Uhr abends unter, gerade rechtzeitig, bevor es so richtig losgeht. Das recht breite Maximum der Perseiden beginnt diesmal am 12. August ab zehn Uhr abends und dauert die ganze Nacht, bis es gegen halb fünf Uhr morgens zu hell wird.

06.08.2018 - 15:09 [ Jakarta Post ]

Indonesia quake kills 82, leaves hundreds wounded

A powerful quake which struck the Indonesian holiday island of Lombok has killed 82 people and wounded hundreds, national disaster agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said early Monday, with thousands of buildings left damaged.

The 6.9 magnitude tremor, which triggered panic among tourists and locals on Sunday evening, was also felt on the neighbouring island of Bali, one of Southeast Asia’s leading tourist destinations.

05.08.2018 - 17:03 [ CNBC ]

US space companies are crossing the Atlantic, bringing rocket launches to the UK for the first time

A host of U.S. companies signed partnerships with the United Kingdom Space Agency (UKSA) in July, with several more waiting in the wings, as the British government doled out funding for launching commercial rockets from the island for the first time ever.

27.07.2018 - 16:54 [ ]

Die Mondfinsternis am 27.07.2018 in Deutschland, Österreich und der Schweiz

Mit seiner Dauer von 1 Stunde und 43 Minuten ist die totale Mondfinsternis die Längste im 21. Jahrhundert!

An diesem besonderen Tag steht der Planet Mars in Opposition zur Sonne und leuchtet hell am abendlichen Himmel. An diesem Tag begleitet der Mars den Mond auf seiner Bahn am Abend- und Nachthimmel.
Die totale Mondfinsternis hat aufgrund der besonderen Konstellation mit Mars und dem verfinsterten Aufgang des Mondes am Horizont seinen ganz besondern Reiz für Fotografen!

27.07.2018 - 16:53 [ ]

Die Entstehung einer Mondfinsternis

Damit eine Mondfinsternis entstehen kann, muss der Vollmond sich im Bereich eines Mondknoten aufhalten. Unter dem Mondknoten versteht man den Schnittpunkt der um 5 Grad geneigten Mondbahn gegenüber der Ekliptik und der Ekliptik selber.

Bei einer Mondfinsternis wird der Mond nicht unsichtbar, sondern reflektiert das in der Erdatmosphäre gebrochene Sonnenlicht. Da das rote Licht am stärksten gebrochen wird, erscheint der Mond während der Finsternis in kupferrot.

27.07.2018 - 05:24 [ Siberian Times ]

Worms frozen in permafrost for up to 42,000 years come back to life

(26. Juli) The roundworms from two areas of Siberia came back to life in Petri dishes, says a new scientific study.(…)
‘We have obtained the first data demonstrating the capability of multicellular organisms for longterm cryobiosis in permafrost deposits of the Arctic,’ states a report from Russian scientists from four institutions in collaboration with Princetown University.

18.07.2018 - 02:06 [ Sputnik ]

UK Military’s New Spaceport to Deliver Emergency Aid Once Complete (VIDEO)

When asked if UK allies should consider using the Scotland spaceport once it’s operational, the official responded by saying, „Why not? We go and buy airplanes together; we can buy AWACS together; think of federated capability; think of how partners work symbiotically with each other,“ he said. „The more we can — Five-Eyes and allies — respond effectively, or even offer deterrence, dissuasion, we may actually control that space domain rather than being threatened or outmaneuvered in the space domain.“

14.07.2018 - 16:25 [ New York Times ]

It Came From a Black Hole, and Landed in Antarctica

For the first time, astronomers followed cosmic neutrinos into the fire-spitting heart of a supermassive blazar.

14.07.2018 - 16:24 [ TUMuenchen1 / Youtube ]

IceCube Neutrino Telescope Detects Origin of Extragalactic Particles

For the first time ever, scientists have determined the cosmic origin of highest-energy neutrinos. A research group led by IceCube scientist Elisa Resconi, spokesperson of the Collaborative Research Center SFB1258 at the Technical University of Munich (TUM), provides an important piece of evidence that the particles detected by the IceCube neutrino telescope at the South Pole originate from a galaxy four billion light-years away from Earth.

14.07.2018 - 15:41 [ IceCube Neutrino Observatory at Amundsen–Scott South Pole Station ]

IceCube neutrinos point to long-sought cosmic ray accelerator

An international team of scientists has found the first evidence of a source of high-energy cosmic neutrinos, ghostly subatomic particles that can travel unhindered for billions of light years from the most extreme environments in the universe to Earth.

The observations, made by the IceCube Neutrino Observatory at the Amundsen–Scott South Pole Station and confirmed by telescopes around the globe and in Earth’s orbit, help resolve a more than a century-old riddle about what sends subatomic particles such as neutrinos and cosmic rays speeding through the universe.

14.07.2018 - 15:32 [ ]

Scientists capture mysterious ‘ghost particle’ in a giant ice cube in ‘triumph’ that changes how we see the universe

Scientists have captured a ghost-like subatomic particle on Earth, helping to solve a mystery baffling scientists for 100 years.

The so-called “ghost particle” was trapped by researchers in a giant ice cube at the South Pole.

It’s actually a high-energy neutrino, and is the first of its type ever detected by scientists.

Importantly, researchers believe they’ve tracked its likely source: a supermassive black hole that emits light and cosmic rays.

05.07.2018 - 22:54 [ Junge Welt ]

„Situation ist katastrophal“

Dominique Bourg, Philosophieprofessor an der Universität Lausanne und Ordinarius für Umwelt- und Geowissenschaften, hält die von Hulot angestrebte »Umkehr des Trends« allerdings für aussichtslos, falls sie nicht im Kontext einer »totalen« Änderung der Gesellschaftspolitik gesehen werde. Bourg, der auch Vizepräsident der von Hulot gegründeten Umweltstiftung »Fondation pour la Nature et l’Homme« ist, warnte am Montag in Paris: »Alles muss sich in demokratischem Rahmen vollziehen und die Ökologie muss deshalb eine soziale Ökologie werden – sie muss im Kampf gegen die soziale Ungerechtigkeit stehen. Wenn das nicht akzeptiert wird, dann wird alles unmöglich sein.«

27.06.2018 - 08:44 [ reason ]

We Are Most Likely Alone in the Universe

(22.Juni) A new paper in arXiv seeks to „dissolve the Fermi Paradox“ by specifying various values for the parameters in the Drake Equation. The paper is by three researchers from the Future of Humanity Institute at Oxford University, research fellow Anders Sandberg, nanotechnologist Eric Drexler, and philosopher Tod Ord. As the researchers note:(…)
When we update this prior in light of the Fermi observation, we find a substantial probability that we are alone in our galaxy, and perhaps even in our observable universe (53%–99.6% and 39%–85% respectively). ‚Where are they?‘ — probably extremely far away, and quite possibly beyond the cosmological horizon and forever unreachable.

27.06.2018 - 08:37 [ BGR ]

NASA showcases gorgeous new photo of Jupiter that looks almost too amazing to be real

(25.Juni) “The region seen here is somewhat chaotic and turbulent, given the various swirling cloud formations. In general, the darker cloud material is deeper in Jupiter’s atmosphere, while bright cloud material is high,” NASA notes. “The bright clouds are most likely ammonia or ammonia and water, mixed with a sprinkling of unknown chemical ingredients.”

18.06.2018 - 11:53 [ Japan Today ]

3 dead, more than 200 injured after M6.1 quake hits northern Osaka region

A strong earthquake with a magnitude of 6.1 hit Osaka and other parts of western Japan on Monday morning, leaving at least three people dead and more than 200 injured, disrupting rush-hour traffic and cutting off power, water and gas in the area.

The 7:58 a.m. quake occurred at a depth of about 13 kilometers in the northern part of Osaka Prefecture, where it registered lower 6 on the Japanese seismic intensity scale of 7, the Japan Meteorological Agency said.

16.06.2018 - 07:36 [ Scoop ]

UN forum to explore use of outer space to improve lives

Dubbed UNISPACE+50, to commemorate the fiftieth anniversary of the 1968 UN Conference on the Exploration and Peaceful Uses of Outer Space, the event will be the first global UN space summit of the twenty-first century.
Simonetta Di Pippo, the Director of the UN Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA), which is organizing UNISPACE+50, has said that the forum’s priority will be to find ways to use space “to improve lives around the world and protect the planet.”(…)
Being held from 18-21 June, UNISPACE+50 will include a symposium (18-19 June) and a high-level segment (20-21 June). On 22 June, the UN Committee on Peaceful Uses of Outer Space will resume its regular session.

15.06.2018 - 19:13 [ TASS ]

Russia to supply two batches of rocket engines to US

„We carried out this work as part of our contractual obligations with Orbital ATK. So, thanks to our foreign partners and the Antares carrier rocket, the entire world has been able to become clearly convinced in the possibility of the multiple uses of our engines. Although we have the experience of creating reusable engines (The RD-170 was certified for the 10-time use), today this was demonstrated for the first time as part of a carrier rocket,“ Lyovochkin said.

29.05.2018 - 23:02 [ WWF ]

WWF Expresses Deep Concern at Plans for Large-scale Logging in Selous Game Reserve

The Tanzania Forest Service has closed a tender for the sale of over 2.6 million trees that would result in the large-scale logging inside Selous Game Reserve, one of Africa’s most important wildernesses areas and home to globally important populations of elephants, black rhinos, African wild dogs and hippos.

This logging is designed to harvest the trees in the area that would be flooded if the proposed Stiegler’s Gorge hydropower project goes ahead. It would remove trees in a 1,436km2 area in the heart of the Selous Game Reserve – a UNESCO World Heritage site since 1982.

The tender is in clear breach of Tanzanian law, as an Environmental Impact Assessment has not been completed, and encompasses an area described by UNESCO and IUCN as containing “the most important ecological elements of the reserve”.

11.05.2018 - 20:16 [ ]

Pesticide Created By Bayer Accidentally Kills Off Hundreds of Trees in Oregon

According to an article from The Bulletin newspaper in Central Oregon, hundreds of trees were accidentally killed off along U.S. Highway 20 in the Deschutes National Forest by a weed killer produced by the Bayer chemical company, and a full-scale effort to remove them may not commence until 2019.

11.05.2018 - 15:02 [ Dallas News ]

Ted Cruz calls Trump effort to phase out International Space Station ‚irresponsible‘

Despite his resistance to Trump’s plans for the space station, Cruz has been a supporter of commercializing space efforts since taking over the Commerce Committee panel that deals with NASA.

On Tuesday, he said that efforts to reach Mars can’t only be done with government dollars. Instead, he argued, Washington should fund NASA while also incentivizing the private sector to expand investments in space.

08.05.2018 - 15:18 [ Mainichi ]

Environment Ministry taking steps in bid to prevent fire ants from settling in Japan

Red imported fire ants are an alien species and may cause severe allergic reactions.
Part-time lecturer at the University of Tokyo Mamoru Terayama said that there was a successful case of eradicating fire ants in New Zealand in the 2000s in the early stages after their invasion.

06.05.2018 - 12:06 [ SANA ]

Syrian archeologists participate in Bridge of Civilizations Conference in Hungary

For their part, the Syrian archeologists briefed the conference on the significant archeological works and studies underway in Syria, shedding light on the most important activities and archeological discoveries which were uncovered by the joint Syrian Hungarian expedition in al-Marqab and Krak des Chevaliers castles

Archeologists and researchers from Britain, the US, Italy, France, Cypress, Egypt, in addition to a group of Syrian students studying at Pázmány Péter Catholic University participated in the 2-day conference.

05.05.2018 - 15:30 [ Jim Bridenstine , Administrator of @NASA / Twitter ]

I’m grateful to our many partners who made today’s #InSight launch to Mars a success! Thank you to @ToryBruno, @ULAlaunch, @NASAJPL, @NASAKennedy, @NASA_LSP and countless others for their hard work to send us to the Red Planet.

05.05.2018 - 15:25 [ NASA ]

Mars Cube One Demo

All previous CubeSats have orbited the Earth. MarCO is the first attempt to go to another planet. By verifying that the technologies for interplanetary missions are feasible and can be developed on a short timeline, this test mission could lead to many other SmallSat applications for exploring our solar system. Some could provide similar support functions as „carry your own“ relay providers. Others could have primary scientific research functions of their own, such as radio transmissions through planetary atmospheres, imaging with small cameras, observations with other miniaturized instruments, or in-place measurements of space environments.

05.05.2018 - 15:15 [ NASAKennedy / Youtube ]

Liftoff of InSight

A United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket lifts off at 4:05 a.m. PDT (7:05 a.m. EDT) from Space Launch Complex 3 at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California carrying NASA’s Interior Exploration using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy and Heat Transport, or InSight, Mars lander. InSight will be the first mission to look deep beneath the Martian surface. It will study the planet’s interior by measuring its heat output and listen for marsquakes.

05.05.2018 - 15:12 [ PBS NewsHour / Youtube ]

WATCH LIVE: NASA launches InSight Lander to Mars

InSight, which stands for Interior Exploration using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy and Heat Transport, will be the first lander or rover bound for Mars since Curiosity launched in 2011. It will also be the first to dig deep into the planet’s interior in an effort to understand how the planet’s geology evolved over billions of years. The probe will scan for seismic activity, keeping tabs on the planet’s so-called “marsquakes.”

05.05.2018 - 15:08 [ ]

NASA-Mission: „InSight“ auf dem Weg zum Mars

Dafür hat die Deutsche Gesellschaft für Luft- und Raumfahrt (DLR) ein Messgerät entwickelt, das bis zu fünf Meter unter die Oberfläche des Planeten vordringen kann. Außerdem sollen Marsbeben vermessen werden. Die kleine Rammsonde der DLR soll sich automatisch fünf Meter tief in den Marsboden hämmern und in unterschiedlichen Tiefen die Temperatur und die Wärmeleitfähigkeit messen.