Science Timeline

Kepler Spacecraft Suffers Major Failure, Mission’s Future In Jeopardy

Kepler Failure May Scrub Mission

The Kepler space observatory suffered a major failure on Wednesday, putting into questions the future of NASA’s planet-hunting space observatory. Kepler’s controllers found on Tuesday that the observatory had gone into a “safe mode.” They also found that one of the reaction wheels needed to orient the spacecraft wasn’t spinning. Associate NASA Administrator John Grunsfeld… Read more »

Astronaut Chris Hadfield Covers Bowie’s ‘Space Oddity’, Internet Thrilled

astronaut hadfield bowie cover

Canadian astronaut Commander Chris Hadfield covered David Bowie’s “Space Oddity” from the International Space Station, and the performance — posted by the frequently tweeting spaceman on Twitter — quickly began making the internet rounds. Hadfield’s Bowie cover also was posted by the astronaut himself over on Reddit, where he started a thread in the subreddit… Read more »

Carbon Dioxide Levels Have Reached An All-Time High

Greenhouse gases, cardon dioxide

Federal scientists disclosed Friday that worldwide levels of the chief greenhouse gas, carbon dioxide (CO2), has reached an atmospheric saturation level never encountered before. Carbon dioxide is said to be responsible for global warning, influencing an incremental but perpetual rise in the average temperature of Earth’s atmosphere and oceans, as the gas traps heat like… Read more »

Scientists Uncover Possible Brazilian Atlantis

Scientists Find Brazilian Atlantis

Scientists have uncovered what they are calling the “Brazilian Atlantis,” a reference to the sunken island thought to lay between Africa and South America. Discovering Atlantis has been the subject of numerous studies, books, and movies throughout the years, though no sign of the mythical island was found — until now. Geologists in Brazil, working… Read more »

Carnivore Death Cave Contains Thousands Of Animal Fossils

Carnivore Fossils Found In Cave

A so-called carnivore death cave is believed to have lured thousands of animals to their death. Scientists believe that the creatures became trapped inside the cavern with no means to escape. Researchers have discovered the ancient fossils of thousands of animals who found their way into the cave millions of years ago. Although scientists tend… Read more »

Civil War Death Moon Blamed For General Jackson’s Demise

Civil War Death Moon Blamed For General Jackson's Demise

A Civil War death moon is being blamed for General Jackson’s demise. In the spring of 1863, south Generals Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson seemed to be gaining momentum in northern Virginia. But the battle of Chancellorsville in Virginia saw Jackson’s own men inadvertently shooting him during the night at the order of Confederate… Read more »

No-Wash Shirt Won’t Stink Up Your Closet For 100 Days

Wool & Prince No-Wash Shirt

A no-wash shirt might be the answer for those of you out there who hate doing laundry. A New York City startup by the name of Wool & Prince has created a shirt that needs very little maintenance. The button-down shirt is made from soft wool that doesn’t need ironing or cleaning. In fact, a… Read more »

Monster Hurricane On Saturn Spotted By Cassini [Photo]

Saturn's Monster Hurricane

A monster hurricane was spotted on Saturn by NASA’s Cassini spacecraft. Scientists were treated to beautiful high-resolution photos and video, which show the behemoth storm swirling around Saturn’s north pole. The hurricane’s eye is about 1,250 miles wide, or about 20 times larger than the average hurricane’s eye on Earth. Thin, bright clouds traveling around… Read more »

Robot Discovers Burial Chambers Under Ancient Temple

Robot Burial Chambers Under Temple

A robot the size of a lawnmower discovered three burial chambers under the ancient Temple of the Feathered Serpent in Mexico. The temple, an ancient pyramid, is part of the archaeological site of Teotihuacan, a massive complex of temples and pyramids about 31 miles northeast of Mexico City. The team expected to find just one… Read more »

17-Year-Old Science Prodigy Has $100,000 Lab In Her Bedroom

Teenage Science Prodigy Has $100,000 Lab In Her Bedroom 2345678

Sara Volz is not your everyday high school science student. The 17-year-old, who memorized the first 80 digits of “pi” in sixth grade, is bidding to develop an alternative fuel. From her bedroom. Which also contains a $100,000 laboratory. Volz came to the media’s attention earlier this week when President Obama hosted the annual White… Read more »

Like Humans, Monkeys Conform To Social Norms

Monkeys Conform To Social Norms

Instead of accusing people of being like sheep or lemmings, perhaps it would be more accurate to compare the willingness to conform to acceptable social norms that people try adhering to as more monkey-like. Field researchers from the University of St. Andrews and University of Neuchâtel identified similar tendencies to adopt the behavior of others… Read more »

Earth’s Core As Hot As Sun’s Surface, New Study Says

Earth's Core Hotter

The Earth’s core is as hot as the sun’s surface, according to a new study published in the journal Science. The study took measurements that suggest the planet’s inner core is much higher than prior measurements suggested. The new research puts the temperature at 6,000 degrees Celsius, or as hot as the surface of the… Read more »

Meteorite Crashes Into House, Space Origin Of Rock Confirmed

meteorite crashes into house

A meteorite crashed into a house in Wolcott, Connecticut on Friday night. The story might sound a little whackadoo, but scientists at the Yale Peabody Museum (YPM) have now examined that destructive baseball-sized rock and confirmed that it came from outer space. Homeowner Larry Beck heard the sound of what he thought was a joint… Read more »

Ancient Lake Hides Mysterious Structure

Sea Of Galilee Structure

Scientists surveying an ancient lake have discovered a mysterious structure in its depths. The investigators made the discovery while scanning the bottom of the Sea of Galilee in Israel using sonar equipment. Although the discovery was made almost a decade ago, scientists still aren’t quite sure what it is. Tel Aviv University geophysicist Shmuel Marco… Read more »

Space Junk Debris Harpooning Talks Underway At European Space Agency

space junk space debris

Space debris, often called space junk, is a growing hazard in low-earth orbit. This week’s 6th European Conference on Space Debris is currently being held in Darmstadt, Germany to allow members of the European Space Agency (ESA) and the concerned public to address the problem of space junk leftover from the approximately 4,900 launches that… Read more »

Pink Full Moon Thursday, But Not For Everyone

pink full moon thursday 2013

Farmer’s Almanac readers may know a pink full moon Thursday will jazz up the night sky … but not all people of Earth will be able to see the spectacle live in person. Eager skywatchers will probably want to catch the pink full moon Thursday, which will coincide with a lunar eclipse. But many of… Read more »

Watch Spacewalk Streaming Live From International Space Station [Video]

spacewalk

Two members of the Expedition 35 crew will be embarking on a spacewalk today outside of the International Space Station. Astronauts Pavel Vinogradov and Roman Romanenko will spend six-hours outside of the ISS to retrieve several science experiments. NASA writes in a press release that the astronauts will also be installing a new navigational aid…. Read more »