Construction begins on the world’s first super telescope – Phys.Org

Construction begins on the world’s first super telescope – Phys.Org

Artist’s impression of the European Extremely Large Telescope (E-ELT) in its enclosure on Cerro Armazones, a 3060-metre mountaintop in Chile’s Atacama Desert. The 39-metre E-ELT will be the largest optical/infrared telescope in the world — the world’s biggest eye on the sky. Operations are planned to start early in the next decade, and the E-ELT […]

Snakes can actually hunt in packs – Popular Science

The world is a scary place without knowing that snakes hunt in packs. But one biologist in Cuba just couldn’t leave well enough alone, so he proved for the first time ever that reptiles don’t just hunt near each other, they hunt with each other. Snakes are not social creatures. They don’t live in packs […]

[ May 26, 2017 ] Earlier launch of NASA’s Psyche mission touted as cost-saving measure News – Spaceflight Now

[ May 26, 2017 ] Earlier launch of NASA’s Psyche mission touted as cost-saving measure News – Spaceflight Now

Artist’s concept of the Psyche spacecraft, which will conduct a direct exploration of an asteroid thought to be a stripped planetary core. Credit: SSL/ASU/P. Rubin/NASA/JPL-Caltech A NASA spacecraft set to explore a metallic asteroid for the first time will launch in 2022, a year earlier than originally planned, and reach its destination in 2026, four […]

Hospital CEO brings $6M check to pay debts to budget hearing – Charlotte Observer

The operator of two Louisiana state-owned hospitals is again in a dispute with Louisiana State University’s medical school over unpaid debts. The disagreement spilled out into a Senate Finance Committee budget hearing Friday, with the CEO of the hospitals handing over a $6 million check to LSU in front of stunned senators. The chairman of […]

Juno probe peers below Jupiter’s clouds – BBC News

Image copyright NASA/JPL-Caltech/SwRI/MSSS/Betsy Asher Hall/Gervas Image caption South Pole: The polar cloud structure at Jupiter is very different from that at Saturn Scientists working on the American space agency’s new Juno mission say its initial observations at Jupiter have taken their breath away. In particular, they have been amazed by the storms seen at the […]

Whales reached huge size only recently – BBC News

Image copyright Silverback Films/BBC Image caption Being big means they can maximise the opportunities where they exist Blue whales are the biggest animals that have ever existed on Earth but they only recently* got that way. This is the extraordinary finding from a new study that examined the fossil record of baleens – the group […]

Probe into crash of ESA Mars lander recommends more checks on ExoMars descent craft – Spaceflight Now

Probe into crash of ESA Mars lander recommends more checks on ExoMars descent craft – Spaceflight Now

Artist’s concept of the Schiaparelli lander with its parachute deployed. Credit: ESA/ATG medialab Investigators who studied the crash of the European Space Agency’s Schiaparelli lander on Mars last year have recommended more stringent testing and computer modeling before the launch of a joint European-Russian landing craft in 2020 to avoid a repeat of the mistakes […]

Trump’s 2018 Budget Request Axes 5 NASA Earth-Science Missions – Space.com

Five NASA Earth-science missions are now on the chopping block. Four we already knew about; they were zeroed out in the White House’s preliminary, or “skinny,” 2018 budget request, which was unveiled in March. The fifth, called the Radiation Budget Instrument (RBI), was revealed yesterday (May 23) with the release of the […]

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